TV shows need interesting characters to drive them forward, regardless of whether their dramas or comedies. Every show needs protagonists and antagonists to build the narrative around. A favorite of TV writers are different types of businesspeople.
It's a versatile character type that can fill a variety of roles. They can be good guys, bad guys, comic relief and anything in between. It all depends how they're written and who plays them.
When you're looking for a truly great sketchy businessperson character, success isn't a necessity at all. In fact, being failures actually makes them work that much better on screen. A great sketchy businessperson is treacherous, duplicitous and selfish beyond belief.
At the same time, these characters have the capability to do good things to help people around them, and are often quite endearing in their own way. They can be good guys or bad guys but are often at their best when they're comic relief. On many shows, the best jokes frequently get made by sketchy businesspeople.
No matter where they pop up, these are some of the most memorable characters you're going to run into.
10. Jeremy Jamm - Parks & Recreation
For seven seasons on NBC, Parks & Recreation told the story of the Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson and the rest of the gang in the Pawnee Parks Department. As offbeat as they were, the rest of the residents of Pawnee were infinitely more off putting. One trip to a public forum would scare the living crap out of most people.
The worst of the worst was Councilman Jeremy Jamm, which is saying a lot about a city that Dennis Feinstein, real name Dante Fiero, lives in. Plus, it's also the home of Jean-Ralphio and Mona Lisa Saperstein. They are the absolute worst. But at least they aren't involved in the government.
A dentist by trade, Jamm moved to Pawnee because of their terrible eating habits, the fact that the main employer is a candy manufacturer and the lack of fluoride in the water at the time. He frequently gave favors from his city council position to people who spent money at his business. That's a huge conflict of interest to say the least.