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  • Cheers. According to the producers, when Diane Chambers left, Sam's character became Flanderized; whereas his womanizing was originally a sign of weakness and a reaction to sobriety, it became a nutty quirk instead, and his alcoholism all but vanished. They also noted the show began to depend on physical comedy too much, such as Carla being literally blown sideways by strong wind.
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  • George Peppard grew to despise The A-Team because the long shooting schedule often left him stressed and exhausted, as well as the fact that he and Mr. T disliked each other. In the final season, Peppard's longtime friend Robert Vaughn was added to the cast in order to improve his morale, but by that point, the show had begun a massive slide in the ratings. Peppard described his experience as "A roller coaster that was out of control".
  • Dave Chappelle came to loathe how people started showing up to his stand-up comedy exclusively to demand that he replicate skits from his TV show, specifically the infamous Rick James one. This even led to a nervous breakdown, ensuring that the third season (or any after it) of Chappelle's Show would never get finished. And then there were the people who would yell at him, "I'm Rick James, bitch!" (including one who apparently did so while he was with his family). Took about two minutes for him to feel Dude, Not Funny!. The significant Misaimed Fandom from his sizeably white audience who were there simply for the Uncle Tomfoolery and completely missing how Chappelle was satirizing and mocking such attitudes didn't help matters much, either.
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  • BET (Black Entertainment Television) co-founder Sheila Johnson became ashamed with the channel's Network Decay after selling it to Viacom. Although BET is one of the most popular networks in America, Johnson was disappointed how under the new management canned its news programs and variety talk shows in favor of trashy music videos, reality shows and other programming which she claimed only promoted negative stereotypes of African Americans.
  • For many years, Eddie Murphy refused to acknowledge his old Saturday Night Live characters (Gumby as a faded, Jewish comedian, Mr. Robinsonnote , Buckwheat, etc), though they are some of his most enduring legacy. It might be because of a 1995 "Weekend Update" sketch in which David Spade, as part of his "Hollywood Minute" segment, made a brutal Take That! at Murphy's (then-lackluster) career, saying "Look, kids, a falling star! Make a wish!", which really upset Murphy. It's also likely due to fans asking Murphy to do those sketches for them when they meet him. Allegedly, he wrote the SNL sketch where Buckwheat is assassinated for this reason. Murphy would not reprise these any SNL roles until he hosted in 2019.
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  • With the exception of "On Thursday We Leave For Home", Rod Serling wasn't happy with any of the episodes from the fourth season of The Twilight Zone (1959) (it should be noted that Serling himself wrote that episode, but he said "I overwrote it. I think the story was good despite what I did to it"). He felt that making the episodes an hour long (whereas the episodes from the previous three seasons had all been a half hour) did nothing but unnecessarily pad them out and make the stories less tight, and only returned to do the fifth and final season with the stipulation that the episode run time was reduced back to a half hour. To this day the hour long episodes are hardly ever shown in syndication, and season four is the only season of the series that is completely unavailable on Netflix.
  • Sophia Myles did not enjoy her work in Spooks/MI-5, due to her character being underwritten.
  • Star Trek:
    • Gene Roddenberry was notorious of ignoring / de-canonizing parts of the Star Trek universe he did not "approve" of. Roddenberry had a dislike of the second to sixth movies, which he had no creative control over. He especially hated Shatner's ill-fated Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, which he deemed non-canon, and hence, no references to the film were made in any later Trek productions. Roddenberry also considered The Animated Series as not part of the official canon. Many years had to pass after his death, before the writers dared to reference the animated show in any form. In his last years, Roddenberry notoriously claimed that The Next Generation is the series which represents his actual "vision" of Star Trek, and when canon inconsistencies might occur between The Original Series and TNG, the latter should always be considered the deciding one.
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: Most of the original cast had a period of Creator Backlash after the series ended, mostly because their careers were suffering due to being pigeonholed as their characters. Leonard Nimoy in particular wrote a memoir called I Am Not Spock. The cast ultimately seems to have gotten over it, since, for better or worse, it has defined their careers and earned them quite a lot of money. Nimoy wrote another memoir called I Am Spock, and he officially become the original cast member with the longest on-screen association with the franchise, with his role in Star Trek (2009).
    • Star Trek: Voyager:
      • Robert Beltran (Chakotay) made disparaging comments about the show for years, even while it was still running. He's often criticized the quality of the writing, the technobabble and the fact that he wasn't given a whole lot to do over the series' 7-season run. He's also expressed sincere disdain for the character during chats with fans. It's believed that Beltran was given an out-of-nowhere relationship with Seven of Nine (aka Jeri Ryan) by the producers in order to shut him up long enough for the show to finish....or perhaps revenge for Beltran throwing fits over Jeri stealing his screentime! One popular legend floated around the net is that he demanded a huge pay raise in the hopes the producers would fire him, but they just dumped the cash in his lap.
      • Jeri Ryan herself was an example who has come around. She initially had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the audition because of the record Trek has of typecasting actors and because of a bad experience catching a rerun of an earlier episode one night. She finally relented and got the part, and signed on for a three-year deal. She initially planned to split the second her first contract was over, thanks in no small part to tensions on set with co-workers (not to mention that damn suit). However, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she wasn't sure what kind of medical bills were about to come her way, so she agreed to stay on for a fourth season, which ended up being Voyager's last (her mother made a full recovery). After the show, she stayed away from conventions, again to put some distance between her and Seven of Nine before type casting set in, and then was kept away because of problems with stalkers. Once this was explained, and precautions were taken in terms of security, she's began appearing more and more.
      • Brannon Braga quite justifiably hates the Voyager episode "Threshold" (as do all the cast and most of the fanbase) - to the point it never happened, complete with later Discontinuity Nod. Equally, the TNG first-season episode "Code Of Honor" has the same thing.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise: Jolene Blalock, Scott Bakula and Connor Trinneer all blasted the show in media interviews in the months following the series finale "These Are The Voyages...", which was roundly criticized by reviewers and fans alike.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: The only one with real regrets about his time on TNG is Wil Wheaton: a large portion of his autobiography Just a Geek focuses on his coming to terms with his (in retrospect) ill-made decision to leave the show due to Fan Backlash and increasingly being sidelined by the show's creators. It probably didn't help that his character was one of the most hated on the show, either. Nowadays, he seems to look back on his time on TNG with real nostalgia, and doesn't seem above some good-natured ribbing of his old character, either. That said, he will still call out others for going too far in their vitriol.
