It’s been a grim summer. Especially for men, mostly middle-aged white ones.
At least, it has been on television, which has experienced a near epidemic of clenched jaws and downturned mouths. Male actors and even the occasional reality star have been putting on an unintentional clinic in how (and sometimes, how not) to look grim.
Jack Bauer in “24: Live Another Day” was disgruntled over an impending rain of death from the skies, and so was Fin Shepard in “Sharknado 2: The Second One.” Frank Winter not only is trying to build an atomic bomb but also has vexing family issues in “Manh(a)ttan.” That Big Jim Rennie’s town is cut off from the world by a clear, impenetrable covering has been the least of his worries in “Under the Dome.” Grim, grim, grim.
The grim on display all over television is a foreboding scowl that says, “The situation is very grave, and I am extremely displeased about it.”
The Top 10 Grim Guys of Summer, in reverse order – that is, least effective at rendering grim to most effective: