2004 book by David Hofstede celebrating the worst of television. Anything goes: individual plot points or elements, or even entire shows. Naturally, a must-read for anyone who visits the [[DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible So Bad It's Horrible]] or the [[DarthWiki/DethroningMomentOfSuck Dethroning Moment of Suck]] pages.

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# ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' [[note]](1978 TV-movie that's legendary for its awfulness, including 15 minutes of untranslated Wookie speak and variety show-style segments that [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment go absolutely nowhere]]; to date, it has never been officially reaired, and Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[OldShame personally ashamed of it]] (it was exiled from the canon immediately, one of the few parts of the franchise to suffer that fate prior to Creator/{{Disney}}'s purchase of it). One of the last "variety shows", with NBC's ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' {which is also on this list} entirely ruining the genre two years later.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Dallas}}''[='=] infamous "Bobby in the shower"/AllJustADream cop-out [[note]](the final scene of the Season 9 finale, which revealed that all events from Bobby's death onward didn't actually happen; was done to get Patrick Duffy back on the program after a season of declining ratings following his character's death)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' turning from a decent talk show into a freak show for violent, sexually deviant human trash
# Jackie Gleason's flop GameShow ''Series/YoureInThePicture'' (1961) [[note]](The episode that was supposed to air the following week was instead a 30-minute apology from Gleason that led to the creation of ''The Jackie Gleason Show''.)[[/note]]
# Creator/{{CNN}} tries to promote new journalist Paula Zahn as "sexy" [[note]](A promo for Zahn's series ''American Morning'' claimed her to be provocative, super smart, and "just a little sexy", followed by a sound effect that sounded like a zipper being unzipped. The spot created all kinds of controversy for the network, who pulled it after only a handful of airings.)[[/note]]
# The 1950s quiz show scandals [[note]](Several late-1950s game shows were rigged to help contestants that execs wanted to win, bump players said execs wanted to lose, and generally fabricate "drama". Resulted in the decade-long blacklisting of Jack Barry & Dan Enright, who produced ''{{Series/TwentyOne}}'' {the central show involved in the scandal}, and led to new laws regarding television that are still in effect to this day.)[[/note]]
# The inclusion of [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]][[invoked]] in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise (1979-88)
# Geraldo Rivera reports on the discovery of UsefulNotes/AlCapone's vault and finds [[MockGuffin nothing]] (1986)
# ''Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?'' [[note]](2000 Creator/{{Fox}} reality one-off in which women competed to win the hand of a multi-millionaire, who turned out not to be as loaded as was previously thought; the winners never consummated and quickly annulled, making the two-hour special a wash. Further controversy due to [[CriticalResearchFailure Fox failing to discover legal issues and lies with the bride and groom]] led to the cancellation of the program, which was intended to be a yearly event.)[[/note]]
# The Heidi Bowl [[note]](1968 football game between the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders from which Creator/{{NBC}} notoriously broke away before it was done to air the TV movie ''Heidi'', thereby missing ''two'' Oakland touchdowns scored in the final minute that flipped the outcome of the game. The controversy that ensued led to a rule requiring that TV networks '''must''' air sports games in their entirety, along with new technology to convey messages quickly when a call from NBC's then-president to put the game back on failed to go through in time)[[/note]]
# ''[[Series/BradyBunchSpinOffs The Brady Bunch Hour]]'' [[note]](1976-77 ''Brady Bunch'' spinoff/revival where the actors/characters, except for Eve Plumb, star in a variety show)[[/note]]
# ''Series/MyMotherTheCar'' [[note]](Notoriously-bad 1965 show in which Jerry Van Dyke ends up with his mother's soul possessing a vintage automobile...never mind that that's not how reincarnation is supposed to work.)[[/note]]
# Televangelist Oral Roberts announces that God will [[NeverSayDie "call him home"]] if he doesn't receive $8,000,000 from his flock [[note]](He needed funding for his debt-ridden hospital, City of Faith, hence the announcement. Although he ''did'' receive the money at the last minute, the hospital closed down anyway a few years later.)[[/note]]
# ''The Anna Nicole Show'' [[note]](2002-04 E! RealityShow about the former ''Playboy'' model who became famous for marrying a wealthy old man and taking his family to court over his inheritance; Anna Nicole Smith was clearly unbalanced and/or stoned during filming and extra pressures of the show arguably hastened her death)[[/note]]
# How flawed the Emmy Awards are when it comes to picking winners
# Rampant ProductPlacement, particularly in televised sports
# Creator/WilliamShatner's notorious take on Music/EltonJohn's "Rocket Man" at the 1977 Science Fiction Film Awards
# ''Series/{{Dateline}}'''s 1992 report on exploding General Motors trucks [[note]](said trucks supposedly exploded on impact due to their gas tanks, but after ''Dateline'' failed to produce an explosion, they rigged one. This got NBC sued by GM and led to an exodus of ''Dateline'' staff plus news president Michael Gartner; GM would later get sued themselves when one of the "sidesaddle" gas tanks took the life of a couple's son and discontinued the car using them.)[[/note]]
# TV movies on Amy Fisher [[note]](each of the Big Three rushed out a TV movie based on the then-17-year-old Long Island girl who shot her lover's wife in the face)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' [[note]](1979 NBC series about a giant nuclear-powered train, meant to be their answer to ''Series/TheLoveBoat''. This has most expensive pilot ever made, and when the series's concept did no good [no thanks to an allegedly butt-ugly set and costumes], it was removed from the schedule for a while and reworked into a thriller. This didn't help much and NBC had to derail it for good shortly afterwards; its flopping made NBC's already-problematic run under Fred Silverman worse.)[[/note]]
# ''Life with Lucy'' [[note]](1986 ABC sitcom starring Creator/LucilleBall as the owner of a hardware store which, when it wasn't interminably boring, was putting Ball's safety in question every time the now-75-year-old actress had to do a stunt; its failure caused Lucy to leave television for good)[[/note]]
# ''The Goddess of Love'' [[note]](1988 NBC TV-movie that proved to the world that Vanna White should stick to her most famous role as eye candy on ''Series/WheelOfFortune'')[[/note]]
# ''FOX After Breakfast'' [[note]](failed late-1990s attempt at reviving FX's well-received but seldom-seen ''Breakfast Time'' morning chat show, only to meddle it into oblivion - specifically, it met its end as ''The Vicki Lawrence Show''; in fact, this book's foreword is written by one of its co-hosts, Tom Bergeron)[[/note]]
# ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "The Great Vegetable Rebellion" [[note]](the next-to-last episode from 1968, about sentient plants attacking the Robinsons)[[/note]]
# ''[[OneEpisodeWonder Turn-On]]'' [[note]](notoriously-awful HotterAndSexier [[DuelingShows competitor]][[invoked]] to ''Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn'' that aired on most Creator/{{ABC}} affiliates in 1969, either in full or partially; it was effectively canned before the first episode even finished airing. ABC made that cancellation official without comment the next day after Bristol-Myers withdrew their sponsorship and buried it as far as they could.)[[/note]]
# ''The Magic Hour'' [[note]](basketball legend Magic Johnson trying, and failing miserably, as a talk show host in 1998)[[/note]]
# ''Series/StElsewhere''[='s=] [[AllJustADream All Just a Vision in an Autistic Kid's Mind]] ending [[note]](The final scene of the 1988 GrandFinale cut from the hospital to Tommy Westphall, a child with autism, holding a snow globe with a replica of the hospital inside it, seemingly suggesting that the entire series had been a product of his imagination.)[[/note]]
# ''The $1.98 Beauty Show'' [[note]](1978-80 syndicated mock talent competition cast in the same vein as creator Creator/ChuckBarris' earlier ''Series/TheGongShow'', only with mostly-ugly women on parade instead of bizarre and marginally-talented men and women)[[/note]]
# ''Series/CopRock'' [[note]](1990 ABC series that turned off many viewers with its combination of serious police drama and upbeat musical numbers)[[/note]]
# ''Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell'' [[note]](ill-fated 1975-76 ABC VarietyShow hosted by the infamous sports broadcaster. [[NamesTheSame Not to be confused with]] the more popular ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' on NBC, though the Cosell ''SNL'' is the reason why the NBC version was officially named ''NBC's Saturday Night'' until March 1977 and is the impetus behind the show's famous line "Live from New York, it's ''Saturday Night''!")