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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]] READ IF YOU DARE!![[/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]]
# ''The Creator/JerrySpringer Show'' turning from a decent talk show into a freak show for violent, sexually deviant human trash
# Jackie Gleason's flop game show ''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"
# 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 ''Twenty-One'', the central show involved in the scandal; also 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; led to a rule requiring that TV networks '''must''' air sports games in their entirety along with new technology 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''
# Televangelist Oral Roberts announces that God will [[NeverSayDie "call him home"]] if he does not 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.)[[/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''; most expensive pilot ever made, 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''}; 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]]
# [[HotterAndSexier ''Turn-On'']] [[note]](notoriously-awful [[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)[[/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)[[/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''
# ''Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell'' [[note]](ill-fated 1975-76 ABC VarietyShow hosted by the infamous sports broadcaster; 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''!")[[/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})[[/note]]
# ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'' re-casting Emma Samms as Fallon (beginning April 1985)
# ''Series/PinkLadyAndJeff'' [[note]](1980 variety show whose failure is considered to be the final nail in the coffin for the VarietyShow format; [[TakeThat also one of the many entries in the book to mention Fred Silverman.]])[[/note]]
# ''Series/TwinPeaks''[='=] second season [[note]](the studio execs forced them to resolve the Laura Palmer storyline, despite the fact that it was the driving force of the show; the reveal resulted in the subplots being all there was left.)[[/note]]
# ''Drudge'' [[note]](1998-99 Creator/FoxNewsChannel show starring journalist Matt Drudge, known for his ''Drudge Report'' website; 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, which he was derided for at council. [[/note]]
# CBS' repeated attempts at morning shows (''Morning Show'', ''Calendar'', ''The Morning Program'')
# ''The Creator/DanaCarvey Show'' 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 controversial confrontations at Burger King locations by people trying to find "Herb", who was not described by the restaurant, and other unfortunate incidents resulted in the campaign actually HURTING BK; the ad was abandoned after 4 months.)[[/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''; this, ''Family Dog'', and ''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 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 season
# 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 ''{{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 Disney-style Snow's blind date — the whole thing ultimately ruined the career of producer Allan Carr and got the Oscars sued by Disney for the embarrassing portrayal of Snow White; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologized for the performance)[[/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, though, that while the author acknowledges that ''Pfeiffer'' is not 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 non-existent jokes about slavery than it does the show itself.)[[/note]]
# NBC's Fall 1983 schedule [[note]](a huge list of flops including ''Series/{{Manimal}}'', ''Mr. Smith'', ''Boone'', ''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]]
# ''TheNewMonkees'' [[note]](an attempted revival of Franchise/TheMonkees concept during their return to popularity that didn't even come close to repeating the success or the notability of the original, on top of getting the producers sued by the original Monkees)[[/note]]
# ''Dusty's Trail'' [[note]](''Series/GilligansIsland'' [[AC:[[RecycledInSpace IN THE OLD WEST!]]]], even down to starring Bob Denver)[[/note]]
# ''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 did not 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/LandOfTheLost''[='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 Ozzy Osbourne, which didn't help the situation.)[[/note]]
# ''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]]
# ''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]] An episode from the show's third season where Spock loses his brain; 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 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 80's and 90's replaced the classic 50's and 60's shows, including ILoveLucy; 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]] A classically bad vehicle for Creator/SallyField after Gidget was cancelled, it ran 3 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)[[/note]]
# ''Battle of the Network Stars #18'' [[note]](a sports competition among stars on the Big Three's shows which, in 1985, made a disastrous move to Mexico; this move doomed the biannual competition, which had a 3 year hiatus before what turned out to be its last installment, which 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]])[[/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 risqu้) on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow''
# RecycledInSpace cartoons (''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats in Outer Space'', ''[[ThePartridgeFamily Partridge Family]] 2200 AD'', ''[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Yogi's]] Space Race'', and ''[[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 — and censoring them)[[/note]]
# ''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 4 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 [[Series/TheDatingGame Chuck]] [[Series/TheNewlywedGame Barris']] [[Series/TheGongShow games]] that were airing that season; he spent the next year in seclusion, and his career never fully recovered.)[[/note]]
# TheWestern saturating television with ''thirty'' shows on the schedules of the Big Three in the late 1950s
# ''Series/{{Quark}}'' [[note]] Ripoff of Star Wars that spoofed other Sci Fi shows later; was well-received critically, and promoted well, but that did not translate into ratings ''at all;'' was canceled after about 6 to 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]]
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[[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).
# ''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}}''
# ''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]]
# {{MTV}}'s infamous NetworkDecay (and MTV2 getting the same treatment)
# ''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]]
# ''AfterMASH''
# ''The Lingerie Bowl'' [[note]](bowl game for the all-women Legends Football League)[[/note]]
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!!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.
* 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) and ''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).
* 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.
* MissingEpisode:[[invoked]] See entry #69.
* NetworkDecay: Examples are cited for Creator/{{AMC}} and Creator/NickAtNite.
* TheOtherDarrin:[[invoked]] Entries 92, 51, and 32 are about this on ''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]] The TropeNamer is #7.
* 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".
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