A bizarre, false 15-minute infomercial from this network starts off with a product called "Icelandic Ultra Blue" whose definition and use keeps changing. It then shifts to a music video for a possible new jingle, an appearance by the singer's producer, an ad for an air purifier that uses the Holocaust as a comparison, a store that buys Nazi Gold, a splinter removal center called "Fatfuck's" (the owner's last name), another Icelandic Ultra Blue product for embalming, the new product jingle written by the announcer's nephew, an ad for a dance club, and then another ad for an Ultra Blue product that takes place AT the dance club which borders on the homoerotic. The short ends back the beginning, with the main developer mentioning "stage one is complete" as sinister music plays in the background.
American Gladiators is, and always has been, the best comedy show on television. Other versions, like the Australian version, too, just because of how much fun they are.
American Idol: "Pants on the ground! Pants on the ground! Lookin' like a FOO wit yo pants on the ground!"
''America Unearthed: Scott Wolter believes every different European group made it to the Americas before Columbus, including Knights Templar with the Holy Grail. He goes around chasing Victorian era forgeries and folk-tales in an attempt to prove these opinions correct.
The Christian kids show Bibleman concerns an overweight middle-aged businessman who was sick of "wealth, status [and] success", so he finds a muddy Bible in the rain and decides to don a terrible costume that vaguely resembles a Power Ranger and fight some of the flattest enemies this side of Captain Planet with a Laser Blade alongside his two sidekicks while shouting Bible quotes. Oh yes. It seems to always be aware of how goodly-bad it is. And the deliberately over-the-top Lex Luthor-esque villain they had for a while was hilarious!
The Transformation Sequence based on Ephesians 6:14-17: "Breastplate of Righteousness! Helmet of Salvation! Waistbelt of Truth! Shoes of Peace! Shield of Faith! And the Sword of the Spirit. I'll take the turbo bike." For the curious, blow-by-blow reviews of the series can be found here. Nothing is more awesome than this scene from one of the episodes. "Ooh Bibleman, you're just too easy no doubt!" And the series becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when you realize what elseWillie Ames was in...
Big Bad Beetleborgs' attempts at comic relief often fell flat, especially if you compare it to the two series it was adapted from, B-Fighter and B-Fighter Kabuto. Apart from the costumes, BBB is a different show and it was awesome for it. B-Fighter and B-Fighter Kabuto were far more serious, being closer to the tone that VR Troopers would adapt. It is good that, in an age where every Tokusatsu adaptation was trying to ride on the waves of Power Rangers, BBB tried to do something different by wholeheartedly embracing the absurdity of the concept.
The British press treated Bonekickers with, at first, Bile Fascination, but later decided it was a So Bad, It's GoodGuilty Pleasure. The show was immensely popular with real archaeologists for its factually absurd details like cleaning ancient bones with metal tools and standing on the edges of trenches, ludicrous ignorance of history (such as treating it as a history-book rewriting mystery when hearing the skeleton of an English Crusader was found carrying a Saracen coin, which is easily explicable based on knowing anything about The Crusades at all) and for Dr Magwilde, the leader of the team who knows nothing about history, appreciates it mainly based on who was creating the biggest buildings (calling Stonehenge a 'rockery'), and routinely throws away and breaks historical artefacts.
Britannia High is a largely forgotten, British—as the name would suggest—musical drama set in a performing arts school that lasted nine episodes before being axed (after regularly being beaten in the ratings by Antiques Roadshow), which has perhaps the unique distinction of being a substandard rip-off of Glee aired a year before Glee even started - in actuality, it was probably intended to be a copy of the High School Musical films. (Although the producers swore on a stack of Bibles that it wasn't anything like High School Musical, ohhhhh no. Perhaps ITV shouldn't have begun screening the series a few days after High School Musical 3: Senior Year was released in Britain if they didn't want comparisons made.) With lines like 'Don't be a wannabe; be who you want to be' played completely straight; every other episode featuring increasingly bizarre cameos from various 'celebrities', where the plot comes to a complete standstill to allow the characters to squee over the fact they've just met, say, Nicola from Girls Aloud, and a cast so cliched and two-dimensional their relevant tropes feel like a full character description, you're already in for more cheese than a fondue party before you even get to the musical numbers. The songs themselves rarely get any better than So Okay, It's Average, but the choreography - featuring such delights as table tennis and what Charlie Brooker described as a psychodramatic landscape conveying the dyselxic agony of being unable to spell words like 'was' or doing schoolwork in the shadow of a giant projected clock - is this trope to a tee.
