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]], causing Hofstede to actually declare the production "The Worst Two Hours of Television Ever" as the segment title. To date, it has never been officially reaired, Creator/GeorgeLucas is [[OldShame personally ashamed of it]], as were trilogy leads Creator/MarkHamill, Creator/HarrisonFord, the late Creator/CarrieFisher (who actually had a song at the end of it and allegedly owned the only copy of the program before her death), and co-star Creator/AnthonyDaniels, and 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 through Lucasfilm in 2012, 8 years after this book was published. As of 2018, ThisVeryWiki uses an image about it to illustrate the DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible trope. The only person who didn't have much shame for this was Bea Arthur, who appeared as a cantina owner (it's also one of the few segments in this special - the Boba Fett cartoon being another - that has few to no detractors). The special was one of the last gasps of the "variety show" era of TheSeventies, with NBC's ''Pink Lady and Jeff'' (listed further below) entirely ruining the genre two years later. It's also, as of this writing, the sole major program in the book reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and WebVideo/JonTron.[[/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. The reveal was done to get Patrick Duffy back on the program after a season of declining ratings following his character's death. It unsurprisingly met some derision and it couldn't fully undo the damage of having Bobby die in the first place.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/TheJerrySpringerShow'' turning from a decent talk show into a freak show for violent, sexually deviant human trash [[note]](Hofstede did acknowledge that Springer has not tried to hide that his show is one of the all-time classic examples of trash TV. He did throw a TakeThat to two other faux-''Oprah Winfrey'' talk show hosts - Sally Jesse Raphael and Maury Povich.)[[/note]]
# 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. The remainder of the season was filled out by a one-on-one informal talk show entitled ''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". The jig was up when a ''Series/{{Dotto}}'' contestant came forth with evidence. The brouhaha that ensued resulted in the blacklisting of various producers, most notably Jack Barry and Dan Enright, who produced ''Series/TwentyOne'' (one of the shows involved in the scandal; it was canceled soon after champion Charles Van Doren admitted it was rigged, and it had the added effect of killing Van Doren's NBC and Columbia University careers), and led to new laws regarding television that are still in effect to this day; said laws also ended sponsors' control over nonfiction programming after they demanded some of the rigging. The scandals also put a decades-long wound in quiz shows; apart from ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'', no new major quiz shows surfaced until the 70's, and it would take ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' in 1999 to revive shows with regular cash prizes from $125,000/$250,000 up.[[/note]]
# The inclusion of [[TheScrappy Scrappy-Doo]][[invoked]] in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise (1979-88) [[note]](Technically, this did help somewhat with Hanna-Barbera's issues with the show running stale and wih target demographic of children at the time, which is part of the reason Scrappy remained a regular cast member for at least 6 more years, but the pup's overwhelming hatred amongst the older fans of the cartoon caught up to him, the show, and Hanna-Barbera by that point, permanently staining the franchise and finally forcing Hanna-Barbera to eject the character from the show, opting instead for ''A Pup Named Scooby-Doo''. Scrappy ended up pulling a FaceHeelTurn and became the BigBad for the 2002 live-action movie, making one of his very few appearances past the 1980s.)[[/note]]
# Geraldo Rivera reports on the discovery of UsefulNotes/AlCapone's vault and finds [[MockGuffin nothing]]. (1986) [[note]]After a vault was discovered in one of Al Capone's old headquarters, Geraldo Rivera, without knowing what was inside the vault, created a special titled ''The Mystery of Al Capone's Vault''. For two hours Rivera hyped up the mystery of the vault, and at the end it was finally opened to reveal nothing but tons and tons of dirt.[[/note]]
# ''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 {his worth was just over $2 million, the bare minimum to be consdered a "multi-millionaire", but he was played up as being worth much more}; he and the winner 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; the entire idea became an OldShame to the bride by the next year.)[[/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 programming technology at the time made it impossible to go back to the game after switching to the movie). 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, as the phone lines to NBC were clogged with people wondering where their football game went.)