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The Worst Storylines From Great TV Shows

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Every great TV show has that one storyline that went the wrong direction. Whether it's an awkward romance or a beloved character acting out of their depth, these storylines take away from the story for a moment and make you question the writers. Even the greatest shows on television have their missteps and cheap subplots that may even become tedious at times to get through. There could be a number of reasons why these storylines didn't work, such as puzzling character decisions or contrived romantic conflicts, but they all had the same result: We hated it. 

From Joey and Rachel's awkward romance on Friends to Glenn's illogical dumpster dive on The Walking Dead, these are the worst storylines from otherwise great TV shows. Vote up the storylines you wish you could forget.

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    Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) hooking up in Friends wouldn't be as controversial as it was if Rachel hadn't been pregnant with Ross's (David Schwimmer) child at the time. Aside from being awkward and forced, it seemingly came out of nowhere, and fans didn't buy the whole Rachel/Joey romance, which lasted from Season 8 all the way into Season 10. Even the actors, LeBlanc and Aniston, protested the storyline to the producers, but it was no use. 

    It just didn't make sense. Rachel had a baby on the way and Joey was the opposite of mature. And aside from all that, it was clear by the end of the series that Ross and Rachel were always meant to be together. Why waste time on a friends-with-benefits storyline? The hardest pill to swallow was believing that Joey and Rachel were more interested in hooking up than respecting their friendship with Ross.

    At the end of the day, it just didn't compute and ultimately led nowhere.

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    Season 2 of Stranger Things was generally a massive success with one glaring problem: the introduction of new "Elevens" with mutant abilities. What made Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) so special in the first place was the fact that she was one of a kind. She was mysterious and unconventional, yet so easy to root for. So when Season 2 introduced a group of super-human test subjects in the form of '80s punk rocker/anarchists, fans were a little taken aback. While the idea is solid, the execution of the subplot was where the show went wrong.

    It didn't help that the storyline was largely condensed into a bottle episode, taking up the entirety of episode 7. "The Lost Sister" became the lowest-rated episode in Stranger Things history, with many fans displeased by the change of tone and story. Despite all that, the new group of test subjects just weren't all that interesting. Their leader, Kali (Linnea Berthelsen), changed up Eleven's look and even tried to get her to commit an act of murder. Fans were happy when the storyline was left behind, and the writers seemingly have no plans to dig it back up.

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    So far, Glenn (Steven Yeun) is the only character in The Walking Dead to die twice, and not as a zombie. The Walking Dead's sixth season started off with a bang with three action-packed episodes in a row that were some of the best of the series. Everything was going well until the end of episode three's "Thank You," which saw Glenn take a dive off a dumpster and collapse into a giant walker herd, followed by what looked like Glenn being disemboweled and eaten alive. 

    Except it wasn't Glenn. Nicholas (Michael Traynor) had landed on top of Glenn after shooting himself, and it was his corpse that was being torn apart, allowing Glenn to hide under the dumpster for safety. But the show didn't reveal that until the seventh episode of Season 6, even going as far as to remove Yeun's name from the credits. Fans had figured out very early on that it wasn't Glenn's body being torn apart and felt cheated by the cheap fakeout. When Glenn was revealed to be alive, the conclusion to the storyline was met with anger rather than relief. 

    Considering Glenn perished for real just a handful of episodes later, his first "death" seemed like a waste of screen time.

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    Breaking Bad's biggest writing error was an early Season 1 storyline involving Hank's (Dean Norris) wife Marie (Betsy Brandt) that was never brought up again, nor resolved. Of course, we're talking about the brief storyline in which Marie is a kleptomaniac despite having a high-paying job and a cop for a husband. The storyline begins in Season 1, episode 3, "...And the Bag's in the River," as Marie inexplicably steals a pair of shoes from the mall, culminating in her sister Skyler (Anna Gunn) almost getting arrested in the season finale for trying to return a stolen baby tiara.

    When the show returns for Season 2, Skyler is no longer talking to Marie over the tiara incident, causing Hank lots of grief. It's not until Walt (Bryan Cranston) goes missing that the sisters are on speaking terms again. Once Walter is found safe, Skyler forgives the incident, and the two carry on as usual, but Marie's kleptomania is never brought up again. It isn't known if she stopped or went to therapy for her condition, but the show had bigger things to focus on.

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