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TV Guide's 50 worst shows of all time

post #1 of 67
Thread Starter 
Discuss:
1. The Jerry Springer Show (syndicated, 1991-present)
2. My Mother The Car (NBC, 1965-66)
3. XFL (NBC, UPN and TNN, 2001)
4. The Brady Bunch Hour (ABC, 1977)
5. Hogan's Heroes (CBS, 1965-71)
6. Celebrity Boxing (Fox, 2002-present)
7. AfterMASH (CBS, 1983-84)
8. Cop Rock (ABC, 1990)
9. You're in the Picture (CBS, 1961)
10. Hee Haw Honeys (syndicated, 1978-79)
11. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (UPN, 1998)
12. Hello Larry (NBC, 1979-80)
13. Twenty-One (NBC, 1956-58)
14. Baby Bob (CBS, 2002-present)
15. Manimal (NBC, 1983)
16. The Chevy Chase Show (Fox, 1993)
17. Casablanca (NBC, 1983)
18. The Ugliest Girl in Town (ABC, 1968-69)
19. The P.T.L. Club (syndicated, 1976-87)
20. The Pruitts of Southampton (ABC, 1966-67)
21. Baywatch (NBC and syndicated, 1989-2001)
22. The Powers of Matthew Star (NBC, 1982-83)
23. Sammy and Company (syndicated, 1975-77)
24. One of the Boys (NBC, 1982)
25. Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (Fox, 2000)
26. Life with Lucy (ABC, 1986)
27. Turn-On (ABC, 1969)
28. Supertrain (NBC, 1979)
29. Howard Stern (E!, 1994-present)
30. Unhappily Ever After (WB, 1995-99)
31. Homeboys in Outer Space (UPN, 1996-97)
32. Co-Ed Fever (CBS, 1979)
33. Holmes & Yoyo (ABC, 1976)
34. Alexander the Great (ABC, 1968)
35. Pink Lady...and Jeff (NBC, 1980)
36. The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (NBC, 1979-81)
37. Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell (ABC, 1975-76)
38. Hell Town (NBC, 1985)
39. Still the Beaver (Disney Channel, 1985-86)
40. Makin' It (ABC, 1979)
41. The Tom Green Show (MTV, 1999-2000)
42. The Flying Nun (ABC, 1967-70)
43. Woops! (Fox, 1992)
44. She's the Sheriff (syndicated, 1987-89)
45. A.K.A. Pablo (ABC, 1984)
46. Me and the Chimp (CBS, 1972)
47. Rango (ABC, 1967)
48. Bless this House (CBS, 1995-96)
49. The Ropers (ABC, 1979-80)
50. Barney & Friends (PBS, 1992-present)
post #2 of 67
Hogan's Heroes? Hogan's Heroes?!?!

I loved that show when I was a kid.
post #3 of 67
Ya know, there is nothing wrong with Baywatch. The storylines (the first 5 or 6 seasons or so) were great. And of course you've got the eye candy....
post #4 of 67
One day a few years ago they ran a Cop Rock marathon on VH1. I was really curious when that show was on in '91, and I never got to see it because I was delivering pizzas, so I actually sat there and watched the entire run of the show on VH1. If you take the songs out, you've actually got a show as good as any other Steven Botchco show. Dealt with police corruption, racial tension on the force, gritty criminal investigation...and then every once in a while a character would break into song. If every critic at TVGuide is calling "once more with feeling" one of the greatest hours of tv ever, it's pretty hypocritical for them to put COPROCK at #3 on the list.

It could probably be argued that Barney gets a bad rap, too.
post #5 of 67
sorry, no. 8.

And who can question the greatness of Pink Lady and Jeff?

<a href="http://www.pinkladyamerica.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pinkladyamerica.com/</a>
post #6 of 67
Thread Starter 
Seems to me the hate towards Hogan's Heroes is a recent, PC-inspired development -- you can't have a comedy set in a German POW camp and not be disrespectful to Holocaust survivors, the thinking goes.
post #7 of 67
Manimal, if memory serves, that show was fucking great.
Then again, McGuyver used to be great as well....
post #8 of 67
Makin' It is worth it for the theme song alone...
post #9 of 67
Manimal was the coolest show...to a wee lad anyway.
post #10 of 67
Hogan's Heroes??

Come the fuck on.
post #11 of 67
Quote:
Verbal, The Angel of Death:
Ya know, there is nothing wrong with Baywatch. The storylines (the first 5 or 6 seasons or so) were great. And of course you've got the eye candy....
Please rip you card in half and leave the building.
post #12 of 67
your

I do miss the editing function.
post #13 of 67
I count at least 8 shows (that I know of) that are spin-offs from popular shows.

Brady Bunch Hour
The Ropers
AfterMASH
Hee Haw Honeys
Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?
Sherrif Lobo
Still The Beaver
Unhappily Ever After (an "unofficial" spinoff of "Married With Children")
post #14 of 67
SHERIFF Lobo. Freakin' no-edit POS.

