The de-evolution of the TV hero Holding out for an unflawed hero? You may need a time machine.

1950s: Perry Mason

Boasts an unbeatable track record without ever having to chase after an ambulance.

1960s: James T. Kirk

Boldly goes where no man has gone before, with time left over for ego trips.

1970s: Theo Kojak

He loves ya, baby, unless you're on the wrong side of the law.

1980s: J.R. Ewing

Greed is good.

1990s: Amanda Woodward

Be late with the rent at your own peril.

2000s: Tony Soprano

Woke up this morning, got himself a gun.