What defining characteristic is it that these series all do share in common?
Other than the fact that they all are glorified soap operas, that is.
And besides the obvious sleaze factor, of course.
Think of it as the opposite of Bertrand Russell's enlightened self-interest.
While some critics have praised the make-believe Leo-Straussian fictional universes of these series for their cynicism and self proclaimed "gritty realism" (they wish), the description is mostly misleading. And realistic they are not.
David Farland refers to it as the dark side of wisdom: