The Best of 2014: Underutilized Characters

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Everyone hates it when shows completely waste good characters. Here are the TV Fanatic staff picks for the most underutilized characters from 2014.

Whether it be ridiculous storylines or not enough screen time, we have all had the feeling of wanting more from these characters. 

1. Jimmy Palmer -- NCIS

Jimmy Palmer -- NCIS
Jimmy Palmer plays the role of assistant to Medical Examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS. Palmer is a generally happy married guy who seems to get saddled with a lot of clownish behaviour in rare episode side-plots. Yet we know that beneath all the goofiness he's actually a fairly intelligent guy who brings a lot of value to the NCIS team. Sadly, we rarely get to see that side of him.

2. Jackson Avery -- Grey's Anatomy

Jackson Avery -- Grey's Anatomy
Jackson Avery, Grey's Anatomy. The minimal screen time Jackson has been getting lately is mostly used watching him deal with board issues. As cute as it is seeing him shopping for baby supplies, we rarely get to see him rock the OR anymore. It seemed like there would be potential for a juicier story line when he joined the wounded Vet project, but so far it's been mostly Callie and Owen. Here's hoping for more Jackson in 2015!

3. Diane Lockhart -- The Good Wife

Diane Lockhart -- The Good Wife
Diane Lockhart has always been a supporting role on The Good Wife, but this season she has taken even more of a back seat to Alicia's run for State's Attorney and Cary's trial. Actress Christine Baranski is brilliant, and hopefully 2015 will be a chance for her to get Diane Lockhart more time in the spotlight.

4. Bonnie Bennett -- The Vampire Diaries

Bonnie Bennett -- The Vampire Diaries
Omg! BONNIE from TVD. It's taken her 6 seasons to get a halfway decent storyline and now she's stuck in some witchy prison world alone. Previously she's been trotted out when somebody needed a spell performed. Or she was dead. Then sort of undead. Now this. Poor BONNIE.

5. Jeremy Gilbert -- The Vampire Diaries

Jeremy Gilbert -- The Vampire Diaries
With the exception of the Vampire hunter storyline, Jeremy from The Vampire Diaries has been given very little to do besides pine after, be in a relationship with, or mourn the loss of Bonnie. It's time he got more of a story. I mean, if you're going to bring him back to life, at least give him something interesting to do! Otherwise, what a waste.

6. Jenny Mills -- Sleepy Hollow

Jenny Mills -- Sleepy Hollow
Every since Hawley came on the scene, it seems like Jenny's role within Sleepy Hollow has shrunk. And while Hawley has been a pretty polarizing character, it's common knowledge that Jenny is awesome. The last few episodes before the midseason finale had more Jenny and hopefully that trend will continue when it comes back.

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