[[invoked]][[/note]]
# The epilogue of Music/MichaelJackson's 1991 "Black or White" music video [[note]](in which Jackson smashes up a car and engages in an absurd amount of crotch-grabbing even by his usual standards, to the shock of millions of viewers - including kids and their parents - who watched its simulcast on four American networks: FOX, MTV, VH1, and BET. This was cited by the author as the point where Jackson's life and career went tragically downhill, ultimately ending with his death in 2009, five years after this book was published.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' re-casting Emma Samms as Fallon (beginning April 1985)
# ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'' [[note]](1980 variety show which surrealistically paired a Japanese female pop duo who spoke no English and learned all their lines phonetically with an obscure comedian whose main qualification for being there was that he was already on NBC's payroll. Not helping was the fact that the producers refused to let the girls sing their own songs and forced them to cover American disco hits. The show's failure is considered to be the final nail in the coffin for the VarietyShow format - this is [[TakeThat also one of the many entries in the book to mention Fred Silverman.]])[[/note]]
# ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season [[note]](the studio execs forced the show to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline, despite the fact that it was the driving force of the series; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left. The spinoff movie that was released in 1992 [[FranchiseKiller finished the job]] on this franchise;it would take two decades for any talks of revivals to materialize.)[[/note]]
# ''Drudge'' [[note]](1998-99 Creator/FoxNewsChannel show starring journalist Matt Drudge, known for his ''Drudge Report'' website, which was canned after the network refused to let him show a picture of a fetus.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''[='s=] poor handling of [[ShippingBedDeath Dave and Maddie as a couple]]
# [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Chuck]] [[TropeNamer Cunningham's disappearance]] on ''Series/HappyDays''
# Colby losing to Tina on ''Series/{{Survivor}}: Outback'' (2001) [[note]](Colby brought Tina with him to the Final Tribal Council over Keith, whom he probably would have beaten easily. Colby was derided at council for this decision.)[[/note]]
# CBS' many failed attempts at morning shows (''Morning Show'', ''Calendar'', ''The Morning Program'')
# ''Series/TheDanaCarveyShow'' and how ABC [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed it over]] (1996)
# Several TV versions of films, including a ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' adaptation (1983) with David Soul as Rick Blaine
# Burger King's "Where's Herb?" commercials [[note]](1985-86 commercial campaign prompting people to find "Herb", the only person in the world who has never eaten the chain's signature Whopper; the campaign was meant to run for a year, but BK was forced to euthanize it after just four months due to some controversial confrontations at Burger King locations by people trying to find "Herb", who was initially not described by the restaurant, and other unfortunate incidents.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/SmallWonder'' [[note]](infamous 1985-89 sitcom about a robotics engineer who creates a daughter named Vicki)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacing Bo and Luke with Coy and Vance]] (1982-83) [[note]](Contract disputes forced Bo and Luke's actors out of the program; when the ratings started to tank, those disputes were settled, and the original actors returned, while Coy and Vance got [[PutOnABus put on the bus that brought Bo and Luke back]].)[[/note]]
# ''WesternAnimation/FishPolice'' [[note]](one of many early-1990s attempts by the Big Three to cash in on FOX's success with ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. ''Fish Police'' was CBS' stab at the formula; it, NBC's ''Family Dog'', and ABC's ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' all got canned due to low ratings, bad reviews, and ExecutiveMeddling)[[/note]]
# ''The Reagans'' [[note]](Creator/{{Showtime}} TV movie on UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan which was viewed as a total hatchet job despite [[BlatantLies claims it wasn't]] [[LyingCreator from the producer of the movie]]. Was supposed to air on corporate sibling CBS, but they decided it was too much of a hot potato. Bonus points for it airing only months before Reagan's death from Alzheimer's)[[/note]]
# CousinOliver joins ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' for its final few episodes
# The XFL [[note]](a TotallyRadical, UpToEleven attempt at a new football league, founded by NBC and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon...which proved to be sloppy, crude, and ham-fisted)[[/note]]
# 1960s TV rule against showing navels on women, which affected such shows as ''Film/{{Gidget}}'', ''Series/GilligansIsland'', and ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie''.
