With every new TV season, we welcome a fresh crop of characters into our lives — heroes, villains, antiheroes, mouthy city girls, eccentric co-workers, werepanthers. This fall is no different, although in our rush to watch the flood of new programming, we’ve begun to notice how many of these fictional folks actually annoy the crap out of us. So, after the jump, we’re telling freshman sitcoms and beloved dramas alike how we really feel about their overbearing friends and desperate housewives. Let us know which TV characters you find irritating in the comments.
Schmidt, New Girl
On a show that also features Zooey Deschanel playing a beautiful, irritating geek, any other character that manages to be more annoying than Deschanel’s Jess has really accomplished something. Enter Schmidt, the douchiest of her three roommates. His priorities include his abs, meeting women, impressing his business-bro friends, and getting into exclusive events where he can show off his abs to women, thus impressing his business-bro friends. There are moments of kindness, sure, but in general, he’s the guy at the party that everyone’s trying to avoid. We find it especially sad that he’s played by Max Greenfield, whose puppy-dog face we grew fond of back when he played a young police officer and love interest on Veronica Mars.