The Five: Great shows, bad characters
Even great shows can sometimes have a character or two that just doesn't work out...
1. Mandy Hampton (The West Wing): Boy, was I happy to see this character simply vanish after the first season. She just never seemed to fit in, and I mean that as a character (as a political consultant she was always at odds with the rest of the staff and they never quite got along) and as a cast member (Moira Kelly). As if to highlight how out of place she was, Aaron Sorkin and other writers seemed to push her further and further away as the first season progressed, always at odds with the other cast members, until she became a character who just seemed to "be there." Then the second season opened and she was gone with no explanation. Nobody cared.
2. Max Lewis (Newsradio): Yikes. Phil Hartman dies and is replaced by Jon Lovitz. Lovitz can be kinda funny in certain situations (SNL, The Critic), but it's truly unreal how unfunny he is in this show's last season. He was terrible, and made you miss Hartman even more.
3. Dr. Malucci (ER): Why exactly was Eric Palladino brought on the show? Nothing against the actor, but he seemed to just be there to create tension with Weaver until the inevitable day she fired him (and she did it after he said something really nasty to her, thereby destroying any shred of sympathy we might have had for his character).
4. The Great Gazoo (The Flintstones): What a weird choice, to bring a space alien into a comedy about prehistoric times.
5. Lauren Reed (Alias): Fans might not agree, but I think she dragged the show down. It was irritating to see her fool everyone and get away with everything for so long.