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The Worst New TV Characters of the 2011 Season

A couple weeks ago, we all got together to gush over our favorite new TV characters of the summer and fall seasons. But even though we've made tons of awesome new TV "friends" this year, we've also met our share of duds. So we asked everyone we know to start naming names, from our own staff to our loyal Twitter followers; here's what we came up with. Defend our picks or name your own least-favorite new characters in the comments!



Whitney (Whitney Cummings) on Whitney



Even if she was smack-dab in the middle of a different laugh-tracky sitcom, Whitney would stand out as a character we wish would go away. The character is a toned-down version of real-life comedienne Whitney Cummings, and Cummings is often only funny when she's raunchy. So when she plays TV-friendly Whitney, all we're left with is a woman who irks people every time she opens her mouth or does that thing with her hands. You know, that thing! With her hands!

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Han Lee (Matthew Moy) on 2 Broke Girls



Jerry Lewis, you are officially off the hook! This awful caricature of an Asian person is on the show solely to serve as a punching bag for ignorant swats of xenophobia. His broken English is the Main Street the show's joke parade marches down, because the writers always go for the obvious, even when the obvious is painfully unfunny. We don't blame Moy or the character himself, we just don't understand why he's on the show. Runner-up: Second to Han in awfulness is Oleg, the Eastern European cook who seemingly exists solely to get boners over the waitresses and say things like "Once you go Ukraine, you scream with sex pain."



Juliet Martin (Zoey Deutch) on Ringer



When Ringer moved from CBS, where it was originally developed, to The CW, it was clear the series would need to boost its youth appeal. Perhaps that’s why we’re getting such an increased focus on Juliet, Andrew’s aggressively boring teenage daughter. She’s so consistently bratty and awful that it’s hard to sympathize with her struggles—not to mention the fact that her drug addiction comes and goes as the plot demands it. Totes over her. Just like that girl behind her in the photo above.

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The Shannon family (all of them) on Terra Nova



We're not supposed to root for the dinosaurs to eat people, right? Because it seems like Fox is trying to make us to want to slather Terra Nova's central family with BBQ sauce and push them into a T-rex pit. They're all stock characters from day one of Intro to TV Writing, and eldest son Josh may be the most annoying new character to hit the airwaves all year. For God's sake, Josh, just dump your girlfriend in 2149 and start snogging that hot piece of meat Skye who's right in front of you! You should also make smarter decisions and quit being mean to your dad whenever the writers feel like they need some more conflict.

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Allen Gregory DeLongpre (voice of Jonah Hill) on Allen Gregory



Someone somewhere (ahem, Jonah Hill) put something horrible into motion when he said to himself, "Hey I've got an idea, let's make an animated show about the most annoying kid ever!" Allen Gregory is a seven-year-old asshole who might work as a throwaway gag on a funnier comedy, but it took all of half-a-second for him to become completely unlikable. All he does is insult people, and since his hate isn't balanced by any even remotely redeeming qualities, it's basically impossible to empathize with him. The result is the kind of pint-sized "precocious" kid we want to drop a 10-ton ACME anvil on.



Nicole Scherzinger (herself) on The X Factor



Nicole's role on the judging panel is a tough one: Balance Simon's nastiness. Balance Paula's insanity. Provide some youthful energy alongside fellow judges who have seen it all before. And be generally very good looking (she handles that one just fine). Sadly, Nicole's first year has been a trainwreck. Unable to go toe-to-toe with Simon without losing her cool, she's essentially become Paula's crazy spawn, prone to shouting and hugging Paula several times an hour and even breaking into spontaneous song while contestants are still on stage (and none too happy about it). Replacing Cheryl Cole, who can bite at Simon's bark, was a bad idea.



The Angels (Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, Rachael Taylor) on the late Charlie's Angels



The not-so-angelic show might already be in TV Hell, but the Angels themselves earned a spot on this list for what they could have been. The producers tried to make the ladies deeper by giving them shady, criminal pasts, but all that went out the window once the opening sequence ended and they became vacant-eyed puppy dogs who moved their peanut-butter coated lips in synch with the worst dialogue ever. What a wasted opportunity!



Sugar Motta (Vanessa Lengies) on Glee



The concept of Sugar Motta—a talentless, Willy Wonka-worthy adolescent villainess with a rich father who gets her whatever she wants—actually makes sense on paper. And the character is indeed the most awful thing to stroll down the halls of McKinley High with the most grossly inflated sense of entitlement since Lauren Zizes (remember her?). Unfortunately, there is nothing "fun" about her. As portrayed by Vanessa Lengies, she's a one-note, witless creation. She can't even fake tone-deafness convincingly. Also, her citation of Asperger's Syndrome as her excuse for tedious behavior must be pretty hilarious to Glee writers, but it was really just another missed opportunity that trivializes a serious and misunderstood condition.



