The Worst Examples of Cousin Oliver Syndrome in TV Sitcom History


6. Billy – WHO’S THE BOSS

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I don’t know what Tony Danza was smoking when he decided to add little Billy to the show. The back story for the character was that he was the grandchild of some old broad that Tony was close to back in the day in Brooklyn; the old biddy became gravely ill and no one was around to take care of the wide-eyed, precocious little devil except for Tony. So in Season 7 of WHO’S THE BOSS Tony and Angela took a break from their “will they or won’t they” relationship and instead became surrogate parents for an awful little kid that tried too hard to be cutesy. Danza, being executive producer on the show, realized the huge mistake he made and by the next season Billy was shipped back to his granny in Brooklyn and the show went back to focusing on the Tony/Angela romantic relationship.

55 comments

  1. theshanshuprophecy · October 9, 2012

    Great idea for a post & v. cool clips – thanks 🙂

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    • Derek · October 10, 2012

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      • Michel · December 14, 2016

        I enjoyed the story. I would have had it that girl on All in the Family. By the way possessive pronouns don’t have apostrophes. Should be its instead of it’s.

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    • Glen · October 13, 2016

      Let’s not forget Scrappy Doo…yes a cartoon character, but single handedly ruined one of the greatest cartoons ever 🙃

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      • Derek · October 13, 2016

        Scrappy Doo was indeed the worst.

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  4. Kristin Peterson · April 25, 2014

    April on Gilmore Girls, total Cousin Oliver

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    • Derek · April 26, 2014

      I never watched Gilmore Girls (its on my list of shows to catch up on) so I did a quick YouTube search and watched the a couple April scenes and you are right. The character was awful and fit all of the Cousin Oliver criteria.

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      • tevra1 · November 24, 2015

        Gilmore Girls was popular with the girls in the first place guys watched it to keep the peace

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  5. thewalkoffktxt · June 15, 2014

    This one is a tad bit recent, out of all the 90’s TV hubbub, but…Kimi from Nickelodeon’s Rugrats. Dil’s addition was cool and all, but once they went off to Paris, the show went off the deep end.

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    • Derek · June 18, 2014

      THat is a good one. I should probably start researching more recent examples…I might have a sequel to this post just waiting to be written.

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  6. Kari · July 27, 2014

    I didn’t like Kimi on Rugrats, either. This isn’t exactly COS, but hated it when Lily was born on Step by Step. I felt like her being born was the show giving up. Cody getting booted and Jean-Luc showing up as a replacement was the final nail in the coffin for me. If it’s not someone showing up to keep the show alive, it’s a baby being born.

    Completely agree about 3J on Family Matters, but that show jumped the shark long before then. Seven is rightfully #1 on this list, too.

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    • Derek · July 27, 2014

      I doubt there will ever be any character that will surpass Seven when it comes to disastrously bad idea casting on a TV show.

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      • audiopinions · November 11, 2014

        Easily Married With Children’s roughest patch. I was watching the whole series, then abruptly stopped shorty after his introduction.

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      • Derek · November 12, 2014

        You are right. I don’t get what the folks behind the show were thinking with the addition of Seven. Married With Children was not a conventional sitcom so to try and shoehorn a conventional sitcom gimmick into the show was just dumb.

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  7. johnfromnj · August 2, 2014

    Dodie – “My Three Sons”

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    • Derek · August 3, 2014

      Oh you are going back! LOL!
      I didn’t have many problems with Dodie though.

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    • Bernard Profitendieu · August 11

      Except M3S lasted tree seasons with Dodi … turns out she wasn’t a Cousin Oliver after all. That show even tried triplets and kept on keepin’ on – nothing could kill it.

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  8. Ridiculous · November 11, 2014

    The author needs to learn how to use apostrophes.

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    • Derek · November 11, 2014

      The author would accept the grammar lesson if you would care to point out where the apostrophe’s were misused.

