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post #1 of 161
Thread Starter 

Show doesn't deserve it's own thread?  Put it here!  Thus the thread becomes as awful as the shows it's about.

 

For instance:

 

http://gawker.com/5968261/last-night-on-toddlers--tiaras-a-gay-man-told-us-he-was-the-dad-of-a-child-he-had-obviously-never-met

 

*muffled whimpers of terror*

post #2 of 161

Three words - Highlander: The Raven.

post #3 of 161

I can do it in two: Forever Knight.

post #4 of 161

Has anybody seen Mr. Box Office?

 

It's definitely on the top of my "How the fuck did this happen?" list of television shows.

post #5 of 161

The unaired pilot for the US version of Spaced. Yeah, unaired, but thanks to YouTube available for all to see!

post #6 of 161

And to follow that up, what's available of the US IT Crowd.

post #7 of 161

HELLO, LARRY.

 

/thread

post #8 of 161

Actually, I can top that one: PINK LADY AND JEFF.

 

I can't believe that I remember this damned show.

post #9 of 161

I can't believe I owned their album! And played it!

post #10 of 161
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Three words - Highlander: The Raven.

 

The 2nd half of the series does get better though.

 

One word- Smallville

post #11 of 161

Am I the only one who loved Manimal and Misfits of Science as a kid?

post #12 of 161

Mitsfits of Science? Oh yes.

post #13 of 161

Ben Grimm, Manimal was...Cool!  Of course anything can be enjoyable with the...MELODYous Ms. Anderson!  I am a big fan of Glen A. Larson Productions.  Misfits of Science was a show I...Wasn't a fan of!

post #14 of 161

I watched a few episodes of MANIMAL during its initial run.  I also watched some of AUTOMAN.  They weren't great but they weren't the worst abominations to ever grace the screen.

post #15 of 161

Judas Booth, Automan was...Cooler than Manimal!  I...Loved his...Neon Lambourghini!

post #16 of 161

the neon Lambourghini was definitely the best part of the show.

post #17 of 161

Is Cleopatra 2525 any good? Heard some strange things about it.

 

Also NIGHTMAN and MANTIS. Totally horrid shows.

post #18 of 161

Secret Life of the American Teenager

 

I'm pretty sure this show was filmed by a race of alien robots trying to understand how humans interact.

post #19 of 161

felix, I enjoyed...M.A.N.T.I.S. more than Nightman, but I watched them both weekly.

post #20 of 161
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Is Cleopatra 2525 any good?

No.

post #21 of 161

Alot of sitcoms from the 80's and 90's didn't age well.  The worst offender?   Full House.  Did that show ever generate a genuine laugh?

 

As for drama?   Cop Rock.   Perhaps ahead of its time but a trainwreck all the same...

 

post #22 of 161

I own the ill-fated first and only season of "Birds of Prey" on DVD.

post #23 of 161
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Am I the only one who loved Manimal and Misfits of Science as a kid?

 

Misfits Of Science fucking RULES. It also had the best theme song of the decade:

post #24 of 161

I did not know that Willie from Alf was on Misfits of Science.  I did know that Fabio was on Acapulco Heat

 

 

700

 

Also awesome.  Nick Slaughter is ...... Sweating Bullets.  It's crime-time after prime-time only on (say it fast) shee-bi-essssccccch

 

 

700

post #25 of 161

As far as terrible 90s shows go, I just remembered that Thunder in Paradise existed:

 

 

Knight Boat was much better, though.  In that show, there was always at least a canal, or an inlet, or a fjord.

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I own the ill-fated first and only season of "Birds of Prey" on DVD.

 

I always knew that show had its fan.

post #27 of 161
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Is Cleopatra 2525 any good? Heard some strange things about it.

 

It's bonkers stuff, just the Xena/Hercules crew running wild with a mid-season replacement. The show ended with a frustrating cliffhanger, and just as the arc-plot was starting to come together. As eye candy it can't be beat, featuring one of the most spectacularly attractive casts ever.

 

Speaking of, Firefly fans take note:

1000

post #28 of 161

For truly awful television, I think of shows I felt compelled to keep watching in spite of the evidence that they were never going to get better. Last year was the double whammy of Pan Am and Ringer.

post #29 of 161

Haven't seen it yet. But everyone seems to think Beauty And The Beast 2012 is an abomination.

post #30 of 161
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Misfits Of Science fucking RULES. 

 

 

I would not put Misfits of Science on this list. It had a sense of humor about its premise that I wish more genre shows had.

 

If I'm going to put something on this list, it would be something like Cold Case. Super serious, overly melodramatic, and hitting viewers over the head until they get the "message" of an episode. One of the few highlights of MAD TV's later seasons was their parody of the series, and it summed up everything I disliked about the show.

 

post #31 of 161

Can we add Criminal Minds to the list as well?

post #32 of 161

Outside of giving Joe Mantegna and Paget Brewster a steady paycheck, I can't think of anything else positive about Minds.

post #33 of 161
Here's one that I remember really sucking: REGGIE. This was the show that Richard Mulligan starred in after SOAP went off the air. It was horrible. Years later, I discovered the BBC series THE FALL AND RISE OF REGINALD PERRIN, the original show that REGGIE copied. It was brilliant, and it's one of my favorite comedies of all time.
post #34 of 161

Very painful:

 

What's Happening Now

The New WKRP in Cincinnati - WKRP became an oldies station, playing doo-wop instead of late 70s city-rock, yeah that's hip

The Munsters Today - I watched it like three times, one of the episodes was a topical political episode where one of Grandpa's friends was the Salman Rushdie of vampires.  Edgy stuff. 

post #35 of 161
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Haven't seen it yet. But everyone seems to think Beauty And The Beast 2012 is an abomination.

