The Top Ten Most Annoying Characters On TV

We love TV. We love TV shows. We love TV characters. Well, for the most part. Unfortunately there are some characters on TV—on shows we like, on shows we hate—that are just so freaking annoying. Characters who make us groan every time they show up, who make us throw things (soft things) at the television set, who make us, however briefly, consider not watching the show at all. Because it's the holidays and our cold, Grinch-like hearts are extra black this time of year, and because everyone's doing top 10 lists right now, we decided to make a list of the top 10 most annoying characters on television. Agree with us? Vociferously disagree? Let us know in the comments!

10) Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, The Office

They didn't use to be annoying. Oh how we loved them once. We awwwed at their doe-eyed budding romance, guffawed at their cutely sarcastic asides, even swooned at their regular-folks good looks. But now? The two characters have just gotten so smug, haven't they? Jim's little eye rolls to the cameras and Pam's bordering-on-cruel humoring of Michael's crazy ideas—it all just seems so mean-spirited now. We get it, Jim and Pam. You're cute and young and have found love, while everyone else in the office is old and weird and alone. But you know what? We like those weirdos a lot more than you two these days. Heck, we even like Ryan more than you two. And we really don't enjoy Ryan. The writers need to write more scenes, or whole episodes even, where Jim and Pam prove to be just as silly and clueless as the other characters, or we may never like them again.

9) Vanessa Abrams, Gossip Girl

Why, exactly, is Vanessa even on this show? The character in the books was interesting—a shaved-headed, sexually curious artiste. But because The CW seems mostly unwilling to have any truly off-beat characters, they've served us this wan, lukewarm, centrist version of Vanessa. For the first two seasons her presence was only occasional, which we could tolerate. But now she's on every darn episode, stinking up the joint with her dumb video projects and wicked habit of dating really annoying boys (Dan's half-brother, anyone?) Vanessa doesn't really serve any grand purpose as a character on the show, she's only tied to Dan after all, and Jessica Szohr isn't exactly Kitty Hepburn in the acting department, so we're really not sure why she's not only still on the show, but been given a far bigger role this year. We suspect it has something to do with the fact that she's the only person of color in the otherwise lily-white cast.

8) Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

Legen... wait for it... darily annoying. What began five seasons ago as a fun little joke—look it's little Doogie Howser, an out gay person, as a total lady-hound!—has devolved into a lazy and uninteresting and overacted nightmare. Around the time the whole Bro Bible or Bro Code book came out, the dude-bro Barney jokes started to become increasingly stale and painfully forced. While the writers stirred up some interesting new notes last season by having Barney fall genuinely in love with Robin, that relationship is done now and he's back to his old, tiresome phrase-coining tricks. On a sitcom where most of the other characters are admirably fleshed-out as real people, Barney remains the sole caricature, a series of jokes your college buddies came up with that you laugh at less and less as the years go by.

7) Rita Bennett, Dexter

While we mostly love the beatific Julie Benz, her complaining wifey character has been reduced to little more than whimpering and murmuring about Dexter's commitment to the family. We thought the character might go a little dark by stepping out on Dexter with the hunky next door neighbor, but all we got was a little kiss, Rita apologizing, and then feeling bad that Dexter didn't feel bad. Why the Dexter writers, who have shown that they can craft interesting well-rounded women characters in Deb and LaGuerta, tromp so heavily into nagging wife cliches with Rita is a more baffling mystery than some of Miami Metro's murder cases. Might Rita die next week? For the first time since the series began, we really feel like we wouldn't miss her.

6) Mark Benford, FlashForward

Mark Benford is an alcoholic. And that's the best thing about him. A poor man's Jack from Lost that talks like Christian Bale's Batman and Steven Seagal, Benford is so one-dimensional that he disappears when he turns sideways. And he's supposed to be our hero? Never before in the history of television have we had to rely on such an incompetent FBI agent. Not only do we not trust him to figure out what happened in the event of a worldwide blackout, we wouldn't even trust him to find out what happened in the event of a freshman coed's blackout at a frat party. And for God's sake, unfurrow your brow.

