Played By: James Purefoy

Making the role of Dr. Joe Carroll work on The Following is an unenviable task. The sheer convoluted pretension of his character is hard to swallow. We're not sure what would be more draining as an actor, slogging through the pseudo-analytical Poe references the show has stockpiled or selling a plot revolving around a murderous cult formed on the Internet while the groups leader was in prison.

These two sapping forces would weigh down a lesser actor, but Purefoy has been game thus far. His deft navigation of the needlessly weighted dialogue has been impressive, and here's hoping that he can keep up the good work until he gets better material.