“Bad Judge” Star Kate Walsh and 5 of TV’s Funniest Bad Girls

Treva Bowdoin | Aug 11, 2014

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In the new NBC series “Bad Judge,” which premieres on NBC October 2 at 9 p.m., Kate Walsh plays Rebecca Wright. She is a dishonorable judge who has sex in her chambers, has a hangover at work, and drives a stoner van. Judge Wright might seem like the wrong person to be doling out punishment for others’ bad behavior, but Walsh is definitely the right choice for the role.

Walsh is just the latest in an ever-growing list of lovely ladies playing lewd characters. Here’s a look at five other members of the bad girls’ club who are your new imaginary BFFs:

1. Max from “2 Broke Girls” (CBS)

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You know if Max (Kat Dennings) ever showed up in Kate’s courtroom, the judge and the former juvenile delinquent would feel an instant kinship, and they’d probably end up sharing a joint and a box of wine while swapping sad sex stories. They’d end their bad girls’ night out by noshing on trays of Max’s Beer Batter Maple Bacon Spring Break Cupcakes after getting the munchies. Just like Judge Wright, Max is very rough around the edges. However, she’s also hiding a heart underneath all that sarcasm and sex talk. We can only hope that Judge Wright is as good at telling dirty jokes.

2. Ilana from “Broad City” (Comedy Central)

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Ilana (Ilana Glazer) is a master slacker. When she bothers to come to work, she spends most of the day stoned, sleeping, and having sex dreams about her BFF Abbi (Abbi Jacobson). Instead of wasting her time worrying about how she can finally score her dream job, she puts all her energy toward finding wacky ways to come up with enough money for Lil Wayne concert tickets. These include playing bucket drums in the park and responding to creepy Craigslist ads to drum up some quick cash. Ilana refuses to be monogamous with her smitten dentist lover, Lincoln (Hannibal Buress). Her life might be a bit of a mess, but at least she’s a faithful friend who knows how to have fun on a shoestring budget.

3. Mona-Lisa from “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)

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Jenny Slate is easy to hate as “Parks and Recreation” bad girl Mona-Lisa, the spoiled sister of Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz). She’s a “total klepto, nympho, and pyro” who slacks off just as much as Ilana. However, unlike Ilana, she’s no fun to be around. Mona-Lisa punches police horses in the face, steals birth control pills, and threatens to start bathroom fires so she can leave work early. According to Vulture, Jean-Ralphio describes his twin sister from the same mister, “Honestly, she is the wooooorst; she’s the worst person in the world, huge skank, terrible.”

4. Cheryl from “Archer” (FX)

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Slate’s “Married” costar, Judy Greer, voices this delightfully ditzy animated character. Cheryl is really into sadistic stuff like being choked and zapped with tasers, and the wealthy heiress is fifty shades of crazy. Her favorite pastimes also include sniffing glue and listening to other people’s sordid sexcapades. Cheryl spent last season pursuing a career as a country singer named Cherlene.

To give you an idea of just how insane/terrible Cheryl is, here’s one of her worst quotes: “Sometimes I think about adopting a little baby so I could abandon it at a mall.” And here’s one more: “I spent like every summer there listening to my creepy great grandmother bitch about Abraham Lincoln. Apparently, slavery was pretty awesome.”

5. Gretchen from “You’re the Worst” (FX)

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This FX series is pretty new, but Gretchen (Aya Cash) is already becoming my favorite bad girl with a heart of gold. Basically this show is about two terrible people who start a relationship solely based on sex. Gretchen is a publicist who sleeps with a guy to score cocaine for one of her celebrity clients, and Jimmy (Chris Geere) is a narcissist who writes a novel titled “Congratulations, You’re Dying.” He hates everyone and everything, but there’s something about Gretchen that makes him feel a little less rage. When you put these two together, you get a couple who horrifies the neighbors by getting drunk and passing out naked in the driveway.

How do you think “Bad Judge” Walsh will stack up against TV’s other bad babes?

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