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April 9, 2020 at 9:58 am #1203417622
We’re developing a new photo gallery soon: Worst TV Character from a Great Series
Give us your suggestions plus a short description of the reason. We might include it in the gallery. It needs to be someone who was a regular (not recurring or guest) for a season or more. DO NOT provide more than one per show.April 9, 2020 at 10:36 am #1203417712
Mark Brendanawicz in Parks and Recreation. He just served virtually no purpose in the story, and when he left, it didn’t feel like anything was missing from the show afterwards. Nothing really super terrible about him, just bland beyond belief in a sea of interesting characters.
Mr. Schuester in Glee. He was creepy and parasitic and relived his weird glory days vicariously through his students. He blackmailed and manipulated children at times and just crossed an incredible amount of boundaries for a teacher.
Rory in Gilmore Girls. She started out sweet and a great kid, but turned into someone completely incapable of any sort of commitment. We were always told that she worked hard, but it seemed that in later seasons that everything was just handed to her. She treated all the men in her life terribly and often let down her own mother and best friend when she needed her most.
Mutt in Schitt’s Creek. He was a regular for three seasons, and I would not be able to tell you a single thing about his personality. He never felt right for Alexis, and especially when paired with Annie Murphy’s comedic genius, he just fell flat every single time. Not the fault of the actor, he just had absolutely nothing to work with. I honestly forgot he was Roland and Jocelyn’s son and that he was around for THREE seasons because I had to Google if he even had regular billing.
Jason in The Good Place. Even in a show that could feel cartoon-y in the best way, Jason never felt like a real person. His stupidity and recklessness always felt just over the line, and while his romance with Janet was cute, it never really landed, always feeling forced. It was a cool twist at first when we found out that the silent monk was actually a crazy DJ, but honestly, he just felt like he had less and less purpose as a character as the series continued on.
Toby in This Is Us. His sense of humor always felt more annoying and abrasive than endearing, and he constantly flip flopped between being totally devoted and loving to Kate and seemingly not caring about her at all.
Agent Petty in Ozark. His romance with Russ never felt like it made any sort of sense, and even before the thing that happened at the end of season one that pushed him over the line, he was always unstable and reckless for seemingly no reason.
(I also completely agree with Roland Schitt. He made me so irrationally annoyed every single time he was on screen. However, I would prefer even him over a character that just did not have any reason to exist.)April 9, 2020 at 11:13 am #1203417795
Bran Stark, he sucks so bad that he is largely the reason the ending doesn’t work at all.
Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, SurvivorApril 9, 2020 at 11:41 am #1203417853
Well he was much worse in the later (weaker) seasons. Ros, on the other hand, was in several of the show’s greatest seasons and was a complete disaster.April 9, 2020 at 11:44 am #1203417863
First of all, does Roland get way more annoying in the later seasons? Cause I’m in season 3, and he really doesn’t bother me that much. He’s supposed to annoy the other characters.
Anyway, I actually made a forum awhile back about this, so here’s the link:
And here’s the ones that I mentioned on there:
Ellaria and the Sand Snakes – Game of Thrones
What can I say? It’s almost like the professional writers went out for lunch, someone accidentally destroyed the pages that Ellaria and the Sand Snakes appeared on while they were gone, and then they tried to write a replacement script hoping that no one would notice the original draft was gone. These are some of the dumbest, most irrational, and unlikable characters to ever appear on the show. Except, unlike other dumb, irrational, and unlikable characters such as Joffrey, the show never seems to intentionally paint them as awful people, and not once does the series make it clear just how horribly destructive their actions are. Oberyn may have been a huge hot head, but he made it clear that he would never harm Myrcella to get back at the Lannisters. Also, I’ll never understand the logic of avenging Oberyn by murdering the rest of his family. I’ll cut Ellaria some slack. She was actually a likable character in the fourth season, and Indira Varma gave a very good performance (especially in The Queen’s Justice) despite awful material from season 5 onwards. The Sand Snakes however, are completely irredeemable. While Game of Thrones is home to a huge number of badass characters, the Sand Snakes are just lame. Every attempt to make them seem cool (such as that dreadful season 5 fight scene) ended up being laughable. These four were so loathed that most of the fan base was celebrating their demises despite the fact that they were on the side of the heroes. Game of Thrones had other weak links, such as Euron and Bran (mostly due to the later seasons), but there have never been characters who were so universally hated by the fan base as Ellaria and the Sand Snakes.
