Are these TV characters better or worse than your flatmates?

Rebecca Sykes discusses the best and worst TV characters you could have as flatmates...

Rebecca Sykes
28th September 2021
Credit: IMDb and Geograph
There’s nothing quite like moving into a new home with people you’ve never met before. Will they be nice? Will the flat be a mess? Will we get on? Those were a few of the questions running through my head in the days leading up to move-in day.

My stay in halls was great, but what would it have been like living with TV characters, such as Wanda Maximoff? Well, she would probably choose my answer for me. So, here’s some of the worst and best characters to live with.


Wanda (WandaVision)

A different style every week, Wanda would share her wardrobe. The whole flat would have to go as Sokovian Witches for Halloween. She’s creative, a little weird, and every day would be interesting. She can whip up a meal superhumanly fast and would always make sure the flat was the cleanest it could be.

However, she wouldn't cope with stress well, may have babies in the flat, and mind control everybody. She’s well-meaning, but enslaving flatmates is a no-go.

Verdict: 3/10 – Sorry, Wanda.

Lucifer (Lucifer)

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Lucifer is an honest and protective devil. If you’re named Chloe, chances are he’ll look after you. If he’s left the kitchen a mess, he’ll own up to it. Owning his own club means he’ll know his way around drinks and the town. Be prepared for a night of sin and criticising other clubs.

Yet, he’s too obsessive and arrogant. He’s obsessed about sin and desire. Everything is about him, I get it he’s lived a long life, but it would be too much.

Verdict: 4/10- Living with Lucifer would be more stressful than fun.

Dishonourable Mentions:

Sherlock (BBC’s Sherlock), Joe Goldberg (You), Louis Litt (Suits)


Alexis Rose (Schitt’s Creek)

Alexis Rose would spill her life story on the first night. Her stories would be so concerning that you’d wonder if they happened until she brought out proof. She’d walk with you on the streets of Jesmond (not cycle- she can’t ride a bike) and plan fun adventures for the flat.

She’d promise to swap accessories but forget it and everyone’s birthdays. She’s a gossip that’s impossible not to love, even if she gets into situations that only distract from studying.

Verdict: 7/10. A good flatmate, if a little entitled.

Jake Peralta (Brooklyn 99)

Credit: NBC via IMDb

He’s a good guy, got lots of friends, and has a steady income. Not only is he good at karaoke, but he’s led a line-up rendition of ‘I want it that way’ making him a perfect candidate for starting flat karaoke. Jake’s an entertainer, who excels at creating the Jimmy Jab Games and could bring hilarity into the flat.

Just don’t let him near the kitchen, he’s unlikely to tidy, clean, or organise.

Verdict: 9/10- The Halloween Heists alone make Jake the best.

Honourable Mentions:

Jane Sloan (The Bold Type), Monica (Friends), John Watson (Sherlock)

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