5) Brandon, V

The heavyset sidekick is a staple of entertainment, and almost impossible to screw up. But along comes V with the most annoying fat friend ever. Brandon, Tyler's portly wingman, is just around to say things like, "Dude! Awesome! That chick is hot!" The guy is so annoying he makes Tyler look tolerable by comparison. Our theory? The writers needed an alien to befriend Tyler before the invasion and came up with Brandon, a lizard in disguise (it's so obvious). Only they forgot to give him a human side, too.

4) Elliot Stabler, Law & Order: SVU

While we still love this show's silly/grim melodrama, our beloved Det. Stabler is wearing on our nerves a bit. Seriously, just how many cases can you get Too Close To? How many times can you let your bellicose Catholicism and old-guard Marines-iness affect how you handle a case before you have to turn in your gun and badge, permanently? SVU has always been the most interesting iteration of Dick Wolf's theater-industry-saving (so many actors employed...) juggernaut franchise, but not only because it deals with wicked and prurient things like sex crimes. We also enjoy that you do get to know the characters a little bit, that there's some genuine psychology at work in the heroes beyond the original series' weary seen-it-all-ism. But it has gotten to be a bit much. Olivia's problems are at least a bit more nuanced, whereas every other week the show seems to simply be the Christopher Meloni Acts Intense Hour. For example, did you see that ludicrous solitary-confinement episode? We half expected "White Rabbit" to start playing while Elliot went slowly mad in his cell. Talk about melodrama.

3) Bill Compton, True Blood

The worst thing that can happen to a TV show is for its romantic lead to make his big entrance and then sorta... whiff it. While we love love love True Blood, we're just not down with the fangs that Sookie Stackhouse is banging. Because he's short and whiny and prudish and a too-awkward mixture of gruff and tender. There's nothing dangerous about him, and isn't the implicit danger sort of the whole point of a vampire/human love story? A nation of TB fans seem to agree with us, judging by the collective sighs of relief (and moans of... well, relief) that went up when the far more intriguing Eric strode onto the screen. We get that Bill is central to the whole saga and mythos of the story, but does he have to be such a weenie all the time, especially when standing next to the (way taller) Eric?

2) Abby Sciuto, NCIS

There is a lot of annoyingness on NCIS, a big, clunkily-written, flag-waving rock 'em sock 'em. That British guy with the bowtie? Why is he there? The other dude, the supposed-to-be-hot one? Feh. But worst of all is Abby Sciuto, the alterna techie who exists solely to give the show a little quirk or "edge." Only NCIS isn't that kind of show, it's not plugged-in enough to give us smart jokes about trendy things. Abby is the rah-rah Conservative's idea of what a snarky Liberal should sound like, and it just doesn't work. Plus, it cuts into all the gunplay! We want more shooting, less creaky jokes about goths and other "Look at that crazy broad" stuff.

1) Eric Murphy & Johnny Chase, Entourage

Much like Barney, Johnny Drama was a funny, likable mook that has of late become a broadly-drawn bore. His character has gone from being a subtle and sympathetic joke about loser celebrity siblings to just plain pathetic, as dumb and sloppily-rendered a depiction of male idiocy as latter-years Homer Simpson. And Homer is, you know, a cartoon. And Eric... Well, Eric's been annoying from the get-go. This little pissy fast-talker who has no right to be pissy or fast-talking. The joke in the early seasons was that he was a Sbarro manager turned inept Hollywood player. But now that the show has settled into an irksome rhythm of sweet cars, hot chicks, and good times, Eric is nothing more than a Napleonic boy's fantasy, a character who's suddenly "cool" because it's easier to have him be cool. And while we're at it, you know who else is annoying on Entourage? Everyone. Especially The Women. You know, all those lanky model types who are always so down with "Vince" and "E" and "Drama", who play to the sexy whims of the boys' club. If Sex and the City was the ultimate female fantasia about a city full of interesting, impossibly-dashing men, then Entourage is a crude, and depressingly popular, male dreamscape about a city full of dimensionless women who just want to spend their languid afternoons getting stoned and putting out. And we've really grown tired of it.