    • Star Trek: Nemesis: Marina Sirtis really disliked the film, saying that she fell asleep during its premiere. She also mentioned wanting to slug the director, Stuart Baird. This made it into the DVD featurette. (They were really hard up for sound bites.)
  • Richard Dean Anderson: Before he was Jack O'Neill on Stargate SG-1, he was everyone's favorite mullet-sporting hero, MacGyver. Now, while Anderson has always been deeply appreciative of the show (going so far as to appear on the SNL spoof MacGruber and doing a well received Super Bowl ad for Visa as the character) he's been noted as having been greatly stressed out by it since he was the star of the show and thus he never could take a break. It was one of the reasons he stated that SG-1 had to be an ensemble show, so that he wouldn't have to "carry" it by himself.
  • Power Rangers: Interestingly, most of the alumni of the franchise don't actively treat the series as an Old Shame, and several of them have commented that they'd love to come back for cameo roles every year if asked, and look back fondly at their years on the show. However, as detailed below, there are some genuine cases of this to be had with the cast.
    • Amy Jo Johnson, aka Kimberly the Pink Ranger of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, has shown everything from visible discomfort to outright shame with regards to the role that made her famous (and probably typecast her forever). This has affected many of her fellow actors, but most of them were martial artists first and foremost and didn't have as great of a desire to establish a serious acting career as Johnson did. What makes this especially ironic is that Johnson shamelessly shilled Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie in 1995, going so far as to suggest it was as good as Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz combined (a comparison for which she was roundly mocked). In retrospect, it's hard not to wonder if she had been paid to give that statement, or if she had somehow been forced into making it. That said, Johnson does appear to have mellowed out a bit with time.
    • For years, David Yost seemed this way, but in a 2009 interview he admitted that the main issue was that he had been a victim of some pretty ugly homophobic bullying by the production staff behind the scenes, and clarified that he didn't hate the show itself, his castmates or the fans, who have been very supportive after the interview.
    • Power Rangers Lost Galaxy: Danny Slavin (aka Leo the Red Ranger) is a very close second. It's believed that he only took the job to pay for law school, and has repeatedly turned down invitations to Power Morphicon. Not helping matters, reportedly the producers screwed Trakeena's actress out of most of her paycheck during the Lost Galaxy/Lightspeed Rescue crossover episode, which led to him walking off the set in protest. It took a miracle (and the producers calling in personal favors) for him to cameo in the 10th anniversary episode "Forever Red". Slavin, much like Johnson, appears to have softened up on this though. For one thing, he was one of the handful of Ranger alumni who has returned for the 20th anniversary special, and he has even been making appearances at conventions (with a Facebook account dedicated to his career and appearance announcements).
    • Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Cameron Jebo, the Silver Ranger, took to Twitter to criticize his own season, calling out the poor writing (plot points went nowhere or unexplained) and the under-utilization of his character (there were episodes where he didn't appear until the end or even appear at all).
  • VR Troopers: Sarah Brown, who played Kaitlin Starr doesn't look back on her time fondly — and for good reason: She'd met her ex-husband, co-creator Shuki Levy, while on the former and during their relationship, he'd physically abused her and Brown also stated that Haim Saban and his wife Cheryl were complicit in the abuse. This ultimately resulted in her quitting acting.
  • In an interview, the widow of Ray Goulding (of Bob & Ray) noted he didn't like to have the early episodes of the duo's 1951-53 TV show brought up in later years because "it was infancy for television" and he was "appalled at how really naive they were about what to wear and how to appear." Different times...
  • Doctor Who:
    • Tom Baker was reportedly keen to distance himself from the show after he left, refusing to appear in the 20th anniversary episode "The Five Doctors", and for a long time refusing to do conventions and public appearances related to the show. This was at least partly due to the length of time he spent on the show and being quite burnt out about it, partly because the role was intensely personal to him and the idea of other actors playing the character disturbed him, and partly because his iconic performance largely overshadowed everything else he did since then. It's worth noting that by 1980, sources show Baker as alcoholic, despondent, and nearly impossible to work with; executive meddling and heavy typecasting had taken a toll, his marriage was on the rocks, and he was not at all enamoured of newer writers like Christoper Bidmead or producer John Nathan Turner. He was nearly 50, and had little career left. He seems a lot more comfortable being associated with the show in recent years, however. In 1993, Baker filmed a small part for the short "episode" "Dimensions in Time". It's said there was far more planned using a different script, but Executive Meddling and a primadonna host got in the way. From 2009, Baker returned as the Doctor for three five-part series of audio dramas for BBC Audio, and in 2011, he finally began to star in the audio dramas for Big Finish Productions. He has shown some regret about not doing "The Five Doctors" and distancing himself from the series at large, but at over 80 years old his health will not allow more involvement with the exception of a brief cameo towards the end of the 50th Anniversary special.
    • It took a long time for Peter Davison to become comfortable with his tenure as the Doctor. With most of his career still ahead of him, he had been terrified of being typecast and did everything possible to prevent it, including insulting the show to the press. In recent years, Davison has also mentioned the show's low budget and poor treatment from the BBC were a major source of his resentment towards the franchise. He has since said that he wishes that he could have worked on the show when it had the budget, studio support, and prestige it enjoyed under the leadership of head writers Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. From the late '90s onwards, he's happily been playing the Doctor in monthly Big Finish Doctor Who episodes, and in 2007, reprised his role on TV in the mini-episode "Time Crash" as part of a charity drive. David Tennant used the short as a massive fan-gasm shout-out to Davison's tenure on the show: "you were MY Doctor." Tennant has repeatedly cited Davison's interpretation of the Doctor as his primary inspiration, and reason for becoming an actor. Davison had always felt that he was too young for the role. In "Time Crash" he felt he was at a more fitting age to play the Doctor, and had a grasp on the character that he was happy with. Ironically, the role of the Doctor being played by a younger man (and the contrast between the character's physical age and his actual age) was one of the primary things that carried over into Tennant and Matt Smith's portrayals, thanks in part to Davison's example.