It is fucking AWFUL. 

 

I grew up on awesomely bad syndicated tv adventure shows.  That Adventures of Sinbad show starring Zen Gesner was my SHIT.

post #36 of 161

Love for Cop Rock warms my heart. That show was weirdly incredible.

 

I used to love watching shows that very obviously were going to be cancelled quickly. Like, you could tell the show's creators were just lucky to be there, that they somehow created a sellable pilot, and no idea how to advance it beyond that point. Usually these shows are picked not because they're good, but because they're incredibly compatible with another show. And sometimes, if a network commits to one awful series because they think it will somehow sell, they HAVE to find a weak-sister to match it with.

 

So in 2006 I was tickled to see the first episode of the EXTREMELY skimpy Fox sitcom "Happy Hour." The premise of the show was that this mild-mannered city guy was getting over a bad break-up and moving on with his life thanks to the support from his wacky friends. The HOOK of the show, however, was that these characters would get together in his spacious apartment every day and have their own casual happy hour, sipping champagne and hanging out. THAT'S IT.

 

I remember watching the first episode, and they got to the tiny, low-key happy hour at the twenty minute mark (where the Paul F. Thompkins-like lead sips champagne while wearing a too-tight dinner jacket), and realized it was the saddest plot device on which to hang an entire series. It was almost Dadaist. 

 

The show was promptly canceled -- Wikipedia says four episodes aired, but I remember the program going on hiatus after that first week. Ironically, I also remember its timeslot partner, another new show that, evidently, Fox was much more intrigued by. That would be the the beginning of an 81 episode run for "Til Death."

 

I also saw the only two aired episodes of the immortal "Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfieffer." Beat that.

post #37 of 161
I can't beat that, but I went in with the same attitude and watched every episode of Cavemen that aired. I'm still not sure if the week it was cancelled I was relieved or bummed out. I read on AV Club that the entire season is on YouTube, including all the unaired episodes, and that, according to them, it actually gets better as it progresses, starting right when it got cancelled. I don't think I have it in me to go back and see for myself, though.
post #38 of 161

I recall that "Cavemen," which was not good, wasn't even one of the five worst new shows premiering that year.

 

I like my cuts DEEP.

post #39 of 161
Holy crap, there was worse? You just blew my mind!
post #40 of 161

Perhaps I was grading on a curve. As far as shows based on paper-thin ad campaigns, it could have been so much worse.

 

A little Nick Kroll goes a long way.

post #41 of 161

Xavier: Renegade Angel. Never made it thru an entire episode, and I watched everything on Adult Swim.

post #42 of 161
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If I'm going to put something on this list, it would be something like Cold Case. Super serious, overly melodramatic, and hitting viewers over the head until they get the "message" of an episode. One of the few highlights of MAD TV's later seasons was their parody of the series, and it summed up everything I disliked about the show.

 

 

Damm! I've seen a few episodes of Cold Case and this Parody is dead on accurate.

post #43 of 161
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I also saw the only two aired episodes of the immortal "Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfieffer." Beat that.

Homeboys in Outer Space seemed to run a whole year - however long it ran it felt much longer.  Flex was dope though.  It's a testament to the WB and UPN that I can't tell you which awful network these shows aired on.  If you held a gun to my head I'd say UPN.  I didn't have cable in college - I also watched tons of Nascar and Letterman as "background noise" while I studied.

post #44 of 161
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Xavier: Renegade Angel. Never made it thru an entire episode, and I watched everything on Adult Swim.

Balderdash. That show was incredible.

post #45 of 161

Gary and Mike was a really bad UPN claymation show.

post #46 of 161

 A couple of weeks ago I watch an episode of NCIS. I will never make that mistake again!

post #47 of 161

Just ended today. Gossip Girl

 

Who the hell was watching it so that it lasted 6 Seasons?

post #48 of 161

Recently noticed one of the local digital stations was airing this childhood abomination on weekday mornings. Watch with a friend and you'll have a blast.

 

 

Best effing theme song ever.

 

And yes, that's Otho from Beetlejuice voicing Nimbar.

post #49 of 161
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If I'm going to put something on this list, it would be something like Cold Case. Super serious, overly melodramatic, and hitting viewers over the head until they get the "message" of an episode. One of the few highlights of MAD TV's later seasons was their parody of the series, and it summed up everything I disliked about the show.

 

 MAD TV gets no love, but it could hit it out of the park once in a while. It also gave the world Phil Lamarr AND Key & Peele, as witnessed by that last sketch.

post #50 of 161

Did any of you USians get the syndicated RoboCop series, or did that just air in Canada? I was weirdly obsessed with it as a teenager, despite being exactly what you'd expect a syndicated RoboCop series that aired Saturday afternoons to be like. I actually can't flatly say that it was BAD because I barely remember it, except that there was a holographic computer lady and the guy who was melted by toxic waste in the first movie came back as Robo's ongoing, Lex Luthor-esque nemesis.

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