Because Popes practically ruled the Western world from ancient Rome to the "screw you" spirit of the French Revolution, the supremacy of the Catholic church is reflected in, among other things, weird, obscure holidays.
Since 1608, today, October 2, has apparently been the day to honor The Feast of the Guardian Angels (according to the BBC, who probably had to Google it first). The belief that each soul is assigned a guardian angel who watches over you for your entire life, after which the winged stalker escorts you to heaven, has become a common trope in pop culture. While TV's Touched by an Angel, Highway to Heaven, and the Hallmark Channel have depicted earnest, wholesome angels as divine intermediaries between humans and an unknowable, all powerful deity, today we're more interested in angels who scheme, swear, and screw like humans.
Darren Swimmer, executive producer of the fan-favorite fantasy series Shadowhunters, notes, "What's interesting is that throughout the history of angels on TV, they've always remained somewhat elusive and ineffable. They're not easy characters to pin down. And since you didn't used to have darker angels on television, so people tend to want to gravitate to edgier material because it's something different."
That's not to say that the idea of angels being closer to us lowly humans than some divine god is new. In Thomas Aquinas' 1485 Summa Theologica, he relegated guardian angels as the lowest rank in the hierarchy: a characteristic we love to explore in the form of TV angels who show their stupidity and lack social grace and maybe even sin? From the comedy of NBC's The Good Place and TBS' Miracle Workers to the dramedy of CW's Supernatural and the trio of current series adapted from Neil Gaiman's oeuvre of mythological mindf*cks, we love to watch these angels sin.
Ranked from most to least wholesome, our favorite angels are:
4. The Good Place: Michael (Ted Danson)
Michael, one of Heaven's "architects," is genuinely messed up. His character arc throughout The Good Place's four seasons so far exudes the kind of Lawful Evil energy that can spark and snuff out civilizations.
Michael isn't racing to stop the apocalypse, nor is he locked in eternal warfare with the forces of evil, but he does harness the powers of Heaven, wears a bow tie, and has the excitability of an unneutered puppy (or, more accurately, a man in the throes of a mid-life crisis who just quit his job and cashed out his retirement fund). So he's smack dab in the middle of our ranking.
this hit a little too close to home for all of us. catch up on last night's #miracleworkers now:… https://t.co/3hcyqMq8Kb— Dark Ages (@Dark Ages)1551905669.0
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