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Web Video: TV Trash
"Welcome to TV Trash."

TV Trash is an internet review show that started in 2010. Hosted by Chris Moore (a.k.a. The Rowdy Reviewer), the show takes a stab at some of the worst TV shows imaginable (i.e. Heil Honey, I'm Home!, Battlestar Galactica 1980, the Battle Toads short-lived TV series). The show also takes on the worst episodes of his favorite TV series. (Such as "Spock's Brain" and the entire sixth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

The show began on YouTube in February 2010, with Stripperella being the first show he reviewed, followed by Veronica Mars, My Mother the Car, and Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation. For the first year of the show's existence, it was stuck in obscurity, with Rowdy bravely continuing on with the project despite few viewers. In the middle of 2011, he saw an increase in popularity. Perhaps most notable is how, until October 2012, he did not rely off of giant review sites like That Guy with the Glasses or Reviewtopia to help boost his fanbase. He did it all himself, using his own self-funded website. On October 24th, 2012, he announced that he would join Reviewers Unknown. His 4th episode was the first to be posted on Blip.tv, and all episodes have been posted on there ever since.

Rowdy also has an ongoing The Legend of Zelda review project attempting to review all of the Zelda games in the series. It's all to celebrate the series' quarter century anniversary. In 2013, he started another retrospective series on the Ninja Turtles animated series. In addition, he hosts two other shows: "The Wrestling Mark," a kayfabe wrestling news show, and "The PO'd Pizza Guy", which revolves around an angry delivery guy giving advice to his customers... in a not so nice way.

In addition to reviewing bad shows, he has two segments called TV Treasures, where he reviews forgotten gems such as Jack-of-All-Trades, Police Squad!, and Laff-A-Lympics; and TV Timeline, where he takes a look at the television adaptations of various franchises.

He also appeared in The Cartoon Hero's review of the Ctrl+Alt+Del Animated Adaptation.

You can watch his videos here.
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TV Trash

Lists

  • 10 Worst Storylines
  • 10 Stupidest Characters
  • 10 Guilty Pleasures
  • 5 Best Finales
  • 5 Worst Finales
  • Top 10 Frak-Ups
  • Top 10 Worst South Park Episodes
  • Top 10 Favorite TV Moments
  • Greatest Pink Ranger Moments
  • 5 Reviews I Hope the Nostalgia Critic Will Do
  • 10 Most Screwed Over Shows
  • 5 More Frak-Ups
  • Top 10 Other Pink Ranger Moments
  • 10 Worst Commercials

Other recurring segments

  • Zelda Silver Anniversary Retrospective
  • The PO'd Pizza Guy
  • The Wrestling Mark
  • Candid with Chris
  • Turtle Power Through The Years: A Ninja Turtles Retrospective
  • Rowdy Riffs