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Thank you. Abby Sciuto is completely, mind-numbingly annoying. I eventually stopped watching ncis because of her... her overacting knows no bounds.
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I have to say that the portrayal of women on Entourage is pretty spot-on. You may not like it, but that's how Hollywood is. Those last two sentences about the women being low-substance... You pretty much nailed it. That's the whole point because it's real life.

I couldn't agree more on the Vanessa section, though. Ugh.
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Abby IS annoying... Only reason she's not been killed off is because Paully Perette isn't gonna get any offers to do any other parts anytime soon... or ever. I can't say I agree with all of those on the list, but Abby was spot on 100% accurate. Over-acted, stupidly written, did I mention crap acting??? She sucks... period, end of story.
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Thank you! Between those ridiculously immature pigtails and her way overdone so-called goth style (that is so over the top and shoved in our face, yet at the same time such a generic stereotype like what a Forever 21 catologue would consider "goth" to look like), she has become more of an eyesore than anything. I enjoy the work she does and what she contributes, but they put waaay too much effort into trying to make her seem unique and edgy. Examples: generic stick-on spider web neck tattoo, six inch munster shoes with stripey stockings, a black lace umbrella, and last but not least, the fact that she has to let everyone know that she supposedly SLEEPS IN A COFFIN!!! Come on man.
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What about these? Screech, Urkel, Horshack, Cousin Oliver, Wesley Crusher?
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You are the annoying one. Maybe if you watched NCIS you would understand why abby is the way she is. And the guy with the ME kinda important in a police type show.
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Wow you suck. Barney is a very interesting character and the main reason most people watch HIMYM. This article is bs.
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I totally agree with you that Bill Compton is the most annoying character (the second most annoying being Alcide) on True Blood. I also love long, tall, and beautiful Alex/Eric and he and his relationship with Pam is what keeps me coming back for more. However the difference in height, although when they are standing next to each other Bill looks a bit laughable, has nothing to do with Bill's annoying qualities. He is annoying because he is so whiney, he is so cloying where Sookie is concerned, his constant need to control Sookie, his goodie two shoes personality, and the fact that he is totally boring. As for Alcide, he annoys me no end because he is a wimp (the fact that he has a lot of brawn does not change that), his voice grates on my last nerve, and the actor has yet to get a handle on how to play the part. At least Stephen is an excellent actor who unfortunately is saddled with the way his character is written.
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Bill Compton is an annoying weenie and he is NOT central to the whole saga and mythos of the story. In the books he actually becomes a minor character after Sookie dumps him in book 3.
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i'm with ya;ll on vanessa as this last season she burned every bridge and then only served the purpose to overhear some big secret no one would believe her about anyway. but you;re totally wrong about barney, especially after this last year (ik this was written before season 6 but still) and barney has flaws and things that dont make him a caricature, you just have to be able to see past it. and yes drama is annoying but without e there would be no show! e always pushes vince to do the best he can and always tries to get him what he wants. e is one of the best characters on entourage
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Abby is definitely not annoying quite frankly some of the story lines on NCIS have started to dry up, and I think that the only thing that brings in life back into them is Abby. However on the Abby front I do wish that she would get back with McGee because the story is better. When Abby's got a tinge of jealousy to her because someone is flirting with McGee it works a lot better. Also with Stabler it is true that he gets to close all the time and that can get annoying, but lets face it tons of people still like him and if he gets kicked of the show it would probably be canceled. Without Stabler Olivia would be really boring to me, and also Stabler brings a lot of older woman to watching it so they aren't getting rid of him anytime soon. To the person who wrote this you obviously haven't watched NCIS because he isn't even British he is Scottish check your facts next time.
