TV Guide's 50 Worst Shows of All Time

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1. Jerry Springer (1991– )

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: 3,665

2. My Mother the Car (1965–1966)

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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: 507

4. The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (1976– )

60 min | Comedy, Music

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

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

Votes: 277

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, Richard Dawson

Votes: 7,096

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.

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

Votes: 74

7. After MASH (1983–1985)

30 min | Comedy

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: 476

8. Cop Rock (1990)

60 min | Drama, Musical

The musical adventures of a police force.

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

Votes: 428

9. The Jackie Gleason Show (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 Carson, Pat Carroll, Pat Harrington Jr.

Votes: 34

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: Roy Clark, Danny Davis, Janie Fricke, Mickey Gilley

Votes: 30

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 amongst them, the President's black butler Desmond.

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

Votes: 92

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: 188

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: Charles Van Doren, Jack Barry, Herb Stempel, Vivienne Nearing

Votes: 30

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

Votes: 129

15. Manimal (1983)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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

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

Votes: 1,291

16. The Chevy Chase Show (1993– )

60 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

1992 and 1993 saw great changes in late-night talk shows: Jay Leno took the place of Johnny Carson, David Letterman switched networks and time slots, and Chevy Chase and newcomer Conan ... See full summary »

Stars: Chevy Chase, Ron Russ, Robert Townsend, Oleta Adams

Votes: 175

17. Casablanca (1983)

60 min | Drama, History, War

A short-lived prequel to Casablanca (1942).

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

Votes: 99

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: 32

19. The P.T.L. Club (1976– )

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

Votes: 55

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: 57

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: 21,777

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

60 min | 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: 252

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: 16

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: 21

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: 159

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: 224

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: Teresa Graves, Bonnie Boland, Hamilton Camp, Tim Conway

Votes: 52

28. Supertrain (1979– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

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

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

Votes: 139

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: 858

30. Unhappily Ever After (1995–1999)

30 min | Comedy

A "Married with Children" take-off with the twist of a schizophrenic father.

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

Votes: 2,384

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: 204

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: 18

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: 147

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, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 91

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, Smith Wordes

Votes: 72

36. The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979– )

60 min | Comedy

Sheriff Lobo's the corrupt sheriff from Orly County who appeared in several episodes during the first season of B.J. and the Bear (1978), as B.J.'s occasional nemesis. He now stars in his ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 355

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: 52

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

30 min | Comedy, Family

This show is the continuing adventures of the whole gang. Beaver and the gang are all grown up. Beaver is divorced and living with his mom with his 2 sons - Oliver and Kip. Wally has his ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 326

40. Makin' It (1979– )

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

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: 54

41. The Tom Green Show (1999– )

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, Fabio, Monica Lewinsky, Wesley Evans

Votes: 1,079

42. The Flying Nun (1967–1970)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

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

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

Votes: 1,763

43. Woops! (1992– )

30 min | Comedy

The world is destroyed when American kids accidentally set off a nuclear missile, causing the Russians to counterattack. Only six people are left in the US: Mark, the narrator, an ex-school... See full summary »

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

Votes: 102

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: 153

45. a.k.a. Pablo (1984)

Comedy

Paul (aka Pablo) is a Mexican-American living with his family in California as he struggles to break into the world of stand-up comedy. His efforts meet with success, but his use of Mexican... See full summary »

Stars: Paul Rodriguez, Hector Elizondo, Joe Santos, Alma Cuervo

Votes: 46

46. Me and the Chimp (1972– )

30 min | Comedy

Dentist Mike Reynolds is living a good life with his wife Liz and his two children. When Scott and Kitty find a chimp, he reluctantly agrees to keep it but finds his life turned upside down... See full summary »

Stars: Ted Bessell, Anita Gillette, Scott C. Kolden, Kami Cotler

Votes: 46

47. Rango (1967– )

30 min | Comedy, Western

The adventures of Rango, a bumbling Texas Ranger stationed at Deep Wells Ranger Station in the late 19th century, and his sidekick, the cowardly Indian scout Pink Cloud.

Stars: Tim Conway, Guy Marks, Norman Alden, Michael Carr

Votes: 57

48. Bless This House (1995– )

30 min | Comedy

A lazy and sarcastic postal worker and his wife raise two kids in violent New York City.

Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Cathy Moriarty, Don Stark, Raegan Kotz

Votes: 67

49. The Ropers (1979–1980)

30 min | Comedy

Stanley and Helen Roper have sold their apartment complex and moved into a new one. Their trademark quirks are intact as they deal with new neighbors and frequent visits from Helen's sister.

Stars: Norman Fell, Audra Lindley, Jeffrey Tambor, Patty McCormack

Votes: 676

50. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

TV-Y | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

From pretending to be a pilot on a make-believe airplane to pretending to be a pirate in search of buried treasure, Barney's friends discover that creativity lets them soar in the wings of imagination!

Stars: Bob West, Julie Johnson, Dean Wendt, David Joyner

Votes: 3,733



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