Lemon Breeland (Jaime King) on Hart of Dixie



Nevermind the phony accent or the bizarre 1950s-era wardro—actually, DO mind those things, they are terrible too. But the absolute worst part about Lemon is her thoroughly uninteresting personality, which whiplashes between shrill cattiness and pouty self-pity. This wouldn't be so bad were it not for Hart of Dixie's stubborn insistence of making Lemon a main character, or the fact that actress Jamie King has done much better work than this; here she's just the loudest nightmare mannequin on Hart of Dixie's midnight train to Southern ClicheVille.

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Austin (Justin Deeley) on 90210



The original Beverly Hills, 90210 wasn't exactly subtle, but The CW's reboot has done a decent job of keeping its teens grounded. Well, to a point. This season, we met Austin, a pot-smoking cowboy with a pet pig and a bad attitude. While more recent episodes have tried to humanize the big lug, he’s still more of a cartoon character than an actual person. Yee-haw for realism!


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Were we too hard or too easy on anyone? Which new characters are on YOUR "least-favorites" list?

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Lori Weston from the new Hawaii 5-0 is such a painful character that I have stopped watching the show exclusively because of her.
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I'd put Rory Flanagan of "Glee" instead of Sugar Motta. At least she's funny, and the kid that play Rory is painfully bad as an actor (and being honest she was better than 50% than the other characters in season 3, especially Finn and Blaine, the show was one of the worst last year).

Also, I'd changed Oleg for Han Lee in "2 broke girls" (well, the entire show is really bad, but that guy is definitely the lowlight).

I'd add every single character from "How I met your mother" (especially Barney)

Jess from "New girl" (it's not funny, I lost hours of my life in this... and I watch a lot of TV to say that)

April from "Parks & recreation"

Ben from "American Horror Story"

Jamie Lannister from "Game of thrones"

Sarah from "The killing"

Jax from "Sons of anarchy" (just this season)

Jenna from "30 Rock" (this 2 last seasons)

If I'd watch "The vampire diaries" I'll add some of those.

And I don't watch any of these shows listed, but if you think they suck...
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Lori Weston from the new Hawaii Five-0 is the worst character I've seen EVER. I want to punch her face every time I see it.
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Add Allen Gregory's gay dad to the list. I wish Allen's I don't know if I'm gay dad would shove Allen up his gay dads you know what.
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Definitely agree with Terra Nova family. I really wanted to like this show, but the characters are either bland or annoying. I seriously wish Josh would just get eaten by a dinosaur, just so I don't have to put up with him anymore.
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NONE of these do a thing for me!! Thet are NOT funny,serious,dramatic,NOR good enough to be on television,PERIOD!!!! God Bless,& Shalom....
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Sugar is truly awful. I hit the mute button when she's on. To be honest, Cpt Weaver (Wil Patton) is the main reason I kept watching Falling Skies.
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1.Whitney needs to give up on comedy and just do porn.... she needs something in her mouth to quiet her down a bit....

2.Dont Watch.....

3.Couldnt get past episode 1....

4.I only like the Dad in Terranova.... and isnt the little daughter the same one from the matrix???The elder daughter is just filler.... contributes nothing to the show....and is a waste of TV time....the son has a pointless conflict with his dad.....that makes him annoying as hell ...your dad went to jail for your ungratefull ass....get over it.... anyway the show is borderline good.... might end up like Stargate Universe....

5.Allen gregory is just a very very retarded show.... just because jonah hill has a decent movie streak going on.... doesnt mean he is funny all by himself.... He has had allot of good actors supporting him in all his movies.... this show is all him and it suxx because of it....most of his movies are funny because we like to see him get his ass kicked, raped, used as a tampon , and so on.... so a show where he is a cool ass kid running shit isnt funny....we wanna see the kid abused and wine about it.... not talking down and insulting 5 year olds and trying to date a his fat principle....

6.Dont watch

7.What a poorly done remake of charlie's angel.... i forced myself to watch 3 episode of this crap.... they needed an original spin on the show.... and the failed miserably to create that from the begining ....