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I love Abby and Pauley Perrette does a fantastic Job!
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Abby is NOT annoying!!
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Conservative's idea of what a snarky Liberal should sound like. How is this even relevant to this article; and, further, how does stereotyping people make you a better writer?
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That "anonymous contributor" who wrote about NCIS on the list of most overrated shows probably wrote this list too. I mean, can there actually be more than one person who is, let's say odd, enough to describe Abby as "annoying"?
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wtf this is so messed up
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WOW. AMEN. You hit the nail on the HEAD concerning Jim & Pam. I used to love them. Now I literally mute the tv whenever she talks. Her passive aggressive 'I have a one-up on everybody and so does my guy' routine is AWFUL. I don't know if its cause one of the writers is a big time bitter frump in real life and has an axe to grind and is doing it through her character or WHAT! But it's AWFUL. Thanks for calling that out! :D
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I only watch two of these 10 shows and they are TOTALLY WRONG!! Stabler? BEST cop ever and so not annoying. If anyone is annoying on that show its Olivia. NCIS? My fav show ever and Abby? After Gibbs she is the heart and soul of the show. There wouldn't be NCIS without Abby. "Suppose-to-be-hot one" my ass! Tony is smoking! Right after Gibbs and McGee...Don't even know why the british one's here? He's SCOTISH YOU MORONS!! He's the moral of the story!! Gar! These writers are annoying, that's what.
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ARE YOU FREAKING INSANE!!! GOSH!!! You cant have Law and Order with out Stabler! and Abby is one of the BEST characters in NCIS!! i dont watch any of the other shows but i can see that you are a complete TV retard and i can freaking tell you that im not the only one with this opinion!!
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I find Jim and Pam the most annoying. partly because they used to be so sweet and ground-to-earth. But their characters are pretty much destroyed now. "SMUGNESS IS A VERY BAD QUALITY."
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I like SVU and I don't think it would work without Stabler. I love the original cast.... all of them. Benson, Stabler, Munch, Fin, Huang, Warner, and even Cragen all need to stay.
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I posted this on the other "Annoying Characters" list, too. 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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Abby and Ncis are one the best things on tv.. maybe whoever did these reviews should watch the show instead of asking some random hobos what they think of it.
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just found this article via facebook, it says it's written by tv.com staff? I do hope that's still not the case and the writer is now back at the supermarket tabloid they came from. It's gossip mag stuff aimed at the audience for celebrity gossip without the celebrity. Try a bit of integrity to get interaction rather than blatently desparate, inaccurate, unresearched and deliberately inflamatory drivel
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Seriously? Abby? Get a bloody clue.
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what loonatics made this Abby Sciuto is sooooooo not annoying she is AMAZING! How dare they make her number 2 :(
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Abby Sciuto... really? If your going to rate a show, try watching more than 1 episode. The fact that you don’t know what "ducky" (British guy with the bowtie) does shows how ignorant you are. If writing these articles is your day job, you need a new line of work. To the person who hired you, fire this idiot and find someone with talent.
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I loved Rita on Dexter, and I will definitely miss her. Her new role on Desperate Housewives is a joke.

