What Are the Most Annoying Sounds on Television?

Many people think you take in television through your eyes, but HELLO, what about your ears? The medium, when consumed in a typical fashion, involves exactly 40 percent of your senses. That number rises to 60 percent if you fondle your screen every time your favorite shirtless hunk appears, 80 percent if you lick and fondle the screen every time your favorite shirtless hunk appears, and 100 percent if your television is physically on fire and emitting nose-attacking smoke, but we'll save those scenarios for another list. The bottom line is that we tend to focus too much on the eyeball portion of our sensory experience when talking about TV, so I'm hear (point: me) to praise yours ears by discussing a topic your ears hate: the most annoying sounds on television! Below, I've listed five TV-related noises that send my ears running for the hills; pretty please share your own in the comments!


Modern Family's Gloria screeching like a banshee, "JAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!"


This was actually funny the first two or three times she shrieked. But now it's like auditory warfare. Dogs of the world, you know what I'm talking about.


Homeland's jazz-infused, avant garde theme "song"

I will never stop ripping on these opening credits, which should be locked away for sensory assault. Even without the wackadoodle visuals, Homeland's intro sequence is an earjacking horror. Make it stop!

Runners-up: Selfie's theme song, Orange Is the New Black's theme song


The kissing noises on The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor Pad/Bachelor in Paradise

If you close your eyes, you'll swear that what you're hearing is someone trying to fold Jell-O.


The voiceover on The Slap

There was a lot to disklike about NBC's The Slap, which just wrapped up its run this week, but even worse than that punk Hugo was the disembodied voiceover that permeated what should've been quiet character moments. Look, The Slap, we didn't need the vocal handholding to tell us what was going on. Let the moment linger instead of repeatedly slapping us with eighth-grade words.


Education Connection's late-night rap

The only thing to be learned from this company is that jamming screwdrivers into your ears is better than sitting through these commercials.


What do YOU think are the most annoying sounds on television?


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Dec 24, 2016
The horrible, painful, skin crawling, make me want to run out of the room screaming MOUTH NOISES! I don't need them to add in some smacking, chewing, and swallowing noises. So often I say, "OMG is the microphone IN their mouth?!" I don't need to hear the noises to know that someone is eating. Commercials are the worst for doing this, but it happens in the shows too.
Also along the same theme, the dog in the dog food commercial that is talking with its mouth full. Ugh, I cringe every time. Whoever thought that was a good idea should be fired. It's abusive to my senses, and I know I'm not the only one.
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May 18, 2015
The guitar-riff played on Two Broke Girls. Again and again and again and again.

Not even a good riff.

Not even a good show. Written by-and-for 12 year old boys. Kat Dennings is soooo much better than that. What drove her to sign up for this insipid show?


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May 18, 2015

Beer commercials that insist on over-amplifying the sound of beer being poured into a glass.
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May 18, 2015

TV commercials that use VERY LOUD key-click sounds.

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May 18, 2015
TV commmercials that use typewriter sounds.
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May 01, 2015
I hate you education connection! You give me a stress headache!!!! AAARRGGGHHH!
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Apr 30, 2015
There are a lot of immensely annoying things that tv does, but since we are discussing sounds . . . Kissing (not the peck on the cheek type, but the soft porn type), laugh tracks, the excessive volume of music and excessive USE of music . . . It is very annoying to be watching a suspenseful scene, just to be annoyed by the crappy awful music.

But I think the worst for me is the sounds of women giving birth. I have to mute the tv and go do something else until the kid pops. Or change channel.
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Apr 30, 2015
Oh, and any sound that comes out of Sophia Vergara's mouth is annoying. One of the most obnoxious voices on television, even more so than Janice from FRIENDS and Lois on Family Guy!
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Apr 30, 2015
Education Connection is pretty fucking awful, but there are far worse things out there. Kars4Kids, anyone? Nothing makes me want to harm small things more than that crime against humanity!
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Apr 07, 2015
Most annoying of all time for me is the girl on Awkward who says "You're Welcome". Give me 1,000,000 fingernails on 1,000,000 chalkboards anyday
Gloria and Lily from Modern Family should just never speak.
The kid in Lucky Louie was completely annoying. I wanted to gauge out my ears (if that's a thing) every time she said "Why?" in the pilot
And every word Billy Burke said on the episodes of Revolution that I regrettably watched

