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Is This The Most Annoying Character On Television? What We Learned From Last Night's FOX Comedies

By Joanna Robinson | TV Reviews | November 20, 2013 | Comments ()


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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Has A Gina Problem: There are probably more objectively annoying characters on TV, but usually they’re buried on shows I don’t bother watching. But Chelsea Peretti’s Gina is poisoning the water hole of Fox’s greatest new show. The cast and their chemistry on Brooklyn Nine-Nine is so extraordinary and Peretti’s manic Gina stick out like a sore thumb. Her antics are exactly what I worried Andy Samberg would bring to the show but he’s practically sedate compared to her. So, yes, I’m standing by this. Most annoying character.
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Don’t worry, Gina. Mindy Project’s Morgan is a close runner-up.
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The Return Of Sympathetic Schmidt: Okay so Schmidt may still be up to no good in this episode in his attempt to break up the date between Cece and Coach BUT at least he was fighting his worst instincts. And he’s back in the underdog position. Which means he can enjoy him being adorably d*ckish.
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Patton Oswalt Could Literally Be In Every Show And I Wouldn’t Mind: Parks & Recreation? Justified? Whatever. Patton is always welcome. The rivalry between the Police and The Fire Department might be a bit of a Parks Department/Library retread, but Patton pulled it off with aplomb. I also enjoyed his bro henchmen.
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Everything’s Better With Troubadour Midwives: This week’s Mindy was a mess. Just all over the map. But we can take some minor comfort in the return of the Deslauriers. And they sang!
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Speaking Of Racism: We had a race discussion here in the comments just last week. No, not that one. The one where you all praised Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the diversity of its casting. Sonia Saraiya wrote a great piece over on The AV Club this week about about how Fox is changing the landscape for black men on television. It’s not just black men, though. The white characters are the minorities on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Even more so if you get rid of Peretti. JUST SAYING.
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Yeah, This Makes A Lot Of Sense: It makes all the sense in the world that Mindy is a huge Scandal fan. I would love to see Kerry Washington make a guest appearance. Or, hey, since she only dates white men, maybe Mindy could hook up with Tony Goldwyn? Or Scott Foley? Make it so, team.
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A Plot For Winston! Was it the A-plot? Maybe not. But it’s the closest he’s come to being in the spotlight. And though Nick’s disgusted reactions may have stolen the show, Lamorne Morris’ enthusiasm was priceless.
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Here’s, They Threw You A Danny/Mindy Shipping Bone: It was more of an anvil really.
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But The Cutest Couple Of The Week Has To Be These Two: The show continues to nail this relationship. To the wall.
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  • Rhettimus

    Chelsea Perreti is a brilliant comic, and her character works. If you'd like to scope her thought process search her stand up.

  • Maddy

    I actually really liked Mindy this week, even more than New Girl - which is not generally how I usually feel

  • Uriah_Creep

    Don’t worry, Gina. Mindy Project’s Morgan is a close runner-up.

    You get me, Joanna, you really get me. Gina brings "Nine Nine" down, and I actually stopped watching Minday after Morgan's first season, because I couldn't stand him. NO ONE IS THAT STUPID!

  • dizzylucy

    I don't mind Gina. They've used her so sparingly, she hasn't had a chance to really annoy me, or really develop much as a character. I'm just happy that Andy got toned down a bit. And that Terry exists, because I just adore him.

    Mindy was really a mess, but I loved Winston and Nick eating bologna sandwiches together.

    I think the link for the AV Club article isn't working right, and it's worth a read. The diversity on Fox shows has not gone unnoticed by me this year, it's about time.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Don't give candy to a baby! They can't brush their teeth.

  • Omar Little

    After I saw the first couple episodes of Brooklyn was that Gina is a live action Cheryl from Archer.

  • Gina's one of my favorite parts of Brooklyn 99. I wasn't even aware others didn't like her. But then I like SHIELD too. I would have no idea how wrong I was about all my tastes if not for the Internet.

  • LaineyBobainey

    Oh, SLYW, you're like a beautiful tropical fish.

  • becks_

    Just to be clear, you're saying he's a flashy, over-valued pain in the ass right?

    Kidding, I love SLW too but I tend to think of him as more of a mysterious Bengal tiger. Obviously.

    Geez, Lainey.

  • You're both right. I think of myself as a mysterious and beautiful tiger fish.

  • Daniel Lewis

    I think the Internet is way too hard on SHIELD.

  • Buellie413

    Last night was first night I enjoyed Gina, but usually she brings the show to a screeching halt for me.

  • Daniel Lewis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
    Proof of Princess Peretti's genius.

  • becks_

    That went on way too long and was plagued by her cracking up at herself but other than that it was definitely a lot funnier than the "retard" act I watched earlier.