Troy, Abed and friends watch bad movies and make fun of them.
Jeff implies this about the Dean's novel Time Desk: The Chronicles Of Dean Dangerous: "That is the worst book I will ever read cover-to-cover."
Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura is filled with Logical Fallacies, critical research failures, and lots of Narm throughout. It's also hosted by Jesse Ventura (as you can tell from the title), who seems to think he's at the center of every government conspiracy out there and takes advice from Alex Jones of all people! Clearly, the show is intended to be some sort of documentary on conspiracy theories, but it comes off more as just some dumb fun that you watch when there's nothing else on TV. A bad show, but makes for some great YouTube Poop videos.
Thanks to Classic Who's No Budget nature, there's really only two ways to watch it - trying to pretend the special effects aren't that bad through the force of imagination, mind-expanding substances or sheer denial, or turning it into a big, famously fun game of 'recognise the common household items they have painted and turned into space props'. It's never not comically obvious, from the Dalek plungers to the sink parts on the TARDIS console to the turkey-tin used to hold surgical equipment in the mentioned-up-page "Remembrance of the Daleks", but at the same time makes you appreciate the creativity, resourcefulness and love of those who worked on the show to even get the effects to the level they are seen to be.
In-Universe: The Fourth Doctor is shown to read theological books by Oolon Colluphid, because they're so factually inaccurate and badly written that he constantly laughs his head off while reading them. This was based on Douglas Adams' own relationship with the works of theologian Don Cupitt.
Dog With A Blog is probably the first Disney Channel show to be so bad it's good - it's about a snarky talking dog that has a blog who gets adopted by a family where only two children know he can talk! Not to mention the bad acting, lame humor, and laugh track. The whole thing feels like a fake sitcom someone from another show would work on which makes it rather amusing in a way...
Downfall dipped into this Once an Episode with one of its Lifelines, which required the contestant to surrender a personal possession to use it. If they could win the following round quickly, the possession would be returned, else it would be thrown over the roof of the skyscraper the show was filmed on. Since the contestants weren't dumb enough to use anything of actual personal value, the lifeline ended up being more of a chance to throw their unwanted crap off the roof. To further the Narm, the host would usually ask the contestant about the possession they're surrendering and its supposed personal value, only to receive an answer that made it clear there was no personal value whatsoever. One contestant surrendered an old Christmas gift he secretly hated. Another contestant took off his sneakers on the spot to surrender them as his personal possession.
In 1991, Nickelodeon decided to cash in on the popularity of such shows as Degrassi Junior High and Beverly Hills 90210 with their own (Canadian) high school drama called Fifteen. The show was riddled with hilariously bad acting, gaping plot holes (especially in the way characters often came and went without explanation) and shoestring production values. But all those flaws were precisely what made the series stand out from the other teen dramas being made at the time. Just look at this clip.
Glee features liberal use of Autotune, heavy Narm from treating high school show choir as Serious Business, and the most comically over-the-top plots known to man. Also, Trouty Mouth, an ode to one of the characters' huge lips.
The live-action Goosebumps series. An ad for a Halloween marathon-which portrayed it as if it was a gritty 1980s Slasher Movie showed a baseball with fangs flying towards someone. And yes, all of it is that cheesy. And that's not even scratching the surface! Just watch "Don't Go to Sleep" without laughing.
Hair Battle Spectacular: A downright hilarious competition!
