The Most Annoying Characters On TV, Vol. 2

Since you clearly loved our last post about TV's most annoying characters (just look at those kind and praising comments!), we've decided to do another list of the television characters we just can't stand. You may disagree with us, and feel free to tell us so, but do keep it civil. We are, after all, only talking about fictional people.

Ann Perkins, Parks and Recreation

Rashida Jones is a pretty lady. We'll give her that. But she's certainly not the laugh-out-loud funniest actress out there, so we're a little puzzled as to why she's been so awkwardly and aggressively shoe-horned into a workplace comedy. The character is pretty bland—always the kind of wanly smirking straight woman to everyone else's wackier personalities—and apparently never has work. She's always just hanging around the Parks & Rec office, participating in mural-design competitions and staff retreats, even though, again, she doesn't work there. We get that having a cute girl on a show helps reel in the valuable small-headed man demographic, but couldn't they at least make the T&A; (if you can call it that on this genteel show) a bit more interesting?

Betty Suarez, Ugly Betty

We can't believe we missed this one the first time around. It's just such a no-brainer. The entirety of Ugly Betty is annoying—in a lovable sort of way—but its lead is pretty much unforgivably irksome. All of her shrill moral quandaries and needling and meddling. It's just so unpleasant and loud. It may have been a sly trick on the part of the writers to make Betty just the eensiest bit unlovable so the viewer can sympathize with her enemies a little, but they totally overshot it. There's no good reason why Betty wouldn't have been fired long ago—she's nosy, overly principled, totally sanctimonious, and clearly not only knows nothing about fashion, but makes no efforts to learn. And those braces. Oh those braces.

Ray Drecker, Hung

This is a hard choice, because we genuinely do like this peculiar little show. But! We find that we like it in spite of its lead. Ray is such a growling bore, always complaining and frowning about things, never saying anything terribly funny, and, for our money, he's a bit too wildly unsexy to be moonlighting as a gigolo. Not that Thomas Jane isn't an attractive man, of course he is. But Ray the character is just too obviously holding on by a thread, there's something so desperate about him, even when he's putting on his best suave routine. It's tough to make a down-and-out character sympathetic rather than just plain pathetic, and we fear the writers and Mr. Jane haven't quite lived up to that task yet. Oh, and the son character, he's annoying too. But Jane Adams? Simply marvelous.

Abby Sciuto, NCIS

Just kidding! Though we do stand by our opinion that Abby is super annoying, we totally forgot that Tony is way more annoying on this show than she is. What with all his smirking and mugging and constant unfunny joking. If he was supposed to be a complete douchebag, then we'd kind of forgive it. But we're pretty sure Tony is meant to be an appealing guy's guy—you know, bro, like aren't nerds weird? and don't chicks act crazy sometimes?—and in that arena he massively fails. Look, if you're coming to this show to see nuanced character study, you're clearly in the wrong place. But they could at least make the cast exist one step above the realm of cheap 'n easy stock characters. So far they haven't.

The 'T' alter, United States of Tara

We guess this is a character? Whatever it is, we don't like it. Not in the way that we're supposed to not like her—the teenage alter-ego of suburban mom Tara is brash and rude and over-sexed and unpredictable. She's annoying because she's such a cliche, such a boring excuse to say dirty words and watch Toni Collette thrust her pelvis at her teenage children. Diablo Cody is certainly not the most nuanced of writers, but this is by far one of her worst creations. Not a real human being in any way (even though it's only, like, a personality or whatever, it should still feel real) and just vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. Actually, you know what? All of the 'Alters' are sort of flat cliches. We like the bones of this show, but they should scrap those personalities and start over with new ones that feel a bit more believable.

JD, Scrubs

Sure the guy isn't on that many episodes of the new, weird version of the series. But he's still annoying. All his whining and whimpering and that nasal voice. And the quirk! All the forced quirk. Scrubs has always precariously tread that line between tolerably twee and soul-crushingly cutesy (sometimes it tilts over), and JD has always been its nervous-energied avatar, the main guy we want to punch in the face when we think of how obnoxiously pleased with itself the show can be from time to time. We wish he'd just disappear into the infinite abyss already.

Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother

Judging from your comments on the previous post, none of you guys like this show, and you especially hate Barney (who we also do not like anymore.) So you'll probably agree with us that Ted is also pretty annoying too, in the same jittery self-obsessed way that JD is annoying. There's this kind of expectation hovering around that says "Oh, you're gonna find this Ted character so cute." You know, because he's our humble protagonist. But, dang it if we don't just want him off the darn screen every time he's on it. That boring blabbing about architecture, the thickly applied sarcasm. He's kind of like a relic from a '90s sitcom who just accidentally wandered onto the set of a show in the aughts. Also, Ted, if you don't meet our damn mother soon, we're just gonna walk out of the living room and you can yammer on to the cat. Also, why do you sound like Bob Saget now that you're older? It's strange and alarming. You should see a doctor. A boy's voice should only change once.

Claire Bennet, Heroes

You guys said it, we agreed, and now here she is. We were trying to think of specific examples of how Claire is annoying, but then we realized. A way simpler way to do this would be to ask you guys: In what ways is Claire not annoying?

The Kids, Modern Family

Well, OK. Not all the kids. The teenager girl and the weird red-headed kid are fine. But those other two? Alex and Manny? Ughhhh. We've said it before, but something about how they're supposed to be little adults in children's bodies is just so unpleasant. Though the Alex character has become slightly more likable as the season's worn on, we're still really not digging Manny. The way he's just. so. sensitive. and all his shuffling, shambling girl-craziness. Ugh. And the ha ha crush that he has on his... step-niece? It's not cute or funny, it's gross and upsetting. We know you'll call us boring old codgers for saying it (again), but we really wish they'd just push those kids into the corner and let the adults have their fun in peace. Because most children on TV? They're just not funny.

Horatio Caine, CSI: Miami

Well, duhhhh. We can't believe we forgot this one. And you, dear commenters, couldn't believe we forgot him either. And you were totally right to chastise us for it. While we sometimes find the ridiculous whispering detective annoying in a good way—so awful it's funny, a kind of I-can't-believe-he's-making-that-acting-choice trainwreck oddity—mostly Horatio Caine is just head-thunkingly aggravating. The character has that kind of tough-as-nails rustiness that should have been swept out of the cop-show genre along with electric guitar as background music. But instead there he is, taking off those sunglasses, saying those clunky one-liners that never really hit. And yet people watch it, every week. People like us. We're not sure why. We just do.

OK! That's it. Please leave us more love letters in the comments section below. And, remember: Be respectful. We have feelings too.

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Oh I would vote Horatio Cane, and Kelly from CSI: Miami, infact I find the whole cast irritating, and if it wasnt for the naked bodies on the streets and pretty bizzare gang wars and the fact that CSI now sucks with the new characters, I would bother with Miami. I agree with every character in this list, esp. Tony. Which by the way I should mention I love NCIS- best show ever esp with Ziva on it.
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I love that for the picks almost of all them are the main characters of their shows. If you make another list please include Peter Griffin, although an animated character I can **** stand his annoying fat **** dumbass everytime he pops up in the show. If not for him Family Guy would be a decent show, instead its crap.
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Great article, I agree with all of these, ESPECIALLY JD! That guy is the most annoying person on television. Someone should smack that guy.
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I LOVE Tony. His character acts like a jerk, but that's not the entire depth of the character. And I didn't like Abby at first either. But her character is caring and kind and I have grown to love her. If either of them were killed off, I would be saddened. However, I have never really cared for McGee.
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All these comments must be really aggravating for you guys. You write a whole article that nobody in these comments could put together just to get crap about how you were "wrong on this character." Then, they say things like "you have no lives" when they are the ones reading articles about the TV shows they watch. I applaud the authors of these articles for sticking their necks out like this.
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I never did get why NCIS was so popular or Bones for that matter, they're basically the same show on different channels
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I always thought I was the only one who hated Manny from Modern Family. Whenever I brought up that I disliked him I'd have people jump all over me asking "WHAT??! How can you hate Manny?" I'm glad someone agrees.
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The geek girl on Criminal Minds is pretty annoying. She isn't the same kind of annoying as Abby on NCIS, but similar enough to be just as annoying.
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jeremy clarkson from top gear
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Agree with Ann, she's just not funny.
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Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Every one of these is spot on. I couldn't agree more. Trouble with most of these posts is that they are by a bunch of whinny ass fanboys that have nothing better to do than sit on their asses all day and watch TV. So to them this is real life and you are bashing their "Friends" Of course, Tony from NCIS is No. 1 on this list. They need to kill his ass off.
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another test comment
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Hard to decide, so many good choices
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add a commentHah, good one guys! Way to stick it to pretentious whiny fanboys! Aw, they're sad that tehy're favorite show got criticized? Too bad! You're shows aren't beyond criticism, and someone should be able to say 'IT SUCKS' in bold, underlined, ALL CAPS mode. Why shouldn't they hit the most popular shows? Wha, it should be a rant about the least likable characters on shows we don't watch? Duh, of course they wouldn't do that, since we already know those characters are unlikable in the first place! Hence why the shows ain't popular.



Now, I agree 110% with those kids on that show. Hell, all kinds in general are annoying. They are constantly trying to act all grown up, with their years of worldy knowledge that predates 12 years. So funny. Yeah. Claire Bennet is one reason why I stopped watching Heroes.



And Adams, the same way you are telling them not to watch shows they disagree with, why waste yoour time reading this? The title alone shows you what to expect. I you don't like the topic, why come here?
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Actually, I thought there were some valid points about JD and Ted in there, but just because a character has flaws that doesn't mean he's "the most annoying character on tv". I personally hate JD, but I'd say he's a better character than a lot lot lot of others. Why did you pick so many popular shows in the first place? Why should those feature the most annoying characters?
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God, this article is terrible. Most of these are great characters from great shows, especially JD. Too bad the producers are brain-dead and thought people would keep watching a show they love even though it's a completely different show with the same name.

To me it sounds like you're just a jealous critic living in his mother's basement who is depressed because all of these people make way more money than you do and have way more people who like them than you.
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What is with you and your hatred for all the top rated shows on TV?
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Horatio: *Takes off shades* I guess someone is going to be flammed.



You aren't that good at this, are you?
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Horatio, hahaha, man, what an excellent choice.The cheesiest thing about one of the cheesiest shows in history.I caught a great impersonation that Jim Carrey did of the character on Youtube a few months back, it was so absolutely spot on i couldn't believe it.God i can't believe anybody watches that show...or any of those cop shows, they're all either so cookie cutter(there are no more than 5 basic cop show plot lines recycled over and over again) or cheesy these days.Usually a bit of both.
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Especially Horatio the poser and Dinozzo the inept are where they hit the nail on the **** thumb. NCIS is good despite Tony but I enjoy the other CSI and just can't watch the Miami version.
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Most of the people mentioned are Main Characters on a show Betty,Ted,J.D! but if you think they're annoying, Just don't watch the shows. Is it really that hard.
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there, i lost 3 minutes of my life reading this BS. JD??? JD annoying???? Man, that plain wrong. The guy is hilarious
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Haha lousy under payed internet critics puppy bashing characters that are already famous than they will ever be.
Thats a bold move haha
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This is as about as good an article as an enema. You are so dead-wrong on so many choices. And everyone loves How I Met Your Mother, c'mon now. While Ted may not be the most interesting on there, he's not annoying. And Manny on Modern Family, yeah, I would even say he STEALS the show. :D
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Are you kidding me??? JD from Scrubs isn't the least bit annoying. Who ever made this list and the last one needs to get there head checked.
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thanks for wasting my time. next time make a title as horrible as your choices so i wont click on it next time
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Sounds like they tryna make Manny in2 some sort of Arrested Development George Michael n' Maeby relationship..smhh...Modern Fam is goood TV tho
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Manny makes the whole show. Sure he's annoying, but it's funny
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You have GOT to be kidding me?

