I am watching Netflix and the Family Ties episode “Speed Test”. In this episode Alex was trying to be perfect and used drugs to get good grades and score well on his tests. Alex did many stupid things on the show, but I seemed to ignore them as a kid.
Now watching the show Alex seems more like a jerk than a role model. He was intelligent, could be funny, and seemed to do well with women. I know he was written to be the foil of the good characters in his family, but he seemed to take a perverse pleasure in being the bad guy.
Now I’d rather be more like myself. Role models seem kind of silly.