TV Guide's 50 Worst Shows of All Time

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1. The Jerry Springer Show (1991–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Talk-Show

Among his peers' other talk-shows, Jerry's is of the more passionate and of the more sensational. His topics range from bisexual affairs to rape. His guests sometimes get out of control and... See full summary »

Stars: Jerry Springer, Peter A Kelly, Steve Wilkos, Chuck Conners

Votes: 4,485

2. My Mother the Car (1965–1966)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

The story of the relationship between a man and his mother, the latter having been reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile.

Stars: Jerry Van Dyke, Maggie Pierce, Ann Sothern, Cindy Eilbacher

Votes: 718

3. XFL Football League (2001– )

30 min | Sport

Coverage of XFL Football games on ESPN, ABC, Fox and Fox Sports One.

Stars: Stephan Rachuk, Matt McGloin, Rashad Ross, Carl Bradford

Votes: 148

4. The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976–1977)

60 min | Comedy, Music

The Brady family sings, dances, and performs comedy skits.

Stars: Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, Ann B. Davis, Maureen McCormick

Votes: 466

5. Hogan's Heroes (1965–1971)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, War

The inmates of a German World War II prisoner of war camp conduct an espionage and sabotage campaign right under the noses of their warders.

Stars: Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, Robert Clary

Votes: 11,088

6. Celebrity Boxing (2002 TV Special)

PG-13 | 60 min | Comedy, Sport

Six of America's most controversial celebrities will get in the boxing ring and fight against each other in three groups of three rounds.

Directors: Sandy Grossman, Marci Klein | Stars: Chris Rose, Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Michael Buffer, Howie Dorough

Votes: 91

7. AfterMASH (1983–1985)

30 min | Comedy, Drama

The Korean War has ended. Colonel Potter, Sergeant Klinger, and Father Mulcahy find themselves together once again, this time at a veteran's hospital.

Stars: Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr, William Christopher, Rosalind Chao

Votes: 707

8. Cop Rock (1990)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

The musical adventures of a police force.

Stars: Anne Bobby, Barbara Bosson, David Gianopoulos, Larry Joshua

Votes: 620

9. You're in the Picture (1961)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Game-Show

The four panelists put their heads through a cutout in a board. They did not know what was painted on the board and their job was to guess what it was.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Johnny Olson, Johnny Carson, Dennis James

Votes: 56

10. Hee Haw Honeys (1978–1979)

30 min | Comedy, Music

Lulu Roman runs a roadside diner that features music sometimes sung by Kathie Lee Gifford one of the two "Honeys" in the title of this Hee Haw spinoff. The cute and bright Misty Rowe plays ... See full summary »

Stars: Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Roy Clark

Votes: 51

11. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)

30 min | Comedy, History

The misadventures of Abraham Lincoln, his loony associates, and the only sane man among them, the President's Black butler Desmond Pfeiffer.

Stars: Chi McBride, Max Baker, Dann Florek, Christine Estabrook

Votes: 123

12. Hello, Larry (1979–1980)

30 min | Comedy

Larry Alder is a 44-year-old divorcee in Portland, Oregon, raising his two teenage daughters and hosting a call-in psychology radio show.

Stars: McLean Stevenson, Kim Richards, Joanna Gleason, Krista Errickson

Votes: 296

13. Twenty-One (1956–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Game-Show

Two contestants were placed in separate isolation booths. Each player in turn would be given a category and asked how many points, from 1 to 11, he wanted to risk. Points increased with the... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Barry, Charles Van Doren, Herb Stempel, Elfrida Von Nardroff

Votes: 44

14. Baby Bob (2002–2003)

30 min | Comedy

A married couple is shocked when they realize that they must deal with the fact that their six-month-old baby son can talk.

Stars: Joely Fisher, Adam Arkin, Holland Taylor, Elliott Gould

Votes: 179

15. Manimal (1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Crime, Fantasy

A man who can change himself into any animal fights crime.

Stars: Simon MacCorkindale, Melody Anderson, Reni Santoni, Michael D. Roberts

Votes: 2,066

16. The Chevy Chase Show (1993– )

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Chevy Chase hosts his own short-lived talk show.

Stars: Chevy Chase, Ron Russ, Robert Townsend, Robert De Niro

Votes: 254

17. Casablanca (1983)

60 min | Drama, Romance, War

A short-lived prequel to Casablanca (1942).

Stars: David Soul, Hector Elizondo, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Ray Liotta

Votes: 179

18. The Ugliest Girl in Town (1968–1969)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a man disguised as a female model in London, UK to be with a woman he loves.

Stars: Peter Kastner, Patricia Brake, Gary Marshal, Nicholas Parsons

Votes: 50

19. The PTL Club (1974–1987)

60 min | Family, Talk-Show

Daily religious-oriented series hosted by televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, which adopted a talk-show format.

Stars: Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker, J.P. Sloane, Uncle Henery Harrison Jr.

Votes: 96

20. The Phyllis Diller Show (1966–1967)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

The plot basically revolves around the Pruitt family living in Long Island, who live like royalty in a huge mansion. Slight problem is that they are flat broke & live off the state. Each ... See full summary »

Stars: Phyllis Diller, Reginald Gardiner, Grady Sutton, Pam Freeman

Votes: 104

21. Baywatch (1989–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

At a Los Angeles beach, a team of lifeguards led by Lieutenant Mitch Buchannon save lives, deal with personal dramas, fight crime and participate in over the top adventures on a daily basis.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth, Jeremy Jackson

Votes: 28,673

22. The Powers of Matthew Star (1982–1983)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The adventures of high-school student Matthew Star, who is actually a superpowered alien Prince from another world.

