Which Characters Make You Want to Tune Out of Your Favorite Shows?
June 4, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
No matter how good a show is, odds are at one point in time a character has been introduced that you just can’t stand.
If you’re lucky, you may grow to enjoy the character as the series goes on. If you don’t, perhaps you can find a way to love to hate the character. (Which, admittedly, can be its own kind of fun.)
However, there are some characters who are just freaking painful to watch on-screen. You know the kind…the ones you scream/curse/cringe/plot their very painful death whenever they come on screen. (Okay, that last option may just be something I do…) They’re the ones that make you wonder what the heck their purpose is on your favorite show other than driving you up a wall with annoyance.
I will say, I consider myself lucky that the vast majority of the characters that made me cringe the most this season are now gone. (Bye HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER’s Kevin and SMASH’s Ellis. You will not be missed.) But now comes news that Catherine Tate will be a series regular on THE OFFICE next year, and…well, I’m not thrilled.
Nellie is one of those characters that makes me angry. I’m not going to lie and say I love THE OFFICE today as much as I did 6 years ago, but I had come to a weird sense of peace with all the differences. But Nellie? She ruins it. There is quite frankly nothing about the character that I like.
I tolerated her arc in Florida. I didn’t love it, but there were enough things going on elsewhere that I did enjoy that I let it slide by a little. But her coming to Scranton was painful and the notion that she’ll be returning full-time back to the comedy next season makes me want to demote the show to DVR-only. Michael Scott’s crazy antics worked because there was no doubt there was a good-hearted person underneath all the shenanigans. THE OFFICE has tried to humanize Nellie, but I just don’t buy it.
And I’m sure I’m not alone. Whether it’s Nellie on THE OFFICE or someone else on one of your favorite shows, which characters make you want to change the channel?
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