    • The Second Doctor Patrick Troughton quit the show in 1969 to avoid being typecast, and because he wished to return to other programs. He went as far as to urge Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon) and Wendy Padbury (Zoe) to depart at the same time. Troughton enjoyed making comebacks in "The Three Doctors" and "The Five Doctors", and finally alongside Colin Baker in "The Two Doctors", and looked like he was thoroughly enjoying himself in all of them. Of course Troughton didn't hate the character — he would make himself available at conventions, and any time he and Jon Pertwee were at the same convention, the two would appear at joint panels and jokingly mock-bicker as Two and Three did in "The Three Doctors" and "The Five Doctors". Troughton also counselled Davison to stay on only 3 years, and this aided in his decision to leave the show in 1984.
    • Janet Fielding has stated that she was pretty bitter towards the show when she left because she wasn't happy with how she and her fellow companions were treated. This reached its highpoint with a notorious on-stage outburst at Panopticon 1993 when she told a room full of fans that any show that treated its female characters as badly as Doctor Who did deserved to have been cancelled. She's since gotten over it and is much more comfortable with the show now, although her negative remarks about certain stories on DVD commentaries have still caused controversy.
    • Surprisingly subverted by Colin Baker, who you would think — given that he was the only actor playing the Doctor to be fired from the role, that his era was for a long time not incredibly popular with fans and that, well, he had to wear That Coat — would have plenty of reason to not want to have anything to do with the show again. Instead, barring some rather understandable regrets, he's always appeared quite enthusiastic about the show, being associated with the show and returning to it in some form on occasion. Baker, long before David Tennant took the trope and ran with it, was the Promoted Fanboy on Doctor Who, having been a childhood fan of the show. He too has been doing Big Finish dramas as the Doctor continuously since the late 90s, and he (and the writers) went the extra mile to completely rehabilitate Six's reputation, leading to him being a poster boy for Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. Both Baker and Davison later took part in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, a special made for the show's fiftieth anniversary. It's notable for the sheer amount of Adam Westing the actors took part in.
    • Christopher Eccleston left after Series One, due to having spats with the executives over "the way things were being run" and, according to him, people being bullied by directors on-set was common. He (politely and after a few cordial meetings with Moffat) declined to return in person for the 50th anniversary - which could have had to do with his commitment to Thor: The Dark World. He eventually returned for some Big Finish audio dramas, which were recorded in 2020 and released the following year.
    • Legendary Development Hell story "Shada", written by Douglas Adams, was originally rushed out by him in four days when his previous script got rejected thanks to Executive Meddling. Some of the script was shot, but then shooting was interrupted with a strike, causing it to be cancelled. Adams, for his part, was happy about this, because he thought "Shada" was not up to much - however, since people love Douglas Adams's writing, fan demand became huge. In 1992, he accidentally signed away rights for the BBC to make a direct-to-video version of it with linking narration by Tom Baker, and was so distressed by this that he declared he would give away every penny of the proceeds he made of it to charity as penance. People who have seen the script say that while it wasn't anywhere near as godawful as the notably perfectionistic Adams thought it was (notably, it contains one of the all-time-brilliant Douglas Adams characters, Professor Chronotis), and gives the Fourth Doctor some of the wittiest, most enjoyable dialogue he was ever given), it is not up to the standard of his usual work, having gaping plotholes, minor characters who never get to come into the limelight, a very boring villain and being mostly a lazy, watered-down, low-budget retread of his previous Who script "City of Death". Both the Big Finish version (which was forced to shoehorn the Eighth Doctor into the role as Tom Baker refused to do radio scripts at the time) and the 2012 novelization by Gareth Roberts (written after his death as Douglas Adams would not allow anyone else to novelize it) were both attempts to fix the problems that Adams himself had identified - not to mention Adams's own Ascended Fanfic of the story, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, which replaces the Doctor, Chris and Claire with Expies and rescues Professor Chronotis from oblivion.
    • Steven Moffat regards "The Beast Below" as his least favorite episode he wrote, calling it a bit of a mess. A lot of the fandom agree with him, this episode being widely considered the worst of Series 5.
    • Moffat doesn't have high thoughts on Series 7. "I didn’t enjoy my third year as much. It was a bit miserable... The workload was just insane. I wasn’t coping as well. No-one else’s fault, all mine. The 50th was looming, and I didn’t know if we could make it work. It was a tough, tough time. My darkest hour on Who was that." A lot of people feel this was 11's weakest series. ( enough)
    • Moffat also feels the opening episode to Series 9 wasn't original [1]. This is also agreed with by much of the fandom.
  • Mork & Mindy: Robin Williams did not like being called "Mork" or being greeted with "Nanu nanu." Even as far back as Reality, What a Concept... (1979) he had to let the crowd (chanting "Mork! Mork! Mork!") know that he preferred doing stand-up. On his Live 2002 album, something similar happened, and he actually said he'd rather forget Mork. For years he was been unwilling to even say "Nanu nanu" as a reference, and even when it did, it was to complain about Role Association.
  • Actor and singer Danny Smith is rumored to be annoyed at people who still think of him as Merton Dingle from Big Wolf on Campus. It's unknown whether it's true or if he's over it.
  • The Electric Company (1971): Morgan Freeman does not want to be remembered for being Easy Reader and has made as much clear when interviewers try to ask him about it. He's mellowing a little bit about it, but still feels that he stayed with The Electric Company (1971) for too long.
  • Tina Louise was NEVER Ginger on Gilligan's Island. Don't ask her about it, she won't talk about it anyway. To the extent that she refused to reprise the role even for the Filmation cartoons (in one of them Dawn Wells voiced both Mary Ann and Ginger).
