2009 TV has given us a lot of laughter, but it has also inflicted a number of groans with some downright terrible storylines, even from some of our favorite shows! Check out my list of the top 10 worst storylines of the year below, and share what you'd add to the list in the comments below!
90210 - I thought the Dr Pepper advertising was annoying in Season 1, but turns out Season 2 found something even more annoying: Annie's hit-and-run. The worst part of this storyline is not just that it was ridiculous that Annie was swigging from an open vodka bottle while driving along crying, but that the story was so horribly executed throughout the new season so far. First we found out that she definitely killed someone and she spent her summer shut up in her room constantly Googing for info on the accident, then we discovered it was a local homeless man who'd graduated from their high school, and then we found out he had a nephew at the school Annie could feel bad for. Then the only thing that proceeded to happen to develop the story for months was Annie dating Jasper. The does-he-or-doesn't-he know about Annie killing his uncle deal with Jasper was not thrilling enough to hold out through 3 months of an awful and annoying relationship to find out, surprise, he does. So now we wait until 2010 to find out more.
Heroes - Heroes has gone downhill in general this season, but while I will admit the Sylar drama is kind of cool, Claire going to college to try to have a normal life and then having her roomie not a secret hero trying to kill her, but a lesbian with a crush on her? Lame. I'm all for a good storyline about someone questioning their sexuality, but to have such a tragic looking girl after Claire who's still too pretty even in her attempts to be college-cool with her grey sweatshirts, then to have Claire never really say anything to Gretchen about it all is just tiresome. They needed to either go for it and have Claire try out a lesbian relationship, or they needed to have her tell Gretchen she wasn't interested but wanted to be friends. Instead, it seemed the whole point they were going for was having Claire kiss a girl to hype up their episode promos, and they didn't give any follow-through.
Melrose Place (2009) - This freshman show has become a guilty pleasure, but while the murder has been the central piece of the first season, I think it's also been the weakest link. The CW has so many teen dramas, including 90210, another spin-off/revival, that did not need a murder... well, until the earlier mentioned super lame Annie hit-and-run in Season 2. So case and point. A show doesn't need a murder until they need something to create new drama because they've run out of ideas. Now maybe I'm all wrong here since I didn't watch the original Melrose Place where maybe murder was all the rage for that extra soapy drama. But I think with so much other drama among the Melrose Place residents in the newbie, they didn't need the murder that has just created awkwardness for the show as most likely many fans of the newbie are too young to have seen the original.
Nip/Tuck - Unlike some of these new shows already pushing lameness in the first season, Nip/Tuck was a great show... until a few of the storylines went terribly, terribly wrong this season. The biggest absurd one being that Matt decided to follow his dream... of becoming a mime. Oh wait. That's not all. He then robbed convenience stores - as a mime - got arrested and went to jail then... wait for it... met a lovely cellmate who wanted Matt to get a sex change for well, you know. Wow, Nip/Tuck. Wow. This is one of those storylines that can make a fan a little concerned about who thought it up.
Ugly Betty - I hate to put Ugly Betty on this list since I think has actually only gotten better overall in its fourth season, but while most of the show has gotten better, they did waver bigtime on the solid storylines when they decided part of Daniel's grief over Molly's death should be him getting sucked into a cult. Sure it helped get Betty and Matt back together, but it did not help the development of this adorable show to have Daniel off in la-la-land without any real drama around it, as hard as they tried, since it was very obvious he was going to get lost in that world for a bit then get pulled out of it. This was a big yawner of predictability, and an unfortunate amount of possible quality Daniel storyline time wasted.
Grey's Anatomy - Do I even need to say it when it comes to Grey's? I think only considering this storyline started in 2008 and very unfortunately continued into 2009 does it even need to be cleared up which worst storyline in Grey's I'm referring to here - yes, this would be the Dead Denny haunts cancerous Izzie one. This story was just plain insulting to fans because not only was it a terrible storyline to have a character so overwhelmingly haunted by a ghost (or hallucination) without explanation for months, but it was insulting because they took advantage of our fan adoration for the original Izzie-Denny storyline. While it was nice to feast our eyes on Jeffrey Dean Morgan again, it was not nice to watch week after week as they dragged out the mystery of why Izzie was seeing Denny only to have the whole situation to be to drop a bomb about Izzie's cancer which ended up being hard to care about after getting jerked around so much with the Denny drama.
Hung - Worst Hung storyline of the year? A divorced, broke, high school coach decides to whore himself for money. That's the whole premise of the show, you say? Yes, yes it is... and that is exactly my point. I know people watched this and liked it, but I personally couldn't get beyond half of the second episode before turning it off in utter disgust - not over someone selling his body for money, but how the usually outstanding HBO could not figure out how to make this seemingly unique idea anywhere near a clever show.
The Office - The Office has been one of my favorite shows since it began, and it is definitely one of my stand-out favorites for the year as I've been loving the advancements in the overall plot like Jim and Pam getting married, Jim and Pam getting promoted, and constant upgrades to Dwight and Jim's feud. But I have not loved the recent focus on Dunder Mifflin's financial troubles. Sure, it's currently relevant, but if that's what they were going for, shouldn't they have jumped in with the storyline a lot sooner? While they did hint at troubles last season in the hilarious 'Company Picnic' episode when Holly and Michael accidently revealed a branch was closing, I feel like they should've moved along with the rest of the storyline much sooner. And, whether timely enough or not, it's just a little too painful to see Michael crash and burn in front of an entire room of angry customers, in front of an entire room of company bigwigs, and then have his only consequence being his branch congratulated for being the best. I feel a disconnect here between Michael = bumbling idiot who's actually a good boss and Michael = a complete moron who screws up too much to get away with it.
Gossip Girl - As we've said before, most shows don't do the-kids-go-to-college well, but I think the worst part of Gossip Girl's attempts at their kids going to college has been Serena not going to college. How hard would it have been just to have all of the group actually go to college close to each other in one of the greatest cities and then have plenty of drama with everything that comes with college naturally?? While it seemed they tried to have something more interesting happening by not having Serena go to college, it just ended up making getting the main cast together more awkward, and without any actual life direction, Serena's storylines have been all over the place and all pretty darn lame and pointless.
The Secret Life of The American Teenager - I've only watched episodes of this one here and there because I want to like it being on one of my fav networks, ABC Family, but I just can't keep up with it on a regular basis due to to being annoyed by all the characters. But, while the characters are annoying, I think the most annoying part of this show in 2009 was Amy and Ben getting married. I understand if a family network wants to show marriage as an option when a girl gets pregnant, but the way it was done with them realizing there was no way getting married would make things better and it's not even Ben's baby, well, it just made the show and the characters far too unrelateable. That seems to me to defeat the purpose of the whole series showing teens a "realistic" look at how hard teen pregnancy really is.