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Tommy_Paine
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posted 11 October 2001 11:38 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Have we done this yet? Seems like we should have, but I didn't see it in any of the topics here.

So, what's the worst sit com ever, say of the ones that ran enough to go into syndication?

Legend has it that "My Mother The Car" was the worst--- but it was very short lived; and I remember no episodes from it. I did catch one of "Home Boys in Outer Space"-- that too was short lived.

But, looking at the ones that for some reason survived to foul the airwaves for several seasons, which one was the worst?


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posted 11 October 2001 11:44 PM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well I'm prepared for hew and cry but personally I think Seinfeld has to be one of the worst shows ever.
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Seinfeld???? No way. Worst sit com ever? Man, anyone who can remember a bad sit com.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

Well, if we're talking currently on tv, I think That 70s Show blows big time.


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posted 12 October 2001 02:35 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I like That 70's Show.

Seinfeld is a funny thing. I used to love that show. It killed me every time. I watched the reruns all the time. And then, all of a sudden, something clicked one day and I just couldn't stand to watch it again. It was like a light switch. I can't explain it. And I still don't like to watch it. The stranger thing was, that sudden distaste for the show happened to both my husband and I at the same time, about 2 years ago. It was the oddest thing. Just suddenly, it wasn't funny anymore.

But I still wouldn't call it the worst. King of the Hill got annoying quick, but I still laugh at some of it when it's on, so I don't think it would be the worst ever.

I don't watch sit coms at all anymore (I wonder why? I used to love watching them), so I don't know which ones are bad or good.


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posted 12 October 2001 03:52 AM      Profile for machiavellian   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Anybody see an episode of "That's My Bush"? I nominate that show. It insulted my intelligence as no show has before or since. I mean, there was some kind of talking foetus as one of the characters.

I think it's already been consigned to the trash heap of TV history, though. And good riddance to bad rubbish.


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posted 12 October 2001 11:18 AM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ellen
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posted 12 October 2001 12:19 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ellen's baaaaad. So is Seinfeld, I agree with Earthmom.
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posted 12 October 2001 12:22 PM      Profile for Trinitty     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Can't think of a GOOD sit-com. Do animations count?
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posted 12 October 2001 12:44 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
BLASPHEMY!!!


WKRP, All In The Family, Maude, Golden Girls, Twitch City, Made In Canada, The Newsroom, Yes Minister, Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, etc...


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posted 12 October 2001 12:46 PM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Right now one of my favorite sitcoms is Titus. Have to wonder if it survived though as I haven't seen the season opener yet.

Malcolm in the middle is pretty good too. I look at sit coms kind of like some old movies, no social or political import just an escape from reality.

To quote an old T-shirt "reality is for people who can't handle drugs."

( the above statement in no way implies that earthmother supports the use of drugs for recreational purposes! )


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Anyone find Father Ted funny?
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Not exactly a sitcom, but "The Newsroom", Candian satire that aired a few years ago was pretty hilarious, especially the O.J/nuclear reactor emergency spoof.
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quote:
I look at sit coms kind of like some old movies, no social or political import just an escape from reality.

1) My favourite sitcoms are the ones that can blend escapism and politics.

2) Since when did movies never have social or political import? Even in the silent era there were plenty of flicks with political and social themes. Birth of a Nation anybody? How about Intolerance. Chaplin's The Great Dictator is a classic, as is All's Quiet On The Western Front. I could go on and on.

quote:
Anyone find Father Ted funny?

Yes!

[ October 12, 2001: Message edited by: Kneel before MediaBoy ]


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posted 12 October 2001 12:51 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Hello Larry!

Unfortunately, if you blinked, you might have missed one of the only three episodes aired.


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Debra
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posted 12 October 2001 12:53 PM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
MB as in the bible read the context I said some old movies.
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posted 12 October 2001 12:55 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
However, to make this whole thing meaningful, I am going to suggest "worst successful sitcom", and I am going to nominate "Gilligan's Island".

