Desperate Housewives, Rogue Good-Guys: 10 Archetypes TV Should Retire

By Judy Berman

It's time to get over bored, troubled TV housewives—and these other bored, troublesome TV stock characters.

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TV audiences apparently can't get enough of Sherlock Holmes. With this week's premiere of Elementary, fans now have two shows starring the legendary fictional detective to choose from: the BBC's acclaimed Sherlock, which produces just three episodes per season and airs in the US on PBS, and the new American version. The CBS series finds Jonny Lee Miller's Holmes detoxing in New York, in the care of Lucy Liu's Watson. Although we find the chemistry between those two promising, we're not sure primetime needs another Sherlock Holmes.

Of course, both Sherlock Holmeses are just incarnations of an archetype TV dramas love: the rogue good guy. That realization got us thinking about characters we see far too often. So we've created a list of tired types we wish TV writers would lay off, at least for a while.

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