  • Harlan Ellison publicly denounced every chance could, The Starlost which he started out on as the writer/creator, but later removed this name from the production (using a pseudonym, instead) thanks to Executive Meddling. Ellison also wrote a book ranting about how Executive Meddling ruined his original script for Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever".
  • Kamen Rider:
    • For years rumors persisted that Joe Odagiri, the star of Kamen Rider Kuuga, regretted appearing in the show. However, this is less dissatisfaction with the role and more him trying to be seen as a serious actor (as well as not being a fan of Toku in general). While he mainly did Kuuga as a favor to one of the producers, he doesn't regret his time on the shownote ; however, he's one of the few Rider leads to never return to the franchise, which seems to stem from the previous points plus the fact that the producer in question was canned after the Kamen Rider Hibiki fiasco (see below).
    • Shigeki Hosokawa, star of Kamen Rider Hibiki, made a blog post just after the show ended in which he talked about how badly the second half of the show was screwed by executives, calling the people in charge "fraudulent", and particularly complaining about the fact that they were getting rewrites for the final episode in the middle of filming it. Like Odagiri, he apparently dodges the subject of Hibiki in interviews, and though in that same blog post he said he'd be glad to come back (if someone competent were in charge); that wouldn't happen until a decade later, in the video game Kamen Rider Battride War Genesis.
    • Several years after Kamen Rider Fourze ended, actress Fumika Shimizu (who played female lead Yuki Jojima) did an interview talking about how her time on the show was stressful and unpleasant. This conflicts with interviews taken immediately after the show wrapped, which had Shimizu saying that she really enjoyed her time on the show and came to view her co-stars as familynote . Some fans have wondered if Shimizu has gone down the Church of Happyology route, since she joined an infamous Japanese religious cult after the show ended and the cult's leaders took charge of her acting career, even pulling her out of the Live-Action Adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul because it conflicted with their beliefs.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Tamao Satou, the actress of Oh Pink in Chouriki Sentai Ohranger, had shown dislike for the role since the season ended. It took time, but she's apparently had a change of heart since then, taking part in a photo shoot for the theater premiere of one of the recent Sentai VS Movies in-uniform, and most recently performed a cameo role of the character alongside Oh Red actor Masaru Shishido amongst other Sentai alumnists in the 35th anniversary series Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.
    • Masaru Nagai, who played the Red Ranger of Mirai Sentai Timeranger, now wants to be disassociated from the show and claims his professional debut was a drama he appeared in long after Timeranger. He once appeared on a variety show with fellow Red Ranger actor Tori Matsuzaka (Takeru Shiba in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger), who reportedly made thinly-veiled comments about actors trying to deny that they starred in tokusatsu. Unlike the above case, he refused to return for Gokaiger, letting Yellow Ranger Shuhei Izumi do it instead. Interestingly enough, Nagai would eventually return to Sentai, portraying Master Black in Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger.
    • Tetsuji Tamayama played the Breakout Character of Gao Silver in Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger and has since gone on to a very successful TV/film career. Despite speaking positively about Gaoranger, he's declined to reunite with the cast or discuss the show in interviews - allegedly because his management requests that journalists not ask him about it.
  • Most of the adults of Full House did not like the show and hated its Tastes Like Diabetes nature, with Bob Saget and John Stamos being the most vocal (Dave Coulier appears to be the only adult male lead who has expressed no regret over his role). Unusual for this trope, the entire cast got along extremely well and remain close friends to this day. Saget in particular created a whole second career about of bashing the show (and America's Funniest Home Videos) while performing aggressively scatological stand-up comedy to mind the shock value. All that said, the entire cast (with the exceptions of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - Mary-Kate in particular does not like to be reminded of the show) came back for Netflix's Fuller House.
  • John Moschitta Jr. dislikes being known for his fast-talking Micro Machines commercials, and has called Micro Machines "some of the lamest toys" in interviews.
  • It was rumored around the fandom of Lexx that Michael McManus loathed playing Kai, since the character was an actor's worst nightmare, someone who, as mandated by plot, always looks exactly the same and can't even show a facial expression. He stuck it out for the show's entire run, though. Eva Habermann, however, was an aversion; she left the show because it took so long for news of whether or not season two was coming that she would've had to have given up other work to stay. She was under no obligation to come back for the first two episodes, and did it just to give them time to work The Nth Doctor into the plot instead of forcing the writers to just drop it on the audience out of nowhere.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic hates most of The Weird Al Show because of all of the Executive Meddling behind it, with the execs trying to make it more of a Educational Shownote  while Al wanted more of a Pee Wees Play House-like show.
  • John Cleese has strong opinions about many topics, including his previous work as a comedian.
    • Although he doesn't outright hate it like most examples of this trope, John Cleese has stated he always had a mixed reaction to Fawlty Towers' most famous episode "The Germans" because of all the Memetic Mutation surrounding the episode and the loss of its original meaning.
    • Cleese even expressed irritation about most of the sketches of Monty Python's Flying Circus, feeling they were repeating themselves very quickly early on. He also felt that the TV format didn't allow them to perfect the sketches as well as he wanted. This was also the reason why he left the series and moved on to do other things. He especially dislikes one of his most well-known and popular Python sketches, the Ministry of Silly Walks, because it's so banal.
    • Cleese also dislikes the Fish Slapping Dance because he considers it "an exercise in the bloody obvious". This has led to (luckily good humoured) tension with Michael Palin who absolutely adores it.
  • Patrick McGoohan seemed to bounce back and forth in his opinion on his creation The Prisoner (1967), embracing it at times (witness his participation in "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes" on The Simpsons) and refusing to talk about it at others. He reportedly declined an invitation to appear in the 2009 remake, though this was likely due to poor health (he died before it was broadcast). He did allow himself to be quoted as saying he was pleased with the remastered DVD (and later Blu-Ray) version of the original series.
