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TV's Biggest Bitches: Friday Fiver

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Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

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New US comedy Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 launched on E4 last night and if you missed it, we'd recommend catching up on 4oD - the show stars Dreama Walker as the wide-eyed June and Krysten Ritter as her new roommate Chloe, the 'bitch' of the show's (redacted) title!

But the clear star of the show is Dawson's Creek legend James Van Der Beek, who stars as himself and is clearly having a whale of a time playing against his squeaky-clean image. To celebrate the show's arrival, this week's Friday Fiver celebrates TV's biggest bitches - it's five ladies we love to hate to watch!

Alexis Colby (Joan Collins) - from Dynasty
Surely TV's uber-bitch, Alexis schemed to destroy her ex-husband Blake (John Forsythe) and control her children throughout Dynasty's 10-year run (if you count the 1991 reunion TV movie). She was married four times, widowed twice and was involved in more cat-fights than we can count. Alexis was iconic and incredibly influential, spawning a host of imitators, and lifting Dynasty from a struggling soap to a global phenomenon.



Sherry Palmer (Penny Johnson Jerald) - from 24
One of the most infuriating television characters of all time, but played to perfection by Jerald. Sherry Palmer was a professional schemer, undermining and manipulating those around her for three seasons, before somebody finally lost their cool and shot her to death. Even her notoriously cool-headed husband - later ex - President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) lost his cool with her when she leaked the news that he'd survived an assassination attempt, placing Jack Bauer's daughter Kim (Elisha Cuthbert) in peril. Damn it, Sherry!



Betty Francis (January Jones) - from Mad Men
Yes, we know that philandering husband Don (Jon Hamm) didn't exactly treat her well, but that doesn't excuse Betty's bitch-tastic behaviour on Mad Men. Don may have cheated, but he never mistreated his children - unlike Betty, who was always happy to abuse poor Sally (Kiernan Shipka), slapping her and even threatening to cut her daughter's fingers off. And what did those poor innocent pigeons ever do to her?



Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) - from Gossip Girl
To be honest, we could have given this slot to virtually all the characters of Gossip Girl, but we think it's fitting that Miss Queen Bee herself comes out on top again. Spoiled, scheming and with a savage tongue, in early seasons Blair was so fixated on being top dog of the Upper East Side that she didn't care about who she burned to get there. Yes, we know Blair is a complex character who could never be described as out-and-out evil and she has thawed a great deal recently. But that's no comfort when you're on the receiving end of one of her plots.



Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) - from Will & Grace
Demonstrating that bitchy one-liners hurt more in a chipmunk voice, Karen stands out from the rest of the devilish ladies on this list because she's relatively harmless. She's not about intentionally destroying others - her scathing put-downs are the natural result of combining narcissism and immorality with the privileged lifestyle handed by mega-rich husband Stan. Ill-tempered when starved of booze and forced to do anything that requires effort, Karen is an equal opportunities bitch. Only partner-in-crime Jack (Sean Hayes) gets off lightly. Everyone else, from maid Rosario and other abused members of her help to best friends Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing), are fair game.



Did we name your favourite TV bitch? Name your own picks below!

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