And where's "What's Happenin' Now" and "Mama's Family"? (Also spinoffs)
post #15 of 67
Some of these are really quite arbitrary. I used to watch Hello Larry when I was a kid, and it was just your typical mediocre sitcom, no better or worse than hundreds of others. I'm sure the only reason it's on the list is because McClain Stevenson left MASH and then went and did Hello Larry, which was a really dumbass move, but that doesn't make it one of the worst shows ever.
post #16 of 67
How about The Bradys, the serious 1-hour drama spin-off of The Brady Bunch.

And wtf are they talking about w/Hogan's Heroes. They've got their head up their proverbial, magazine-selling, line-toeing asses. And Howard Stern's E! show is GREAT ... well, most of the time.
post #17 of 67
This ignorant list simply reeks of safe, political correctness. There's not one stand out or daring choice here for a bad telelvision show. Jerry Springer at # 1. Oh please. I've never been a fan of the show, but come on, calling it a bad show is like saying Hitler was a bad guy. Speaking of Hitler,to anyone who has every actually watched the show you know Hogan's Heroes wasn't mocking prisoner of war camps or victims of Nazi aggression; it was a TV sitcom lampooning prisoner of war camp movies and it was good. They only put it here on this list to look morally superior. Same thing with Howard Stern, many nights that E show of his is the best thing on late night TV.
post #18 of 67
Aww come on, NO ONE on this board even remotely liked Baywatch?

It wasn't a bad show in the beginning, just received a lot of scrutiny later on in it's run because of increased hokey-ness.
post #19 of 67
Valid scrutiny, I meant to add.....
post #20 of 67
Hello Larry is also a spin-off. It was a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes. Larry and Mr. Drummond were Army buddies. I love Howard Stern.
post #21 of 67
Also, I bet many people on this board are too young to remember Pink Lady and Jeff. Me, I'm trying to forget it.
post #22 of 67
My hatred for "Mama's Family" knows no bounds. The fact that it isn't included completely invalidates this list.
post #23 of 67
I will not argue that Jerry Springer is the worst thing ever made. It is a bunch of people that most of the world would rather forget and shove in a corner or on some island in the Pacific doing really stupid things. For all of that, however, it is compelling enough that people watch week after week. The show really is a study in contrasts. I haven't watched it much, but if there is nothing else on, I keep it there. There isn't a particular reason, other than I watch because I just can't believe how stupid some people are.
(For those who might have appeared on Springer, sorry if I am defaming you even more than you did during your appearance wink )
post #24 of 67
No one has gasped at the fact they put Barney and Friends on there?!?!

Come on we know Verbs and Rath grw up on that! wink
post #25 of 67
Quote:
Z-Man:
sorry, no. 8.

And who can question the greatness of Pink Lady and Jeff?

<a href="http://www.pinkladyamerica.com/" target="_blank">http://www.pinkladyamerica.com/</a>
Oh my God. I thought I was alone in my admiration of Pink Lady. It's comforting to know that there are others out there who share my complete lack of taste.
post #26 of 67
And what the hell is the Howard Stern Show doing on this list?
post #27 of 67
Um...making a sensible argument?

Peace.
post #28 of 67
Howard Stern, Jerry Springer and Tom Green may be in bad taste, but it’s hard to say they are not entertaining. At least for us 'low brow' crowd.

And I don’t know what they were thinking when they put Hogan’s Heroes at #5. I guess their reasoning is that it’s not PC, but personally I think it is to get buzz. Nobody notices if you just pick on Springer and Baywatch.
post #29 of 67
Manimal?

Pigfuckers.
post #30 of 67
I think it's real easy to say Jerry Springer is not entertaining.
post #31 of 67
5. Hogan's Heroes (CBS, 1965-71)

Ummmmmm no.

15. Manimal (NBC, 1983)

Not just no but Hell no.

31. Homeboys in Outer Space (UPN, 1996-97)

Sorry I missed this one.
post #32 of 67
Quote:
Refrozen Seabass:
I think it's real easy to say Jerry Springer is not entertaining.
Yup!
post #33 of 67
Whenever I mention "Homeboy's in Outer Space" as one of the worst shows of all-time, and it happens a lot, nobody ever believes me that it's a real show.

I'm saving this issue as a testament to a horrible fuckin' show that no one's heard of.
post #34 of 67
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Mad_Man_Mundt:
Hello Larry is also a spin-off. It was a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes. Larry and Mr. Drummond were Army buddies. I love Howard Stern.
I used to watch that whole Wednsday night sitcom block, and I don't think that's really accurate. If memory serves me, Larry and Mr. Drummond were old army buddies, but this was an after-the-fact invention for a one-time crossover. Diff'rent Strokes also had a crossover with The Facts of Life at one point. But neither show actually grew out of 'Strokes.

What was really weird was when there was a show called Trapper John, MD, and at the exact same moment, on another network, there was a show where the guy who played Trapper John on MASH was playing a Dr. whose name wasn't Trapper John.
post #35 of 67
Anyone remember "Aliens in the Family"? The short-lived piece of shit that was on TGIF awhile back?

