Riverdale. After a certain point (which might be in the middle of the first episode for some people) the never ending headlong rush into drama becomes impossible to take seriously and you just have to sit back and see what ridiculous situation will pop up next.
This is the reason why Sesame Street continues to be so popular today, even among adults. Seeing humans act alongside puppets and treating them as if they're real sounds like it'd be hard to take seriously, but the puppets have so much personality and the humans go along with them so believably that you're inclined to believe it with them too. The skits are also preschool level simple so children can understand them, but it's oddly charming to watch Patrick Stewartwondering "B? Or not a B?" or Liam Neesonemotionally counting to 20.
In The Flash (2014), Barry finally gets the chance to ask Eobard why he killed his mother. Eobard's cold eyes and harsh voice cancel out what would normally be a petulant line; "Because I hate you."
Glee is the same with Brittany. Giving a friend, whose father suffered a heart attack, a report on heart attacks to show sympathy, nosing a meatball around (in heartbreak) like in Lady and the Tramp, being a high school student who still believes in Santa Claus. Only Heather Morris can make this work out.
Finn singing "I'll Stand By You" to a sonogram. For anyone else this would be the narmiest moment in television; but because it's Finn, big, stupid and oh-so-sweet Finn, it's a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming
Blaine's confession of love to Kurt could count, as the dialogue is like something from a chick flick, but the way he says it is so heartfelt that you can't help but Squee! as he says it. Even the people who don't like Blaine admit that they're glad something was finally going right for Kurt.
Community took this to a level that is safe to call it "Narm Charm, the series". It turned paintball, pillowfight, blanket fort and puppet-therapy into serious business and/or heartwarming moments. One of its best episodes is about a pen some character has lost in a room.
Doctor Who is the inverse of Special Effect Failure, as noted on that very page. The cheesy effects are so loved that the new seasons deliberately keep the effects from being too polished to retain that feel. The new series seems to thrive on Narm Charm in all its forms.
The Daleks' entire existence is basically one big example:
The Daleks' famous "EXTERMINATE!" line is clearly Chewing the Scenery, except they usually come across as unstoppable, merciless genocidal maniacs (so much that a Cambridge University academic wrote a paperabout the Daleks' Narm Charm). So that line gives more chills than snickers. Case in point: The Daleks transmit a single word message of their famous catchphrase across the whole earth during "The Stolen Earth" and pretty much every one of the Doctor's earthbound former companions just about needs to change their pants upon hearing it and realising who it is. Including Sarah Jane Smith and a man who can't die.
Their voices are high-pitched, mechanical, and screechy, such that Daleks tend to scream all their lines at the top of their voices. Usually this would make a villain hard to take seriously, but with the Daleks it instead underscores the sheer, unadulterated hatred they have for everyone else, making them more unnerving.
The Daleks' appearance: they look like a bumpy salt shaker with a plunger for a hand and a ray gun shaped like an egg beater. By all rights, this should make them hilarious. Instead, it enforces how utterly inhuman they are, adding to their scare factor. Not to mention that every aspect of their appearance is so iconic that nobody would ever dream of altering it in any major way.
In "The End of Time", we have The Master Race. Fun to watch? Yes. Hilarious? Oh hell yes! Terrifying and dramatic? Errr...
The horrible fates of The Family of Blood. Trapped in the edge of every mirror for eternity? That's so stupid it's cool.
In his first serial, "Terror of the Autons", the Master causes someone to be smothered to death by a chair. Smothered to death by a chair. And it is awesome.
And then, he makes guys in ridiculous bobblehead costumes handing out daffodils terrifying.
The pointless chase scene which takes up pretty much the entirety of episode two of "Planet of the Spiders", where the Doctor and John Dearth pretty much drive or fly every combustion-engine-powered vehicle known to man with the exception of locomotives and jet fighters, and which ends with the villain vanishing anyway at the end of it, is still awesome in its own right. Of course it helps that Barry Letts wrote the sequence as a going-away gift for Pertwee, who had a deep interest in motor vehicles of all kinds and relished scenes where he could get behind the wheel.