TV Trash contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Accentuate the Negative: On par with many other online reviewers. Though he will admit if something isn't bad and will also review good stuff.
  • Acting for Two: Chris plays Rowdy C, The PO'ed Pizza Guy, Mark, Malicia's mook, Professor Stupidiot, and does the voices of the ninja cats. Carey Denise plays Slacker Sis and Malicia.
  • Alter Ego Acting: This is averted for the most part with his character for TV Trash, who seems to share a similar persona with Chris himself, albeit angrier.
  • Amazon Chaser: He is head over heels for strong female characters, especially Buffy.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: During the South Park review, after declaring "Stanley's Cup" as the worst episode for its third act, he says that the Red Wings wouldn't play such a goon squad game against 4-year-olds because hockey players are nice guys...
    "And just because I feel like driving another point home, no Red Wings player would wear #9 because they retired it for Gordie Howe!"
    • His biggest problem with Seth MacFarlane is not that is preachy or says Walt Disney was an Anti-Semite, but because he's not funny.
  • Artistic License - Geography: After a character in Home Alone 5 says "Will you look at that snow? Never got that in California", he cues up a picture of a snowy scene in Fresno and says, "That's Hollywood for you, thinking that California doesn't go any farther north than Bakersfield."
  • Author Appeal: He appears to be a big fan of Peanuts, even though he hates Lucy and finds many of the animated specials bad.
  • Badass: He announced he's reviewing South Park, a show with a huge fanbase, cementing his status as this.
    • And this was after ripping apart the very popular series The Boondocks!
  • Big "WHAT?!": He has this reaction to the end of the Quantum Leap finale.
  • Black Hole Sue:invoked This is the biggest reason why he hates Venus de Milo. The series seems to revolve around her at the expense of the original turtles.
  • Brain Bleach: In his Stripperella review: "This is why I do reviews on an empty stomach."
    • In his review of Cavemen, after he saw one of the main characters about to have sex with his cavewoman girlfriend:
      "You know, I've always had a thing for strong-willed women. THANKS FOR RUINING THE FANTASY!"
  • Berserk Button: He nearly goes insane at the infamous Jew-killing scene from the Disney universe in "Road to The Multiverse".
    • And after a KKK joke in the last Baby Blues episode, he finally blows up and orders the feed cut. He is then seen with a baseball bat and all messed up.
    • Whenever Ed Asner is in something he is too good of an actor to be in.
    • After Allen Gregory makes a racist joke that causes him to defend several other shows that he found unenjoyable in older reviews, he decides to end the review right there.
  • Brick Joke: His review of Someday You'll Find Her, Charlie Brown references the "Liquid IQ" gag that started off the previous week's review of Shasta McNasty.
  • Catchphrase: "Welcome to TV Trash!"
  • Caustic Critic: On one hand, he does review good stuff, and actually gives it legitimate praise. But, when the material he riffs on is bad, he cranks up the anger.
  • Chekhov's Gun: His remote that allows him to hack into other's reviewers' feeds. It's first mentioned in The Mighty Ducks review, then used in his review of Ctrl+Alt+Del with The Cartoon Hero. It turns out that frequency was what allowed Malicia to find him
  • Cluster Bleep Bomb: At the end of his review of The Boondocks.
  • *Cough* Snark *Cough*: In You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown:
    Peppermint Patty: You should've seen it. Freddie Fabulous from Fremont and the Masked Marvel got all tangled in the last ten yards. Wow, what a mess!
    Rowdy: Yeah, I think we would've liked to have seen that too. (coughs out "Show, Don't Tell")
  • Critical Research Failure:invoked He points out an example in Shasta McNasty in that the characters are stealing a satellite signal to watch a Notre Dame football game, even though Notre Dame games air on NBC for free.
  • Crossover: Rowdy did a crossover with The Cartoon Hero with the review of the cartoon adaptation of Ctrl+Alt+Del.
  • Declarative Finger: Used so often that it's essentially a Character Tic.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the Tabitha review, when he mentions that Lisa Hartman tends to get a lot of Fanservice:
    "Yeah, I'm just gonna skip over to the next clip and stop ogling her now." (beat) "I'm still ogling, aren't I?"
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted: He is opposed to this logic, as seen in his review of "If It Smells Like An Ed"
    "And the episode ends with the Eds likely getting carried off to get raped. HILARIOUS!"