  • Henry Winkler hated being remembered only as Fonzie, and refused to answer to fans who called him that. However, some references in Arrested Development suggest he's mellowed over time. Indeed, in 2008, when Ron Howard made his pro-Obama video for Funny Or Die, Winkler reprised his role of Fonzie for the Happy Days segment.
  • Robert Reed absolutely hated The Brady Bunch (but not the Brady Bunch - he loved the kids), feuding with creator Sherwood Schwartz throughout the run, trying to get out of his contract and flat-out refusing to appear in the final episode because the script was so bad (had the show been renewed for a sixth season, Schwartz would have seen to it that the family would be without Mike Brady). However, he returned for the later TV movies and series (and the TV movie adaptation of Barry Williams's memoir Growing Up Brady is dedicated to Reed's memory).
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • Although Paul Schneider doesn't appear to have any animosity towards the show itself, it is pretty clear he doesn't have many fond memories of his time on it either. It's hard to blame him considering how undercooked a character Mark was, and was always the odd man out in the cast, especially once the series found its identity in its second season (which ended in his character being permanently Put on a Bus), but he has been pretty honest about his bitter feelings and how his experience on the show left him with a pretty sour outlook on mainstream acting as a whole (he now selects low-key roles in independent projects and takes a lot of time off in-between jobs). The creators did keep the door open for a return and planned to have Mark reappear every once in a while, but Schneider expressed an explicit lack of interest in ever reappearing again, which may explain why Mark slid into Un-person territory in later seasons.
    • The creators and stars in general seem to feel this way towards the first season. Aside from agreeing with the fans' consensus that the humor was weaker and the characterizations were spotty at best, they also rarely ever acknowledge it. At one point, during a panel between the cast and crew, Greg Daniels brought up a moment between April and Andy in the episode "Rock Show", which he mentioned was in season 1, and then gave a knowing pause at what he just said, causing everyone in the audience to laugh and Aziz Ansari to yell, "Don't bring up those shitty episodes, man!"
    • While he's proud of the show as a whole, Chris Pratt expressed a feeling of discomfort for the jokes done at Jerry's expense during the sixth season especially, feeling it had gotten too mean-spirited to be funny.
  • Adam Scott feels this way towards his role on the short lived series Tell Me You Love Me. While he doesn't outright hate it, he's expressed gratitude that it was cancelled after one season, as he stated that the show's unglamorized, realistic depiction of sex made for an increasingly uncomfortable work environment.
  • Margaret Cho has expressed regret and frustration over her short-lived sitcom All-American Girl, which was very loosely based on her stand-up comedy. She was reportedly told that she had to lose weight to play herself, her character was written to always say no to sex even in cases where she personally would have said yes, and then she was told she wasn't acting "Asian enough" and was made to work with an "Asian consultant." When that didn't work, they got rid of most of the Asian family members and replaced them with white friends. Unsurprisingly, the show failed, and she spiraled into drug and alcohol problems as a result. In a later stand-up special, she said the show basically became "Saved by the Gong".
  • Ashley Pharaoh, co-creator of the much-derided Bonekickers, penned a "letter to my younger self" article containing sage nuggets of advice... one of which was "Do not write Bonekickers".
  • Mandy Patinkin has gone on record as saying that starring in the first two seasons of Criminal Minds was the worst mistake of his acting career, despite the praise critics heaped on him for his performance, since he personally considered the show's content too disturbing for network TV, in particular the show's heavy ratio of female victims who were raped and/or murdered.
  • Friends:
    • The creators openly acknowledge in one of the Season Eight commentaries that they don't like the Chandler/Monica plot in "The One With The Truth About London."
    • They also have some disdain for Season Six, feeling they were simply going through the motions during that time period. Not surprising, given that this was when a lot of the backstage drama with issues like Matthew Perry's drug addictions really began to hinder the series.
    • The one episode almost everyone involved with the show seems to dislike the most is "The One With The Cat" due to the ridiculous plot about Phoebe being convinced that her dead mother was reincarnated in the form of a catnote . The cast and writers all thought it was a terrible idea, but since co-creator Marta Kauffman was pushing strongly for the episode to get made due to the death of her own mother, they were all reluctant to openly voice their objections to the script.
    • In 2019, the writers said that "The One With The Jam" was the episode they regretted the most. Not because it was a particularly bad episode, but because the plot about Phoebe having a stalker and her finding it cute/romantic comes off as incredibly uncomfortable now that male-on-female stalking has become such a sensitive topic.
  • Spitting Image co-creator Peter Fluck has gone so far to claim he "hates puppets" in an interview with The Guardian. Back in 2000, he planned to throw all the 900 and counting puppets of the original show on a bonfire because he was so sick of them. Luckily, someone got a better idea and decided to simply auction them.
  • Initially, James Gurney gave his blessing to the Hallmark miniseries of Dinotopia, but he was very unhappy with the final product. He had wanted an original story, preferring to leave the characters from the original books in everyone's mind, but he didn't like where they took that original story.
  • Ted Knight did not like being remembered as The Ditz Ted Baxter from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and it caused him a lot of personal angst. The role's The Danza aspect was responsible for a lot of people confusing actor and character.
  • Josette Simon came to strongly regret playing Dayna in Blake's 7, as she felt that the producers took advantage of her youthful naivety and lack of confidence to get her to play a "hot exotic warrior woman" part that she viewed with hindsight as both sexually and racially demeaning. She declined to reprise the role for Big Finish's audio plays based on the series, with the role eventually being recast.
  • Sally Field absolutely disliked working on The Flying Nun, though she has nothing against the show's fans.
  • Robert Lindsay and Zoë Wanamaker were both openly negative about My Family even while it was on the air, claiming at one point that they had refused to film an episode because the script was so bad. Right up until the show was finally cancelled in 2011 they continued to state in interviews that they felt there was little of quality in it.
  • In a posthumous tell-all book called Buck 'Em!, Buck Owens stated that he disliked hosting Hee Haw, but did it for Money, Dear Boy:
    "I couldn’t justify turning down that big paycheck for just a few weeks work twice a year…So, I kept whoring myself out to that cartoon donkey."
