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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

Join The Conversation
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 6 years
^Wow. You do know that it is just a tv show right??
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Mama's Family Rocked!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
MaMa's Family was good!!!
sarahcateh sarahcateh 9 years
I'm way to young to know most of these shows... I guess that's a good thing?
tiabia tiabia 9 years
I have such fond and wonderful memories of Mr. Belvedere (AWESOME THEME SONG), Small Wonder and Mama's Family. I, too, would love to know the criteria. And in this time of tv trash, shows like these would be great for children to watch...the 80's were GREAT!!!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
I'd just like to say that there's a big difference between "the worst shows ever" and "the worst shows ever that are worth mentioning," which I think is what this list, uh... lists.
adrianac7 adrianac7 9 years
awww, totally used to watch Mama's Family, Small Wonders, and Mr. Belvedere! has anyone ever checked out ....crazy all the old stuff they have on here!
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
LOL, I remembered Dinosaur's but didn't want to bring it up! Now THAT was a stupid show and I watched because nothing else was on! I LOVED that other show with the theme song "swing on a star"! I thought it was so sad that her dad was out in space. Anybody remember that stupid show I think it was called "Happily Ever After" or something like that. It was about Snow White and the seven about a stupid how! How about "Just the 10 of Us" that was kinda dumb but watched in a guilty way. "My Two Dads" was kind of a weird show also.
Angiebaby Angiebaby 9 years
OMG I looooooooooooooooooved Mama's Family. My hubby and I used to watch it before bed in syndication when we were first married, and we were so depressed when it wasn't on anymore. And Joanie loves Chachi was another of my faves!!! Of course I WAS thee biggest Chachi fan... When Happy Days was on prime time and then followed by 2 more syndicated episodes on Tuesday nights were some of the happiest days of MY life, that's for sure! My parents probably still have some of my lip prints on that old TV!!
megafie megafie 9 years
I used to LOVE Mr. B - I wished he would come to work for my family. My dad used to watch Beauty and the Beast reruns - it came on right after Kung Fu!
alltherage alltherage 9 years
mr belvedere and small wonder were good shows!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Dangit. I like Cavemen, Small Wonder, Mr. Belvedere, and Mama's Family. And I'm pretty sure my husband just bought Beauty & the Beast on DVD.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
small wonder and mr. belvedere. i loved those shows.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 9 years
i loved small wonder as a child. i used to watch it every morning before school started. i used to watch out of this world too! the theme song was "would you like to swing on a star". the girl in out of this world was like an old school sabrina the teenage witch.
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
i was JUST watching small wonder on youtube! :rotfl: i LOVE that show! i totally disagree with lots of that list!
princess_eab princess_eab 9 years
Yeah, ALF definitely needs to be on that list if Small Wonder is! And what about that horrible show Dinosaurs? that was torture even when I was 12! "not the mama!"
saritabonita saritabonita 9 years
does anyone remember "land of the lost" or somehting like that? a family that gets sent to the world of dinosaurs. jajaja it rocked
sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
SO sad. Mr. Belvedere has no place on that list!!
saritabonita saritabonita 9 years
in the picture, theres one with a mom and a kid. whats the name of that show? i LIKED that show! take it off the list. ajjajaja
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I loved Small Wonder, Mr Belvedere & Mama's Family also!
marcella marcella 9 years
Umm... they forgot the stupidest show of all time... Dinosaurs (it was on Fox in the early 90s and was like the dinosaur puppet version of Rosanne). Ugh!
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