# ''Thicke of the Night'' [[note]](heavily-promoted but poorly-received talk show starring Creator/AlanThicke; was meant to be a comeback vehicle for Fred Silverman, who had been fired from NBC for his very poor performance there, which created two of the other entries on this list.)[[/note]]
# [[IronicName Shelley Hack]] taking over for Kate Jackson on ''Series/CharliesAngels'' [[note]](The TV commercial actress was chosen over [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Bond girl Barbara Bach]], but her poor acting eventually doomed the show; she was replaced by [[Film/AViewToAKill fellow Bond girl Tanya Roberts]] for the show's final season.)[[/note]]
# The 62nd Academy Awards telecast [[note]](the 1989 show, featuring an awkward and poorly-received ''[[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow White]]'' opening number with Rob Lowe playing the Creator/{{Disney}}-style [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Snow's]] blind date - the whole thing ultimately [[CreatorKiller ruined the career]] [[LaserGuidedKarma of]] [[NeverLiveItDown producer]] Allan Carr (who was coming off a series of movie flops) and got the Oscars [[ScrewedByTheLawyers sued]] by Disney for the embarrassing portrayal of Snow White; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized for the performance and fired Carr, replacing him with Gil Cates for the 1990 telecast)[[/note]]
# Dan Rather [[SigningOffCatchPhrase using "Courage" as his signoff]] on the ''CBS Evening News'' [[note]](for one week in September 1985, Rather signed off this way due to problems at CBS, but it failed to have the desired effect and was seen as uncharacteristically insincere; after CBS fired him following the TANG scandal in 2004, he signed off this way for his final ''CBS Evening News'' broadcast just for the hell of it)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheSecretDiaryOfDesmondPfeiffer'' [[note]](Creator/{{UPN}} sitcom which attempted to use the UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln White House as the setting for a bawdy sex comedy mocking the UsefulNotes/BillClinton administration. It should be noted that the author acknowledges that while ''Pfeiffer'' isn't a great show by any stretch of the imagination, its placement on this list has more to do with the misguided protests from MoralGuardians over nonexistent jokes about slavery than it does the show itself.)[[/note]]
# NBC's Fall 1983 schedule [[note]](a huge list of flops including ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' (which David Letterman ruthlessly mocked and which turned into instant SnarkBait), ''Mr. Smith'', ''Boone'' (a show about a kid whose parents are trying to convince him to give up his rock dreams to run their family gas station), ''The Bay City Blues'', ''For Love and Honor'', ''We Got It Made'', ''The Rousters'', ''The Yellow Rose'', and ''Jennifer Slept Here''; '''none''' of these were renewed for a second season)[[/note]]
# ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt'' [[note]](MTV's replacement cartoon for ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' while ''B&B'' was being [[{{Bowdlerization}} edited for content]] following complaints about kids imitating the dangerous stunts {such as setting things on fire, putting dogs in washing machines, huffing oven gas, and hurling bowling balls off bridges})[[/note]]
# NBC failing to let Creator/DavidLetterman use the names of his NBC-era segments on CBS' ''Late Show'' [[note]](A potential media circus around a possible trial over the rights to the segments, including possible ridicule from Jay Leno ''and'' Letterman, and the sheer stupidity of the whole controversy finally convinced NBC to back off. Judge Wapner of ''The People's Court'' is quoted in this article.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheNewMonkees'' [[note]](attempted revival of Franchise/TheMonkees concept during their return to popularity that didn't even come close to repeating the success or notability of the original, on top of getting the producers sued by the original Monkees)[[/note]]
# ''Series/DustysTrail'' [[note]](''Series/GilligansIsland'' [[foldercontrol]]

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# ''The Wilton North Report'' [[note]](failed news magazine show on FOX which replaced ''The Late Show'' for a mere four weeks; ended the careers of the producer and hosts involved, and the show's greenlighting cost FOX Arsenio Hall, who didn't return when ''The Late Show'' began rebroadcasting; he was replaced by future ''Match Game'' host Ross Schafer.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/DarkShadows''[='=] "Leviathan" storyline [[note]](poorly-received 1969-70 story involving Barnabas as being under the spell of the title Leviathans and producing a mystery box)[[/note]]
