Our Favorite 25 TV Bosses (And What We Learn From Them)

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6) Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth

The elderly and eccentric Professor Farnsworth is Futurama’s contribution to television boss lore. Unlike the awkward Michael Scott or the greedy Mr. Burns, Farnsworth is more the “mad scientist” type. He is often seen sending his research crew on dangerous, borderline suicidal missions such as gathering honey from Space Bees. Outside of his research role, Farnsworth runs an intergalactic delivery company whose motto is “Our crew is replaceable, but your package isn’t.” Anyone who has ever felt like the boss valued the bottom line more than their well being is sure to find some bitter humor in this guy!

7) Jack Donaghy

“30 Rock” star Jack Donaghy made a name for himself as the inventor of the Trivection oven. The success of his invention paved the way for Donaghy to be crowned “Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming”, a title he relished in having. Donaghy is the type of boss who is desperate to be seen as a successful businessman, as evidenced by his writing a book called “Jack Attack: The Art of Aggression in Business.”

8 ) Ari Gold

Playing the role of Vincet Chase’s cunning, cutthroat agent in the hit HBO series “Entourage”, Ari Gold is a hybrid of many of the bosses so far mentioned. One might describe him as equal parts Mr. Burns, Donald Trump, and Jack Shepard, with more savvy than any of them. Gold is also “that boss” who thinks nothing of making his employees miserable if that’s what it takes to satisfy his very, very high-rolling customers. If violent temper-tantrums and all manner of racial slurs sound like good water-cooler conversation, Ari Gold is the boss for you!

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9) Gordon Ramsey

Chefs can be some of the most impatient, difficult, and demanding bosses to work for, as Gordon Ramsey on “Hell’s Kitchen” readily attests. A typical episode is brimming with Ramsey’s all-too-frequent outbursts and temper tantrums, to say nothing of his offensive insults toward guests or audience members. All things considered, Ramsey is the type of boss who has very little concern for social decorum or decency.

10) Miranda Bailey

Plenty of employees jokingly compare their bosses to dictators, and Grey’s Anatomy continues the tradition on television. As a resident surgeon in charge of new interns at Seattle Grace hospital, Miranda Bailey is known as “The Nazi” because of her tough, demanding personality and unforgiving blunt attitude. Unlike the German dictator, however, Bailey is also known to be possessed of a softer, more understanding and supportive side when the mood suits her.

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