Why Harry in ‘American Horror Story: Double Feature’ Is One of the Worst TV Fathers and Husbands of All Time

‘American Horror Story’ has had its share of frustrating characters but Harry Gardner takes the cake.

Television is no stranger to terrible dads and husbands. From Dexter Morgan in Dexter to Walter White in Breaking Bad and everyone in between, there are plenty of shows that feature men who aren't exactly in the running for a World's Best Dad trophy. Whether sneaking out in the middle of the night to go on murder sprees, making and selling drugs, or other actions of dubious merit, they're always claiming that the illegal acts and morally questionable decisions they make are for the betterment of their family, and yet their children and spouses — the very ones they're trying to protect — always seem to get caught in the cross fire.

One of the newest additions to the pantheon of terrible television fathers and husbands (and one of the most frustrating TV characters in recent memory) is Harry Gardner (Finn Wittrock) in the Red Tide portion of American Horror Story: Double Feature. Of course, like the terrible and selfish TV dads before him, Harry starts off as a peaceable and loving family man. After all, he only wants the best for his pregnant wife, Doris (Lily Rabe), and young violin prodigy daughter, Alma (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), when he relocates them to an old shorehouse in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the off-season. It's a quiet seaside town that he hopes will be just the thing to clear his writer's block. That is, until their family is attacked by a series of trenchcoated vampire-esque beings: pale and hunched with pointed teeth. Naturally, Doris is unsettled by the incident and begs Harry to let them leave Provincetown and return to New York City.

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