  • Community:
    • This is the reason Chevy Chase left at the end of season 4. He felt that the new showrunners were doing a poor job and was uncomfortable with how Pierce's bigoted qualities were getting flanderized and made more blatant.
    • The cast and crew all seem to have had this reaction to season 4 due to it being widely seen as a drop in quality from the previous seasons. They even lampshade this within the show in season 5, where the events of season 4 are referred to as "the gas-leak year".
  • Arrow:
    • A milder example from Stephen Amell. While he speaks very highly of the show and cast, he's not pleased that Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen) and Paul Blackthorne (Quentin Lance) got virtually no publicity in the advertising/marketing for the second season, feeling that the promotion didn't do them justice. He similarly criticized WB for announcing plans for a Flash film and a new actor the day after The Flash posted strong second-week ratings, showing true staying power, feeling it undercut both the show and Grant Gustin.
      • He also once made a list of what he believed to be the best to worst seasons of the show. This wouldn't count on its own, since a season would have to be considered the worst no matter what, but fans were very quick to point out that the universally despised season 4 wasn't even on the list.
    • Caity Lotz didn't like how her character Sara Lance got the Bury Your Gays and Stuffed in the Fridge treatment in season 3, only appearing 2 more times (1 as a voice and another as a hallucination). With fan support, she has taken a much larger role in Legends of Tomorrow.
    • Almost the entire main cast (as well as some of the cast on The Flash) have voiced their complaints about Laurel Lance's death, including Katie Cassidy herself.
    I've been very transparent about the whole thing: I didn't want to leave.
    • Manu Bennett criticized parts of Deathstroke's arc in the second season, namely the fact that Slade's plan to take revenge on Ollie seemed to largely consist of victimizing (and in one case, murdering) the women in his life. He also criticized his appearance in the third season, which relegated him to little more than a Villain of the Week. The treatment was so bad that he did not return for the 100th episode, while other villains did, and only came back afterwards when it was clear he would have a much better showing. His comments on Facebook have also indicated that he shares the audience's negative opinions about Oliver and Felicity's romance.
    • Emily Bett Rickards is not a fan of how Felicity was treated in seasons 3, 4, and 7. For 3, she hated that her comedic elements were pushed aside in favor of angst, an assessment that many audiences agree with. For 4, she disliked how the disability story was handled, specifically saying she was disappointed with how fast she was healed and that she had done a lot of real world research so that she could portray the disability as realistically as she possibly could. For 7, she hated the idea of Felicity getting pregnant, believing it would limit her narrative opportunities, though the writers compromised by having a Time Skip so she gives birth faster.
    • Both John Barrowman and Alex Kingston have voiced their complaints about the way Dinah Lance, Laurel Lance's mother, was treated on the show, turning her into an Adaptational Wimp that spends most of her time onscreen crying and yelling instead of being the Black Canary. Barrowman himself has also made clear that Malcolm's death was not something he wanted to do and reportedly told the producers "where they could shove it" once he was done filming. He even went so far as to claim that the only reason showrunner Marc Guggenheim never showed the corpse was to protect himself from the inevitable backlash.
    • Thea spends her time Commuting on a Bus in seasons 5 and 6 because Willa Holland wanted to leave the show in season 4 but the writers refused to let her go. She was finally allowed to leave halfway through season 6, resulting in her being Put on a Bus until the finale.
  • Chris Elliott and Adam Resnick were very disappointed with the direction their show Get a Life took starting around the end of the first season. While Elliott and Resnick imagined a show more rife with extremely dark Black Comedy, show-runner David Mirkin and The Fox Network took the show into a Lighter and Softer direction. Elliott and Resnick basically threw their hands up in frustration and allowed Mirkin and Fox to do whatever they wanted, with Elliott only showing up on acting days. This is why Elliott and Resnick refused to participate in any of the commentaries or extra features when the show was finally released to DVD, since they sincerely felt that the show had been taken away from them and was nothing like what they originally wanted it to be.
  • Eddie Huang, creator and (season one) narrator of Fresh Off the Boat. has apparently criticized the series for downplaying the darker parts of his life and claims he no longer cares how successful it is, because it doesn't represent his real childhood.
    • When the show was renewed for a sixth season, Constance Wu responded on social media with a series of posts that heavily implied that this mindset had kicked in for her. While the tweets were later deleted and Wu later claimed that they were about an unrelated personal matter, let us simply say that when you respond to a fan congratulating you on the renewal of your show and how that must be good news with a curt "No, it's not," it's pretty safe to assume that your job satisfaction is pretty low. Fortunately for her, that season was also the show's last.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird hated Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, especially loathing the female turtle Venus de Milo to the point that he forbade her from ever making appearances in the franchise when it was still under his control. His hatred of the show may be one reason why the show never made it to DVD until he sold the rights to Nickelodeon aside from Saban losing the rights to its shows to Disney for many years.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • Towards the end of the show's run, Jason Segel made it very clear that he was ready to leave, and had to be persuaded to return for the final season. In 2010, he did an interview where he mocked some of the more cliche conventions of the series, and stated that he was ready to leave after the eighth season was finished, as he felt the show was preventing him from pursuing other roles. This was even Lampshaded in This Is the End, where Segel appeared as himself and jokingly reiterated his criticisms of the show's writing. The writers responded by doing an episode the final season ("Vesuvius") that actually referenced one of the comments Segel had made in the interview.
    • Like many fans, Alyson Hannigan did not like the way the show ended, saying it was like slapping the fans in the face. She also said she was never happy with the Barney/Robin pairing, feeling it complicated the Ted and Robin relationship too much.
  • David J. Schow's The Outer Limits Companion makes it clear that several contributors weren't universally pleased with how episodes of the original 1963 series turned out, most notably director Byron Haskin with "Behold, Eck!". (As Haskin said in the Companion: "It was an alleged comedy that was just a bomb. They laid that script in my hands; I got one sniff of it and damn near fainted".) Also affected were writers Meyer Dolinsky and Sonya Roberts with "ZZZZZ" and "Second Chance" respectively (the latter two had their scripts changed by rewrites they didn't do, with Roberts taking her name off the finished product in favour of a pseudonym). And then there was "The Invisible Enemy", a Troubled Production due to difficult special effects and multiple rewrites mandated by Executive Meddling. (Schow summed up the episode: "[N]othing cripples a show so much as the producer, story editor, director and writer all hating it.")