[ October 12, 2001: Message edited by: rasmus_raven ]


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posted 12 October 2001 12:59 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oops. For some reason my brain skipped right over the word "some". My bad.
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posted 12 October 2001 03:53 PM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
"Father Ted" rocks my world! CBC should start showing the eps again.

Bad sitcoms: basically any which originated during the shoulder-pad and skyscraper-heels eighties era: Who's The Boss, Full House, the one with Urkle, etc...

Perhaps the most putrid sitcom episodes ever are the late Happy Days shows where the original characters are gone and The Fonz is essentially a superhero.


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posted 12 October 2001 03:59 PM      Profile for Debra   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Heeeyyy!
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posted 12 October 2001 04:04 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As Time Goes By -- for the aging, and if you like Judy Dench. Exceptionally witty dialogue.

Lionel: It's a freeish country.
Alastair: Good one, Li. Can I use that?
Lionel: Feel freeish.


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posted 12 October 2001 04:06 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was thinking of that one, but I couldn't remember the title of it. Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer are great together. I was so happy to see him as the pig-headed admiral in Tomorrow Never Dies.
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posted 12 October 2001 04:13 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am failing to remember Tomorrow Never Dies. Prod? (Thanks for correcting my spelling -- Judi.)
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posted 12 October 2001 04:15 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
James Bond flick. Judi Dench plays 'M', and Geoffrey Palmer is an admiral.

Admiral: Frankly, 'M', sometimes I don't think you have the balls for this job.

M: Luckily, that means I don't have to think with them all the time.


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I can hear them now, even with that hoary joke. Do you ever watch A Fine Romance, the sitcom she made earlier with her (just deceased) husband? I have to keep squinting at her in that one to talk myself into believing she's the same actress. I'm glad she lost the pout.
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posted 12 October 2001 04:29 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I watched it once. I found it less than hilarious.
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Birds of a Feather had many good seasons, and I always watch As Time Goes By even if it's sooo middle-class. But one of the best sitcoms ever is the one that has never been shown in North America. Frankly, I think that has hurt many generations on this continent. Anyone who has lived in the UK, have you ever come across Only Fools and Horses? It's set in an underclass Cockney environment, there's a guy called Del-boy, his much younger bro Rodney and their Grandpa/Uncle - does it ring a bell, anyone? That show was brilliant! Although the BBC (I think) stopped making it, my sister from the UK tells me they're filming a Christmas special for this year. Gosh, I miss that show...

Also, anyone seen older political brit-coms No Job for a Lady (about a female Labour MP) and Piglet Files (making fun of the MI5 and MI6)? They would sometimes reach the heights of Yes, Minister.

I occasionally watch The Vicar of Dibley on PBS.

I *love* Roseanne. And Murphy Brown had some out of shape seasons, but generally I find it very funny.

OTOH, I hate Friends - somebody, put them away, please!

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Worst Sitcom ever? Charles in Charge. Hands down, without a doubt, THE worst sitcom! EVER!
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posted 12 October 2001 04:46 PM      Profile for Victor Von Mediaboy   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
*thread drift mode*

quote:
Birds of a Father had many good seasons, and I always watch As Time Goes By even if it's sooo middle-class.


Didn't a strong middle class used to be the hallmark of a healthy society? I thought the whole problem with North America was the erosion of the middle class. When did the middle class become an object for ridicule?

I may be missing the point again.

*end thread drift mode*


No Job For A Lady: fantastic show!

Roseanne: the early episodes are fantastic. It went downhill when it started getting too serious. They forgot that it was a comedy.

Murphy Brown: "It's been done." - Mary Tyler Moore (Actually, I really liked Murphy Brown.)

[ October 12, 2001: Message edited by: Kneel before MediaBoy ]


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Tres, if we're lucky, we just have to wait a bit for Fools and Horses -- I think the Britcoms we get are always at least five years old Piglets is news to me, but Unsuitable Job for a Woman -- that's a P.D. James, yes? Och, they're all so beautiful ... So if we're shifting to mysteries, there's Morse, or there was , and Prime Suspect -- there's a woman for us!

