3 Most Notable Fictional Addicts in TV History

Jennifer Gilligan

This article, entitled "3 Most Notable Fictional Addicts in TV History – For You not Your Kids," comes from freelance writer Jennifer Gilligan.

We love our television dramas and so do our kids. As episodes come and go, and one season rolls into another, we inevitably become attached to our favorite characters as they intertwine with each other. But often our beloved characters struggle with some sort of addiction.

In some cases their addictions add to their individual quirks and our kids' impressionable minds. Here are a few of the most beloved silver screen addicts to watch for.

Jesse Pinkman (Breaking Bad), Crystal Meth

No list of TV addicts would be complete without Cap'n Cook himself. Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul), is not off to a good start when he crosses paths with his old chemistry teacher Walt White for the first time in years. And we all know what happens when a meth head and a strapped-for-cash terminally ill chemistry teacher join forces.

A raucous, entertaining adventure littered with dollar bills and gunshots in the air, and plotlines that twist so fast you'll have a bad case of whiplash before all is said and done, that's what. However, this is no place for children and that is insanely clear.

Jesse and Walt make an unlikely pair, a dysfunctional pair who just can't seem to catch a break. As they try to navigate the terrifying world of the Albuquerque, N.M. drug scene with a little help from their friends. Those friends being crooked lawyers, psychotic restaurant chain owners, and an entourage of naïve junkies. Through it all Jesse leans on the comfort of his deadly addiction, despite his frequent efforts to get clean.

Dr. Gregory House, M.D. (House), Pain Killers

Another favorite television addict is the infinitely brilliant Dr. Gregory House, M.D. However, Dr. House isn’t a fan of kids and your kids probably shouldn’t be a fan of his either.

The good doctor is the go-to man for obscure medical cases, and he never misses the chance to drive home a teachable moment to his staff. His keen mind coupled with excruciatingly antisocial behavior add up to a wonderfully intriguing character that you just hate to love.

His addiction stems from the pain in his leg sparked by a misdiagnosed muscle infarction, of which the only relief is found through Vicodin. This gradually escalates to a very tangible pain-killer addiction that becomes the elephant in the room for much of the series. His situation is one that many people find themselves in. If you feel yourself slipping in to a similar pattern, you may want to consider calling 12 Keys Private Rehab to help you straighten things out.

Jackie Peyton (Nurse Jackie), Prescription Drugs

While she plays a nurse and loving mother in the show, she isn’t one that your kids should be observing. The title character in Showtime's Nurse Jackie is the picture of a loving mother and competent nurse with a promising career. At first glance. If you look closer you'll find that she's hopelessly addicted to prescription drugs. Much like house, she's an extremely well-qualified medical professional with a dark secret.

Her home on premium cable allows for the show to be significantly more gritty than Fox's House. The emergency room nurse takes us on a long harrowing adventure as she struggles to accept her addiction and to also cover it all up.

While it is perfectly fine for us to love these shows and their quirky characters, children should not be around when they’re entertaining the general adult masses. No matter which television addict is your personal favorite, there's no denying their lifestyles are extremely unhealthy.

Jennifer Gilligan is a freelance writer who enjoys dabbling in all aspects of life from travel to tech to health to the most outlandish things known to man. When she isn't writing she's studying or running around with her two mutts.

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