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Thursday, October 23, 2008

All you need is hate: TV characters that get under your skin

Channel Surfing's smiling, happy faces on the right side of this page would never, ever condone taking your aggression out on a TV character -- even one as universally despised by our blogging crew as, oh I don't know ... a certain JAN LEVINSON from "The Office."

So ... following our hatefest with "Son of a Preacher Jan" a few posts below, this lighthearted "24 TV Characters Who Just Turn You Off" photo gallery from Entertainment Weekly readers seems pretty timely.

While I can't agree with the inclusion of Miss Piggy (really? hate for a Muppet?) or Brian Hackett (don't ever disparage "Wings" in my presence), some of the listed actors/actresses/characters definitely annoy (cough, Ellen Pompeo, cough) even though I've never watched their shows.

Among the more interesting suggestions from "EW" readers:

Ross from "Friends" (David Schwimmer): "Ross is by far the TV character I have hated the most. Whiny, pathetic, almost never funny — and yet somehow still unsympathetic."

Carrie Bradshaw from "Sex and the City" (Sarah Jessica Parker): "I think Carrie Bradshaw, Meredith Grey, and Ally McBeal can all go in one jar together and be placed on an island for no one to hear from again."

House from "House" (Huge Laurie): "I hate House. If any doctor ever spoke to me or a member of my family that way, I'd punch him in the nose. He's an obnoxious creep who needs a comeuppance, and soon. Did I mention I hate him?"

Squidward from "SpongeBob SquarePants": "The one TV character I really don't like is Squidward Tentacles, from SpongeBob SquarePants. I mean, he is so egotistical, arrogant, self-centered, snobbish, and grumpy! Who would put a guy like that in a show involving a cheerful, happy guy. I even like the tiny, one-eyed evil green thing."

Dawson Leery from "Dawson's Creek": (James Van Der Beek): "Even as a 13-year-old I thought he was whiny, manipulative, and self-obsessed, especially given that every single one of his friends had a far harder life than he did. I was so disappointed when the show didn't end in his death."

Lauren Conrad from "The Hills": "It may not be a true ''TV character,'' but she tries to portray the innocent, perfect, never-at-fault girl, and it comes off holier-than-thou and shallow. Get a life, please!"

Ooh, that LC one is gonna burn Boyd up good! She'll scratch your eyes out if you come at homegirl too strong! ROWR!

So, blog readers ... care to share with us which TV character you absolutely can't stand? Can be reality TV or otherwise. We don't care. The Channel Surfing crew will chime in soon depending on whether we get another overkill appearance from Jan on tonight's "Office." There's only so much hate to spread around, you know.

-- Thomas Rozwadowski,

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Squidward is one of the best characters on Spongebob! That person needs to be shot.

Miss Piggy? That person must be pretty pathetic to hate on Frank Oz.

I would vote George Costanza. Towards the end of Seinfeld he became TOO unbearable for me.

By Blogger Antony, At October 24, 2008 at 8:30 AM  

Oh TRoz, you think a little LC hatin' is going to bring the claws out? Puh-lease.

I was more offended by the Ross choice! How can you hate on someone who is so pathetic and whiney that you can't help but make fun of the man in an attempt to completely push him over the edge? Everyone has a "Ross" in their group of friends -- sure you don't like him and sure you have him around just for comic relief but ... hmm, I forgot what the positive side to that was supposed to be.

Anyway, bring it TRoz, we'll see if the eye-gouging comes out when I name Scrubs' J.D. as one of the worst characters of all time.

-- Sara

By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At October 24, 2008 at 9:54 AM  

Meredith Grey of "Grey's Anatomy" gets my vote. From her whiny voiceovers to her cringe-worthy line "Pick Me. Choose Me. Love Me," she has to be the most hideous main character of a show EVER. You know you're a crappy character when the evil ex-wife shows up and manages to make people be sympathetic towards her.


By Blogger Press-Gazette blogger, At October 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM  

I wished for the untimely deaths of both Lost's Ana Luca and Six Feet Under's Lisa. To my gleeful surprise, the TV gods quickly answered my prayers and killed them both off. Beware, Jan ... beware.

By Anonymous mary, At October 24, 2008 at 4:18 PM  

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