[[/note]]
# ''[[Series/BradyBunchSpinOffs The Brady Bunch Hour]]'' [[note]](1976-77 ''Brady Bunch'' spinoff/continuation where the actors/characters, except for Eve Plumb, star in a variety show. Plumb's decision not to participate and her character being recast was spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "The Simpsons Spinoff Showcase", where Lisa refuses to participate in a family variety show and is replaced with an older, attractive actress. The series was co-devised by Fred Silverman and Sid and Marty Krofft, whose collective televisual output provides several further entries on the list.)[[/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 2007 death.)[[/note]]
# The Emmy Awards' flawed voting process [[note]]At least at the time, only one episode from a season was submitted for consideration when they were voting on the season as a whole; members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences did not watch shows such as ''Seinfeld'', ''Friends'', or ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer'' due to not being in those shows' target demographics, instead watching ''Law & Order'' and more obscure shows; Emmy winning streaks are common (''Series/TheAmazingRace'' notably owned Best Reality TV Program for almost a decade after this book was published); and that the pay TV channels (HBO, Showtime) had an advantage over the main channels after the uproar over ''The Sopranos''[='=] getting snubbed by ''Series/ThePractice''. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to multi-Emmy winner Creator/JohnLithgow in this article.[[/note]]
# Rampant ProductPlacement, particularly in televised sports [[note]](This started with several college football games accepting sponsorship; the uproar over that did less than nothing to stop the trend from starting. Technically, the sponsors actually have to pay the teams/colleges to advertise, however, meaning money for university and sports programs. The Rose Bowl, instead of taking full sponsorship, instead uses a "The Rose Bowl, Presented by AT&T/Citi" tactic.)[[/note]]
# 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, led to an exodus of ''Dateline'' staff plus news president Michael Gartner, and forced ''Dateline'' to issue an apology and nix the report. GM would later get sued themselves when one of the "sidesaddle" gas tanks accidentally killed a young boy, and they would discontinue the car using them.)[[/note]]
# TV movies on Amy Fisher [[note]](During the Fall of 1993, each of the Big Three rushed out a TV-movie based on the then-17-year-old Long Island girl who had an affair with a married man and then shot said man's wife in the face when he told Fisher it was over. All three films aired within a week; NBC's take on the "Long Island Lolita" story, simply titled ''Amy Fisher: My Story'', aired first, and then CBS' and ABC's films aired on the same night at the same time. The [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/bored/tvguideads15.html "Winter 1993"]] edition of Website/PlatypusComix's ''The Ancient Lost Art of TV Guide Advertising'' features the Magazine/TVGuide ads for all three movies.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Supertrain}}'' [[note]](1979 NBC series about a giant nuclear-powered train, meant to be their answer to ''Series/TheLoveBoat''. It was the most expensive pilot ever made, and when the series' 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 [[JustForPun 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 and NonActorVehicle [[invoked]] for Vanna White, which proved to the world that she should stick to her most famous role as eye candy on ''Series/WheelOfFortune''.)[[/note]]
# ''FOX After Breakfast'' [[note]](Failed late-1990s attempt at reviving FOX'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 immediately earned backlash from affiliates such as Cleveland, who ripped the show from their airwaves in the middle and substituted it for other stuff such as an organ number {or just saying "the remainder of this broadcast will not be seen"}, and a multitude of West Coast stations including Seattle refused to air it when word traveled to their side of the U.S.; 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. This show subsequently [[CreatorKiller turned]] [[StarDerailingRole off]] the careers of almost everyone involved with it except for several people such as host Tim Conway, future ''Laugh-In'' cast member Teresa Graves, and voice actors Chuck [=McCann=] and Creator/HamiltonCamp, the latter of whom was strictly a voice actor for shows such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'' after this until his death.)[[/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. Surprisingly, the WMG that all the other shows that cross-pollinated with ''Elsewhere'' also exists in the boy's mind barely comes up.)[[/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. This added an extra nail to Barris's coffin, seeing as how the show was ejected from the airwaves alongside another list entry, ''3's a Crowd'', taking ''Series/TheNewlywedGame, Series/TheDatingGame'', and ''The Gong Show'' with it.)