Paging Dr. Melfi: 29 characters on serialized TV shows who outlived their usefulness 

1. Jennifer Melfi, The Sopranos
It happens on nearly every TV series with even the slightest nod toward serialization: Characters who were vastly important to the show in its first season gradually become less and less important, until they have no real reason to remain on the show. Occasionally, their function will be…

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