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Everyone remembers The Brady Bunch, right? It was a classic TV series featuring an adorable family that always brought the laughs. Whether Marsha had her Snickers bar or not. What people might not remember is the addition of a character named Cousin Oliver.

That’s because the cousin — played by Robbie Rist — was a fifth season addition to the cast. He suddenly appeared when his relatives went on an archeological dig and left him with the Bradys. His sole purpose? To add cuteness and youth to a series as its ratings were beginning to flop. It didn’t work, of course, and Cousin Oliver disappeared six episodes later. And the show was cancelled altogether by the end of the season. Welcome to Cousin Oliver Syndrome.

Sadly, Cousin Oliver wasn’t the only youthful addition to a cast over the years. Many shows have tried, and while some have succeeded, others have failed miserably. Here are some of the more memorable ones, ranked from the worst to best.