Oh, and I hate when actors inhale deeply and loudly before everything they say. Rockmond Dunbar and Ally Walker are the worst culprits.
It seems I'm easily annoyed ha ha. Lucky I'm perfect I guess.
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Apr 06, 2015
Crickets on The Walking Dead.
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Apr 06, 2015
I would say laugh track, except I'm digging it in Undateable.
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Apr 30, 2015
I agree. I generally hate laugh tracks and refuse to watch most shows that use them, but it somehow works in Undateable's favor. It's sorcery, I say!
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Apr 06, 2015
Homeland's intro is, hands-down, one of the worst T.V. intros out there. I get the logic behind it (to capture Carrie's mental illness) but it really is, as you said it, a "sensory overload".
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Apr 05, 2015
Howard's mother on the big bang theory! I've never watched the show myself, but my family does and I think that has to be the most obnoxious sound on television
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Apr 05, 2015
"WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALT !!!"
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Apr 05, 2015
OOOOMMYYYYGOOOD Friends :D
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Apr 05, 2015
The audience laugh track. A huge crutch for lazy writing or terrible delivery.
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Apr 05, 2015
I so agree. When you hear the laugh track you feel like you need to laugh but it wasn't funny.
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Apr 05, 2015
I actually like Homeland's theme song.
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Apr 05, 2015
If Gloria, can be on the list than so can Janice from Friends, and Fran Drescher. Funny, yes. But it is still an annoying sound on TV.
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Apr 05, 2015
I think the worst sound on tv would be Norma Bates when she start crying like a kid and moaning Norman's name. Usually an amazing performance by Farmiga, but successfully annoying!
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Apr 05, 2015
My ultimate worse is the whistling "i'm loving it" in the McDonalds ads.
Also not a great fan of the 'put-upon" voice by the black lady-nurse in The Mindy Project (sorry can't recall her name, nor i care to check). Nor the old-lady receptionist (thou most of that is her pointless one-liners).
In the UK we had an commercial with some older actress shouting "go on" till oblivion. It had millions of complaints. That is for sure the worst ad in history (googgle it).
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Apr 05, 2015
Ive gotten used to it and it not AS bad but Happy from Scorpion stilll kinda gets on my nerves and hated it early on
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Apr 06, 2015
She may have an unusual voice but it is not annoying to me. In fact I think she's hot! She's a very good actress. She has a unique quality and it gives the show something a little different from e usul TV fare. Now if you want to discuss the shows preposterous situations...
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Apr 06, 2015
Hey, I still think shes hot, dont get me wrong, just like I think Sophia Vergara is hot but they still both have a somewhat annoying voice. Doesnt mean I would kick them out of bed. and yes, the situations these guys get in is crazy, and then they go into longwinded explanations about how what they are doing is going to work to make sure that most of the viewing public understand what is going on
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Apr 05, 2015
It's so weird, she got a crazy deep manly voice and when i look at the screen it just dosen't fit her.
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Apr 05, 2015
I know right, which is not a really good thing but her voice really pisses me off lol
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Apr 05, 2015
some of the most annoying noises are associated with some of the most popular shows on tv, why am I not surprised.
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Apr 05, 2015
Sometimes when I hear laughter on a sitcom, it doesn't sound like everyone's laughing.

That happened a lot on Good Morning, Miss Bliss.

This isn't annoying voice-related, but something that annoyed me was Howdy making bad jokes on the anime Hamtaro.
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Apr 05, 2015
Kissing noises, period. They do NOT sound like this IRL and any person responsible for making them so loud and disgusting should be fired immediately without the right to work for TV ever again. I've stopped watching a few shows because of that and it makes me fast forward the kissing scenes on almost every show I watch.
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Apr 05, 2015
Bernadette's voice on TBBT. And that awful intro from Almost Human.
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Apr 05, 2015
The "OHHH" af the end of People's Court commercials when the judge rips the litigant a new one.

Laugh tracks -
Network research suggested that the laugh track was required in order to brand a single-camera show as a comedy. The experiment to see if a comedy fared better with a laugh track was tested in 1965 when CBS showed its new single-camera sitcom Hogan's Heroes to test audiences in two versions: one with the laugh track, the other without. Partly due to the somewhat cerebral nature of the show's humor, the version without the laugh track failed while the version with laughter succeeded.

Ah no wonder why CBS still uses them. They're obviously still living in the mid 60's.
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Apr 04, 2015
The music is four times louder than the actors talking so you miss half of what their saying because of very loud useless background noise. Also whats with all the whispering on shows and then again really loud music.
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Apr 05, 2015
Hallmark channel is awful about that. Its gotten better though. I couldn't watch a whole movie because the music was louder then people talking.
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Apr 05, 2015
I HATE this! It's true of movies as well. The sound balancing between action sound effects and/or loud music and dialogue is obnoxious. I find myself adjusting volume regularly just to keep myself from harassing my neighbors. It's ALMOST as bad as the volume difference between programs and commercials.
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Apr 05, 2015
they do that to manipulate you. when the show comes back on you naturally lean forward to hear - that is, you "get into the show" i just as you would step closer to someone who was speaking low in a conversation.. so subconsciously you feel more into it and are more inclined psychologically to "like the show" and say things like " I'm really into this new show."

turn off the sound, turn on the closed captioning and see if you still like watching these particular shows, I would bet the answer is no. the music complaint is you actually saying how you dislike the show, but you keep watching because you keep getting "sucked in."
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Apr 05, 2015
I agree with Harpier. I love the special effects and the music of a lot of shows and movies. Some movies I watch only because of the special effects. I'm tried of holding the volume button constantly going up and down.
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Apr 05, 2015
Well, no. I don't lean forward to hear. I don't watch any shows that I don't enjoy, and I don't need captioning to tell me whether or not I do. (And I consider sound choices, music included, to be a significant part of the production standards. Hannibal wouldn't be quite the same without its exceptional music and soundscapes.) What I dislike—in part because I share walls with other people who shouldn't have to hear it—is the volume oscillation. Game of Thrones sounds amazing in a theatre-style home stereo system. It's depth and clarity is impressive, but adjusting volume for dialogue makes many of the action sequences REALLY loud. Beautifully mixed, but loud.

