19 Main TV Characters Who Are the Worst Characters on Their Show

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Some TV shows are just plain bad. Bad characters, bad writing, bad acting. You might still hate-watch it, but ultimately you know that the show itself is pretty crappy.
But then you come across a show that's genuinely great… except for one glaring flaw – a horrible main character. And we don't mean like “oh, sometimes they can be a bit annoying.” We mean like, this person sucks. These characters are often whiny and self-centered, but you put up with them because the rest of the show is worth it. Read on for some of the worst main characters on otherwise awesome shows.

1. Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother

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How I Met Your Mother is the story of Ted Mosby (Josh Radner) meeting his kids mother (or so it claims). Too bad Ted is the whiniest, most self-indulgent character on the show. The fact that he spends nine years telling his CHILDREN about his sexcapades around New York City says enough. It doesn't help that he's completely overshadowed by the shows more complex supporting characters. Womanizer Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), married couple Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segal), and Canadian tough-girl Robin (Cobie Smulders) are all infinitely more interesting than Ted could ever be. Boy, BYE.