I agree with the choice of Mark on Flash Forward; although I like the actor, in this show he's one-dimensional and annoying.

I disagree with the choice of Stabler from SVU; he's one of my favourites. I love his intensity.

I don't watch the other shows.
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Abby is awesome and I love her! She fits into the show fantastically. She's the family who's always caring about everybody and always there to give a hug to those in need. She's happy and loving and a great person.
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Okay, I agree with everyone of these EXCEPT Abby. She's the most awesome one on NCIS! She makes the show awesome!
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Seriously? Abby? No way!
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Abby Makes the Show Great and breaks all the shooting and death.. its brings some of the comedy in there if they lost Abby and Gibbs I don't think I would watch anymore.. Almost Stopped when I watched a few seasons ago and Saw gibbs leave thought that was gonna be the last season I was gonna watch.
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Where is Gilly, Trina, Shawna, Judy Grimes, Jean K. Jean, Aunt Linda, Nicholas Fehn, Riley from Saturday Night Live?!!!????



Hey, Barney is Cool. He's No More Annoying than Charlie Sheen on 2.5 Men.
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NCIS is an awsome show.

The charature abby is one of the reasons I watch.

Period.
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WHAT THE HELL....Barney sooo doesnt belong here....he rocks...i mean he keeps the show going...
+ another ultra annoying character would be Janice (Chandlers Ex) from FRIENDS
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I can't believe you slammed Abby on NCIS. You missed number one annoying person I can think of. When they brought her back, I quit watching the show. Don't know if she is still on or not and don't care. I won't watch it. CSI

Sarah Sidle (Jorja Fox)
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I Love Abby, she is one of my favorite cast members on the show.
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add a comment You list the 10 most annoying characters currently on TV, and The Office makes the list, but instead of Michael Scott, you list Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly??!!! All I can think of in your defense is that the Michael character is way beyond annoying. i can't watch the show becaue theat character is so off puting amd so central. Easily the most obnoxious character I've ever seen in 55 years of viewing.
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I agree with the person below me.
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Good God whoever wrote this has no personality. The annoying characters are obviously doing their job. They got your attention and you watched them.
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Thiswriter and probably the editor is a freaking idiot. TV's #! Drama gets slammed by you? NCIS, as JAG before that, is a very well written show. Abby's character brings a comedic poise that other shows do not have, and shows that someone a little crazy and edgy can also be highly intelligent. Fvck you guys.
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Who ever wrote this crap should better post it on their pathetic blog instead of offending all the fans..
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Neil Patrick Harris wasn't even 'out' when the show started. So it wasn't just "a fun little joke". He came out part way through the second season, I believe.
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right where would these shows be without these characters. Go back to school critics and learn about script writing
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My guess is that the people who wrote this list are gothic liberals who are offended that everyone likes Abby, and not them. Abby isn't a conservative's view of a liberal, she is a sweet girl that likes black. Ducky is the only person that Gibbs can open up to, THAT'S WHY HE IS ON THE SHOW. Who said Tony was supposed to be hot? He's the comedy on that show.
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Who ever wrote this trash had to be smoking the good stuff.
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Who writes this stuff? Obviously no one who watches NCIS. True if it were CSI or Law and Order, then Abby, Ducky, Tony, and the rest might seem out of place, but the difference is that NCIS is not a crime show that happens to have characters, it is a character show that happens to have crime. Everywhere I look I see that NCIS is the #1 show on television...true or not, it is definitely up there. Obviously they are doing something right and since the "annoying" characters are so prominent in the show, maybe they aren't so annoying after all.
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Abby? Abby sucks? OMG no way! Lately, I feel her part has been reduced and I find the show somehow boring! Remember when she turned her lab into a crime scene because her cupcake was stolen and when she barricaded herself with the German sheppard in order to save him? She should be given a greater part with Duckie where she will do more researches like at the beginning of the show. Anyway, my opinion but I fully respect others' of course.
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this list sucks........it would not be the same without barny (how i met your mother), and abby ..she is anything but not annoying....
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What a load of garbage! if you take more than half these characters out of their shows you you have a completely different (and boring) show.
Barney? Are you crazy? HIMYM IS Barney Stinson!!
The writer could have mentioned half a dozen characters in heroes (Claire Bennet, Tracy Strauss, etc) along with the full cast of Secret life of an American Teenager.
What next writer? Gonna say there's no need for half the characters in Lost?
Moron.
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WRONG! Abby and NCIS are the greatest. It is no fluke that NCIS has been on the air for seven seasons. People love it! It is witty and intelligent and just plain fun! Sorry if it isn't your brand of T.V. but for millions of us out here and across the world it is what we love. Whoever compliled this list needs to get over him/her self.
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