That's just it: more and more television shows are mixing and balancing their sound to resemble cinema. It's more sophisticated and (given the appropriate home entertainment set-up and neighbor situation) sometimes more impressive and enjoyable, but it also demands cinema-level volume, which isn't always conducive to home viewing.
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Apr 04, 2015
The voices of both actresses in Two Broke Girls. They are unbearable, I cannot watch the show because of them (and because it sucks, too)
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Apr 06, 2015
Agree!! Not only do the have annoying voices but neither one of them can act!! That show is godawful ad how it became a hit series is a mystery for te ges.
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Apr 04, 2015
Oh God yeh, that trumpet doodle on Homeland, WTF?
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Apr 05, 2015
i used to make a mocking muppet sound, when that horrible trumpet blew. Truly dreary.
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Apr 04, 2015
Another unpopular opinion probably but I can't stand Daryl's mumbling on TWD. 90% of the time I can't even understand what he's saying.
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Apr 05, 2015
true.
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Apr 04, 2015
The HBO intro.
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Apr 04, 2015
Laugh tracks! Especially when nothing's funny.
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Apr 04, 2015

Oh forgot and the sloppy kissing sounds like they're slurping up Jello
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Apr 04, 2015
It's not so much a noise its some shows where there are a few people discussing a situation they take it in turns one after other after the other we have a game which ones turn it is to speak [CSI Shows]
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Apr 04, 2015
the "crack baby" commercials. Or the ones with the dying animals. They last about 5 minutes each and ithey're the most depressing commercials in the world
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Apr 04, 2015
Chanel West Coast laugh.
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Apr 04, 2015
LOL thats good
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Apr 04, 2015
That one stock siren sound effect used in tons of different shows for decades. It goes like *police radio chatter* *siren starts wailing*. Every time I hear it I'm like THERE IT IS AGAIN. I think it even has a name, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
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Apr 04, 2015
Also that siren blurt they play as any police car arrives at a crime scene. I think every show uses the same one.

And that reminded me of the class period bell that sounded at every scene change at school in Glee episodes. Every one.
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Apr 04, 2015
Amy Farrah Fowler
An "Oirish" accent
Comedy laugh tracks
The theme song to The Mindy Project
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Apr 04, 2015
THANK YOU for backing up me and umpteen others who say that Homeland is possibly the worst opening credit sequence EVER!

Anyway, the most annoying thing on TV you guys likely don't have to experience. But it's on Japanese and Korean TV talk shows/variety shows (with a live audience watching). Whenever you have a moment where North American viewers might say "What??" or "no way!" (at least in their heads) everyone in the audience in Japan goes, "eeeeeEEEEEEEHHHHH???" or in Korea, "WwwwwwooooOOOOOO!" in unison. Once you notice it, it's like seeing people dancing the Macarena for the first time (you can't get it out of your head).
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Apr 04, 2015
When a voice actor gets overused and all you can hear is the actor instead of the character, like Tress MacNeille or Cree Summer.
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Apr 05, 2015
haha...I just read an article about Cree Summer. I have not watched cartoons or anime in about the last 13 years or so (kids all grown up)...which ironically was probably the last thing I watched.. Rugrats All Grown up.
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Apr 04, 2015
I got rid of cable, so it's been a while since I've watched TV with commercials, but I forgot about how annoying the Education Connection commercials were. They were probably on every ten minutes at one point. Those days were truly the Dark Ages of TV Commercials.
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Apr 04, 2015
Jimmy Fallon's nigh-constant giggle and laugh.
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Apr 04, 2015
It's so fake
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Apr 04, 2015
Tim... eff you for that damn Education Connection mess.
My life was so much better before I clicked 'play' on your Youtube link...

You're evil, dude... pure evil.
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Apr 04, 2015
(Can't believe I forgot this earlier) Erin Andrews' voice!
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Apr 04, 2015
Almost every commercial.
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Apr 04, 2015
Also hate when a character on tv is using the exact same ring tone as me.....and I think its my phone ringing...and then I go looking for my phone...lol

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Apr 04, 2015
Some sounds on tv that bug me are:

Sheldon's voice - Big Bang theory
Fran Dresser's voice - The Nanny
Roseanne (not just her voice)
Comedy Laff Traks
and that squeak everytime Dean opens his car door on Supernatural. C'mon dude....after 10 yrs give it a shot of jiffy lube or wd-40 or something.
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Apr 04, 2015
Easy choice = anything with Ariana Grande's voice, particularly on the countless children's series she's in!!!!! Close 2nd is George out of Peppa Pig!!!!
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Apr 04, 2015
The Nanny
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