And Between the Lines -- a superior Miami Vice, even greater design.


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Unsuitable Job For A Woman was a detective story featuring a young, female private investigator. The TV version starred the actress who played Emily, Ross' wife on Friends. One of the episodes featured the guy who played Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: Episode One.

No Job For A Lady was about a female British Member of Parliament.

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posted 12 October 2001 05:15 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
One of my favourite skits EVER on Codco was their sendup of Britcoms. Brilliant. Please mail it to me.
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posted 12 October 2001 05:32 PM      Profile for Trespasser   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yes, M'Boy, that's the one that I had in mind - I think an actress called Penelope Keith played the main character.

Skdadl, I'm thinking of ordering the videos and organizing semi-public projections of Fools and Horses for my NA friends, that's how desperately I want them to see it! I have to think of something, I really do.


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posted 12 October 2001 05:35 PM      Profile for girlincrisis     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i nominate:
Catwalk
Everybody Loves Raymond
Becker
Baywatch

er, i guess some of those aren't really sitcoms..but they're some of the shows that i really can't stand. most of the newer sitcoms blow chunks if you ask me...


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quote:
Worst Sitcom ever? Charles in Charge. Hands down, without a doubt, THE worst sitcom! EVER!

What? How can anything with Scott Baio (AKA Chachi) in a starring role be anything less than brilliant?


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posted 12 October 2001 05:41 PM      Profile for sherpafish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've often wondered just how much of my limited and other wise usefull brian space if filled with trivia about Tuti and the crew from THE FACTS OF LIFE, I can probably still recall the wretced theme song.
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But can you name all the characters from the first season? That's the test of a true 80s couch potato!

Also, what 80s teen star got her start on the Facts of Life?


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posted 12 October 2001 11:34 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some rather excellent nominations.

"Gilligan's Island" probably takes the cake, I think.

Years ago, I might have put "The Beverly Hillbillys" in the same catagory, however, I caught a few episodes a while back, and was remined that it contained some social satire that for the 1960's might have been considered at times "bitting".

Yes, there's a whole bevy of 80's, early 90's sit coms that are remarkable for their attention to inanity. "Facts of Life" (gee, thanks for reminding me about that insipid theme song! :mad ) "Full House" comes a close second to "Gilligan's Island" in my book. The one with the Urkle kid was verbotten in my house. A house where censorship is very, very rare indeed.

"Sienfeld" stopped being funny for me the night "Susan" died. Well, I still laughed at bits, but in different way. You know, there were some bits featuring "George" where I have to surf away-- I cannot bear to watch. And, the closing lines of the last episode were creepy.

But, on the whole, I admired that show for its tight writing

"The Newsroom" was genius, and yes, I thought the nuclear accident episode was hilarious.

I thought they painted the anchor man a little to broadly; it would have been funnier if he was a little less cartoonishly stupid. But, this is a petty complaint.

Who was the intern in that show? I fell in love with her.

I just want to hear one more call to the German mechanic......

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posted 12 October 2001 11:42 PM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I agree with Michelle on 'Seinfeld'. It went overnite from being a good series to being unwatchable.

But I think I know the turning point: When they started the storyline about producing the TV series about nothing.

As soon as they started to parody themselves, they lost it.


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Lard, that's come up before on this board. It's a point in a series's life when the series "jumps the shark". This refers to a well-known episode involving Arthur Fonzarelli, Esq., in the show Happy Days. You can go to this website to read about it and cast your vote for when your not-so-favourite-anymore series jumped the shark.
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Okay, how about Punky Brewster and Silver Spoons? Heh. I was in love with Ricky Schroeder when Silver Spoons was on, because he was sooooo cuuuuuuuute. (Give me a break, I was only about 7 or 8 at the time, and he was close to the same age as me). I used to watch that show religiously. I watched Punky Brewster occasionally too, but I was older when that one came out, and I was already getting to the cynical stage about those types of aimed-at-middle-school-kids shows.

