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The 27 Best and Worst Male TV Character Hairstyles

Hair we go!

Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead, Travis Fimmel, Vikings
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The Best (and Worst) Guy's Hair on TV

When we think about TV hairstyles, we might be inclined to talk about the most iconic lewks served up by our fictional female friends -- from Annalise Keating's sassy bobs to Cheryl Blossom's stunningingly long ruby locks, there's a lot to talk about there. But there are some male 'dos that deserve our attention, too, for better and for worse. Let's take a look at some of the best and worst male hairstyles to ever hit the small screen, shall we?

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Worst - David on Friends

David "The Scientist Guy" (Hank Azaria) may have been a worthy contender for Phoebe's heart and all on Friends, but that messy mid-part was doing him absolutely no favors.

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Worst - Pete Campbell on Mad Men

To borrow a phrase, this hairdo is "Not great, Bob!" Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) was one of the smartest players on Mad Menand had a compelling character arc, but when his hairline started to recede and he let those sideburns run wild, his visual appeal took a major hit.

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Best - Ragnar Lothbrok on Vikings

Bald phase notwithstanding, Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel)'s twisted mohawk pony on Vikings was completely rad.

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Best - Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy

Would McDreamy have been even half as fine without that lush, silver-glazed mane of his? Hard to say. What we do know is that of all the time Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey)'s appeared on Grey's Anatomy, we spent at least half of that watching his wonderful locks in motion.

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Worst - Luke Danes on Gilmore Girls

It's a good thing Luke (Scott Patterson) spent so much time hiding this messy mane under a ballcap on Gilmore Girls. Just sayin'.

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Worst - Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead

There are a lot of good things to be said about Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) on The Walking Dead: He's an ace with that crossbow, his strength and stoicism has been a safe space for audiences throughout the whole show, and he's just plain cool. But let's all be real here and just admit that his just-rolled-out-of-a-pig-sty-style hair got a little gross after a while.

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Best - Archie Andrews on Riverdale

Okay, okay, so Edward Cullen definitely did it first, but Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) from Riverdale definitely makes those thick copper top tresses work for him.

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Best - Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell

It's pretty much sacrilege to talk about good hair on TV without mentioning Zack Morris (Paul Gosselaar) from Saved by the Bell. His beachy swoop was #heartthrobgoals back in the day for sure.

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Worst - Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones

But *of course* Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) had a bad 'do on Game of Thrones. They had to make the pernicious prince-turned-crazy king look as messed up on the outside as the inside, and those pointy, greased blonde bangs did the trick alright.

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Worst - Dawson Leery on Dawson's Creek

Considering Dawson (James Van Der Beek) from Dawson's Creek was supposed to be both adorkable and attractive, the showrunners probably didn't mean to make him look like a suburban mom from the '80s, but that's what happened.

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Best - Sawyer on Lost

A lot of characters on Lostgraduated into sun-kissed and overgrown hairstyle before the show was all said and done, but Sawyer (Josh Holloway) arrived on the island with that grungy natural style already in place. Coupled with those dimples and his rugged self-possession, it was a LOOK.

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Best - Frank Delfino on How to Get Away with Murder

Frank (Charlie Weber) has single-handedly been able to revive the sex appeal of the three-piece suit on -How to Get Away with Murder, and the fact that he obviously invested in some quality hair gel to achieve his clean-cut side-sweep style makes his look all the more studly.

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Worst - Aidan on Sex and the City

Whether you're Team Big or Team Aidan (John Corbett), we all have to agree that the latter could've seriously benefitted from some time at the salon on Sex and the City.

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Best - Earnest Marks from Atlanta

In an era when natural hairdos are downright inspirational for black characters to wear on-screen, Earn (Donald Glover) from Atlanta is keeping it real with his nicely twisted afro.

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Best - Will from Fresh Prince

Will (Will Smith)'s cropped high-top hairdo from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is nothing short of iconic and canonical of the early '90s.

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Worst - Bill Compton from True Blood

Even if you were always rooting for Sookie Stackhouse to make it work with her first love on True Blood, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)'s bangs phase bit.

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Worst - Paulie Gualtieri from The Sopranos

For a show that largely avoided being a cartoonish depiction of the modern mafia, The Sopranos went a little overboard with making Paulie "Walnuts" (Tony Sirico) look silly with his two-toned helmet style hair.

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Best - Vic Ullah from The Affair

Even without those supple silver curls, Dr. Vic (Omar Metwally) was an attractive new addition to The Affair, but his luscious locks certainly didn't hurt in helping us believe Helen would uproot her whole life to follow the guy out west.

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Chin Ho Kelly, Hawaii Five-O

Between those chiseled muscles, striking cheekbones, and his winning smile, Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim) from Hawaii Five-0 was already unfairly handsome enough, but then he topped it all off with that full wavy mane that was always perfectly undone, and it was all so very, very good.

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Saul Goodman, Better Call Saul

He may be whip-smart and as determined as the day is long, but Jimmy McGill-slash-Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saulshould've picked up one of those burner phones of his to call a stylist at some point in his career. That bushy combover thing he's had going on this whole time is sure to be at least part of the reason he's fallen so far.

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Worst - George Costanza from Seinfeld

It wasn't George Costanza (Jason Alexander)'s fault that he had such a severely receding hairline, but what he chose to do with it on Seinfeld -- that is, growing the back and sides into untamed shrubbery -- was his own mistake. There's a reason his hair became a big punchline of the show.

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Best - Jax Teller on Sons of Anarchy

If you're gonna be a renegade, you gotta have the look, and Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) from Sons of Anarchy made that slicked-back motorcycle look work for him -- let's just pretend the mullet moment never happened, k?

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Best - Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights

It's probably not advisable for others to walk around looking sweaty all the time, but for Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) from Friday Night Lights, those fresh-off-the-football-field shoulder-length locks scored a lot of points.

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Worst - Oswald Cobblepot on Gotham

Granted, he's supposed to look kind of ridiculous because he's the Penguin and everything, but it's just hard to believe anyone ever took Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) seriously on Gotham with that distractingly ridiculous 'do of his. The pointy bangs would be enough without the rest being piled up on top. It's just much too much.

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Best - Steve Harrington on Stranger Things

There's a reason Stranger Things' second season dedicated an entire subplot to the secret behind Steve Harrington (Joe Keery)'s ultra-voluminous hairstyle. It's absolutely outstanding and deserves every ounce of fandemonium it has earned.

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Best - Uncle Jesse on Full House

Of course. Of COURSE Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) from Full House would be the closer of a list like this. His onyx rock-chic locks stole the show every single time.