8-10 dont watch....
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This list nails it. Especially agree with Terra Nova, Ringer and 2 Broke Girls. Picking on Charlie's Angles doesn't seem fair since its gone (might as well include Amber Heard from The Playboy Club- there was nothing to her at all)



I would add Rebekah from The Vampire Diaries. Neither threatening as an Original, nor sympathetic as a victim of her family's sins- she's just weaksauce all around.



Thought I might see something thrown Man Up's way (The Zack Galifinakis wannabe).

And Secret Circle has a couple of kids that aren't making the grade.

And lets not forget Last Man Standing. Tim Allen is phoning in the same schtick- but now the "Tool Man"

just seems bored.
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Allen Gregory makes me want to pull him out of my TV and beat him up.
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Instead of Lemon Breeland think of Tyler (Ashton Holmes) in Revenge: isn't he the most absurd deliberate act of bad scripting? What the hell do we need a phony looser poser to make things difficult? Is Nolan not enough???
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Lemon Breeland is the most irritating nosy @@z I have seen on TV and would gladly digitally erase her from the story... was it not for the suggested nasty fornication with the colored mayor she tries to hide from.
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Lemon Breeland, the most annoying character ever.
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Someone add Ashton Kutcher on that list. Jon Cryer is carrying Two and a Half Men all on his own.
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o agree about sugar i have aspergers and I think Sugar Motta is a bitch
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Doesn't matter how awful the background characters (or all of them) are on 2 Broke Girls, checking out Kat Dennings hot body is enough for me to tune in every week.
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I quite like Mum and daughters of Terra Nova's Shannon family, can't stand Dad though and IMHO the worst new character is Commander Taylor (I can't help it, but I think that he's played by a terrible actor).
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Wha....???? I didn't know these shows were still on the air. Somebody hit the "cancel" button quick!
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I have to agree on the character(s) of "Charlie's Angel's (2011)" -- I had to stop after the first ep.

On another note... I'm still trying to make sense of the never ending introduction of new characters on this season's "The Vampire Diaries" --- one of my favorite (favourite to my UK friends) shows... I'm sure time will be the judge of those "least-favorite" or useless characters.

I LOVE Terra-Nova... but I can't stop catching myself from expecting a blue giant indigenous jumping out of a tree yelling, "I see you." lol.
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Least favourite new character has to be Lori Weston from Hawaii Five-0. She has no chemistry with the rest of the cast, the attempts at flirting/connecting with Steve are just awkward, and she appears to have had way more screentime than some of the core members of Five-0. Plus, making her excellent at loads of things ( a Mary Sue!), then trying to put her in a 'cargument' with Danny earlier in the season and have her call him 'Danno' in the recent Halloween eppy, did not endear her to me at all.
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the worst characters are predictable right?
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Has anyone mentioned the wife on Last Man Standing yet (I can't be bothered to read all 170+ comments)? She is rubbish and seemingly lacks any sence of comedic timing.

Agree with Lemon Breeland, all of the characters on Allen Gregory, The Shannon Family (who I stopped watching after two episodes) and Schmidt. Oh, and the cast of Man Up! And definately Whitney. All the support cast of 2 Broke Girls too.
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I see that the CBS writers are still on their anti-Terra Nova campaign. I like the show and the characters. Every show doesn't have to be BSG or Glee clones. It's nice to have a "normal" loving family with some home spun chemistry in the context of a broad sci fi/fantasy.
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Allen Gregory -- Just horrid. There is nothing remotely likeable about the main character. And the other animated show that I hate and hope they don't bring back is Bob's Burgers. Every character is terrible and the voice actors are all wrong for the characters they play. They actually have two male voice actors doing the voices of the mother and one of the daughters. And it's horrible because you can tell that they're male voices. It's so distracting and wrong.
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I disagree about the Shannon family on Terra Nova especially Maddie, she's stunning.



I totally agree about Charlie's Angels I want to like the show but the girl's personalities are so snooty and they never seem to take anything seriously. I think Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor are two of the most beautiful women on tv or movies but even they aren't enough to over come the bad writing. Another thing can Minka Kelly raise he voice at all? Two of her friends last week might have blown up and her shout was the same as her conversational voice, don't get me wrong she has a nice voice but it needs to vary when needed. I kind of wish they could have combined Charlie's Angel's with last years spy show, that didn't make it, Undercovers. Replace Annie Ilonzeh with Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Kate and Ramon Rodriguez with Carter MacIntyre as Bosley and then have the writers and feel of Undercovers.
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I disagree about Whitney, she's alright, I would rather vote for the two other female characters on that show.
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My vote definitely goes to Whitney, though the boyfriend makes up for her annoyance...

Oh wait, the other 2 girls on Whitney are even worse...yikes!