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      • tevra1 · November 24, 2015

        I don’t believe anyone noticed or cares if there was any grammar

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  9. Jon · November 23, 2014

    How about Sam McKinney from Diff’rent Strokes? To me he was the 2nd worst example of COS behind Ricky from The Partridge Family, maybe worse because he lasted for the last 2 1/2 seasons of the show, where Ricky was gone after 10 episodes.

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    • Derek · November 24, 2014

      Ricky was the spawn of hell though. His few appearances felt like hundreds.

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  11. SL · April 29, 2015

    Scrappy Doo

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    • Derek · May 1, 2015

      Even as a little kid I hated Scrappy Doo. He may be the most unnecessary character ever created.

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      • Mark · September 15, 2016

        Actually before Scrappy was created ABC was going to cancel Scooby Doo, so Scrappy saved the show, but the creators overused his character, so to keep the fans happy, they made him a villian in the Scooby Doo movie. Honestly, Scrappy was my favourite, I have no idea why so many people hate him.

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      • Glen · October 13, 2016

        I totally agree…even as a little kid I despised him…I want to punch him right in his stupid face 🤓

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  12. AD · May 9, 2015

    Nicky from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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    • Derek · May 11, 2015

      I checked out of Fresh Prince pretty early on so I don’t even know who Nicky is. Was that Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv’s kid?

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      • AD · May 16, 2015

        Yes. He was a baby for a season, then they felt they needed to do a time jump so he suddenly became 5 years old. He ruined the show for me.

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      • Derek · May 17, 2015

        I still don’t understand the TV show mindset that adding small children to an existing show somehow makes things magically better.

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  13. Brit · July 8, 2015

    Randy on that 70’s show in the last season, just awful.

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    • Derek · July 10, 2015

      Was he the Eric replacement? I bailed on the show when Topher Grace left so I missed all of the post-Eric awfulness.

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  14. McGannahan Skyjellyfetti · August 26, 2015

    No Stephanie from All In The Family?

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    • Derek · August 26, 2015

      I used to watch All In The Family reruns when I was a young lad and I developed quite the crush on Stephanie. Plus All In The Family was losing its luster before she showed up.

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  16. Mark J. · October 1, 2015

    Dodie on My Three Sons was, oddly enough, Lief Garrett’s sister. Don’t think about it too much. Cuzzin Oliverism goes all the way back to I Love Lucy. Also it hit All in the Family twice, Gloria and Meathead had a baby, then later Stephanie showed up. But she turned out cool and had an album, Arrive All Over You. Think about it.

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    • Derek · October 1, 2015

      Cool bit of TV history. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Doris Tain · February 10, 2016

    Both “Family Ties” and “Growing Pains” had new babies at the same time, one a boy and the other a girl, who aged rapidly so they could be cutesie-pie quicker. Same with “Step by Step.” One of the worst was “My Three Sons” addition of step-daughter Dodie, as bad an actress as Seven was an actor.

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    • Derek · February 11, 2016

      Your comment made me run to Youtube to see just how awful this Dodie character actually was and I have to agree with you. She was terrible and her insertion into the 3 episodes I watched seemed to be incredibly forced. It was painful to watch.

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  20. Ali J · May 6, 2016

    Cara Lynn, on Big Love too.

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    • Derek · May 11, 2016

      I only watched the first season of Big Love so I must have missed that character.

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  21. TheMikado · August 8, 2016

    Joey on ” All in the Family” was never an instance of COS. It was a logical progression. I mean, was he ever even old enough to speak?

    Stephanie, however…retch.

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  22. Jake · August 31, 2016

    Penny on “Good Times” and Alex on “One Day at a Time”

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    • Derek · September 6, 2016

      I actually have fond memories of Penny on Good Times.
      Alex on One Day At A Time was pretty bad though.

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  23. Glen · October 13, 2016

    Penny on Good Times was played by Janet Jackson, I believe. I just watched some Dixie from My Three Sons….I remember the show, but fortunately missed her. Painful lol

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    • Glen · October 13, 2016

      Dodie

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  25. Jonathan Graves · December 10, 2017

    Even though it’s a movie franchise, BB8 is nothing but COS.

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