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The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History

List RulesRecurring 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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  • 1
    122
    34

    Cousin Oliver

    The Brady Bunch
    Added in Season 5
  • 2
    85
    31

    Seven

    Married. . .with Children
    Added in Season 6
  • 3
    54
    23

    Jerry Jamal Jameson

    Family Matters
    Added in Season 8
  • 68
    32
    Growing Pains
    Added in Season 4
  • 5
    57
    27

    Sam McKinney

    Diff'rent Strokes
    Added in Season 6
  • 56
    30
    Gilmore Girls
    Added in Season 6
  • 93
    55
    The Cosby Show
    Added in Season 6
  • 9
    49
    29

    Stephanie Mills

    All in the Family
    Added in Season 9
  • 54
    37
    Added in Season 8
  • 11
    38
    25

    Ricky Stevens

    The Partridge Family
    Added in Season 4
  • 52
    36
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
    Added in Season 3
  • 57
    40
    Happy Days
    Added in Season 5
  • 14
    46
    32

    Vicki Stubing

    The Love Boat
    Added in Season 3
  • 15
    39
    27

    Dodie

    My Three Sons
    Added in Season 10
  • 16
    46
    33

    Pam Tucker

    The Cosby Show
    Added in Season 7
  • 17
    37
    26

    Kennedy

    Blossom
    Added in Season 5
  • 47
    36
    Family Ties
    Added in Season 5
  • 19
    31
    23

    Maddie Harrington

    Ally McBeal
    Added in Season 5
  • 52
    42
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Added in Season 5
  • 21
    30
    23

    Kelly Affinado

    The Facts of Life
    Added in Season 5
  • 39
    32
    Growing Pains
    Added in Season 7
  • 23
    23
    18

    Casey Austin

    Ghostwriter
    Added in Season 2
  • 58
    51
    All Grown Up!, Rugrats
    Added in Season 6
  • 25
    21
    18

    Arthur McArthur

    Hey Dad...!
    Added in Season 6