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"The Shannon family (all of them) on Terra Nova" so right!!
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Haha! "The Shannon family (all of them) on Terra Nova". I'm so with you on that one! Go dinos, grab a bite!
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Cassie from the secret circle, she is so freakishly mopey all the damn time. Yes your mom died, yes your a witch with a lot of power, now smile once in a while..
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Thats right !!! the list is correct and i dont even know half of them they just seem incredibly annoying :D
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If Juliet's character doesn't evolve I agree, but she is the misunderstood teenager who has money and believes can do anything. But she's at least understood a little bit more and doesn't mess with Siobhan anymore.
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My least favorite new character is Jess from "New Girl". I watched the show on accident and that character is just a flat out weirdo. Not charming or quirky, but weird.
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I could not have said it better about Lemon! She's so awful!! I'm bummed about this too because I know nothing will be done about it. For whatever reason they decided to make her a main character! XI
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Han Lee is a minor annoyance as opposed to the PHENOMENALLY BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED AND CAPTIVATING KAT DENNINGS!!!



Allen Gregory DeLongpre is a precocious and insufferable little troll. His series can't end soon enough.
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I keep watching the awful acting from everyone on Ringer, just hoping that Jason Dohring can bring it up some...PLEASE. I left Terra Nova after ep 2.
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I know hes not exactly a new character but i would like to submit intersect morgan from chuck.... it took a perfectly awesome person and turn him into a super douche... i know its probably not permanent but either way i'm not a fan
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OMG!!! I have been thinking the same thing. He's so annoying to watch that I may have to take Chuck off my DVR list.
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Oh, and those guys on Man Up. ALL OF THEM! So freakin' annoying!

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The MOST annoying charachter on TV this season is without a doubt the guy who played the "gentleman" on How to be a Gentleman. You know which guy I'm talking about. He was so annoying. The guy was a needy douche and watching him, you just felt like punching him in the face. Now, no more Kevin Dillon :-(
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I'd like to add Zooey Deschanel's character on New Girl. Just as annoying as Zooey herself. And Secret Circle, just awful!
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Secret Cicle is too awesome.You dont know what youre talking about girl.
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While I agree with you guys that these characters are pathetic, I have to say that, with the exception of Whitney, they are SUPPOSED to be pathetic. Sarah Michelle Gellar's stepdaughter is awful, because that's how she's required to be for the part. Jaime King's character on "Hart of Dixie" dresses like a 1950s housewife and all that because she is supposed to irk the audience. They're supposed to root for Rachel Bilson's character, and how would it look if Lemon Breland were just as lovable as Zoe Hart?

Obnoxious characters exist to provoke their audiences, even shock and disgust them at times. And judging by all the comments here, I'd say they've done their job.
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Sure, but when I see her or listen to her I wanna stop watching the show for ever. I don't think that's the reaction they want to provoke
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Allen Gregory sucks, the fact that he's in love with his 70 yr old principal is gross. They should go back to the old line up which is The Simpsons at 8 the Cleveland Show at 8:30 Family Guy at 9 and American Dad at 9:30 and keep it that way!
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Yes! That's the best lineup.
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Juliet is awesome she is so cool, they need to develop an arc for Juliet, thew whole cast of Pan AM is cool. my least Fav is Lincoln Potter from Son's of Anarchy, and no offense I like the Angels
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I stopped watching Terra Nova after the first ep to save myself from the horror of teen angst. I continue to watch Ringer and it's horrible teen + angst because I will endure anything for a glimpse of Nestor Carbonell.
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see, I watch it every week because I want to love it. I do. I loved Buffy so much and have generally enjoyed SMG for years but I don't' know how much longer I can tolerate this...mess.
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Allen Gregory. For me it was hate at first sight.
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The only one I really watch is Terra Nova, and yes, the Shannon family is utterly forgettable. I guess I'm still waiting for the show to pick up, but something tells me it's not going to happen... ever!
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i like the new show Allen Gregory hate hate hate the VA JH
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Couldn't agree more about Allen Gregory.That rubbish has to go.Bring back "Sit Down,Shut Up".
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fortunately do not watch any of these shows excerpt one, Glee and that character has to go even though I really enjoyed that actress on Hawthorne.
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What about 2 1/2 men with Ashton, he is the worst replacement I have ever seen, as long as he is on it I won't be watching, he must think he is a real stud, but he is just showing his "short comings"
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so right....I dont know why they didnt mention this show instead of all those horrible crap they listed....if you have to review stuff, review whats worth reviewing.
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