What better way to celebrate Boss’s Day than by profiling some of the archetypal administrators who lord over the workday? No matter what their management style is, bosses play an important role in the office, from taking the heat for everyone’s screw-ups to simply doing the nitty-gritty of adult supervision. But just what kind of head honcho would you be?
THE HARD-ASS: ALICE MURPHY (WORKAHOLICS)
Alice is the classic office manager: brassy, high-strung and always ready to offer criticism — whether constructive or otherwise. As Adam, Blake and Ders learn on her first day as a regional supervisor, it only takes a marginal amount of power to bring out Alice’s authoritarian side.
THE TASKMASTER: MR. PEEPERS (ANOTHER PERIOD)
As the highest-ranking servant at Bellacourt Manor, head butler Peepers takes his work very seriously. He never deviates from the rules, and he’s merciless when it comes to overseeing the work of the menials beneath him. And even though the Bellacourt family would never give Peepers the time of day, nothing prevents him from taking his sadistic perfectionism out on other workers.
THE MANIC PIXIE DREAM BOSS: KENT RUSSELL (IDIOTSITTER)
Kent Russell is wealthy, successful and completely distracted by his own crap. As a boss, he’s aloof and eccentric. When he interviews Billie for the job of babysitting his adult daughter, his slightly off sense of reality becomes abundantly apparent. But then, reality never counted for much in the Russell household to begin with.
THE CHAUVINIST-IN-CHIEF: MR. BLAKE (INSIDE AMY SCHUMER)
The Mr. Blakes of the world aren’t exactly politically correct, but at least they get results. They’re demanding and impatient, but somehow they know how to bring out the best in their employees — even if their patronizing techniques are a bit outdated.