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Top 10 Annoying TV Characters

VO: Rebecca Brayton
They’re like nails on a chalkboard: whether it’s a nagging wife, an annoying neighbor or that kid who just won’t leave you alone, TV is full of characters that just drive us bananas. Some are meant to press our buttons, but a lucky few just happen to make us go crazy by accident. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 annoying TV show characters. For this list, we’ve excluded cartoon characters we can’t stand, cause that’s a list for another day. Special thanks to our users Josh Sinclair, Tyler Smith, viliguns, Daniel Fong, Mohammed Al-hooti and WatchDogsFan47 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Annoying TV Show Characters


They’re like nails on a chalkboard. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 annoying TV show characters.

For this list, we’ve excluded cartoon characters we can’t stand, cause that’s a list for another day.

#10 – Janice Litman Goralnik (née Hosenstein): “Friends” (1994-2004)

Recurring characters are always good for a laugh – or in her case, a cackle. Starting in the show’s first season, Janice surfaced periodically to act as love interest, annoyance, and ruiner of life-changing moments. Between appearances at the birth of Ross and Rachel’s baby, the fertility doctor, or Chandler and Monica’s dream house, Janice and her nasal voice cause various unfortunate reactions in the “Friends” and audience members alike.

#9 – Kimmy Gibbler: “Full House” (1987-95)

There was a character referred to as the “annoying neighbor” on, like, all ‘90s sitcoms. “Full House” is no exception, and the Tanners’ neighbor Kimmy Gibbler proves it. Gibbler is DJ’s best friend – for some reason. She’s also dumb, wacky, loud, vibrantly-dressed, her feet stink, and everyone always wants her to go home – but not before she delivers one of the lame one-liners she’s famous for.

#8 – Kim Bauer: “24” (2001-10)

As if Jack Bauer doesn’t have enough problems; he also has to constantly save his idiot of a daughter. Kim Bauer regularly finds herself in harm’s way, distracting our beloved CTU agent from his appointed world-saving rounds. She’s rebellious, whiny, and oblivious, but somehow she gets a job fighting terrorists alongside her dad. Many fans cheer against her, or hope she gets eaten by a cougar. So close.

#7 – Fran Fine: “The Nanny” (1993-99)

It’s “The Sound of Music,” only with a nasally broad from Queens in the lead. For six-seasons, Ms. Fine led the hijinks with her clichéd and flashy style. But what she lacked in refinement she made up for in fashion sense. And over-the-top physical comedy. And tall hair. Even so, we’d take her whining to Mr. Sheffield a thousand times if we never have to hear that laugh again.

#6 – Lori Grimes: “The Walking Dead” (2010-)

There’s rage aimed at several of this show’s characters. Take Andrea, who’s constantly proving how strong she is; Carl, who’s constantly proving how strong he is; or Lori, who’s constantly letting Carl prove how strong he is. By a slim margin, we choose nagging wife Lori as the worst, since her parenting skills are questionable, she forced her husband to battle his best friend, and she’s a trembling mess anytime zombies are near.

#5 – Wesley Crusher: “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-94)

Like the nagging wife, the precocious child is one annoying character-type. The son of Dr. Beverly Crusher; Wesley is accused by die-hard Trekkers of being whiny, obnoxious, condescending and just plain arrogant. This untrained goodie-goodie regularly solves the Enterprise’s problems, when a crew of highly qualified Starfleet officers can’t get the job done – and that earned him the distinction of being one of the least popular characters in sci-fi.

#4 – Skyler White: “Breaking Bad” (2008-13)

She’s just a normal woman who finds out her husband is a drug kingpin. Why hate her? Well, ‘cause, you’re rooting for Walt, even though he’s doing morally objectionable things, and Skyler’s always in his way. Die-hard Skyler-haters also assert that Heisenberg’s old lady is a harping shrew who smokes while pregnant, cheats, and launders money herself. Let she who is without sin cast the first stone.

#3 – Samuel “Screech” Powers: “Saved by the Bell” (1989-93)

Unless we’re mistaken, these are Bayside’s cool kids. So why do they hang out with a kid as annoying as Screech? Not only is he nerdy and scrawny, which we could handle, he’s also an obnoxious, socially-awkward, scheming suck-up who causes way too many problems to be endearing – and the voice cracking is just the icing on the cake. We’re not surprised Lisa turned him down so much.

#2 – Steve Urkel: “Family Matters” (1989-98)

‘Member those annoying ‘90s sitcom neighbors? He was their king. What do you think annoyed the Winslows most: his love of science, polka, or a certain dairy product? The glasses, suspenders and pants hiked up to his armpits? The dance? Naw, it’s obviously the voice. Oh, and this. We admit it: he’s lovable in a nerdy sorta way; but we’d still rather go on a date with Stefan Urquelle.

#1 – King Joffrey Baratheon: “Game of Thrones” (2011-)

It’s a testament to Jack Gleeson’s acting that most “Game of Thrones” fans want to see the inbred boy king’s head on a pike. Whether it’s his insolence, arrogance and whininess, his propensity towards prostitute abuse, his gleeful use of capital punishment or his spoiled nature, he gets under your skin – which makes him a great villain. But it also makes it so damn satisfying when he gets slapped.

Do you agree with our list? Which TV characters piss you off the most? For more top 10s about your favorite – and least favorite – shows, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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