  • Dude, Not Funny!:invoked In-universe, he notes several offensive jokes, including a rape joke in Men Behaving Badly, several jokes in the Family Guy episodes he reviewed, and several more in Allen Gregory.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Count Siggeyai, the villain from The Groovenians episode, who sent Chris the aforementioned show, won't send him Brickleberry, citing it as a level of evil even he is not capable of.
    • Though Professor Stupidiot doesn't have such standards and ends up sending it.
  • F Minus Minus: When reviewing the Family Guy episode "Family Gay", he gives Seth MacFarlane an F-quintuple-minus on the topic of delivering an acceptable Gay Aesop.
  • Foreshadowing: Done occasionally, but most notably during his streak of reviewing shows with a large Fanbase:
    "And next week, we're gonna Totally WOOHP! It! Up!"
    "There's still the big one, that I've waited oh so long to go after. Oh yes. Next week, it's time!"
    • He starts the South Park review by singing the theme song to his 100th review Ally Mcbeal as he prepares to review the cartoon.
    • He references The Jersey in his Adventures in Wonderland review.
    • The DVD he stares at after he's done reviewing Glee 's 4th season was that of Ren and Stimpy 's Adult Party Cartoon, which was the 4th anniversary milestone.
  • Furry Fandom: When reviewing Animalympics, he finds himself deeply tempted: "Must... resist... furry jokes!" Ultimately, only his strong standards prevent the review from lasting several hours of same.
  • Get a Room!: At one point in the Animalympics review, he makes this suggestion to Kit and René.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Whenever a young boy doesn't employ this trope, Chris cries foul.
  • Guilty Pleasures: In his opinion, It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown, just because of how catchy the tunes are, and how much fun everyone seems to have.
    • He also cites that, for how much Ally McBeal has aged, the show is still very enjoyable.
    • Surprisingly, even Hannah Montana. He admits that it can be stupid at times, and he spends nearly half the episode pointing out Fridge Logicinvoked with Hannah's Secret Identity, but he still thinks that it's harmless fun.
    • V.I.P., which he calls out as stupid and cheap, but still enjoys just the same.
  • Heroic BSOD: From "Heil Honey, I'm Home!" to his review of TMZ, he went into a deep depression due to the badness of the former.
    • A literal one briefly (in between commercial breaks) occurs during the James Bond Jr. review when the cartoon's version of Dr. No is shown to have green skin.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: He apparently likes redheads a lot, so he is taken aback when both Men Behaving Badly and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer have unlikable female redheads.
  • Hypocritical Humor: During his review of Yo Yogi!, he notes an episode a character that has to wear his hat all the time is lame.
  • Idiot Hero: He considers Major Nelson this for not realizing Jeannie was in love with him.
  • Idiot Plot:invoked In his opinion, Olive the Other Reindeer has one.
  • Insult to Rocks: After the infamous "book-burning scene" from "Not All Dogs Go To Heaven", he stated that South Park's comparison of the Family Guy writers to manatees is an INSULT TO THE MANATEES.
    • In the Shasta McNasty review, he says that implying that the show jumped the shark midway through its lone season (when it was renamed just Shasta) is an insult to Fonzie and the shark.
  • Jerk Sue:invoked Rowdy sees the title character of Gary the Rat as this: "Gary's a jerk, he's better than everyone else, he cheats to get his way, and he always comes out on top with no remorse or retribution. He's the freaking Barry Bonds of cartoons!"
  • Joisey: Malicia is sent here by Jeannie, who considers it a "Far away, desolate place!"
  • Losing Horns: He uses the ones from The Price Is Right as a reaction to the first joke he comes across in Baby Blues.
  • Mary Sue:invoked In his opinion, the title character of Olive the Other Reindeer, whom he thinks does little to actually drive the plot but is celebrated as a hero. He even compares her to Tim Tebow.
  • Moral Event Horizon: In-universe, he considers Brian Griffin to have crossed this in the latter's "No-God rant" at the end of "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven".
  • Ms. Fanservice: Jeannie, naturally.
  • New Year's Resolution: In "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown", Chris pledges to watch less bad TV. This resolution lasts for all of 10 seconds.
  • Nice Hat: His signature hat he wears in every episode.
  • No Indoor Voice: When he gets frustrated, turn down your computer's volume settings. He's said that a large part of his unusually loud, nasal voice is due to Asperger Syndrome.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: He does this when summarizing his Heil Honey, I'm Home! review.
  • Not: In reference to 66 in the 1995 Get Smart series: "She's just so cute and charming you wanna fit her in your pocket… NOT!!!"