[[/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 show 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: Creator/{{FOX}}, Creator/{{MTV}}, Creator/VH1, and Creator/{{BET}}. This part of the video is really a BigLippedAlligatorMoment that doesn't have anything to do with the rest of the song, and it was excluded from future showings and on iTunes. 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 and wasn't meant to be resolved {though it likely would've been resolved if the show had been cancelled first}; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left. The 1992 film ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe'' [[FranchiseKiller finished the job]] on the franchise and it would take two decades for any talks of revivals to materialize. However, that revival - a third season aired in 2017 - is widely considered to have [[VindicatedByHistory redeemed both the second season and the film]] in the eyes of many fans.[[/note]]
# ''Drudge'' [[note]](1998-99 Creator/FoxNewsChannel show starring conservative 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) [[note]]The sketch show - which featured a writing team of soon-to-be-very-famous comedians and screenwriters like Creator/SteveCarell, Creator/StephenColbert, Creator/LouisCK and Creator/CharlieKaufman - was canned in part because ABC decided to air it after ''Series/HomeImprovement'', and the sketches' offbeat and often racy content was a bad match-up with the family sitcom. This resulted in controversies, and low ratings which doomed the show to cancellation after just eight episodes.[[/note]]
# Several TV versions of films, including a ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' adaptation (1983) with David Soul as Rick Blaine [[note]](Actor Hector Elizondo was another cast member of the ''Casablanca'' adaptation, and he actually appeared in a good number of the shows in this specific article.)[[/note]]
# 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. This 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 and Creator/HannaBarbera's stab at the formula; it, NBC's ''WesternAnimation/FamilyDog'', and ABC's ''WesternAnimation/CapitolCritters'' all got canned due to low ratings, bad reviews, and ExecutiveMeddling. ''Fish Police'' animated six episodes, but only got half of them in before it got "hooked" off the schedule, becoming an OldShame for the creator of the comic book the show was based on, Steve Moncuse.)[[/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]]. It 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 six episodes
# The XFL [[note]](A TotallyRadical, UpToEleven attempt at a new football league, founded by NBC and Wrestling/VinceMcMahon...which proved to be a sloppy, crude, ham-fisted, short-lived embarrassment. Still, [=McMahon=] announced a return of the XFL in 2018.)[[/note]]
# The 1960s TV rule against showing navels on women (affecting 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, which was also 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 killed off the career]] [[LaserGuidedKarma of]] [[NeverLiveItDown producer]] Allan Carr {who was coming off a series of movie flops that started with 1980s [[DeaderThanDisco disco-killer]] ''Film/CantStopTheMusic''} and got the Oscars [[ScrewedByTheLawyers sued]] by Disney for the embarrassing portrayal of Snow White. It got so bad that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized for the performance and dismissed Carr, replacing him with Gil Cates for the 1990 telecast. The actress who played Snow White in the show, Eileen Bowman, was effectively [[StarDerailingRole ejected from Hollywood and any chance of being associated with Disney as a result]] as well; she had to sign a gag order the morning after the show and was not allowed to talk about it for years.)[[/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 Creator/DavidLetterman 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. This added an extra nail to now-ex president Fred Silverman's coffin, but NBC finally recovered by the end of the decade.)[[/note]]
# ''WesternAnimation/TheBrothersGrunt'' [[note]](MTV's replacement cartoon for ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' while the latter 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. This "new" series and franchise was meant to go for a while, but the TV show only got 13 episodes in before the curtain was forcibly dropped on the show early.)[[/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 eventually replaced by future ''Series/MatchGame'' host Ross Schafer, and ''The Late Show'' never recovered from this move, eventually being replaced by ''The Chevy Chase Show'', another list entry, which was the final blow to FOX's late-night talk show attempts.