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Which Characters Are So Annoying That They Almost Make Your Favorite TV Shows Unwatchable?

Updated July 30, 2018 36.8k votes 4.1k voters 22.6k views31 items

List RulesVote up the characters that bring down their shows the most; vote down those who are worth the trouble.

These days, every show seems to have the "average man/woman" character, the one whose sole purpose is to balance out all the craziness carried out by the other characters in each episode. Oftentimes, though, this person can come across as so insanely dull or annoying that the show would probably be better off without them.

People often point to Skyler from Breaking Bad as a prime example, as she comes across as a total downer, even if her true motivations are to keep her family safe and intact. There's also a case to be made for a character who replaces another beloved cast member, and just can't quite live up to people's expectations (something that happens far too often).

It's hard to provide enough background and intrigue to individual characters, especially when they're generally seen as a single piece of an ensemble. For whatever reason, these characters became a nuisance to the audience, and are seen as inconsequential additions to already full and endearing casts. This has nothing to do with their individual behavior, but instead focuses on the fact they offer nothing of real value to the show as a whole.

Vote up the characters you wish were excluded from your favorite programs, and vote down those you believe were irreplaceable. 

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    Lori Grimes
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    Lori Grimes

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    Played BySarah Wayne Callies

  • 2
    Skyler White
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    Skyler White

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    Played ByAnna Gunn

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    Piper Chapman
    1,730
    715

    Piper Chapman

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    Played ByTaylor Schilling

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  • 4
    Marie Schrader
    1,216
    528

    Marie Schrader

    Breaking Bad

    Played ByBetsy Brandt

  • 5
    Vanessa Abrams
    702
    301

    Vanessa Abrams

    Gossip Girl

    Played ByJessica Szohr

  • 6
    Susan Ross
    616
    350

    Susan Ross

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    Scrappy Doo
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    Scrappy Doo

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  • 8
    June Harris
    363
    282

    June Harris

    Lost In Space
  • 9
    Robert California
    797
    671

    Played ByJames Spader

  • 10
    Ted Mosby
    1,059
    921

    Ted Mosby

    How I Met Your Mother

    Played ByJosh Radnor

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  • 11
    Ross Geller
    1,441
    1,312

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    Michael Dawson
    518
    496

    Played ByHarold Perrineau Jr.

  • 13
    Eden Blaine
    317
    306

    Eden Blaine

    The Handmaid's Tale
  • 14
    Mark Brendanawicz
    483
    510

    Mark Brendanawicz

    Parks and Recreation

    Played ByPaul Schneider

  • 15
    Julie Taylor
    200
    236

    Julie Taylor

    Friday Night Lights

    Played ByAimee Teegarden

  • 16
    The Sand Snakes
    639
    802

    The Sand Snakes

    Game of Thrones
  • 17
    Megan Calvet
    218
    265

    Megan Calvet

    Mad Men
  • 18
    Ana Lucia Cortez

    Played ByMichelle Rodriguez

  • 19
    Tom Yates
    218
    276

    Tom Yates

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  • 20
    Pete Campbell
    217
    291

    Played ByVincent Kartheiser

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  • 21
    Elizabeth Keen
    287
    394

    Elizabeth Keen

    The Blacklist

    Played ByMegan Boone

  • 22
    Herman 'Duck' Phillips
    176
    245

    Herman 'Duck' Phillips

    Mad Men

    Played ByMark Moses

  • 23
    Pierce Hawthorne
    293
    474

    Played ByChevy Chase

  • 24
    Lee Sizemore
    164
    270

    Lee Sizemore

    Westworld
  • 25
    Jo Bennett
    325
    627

    Jo Bennett

    The Office