# ''[[Wrestling/WWERaw WWF Raw]]''[='s=] Mark Henry/Mae Young storyline [[note]](which involved, among other things, an 80-year-old woman getting pregnant and giving birth after only three months...to a hand)[[/note]]
# ''Series/LandOfTheLost1974''[='s=] third season [[note]](Rick being PutOnABus)[[/note]]
# Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Like a Prayer" music video debut [[note]](drew outrage from MoralGuardians and cost her a Pepsi endorsement deal due to the video's blasphemous and racist imagery, which included burning crosses and Madonna making out with a black version of Jesus Christ, [[MagnificentBastard although she kept the money that Pepsi had paid for an ad that used a variant of "Like a Prayer."]] Pepsi would find themselves in a similar incident years later with rapper Ludacris, who was then replaced by Music/OzzyOsbourne, which didn't help the situation.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/JoanieLovesChachi'' [[note]](failed spinoff of ''Series/HappyDays'')[[/note]]
# ''WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' both getting bashed by MoralGuardians due to allegations of drug abuse
# ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' deals with the Devil [[note]](1994-95 plot involving DemonicPossession)[[/note]]
# Attempts to [[TransAtlanticEquivalent Americanize]] ''Series/FawltyTowers'' (''Amanda's'' and ''Payne'')
# [[MissingEpisode The erasure of countless TV shows]][[invoked]] [[note]] Two of the shows mentioned as being erased were Johnny Carson's first ''Tonight Show'' and ''Super Bowl I''; the latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons (this was before the notion of saving the tapes really took off). The NFL eventually scraped together enough footage to show the game on TV again in 2016, removing ''Super Bowl I'' from the MissingEpisode pit at last) [[/note]]
# ''The Chevy Chase Show'' [[note]](FOX's notoriously-awful entry into the Late-Night Talk Show War of 1993, which only lasted five weeks)[[/note]]
# ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]" [[note]](A Season 3 episode where Spock loses his brain, generally regarded as the worst episode of the series. NBC was losing interest in ''Star Trek'' by this point, and canned the series at the end of this particular season.)[[/note]]
# Shows with talking babies (''Happy'', ''Baby Talk'', and ''Baby Bob'')
# Roseanne Barr butchering the National Anthem at a San Diego Padres game in 1990 [[note]](This even got her scorn from then-president UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush, who called her performance "a disgrace." She was mocked for her notoriously bad warbling of the National Anthem for a while.)[[/note]]
# ''Creator/NickAtNite''[='s=] NetworkDecay [[note]](More recent shows from the 1980s-90s replaced the classic 1950s-60s shows like ''Series/ILoveLucy'' and ''Series/ThePattyDukeShow''. Most of these classic shows moved to fellow Viacom channel TV Land, which was actually created as "Nick at Night's TV Land," indicating the intention of moving to said channel eventually.)[[/note]]
# ''The Harlem Globetrotters on Series/GilligansIsland'' [[note]](from 1981, the last and least of three reunion TV movies for the ''Series/GilligansIsland'' cast; its failure caused plans for a fourth movie, ''Murder on Gilligan's Island'', to be scrapped.)[[/note]]
# [[CampGay Paul Lynde]] as a bachelor on ''Series/TheDatingGame''
# ''Harold Robbins' The Survivors'' [[note]](high-budget ABC soap opera dud from 1969, starring George Hamilton and Creator/LanaTurner)[[/note]]
# Music/JanetJackson's WardrobeMalfunction at Super Bowl XXXVIII [[note]](freakout by MoralGuardians led to a ''massive'' crackdown by the FCC on "inappropriateness" and ever-increasing fines, which led to the FCC getting hauled before the Supreme Court)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' recycling scripts after TheOtherDarrin takes over. [[note]](The list of recycled scripts includes one for the show's series finale.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheFlyingNun'' [[note]](classically bad vehicle for Creator/SallyField after ''Gidget'' was cancelled. The show ran three seasons before Field got herself pregnant to get out of the show. ''The Flying Nun'' haunted her career for a long time.)