Top 10 TV Shows Actors Are Ashamed Of

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Top 10 TV Shows Actors Are Ashamed Of

VOICE OVER: Andrew Tejada WRITTEN BY: Mimi Kenny
Sometimes, becoming a well-known actor means appearing in things you may grow to be ashamed of. For this list, we'll be looking at television series that actors have later denounced. Our countdown includes Evangeline Lilly for "Lost" (2004-10), Chevy Chase for "Community" (2009-15), Johnny Depp for "21 Jump Street" (1987-91), and more!
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Sometimes, becoming a well-known actor means appearing in things you may grow to be ashamed of. For this list, we’ll be looking at television series that actors have later denounced. Our countdown includes Evangeline Lilly for "Lost" (2004-10), Chevy Chase for "Community" (2009-15), Johnny Depp for "21 Jump Street" (1987-91), and more! Should these actors be ashamed of these shows? Let us know in the comments!

#10: Katherine Heigl

“Grey’s Anatomy” (2005- )

A number of actors have left an impression from their time at the hospital once known as “Seattle Grace,” but one of the biggest was from Katherine Heigl. For the first six seasons, Heigl played surgical oncologist Izzie Stevens, earning plenty of love from fans and critics. However, Heigl didn’t always feel the same. In 2008, Heigl declared she wouldn’t submit any work for Emmy consideration that year, saying she hadn’t been “given the material” to warrant it. Heigl also spoke out against the long working hours required. She later expressed some regret over leaving the show and interest in a potential return. It wouldn’t be the strangest thing to happen on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

#9: Billy Ray Cyrus

“Hannah Montana” (2006-11)

In the 2000s, Billy Ray Cyrus went from being known as the “Achy Breaky Heart” guy to being known as the father of one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. He also starred alongside daughter Miley on Disney Channel sitcom “Hannah Montana.” While wholesome, Cyrus derided the show, saying it “destroyed [his] family” and that he wished the show had never happened. Thankfully, Cyrus’ relationship with both Miley and his wife, Tish, seems to have been mended in recent years. However, it’s apparent that “Hannah Montana” put an undue amount of stress on the musician and father.

#8: Evangeline Lilly

“Lost” (2004-10)

Fugitive Kate Austen was one of the most compelling characters in a fantastic ensemble. However, her actress, Evangeline Lilly, sometimes found Kate’s development to be, well, lost. During an appearance podcast "The LOST Boys," Lilly spoke out against Kate's devolution from an independent character to being part of a love triangle with Jack and Sawyer. Her frustration apparently reached the point where she would "throw scripts across rooms." Lilly also said she would try her best to transcend the limited material she was given. “Lost” may have been filmed in Hawaii, but for Evangeline Lilly, making it wasn’t always paradise.

#7: Shannen Doherty

“Charmed” (1998-06)

Shannen Doherty had already earned a reputation for being difficult to work with on “Beverly Hills, 90210.” But she was brought on board for another, more fantastical show from producer Aaron Spelling, playing telekinetic Halliwell sister Prue. Unfortunately, Doherty clashed with both the show’s producers and co–star Alyssa Milano. She also derided “Charmed” as “a show for 12-year-olds.” Unsurprisingly, Doherty left the show, and Prue was killed off at the end of the third season. Filling her spot was Rose McGowan, who managed to make it to the end of the series.

#6: Johnny Depp

“21 Jump Street” (1987-91)

When you think of Johnny Depp’s most-famous roles, Officer Tom Hanson likely ranks quite low. However, there was a time when Depp was best-known not for eccentric characters like Jack Sparrow but being a TV heartthrob. Depp resented this association as well as his contractual commitment to the series. He reportedly did his best to act in ways that would get him let go. He got his wish, as his contract ended after the show’s fourth season. However, he still returned as Hanson for a cameo in the show’s big-screen adaptation. Granted, his character was killed off in a brutal fashion.

#5: Mandy Patinkin

“Criminal Minds” (2005-20)

Many disturbing cases were featured on procedural “Criminal Minds,” and one person who couldn’t stomach them any further was the show’s original star. Mandy Patinkin played unit chief Jason Gideon before abruptly leaving early in the third season. In an interview, Patinkin said signing onto “Criminal Minds” was “[his] biggest public mistake,” objecting to how often the show saw female characters raped and murdered. However, he later expressed remorse over his behavior. Despite this negative experience, Patinkin was cast in another series, acclaimed drama “Homeland,” which he referred to as the “antidote” to “Criminal Minds.” Maybe he’ll try a sitcom next?

#4: Penn Badgley

“Gossip Girl” (2007-12)

For many viewers, “Gossip Girl” was the ultimate guilty pleasure show. But one person who apparently didn’t get much pleasure out of it was star Penn Badgley, who played Dan Humphrey. After the show ended, Badgley threw some not-too-subtle shade at the teen soap, tweeting how the complete series box set was “an image of white privilege.” In an interview about music biopic “Greetings From Tim Buckley,” Badgley said it was “a new feeling” to be proud of something he worked on. We don’t want to spread any rumors, but it seems like Penn Badgley wasn’t all that enthusiastic about “Gossip Girl.”

#3: Chevy Chase

“Community” (2009-15)

Chevy Chase has long had a reputation for being difficult to work with, and his dissatisfaction with acclaimed sitcom “Community” was known even before he left the show for good. While Chase received positive notice for his performance as Pierce Hawthorne, his behind-the-scenes conduct was less admired. In 2012, audio leaked of a voicemail left by Chase for creator Dan Harmon, in which he said the show was a "mediocre sitcom" and not funny. This wasn’t the only controversy involving Chase and the show. According to Harmon and series stars Donald Glover and Joel McHale, Chase would also make racist remarks on the set. Chase left the show in the fourth season, though he did return for a guest spot the following year.

#2: Charlie Sheen

“Two and a Half Men” (2003-15)

Even if you never watched “Two and a Half Men,” it was hard to avoid the chaos leading to and following star Charlie Sheen’s departure. In 2011, Sheen disparaged both the show and series creator Chuck Lorre and was let go following these comments and other instances of erratic behavior. His character, Charlie Harper, was also killed off. Sheen’s mouth didn’t get any quieter after his dismissal, as he continued to insult the show as well as his replacement, Ashton Kutcher. He also sued the show for wrongful termination. Rarely does a sitcom involve this much drama.

#1: Robert Reed

“The Brady Bunch” (1969-74)

While many of us secretly wished we could be part of the “Brady Bunch” family, there was one person who definitely didn’t: Mike Brady himself. Robert Reed played the famous TV patriarch, and it wasn’t exactly to his liking. A Shakespearean actor, Reed found the sitcom to be below his standards and often clashed with series creator Sherwood Schwartz. Despite his dissatisfaction with the show's quality, Reed got along with all of his cast members and served as a great father figure for millions of young viewers. He also later expressed regret for his behind-the-scenes attitude. Now, that’s the kind of integrity that made us admire Mike Brady so much.
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