'Friday Night Lights' character Joe McCoy belongs in the TV Villains Hall of Fame

Joe-McCoyImage Credit: Bill Records/NBCClear-eyed, full-hearted fans of Friday Night Lights have learned the face of pure evil, and its name is Joe McCoy. Played by actor D.W. Moffett, the wealthy father of the obnoxious star quarterback at West Dillon High is the biggest Texas villain since J.R. Ewing. He engineered Coach Taylor’s dismissal from the Panthers. He usurped Buddy as the head of the boosters. He’s even got his sights set on retribution against Tami. Ugly stuff. But it’s the gleeful way that he does his Machiavellian deeds that has me hurling nonsensicals at the TV screen before I can even put a dent in my Friday-night box-o-wine. His smug smile. His mirrored shades. I loathe him. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to separate the actor from the character. Moffett could go on to play Albert Schweitzer in some movie, and I’d curse his character through gritted teeth. (Reverence for life, my a–!)

I trust the warm-and-fuzzy folks behind Friday Night Lights to serve McCoy his proper comeuppance (NO SPOILERS, DIRECTV CROWD!), but I don’t expect any peace until I see his glasses broken and his son in a sling.

Where does McCoy rank in the pantheon of TV villains? Who are the other characters currently on TV you love to hate?

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  • ak

    i could not agree more. what a little toirtoise-shell-rimmed weasel. but damn if he doesn’t play bad so, so good. can i get a “hell yes” to the fact that this is hands-done the most brills show no one is watching? I can’t wax FNL with any of my friends. I thought i’d be put off, with so many of my faves leaving for greener pastures (anyone catch little miss garrity on Parenthood? she is so adorbs), but i’m loving it so far. goosebumps, just gorgeous. i want the taylors to adopt me.

  • JC

    Hate the McCoys too! But even though it’s a TV show, don’t the other boosters realize once JD graduates, Joe is out of there and they’re back to square one?!

    • Sarah

      SO TRUE!! He’ll be harassing his college football coaches instead, and probably arranging to have the starting quarterback injured so his freshman son can see an iota of playing time.

  • Christopher

    He’s not evil, merely political. While it would be good to have a FNL character in a list like this, the great thing about FNL is that the characters are so three-dimensional that they don’t make the broad strokes of good/evil classification. They’re just differing degrees of selfish.

    • pop

      didn’t he beat his wife and kid? i’d say that could classify as evil.

  • PeterBilt

    Dude, him and his d bag son, i’ll never be able to watch anything those two are in without wanting to attack the tv

  • G

    Definitely evil, but he was pivotal in one of the funniest moments this season, which was Buddy Garrity chasing after the golf cart.

  • Ryan

    I hate the McCoys so much, all of them! Even the pathetic wife who wouldn’t leave him.

  • MSlatt

    I remember that I always hated Joe McCoy with a firey passion that burns a thousand raging souls from the moment he tried to get Matt kicked off the team in favor of his son! But I used to kind of feel bad for his automoton son, until this season that is when he turned into a HUGE A hole for no good reason!

    • Darrian

      Me to it was like wtf ur the reason the panthers were losing stae in the first place calling Matt a loser

  • Ceballos

    EXCELLENT call on this.

    In fact, both of the McCoys have been so hateable this year, that I’ve pretty much forgotten how sorry I felt for J.D. when Joe rode him so hard (and actually hit him) last season.

    However, as Christopher mentioned, “FNL” is too good of a show to make someone completely evil. Though he’s been more straightforward in his boo-worthyness this year, the guy is basically trying to get his son into the best possible position to have a career playing football (no matter who he tramples on his way to get there).

    Also, it needs to be said that DW Moffett is KILLING this role. If Emmy paid attention to this show, I’d say he a shot at an Emmy nom.

  • S.O.

    Joe McCoy will get what he deserves in the end. (at least I hope so).

  • pop

    i knew dads like this when i was in high school. terrible.

  • harry

    he is doing such a good job of being such an a$$.

  • DAVE-O

    he is still a little bit of a mustache twirling villain at this point in the season and could use a little more fleshing out imo (i’m a directv guy and would love to discuss more, but alas…)

  • Paul

    Adam Arkin’s Ethan Zobelle makes McCoy look like the freaking pope!!!!

  • John Driscoll

    DW Moffett is a gifted and talented character actor. Ever actor aspires to elicit strong reactions from an audience. If you put him in the villain’s hall of fame, he has done his job quite well. There are a lot of Joe McCoys out there, not just on football fields. I confess a bit of bias … DW Moffett and I both graduated from Stanford University in 1976.

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