[[/note]]
# ''Woops!'' episode "Say It Ain't So, Santa" [[note]](the bizarre Christmas episode of an already bizarre, short-lived FOX sitcom centered on apocalypse survivors, and the last episode of said sitcom to actually air. Controversy over the portrayal of Santa having "accidentally" killed Mrs. Claus and the elves led to Fox/[[Creator/TouchstonePictures Touchstone]] nuking the series from the airwaves during the Christmas break, leaving three other episodes to never see the light of day)[[/note]]
# ''Battle of the Network Stars #18'' [[note]](sports competition among stars on the Big Three's shows which, in 1985, made a disastrous move to Mexico with Dick Van Dyke taking over as emcee; this move doomed the biannual competition, which had a three-year hiatus before what turned out to be its last installment, which reinstated Howard Cosell as host and returned the competition to California.)[[/note]]
# ''Me and the Chimp'' [[note]](Creator/{{CBS}} series where Ted Bessell starred as a dentist raising a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys chimpanzee]]; ''Me and the Chimp'' proved to be a StarDerailingRole for Bessell, as he received the blame for the show failing.)[[/note]]
# ABC's 1974 ''Franchise/WonderWoman'' TV movie
# Connie Francis performing poorly as a celebrity partner on ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $10,000 Pyramid]]'' [[note]](She failed to win a single game that week against ''Pyramid'' vet Nipsey Russell, and faded back into the woodwork for a year; not surprisingly, she never appeared on another game show.)[[/note]]
# Music/ElvisPresley being shot only from the waist up (due to Standards & Practices rules at the time that found Elvis' swiveling hip dances to be too risqué) on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''
# RecycledInSpace cartoons (''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats in Outer Space'', ''[[Series/ThePartridgeFamily Partridge Family]] 2200 AD'', ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yogi's]] Space Race'', and ''[[Series/GilligansIsland Gilligan]]'s Planet'')
# ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'' [[PutOnABus writing Shirley out of the show]]
# QVC selling the Poopin' Moose [[note]](a novelty toy which "pooped" candy. Surprisingly, or [[ToiletHumour not surprisingly]], it was a best-seller and inspired a full line of these toys with other animals until their manufacturer closed their doors in 2003.)[[/note]]
# ''Bad Ronald'' [[note]](1974 ABC TV-movie which features a teen hidden in his house after killing a peer; after his mother dies, he remains hidden and a new family buys the house. Was quoted as "processed cheese" by the author)[[/note]]
# ''Creator/USANetwork Up All Night'' [[note]](nine-year network block that specialized in airing titillating and gory movies - [[CompletelyMissingThePoint and censoring them]])[[/note]]
# ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily''[='s=] [[note]](an early Creator/{{NBC}} show)[[/note]] chronic case of TheOtherDarrin [[note]](Only one of the original actors {House Jameson, who played the father}, remained with the program throughout its four seasons; there were an obscene amount of recasts for the other characters.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode "The Bad Old Days" [[note]](the one with an awkward and uncharacteristically misogynistic dream sequence; Dick Van Dyke cites this as the worst episode of the program, and the writers of said episode never returned to the show)[[/note]]
# ''3's A Crowd'' [[note]](short-lived 1979-80 syndicated game show that asked embarrassingly probing questions of men, and sought to see whether their wives or secretaries knew them better; got such a backlash that it took down ''all'' of Creator/ChuckBarris' games that were airing that season; [[CreatorKiller he spent the next year in seclusion]], and his career never fully recovered.)[[/note]]
# TheWestern saturating television with '''30''' shows on the schedules of the Big Three in the late 1950s
# ''Series/{{Quark}}'' [[note]](''Franchise/StarWars'' parody that spoofed other Sci-Fi shows later; was well-received critically and promoted well, but that didn't translate into ratings ''at all'', resulting in it being canned after about 6-7 episodes.)[[/note]]
# Farrah Fawcett's awkward interview on ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman'' in 1997 [[note]](Fawcett appeared extremely distracted and rather disoriented, leading to speculation that she was under the influence of drugs.)[[/note]]
# The addition of [[TheScrappy Dawn]][[invoked]] on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and [[HateSink Connor]] on ''Series/{{Angel}}'' [[note]](Though the book doesn't directly mention this, the eventual ''removal'' of Connor from the cast was pretty much the reverse of Dawn's introduction.)