Ted Mosby is THE BEST!, JD and Horatio are pretty good to :), you really think the bad? :S
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Sarah Caufield, Spooks series 8 - truly the most irritating, dreadful character ever. Her accent alone should earn her the prize.
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Jd!?! **** you.
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Come on !!! Ray Drecker; Are you serious ; It's one of the most brilliand characters ever created. In one way he is a tragic Hero who in a deeper level takes a laugh with his miserable life.A teacher who makes money with his "John" , case closed!!! I also want Clair to have a long and tormented death. Horatio is the most Cheesy detective Ever!!!And whats your problem with HIMYM; All characters are great and the series gets better with each episode!!!And, oh my god, you are saying JD is annoying; Eaaaaagleeeee!!!
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I quit watching CSI Miami because of the Horatio Cainee character. Have to agree on Dinozzo on NCIS his schtick is just too over the top, your description hit it right on the head. I like the Manny character on Mondern Family, he is a weird kid who plays perfectly against his step father and over protective hot mom.



Clair is annoying but Dr. Mohindar Suresh is the most annoying. Can any one character make so many stupid decisisons even when confronted with overwhelming advice and evidence not to do the most stupid thing posible whenever given the chance. I would add Syler, not because he is so bad, but because whenever someone has the the chance to just kill him they don't. It is like an overly complicated super villan plan to kill a hero but in reverse. What's next sharks with laser beams on their heads?
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yeah i agree with the csi guy,betty suarez, and claire from heroes but you have to lay off NCIS. seriously they aren't bad at all they're at #1 of tv.com list and many others. dinozzo is sooo . . . good
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Yep Horatio Caine helps me to NOT get addicted to yet another CSI show
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JD from Scrubs, you can't be serious. It's he who have always carried the show.
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I like NCIS but I agree with Abby Sciuto being annoying, sadly she acts like a kindergarten little girl most of the time, and she din't use to be *that* childish in the first season. Is like her ad Tony are regressing or something. But I love NCIS and I love Tony, so please don't get mad at me. And JD from Scrubs, I also agree, is time him and Turk grow up, JD is so inmature and live in a little fantasy.
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i'm totallyyyy agree with u, Horatio is so annoyinggg
from all the boss of CSI, this person i dislike the most
the way he said thing, and took of that sun glasess, not cool, just simply annoying... haha
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I disagree with half that list, and the other half is just shows I don't watch.
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Wow...people get really touchy (and borderline violent!) about their TV shows. Of course the article's trying to provoke a reaction, and clearly it worked. Why give the author of the article the satisfaction of seeing how mad it made you? Just like your kindergarten teacher used to say, "Don't let the bully see you upset--he'll quit if he doesn't get a reaction."
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Yeah... Horatio Caine... and basicly everyone else on CSI:Miami is absolutly annoying to me
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Horatio Caine, CSI: Miami !!
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Totally agree about Horatio Caine, my God!!! About the kids in MF, they're OK, and I'm sure they will be 'polished' as the season develops.
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I can agree with all of these except. . . leave JD alone! I can see what you mean about Ted and he sharing the same annoying traits in some senses. . . but you see, Ted has no redeeming qualities, and JD has thousands! He became a doctor to help people, he cares about his patients and friends, he has a just-short-of innapropriately close relationship with his best friend (which I find soo endearing), he has fleshed out relationships with his brother and father. . . the list goes on and on.



Oh man, I really agree with the previous comment that Foreman on House is REALLY annoying. Speaking of NCIS, she is dead now, but that Jenny character was the most annoying character I've ever been forced to put up with.
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If you want us to respect your feelings, you should respect ours. You don't just insult characters you dislike in your two lists; you insult us, your viewers/customers. You mock what we watch, which is pretty unintelligent and pathetic, since we come to tv.com to find information about our favorite shows. If this place is going to get snarky-conceited like TWoP, then I'll do what I did with TWoP and its self-satisfied moderators: delete it from my bookmarks.
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Frankly, I have yet to find anyone on tv as annoying as John Coleman (of the San Diego News 8 team) whose weather reports make me change the channel every time he stretches out his words, with extended e's and u's. Guess that's why only local San Diegans are exposed to him and he's not part of these types of nationally run tv shows. Maybe if he weren't part of my "television landscape," then I'd be more easily annoyed with the rest of these characters. Therefore, I'll be thankful to him for increasing my tolerance of annoying characters on tv.
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