A large portion of the Classic Who fandom has cheerfully adopted the hammiest villains and most annoying companions as their mascots.
Blake's 7 was even worse. They were getting by on Doctor Who's leftover props and set pieces (sometimes after the duct tape peeled off), the acting veered wildly between awesome and awesomely stupid, the fight scenes had all the coordiation and grace of roadside sobriety tests, and Snark-to-Snark Combat was the order of the day. The show's two finest characters (Avon and Servalan) were completely unrepentant Large Hams. Add the fact that it was much Darker and Edgier than any TV sci-fi until 2005, and it was glorious.
Nearly all Tokusatsu shows (with a few exceptions such as GARO and Shin Kamen Rider) are unbelievably silly and weird, with all sorts of unrealistic tropes that are used completely shamelessly, and episodes that follow a strict formula. The People in Rubber Suits especially are a relic from another time, and frequently expose their flaws: the Fangire from Kamen Rider Kiva come to mind as something that should be ridiculous, and would be treated as such in any non-Japanese property, but somehow stuntmen in sophisticated Halloween costumes and voice actors make for compelling, amusing, cool, scary, dangerous, real characters. Stuff like that is why people like tokusatsu in the first place.
When Saban ran out of footage of Bandora from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger to use for Rita Repulsa, they made their own. Despite Rita now being played by an American actress, she was still given a Hong Kong Dub because it had become an iconic part of the character. This also holds true in the higher-budget movie.
Tommy's Evil Laugh as the Green Ranger could count as well.
Kamen Rider is a big example; if you boil the concept down to its roots, you get a man in a bug-themed super suit who rides a motorcycle and karate-kicks rubber monsters into oblivionnote Western fans have even adopted the affectionate nickname "karate bugmen" to acknowledge the franchise's goofier aspects. It's also one of Japan's biggest pop culture icons, on par with the likes of Superman and Spider-Man in the West. As mentioned above, part of the reason fans love it is precisely because the goofy aspects can belie some seriously good writing and acting.
Kamen Rider Gaim is a sterling example of this. The stripped-down version of its plot is "street-dancing teenagers transform into fruit samurai and fight over public stages". The full version of the plot is a Cosmic Horror Story with the fate of the Earth at stake, underpinned with religious symbolism, Faustian bargains and betrayals, and the clash between idealism, cynicism, selfishness and fatalism. But would you expect anything less from Gen Urobuchi?
Kamen Rider Drive: In the penultimate episode, Gou runs angrily at a belt and kills it with an axe. On paper? Absolutely ridiculous. But since said belt contained the consciousness of Gou's abusive mad scientist father, who's the show's Big Badand just killed Gou's friend and fellow Rider, it feels satisfying to see the asshole get what's coming to him.
Adding to this is the fact that said axe is super-Toyetic, with a beeping traffic signal that shouts "Wait for it!" when prepping a Finishing Move and "Go for it!" when it's ready. Banno's pathetic begging for his life is capped off by Gou declaring "It said 'go for it', didn't it?", providing a surprisingly awesome Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
Kamen Rider Ex-Aid pulls this off in spades. Just the suit designs include some of the most ridiculous examples that the franchise has seen - from Super-Deformed Level 1 to a pink suit consisting of hearts or wearing a pink backpack. It presents a surprisingly good blend of all video game tropes known to men and medical drama rife with ethical and moral clashes. Similar to the suit designs' weirdness, Kuroto Dan is the runner up for the hammiest character in the franchise. None of his Large Ham, mad laughs and god speeches are anything but hilarious.
Speaking of toku, the Ultra Series in general. It's men in rubber suits fighting each other in a miniature set to make it look like they're 40m tall. The older series are generally more narmy than the more recent ones (look at the first iteration of the suit), but they're all narmy in their own way. What puts them firmly into Narm Charm territory is a YMMV, but for many it's the fun writing and characters, great monster and suit design, or just the crazy antics and interesting fights.
