Well I thought this was an interesting thread. I like everyone's take on the different characters and everyone is entitled to their opinions. However, I could NEVER find Lucy (Lucille Ball) in all her reincarnations of her characters (Lucy Ricardo, Lucy Carmichael, or Lucy Carter) annoying. Now some of her later shows (in particular of "Here's Lucy"), some of the plots were alittle stale, but Lucy was always true to form (imo). She clearly was an icon (yes I am a die hard fan) and to find her annoying is like disowning your Grandma (again, imo).
I also feel this way towards Mr. Jackie Gleason (Ralph Kramden). Although Ralph could be hard on Alice, which would not stand up well in today's t.v., Alice (played wonderfully by Audrey Meadows), was a pretty strong woman for the 1950's to stand up to her husband. The warmth of "The Honeymooners" would always come to the point where Ralph realized he was wrong and tell Alice that she was "The Greatest".....and they truly BOTH were. Ralph would like to act like a bad-ass, but he had a heart of gold for his wife. So like my comparison with Lucy, finding Ralph (Jackie Gleason) annoying is like disowning your Grandpa. And the same goes for Don Knott's character Barney Fife (who can dislike Barney?!?!??!?!?!). Again imo.
I have a HUGE collection of classic T.V. shows and I rarely am disappointed or turned off by a character to the point where I don't like the DVD set and sell it on Ebay. However, there has only been two t.v. series where I just had to get rid of my DVD set because of an annoying character. The first one has to be the series "Maude". Now I thought when I bought the 1st season set, I would enjoy it cause I love Bea Arthur, and I love her in the "Golden Girls". But I was so disappointed in the series, because I found that Bea's character "Maude" was LOUD and obnoxious. When her character first appeared in "All In The Family", I thought the character was hysterical. But I really think, now, that it was because the back and forth arguements with Archie Bunker is what I liked. On "Maude", I found her obnoxious and a drama queen, to the point where I couldn't get through the whole series. I also found that Bea Arthur and Rue McClannahan (who played her neighbor/girlfriend on the show) looked a hell of alot older than they did in the "Golden Girls". Not that that makes a difference, just that in the controversal episode where Maude decides to have an abortion, I just thought she looked way too old to have a baby. The only thing I did love about "Maude", was the theme song "And then there's Maude......" LOL
The other DVD series that I had to get rid of because of an annoying character was the t.v. series "Family". I liked Kristy McNichol (Buddy) and Gary Frank (Willie) who played brother and sister....I thought their relationship on the show was very good and brought warmth to the show. But it was the mother on the show (played by Sada Thompson), I found to be very cold and distant. She always acted "spacey" to me. Just didn't like the character and unfortunately was disappointed in the series....I found it boring.
And for those of you who mentioned Alan Alda's character "Hawkeye Pierce", I would agree just because I never ever liked "MASH". I think Alan Alda is a great actor, but I never liked this show. I just never thought a show that took place in war scenario was funny. Same applies to "Hogan's Heroes". But again, imo.
Lastly, I was surprised to find that "Bewitched" was a hot topic in this thread. I liked the series, and I never really found any of the characters annoying. I even like BOTH Darrins......LOL
Edited by mrz7, May 09 2013 - 08:42 PM.