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The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History

List Rules
Recurring kid characters who joined the cast during or after the show's second season

List of the most annoying new kids in TV history. These kids, from infants to teenagers, might have been cute, but they did little to improve the quality of their respective TV shows. Many, in fact, were so annoying that they signaled a marked decline in a show’s quality, earning them a place on this list of the most obnoxious new kids added to a show’s cast. This list only includes recurring kid characters who joined the cast during or after the show's second season.

 Why do shows’ producers decide to add new kids to a cast, knowing that these kids could become annoying TV children? Often it’s done when a favorite child star grows up and leaves the show; wanting to maintain appeal, the show will introduce a substitute. Unfortunately, these subs often turn out annoying -- viewers usually sense that these irritating newcomer TV kids are a ploy to maintain ratings. Many times, the addition of an annoying TV kid signals the moment when a show jumped the shark, or fell off so rapidly in terms of quality that it became almost unwatchable.

 Introducing an obnoxious new kid to a TV cast has been done so many times that there’s even a name for it: Cousin Oliver Syndrome. The name comes from the introduction of Cousin Oliver to the cast of “The Brady Bunch” -- a last-gasp effort to remain popular. Cousin Oliver, however, wasn’t well-received; his obnoxiousness has definitely earned him a place on the list of most annoying new kids in TV history.

 This list includes the most annoying new kids added to TV casts. In a few cases, the annoying TV kid was removed (for example, Seven from “Married...with Children”), but most of them stayed with the show to the bitter end. Only include annoying TV children who weren’t in the original cast, but joined in the second season or later.
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  • Cousin Oliver
    1

    Cousin Oliver

    The Brady Bunch
    Added in Season 5
  • Seven
    2

    Seven

    Married. . .with Children
    Added in Season 6
  • Olivia Kendall
    3
    The Cosby Show
    Added in Season 6
  • Jerry Jamal Jameson
    4
    Family Matters
    Added in Season 8
  • Sam McKinney
    5

    Sam McKinney

    Diff'rent Strokes
    Added in Season 6
  • Chrissy Seaver
    6
    Growing Pains
    Added in Season 4
  • Stephanie Mills
    7
    All in the Family
    Added in Season 9
  • Nicolas Andrew Banks
    8
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    Added in Season 3
  • April Nardini
    9
    Gilmore Girls
    Added in Season 6
  • Vicki Stubing
    11

    Vicki Stubing

    The Love Boat
    Added in Season 3
  • Chachi Arcola
    12
    Happy Days
    Added in Season 5
  • Andy Keaton
    13
    Family Ties
    Added in Season 5
  • Kelly Affinado
    14

    Kelly Affinado

    The Facts of Life
    Added in Season 5
  • Ricky Stevens
    15

    Ricky Stevens

    The Partridge Family
    Added in Season 4
  • Luke Brower
    16
    Growing Pains
    Added in Season 7
  • Dodie
    17
    My Three Sons
    Added in Season 10
  • Billie Jenkins
    18
    Added in Season 8
  • Kennedy
    19

    Kennedy

    Blossom
    Added in Season 5
  • Pam Tucker
    20

    Pam Tucker

    The Cosby Show
    Added in Season 7
  • Maddie Harrington
    21
    Added in Season 5
  • Dawn Summers
    22
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Added in Season 5
  • Alex Katsopolis
    23
    Full House
    Added in Season 5
  • Dil Pickles
    24
    All Grown Up!, Rugrats
    Added in Season 6
  • Casey Austin
    25

    Casey Austin

    Ghostwriter
    Added in Season 2