These shows had season after season of chances to sprinkle in a character’s growth, and some really nailed it. Others kept banging out the same personality traits we initially fell in love with, and it got tiresome (and downright annoying). Sometimes the characters got worse over time, or we were led to believe they were maturing, then boom! It was all washed away in one completely insane episode.
The scary part is that it's out of our hands. We invest our time and emotions, then just have to sit back and hope a room full of strangers do these characters justice. Alexis Rose of Schitt’s Creek had a legitimate coming-of-age arc that was incredibly satisfying, but surprisingly, Andy Bernard from The Office got more annoying, and just straight up mean to Erin for no reason. Here are those and 13 other satisfying and/or devastating sitcom character arcs to warm and/or break that heart of yours.
Haley Dunphy - 'Modern Family' - Satisfying
Ryan Howard - 'The Office' - Devastating but Satisfying
Ron Swanson - 'Parks and Recreation' - Satisfying
Seymour Skinner - 'The Simpsons' - Devastating
Alexis Rose - 'Schitt’s Creek' - Satisfying
Michael - 'The Good Place' - Satisfying
Steve Harrington - 'Stranger Things' - Satisfying
Rachel Green - 'Friends' - Satisfying
Sheldon Cooper - 'The Big Bang Theory' - Satisfying
Carrie Bradshaw - 'Sex and the City' - Devastating
Howard Hamlin - 'Better Call Saul' - Satisfying
Debbie Gallagher - 'Shameless' - Devastating
Andy Bernard - 'The Office' - Devastating
Robin Scherbatsky - 'How I Met Your Mother' - Devastating