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

Ann Casano
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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?

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Emily Waltham, Friends


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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Hannah Horvath, Girls


Hannah Horvath is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Dana Brody, Homeland


Dana Brody is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Regrettable Characters Who (Nearly) Ruined Good TV Shows
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Dana Brody is another TV character that the internet could not stop hating. In fact, entire sites were dedicated to listing all the reasons why her character is one of the worst in television history. Here's the thing, Homeland is very serious drama about terrorism. The beginning seasons are focused on Dana's is-he-or-isn't-he a prisoner of war turned terrorist father Nicholas Brody and his adult relationship with CIA operative Carrie Mathison.

It isn't a drama about teen angst, which came pouring out of every one of Dana's veins. Her character always seemed to take away from the show, instead of adding to it. Every time she appeared onscreen, Dana was just a major annoying hindrance to getting to what was really important on Homeland.

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Piper Chapman is listed (or ranked) 4 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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