Have I Got News for You, like most panel games, lives and dies on the strength of its guests, and so it can exhibit good badness in several different ways.
Some of the guest hosts, especially Boris Johnson and Brian Blessed, are easily flustered and/or completely unable to read the scripted material from the autocue convincingly, and yet are never anything less than hugely entertaining to watch, partly because of their own personalities and partly because they seem to bring out the best in the panellists.
Bad guests usually fall into this, as the other panellists will mock them. For instance, David Shayler, Swampy, Robert Kilroy-Silk, and Piers Morgan are some of the most hated guests ever, but their appearances are still entertaining because of the other panellists' reactions to them. Utterly dreadful guests are few and far between, and only the apocalyptically bad are capable of muzzling the comic potential of the other panellists. Examples of such awfulness are Liza Tarbuck and Neil Kinnock as guest presenters.
Barney's deliberately-bad one-act play (revenge for Lily's unintentionally bad work of True Art). After the group starts to leave, he convinces them to stay by saying Act Two is a "masterpiece of awful."
First was the 1981 series The Borgias, which to this day is still regarded as the worst costume drama ever made by The BBC. What should have been a compelling tale of one of the most notorious political families in European history ended up being reduced to an absolute mess thanks to, among other things, incompetent direction, the two writers that were responsible for the series (writing alternating episodes) clearly not having communicated with each other at all during the writing process (one of the writers wrote Lucrezia as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, the other wrote her as a misunderstood nice girl), and perhaps most of all, Adolfo Celi's over-the-top performance as Rodrigo Borgia, which turned what should have been the most important bits of dialogue in the series into hilarity, thanks to his thick Italian accent (the producer apparently didn't learn that Celi's voice was dubbed over by Robert Rietti in Thunderball until it was too late).
Then there was 1983's The Cleopatras, which might as well be The Borgias' Spiritual Successor. It opens with an extreme close-up of Graham Crowden plastered with more make-up than any of the actresses that appear in the series (in fact, all the male characters wear more makeup than their female counterparts), and only gets more and more ridiculous from there. Add in direction and editing from a Queen music video, a pseudo-prog rock soundtrack, and a script that can never decide how seriously to take itself, and you can see why most people considered the BBC's costume dramas to be Deader Than Disco for most of the early Eighties.
The Immortal is an early 2000s clone of Highlander starring Lorenzo Lamas as a demon hunter that appeared and vanished without a trace. One episode mainly featured characters standing out talking in rooms and a computer programmed by demons.
Both the acting and the humour on Incredible Crew are so bad it's hard not to laugh.
Jersey Shore: A bunch of unlikeable assholes fighting. Hugely entertaining and hilarious. Mob Wives is the same.
The original Knight Rider undeniably qualifies. Remember, kids, half the genes in the body are expressed in the brain... unless you're David Hasselhoff, in which case they'll be expressed in the hair.
L!ve TV, with its costumed News Bunny, its bouncing weather midget and above all its regular Topless Darts, among other things, was an entire channel of So Bad It's Good.
Animal Planet's relatively new series Lost Tapes is so obviously staged that it's more fun to spot all the poor production values than to actually try to understand the story being presented. Their so-called "actual footage" of attacks by mythical creatures always features acting ranging from emotionally dead to some of the weirdest Large Hams you will ever see, in addition to very high-definition imagery barely even attainable by the best camcorders on the normal market today, let alone what people would carry out into the wilderness with them, and camera work that always catches the action suspiciously well - even if the camera operator was supposedly an 8-year-old girl. This page provides a more thorough list of blatant giveaways. And then there's the clip where a man in a gorilla suit without the mask attacks a hunter from behind in a "Sasquatch attack" sequence, clearly exposing his face (and very distinctive mustache, removing any doubt that he was a fake) to the camera for a full second.
