TV shows are notorious for keeping inept characters employed for the sake of a storyline.
And there's a reason for it -- it's relatable.
We all know the person who is a boss but shouldn't be. Or the co-worker that steals openly from the workplace. Or the person who rigged an election to become President.
My personal favorite? The folks that earn admiration for doing the bare minimum.
Here's a list of bad employees who, undeniably, make TV great.
President Fitzgerald - Scandal
Has Fitz ever taken the Presidency seriously? Instead of earning his seat in office, a team of morally corrupt individuals rigged the election in his favor. Then, when he was in office, he spent more time wooing his mistress than actually caring about his country. Oh, and did I mention he almost went to war to save her life? At least he was nice to look at, right?
Ezra Fitz - Pretty Little Liars
Rosewood was overflowing with corrupt employees from Radley Sanitarium all the way to Rosewood PD. However, Ezra makes the list because he was a high school English teacher who had an on-going relationship with one of his students. He may not have known she was a student when they initially hooked up, but he also didn't call it off after he found out. And at one point, he was even considered to be the girls' personal stalker.
Kara Danvers - Supergirl
I have no doubts that Kara would be a great reporter if she ever showed up for work, worked a full shift at CatCo, or actually took the job seriously. Instead, she uses it as a cover for her superhero persona and is always running off to save the world at her "real" job. Not to mention she breaks the cardinal rule of journalism on a daily basis by using herself as a source of news stories.
Michael - The Good Place
Michael's sole purpose as the immortal architect of the good place was to create a neighborhood where the humans would suffer eternally. He failed multiple times, and instead of reporting his failings to the judge, kept attempting to fix them while the humans controlled and manipulated him. It probably didn't help that he eventually befriended and helped them escape.
Stella - Life Sentence
After beating cancer, Stella got a second chance at life so you'd think she'd be grateful for landing a job at the local coffee shop. Instead, she was never on time, always gave out free coffee to friends and family, and worst of all sucked at making coffee. People take their coffee very seriously, so Stella's indifference was frustrating, especially since the boss kept letting it slide because she "needed this job."
Gabi - Young & Hungry
Gabi may be a fantastic chef, but sleeping with your boss on the first day is generally frowned upon everywhere. Every grilled cheese sandwich she served up came with a side of messy drama from her incessant meddling. Shoutout to Yolanda and Elliot who never did a damn thing around the house but remained employed.