You can't help but feel bad for these actors. If an actor does one bad movie, sure it might be a set back, but there's always the next one. If a bad TV show takes off, an actor could be trapped for a decade anchoring a CBS prime-time comedy block.

Awards season rightfully celebrate great actors on great shows, but how much harder is it to pull off a quality performance when Matt Weiner or Vince Gilligan wouldn't touch your writers room with a ten foot pole? We wanted to take a minute to salute the unsung heroes of television that hold it down as cliched writing and hackneyed plotting threaten at every turn.

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Written by Brenden Gallagher (@muddycreekU