Absolutely terribly AWFUL. It should be on that list.
post #36 of 67
Anyone remember Charlie Grace?

I'm sorry I do.
post #37 of 67
Quote:
Z-Man:
Quote:
Mad_Man_Mundt:
Hello Larry is also a spin-off. It was a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes. Larry and Mr. Drummond were Army buddies. I love Howard Stern.
I used to watch that whole Wednsday night sitcom block, and I don't think that's really accurate. If memory serves me, Larry and Mr. Drummond were old army buddies, but this was an after-the-fact invention for a one-time crossover. Diff'rent Strokes also had a crossover with The Facts of Life at one point. But neither show actually grew out of 'Strokes.

What was really weird was when there was a show called Trapper John, MD, and at the exact same moment, on another network, there was a show where the guy who played Trapper John on MASH was playing a Dr. whose name wasn't Trapper John.
Hm. You are probably right, but Facts of Life was a spin-off. Charlotte Rae's Mrs. Garrett was the same Mrs. Garrett that was the Drummond's house keeper. That's why she left the Drummond household. To work at Eastland.
post #38 of 67
Also, no hate for Small Wonder also invalidates that list.
post #39 of 67
They may have blacklisted Manimal, but at least Automan came out unscathed.

And Whoops! (for the uninitiated, a sitcom about nuclear holocaust survivors...material ripe for yuks, obviously) had one of my favorite TV lines:

"Where were you when the bombs went off?"
"In my Volvo."
"Hm. Good car."

The show immediately preceeding it, btw, was the Tea Leone sitcom Flying Blind, which I thought was hilarious.
post #40 of 67
"What was really weird was when there was a show called Trapper John, MD, and at the exact same moment, on another network, there was a show where the guy who played Trapper John on MASH was playing a Dr. whose name wasn't Trapper John."

Not true at all.

Wayne Rogers played Trapper John on MASH. He left the show in its third season I believe. A few years later after Wayne's departure, Pernell Roberts, formerly of "Bonanza" played the titular character in "Trapper John MD", a medical drama that was suppose to be the same character many years later after his stint in the war. His name WAS Trapper John and his years in the army (MASH) were mentioned on the show a few times.

My parents watched this show religiously when I was a wee lad growing up. Both series ran on CBS.

That is all.

Why do I know this?

The sad part is I don't know CPR.
post #41 of 67
The even sadder part is I have seen more than half of those shows on the list.
post #42 of 67
Has anybody else witnessed the terror that is "What a Dummy?" Dear God, FOX hit me with that from out of nowhere on a Saturday afternoon.

I loved "Matthew Star."
post #43 of 67
Glad to see I wasn't the only one puzzled by the lack of "Small Wonder" on the list.

I really liked "Aliens in the Family." God, I had forgotten about that show!

Here's a new nominee... Did anyone try to watch "She Spies" tonight? I couldn't make it past the first 10 minutes. They were going for camp, but it just wasn't funny. It kills me that they can make a show that wrong, while shows like Cleopatra 2525 and Thieves get cancelled.
post #44 of 67
Yeah, I remember Small Wonder. Some bad mojo at work with that show. The little girl's creeepy as hell robot voice would make you wish to go deaf, it was like an off-kilter buzzsaw on sheet metal. But even more shocking is the fact that it was actually a rip off of another syndicated sitcom that was just as bad called Out of This World. It starred Donna Pescow, Doug McClure and the voice of Burt Reynolds and was about the misadventures of a little girl who was half alien and the kooky hijinks she's get her annoying ass fucked up in every week. Both shows were as awful as Charles in Charge. It seems safe to say that a more than fair share of the syndicated programing unleashed on TV viewers during the late '80s and early '90s in the wake of the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation was some of the worst TV ever produced.
post #45 of 67
Hey man, back off Small Wonder.
post #46 of 67
Quote:
flyers:
Hey man, back off Small Wonder.
Yeah really. It's convenient for people to criticize a show with that premise, but shit......I sat there and watched it on afternoons when I got home from school.
post #47 of 67
Well, I was sorta kidding, but I did watch the show back in the good 'ol days.

But nothing tops PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE.
post #48 of 67
Quote:
flyers:
But nothing tops PARKER LEWIS CAN'T LOSE.
I can get the theme song in my head for that show any time I want.

I used to love it. I never really caught it on it's original run, but used to really dig the reruns on USA like, 4 or so years back.
post #49 of 67
Yeah, I watched the reruns on USA as well but I can't for the life of me remember how the theme song goes.
post #50 of 67
I'm sorry guys, but for the current 17-18 age group, nothing beats Parker Lewis Can't Lose. Remember when that one episode where that dude loses ownership of the diner and they promoted the show as Parker Lewis CAN Lose? And it even had it's own article in Nintendo Power magazine once...i'm afraid even Jesus Christ can't beat that.
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