TV characters Regrettable Characters Who (Nearly) Ruined Good TV Shows  

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List Rules Vote up the most regrettable characters, the ones that really tanked dank shows.

There’s almost always that one character, you know the one that makes you cringe or scream at your television set, “Go away!” Here are 15 terrible characters who ruined good shows.

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. These sometimes annoying, sometimes self-absorbed, sometimes irrelevant, almost always awful characters on great TV shows were perhaps not horrible enough to make you stop watching a program. However, they could be awful enough to get on your last nerve.

Is Hannah from Girls the most self-absorbed person in the history of television? Was Sklyer from Breaking Bad the most hated? And any way you slice it, Screech's schtick on Saved By The Bell grew so tiresome that he has to be considered one of the worst TV characters ever.

Check out these shows ruined by crappy characters. Then, let us know in the comments section if you agree. Maybe some of these guys and gals don’t deserve the dis, perhaps they were simply just misunderstood?


Emily Waltham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Regrettable Characters Who (Nearly) Ruined Good TV Shows
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Everyone always knew that Ross and Rachel were going to wind up together in the end. All Emily did was put a major delay in the inevitable. After Emily prohibits Ross from seeing Rachel, after he blurts out Rachel's name during their wedding ceremony (oops), Emily only becomes more unlikeable. Yes, of course, she is right, Ross probably should not see someone he is still clearly in love with. But come on, Yoko! Emily nearly broke up the whole gang.

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Skyler White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Regrettable Characters Who (Nearly) Ruined Good TV Shows
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The internet hate machine became so intense towards Skyler White that the actress who portrayed her, Anna Gunn, felt the need to write an op-ed piece in the New York Times, which addressed the double-standard towards female characters.

"I finally realized that most people's hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives," Gunn concluded. "Because Skyler didn't conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender."

Here's the thing about Skyler; she did not become universally hated on Breaking Bad until she found out that her cancer-stricken husband was not only making and selling meth, but becoming a ruthless drug kingpin in the process. Skyler had moral objections to Walter's new trade (as would most wives), but the show's writers turned her into an irritating nag, a house fly that would not keep quiet and just let her husband murder, lie, and cheat. Walter, despite the fact that he became the danger, was the show's hero turned anti-hero, so anything or anyone who got in his way, essentially became the bad guy.

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Regrettable Characters Who (Nearly) Ruined Good TV Shows
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This is Piper's story to tell, so what do we do when the main character of a drama is also the least interesting? Orange is the New Black is filled with three-dimensional, well-written characters. Initially, Piper is our protagonist, however, it quickly becomes clear that she is totally self-absorbed and toxic to everyone in her life. Thankfully, the writers and creator Jenji Kohan realized this rather quickly and began to really focus on the many other interesting inmates at Litchfield Penitentiary.

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Hannah Horvath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Regrettable Characters Who (Nearly) Ruined Good TV Shows
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Self-absorbed, narcissistic, petty, infantile, entitled, and irritating. Hannah is supposed to be a representative of the feminist movement, a show of strength for women everywhere. However, she usually just comes across as really immature. Hannah's best friends are also pretty much the same way. Somehow the lack of any true foil for Hannah worked on Girls

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