(I know this says only list one per series, but these four characters are all extremely linked together, and don’t really have all that much personality to themselves, instead all being very similar and sharing the same exact problems)
Dan Egan – Veep (In the later seasons)
In my opinion, Dan is by far the most despicable character on Veep. While this isn’t a show with a particularly likable cast, Dan stands out as having almost no redeemable qualities. The reason why the character originally worked was because he was treated as a loser. He may have had his moments of competency, but he would constantly have his plans blow up in his face, proving that he was just as hopelessly inept as the characters he believed he was so much better than. When Dan failed, he failed big time. And that’s where his biggest laughs came from. Having a douchebag act like a dick while bragging about how awesome he is isn’t very entertaining. Seeing that same asshole fail miserably on the other hand, is hilarious. But then in the later seasons, the writers seemed to forget about this. Dan’s losses were too few and far between, and none of them felt like the same humiliating defeats that he previously had handed to him. And some of his losses end up being only minor setbacks. So now the audience is stuck with an utterly hateful person who keeps getting jobs that he’s horribly unqualified for. There was literally a deleted scene in season 2 where Kent tells Dan that he’s too dumb to work for him, yet he seemingly has no problem starting a law firm with him at the end of season 6. At the very least, seeing him get fired by Richard in the finale was immensely satisfying. The fact that he’s finally told he’s bad at politics by the the nicest character in the entire show was icing on the cake.
All characters introduced in the final two seasons – The Office
I’m not the first person to say this, but The Office should’ve ended when Steve Carell left. Having to watch the series for two years without Michael Scott really goes to show how important he was to the series. His departure left such an enormous hole, and none of the second rate roles added afterwards came close to filling it. Robert California showed genuine promise in his early appearances, but quickly suffered from an inconsistent presence, and even more inconsistent writing. The show clearly had no idea what to do with him, with his characterization greatly changing between episodes. Catherine Tate’s Nellie was far too unsympathetic. What made the writers think that the audience would like a character who intentionally screws a previous fan favorite out of his job? While she got better and managed to show a more likable side in the 9th season, she still ended up feeling too out of place. Clark Duke and Jake Lacy’s characters were simply added too late into the show to make the necessary impact on the audience. They were so forgettable that I had to look up the names of their roles (Clark and Pete), which is pretty bad considering Duke’s character shares his first name. Pete was just a rehash of Jim, except without any personality. Clark was slightly better, but ultimately was shallow and uninteresting. The final season also completely ruined Andy. He was already being messed up in the 8th season, but then he completely shed off all his character development, and started acting like a huge jackass towards everyone, despite being one of the most likable people in the show’s earlier seasons. I especially hated having him treat Erin like garbage when he had previously been willing to lose his job for her, just so the writers could pair her up with Pete for a boring and unnecessary romance. While they got the character back on track at the very end of the series, the damage was already done.
And after seeing him mentioned on here, I have another addition:
Mark Brendanawicz — Parks and Recreation
Dear God was this guy boring. Back when Parks and Rec first started, it definitely felt like it was trying to emulate The Office rather than be its own thing. For example, Leslie Knope comes across as somewhat of a Michael Scott copy in the first season, contrasting with her more likable and competent character later on. But the most blatant attempt to emulate The Office was Mark, who is very much the poor man’s Jim Halpert. While Jim had a defined personality, being charming, smart, and in some ways, just as nuts as the other people around him (you have to be crazy to pull all those pranks), Mark had no personality. He was practically the definition of bland. There was nothing interesting about his character, or his relationships with other characters. The actor (can’t remember his name) wasn’t bad, but he had absolutely nothing to work with. I remember they had Mark in a sort of love triangle with both Leslie and Ann, with his Ann romance being particularly bad. While Ann served as a strong straight man later on, having her paired up with Mark not only resulted in a relationship that had no chemistry, but it made her briefly seem almost as bland as him. Thankfully her after pairing with the much more entertaining Chris showed that her character actually had potential when she was around actually interesting people, this making her more interesting. The character of Ben was essentially Mark done right. Someone who acted as the series’ male straight man, but actually had his own unique and likable personality, with his own quirks and charm, excellent chemistry with the rest of the cast, and a romance that was engaging and cute. While Ben could keep up with the rest of the cast, they left Mark in the dust. It speaks multitudes to how little everyone cared about Mark that he was taken out of the show at the end of the second season, was never seen again, I believe not even ever referenced again, and literally nobody cared. What more can I say? In a cast full of great actors playing intriguing and hilarious parts, the only thing that was memorable about Mark was his lack of memorability.
EDIT: I just realized that my Office paragraph isn’t about any one character, so that doesn’t count. Still, those characters deserve a shoutout, as they’re all very poorly written.April 9, 2020 at 11:56 am #1203417889
A.J. Soprano is the supreme answer. The actual worst.April 9, 2020 at 12:01 pm #1203417904
I know it’s an oldie-ish but mine comes from Sofia Curtis from CSI. I found her to be useless and when she was useful it felt shoehorned inApril 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm #1203417922
I recently started watching Mad Men and I can’t seem to stand Roger Sterling.April 9, 2020 at 12:18 pm #1203417951
Oh i got another one: Teddy Altman on Grey’s Anatomy. She is brought in to mess things up all the time….but not in surgery…..and is just so unlikeable. Like stay away from grey sloan memorial you relationship jinx!April 9, 2020 at 12:20 pm #1203417957
There really was no use for the character of Roland Schitt, in hindsight, beyond the incredible name pun. Chris Elliott it is then.April 9, 2020 at 12:23 pm #1203417965
Okay once again, does Roland get worse in the later seasons? Cause I don’t see what makes him that bad so far? I agree with the mention of Mutt more than Roland.
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