  • "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: In "10 Worst South Park Episodes", he does this after pointing out that one of the plot points in "A Million Little Fibers" involves Oprah Winfrey's vagina trying to take over the show.
    • Again in the Allen Gregory review, where he points out the romance between the 7-year-old title character and his 70-year-old principal.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever happened when he snuck into the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics. All we know is that it cost him his passport, delayed the Baby Blues review by two days, and there might be embarrassing pictures of him with Hope Solo...
  • Obnoxious Snarker: See No Indoor Voice, above.
  • Oh Crap: After Hewy Toonmore learns that Chris is watching The Groovenians...
    Chris: You're too late.
    Hewy: You poor, unfortunate bastard.
  • Older than They Look: He's actually in his 30s and older than Doug Walker. It's easier to tell when takes off his hat and visible balding is present.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He tries to open the For Better or for Worse review with a Canadian accent, but it ends up sounding more German. "Yeah, I'll stop before I piss off my Canadian fanbase!"
  • Positive Discrimination: In his review of "Top 10 Stupidest Characters of TV", the only female character is Lois Lane from the 50s Superman, who made the list with Clark.
  • Precision F-Strike: Closest thing to swearing that he has EVER done in TV Trash is the occasional use of the word "Asshole". At the end of his "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" review, after tearing into Seth MacFarlane, he says "See you (bleeped) next time on TV trash!"
    • He often substitutes the F-bomb for "Frak" ("WHAT THE FRAK IS THIS", "Top Ten Frak-Ups".)
    • When the PO'd Pizza Guy shows up, a couple of (bleeped) swears are heard.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: On the aforementioned "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer in Allen Gregory: "WHO! WOULD! THINK! THIS! IS! FUNNY!"
  • Rage Quit: He usually manages to get through whatever he has to review, no matter how bad it is or angry it makes him, but Allen Gregory forces him to give up after 4 episodes after it makes him apologize for three previous reviews.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: In his Candid With Chris video where he lists the five reviews he hopes The Nostalgia Critic will do, he's wearing a T-shirt designed after the Pink Ranger suit with Kimberly's face in the middle.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Rowdy delivers an epic one to "Seth MacFarlane" at the end of "Family Guy Month".
    • He also blasts one to the heads of Saban in his review of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.
    • His review of "Road to the Multiverse" is one long at Seth. constantly calling him out for his historically inaccurate universes.
    • He tears into One Million Moms and ABC for their treatment of GCB.
  • Running Gag: As far back as his first episode, Rowdy has made fun of Pamela Anderson.
  • The Scrappy: In-Universe. In all of his Ninja Turtle-related videos, he makes it clear how much he does not like Venus De Milo.
    • He also shows that he doesn't like the Hanna-Barbera sidekick characters like Fangpuss, Baboo, and of course Scrappy.
    • He also LOATHES Elmyra Duff.
    • Of course he finds, Allen Gregory blows all of these out of the water.
  • Screwed by the Network:invoked Discussed in "10 Most Screwed Over Shows".
  • Self-Deprecation: In "Happy New Year Charlie Brown", he remarks that Charlie Brown was his inspiration for dating, and declares that he will "die alone".
  • Sequelitis:invoked In his opinion, Home Alone was "too standalone" to require one sequel, much less four (the latter two being made-for-TV movies with none of the original cast).
  • Shout-Out: He dresses in a tie and a coat for his review of Homeboys In Outer Space, and declares that he will remember it because he "has no life".
  • Shown Their Work: He goes into detail over the histories of TV shows.
  • Signing Off Catch Phrase: In his "Candid with Chris" videos: "Stay rowdy, my friends."
  • Soapbox Sadie: Perkins and Cecil will take anything about cats that's not completely positive and complain about it. They even hijacked the show to review Tom and Jerry, which they argued was anti-cat.
  • Something Completely Different: On the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death, he reviewed the movie JFK, despite his show's main focus being television.
    • But don't worry, it's a two-part special. The second part? A review of the Quantum Leap episode "Lee Harvey Oswald", one of the most well-known attacks on the film.
  • Suckiness Is Painful: He is DISTURBED by the events in The Groovenians and Heil Honey, I'm Home!. The latter sent him into a depression.
