TV's 'Cringiest' Moments of the Year
OUT OF STEP
COACH'S FIRST KISS
After McKinley High's Coach Beiste (played by Dot-Marie Jones) discovered that some of her male students think of her to get the same effect a cold shower might have, she's understandably upset. In an attempt to comfort her, Mr. Schuester (Matthew Morrison) gives the 40-year-old football coach – who has never been kissed – a smooch in a November episode.
After Bachelor Jake Pavelka split from his pick, Vienna Girardi, in June, the twosome started trading barbs in the press (she expressed shock over the break-up, he told PEOPLE about their "trust issues"). But it was the televised fight in front of Chris Harrison that really got nasty – and ended with Girardi labeling Pavelka a "fame whore" before storming off in tears.
She broke a record on America's Next Top Model by getting the first photo five weeks in a row, but the painfully shy Ann Ward almost broke something else when she strapped on roller skates to film a commercial challenge. At more than 6-ft. tall, Ann's awkward frame helped her in photos – but a lack of confidence caused her to crash on the October episode.
IAN'S 'KANYE MOMENT'
While performing an original song, "Simon Says," on the American Idol finale in May, comedian Dane Cook was interrupted by oddball contestant Ian Benardo, who stormed the stage and yanked away the microphone. "I got Kanye'd," Cook said.
OUT OF TUNE
Kasey Kahl may not regret singing cheesy songs to Ali Fedotowsky on The Bachelorette, but she sure did. "It was just too much," Fedotowsky said of the awkward serenades. Later, in another cringe-worthy moment, he got a tattoo of a rose behind a shield, representing his now-infamous promise to "guard and protect" Ali's heart.
"Gym, tan, laundry" is one thing – but the constant "creeping" is another. When Jersey Shore returned for season 2 in July, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio made it their mission in Miami to hook up with as many women as possible – while "avoiding grenades," of course.
While celebrating the success of a recent ad campaign, Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) had one too many and vomited in the office bathroom. There to comfort him was his protégé Peggy (Elizabeth Moss), who missed her own party to sit with her drunken boss.
From pie-eating contests to skinny-dipping, ABC's Bachelor Pad was full of awkward moments. But one of the most uncomfortable scenes was the show's kissing contest. "We saw messy kisses, passionate kisses and downright gross kisses," co-host Melissa Rycroft said in her blog post about the August episode.
During an attempt to bond over racketball, Modern Family's patriarch, Jay (played by Ed O'Neill), and his son's partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) crack up instead, having an awkward cheek-to-cheek moment in the locker room when their bare butts bump in an episode called "Moon Landing," which aired in February.