Is it better to be a Mob chief, a vampire slayer, or a U.S. President? Bruce Fretts explains

By Bruce Fretts
Updated August 06, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Martin Sheen: David Rose/NBC
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Who has the best job on TV?

In conjunction with AOL,’s critics are weighing in with their take on a special series of weekly TV polls. Read on to see who we think should win the latest category, then visit AOL’s Television section to cast your vote.


Tony Soprano, ”The Sopranos” (Mob boss)
Carrie Bradshaw, ”Sex & the City” (sex columnist)
Apu, ”The Simpsons” (convenience store owner)
Dana Scully, ”The X-Files” (FBI agent)
Jed Bartlet. ”The West Wing” (President of the U.S.)
Ed Stevens, ”Ed” (bowling alley owner/ small-town lawyer)
Captain Kathryn Janeway, ”Star Trek: Voyager” (starship captain)
Buffy Summers, ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (college student/vampire slayer)

Who we think should win This one’s a snap. Tony Soprano’s Mafia chieftan gig definitely has its advantages (getting to whack your enemies), but it also has its disadvantages (getting whacked by your enemies). The same goes for Buffy — plus, who wants to do all that studying? Scully’s life is often threatened by all manner of monsters, and she doesn’t even have a license to kill.

Captain Janeway’s job requires a bit too much business travel for my taste. As for Apu, something tells me there’s not a lot of money to be made owning a Kwik-E-Mart. Ed Stevens gets to hang out in a bowling alley all day (which is cool), but at the end of the day, he’s still a lawyer (which is not). Carrie Bradshaw’s sex column would be fun to research, yet writing under the constant pressure of deadlines isn’t as glamorous as it looks on TV. Trust me on this one.

That leaves President Jed Bartlet. He can declare war on his rivals, but he’s always protected by the Secret Service (granted, that didn’t stop him from getting shot, but still?). He commands a cool staff who always walk through halls exchanging witty banter about important issues. He’s got a cool office, and the money’s good — and it’ll get even better after he leaves the job. Hail to the Chief!

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