  • Take That: Primarily toward Football (which he considers too harsh), Veronica Mars (he did a review of it), and NBC (which caused ALF to be Screwed by the Network out of a conclusion, which angered Chris so much, he refuses to watch NBC.)
    • In "Road To The Multiverse" (also telling that he is a Mavericks fan, who faced off the Miami Heat)
      "I should end this review right now, but unlike the Miami Heat, I don't quit in the fourth quarter!"
    • "It's just like switching between MSNBC and Fox News. Eventually you find out they're both full of crap!"
    • From the end of his Electra Woman And Dyna Girl review:
      Chris: So where did you send her to?
      Jeannie: A far off place devoid of life and civilization!
      Chris: So, New Jersey? (Jeannie nods) Yeah, Oklahoma's not far enough!
    • In the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures review, he states that morons can be entertaining, going on to suggest either Dumb and Dumber or "any presidential debate".
    • In Denver the Last Dinosaur, regarding a plot where the villains get on a game show, but their attempts to cheat by having answers piped into them via a wizard hat are thwarted, leading to them giving hilariously incorrect answers: "And yet they still came off as smarter than half the contestants I've seen on Wheel of Fortune."
  • Tempting Fate: Oh, yes. He does this quite a lot.
    • He once calls his sister and asks her to put "He tempted fate." on his tombstone.
    • From the Cop Rock review:
      Chris: The only thing that I can think of that could be worse would be a sit-com about Adolf Hitler! Let's hope there's nothing like THAT around!
  • They Just Didn't Care: In-universe, he cites that the creators of the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure TV series did not put any effort into the show.
    • He also states that ultimately, compared to Saban's other shows, Masked Rider was just given a terrible treatment by the production staff.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:invoked He admits that, while Baby Blues does have its high points — in particular, he finds The Bittermans relatively funny and some of the writing creative — he still considers it an awful adaptation of the source material for how little it has in common as far as characterization, tone, and plot. In his opinion, it would've been quite good had they just replaced the MacPhersons with another family and called it something else.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: At the beginning of "Scooby-Doo Meets the Boo Brothers":
    Caption: Oh yeah. THIS song is a great way to start.
    • And, at the beginning of Heil Honey, I'm Home!, after seeing the opening credits, he simply puts the NES gun to his head.
  • To Be Continued: At the end of his 100th episode ( Ally McBeal).
  • Understatement: After chewing out the Saban Executives in his review of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, he says "So, yeah. I'm not thrilled".
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:invoked His opinion of Irving, who he mentioned that while being portrayed as someone who's not there for Cathy, he mentions what he has given up to support their relationship.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:invoked Contrast to Cathy, who he sees most of her whining about her misfortunes as wangst in comparision to Dilbert, who just takes his misfortunes in stride.
  • A Very Special Episode: He does a special to talk about Brian's Death and how wrong it is wish death on anyone, even if they are fictional.
  • Waxing Lyrical: After a character in The Groovenians says "Tomorrow is another day", he follows it up with "And I'm thirsty anyway, so bring on the rain".
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In-universe reaction to Ren and Stimpy living in a hobo's mouth.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Pretty much the entire "Veronica Mars" review has him do this to the main character being made out to be a hero while she willing to things like steal evidence just to make get back at people.
    • He also gives one to anyone who wishes death on The Scrappy characters and the creators of Family Guy for how poorly they handled Brian's death.
  • Wham Line: During his fight with Malicia when she tries to use Jeannie to kill him, he responds "I freed Jeannie years ago". Cue Oh Crap look on her face.
  • You Keep Using That Word: A few episodes have him using "cop-out" as a synonym for "rip-off". Acknowledged in his "5 More Frak-Ups" video.

The PO'd Pizza Guy gives examples of these tropes:

  • Alter Ego Acting: Chris is MUCH nicer than the PO'd pizza Guy.
  • Jerk Ass: In the spinoff "PO'd Pizza Guy", the titular character REALLY has some issues. It's also telling that Chris Moore almost NEVER uses vulgar humor in TV Trash, yet it is ABUNDANT with the PO'd Pizza Guy.


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