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/DarkShadows''[='=] "Leviathan" storyline [[note]](Poorly-received 1969-70 storyline involving Barnabas 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 ''UsefulNotes/SuperBowl I''. The latter was recorded by both NBC and CBS, but was erased for cost-cutting reasons - this being before the notion of saving the tapes really took off. The NFL was eventually able to remove Super Bowl I from the MissingEpisode pit at last when, to commemorate the Super Bowl's 50th Anniversary in 2016, they scraped together enough footage to show that first game on TV again).[[/note]]
# ''The Creator/ChevyChase Show'' [[note]](FOX's notoriously-awful entry into the Late-Night Talk Show War of 1993, which only lasted five weeks and cost FOX $3 million in a guarantee they made with Chase. This was their first attempt at a late-night talk show since ''The Wilton North Report'', which is also on the list, died and took ''The Late Show'' with it, and Chase's failure, which was lampshaded by one of his guests, was the [[GenreKiller final nail in the coffin]]. FOX waited over a decade until they tried again with the genre, ultimately producing ''Talkshow with Spike Feresten'', which itself lasted three seasons.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E1SpocksBrain Spock's Brain]]" [[note]](Season 3 episode where Spock loses his brain, generally regarded as one of the worst episodes of ''[=TOS=]''. NBC was losing interest in ''Star Trek'' by this point, and canned the series at the end of this particular season. It would be revived by Paramount a decade later as ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'', and the franchise has mostly thrived since then.)[[/note]]
# Shows with talking babies (more specifically ''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 Nite'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 ''Gilligan's Island'' cast. Its failure caused plans for a fourth movie, ''Murder on Gilligan's Island'', to be scrapped.)[[/note]]
# Creator/PaulLynde as a [[CampGay bachelor]] on ''Series/TheDatingGame'' [[note]](Sadly, this wasn't the show being progressive, or even having him select a male on behalf of a young lady as was sometimes done {two examples being Don Rickles in 1967 and Dick Clark in 1973} - this was a standard game with Paul being one of the bachelorette's possible choices.)[[/note]]
# ''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 in UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} [[note]](Freakout by MoralGuardians, which included the NFL and Viacom/MTV/CBS finding themselves in legal crosshairs, 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. The malfunction also didn't exactly help out Jackson or Music/{{NSYNC}} veteran Music/JustinTimberlake, who helped force the moment, with Jackson getting uninvited from the Grammys. This was the newest moment in the book, with the incident having happened earlier in the year it was published and being added at the last moment in this position; a note at the end warned if this had a much harsher "quiz show scandal"-level impact, it would be advised to move it to the top 10.)[[/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 ABC held one last event that reinstated Howard Cosell as host and returned the competition to California. Twenty-nine years after that, ABC announced [[http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/battle-of-the-network-stars-abc-1202000808/ a revival of the competition]], this time as a 10-episode limited series featuring stars from many different networks, to air in Summer 2017; whether or not PopularityPolynomial [[invoked]] will come into play is too soon to tell; NBC had tried - and sadly failed - to revive it in 2003, though their iteration only featured their stars.)[[/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 ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|1974}}'' TV-movie [[note]](This was a pilot for an intended series featuring Cathy Lee Crosby as a blonde, (mostly) non-powered Wonder Woman, based upon a period in the comics when Diana had given up her superpowers and instead learned martial arts to work as a ''Charlie's Angels''-esque crimefighter, though by the time it aired Wonder Woman had become a superhero again in the comics. It was not well-received and DC did a second TV movie the next year that replaced actress Crosby with Creator/LyndaCarter that was more in tune with the original comic book character.)[[/note]]
# 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/YogisSpaceRace'', and ''WesternAnimation/GilligansPlanet'')
# ''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]]
# ''Film/BadRonald'' [[note]](1974 ABC TV-movie which features an extremely nerdy teen with NoSocialSkills hiding in his house after killing a peer by accident; after his mother dies, he remains hidden and a new family buys the house, resulting in Ronald becoming fixated on their youngest daughter. Was quoted as "processed cheese" by the author, reportedly had a murky color quality to it when it was aired, and also had reportedly not aged well.)[[/note]]
# ''Creator/USANetwork Up All Night'' [[note]](Nine-year network block that specialized in airing titillating and gory movies with all the titillation and gore censored, leaving only dull scripts and bad acting.)