[[/note]]
# Creator/{{AMC}} [[NetworkDecay "going commercial"]] [[note]](a case of NotSoCrazyAnymore, as [[GrowingTheBeard AMC's continuing streak of smash hit series]] like ''Series/MadMen'', ''Series/BreakingBad'', and ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' began after this book was published)[[/note]]
# Professor Price [[note]](an ugly, awkward pricing game on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' that involved trivia which was only played twice in November 1977 before "disappearing deep into the CBS vault of bad ideas.")[[/note]]

[[folder:Honorable mentions]]
# ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''[='s=] sixth season (1980-81) produced by Jean Doumanian (and then Dick Ebersol for one episode after Doumanian and 90% of her cast were fired; this also helped end Fred Silverman's tumultuous run at NBC).
# ''Boohbah'' [[note]](very trippy kids' show from the creators of ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'')[[/note]]
# ''Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People'' [[note]](early-2000s reality show in which people were picked apart for their looks; cited as yet another reason why the Middle East and North Korea want to destroy America)[[/note]]
# ''The Tortellis'' [[note]](one-season ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' spinoff centered on Nick and Loretta Tortelli's family)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Batman}}'' often casting Batgirl as the DamselInDistress
# ''The Music/DeanMartin Celebrity Roast'' of [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Peter Marshall]] [[note]](This was noted as when the Roasts jumped the shark by apparently running out of A-list actors.)[[/note]]
# Santo Gold infomercials [[note]](MindScrew jewelry infomercials featuring footage from the sci-fi and professional wrestling film ''Santo Gold's Blood Circus''; the creator of both the film and the jewelry was later jailed for mail fraud)[[/note]]
# ''WesternAnimation/{{Jabberjaw}}'' [[note]](Uninspired re-tread of ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'', featuring a giant anthropomorphic shark in place of Scooby, and a travelling rock band in place of the Mystery Gang. Created in a rush to cash in on the public fascination with sharks after the success of the movie ''Jaws''.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheMortonDowneyJrShow'' [[note]](Early "trash" talk show featuring, among other things, the host holding screaming matches with the audience and blowing cigarette smoke in guests' faces.)[[/note]]
# ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds III'' and ''IV'', and ''Film/ProblemChild III'' [[note]](Several cases of {{Sequelitis}} of forgettable films.)[[/note]]
# ''Playing It Straight'' [[note]](2004 FOX reality show in which women spend time on a ranch with various men, and try to figure out which ones are gay or straight)[[/note]]
# ''Series/ItsAboutTime''
# ''Rudolph's Shiny New Year'' [[note]](inferior sequel to ''WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer'')[[/note]]
# Creator/{{MTV}}'s infamous NetworkDecay (and [=MTV2=] getting the same treatment; the original channel was accused of becoming "Drunk-Naked-Teenagers-Television")
# ''The New Series/LeaveItToBeaver''
# CBS bleeping Janet Jackson saying "Jesus" on ''The Late Show''
# ''USA Today: The Television Show''
# James Stockdale's 1996 vice presidential debate [[note]](in which the Naval admiral, then Ross Perot's running mate, appeared extremely disoriented)[[/note]]
# Music/FrankZappa hosting ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' [[note]](Zappa and the cast did not get along, and Zappa made no attempt to conceal the fact that he wasn't enjoying himself. His performance featured lots of mugging and reading from cue cards.)[[/note]]
# ''The Love Boat Follies'' [[note]](two-hour singing special featuring the ''Love Boat'' cast and musical stars)[[/note]]
# ''Playboy''[='s=] 50th-Anniversary Celebration
# ''Series/{{Baywatch}} Nights'' [[note]](''Baywatch'' spinoff which took a turn for sci-fi in Season 2)[[/note]]
# ''She's the Sheriff'' [[note]](sitcom starring Suzanne Somers as a single mother/cop)[[/note]]
# ''Series/AfterMASH''
# ''The Lingerie Bowl'' [[note]](bowl game for the all-women Legends Football League)[[/note]]
!!Tropes in this book:
* AllJustADream: Entries 27 (''Series/StElsewhere'') and 2 (''Series/{{Dallas}}'') are derided as misuses of this trope.