  • Daniel Lewis

    Bits going on too long is a hallmark of the Todd Glass show....

  • mairimba

    Is it wrong that I'm more attracted to Jay than to Mark? Cause I don't want to be right.

  • Gina's okay, but I'm not a big fan of "the secret genius in the room" trope.

    I'd be more than okay if they replaced her character with Savant and having him kind of look his down his nose at the rest of the department like he did with Scully last night.

    Also, Jake Johnson's line delivery when Winston told him to eat his sandwich last night had me rolling. The line itself wasn't funny. But it was totally something I would say in that situation. It was a perfect character moment for Nick.

  • Miguel Angel Portela

    "Don’t worry, Gina. Mindy Project’s Morgan is a close runner-up."

    No...just...no. I recently started watching The Mindy Project and I have to say one it's strengths is it's flat-out diverse and mildly bizarre supporting cast. Morgan is a pretty big part of this. He's insane, really. And Adam Pally just compliments that perfectly. As opposed to say, New Girl in which Schmidt, Nick and Winston are more or less one dimensional characters that could form one good character is melted together.

    Then again I quit New Girl just before Nick and Jess actually became a thing so what the hell do I know?

  • becks_

    I just went and watched some of Perretti's standup because I thought maybe she's a funny woman who just gets very little to work with.

    She's awful.

    Her jokes are hacky and poorly fleshed out. She laughs after everything she says. She actually did a "follow your nose, Toucan Sam." joke about herself. I remember thinking that was the height of comedy the first time I heard it in my fourth grade classroom.

    The worst though is that she's also a complete asshole. Here's a snippet from her act:

    "I used to have retarded neighbours. Not like frat guys, actual medical retarded people, like UGhHHHH (best way I can transcribe the noise she makes to both denote and mock the people she's describing). In the summer the nurses would like, air them out, in the back yard (pauses to laugh at her joke), so it would be like 8 in the morning and all I could hear is "UnGHHH! DuRRRRr! UHHHhH! Oh good, spring is here."

    I'm not the most sensitive person on the planet but that whole thing was incredibly unfunny and consisted entirely of the kind of cruelty and mockery I'd expect from a mean twelve year old.

    I always thought her character sucked but now I think she personally is a bit of a jackass as well.

  • nosio

    I've seen her standup act, and I thought the same thing. She just came off as an ass.

    (It didn't help that she was immediately followed by Kumail Nanjiani, who made me laugh so hard I couldn't breathe, and also came off as an astoundingly nice person.)

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I heart Kumail. He's adorable and hilarious. I first came to know him on an episode of Bunked! a fake game show on IFC which I had free for a weekend. Later on I saw he had been a Starbucks barista on Colbert.

  • LaineyBobainey

    I SO like Gina. I like her SO much. She says all the things I want to be able to say at my job and she says them in EXACTLY the tone I think in my head. Sorry, man, I'm a Gina fan.

    Also, Winston and his new girlie are divinely weird and I love them together!

  • I just love how she says everything. I wish I could talk like her.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I may not be on board with Gina, but I totally agree on Winston's new lady. She's an atypical TV love interest and I think it's great.

  • Anna von Beav

    I, too, am on the Gina train. I enjoy her.

    On the other hand, it's a proven scientific fact that I enjoy people who are assholes, and I dislike earnestly nice people, so. You know.

  • LaineyBobainey

    It's true. She fuckin' LOVES me, so...

  • John W

    I think the problem with Gina is they really haven't given her much to do yet. It's similar to Rashida Jone's character on Parks & Recreation.

  • BendinIntheWind

    If this post is somehow responsible for Chelsea Peretti's removal from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" I will BURN THIS MOTHER TO THE GROUND.

    Black people CAN sell drugs!

  • ASFan

    If I had a mic right now, I'd drop it.

  • seth

    Everyone on the Goldbergs is the most annoying character on tv. That is my final answer.

  • I am so sad that I have to agree with this. I'm a fan of Wendi from Reno 911 and I was psyched that she was in a more prime time tv show. (Totally not counting whatever that catastrophe was she was doing on Rules of Engagement. Hated how mean they were to her without being funny.) But everything on The Goldbergs is just too much and way too heavy handed.

  • Jiffylush

    No no no no no!

  • seth

    Yelling is not entertainment. Food is.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Bullcrap, the chick from Blacklist is the most annoying. Ever.

  • AudioSuede

    You and me? Not on the same page. #TeamGina

  • Schmidt's back! Fat Schmidt's made a great, self-choking appearance. I kind of don't like Coach and he had no business getting to make out with CeCe after that date. But that gave us the "Nick's got some work to do." line so it's ok. And Winston was awesome, in his weird way. Great episode. The other shows were really solid too.

