Skip To Content

    38 Random And Forced Storylines On TV Shows That Never, Ever, EVER Should've Happened

    Serena and Dan finding out they had a half brother on Gossip Girl was so pointless.

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what storyline from a TV show was completely unnecessary. Here's what they had to say:

    Warning: This post contains mentions of sexual assault. 

    1. When Britta and Troy dated on Community.

    Britta holding Troy's hand as they sit on a couch

    2. Hayley getting back with Dylan and then getting pregnant on Modern Family.

    Hayley looking freaked out during her sonogram appointment

    3. Michael coming back after he had presumably died on Jane the Virgin.

    Jane looking at Michael in shock and Rafael explaining how his sister faked Michael's death

    4. Spencer having an evil twin at the end of Pretty Little Liars.

    Spencer and her identical twin Alex standing next to each other in fear

    5. Mr. Turner getting into a motorcycle accident on Boy Meets World.

    Sean sitting beside Mr. Turner who is in a hospital bed with casts on his arm and head

    6. Lily and Rufus meeting their son on Gossip Girl.

    Rufus and Lily talking to their son Scott

    7. Rachel and Joey’s romance on Friends.

    Ross walking in on Rachel and Joey kissing

    8. Ben's whole existence on Friends.

    Rachel and Ben

    9. Quinn getting in a car accident and being in a wheelchair on Glee.

    Quinn in a wheelchair going up a ramp

    10. When Blaine and Karofsky dated on Glee.

    Karofsky holding Blaine as they sit on the back of a truck

    11. Eleven finding her siblings on Stranger Things.

    Eleven and Kali standing next to each other

    12. Archie dating his teacher Miss Grundy in the first season of Riverdale.

    Archie and Ms. Grundy about to kiss

    13. The whole Olivia kidnapping storyline on Scandal.

    Oliva Pope trying to escape from a window in a room

    14. When Finn kissed Emma soon before her wedding to Mr. Schue on Glee.

    Finn kissing Emma and her looking freaked out after

    15. Randy and Donna's relationship on That '70s Show.

    Donna and Randy talking

    16. Cameron being in love with House on House.

    Cameron saying there's no point in working at the hospital if House isn't there and then kissing him

    17. Bryce's redemption arc on 13 Reasons Why.

    Ani defending Bryce and saying he was trying to become a better person

    18. Debra getting over her stepbrother being a serial killer and realizing she had romantic feelings for him on Dexter.

    Debra confessing her feelings to Dexter

    19. When Omar cheated on Ander with his sister's boyfriend on Elite.

    Ander telling Omar how chemo is scaring him and then Omar asking Malik to hook up at a party

    20. Pam and Jim having marital problems in the final season of The Office.

    Jim and Pam walking together with annoyed expressions on their faces

    21. Emma and Spinner getting married on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    Spinner and Emma standing at the altar

    22. Leo cheating on Grace on Will and Grace.

    Leo telling Will that he kissed someone else while he was in Cambodia

    23. When Reagan was a replacement for Jess on New Girl.

    Reagan and Jess

    24. Ian and Lip getting DNA tests done on Shameless and finding out Ian is not Frank’s son, but the son of one of Frank’s brothers.

    Lip and Ian being shocked by seeing Clayton, Frank's identical twin

    25. When Emma's stepdad, Mr. Simpson, cheated on her mom on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

    Emma catching Mr. Simpson kissing Ms. Hatzilakos in a movie theatre

    26. When Schmidt cheated on Cece on New Girl.

    Schmidt talking about how he never broke up with Elizabeth to date Cece and how he feels terrible about it

    27. Luke discovering he had a daughter on Gilmore Girls.

    Luke talking to April and processing that he's her father

    28. Landry killing a guy on Friday Night Lights.

    Landry grabbing a blunt object and hitting a man's head with it

    29. The tickling-videos storyline on Riverdale.

    Terry offering to film Kevin being tickled on film for money

    30. Izzie having a brain tumor that resulted in her having sex with her dead ghost boyfriend on Grey's Anatomy.

    Izzie having sex with the ghost of her dead ex-boyfriend, Denny

    31. Caleb and Spencer's relationship on Pretty Little Liars.

    Caleb and Spencer sitting on a couch, holding hands, and looking at a laptop

    32. Annie’s cousin staying with her family on 90210 and ruining Annie's social life for no reason.

    Annie confronting Emily and then attacking her

    33. The whole last season of Once Upon a Time.

    Scene in a church from Once Upon a Time finale in which Regina is crowned "the Good Queen"

    34. Tom finding out he had a daughter before he and Lynette were together on Desperate Housewives.

    Kayla looking out of the back window of a car at Tom and Lynette as she's driven away

    35. On Glee, when Rachel gave up her dream Broadway role in Funny Girl to star in that really bad TV show that got canceled.

    Rachel in scene from TV show pilot that got canceled

    36. The whole high school musical storyline in Season 1 of The Politician.

    Payton singing onstage and playing a guitar

    37. Frank being revealed as the child of Sam and Hannah's incestuous relationship on How to Get Away With Murder.

    Annalise telling Bonnie that Frank is the product of incest between Sam and Hannah

    38. And Ted going back to Robin on the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

    Robin looking out her window to see Ted standing there with a french horn

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    What are other storylines on TV do you feel were unnecessary? Let us know in the comments!