Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Television's Worst Bosses

Office_2So who portrays the worse bosses on television these days?  According to the Challenger, Gray & Christmas (via, the worst bosses include:

Homer Simpson's boss, Mr. Burns, and Jack Bauer's boss, President Logan.

Also on the list: Gordon Ramsey, head chef on Fox's "Hell's Kitchen"; Michael Scott, manager on NBC's "The Office"; Al Swearengen, the brothel owner on HBO's "Deadwood"; Dr. Bob Kelso, hospital chief of staff on NBC's "Scrubs"; Adrian Monk, the obsessive-compulsive detective on USA Network's "Monk"; and Cosmo Spacely, George Jetson's boss in the 1960s animated series "The Jetsons."

I used to love The Jetsons, but wasn't there an equally obnoxious competitor boss in that show that George sometimes worked for? 

Five points for anyone who remembers his name!


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No points for me, as all I can recall is "Spacely Sprockets," but this is a great list. Mr. Burns and the International B'hood of Jazz Dancers, Pastry Chefs, and Nuclear Technicians make regular appearances on my labor law exams (I allow the latter party to be abbreviated as "union"). Thinking of Swearingen in his role as boss is pretty hilarious -- the owner of the rival saloon in "Deadwood" might be even worse.

But what about Tony Soprano, or if you don't consider him a boss in the non-mob sense, what about Silvio and the Ba-da-bing club employees? The work relations there are arguably worse than any of the ones listed.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | Aug 23, 2006 1:40:03 PM

Just for reference, it was Mr. Cogswell.

Posted by: SMMcGrew | Aug 26, 2006 4:07:01 PM

You would be thinking of Mr. Cogswell at Cogswell's Cogs.

What can I redeem the points towards?

Posted by: David Schraub | Aug 26, 2006 4:46:16 PM

Sorry, David, Megan got it first. And she will be able to redeem her five points toward taking one pass in Labor Law this semester when called on (actually, I give that to everyone, but she can say it was because she knew who Mr. Cogswell was!).

Posted by: Paul | Aug 26, 2006 6:17:00 PM

Grr.... Next time!

Posted by: David Schraub | Aug 26, 2006 7:23:43 PM

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