16 “Groundbreaking” Series That Are Actually Problematic TV Shows

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The Office

Oh dang, one of your faves is one of the most problematic TV shows! That obviously doesn’t mean The Office is unwatchable, but it does mean that blind love of something can hide some of the glaring problems. Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is incredibly sexist and homophobic towards his employees. He creates the definition of a hostile work environment! He harasses female employees, once outed a gay colleague, and has no sense of racial sensitivity. M. Scott is just the worst and the fact that he’s still presented as a likable guy on the show is a huge issue! Even some of the tamer characters could be viewed as pretty offensive from a modern lens.

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