* AwardSnub:[[invoked]] Entry 15 discusses how the Emmys are horribly broken.
* BookEnds: Entries No. 100 (the Professor Price game from ''The Price Is Right'') and No. 1 (''The Star Wars Holiday Special'') were both aired on CBS, bookending the list.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Entry 37 is about the TropeNamer.
* CousinOliver: Entry 47 is on the TropeNamer himself, while Entry 98 discusses the trope in the ''Buffy''verse.
* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (aired on Creator/NineNetwork and primarily featured animals having sex and was pulled off the network in the middle of its only airing, leading to the people who made/helmed the show being very acrimoniously fired right away and trespassed from the network), and the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Electric Soldier Porygon" (which was never exported beyond the show's native Japan because it caused an epidemic of seizures during its only airing and led to new Japanese television practices that are still in effect to this day).
* ExecutiveMeddling:[[invoked]] Referenced in entry 23, on ''FOX After Breakfast'' - "A gaggle of new producers micromanaged every aspect of the show, certain they knew what worked on the network better than the original cast and creative team."
* JumpingTheShark:[[invoked]] ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season is cited as an example in entry 34. Interestingly, the trope-naming ''Series/HappyDays'' episode doesn't make the list. [[note]](The reason most likely being that while ''Happy Days'' had been declining in quality for a while and the Shark Jump was merely an indicator of how far the show has sunk, ''Twin Peaks'' was still a strong show which got suddenly derailed. ''Happy Days's'' JumpingTheShark moment IS mentioned in the book, however)[[/note]]
* MissingEpisode:[[invoked]] The focus of entry 69.
* NetworkDecay: Examples are cited for Creator/{{AMC}} (see the YMMV tab) and Creator/NickAtNite.
* TheOtherDarrin:[[invoked]] Entries 92, 51, and 32 are about this on ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily'', ''Series/CharliesAngels'', and ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' respectively.
* ProductPlacement: Entry 16 laments the increased appearance of it in society as a whole.
* RashomonStyle: Entry 19 cites ABC, CBS, and NBC's rushing to create a TV movie on Amy Fisher as a RealLife example of this. Hofstede finds NBC's take sympathetic to Fisher (''Amy Fisher: My Story'', based on her autobiography) and well-acted but boring; CBS' (''Casualties of Love'') more sympathetic to Buttafuoco; and ABC's ''The Amy Fisher Story'' as the most even-handed but also most lurid. However, he shames all three networks for their shamelessness in all rushing to try and beat each other in tackling the subject.
* RecycledScript:[[invoked]] Entry 79 calls out ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' on this.
* TheScrappy:[[invoked]] Entry 7 is on the TropeNamer.
* SelfDeprecation: The foreword was written by Tom Bergeron, who openly expresses his OldShame (''FOX After Breakfast'').
* ShippingBedDeath:[[invoked]] Entry 36 highlights the notorious example on ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''.
* WantonCrueltyToTheCommonComma: Hofstede has a tendency to use "it's" where he should be using "its".