The A&E series Paranormal State tried to be a legitimate ghost hunting show, but with such heavy editing in of sound and visual effects that it loses all sense of atmosphere or spookiness. Still, the overacting of the people on the show, combined with the increasingly over-the-top editing, and the host claiming early in the show to having been stalked by a demon and involved in exorcisms, make it at least laugh-worthy.
The unsold NBC pilot Poochinski, starring Peter Boyle as a slovenly detective who comes back to life as a fake-looking bulldog.
Revolution has a vocal Hatedom leveling many criticisms about poor acting, plot holes, Narm, and so on. However, this show managed to earn this reaction by the first season finale.
In the same vein as RoboCop 3, RoboCop: Prime Directives was an attempt to get the franchise back on track after the weak response to 3 and the kid-friendly RoboCop: The Series, but the producers couldn't decide whether they wanted to make it Darker and Edgier or a goofy satire. As a result, it's filled with laugh-out moments, coupled with a near-nonexistent production budget (as it was filmed in Canada on the cheap). The actor playing the Corrupt Corporate Executive, Damien Lowe, chews scenery with reckless abandon. Page Fletcher (who portrays the title robot) is wearing an ill-fitting suit, and chooses to portray Robo getting shot up by multiple assailants as someone who's having chronic seizures. There are plenty of script howlers ("Go get 'em, Dad!", "Now I own your black ass"), the fight scenes between Robo and RoboCable are staged as a Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots battle (with both of the characters hitting each other on the head and chest futilely while epic music plays), the death scenes are either played for laughs or with no emotion whatsoever, and the entire proceedings are backed by plenty of cheesy and archaic (for the time) special effects that look they were made in the mid-'90s. Despite all that, there's some enjoyment to be had with the fact that it is intended to be a serious sequel to the first film, and it does have some great performances from Maurice Dean Wint and Leslie Hope.
Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee is on the Food Network. The food itself consists mostly of seasoning packets and canned food thrown together (and her cookbooks are one big Product Placement), and she seems to care more about making it look pretty than making it edible. Her decorations are not only horribly tacky but would probably be very inconvenient. She seems to care more about getting drunk and making elaborate tablescapes than cooking. There's a reason why she's amassed a fanbase full of people who watch her solely for the Snark Bait. Here's her infamous "Kwanzaa cake".
Smallville is often at its best when it stops trying to make people treat the tragic intertwined destinies of Clark and Lex seriously and just embraces a live action DC universe and all the insanity that entails.
TruTV's South Beach Tow is a "reality" series which is ostensibly about the lives of a crew of repomen, but is actually preceded by a disclaimer that says events were reconstructed based on first-hand accounts. Of course, the situations are shown in the most over-the-top way possible, and yet the "actors" play it completely deadpan. One of the characters, Bernice, has fallen off the upper level of a parking garage (shown by having a model dummy fall off the edge), used a jetpack to chase after a man fleeing on a yacht and tossed a woman from a moving vehicle. Couple that with howlers like "You killed my friend! Hey, don't let them escape!", it has become a source of hilarity, as people watch to see what absurd situations will pop up next.
"Spock's Brain" is so awesomely bad that, when you approach it the right way, it becomes one of the funniest Trek episodes ever made. Rumor has it that the script originated as a prank at the expense of Gene Roddenberry. C'mon, say it, people:
"Brain and brain!What is BRAIN?!"
"Night Terrors". C'mon, the flying Troi scenes are unbeatable.
"Threshold". Paris travels at infinite speed, becomes a catfish, and impregnates catfish Janeway. And he's cured by injections of antimatter.
The original series episode "The Omega Glory". There's something about that American flag. The Pledge and the Spock-like Satan illustration did not help. Shatner's trademark delivery worked well when he said, "Look at these words... written bigger... than the rest... tall words... proudly saying... 'We... the Pe... ople...'"
John Sergeant's performance on Strictly Come Dancing Series 6. He got half as many points from the judges but the public vote kept on saving him. It got to the point where he actually withdrew from the show out of fear that he might actually win it.