Stars: Peter Barton, Louis Gossett Jr., Amy Steel, James Karen

Votes: 487

23. Sammy and Company (1975–1977)

Unrated | 90 min | Comedy, Music

Sammy and Company was a variety and talk-show program hosted by the American singer, dancer, and comedian Sammy Davis Jr. from 1975 to 1977.

Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., William B. Williams, George Rhodes, Lola Falana

Votes: 29

24. One of the Boys (1982)

30 min | Comedy

An energetic grandpa is invited to move out of his retirement home and into the cool pad of his college student grandson and his roommate.

Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dana Carvey, Nathan Lane, Francine Beers

Votes: 47

25. Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000 TV Special)

Reality-TV, Romance

A high-stakes "till-death-us-do-part" Dating Game, but with better prizes. The bride got a $35,000 engagement ring, a free Caribbean cruise honeymoon and an Isuzu Trooper. Total estimated ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weiner | Stars: Anna Agatka, Kate Barnett, Alycia Benn, Michelle Bien

Votes: 184

26. Life with Lucy (1986)

30 min | Comedy

Lucy Barker is a grandmother living with her daughter's family while constantly getting into comedic predicaments.

Stars: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Ann Dusenberry, Larry Anderson

Votes: 386

27. Turn-on (1969– )

30 min | Comedy

A multimedia presentation satirizing sex, politics, and everything else, splattered across the screen at blinding speed. One producer called it "A visual, comedic, sensory assault involving... See full summary »

Stars: Tim Conway, Teresa Graves, Chuck McCann, Hamilton Camp

Votes: 77

28. Supertrain (1979)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers.

Stars: Edward Andrews, Harrison Page, Robert Alda, Patrick Collins

Votes: 229

29. Howard Stern (1994–2005)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Raunchy interviews, sketches, and social commentary from the king of shock radio.

Stars: Howard Stern, Robin Quivers, Matt Sager, John Melendez

Votes: 1,120

30. Unhappily Ever After (1995–1999)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy

A not-so-happy family is divided further when the father gets a schizophrenic disorder.

Stars: Geoff Pierson, Kevin Connolly, Nikki Cox, Justin Berfield

Votes: 3,079

31. Homeboys in Outer Space (1996–1997)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Straight-laced Morris Clay and fun-loving Tyberius Walker are two Han Solo wannabes who fly around the galaxy in the Space Hoopty, a used starship that looks like a winged car and comes ... See full summary »

Stars: Flex Alexander, Darryl M. Bell, Rhona Bennett, Kevin Michael Richardson

Votes: 281

32. Co-ed Fever (1979)

30 min | Comedy

What happens when an all-girls school goes co-ed?

Stars: David Keith, Alexa Kenin, Christopher S. Nelson, Cathryn O'Neil

Votes: 45

33. Holmes and Yoyo (1976–1977)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

The cases of a hard luck police detective and his android partner.

Stars: John Schuck, Richard B. Shull, Bruce Kirby, Andrea Howard

Votes: 245

34. Alexander the Great (1963 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama

As Alexander the Great prepares for his battle against his great rival, King Darius III, he must also face down his own war weary army and internal rivals.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes, John Doucette

Votes: 176

35. Pink Lady (1980)

60 min | Comedy, Music

A musical variety show starring a popular Japanese musical duo and their comedian sidekick/translator.

Stars: Keiko Masuda, Mie, Jeff Altman, Cheri Steinkellner

Votes: 123

36. The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979–1981)

60 min | Comedy

The misadventures of a shamelessly corrupt and incompetent small-town sheriff and his ineffectual staff.

Stars: Claude Akins, Brian Kerwin, Mills Watson, Janet Prescott

Votes: 539

38. Hell Town (1985)

60 min | Drama

The story of Noah "Hardstep" Rivers, a hard-living Catholic priest at a church in a crime filled neighborhood on the east side of Los Angeles.

Stars: Robert Blake, Whitman Mayo, Jeff Corey, Natalie Core

Votes: 84

39. The New Leave It to Beaver (1983–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

The continuing adventures of the "now adult" Beaver Cleaver, his family, and their friends.

Stars: Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Kipp Marcus

Votes: 490

40. Makin' It (1979)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Music

Inspired by Saturday Night Fever, the nocturnal adventures of two young brothers at a disco and with their rambunctious Italian family.

Stars: David Naughton, Greg Antonacci, Denise Miller, Ellen Travolta

Votes: 91

41. The Tom Green Show (1999– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Tom Green is a comedian who likes to go around and pull pranks on everybody. Among his most famous is putting a cow head in his parents' bed, suckling a cow's udder, throwing plastic babies... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Green, Glenn Humplik, Phil Giroux, Alia Heward

Votes: 1,401

42. The Flying Nun (1967–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

The misadventures of a nun who can fly and her convent and neighbours.

Stars: Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood, Alejandro Rey

Votes: 2,604

43. Woops! (1992– )

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

After an innocent misunderstanding leads to nuclear Armageddon, the only six people left alive on Earth make their way to a farm in the middle of nowhere. There, in a series of hi-jinx ... See full summary »

Stars: Fred Applegate, Lane Davies, Cleavant Derricks, Meagen Fay

Votes: 146

44. She's the Sheriff (1987–1989)

30 min | Comedy

Hildy Granger lives in a town near Lake Tahoe. Her husband's the Sheriff and after his death, she's made his successor. And she tries to balance her work with raising her two children. One ... See full summary »

Stars: George Wyner, Pat Carroll, Lou Richards, Taliesin Jaffe

Votes: 235