The Best of 2014: 9 TV Trends Grating on Our Last Nerve

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Tropes, idioms, trends – whatever they are – they drive us crazy!

When you're watching your favorite show and a character from another show appears out of the bottom corner of the TV screen to do a little dance, swirling around the title of a show you have no interest in watching – what is that all about?

Casting well known actors in guest roles as a prominent killer. Duh. The bait and switch promos making you think someone is dying, only to find out they're still with us week after week. Hey, we can take some of these things, but when they become the norm instead of the exception, it starts to grate.

Flip through the slideshow of TV Fanatic staff picks and let us know what's driving you crazy these days. Weigh in with a comment and/or by taking our poll.

What's the worst TV trend of 2014?

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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