The show took this trope and ran with it in later series, deliberately including celebrities whose dancing was so awful and campy it was hilarious. Examples include Ann Widdecombe in Series 8 (who came 6th!), Russell Grant in Series 9, and Dave Myers (and to a lesser extent, Mark Benton) in Series 11.
Sunset Beach: Many American soaps can qualify but the one that takes the cake is this one. We're talking wobbling sets, terrible writing, overdramatic music and pantomime style acting... which may explain it being shortlived (by American soap standards), running for only three years before it was cancelled.
Touched by an Angel, particularly the time when one of the angels goes to a nightclub and spends the rest of the episode high on ecstasy. The time one of them randomly went blind comes a distant yet respectable second.
The early seasons of Undressed, an MTV serial show from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Initially, MTV tried to market it as a serious drama about romantic relationships. However, because of horrendous acting, production values better suited to a community access program than a serious cable show, and dialogue that sounded as if it was written by an eighth-grader, the show developed quite an audience for all the wrong reasons. MTV apparently figured out the real reason people were watching it—later seasons were deliberately comedic. The show itself was however surprisingly progressive (for MTV, anyway) about sexuality. It frequently featured various non-stereotypical gay couples, frank story lines about high schoolers having sex without being morally punished, and a fairly tolerant attitude towards fetishes (including the Furry Fandom). Still a pretty lousy show, but it did have its good points. You could also play a drinking game with that show; take a shot for every actor whose career was launched by that show.
Young Blades, a PAX series about the children of The Three Musketeers, was terrible. It is also one of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious things televised. The show is chock-full of anachronisms, poor writing, shoddy effects, inexplicable plotlines and rampant history fail. The premise was ridiculous and the acting was utterly absurd, the cast's performances ranging from painfully tedious to foaming-at-the-mouth hamtastic. Almost every element of the show was mind-numbingly silly and handled exceptionally poorly, and yet it's so epically awful that it deserves a watch on that basis alone. Funny, funny show.
Sci Fi (now SyFy) Original Movies are notorious for this. Often, the special effects are sub-par at best, the acting tends to be from people at the very beginning or very end of their careers (the former tend to overact while the latter do the minimum effort), and many of the situations are downright ridiculous, especially if they try to give it a veneer of science. If you can accept them for what they are, they make for a very interesting Saturday movie marathon. Indeed, during SyFy's 20th anniversary, they stated that it was all intentional.
Most Irish children's TV since the 1990s. The best puppet characters jumped ship and moved to adult-themed chat shows.
Like Quizzone. This show embodies So Bad it's Good in every way. They seem to pick Ireland's dumbest children for the show. And instead of using their brains, they can look the answers up on a computer. It's a snazzy Apple Macintosh, but from the looks on their faces, you'd swear none of these children had used a search engine in their lives... The search engine in the show can deliver the answers in about five seconds, but the children seem to rip the answers from anything - they have quoted eBay listings... The first series consisted of the children spending three minutes (the time limit to get the answers) while one member of their team sits with headphones on, unable to get into the Quizzone. Lather, rinse and repeat for every round! Also, the children all seem to have hearing problems. One thought that the team had informed them that the capital of South Africa was 'Cappa'! Another believes that dodos once lived on the island of Mexico... The children on it were incredibly stupid, one team answered 'What type of animal is a Beagle?' with 'A squirrelly-bird'. Another boy got lost in the maze and repeatedly walked within feet of the finishing line but completely failed to see it. And then there's the narmy "referee".
"Physiquiz" presented by Kevo.
Or ICE. They axed Dustin the Turkey for this?! Schoolyard Jungle is the best - how to tell your friends that they smell and how not to be influenced by ebil Peer Pressure * lighteningclap* Well, should you be influenced to your friends or not?! The cardboard acting doesn't help—and who knew you needed a face ID to get into 15-rated movies? (You don't. You could just buy tickets for a U and then walk into a 15—not that the producers want you to know that or do that! It doesn't require a whole show to talk about it.)