But the one with Steve Urkel is definitely the worst. I can still hear it now: "Oh, did I do thaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?" Brr.

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Thread drift. Goodies; Father Ted, Night Court, Barney Miller, Laugh In, WKRP in.., Carol Burnett, Archie Bunker, M.A.S.H. Even further back, Steve Allen, Jack Benny.

Today's stuff. Sopranos, Cold Squad and C.S.I.

Just to get back on the subject. Never watch bad sitcoms so I don't know em.

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Worst sit-com ever?

Full House.


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What about Seventh Heaven? Maybe someone already said that, but no way in hell am I gonna go through a whole dumb thread. I'd rather talk and have YOU listen to ME! So Growing Pains. So Family Ties. Perhaps after the next commercial I'll have come around and agreed that you're right and I'm wrong and we can be a perfect family again...where the hell is the puking smilie?
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Small Wonder - the one with the little girl robot. That was horrifyingly bad.
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quote:
"The Newsroom" was genius, and yes, I thought the nuclear accident episode was hilarious.

I thought they painted the anchor man a little to broadly; it would have been funnier if he was a little less cartoonishly stupid. But, this is a petty complaint.

Who was the intern in that show? I fell in love with her.



Tanya Allen, last seen in a great little flick called Tail Lights Fade.


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Barney Miller! I had forgotten. I loved Barney Miller. It was also the one sit-com I could watch and agree on with my parents.
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The Lone Gunmen was pretty lame.

PR was classic CBC lousy.


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I kinda liked Lone Gunmen. Dunno. I suppose it was more of a lighter version of The X Files.
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quote:
Do you ever watch A Fine Romance, the sitcom she made earlier with her (just deceased) husband? I have to keep squinting at her in that one to talk myself into believing she's the same actress. I'm glad she lost the pout.

Maria turned me on to both A Fine Romance and As Time Goes By. Great stuff.

On the other hand, the worst sitcom ever, it grieves me to report, was a Canadian endeavour from maybe 1988. It was called Not My Department, starred Shelley Peterson, wife of the then Premier of Ontario, and was mercifully euthanized after a few weeks.

The idea was to make a Canadian version of Yes Minister. It turned out to be the sort of thing you can suss in about 15 seconds -- wasn't even up to the level of a good bad show. New dimensions -- or rather, very old dimensions, a la The Trouble With Tracy -- in low-budget*, no-talent lameitude, the kind of thing that used to make a person embarrassed to watch Canadian TV.

* You can do wonderful things on low budgets of course -- I give you the first few series of Red Dwarf, or for that matter The Newsroom, shot entirely on location. But you need some talented people for it to take off. Mrs. Peterson's acting would have been considered wooden in my high school drama club. But the writing deserved no better.


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She also had some show with a talking dog that was pretty bad, as I recall.
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So she wasn't stopped before she could act again. TANJ (there ain't no justice).
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Has anyone seen thats my bush I nominate that show.

I second that nomination.
Full house is the sitcom that makes me think twice about anti-censhorship. Bob Saget should be thrown in jail as well as those twins. That seventies show and Titus were good at first but now it's just same old, same old. Another thing about that seventies show, they've really got the sixties mixed up with the seventies because they new everyone hates disco.

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Full house is the sitcom that makes me think twice about anti-censhorship. Bob Saget should be thrown in jail as well as those twins.
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Bob Sagat's later work on "America's Funniest Home Videos", makes his "Full House" stint look Oscar worthy.

He was originally a stand-up comic (not cool at all). I swear he must have caught a casting director in a closet with a sheep. How else could that idiot get work?

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skdadl, I fully agree. Barney Miller is praiseworthy. Good writing. What I love about pre-80's TV is that the number of jolts per minute is so low. Long shots, rhythm developed by acting and not by visual cues, so much more to savour. Of course, not only TV, but film etc.
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quote:
Small Wonder - the one with the little girl robot. That was horrifyingly bad.

Amen to that Doug. Shockingly bad, made me fear small girls in frock coats for years. Two season run I belive - Jebus!


