Family The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Cousin Oliver The Brady Bunch - Added in Season 5

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Seven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Seven Married. . .with Children - Added in Season 6

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Olivia Kendall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Olivia Kendall The Cosby Show - Added in Season 6

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Chrissy Seaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Chrissy Seaver Growing Pains - Added in Season 4

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Sam McKinney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Sam McKinney Diff'rent Strokes - Added in Season 6

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Nicolas Andrew Banks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Nicolas Andrew Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Added in Season 3

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Dil Pickles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Dil Pickles All Grown Up!, Rugrats - Added in Season 6

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April Nardini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
April Nardini Gilmore Girls - Added in Season 6

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Stephanie Mills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Stephanie Mills All in the Family - Added in Season 9

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Jerry Jamal Jameson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Jerry Jamal Jameson Family Matters - Added in Season 8

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Billie Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Billie Jenkins Charmed - Added in Season 8

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Dawn Summers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Dawn Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Added in Season 5

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Andy Keaton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Andy Keaton Family Ties - Added in Season 5

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Pam Tucker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Pam Tucker The Cosby Show - Added in Season 7

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Alex Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Alex Katsopolis Full House - Added in Season 5

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Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Kennedy Blossom - Added in Season 5

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Penny Gordon Woods is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Penny Gordon Woods Good Times - Added in Season 5

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Dodie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Dodie My Three Sons - Added in Season 10

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Ricky Stevens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Ricky Stevens The Partridge Family - Added in Season 4

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Maddie Harrington is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Maddie Harrington Ally McBeal - Added in Season 5

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Kelly Affinado is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Kelly Affinado The Facts of Life - Added in Season 5

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Alexander Rozhenko is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
JamesCushman added Alexander Rozhenko

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Vicki Stubing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Vicki Stubing The Love Boat - Added in Season 3

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Luke Brower is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Luke Brower Growing Pains - Added in Season 7

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Jenny Wilder is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Jenny Wilder Little House on the Prairie - Added in Season 9

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Casey Austin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Casey Austin Ghostwriter - Added in Season 2

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Arthur McArthur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Arthur McArthur Hey Dad...! - Added in Season 6

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Trisha Stone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Trisha Stone The Donna Reed Show - Added in Season 5

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Chachi Arcola is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Chachi Arcola Happy Days - Added in Season 5

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Baby Poof is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Baby Poof A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!, The Fairly OddParents - Added in Season 6

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Jeremy Andretti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Jeremy Andretti Eight is Enough - Added in Season 5

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Wesley Crusher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
RichardBeecher added Wesley Crusher

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David Baxter is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
David Baxter The Mary Tyler Moore Show - Added in Season 7

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Declan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Declan 2point4 children - Added in Season 7

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Justin Stewart is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
udontneedtoknowmyname added Justin Stewart

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Albert Quinn Ingalls is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Albert Quinn Ingalls Little House on the Prairie - Added in Season 5

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Joey Donovan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Joey Donovan Gimme a Break! - Added in Season 3

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Ernie Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Annoying New Kids in TV History
Ernie Thompson My Three Sons - Added in Season 4