03/12/2013 04:26 pm ET Updated Sep 30, 2013

Financially Irresponsible TV Characters We Idolize Anyway

A particularly instructive storyline on Season 2 of "Friends" sees a characteristically naive Joey land a high-profile role on a soap opera that he's certain will make him a star. Joey promptly moves into a swanky new apartment and goes on a shopping spree only to see his character written off the show a few episodes later.

Mo money, mo problems, as they say.

So here's to the television characters whose fiscal cluelessness never fails to make us feel better about our own financials — may our real-life credit scores always be superior, and may we love you all the more for it.

  • 1 Carrie Bradshaw, "Sex And The City"
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    Miranda: I don't invest anymore. It's too volatile. Carrie: Exactly. I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet.
  • 2 Joey Tribbiani, "Friends"
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    Ross: You spent $1200 dollars on a plastic bird? Joey: Uh, I was an impulse buyer, near the register.
  • 3 Dorothy Zbornak, "The Golden Girls"
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    Dorothy, falling back into her old gambling habit in Season 5: Twenty dollars to win on Ma's Mouth... It's a hunch.
  • 4 Michael Scott, "The Office"
    Michael: I declare... BANKRUPTCY! Oscar: Hey, I just wanted you to know that you can't just say the word bankruptcy and expect anything to happen. Michael: I didn't say it, I declared it.
  • 5 Lindsay Bluth Funke, "Arrested Development"
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    Lindsay: There's a cream with real diamonds in it...I can actually smear diamonds on my face, and it's only $400 a tub! That's like, what? A million diamonds for $400? A million f*cking diamonds!
  • 6 Lane Pryce, "Mad Men"
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    Lane, begging for forgiveness after embezzling funds from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce: Seven thousand five hundred is nothing to you. Do you know how the rest of us live? And in the end, who has been harmed, really?
  • 7 Tom Haverford, "Parks and Recreation"
    Tom: Ben, Leslie hired my company to get her that sticker. You're the one that told me businesses need "clients" to get "money." Ben: I was the first one to tell you that?
  • 8 Julie Cooper, "The O.C."
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    Julie: Well I made an adult film in the 80s with an ex-boyfriend who's now threatening to to release it on the Internet unless I pay him half a million dollars. And I would really like to redo the kitchen.
  • 9 Jess Day and Nick Miller, "New Girl"
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    Nick: If I had a dollar for everybody I couldn't hang out with because they hated Schmidt, I'd be rich. Like fill my gas tank up all the way rich.