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Webster.

Suddenly Susan.

Everybody Loves Raymond.

These shows make me shudder in terror.


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Actually I rather like Everybody Loves Raymond. Didn't see Webster, but as for Suddenly Susan -- agreed.

Just Shoot Me. It's very well named.


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I totally agree, 'Lance. Just Shoot Me is painful.

To M'Boy, who mentioned Golden Girls earlier: I liked most of the episodes, but some of them were so Reaganistic and Cold-War... Remember the one in which they dream of going to Russia. Or the one in which a friend from Czechoslovakia visits. Their lowest moments (apart from Rose's stories, of course).


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Hmmph. I'll only say this once. It's 'lance, TANJ dammit, 'lance!

Hmmph II .


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I see you got that private message that I'd sent... you witty devil you
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Trespasser, ssshhh... People will begin to suspect.
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Worst sitcom ever: The Trouble with Tracey

BTW, for those interested, The Flying Nun is running in the after school timeslot in my area. Gives me good reason to get home from work early.


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oldgoat, you're so right, how do you even remember that show? As I recall it was already filmed on video tape in the seventies and it LOOKED cheap and terrible, as you would expect. Add to that that it wasn't funny AT ALL. Yeah, that one sucked big time. But that's too easy. There has to be something like popularity, a big star, to make it satisfying that it sucked.
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This is the problem with trashing shows like Mrs. Peterson's "Not My Department."

I can recall watching The Trouble With Tracy some afternoons when I was at home faking flu, age 7 or so. Don't think I saw it later, but it wouldn't surprise me to find that CTV was re-running it to fill daylight hours on one of their new cable channels.


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"Full House" gets my vote, if only because it was my sister's favorite show and she watched it constantly. "The Ropers" and "Three's A Crowd" should also get consideration.

My family stopped watching "Golden Girls" after my 8 year old sister starting calling everone "slut".


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Speaking of spin-offs...

After M*A*S*H was pretty rancid.

The New WKRP In Cincinatti was 100% unfunny.

Wings. Why was it on the air for so long?


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Frasier is the only spin off I've ever liked.worse than wings was that other show , the shows pilot was called cursed but it turned into the *insert actors name* show I forget that guys name who originally was one of the brothers in wings, anyway that show sucked so much it's been permanently etched from my memory.
though everyone loves raymond isn't hip enough for me (I'm actually over sitcoms in general) when I'm at my grandmothers I laugh.

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Geez, I had forgotten about "The Flying Nun", what a blast from the past.

Of course, I see we've almost stumble into the sitcom that dares not speak it's name; the most inane of the inane, from it's lounge lizardesque Bill Murrayish theme song to it's can see it coming down broadway non punch lines; it foisted upon us a non sexual sex kitten and a non comedic comedian who would have done eternal service to the Universe if he would have stayed an obscure offspring of a mediocre C&W singer; I give you, ladies and germs, the sit com straight from Satan himself:

Three's Company.


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Oh, Tommy, that's classic. I watched that show after school for about 5 years. I got so that I could act out each episode myself. How could you?
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Worst ever?

Well, I really hated Ellen. But I hated Married with Children a lot more!

Never really liked Dharma and Greg.

Oh! How about the worst ever Canadian sitcom?

Hangin In!

God - it sucked!


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Tommy,

THANK YOU! I just saw this thread today, and I couldn't believe how many dozens of messages I went through before someone mentioned Three's Company (involuntary, Simpsons-esque shudder).

I guess the sheer horror resulted in repressed memory for some.


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Hey, I LIKED Three's Company. I especially liked the episode where one of the roomates overheard the other two talking in the kitchen, but only heard part of the conversation, and a misunderstanding ensued. That episode was hilarious!