[[/note]]
# ''Radio/TheAldrichFamily''[='s=] 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. The backlash 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 before his passing in 2017. Stunningly, ''3's A Crowd'' was revived on GSN in 1999, though with mothers, sisters, and best friends in lieu of secretaries.)[[/note]]
# TheWestern saturating television with '''30''' shows on the schedules of the Big Three in the late 1950s. [[note]](The overabundance of Westerns on the networks, which included the classics ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' and ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' and a few Friday duds {one of which had a gun-toting insurance salesman}, got satirized on Creator/TexAvery's ''Thing of Tomorrow'' MGM cartoons {especially ''TV of Tomorrow''}, and by the time ''Gunsmoke'' and ''Bonanza'' ended their runs in the 70's, it left the genre virtually dead on television, plus it was already running over bumps in the theaters. Hofstede lobbed a TakeThat to the Reality genre in this article, noting it also was being oversaturated on TV when this book was published.)[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Quark}}'' [[note]](''Franchise/StarTrek'' 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]]The former was a disliked character for being annoying and for her intended sacrifice at the end of that season not taking place; after her introduction, ''Buffy''[='s=] days [[JumpingTheShark ended up being numbered]], with the series from Dawn on not being as widely regarded as the first three seasons. Connor, in addition to being annoying, was also a malicious AntagonisticOffspring of the titular character who did things that eventually reached {{Squick}}; he made it through two seasons before the production wiped his memory altogether, but the damage was done and the show only did one more season after he was removed from the cast (the book doesn't directly mention this, but the eventual ''removal'' of Connor from the cast was pretty much the reverse of Dawn's introduction). While Hofstede didn't fault the actors (Nickelodeon alumni Michelle Trachtenberg and actor Vincent Kartheiser), the roles still hammered their careers (Kartheiser would get into AMC's ''Mad Men'' eventually). ''Angel'' showrunner David Greenwalt, who is not named in the book, would get caught in the CreatorsPet Scrappy pit a second time with Adalind Schade on ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' about a decade after this book was published.[[/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. The channel was originally known as American Movie Classics before unmentioned competition from Turner Classic Movies/TCM convinced the channel to go a different direction.)[[/note]]
# Professor Price [[note]](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), which helped end Fred Silverman's tumultuous run at NBC.
# ''Series/{{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 [[TheRoast Celebrity Roast]]'' of [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Peter Marshall]] [[note]](This was noted as when the Roasts {{jumped the shark}} [[invoked]] 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 with David Letterman''
# ''USA Today: The Television Show''
# James Stockdale's 1992 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 100 (the Professor Price game from ''The Price Is Right'') and 1 (''The Star Wars Holiday Special'') were both aired on CBS, bookending the list. Both entries also happened within 12 months of each other toward the end of the 70's.
* 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. It's noted that Oliver himself isn't actually ungodly annoying like his reputation would suggest, but rather that the writers themselves seemed to have complete apathy to him, with the few episodes after his arrival giving him nothing to do and shoving in the audience's faces how pointless he was.
* CreatorProvincialism: Because the book focuses on American television, it does leave out some of the most infamous television events in other parts of the world, including the British ''Series/HeilHoneyImHome'' (a sitcom about UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler that only lasted one episode), ''Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos'' (a take on the ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' formula that 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 and was outright banned by the Japanese government 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 had sunk, ''Twin Peaks'' was a strong show which got suddenly derailed. ''Happy Days''[='=] 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 (''Amy Fisher: My Story'', based on her autobiography) sympathetic to Fisher and well-acted but boring; CBS' (''Casualties of Love'') more sympathetic to the Buttafuocos; 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. Dawn and Connor from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'' also get a spot, noting that they were both able to be rescued to some extent but the damage was already done.
* 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".