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We weigh the pros and cons of running some TV's most famous companies

Shaun Harrison
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On CNBC's new series The Profit, Marcus Lemonis decides whether or not to invest his time — and more importantly, millions of dollars — in struggling businesses. But would some of TV's most famous businesses earn Marcus' investment? Click ahead to see which TV businesses are a sure bet.
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Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, The Office

Pros: With offices all over the Northeast, Dunder Mifflin is committed to providing the personal service of a small business in the face of big-name corporate competitors. It also has a high employee retention rate. Cons: The company's Scranton branch has undergone several management changes in recent years, and one recent boss came under fire for going on an unannounced three-month boating trip.
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Sterling Cooper & Partners, Mad Men

Pros: After Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce merged with Cutler, Gleason and Chaough, this firm became a bigger player — especially now that two of the most sought after creative directors are working under the same roof. If you want an eye-grabbing ad, Don Draper and Ted Chaough are your men. Cons: Don and Ted don't exactly get along. Plus: When the ad men aren't pitching clients, they're napping in their office or chasing skirts on their three-martini lunch breaks. Oh, and a guy hanged himself in his office just months after the partners asked a female employee to prostitute herself in order to land the Jaguar account.
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Oceanic Airlines, Lost

Pros: This airline offers large, roomy planes perfect for long international flights, say from Sydney to Los Angeles. Cons: The company suffered a bit when one of its planes, Oceanic 815, went off the radar in the South Pacific, trapping dozens of survivors on a magical island full of polar bears and a Smoke Monster.
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Central Perk, Friends

Pros: Coffee in huge mugs, lots of pastries (including that "stupid British snack food," scones), funky décor and free entertainment courtesy of Phoebe Buffay. Could it be any better? Cons: If Joey or Rachel were your waiters, you're pretty much guaranteed crappy service — or worse, a sneeze muffin.
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Paddy's Pub, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Pros:Everybody needs that reliable local bar where everything stays the same. Plus: We hear the owners are totally chill about drinking on the job. Cons: The owners are so laidback because they are all alcoholics themselves and because they never seem to have customers. (Except for that one time they stopped checking IDs and started selling alcohol to minors.)
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Cheers, Cheers

Pros: Everybody knows your name! Nothing beats having a bunch of loyal customers. (Seriously, did Norm ever go home?) Cons: Running a bar basically means giving up your nights and weekends forever.
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Sugarbaker and Associates, Designing Women

Pros: This female-fronted family business is run by two savvy sisters who are experts in classy, tasteful interior design. Cons: Rumors of internal strife among the firm's employees might lead to high turnover.
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Lockhart Gardner, The Good Wife

Pros: Not only does the firm boast some of the Chicago's greatest legal minds, but all the employees are ridiculously attractive. Brains and beauty! Cons: Although Lockhart Gardner was able to somehow narrowly get out of the red and into the black, the prestigious firm just lost two of its best attorneys, Cary and Alicia, along with several other up-and-coming fourth-year associates.
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Atlantis Cable News, The Newsroom Lost

Pros: This 24-hour cable news channel is among the highest-rated on the air. It employs a staff of reporters who are almost always right when reporting months-old news underscored by Coldplay songs and who only run into glass doors every other episode. Cons: The executive producer doesn't care much about corporate's ratings concerns (the show was way late to covering the Casey Anthony trial) and the once-affable face of the network, News Night anchor Will McAvoy, gets bad tabloid press for his womanizing ways. He also recently trashed the entire Tea Party by calling them the "American Taliban."
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Ewing Oil, Dallas

Pros: Who doesn’t want to be in the oil business these days? And have you seen Ewing Oil's swanky and staggering downtown offices? Not too shabby of a place to hang your hat. Cons: So much of Ewing Oil's upper management hierarchy is determined by who is sleeping with whom. So, the company's alliances and entire mission can change at a moment's notice. The worst part? It seems like those Ewings are, like never in the office. Let's put it this way: Guard your 401K very, very closely.
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Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand, Arrested Development

Pros: There's always money in the banana stand! And who doesn't want to be Mr. Manager? Cons: Given how frequently the stand is destroyed and rebuilt, its notoriety as a weed exchange spot, and the fact that George stole the idea from a Korean immigrant, you might want to give it a second thought.
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Goliath National Bank, How I Met Your Mother

Pros: It's the world leader in credit and banking, and even has its own song (according to Barney Stinson at least): We'll be on your side when you need a friend / Through thick and thin you can always depend / On the world leaders in credit and banking / Goliath National Bank (Member FDIC) Cons: We're still not sure what exactly they do over there. Plus: You've got to give pause to any executive board (read: Barney) that wanted a fire-breathing dragon building design.
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The Luncheonette, Parenthood

Pros: Who doesn't like hanging out with rock stars?! No, really. Although the Braverman brothers have only been at the helm for a few years, the history behind The Luncheonette recording studio has lured big-name acts like Cee Lo Green. Cons: The brothers who run the joint are polar opposites and they fight. A lot. And there's that whole crazy theory that the music industry being on its last legs thanks to the Internet.
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HankMed, Royal Pains

Pros: This "concierge" medical practice allows doctors to be their own bosses and make their own schedules. And working in the Hamptons isn't too shabby. Cons: Getting new business can be a burden when you don't have a brick-and-mortar practice to stand behind.
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The Bada Bing, The Sopranos

Pros: You'll stay on the mob's good side by putting money into this place. Cons: Workplace hazards include being a witness to blackmail, conspiracy and murder. Plus: You definitely don't want to get on the boss' bad side.
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The Max, Saved by the Bell

Pros: How can you not have fun when you're surrounded by young energy, good food and a great jukebox of tunes? Plus: The location attracts tons of high schoolers for lunch and after-school study sessions. Cons: Some of the management staff are women-stealers. Also, high school students are notoriously bad tippers.