    • Producer Joseph Stefano singled out "The Mutant" as the worst episode of the series.
      "'The Mutant' was probably the worst show we did. Just terrible. I didn't care for the cast on it, either."
    • Harlan Ellison, a writer of two episodes for the second season, notably dismissed the entire first season as crap.
      "The first season, I thought, was garbage, the usual monster bullshit. They were doing 'the bear on the beach', in which you open with a bear on a beach, then you ask how the bear got on the beach. It was a lot of funny rubber masks, and basically silly ideas. Until (second season producer Ben) Brady came in, there were no science fiction writers working for the show."
    • He also expressed dissatisfaction with how his episode "Soldier" turned out.
      "In TV they don't understand the subtleties of character. When a script runs long, or has production problems, the first things cut are the scenes that deepen characterization. Those changes tore the gut out of that show. That's why, for me, it's a less attractive or interesting show than 'Demon With a Glass Hand.'"
  • Late into the run of Two and a Half Men, Angus T. Jones became a born-again Christian and began openly trashing the show as "filth." He later apologized, only to take back his apology shortly after and left the show (and pretty much acting period) at the end of season 10 because he felt like a "paid hypocrite."
  • Jay North was put through the wringer when he played the titular character on Dennis the Menace (1959), never getting a moment's peace between the show itself, various crossover appearances in other sitcoms and even films, and commercials for their various sponsors, plus keeping up with school. Combined with the death of Joseph Kearns (the actor who played Mr. Wilson), the abuse he suffered from his aunt when he would "make mistakes", and his beginning to seriously age out of the role, he was tremendously relieved when it was cancelled after four seasons.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Sarah Michelle Gellar told Entertainment Weekly that she disliked season six due to its darker tone, the destructive romance between Buffy and Spike, and how unrecognizable Buffy was. She also hated the Parker Abrams storyline from season four, as she felt it was out of character for Buffy to engage in a casual fling so soon after Angel's departure.
    It wasn’t who Buffy was, or why people loved her. You don’t want to see that dark heroine; you don’t want to see her punishing herself. You want to see her killing vampires and making quips. It didn’t feel like the character that I loved. Joss always explained that season as being about your 20s, where you’re not a kid anymore, but you don’t know what you want to do [with your life]. He always said that I didn’t understand last year because I’ve always known what I wanted to do, and I didn’t have that confusion, [that] dark, depressive period. But I think the heart of the show lies in the humor of the drama. I felt like Buffy’s spirit was missing last year.
    • Most of the cast came to hate the library scenes because they would take forever to film.
    • Subverted with Alyson Hannigan. She requested that she not sing too much in "Once More With Feeling" because she hates her singing voice. But upon seeing the episode, she was surprised at how good she sounded and regretted not singing more. While Gellar was proud of the episode, she hated making it, due to the extra workload it involved.
    • Willow's "magic addiction" arc was disliked by both Alyson Hannigan and Joss Whedon himself; the latter added a scene in "Lessons" where Giles explicitly states that magic is not addictive, and it's explained that Willow's actions were actually due to her not using magic.
    • James Marsters was so disturbed by Spike's Attempted Rape of Buffy in "Seeing Red" that he had his contract updated so he would never film such scenes again.
    • Seth Green left because after being really excited about his character arc in the second season, the third season he described as being on set all day just to say "I agree with Buffy." His career taking off in other directions because of the Austin Powers movies made him ask to leave in the fourth season, even though they tried to keep him with a story arc involving a female werewolf. Rumors say they tried to bring him back for guest returns on either Buffy or Angel, but he was uninterested.
    • Jenny Calendar's actress, Robia Lamorte, had become a born-again Christian by the time she reprised her role as a guise for The First Evil and didn't take kindly to it, seeing it akin to playing Satan.
    • Like many fans, Amber Benson was unhappy about her character Tara's death, to the point where she declined all offers to return to the show when they wanted her to play the First Evil.
    • Emma Caulfield was a little annoyed at Anya's death when she saw the completed series finale. She had volunteered for the character to be killed off in the final battle but didn't realise it was going to be so sudden.
    • Marti Noxon, who took over as showrunner for season six, later admitted that the season was too dark and that Tara's death was a mistake.
    • Anthony Stewart Head thought the "is Giles the First Evil or not" storyline was a waste of time.
  • The 100: Take a seat-
    • Bob Morley was quite unhappy with Bellamy's story in Season 3, and even went so far as to warn fans it wouldn't ever get any better.
    • On Javier Grillo-Marxuach's Tumblr page, a fan asked about Lexa's death and whether he and the rest of the writing staff was aware of the omnipresence of the Bury Your Gays trope and the otherwise lack of happy endings for queer couples on TV:
      i absolutely did, it absolutely was, we discussed it, and yet, in spite of all of our best intentions and conversations, we were naive enough - or arrogant enough - to believe that the lgb representation in our show, and out ability as writers would seperate/redeem our use of the trope. we were wrong.
    • And after that, the floodgates really opened with numerous actors (most prominently Ricky Whittle and Lindsey Morgan) complaining about the increasingly toxic work environment and describing Jason Rothenberg as a petty tyrant who refuses to hear a single word against his ideas, and retaliates against any actor who dares question him by cutting their scenes.
    • Whittle upped the ante after the episode where Lincoln was killed off aired, making a point to thank everyone involved with the show except Rothenberg, including "the writers whose hands are constantly tied."
  • Kurt Sutter had a giant Sons of Anarchy guide that went into detail about each episode. There was just one tiny problem: it was sent to fans early and spoiled how the series ended. Sutter accepted responsibility for the idea before going into a rage over the timing, promising a "basket full of the heads" of those responsible.