Walker, Texas Ranger. The plots are ridiculous and the solutions are generally roundhouse kicks combined with moralizing speeches, but it's still great fun to watch.
The Brady Bunch more or less in its entirety with some stand-outs: the "mom always said not to play ball in the house" episode, the Johnny Bravo episode, the "Time to Change" episode, the Hawaii special with Don Ho and Bobby having a nightmare about robbing his own family in the Wild West.
On Charmed, the ridiculous costumes that most supernatural beings (and frequently the sisters themselves) end up in were considered a part of the show's charm to many fans, and occasionally lampshaded.
Phoebe: (having just been turned into a genie with flowing blonde hair) Why do I always end up in the blonde wig?!
Star Trek: The Original Series embodies this. A stuntman crouching under a pizza has never been a more sympathetic character. And when there is appropriate contrast, even a wildly overacted scene becomes downright touching. Then there's the ridiculously over-the-top and bombastic music. Only this show could take this piece and make it the most iconic fight music in television history. Ultimately, this is the reason that even the legendarily bad episodes (like, say, "Spock's Brain") are So Bad, It's Good instead of completely unredeemable. TOS episodes that were heavy on the Narm were always entertaining. Compare actual bad episodes that are dull and full of padding, like "The Alternative Factor". People will go for "Brain and brain, what is brain?!" every time.
Star Trek: The Next Generation occasionally runs on pure cheesiness. It's the series' outright honesty and belief in itself, and its writers' (and actors') refusal to shy away from uncomfortable subjects, which means it gets away with a lot of it (when you have characters living in a future when humans are, supposedly, a much more reasonable, understanding bunch, and got there the hard way via a couple of near apocalypses and a lot of personal growth, then an audience can't help but appreciate their passion and dedication to their ideals. Even if they are pointing about dramatically and occasionally doing flying leaps).
On the cheerier side we have "Captain's Holiday", a bizarre Indiana Jones-type adventure with a Ferengi in a Hawaian shirt, two time-travellers and lots of flirting. Dear gods, the flirting. A ridiculous plot with enough cheese to make a pizza the size of a planet, saved and made golden by the fact that Captain Picard (and probably Patrick Stewart) is clearly having the time of his life.
In the fourth season, there's a scene where Cordelia, posessed by Jasmine, is sending telepathic messages to Angelus, using an incredibly cheesy "evil overlord" voice. Somehow, the way the scene plays out makes the voice only add to the creepiness.
Then there's the memorable scene from season 3's "Loyalty" where Wesley seeks out information from the Loa, an ancient, godlike spirit of knowledge with glowing red eyes and a booming voice. The Loa berates Wesley, confirms his worst fears, and delivers an incredibly ominous warning of doom to come. Oh, and the form that the Loa takes happens to be a giant, talking, hamburger-shaped drive-in speaker. Somehow, the conversation with the giant, shouting hamburger is hilarious while still being the dramatic peak of the arc.
The 5th season episode "Smile Time". Just.... just go watch it. You'll understand. SO much Narm that still somehow feels dramatic and emotional.
Most speeches in Babylon 5 the series are full of Narm. On the other hand, Mira Furlan and Andreas Katsulas were such great actors, any speech delivered by Delenn or G'Kar still managed to be utterly compelling. Bruce Boxleitner, on the other hand, got away with being a Large Ham by virtue of the fact that John Sheridan was also a Large Ham.
Somewhere there is a video where the creators of Lost admit to giving the character Ben Linus narmy lines because they feel that Michael Emerson can make them sound awesome. Also, from the season 6 premiere: The line: "I'm very disappointed... in all of you!" shouted by none other than Faux-Locke/The Monster after he beats the crap out of Richard while everyone watches. It's just so bizarre and creepy that the sheer silliness of the line can be ignored.
The House episode "5 to 9" focuses on Cuddy's position as Dean of Medicine. She suffers a stressful day of fighting with medical insurers, a sociopathic medical technician, and House's antics (and getting called a "bitch" by every character possible). When the medical insurers cave and agree to her "outrageous" medical costs, she has a Big Yeah complete with the camera pulling back to show everyone in the lobby react. The rest of the episode features a montage of an abundance of good things happening to Cuddy — it comes off like a commercial for Prozac. But the events of the episode were so stressful on Cuddy, you don't mind how corny things get at the end after she fought hard for her victories.