[ October 17, 2001: Message edited by: Kneel before MediaBoy ]


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Hey, I LIKED Three's Company. I especially liked the episode where one of the roomates overheard the other two talking in the kitchen, but only heard part of the conversation, and a misunderstanding ensued. That episode was hilarious!
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Better yet. The episode where Mrs. Roper joked about how little sex she got from Mr. Roper, right after he teases Jack about being a "closeted homosexual". Later on, Jack's randy friend Larry tries to score with a pair of twins. Solid Gold!!!


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quote:
Hey, I LIKED Three's Company. I especially liked the episode where one of the roomates overheard the other two talking in the kitchen, but only heard part of the conversation, and a misunderstanding ensued. That episode was hilarious!

Hmph. Sarcastic so-and...grumble, grumble...


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You know I'm your hero.
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I'm kneeling as I type.
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I love it, media boy.

I'll admit to making a point of watching "Married with Children" for the first few shows. Remember, it hit the air when there were all those sacarrin "Cosby" knock offs ruling the networks-- it was refreshing. However, it was a one trick pony, really and the initial novelty wore off quickly.


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quote:
I'll admit to making a point of watching "Married with Children" for the first few shows.

When you son insisits on watching it twice a day and watching the marithon on Xmas Eve instead of humouring mom, you get even sicker of it. How come no one has mentioned the Taxidermy twins - Ashley and Mary-Kate yet?


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Taxidermy Twins! Ha! That's pretty funny. But I think Full House was mentioned, wasn't it?

Married With Children - another one that I used to get a kick out of. I'm not sure why - the jokes were so sexist. Maybe it's because it was so over the top that it really was supposed to be a satire of sexism. For a while there, I thought it was pretty funny because it was taking the dysfunctional marriage and family to the degree of the absurd.

Anyhow, the bloom wore off for me when the fat jokes got to be constant and really mean-spirited. Not that the rest of the jokes weren't mean spirited, but the fat jokes seemed to be the only ones that weren't avenged, if you know what I mean. Kelly avenged herself of the slut jokes by making geek jokes about her brother, and vice versa. Peg avenged herself of the lazy housewife jokes by making wimpy failure jokes about her husband and vice versa. Then again, I didn't really notice the fat jokes all that much until my husband watched the show every single day and laughed like crazy at those jokes especially, so maybe they were always there but just hit me personally at that point. Oh well. Anyhow, Married With Children was fun for quite a while with me. It reminded me of a cheap knock-off of All In The Family, a satire of idiotic attitudes.

Has anyone mentioned Alice or Eight is Enough yet? I can't remember.


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Married With Children: Did y'all know that the later seasons were all directed by Amanda Bearse, the woman who played the next door neighbour? I think she was a producer as well. She was also, IIRC, the first lesbian actress to come out of the closet.
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The worst: Cheers, for sure. Its spinoff, Frasier, surprisingly is not too bad, however.
Another that ranks up there in the "lots o' pretty people with little wit category" is Friends.
The later episodes of MASH were pretty painful. Nothing worse than a serious comedy.

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Seeing as this thread has been revived, here's a good one for you.

"What About Bob", mid 1950's, with Bob Cummings as a lecherous fashion photographer, assisted by Ann B. Davis (pre Brady Bunch), and Dwayne Hickman (pre Dobie Gillis)

What really makes it a good entry is trying to be lecherous on TV in the mid 1950's.


("The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" is also a good entry)


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Hey, SpringChicken: Bob Cummings -- once viewed, never forgotten, indeed -- but he managed it, did he not? I didn't even know what a lech was at that point, but I knew Cummings was oozing something ... Did he not die recently -- this year, yes?
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I think he died within the last year or two. I believe he had parkinsons disease. He did a couple of sit-coms around then. He was a pilot in one of them as I recall. I could be getting them mixed up with each other.
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I agree with the nomination of that sitcom with the guy from America's funniest home videos (is his name Bob Sagit?) and those exploited blond twin girls. I don't think it falls lower than that -- but then, I haven't been looking. Let's call the vote.

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Last I heard, the Olsen twins' net worth was estimated at over $10 million. Such poor, exploited girls they are. Brings me to tears when I hear their tale of woe. Yup, it sure does.
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