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The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History  

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List Rules Vote up any boring baby character that really didn't add anything to the show

List of the most unnecessary new babies in TV history. These are the babies who were added after the show was off and running but didn’t give a noticeable lift to the show’s quality. In some cases, the show might have been better before the boring baby character was added. Vote up the most unnecessary TV babies, especially the ones audiences weren’t that excited to see.

 New babies are added to a show’s cast for many reasons --  have you ever felt as though not all of the reasons are good? New babies are sometimes used as a Hail Mary attempt to revive a dying TV show. This doesn’t work, however, when the new baby plot feels unnecessary or forced. In these cases, networks or producers will attempt to create hype for the pregnancy, and viewers can sense it. TV babies are also introduced as an ‘awww’ way to end a series, which occasionally comes across as emotional manipulation.

 When an unnecessary baby character is introduced, he or she will often be accompanied by clichés, such as the screaming delivery or the ‘you’re drinking breast milk’ gag. Many unimportant TV babies are also subjected to Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome, going from a newborn to a toddler (or older) in the space of a few seasons. A prime example is Little Nicky from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” who went from infant to preschooler in one season while the rest of the cast didn’t age or change. 

 Whatever the reason an unnecessary TV baby appears, it’s usually to much sighing by audiences. This list contains the most unneeded TV baby characters, the ones who failed to excite. Vote up the most unnecessary, least exciting TV babies of all time.
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Jerry Conner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Jerry Conner Roseanne
Son of Dan and Roseanne Conner
2
Chrissy Seaver is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Growing Pains
Daughter of Jason and Maggie Seaver
3
Nicolas Andrew Banks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Son of Philip and Vivian Banks
4
Gracie Margaret Kleinsch... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Gracie Margaret Kleinschmidt King of the Hill
Daughter of Lucky and Luanne Kleinschmidt
5
Connor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Angel
Son of Angel and Darla
6
Jonah Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Jonah Sheffield The Nanny
Son of Maxwell and Fran Sheffield
7
Benjamin Hodge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Benjamin Hodge Desperate Housewives
Son of Danielle Van de Kamp and Austin McCann
8
Eve Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Eve Sheffield The Nanny
Daughter of Maxwell and Fran Sheffield
9
Hannah Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Hannah Vasquez Beverly Hills, 90210
Daughter of Andrea Zuckerman and Jesse Vasquez
10
Savannah Kinkirk is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Savannah Kinkirk 7th Heaven
Daughter of Kevin and Lucy Kinkirk
11
Charlie Rivera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Charlie Rivera 7th Heaven
Son of Carlos and Mary Rivera
12
Isabelle Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Isabelle Vaughn Alias
Daughter of Sydney Bristow and Michael Vaughn
13
Andy Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Andy Harris Roseanne
Son of Jackie Harris and Fred
14
Holly White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Holly White Breaking Bad
Daughter of Walter and Skyler White
15
Lucinda Tortelli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Lucinda Tortelli Cheers
Daughter of Carla and Nick
16
Philip Halpert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Philip Halpert The Office
Son of Jim and Pam Halpert
17
Olivia Stillfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Olivia Stillfield Designing Women
Daughter of Charlene and Bill Stillfield
18
David Crane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
David Crane Frasier
Son of Niles and Daphne Crane
19
Philip Lipton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Philip Lipton The Office
Son of Senator Lipton and Angela
20
Isabella Turk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Isabella Turk Scrubs
Daughter of Carla Espinosa and Christopher Turk
21
Jack Cox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Unnecessary New Babies in TV History
Jack Cox Scrubs
Son of Dr. Cox and Jordan Sullivan