Little House on the Prairie features a great deal of people caught in unbridled moments of passion. On one hand, an actress expressing such outright rage at injustice that they cry while yelling for the camera can be cheesy; on the other hand, that does take a good deal of talent, and perhaps just a spark of genuine conviction.
MST3K employed this with several scenes that make fun of shmaltz and over-the-top acting. See if you can listen to "Clown In The Sky" (6:10) without getting a tear in your eye.
The A-Team could go back and forth between this trope and straight-up Narm, all within the same episode. And it's entertaining.
The characters on Gossip Girl are prone to dream sequences which easily fall under this category, as the actors seem to be in competition over who can ham it up the most. Current trophy holder is probably Ed Westwick after his performance in Chuck's season three nightmare.
iCarly generally plays its hammy moments 'straight'. Occasionally, they do a parody and fall from the usual webshow Narm into Narm Charm, such as Carly's delivery of a Big "NO!" from iBeat the Heat, and the teen movie parody Kelly Cooper: Terrible Movie is so over-the-top it's hilarious.
Smallville: at least a good 30% of everything entertaining.
In the second season, during the death scene of Marian. On the one hand, the build-up involves a confusing and contrived sequence of events, and the death scene itself is drawn out to an utterly ridiculous extent in which Marian has a sword in her stomach and yet is able to carry on a completely coherent conversation for several minutes; on the other hand, Maid freaking Marian is dying and the Emotional Torque is Over Nine Thousand and no one can believe it's really happening and it's the most horrible, devastating thing that's ever happened on any Robin Hood retelling ever.
Robin: "We have forever, my love." Marian: "I hope we have forever in heaven, because we didn't get enough time on earth."
Topped only by their Together in Death scene at the very end of the series, which echoes their parting words:
Robin: My wife... Marian: Now and forever, my love.
The creators of The Weird Al Show note in the commentaries that Brian Haley as The Hooded Avenger had the unenviable task of delivering the majority of the show's Anvilicious morals. But his Adam West style utter conviction to the part makes it work.
'Allo 'Allo! is just so hammy and cheesy you can't help fall in love with it. It really tells you something that the show was popular throughout Europe despite the fact that it made fun of all of them, but it did it in such a way it was impossible to take offense at it.
While "Faith of the Heart", the theme song for Star Trek: Enterprise, is often berated for being a pop song in a franchise whose themes have usually been orchestrated - plus the very schmaltzy and somewhat overwrought lyrics - the song is an excellent articulation of the themes and messages that lie at the heart of the Star Trek franchise.
When people talk of Christmas variety specials, there's only one more likely to be brought up than The Star Wars Holiday Special — in fact, it's inevitably brought up. That special is Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas (1977), solely because of the segment in which the "White Christmas" crooner and David Bowie trade contrived banter and sing the duet "Peace on Earth"/"Little Drummer Boy". There were a lot of crazy team-ups in the Variety Show genre as a whole in its prime, but none were quite this crazy...or became so sincerely beloved, because it is a warm, well-performed song. Even in The New '10s, it's a popular radio request when the season rolls around.
Sleepy Hollow is wall-to-wall narm charm. The majority of critics like it not despite the fact that it's stupid, silly and completely insane, but because of it, cramming a season's worth of nonsensical plot twists and supernatural crap into 40 minutes each week.
On that note, the parade was cohosted from 1987 until 1997 by Willard Scott (that's him bookending the Marvel clip listed above), who in terms of his other career as a weatherman is a living, breathing incarnation of Narm Charm. Being the original Ronald McDonald might have had something to do with it.
The climax of the second season of Penny Dreadful involves Vanessa confronting a devil-possessed doll version of herself and it speaks with her voice. Because of the writing, the eeriness of the doll, and especially because of Eva Green's performance, the scene works.