Before traditional family sitcoms died a slow death in the ’90s, virtually all of them seized on an annoying formula in an effort to increase viewership. They took an oddball neighbor or friend associated with the main family on the show and gave them increasing amounts of camera time until they were a de facto family member or became the central focus of the show itself. Their antics were equal parts annoying and dumb and gave TV viewers everywhere reasons to cheer that show’s eventual cancelation.
These seven TV neighbors are the type that would require restraining orders in real life:
spinoff from “Perfect Strangers” that focused on a middle class African-American family in Chicago. Urkel changed all of that as soon as he appeared as a nerdy next-door neighbor. The show’s producers suddenly decided that focusing the show around him would be much more interesting. “Family Matters” was soon hijacked by that nasally voiced nerd as he took it from sitcom to a messy mix of cross-dressing cousins and scientific experiments run amok.
To be fair, Gibbler was not nearly as annoying as the Olsen twins were in their shared role of Michelle Tanner on “Full House.” Hearing them spout contrived catch phrases was annoying enough. Gibbler provided annoyance because “Full House” producers sought to make her that way. From loud clothing to bratty quips, Gibbler did her best to drive the majority of the Tanner family into a homicidal rage. Her main disadvantage was trying to be annoying in a house full of annoying characters. It is hard to stand out in that situation, even with Gibbler going to extremes.