Years after the series ended, one opinion is that Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) ruined How I Met Your Mother. A hopeless romantic, Ted’s character’s imperfections were more toxic than redeemable. Having a flawed protagonist as the central character hurt the success of the series. Alas, Ted wouldn’t be the first character to ruin a TV show’s legacy.
All production characters are on a likeability level system. Some shows have improved despite their unpopular characters, but other players have definitely ruined their series. Reddit voice users whose characters have single-handedly ruined shows for them.
Killian “Captain Hook” Jones – Once Upon a Time
A popular fantasy series, Once Upon a Time breathed life into renowned fairy tale characters over seven seasons while delivering romance. When favorite villain Killian Jones (Colin O’Donaghue), aka Captain Hook, became the love interest of hero Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), fans were annoyed. Reddit user fheia784 feels that too much time was spent on the love story when “there were much more interesting characters and plots”.
While Hook’s softening was a benefit to the character, it took away his grit that was once so valued. Ever since Captain Swan became such an intra-goal, fans have been blasted out of OUAT.
Claire Dunphy – Modern Family
Modern Family broke the mold when it came to the inclusivity of sitcoms for blended families. Goofy three-generation group, Reddit user everythinglatte reckons Dunphy family matriarch Claire gave off ‘too much vibe’ I’m no ordinary mum, I’m a cool wine mum “.
Seeing an Emmy-winning performance from Julie Bowen, Claire always seemed overly demonstrative about her children’s lives and sometimes quite unappreciative of her husband Phil (Ty Burrell). While not without some redeeming qualities, Claire was one of the less popular characters, putting a damper on the show’s eclectic vibe.
Kate Pearson – This Is Us
Like Modern Family, This Is Us is a positive portrayal of the blended family dynamic with The Pearson. In the manner of Chrissy Metz’s Kate, Reddit user spacepunk17 expresses extreme dislike, saying “a great actress, especially in comedy, but an insufferable character.”
Throughout the series, Kate was a character who projected her frustrations and insecurities onto others instead of committing to fighting her demons, which in the long run damaged her marriage to Toby Damon (Chris Sullivan). While Kate Pearson was given a happy ending, her continued pessimism caused fans to lose interest in the show.
Brenda Walsh – Beverly Hills, 90210
Beverly Hills, 90210 is the pinnacle of 90s television and the teenage genre. Despite being a hugely popular show, this deleted Redditor disliked Shannen Doherty’s Brenda Walsh, saying “I don’t know why, I just couldn’t stand it.”
Upon arriving in Beverly Hills, central deuteragonist Brenda quickly imitated her snobbish surroundings. While having an endearing start, Brenda grew into a very whiny and selfish character. Doherty’s constant fights with cast and crew, combined with Brenda’s enmity, seriously chilled the show. Unlike The OC, Beverly Hills, 90210 was able to succeed once Brenda was written off.
Marissa Cooper – The OC
Reddit user drHobbes88 thinks “Marissa on The OC” ruined the show. Fox’s teen drama is a prime example of a series that falls short of a stellar first season.
Played by Misha Barton, Marissa Cooper’s inconsistent character development and her recurring relationship with Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) led to the main romance being centered around compelling supporting characters Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson). ) . Unlike Beverly Hills, 90210, killing off the female lead wasn’t the Uno reverse card Fox dreamed of, with The OC catching its last TV wave in 2007 with season 4.
Dr. Tara Knowles-Teller – Sons of Anarchy
One of the best shows to never win an Emmy, Sons of Anarchy is a biker drama inspired by William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Maggie Siff wonderfully played neonatal surgeon Dr. Tara Knowles, the Ophelia of Hamlet by Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam). That being said, Reddit user HappyDaze84 feels that Tara “deserves to win” the show-ruining character title.
The deeper Tara fell into the world of SAMCRO, the more she lost her independence, becoming an obstacle for Jax. Her ultimate death at the hands of Gemma Teller (Katey Segal) ended up serving as a turning point for the latter, thus affecting the series.
Seinfeld’s characters were the centerpiece of the hilarious writing, which is why it’s one of the best sitcoms of all time. However, not all characters were loved by the masses. Reddit user tsiskay “hated Kramer, with a passion.”
Although actor Michael Richards won three impressive Primetime Emmy Awards, Cosmo Kramer’s slapstick yet goofy humor created an eccentric character with very few redeeming qualities. As the show went on, it went from being overly obnoxious to an absolute grimace, seeing little to no character development and becoming a nuisance to fans.
Fez – This show of the 70s
Since its debut in 1998, That ’70s Show has always been a heartwarming show for millennials with its talented cast and relatable humor. The group collectively had good chemistry, but Reddit user STAlexFree thinks Wilmer Valderrama’s Fez is a character that seems so out of place with the overall vibe of the show.”
An acronym for “foreign exchange student,” the same running gags and Fes one-liners have lost their novelty over the seasons. Suffering from a lack of character development, the series ending with Fez and Jackie (Mila Kunis) as a couple destroyed That ’70s Show for its fan.
Rachel Berry – Joy
Beginning as an ensemble piece, the musical Glee would see Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry become the mainstream focus for subsequent seasons. Despite her immense talents, Rachel is a character that fans say has destroyed the jukebox music series, with this Reddit user saying she’s “arrogant and just the worst.”
Similar to Shannen Doherty before her, Michele’s negative on-set behaviors proved off-putting to fans. Rachel’s continued narcissism provided uneven character development, which made her starring role in the series’ New York arc overwhelming and undeserved.
Robert California – The office
Having a modest 81% RT score, the Outstanding Comedy Emmy winner The Office would see a shake-up when lovable loser Michael Scott was written off in Season 7. Steve Carrell’s departure led to the introduction of the eventual CEO of Dundler Mifflin, Robert California. A deleted Redditor opined that California’s unpredictability was “more of a style ‘the writers don’t know how to characterize'”.
A fantastic performance by James Spader, the creepy demeanor and odd presence of Robert California were unappealing, creating a noticeable rift in the characters’ camaraderie. Unable to recover after writing off Spader in Season 8, The Office ended with Season 9.