Why would I make a list of things, shows that are utterly ridiculous? Boredom, ire, writer’s block or all of the above. Who cares, if you have read this much you have gone to far!
Some simple ground rules, feel free to object, agree or add your own. I did not include old TV shows with poor special effects, for instance 1970’s Doctor Who episodes that featured tin foil monsters. First of all because I love Doctor Who, but poor special effects are a product of the era and not an indication of quality. Someday we as viewers may look back on something such as the Avengers as a film will poor special effects. The quality is based on originality and enjoyment in its period of airing.
You may notice that the shows are very recent on the list, that indicates one of two reasons. Shows that have come and gone have likely gone from my mind, and secondly, t.v. shows today are so unoriginal and rehashed it is more absurd than this list.
Any reality life show – Start with the most absurd, the lifestyle shows of Jersey Shore, Real Housewives of Somewhere, Bad Girls etc. If you are packing strangers into a house the show is ridiculous. You will never properly represent anything when the shows are based on people with a specific psych-profile to create drama and entertainment.
Rob – Rob Schneider dates a hot girl a foot taller than him and jokes on his ethnicity and sexual qualities. Seems like he may have played this role in a movie or ten. Hasn’t been funny since Deuce Bigalow. Could barely stomach the one episode I test drove.
Three and a Half Men – Charlie Sheen should thank the lucky stars he was fired/quit this show. Ashton is almost as unfunny as Rob Schneider, his character is so far over the edge pitiful is makes him unwatchable if he ever was anything but. The character of Jake was humorous in his younger years, but it is getting to the point of trying to play Bobby and Cindy as kids when they were clearly far too grown up to be grammar school kids any longer and should be borrowing the Brady-Mobile.
That 70’s Show – See above applicable Ashton Kutcher data. Apply just as boring to the rest of the cast.
The Cleveland Show – How do you ruin a great side, supporting character in an animated show? Try to write not only an episode of material, but an entire series on a few solid gimmicks.
Operation Repo – Take literally the ugliest group of people in America and give them a pretend job. Who are they fooling? No repo person acts this way and fights for every repossession. I guess some network realized the potential lawsuit for an “accident” was too costly to try to film a real line of work, so they stage one.
Haunted Collector – So this guy John takes requests to help people who have haunted homes and rid them of ghosts. His belief is that haunting are the product of an object in the home that a spirit is attached too and he will identify and remove that object. Nice gig.
“Hi my house is haunted.”
“I will be right there.”
“Is that a 12th century samurai sword?”
“Yes it is.”
“We found you ghost, it is a troubled warrior spirit. I will remove the sword and the haunting will cease.”
“How fast can you drive me to the Pawn Stars shop?”
Seriously I hate this show but I need to watch to see what object he can con someone out of each week.
Wilfred – O.K. I admit, I laughed like hell during the first episode. I even laughed slightly at the second. I may have chuckled at the third. But then you realize that every episode the guy in the dog suit convinces his friend to get high, do something stupid and then hump something inanimate. And they usually prance the cute neighbor through for sex appeal. The show never changes. Not once. Pot, Prank, Repeat.
Cavemen – Now I can not stand commercials, ever. Why people look forward to Superbowl commercials is beyond me. Maybe there was a subliminal hypnosis put out by the networks to convince people this was a good idea and I missed it, Superbowl commercials that is. Then some pitchman goes to the networks and suggests that a good idea for a show is to take a really bad insurance commercial idea and stretch it to 30 minutes, that is 31 minutes too long.
Monty Pythons Flying Circus – I will take heat for this, but no Monty Python anything has ever made me laugh. I just don’t get it.
Whitney – Whitney Cummings is a brilliant writer, she is just not meant to work in front of the camera. The show has little to no feeling in it, like a high school play.
Mike & Molly – Bill Gardell is possibly the most unfunny comedian to ever land a paying gig. And whoever writes his self-deprecating antidotes should never pick up a pen in their lives… ever.