  • ecuamerican

    Gina sticking out like a sore thumb in the great cast exactly why I like her. She's not a break out like Santiago or Diaz, but she does her job as "that uber quirk"

  • John W

    Speaking of Fox do they have a must watch block of TV with Sleepy Hollow/Almost Human?

    Right now I like the chemistry between Urban and Ealy almost as much as the chemistry between Beharie and Mison (fist bump).

  • emilya

    i kind of felt like i was cheating on my love of crane and leftenant mills with my liking of kennex and dorian and i had some majorly guilty feelings. then i remembered this isn't a competition and i can love whatever damn sets of people i want on tv! almost human is definitely skyrocketing up (in terms of importance) the giant list of shows i watch on a weekly basis.

    i also have to admit that i'm rooting for a lyla garrity and eaomer romance and my boyfriend is hoping i'll start referring to the characters by their character names.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I don't mind Gina. I don't necessarily like her, but she's not hatable either. I guess I don't really hate any characters on the shows I enjoy. Though, I'd like to see Manny from 'Modern Family', John Cryer, and the cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' in some sort of Hunger Games that's rigged for them all to lose.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I haven't watched last night's episode yet, but I agree with you on Peretti/Gina. I think they were going for Donna from P&R/ Beth from Newsradio but it's not working.

    Speaking of 'Retta, though - she'd make a FANTASTIC wife for Terry, if they ever show her.

  • SharePointJoe

    Her line from last nights ep about dropping the mic was funny. Generally tho, the show can go on with out her and so can we.

  • InternetMagpie

    UGH, she's like a terribly unfunny April Ludgate. I HATE HER.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I had Diaz pegged as the "April" of the show but I see what you mean.

  • InternetMagpie

    Ron once described April as both "aggressively mean and apathetic." I think that's kind of where they were trying to go with Gina, but Peretti sucks too much to sell it.

  • Guest

    You stole my comment. Diaz is definitely the new April (latter P&R seasons). I think Schur learned lessons with April and it is being reflected on Diaz's being less apathetic and more fleshed out character.

  • Carniverous Ruminant

    Not only is her character the most annoying on TV, but Chelsea Peretti is perhaps the least funny comedian in existence right now. I would sit through a 24 hour Dane Cook marathon before I watched ten minutes of her being terrible. I have no idea why otherwise trustworthy folks think she's funny.

  • Modiano

    I saw Chelsea Peretti live and my brain cannot even accept your comment as a real thing that exists in the world.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    could it be because her brother invented BUZZFEED?!

    no, she was around before then. But it might help.

  • Guest

    Gina - So, yes, I’m standing by this. Most annoying character

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    You are wrong. Initially, I agree, I didn't know what to make of Gina but Peretti has been terrific.

    Who else could have said:

    BLACK PEOPLE CAN SELL DRUGS.

    Which is still one of my favourite moments from the show.

    Also could Santiago be any cuter? Yes Melissa Fumero is gorgeous but she has totally been killing it lately.

    Community's Senor Chang gets the honour of most annoying character on TV (of the shows I watch anyways).

    *I also totally agree on Nick and Jess comment. They are totally nailing it.

  • IngridToday

    I liked Chang when he was just the Spanish teacher who would occasionally show up, but, once he became a regular it was awful. The whole Chang Dynasty thing was some of the worst episodes of Community.

  • Guest

    Totes. The Dean has also gotten pretty annoying and is the second most annoying on TV with a similar Chang trajectory (for me in the shows I watch anyways).

  • Collback

    Well, I like Gina.

  • Kalan Petty

    Ugh, of course people think she's great.

    I agree 100% with this review. She is EXTREMELY annoying and is very, very obviously the "sore thumb" of the show. She doesn't fit whatsoever.

    It sucks cause the show is actually a lot better than I expected -- except for her.

  • Dumily

    I don't mind her. I just wish she were Kitty Sanchez.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Oh, damn. Judy Greer would be PERFECT.

  • Dumily

    PERFECT . . . for everything. The woman is divine.

  • Bert_McGurt

    You'll get no argument from me on that!

  • Dumily

    I like you.

  • loganbowes

    Agreed. The show is so irreverent already her antics don't detract from anything else, in my opinion. Also, she's fairly underused already. She's been unused in a couple of episodes so far. If anything, I'd like for there to be more Gina. The problem with the character, for me, is that she's just an office assistant, and most of her usage can come only in the precinct, while they can send everyone else out on the streets and to different locations for logical purposes.

  • el_mediocre

    I dig her but a little goes a long way. Show really needs to temper her usage a little bit - especially when all of the other primaries (and even some of the background characters too) are killing it.

  • Green Lantern

    So do I. I don't care WHO knows it!

    If it's wrong, I don't wanna be right.

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