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Are These the Worst TV Shows Ever?

With the cancellation of the (very) short-lived Viva Laughlin a couple of weeks back, the Chicago Tribune went out on a limb and wrote up a list of the 25 worst shows of all time. Lists like this are obviously meant for debate, so I have to take issue with a few of the choices, namely: Mr. Belvedere? Come on! That show was an important part of my childhood! It was sweet! I was too young to know it was bad! (Also along those lines, but a little bit more understandable why it's on the worst list: Small Wonder.)

I unfortunately haven't seen many of the older terrible shows in question; I only wish I could make my own jokes about Petticoat Junction. But I do agree with some of the more contemporary shows on the list: The Jerry Springer Show, Barney and Friends, and the entire run of the XFL among them.

But I think the list missed a big opportunity by not including some of the more odious reality shows of the past decade or so. I'd at least put Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire on the list before, say, Cavemen. Would you? To see the full list and talk about what shows would be in your 25 worst, just

The Chicago Tribune's 25 Worst Shows Ever
You're in the Picture
Petticoat Junction
My Mother the Car
Ernest Angley Hour
B.J. and the Bear
When Things Were Rotten
Mr. T. and Tina
The Ropers
Joanie Loves Chachi
Mama's Family
Mr. Belvedere
Small Wonder
Life with Lucy
Beauty and the Beast
Cop Rock
Pink Lady and Jeff
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage
The Jerry Springer Show
Barney and Friends
Homeboys in Outer Space
The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer

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