Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Most unnecessary TV character

This question comes from a PR Guru and pop culture genius from Michigan. We shall call her The Pessimist.

What is the most unnecessary character addition to a formerly popular, but starting to decline, TV show family?

Now The Pessimist throws out the always popular Oliver from the Brady Bunch. No question about it, Oliver was to the greatness that was Brady what peanut butter is for a good tuna melt. Nothing good. Although I am sure he is a nice person, his character on the show was pure evil.

But I am going to be a bit different. I say the most unnecesarry added character was the baby from Mad About You. That was one great show. Helen Hunt was hot and funny. Paul Reiser made a miraculous recovery from being eaten in Aliens and was funny. Episodes were light and funny. And then they had to make it all cutesy and bring in a kid character. Now the episodes were about spit up. And spit up just ain't funny.

Adding babies to any comedy ruins it. Friends was funny. And then everyone got pregnant and boom, not funny. No kids=funny. Kids=ratings doom. I am just waiting for someone at Scrubs to get impregnated and ruin that show too. It makes me mad.


At 1:05 PM, Blogger DougH said...

This is like a "Jump the Shark" deal in a way, but I like the theory. Hmmmm...

My List (not counting Ted McGinley appearances, all covered at

The Flintstones: The Great Gazoo
Bewitched: Tabitha (baby again!)
Diff'rent Strokes: Dudley
My Three sons: Robbie's Triplets (multiple babies!)
M*A*S*H: Klinger's pants

And what about shows that went south after a major-- or minor-- character left?

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Ashley Gags said...

I would have to say Kimmy from Full House. Even though she did make an entrance rather early...I still found her so annoying. She was in NO way funny. Also what happened to the middle sister Family Matters. Did they kill her off or was it a Erkel experiment gone bad?

At 2:16 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

How about when a magor character leaves, is replaced and then comes back to replace her replacement: Rosanne's Becky. I liked them both as they both portrayed mid-west white trash to perfection.


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