10 TV Shows That Completely Wasted Great Characters

Abandoned love interests, derailed character arcs, and that poor deceased Mrs. Ted Mosby...

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There’s nothing quite as frustrating as realizing that a show which is in need of a shake-up has introduced a great new character, only for them to end up totally underutilized in coming episodes. It’s not a rare occurrence: between writer’s rooms adding characters only to forget about them a week later and nervy executives demanding the addition of someone new only to then abandon them soon after, it’s inevitable that some much-loved figures end up written out of television history.

But for audiences hoping to see more of these characters and—reasonably enough—assuming they have been added to the line-up for a reason, this is a deeply frustrating move. A lot of shows feel the need to reinvigorate their cast list after a few stale seasons, and in many cases the addition of a new character can be the perfect compromise.

However, in the case of examples included in this list, it didn’t matter how good the characters were since they were never given a chance to have much impact on proceedings before being shuffled back out of the cast list...


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