  • Jon Lovitz really isn't fond of his time on NewsRadio, due to having to replace his friend and Saturday Night Live co-star Phil Hartman after his death, and the fact that and he and Andy Dick hate each other due to issues related to that (which are best not discussed here).
  • General Hospital's Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) has made comments that indicate that he never understood the "Luke & Laura" phenomenon and even found it distasteful, given that their relationship started with him raping her.
  • The Roseanne revival wasn't well-liked by the original series's writing staff, who viewed the reflection of the real Roseanne Barr's support of Donald Trump as everything that went against the character from the original series. Things reached the peak on May 29, 2018 when Barr made a comment many found to be racist and anti-Islamic, which Barr's ex-husband Tom Arnold, producer Wanda Sykes, and co-stars Sara Gilbert and Emma Kenney condemned, with Sykes and Kenney going as far as to quit—and the day wasn't even over before ABC canceled the show and reruns of the original series were pulled, including Hulu pulling the show from their service.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Sibel Kekilli didn't like that Shae testified against Tyrion at his trial, feeling it was out of character for her to betray him and Sansa that way.
    • Ian McElhinney, who has read the books, expressed disappointment that his character (Ser Barristan Selmy) was getting killed off halfway through a storyline his book counterpart plays a major role in; he even wrote the showrunners a letter explaining why he thought it was a bad idea. Benioff and Weiss rather ungraciously mocked him in an interview for this, much to the fans' annoyance.
    • Stephen Dillane, who played Stannis, summed his time on the series up as a "disheartening" experience, criticizing the show's direction and writing for often being vague, and at times even non-existent, to a degree where he frequently had to rely on co-star Liam Cunningham to have any idea what his scenes were about. He also admitted without any constraint that he only agreed to participate in the project for the money.
    • Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, described season 7 as "Character Development? What's that?" And after a brief pause: "I should shut up". Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) was present with him in the interview and simply chuckled while replying, "You're brave!"
    • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has openly stated that he wasn't happy with Jaime's story line in the seventh season; he regards the relationship between Jaime and Cersei as toxic and he'd naturally assumed that Jaime would reject Cersei and leave her right away when he realised that she'd blown up the Sept of Baelor, and all their children were dead. He was flabbergasted when he learned that this wouldn't happen until the end of Season 7, and had many arguments with the writers about how it didn't make sense for his character to still be hanging around King's Landing.
    • When talking about Tyrion's role during the Battle of Winterfell, Peter Dinklage made several jokes about how no one in the show's universe seemed to think about how putting the non-combatant characters in a well-used crypt could prove disastrous if the Night King decided to bring all of the dead people in it back to life.
      Dinklage: And they put the women and children in the crypt with all the dead people, so, *argh*. Tyrion's smart but I guess he's not that smart.
    • Conleth Hill admits that the last two seasons were not his favorite as he is very disappointed with how Varys was treated in the latter half of the show since he knows that Varys is supposed to be intelligent but he's very dismayed about "losing his knowledge".
    • Charles Dance has kind words about the show and the showrunenrs, but admitted that he was disappointed by the final season, more specifically with Bran having been elected king by a committee. He believes that Tyrion would have been a better choice.
    • Pilou Asbæk, who plays Euron, expressed disappointment at stripping the character of his more mystical book elements, which he felt made the character feel more one-dimensional. Also, when asked about why Euron could nail Rhaegal with a perfect shot through the neck above cloud clover using a single ballista in one episode, and then fail to hit the larger and closer Drogon with dozens in the next, he just quipped "maybe they needed it for the storyline."
    • Lena Headey said she was disappointed in Cersei’s death scene after dreaming for years about how grand it could be. Both she and Maisie Williams agree Arya should have been the one to do it. Headey also revealed shortly after the show ended that she was crushed to lose a scene in Season 7 in which Cersei has a miscarriage.
    • Natalia Tena, who played Osha in seasons 1, 2, 3 and 6, admitted that she didn't like the last three episodes of the series, and that it didn't seem to have been written by the same people who wrote the rest of the series. Despite this, she thinks the online petitions to remake the season are stupid.
    • Emilia Clarke admitted she felt "annoyed" that Jon Snow didn't really experience any consequences for assassinating Daenerys. She also thought that the ending was a bit abrupt and the showrunners "could have spun it out for a little longer."
  • The Golden Girls: Not counting the Postscript Season Golden Palace, the series ended with Bea Arthur leaving the show at the end of Season 8 after growing tired of her character. One of the things she hated about playing Dorothy was the insults she got. All the girls made jokes at the others' expense, but whereas the jokes towards Blanche, Rose, and Sophia were about the fictional characters' personalities, the insults toward Dorothy were based on Arthur's actual appearance, and she felt Dorothy's wardrobe—often accentuating her lanky frame—didn't help matters either.
  • American Horror Story: Coven: Jessica Lange admits that she considers this to be her least favorite season of the series. She clarifies that although she found her character well written, she did not think the same about the plot.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In his introduction to New Stories from the Twilight Zone, the series' executive story consultant Alan Brennert admitted that they produced their share of stinkers:
      • He considers "Welcome to Winfield", "The Leprechaun-Artist" and "Take My Life...Please!" to be "bad scripts we never should have greenlighted in the first place."
      • He describes "Button, Button" and "Monsters!" as "good scripts mauled by bad directors, bad production, bad acting, or all three." He later says that the series screwed up Richard Matheson's script for the former due to "network interference, dreadful acting, direction that turned the point of the story 180 degrees around from what was intended."
      • He admits that he tried to get "Opening Day" killed about twelve times "but everytime I thought I'd finally driven a stake through its heart the damned thing would rear up from the dead yet again."
      • Brennert was particularly critical of the presentation of his own story "Healer", which he thought was so badly directed and acted that he took his name off of it.
    • J.M. DeMatteis criticized the presentation of his story "The Girl I Married" before it even aired:
      "I have a feeling that the show that appears will not bear much relation to what I wrote. What I've found out is that this season - unlike last, where the script was pretty much regarded as sacrosanct - the network is really interfering a lot...Regardless, I know I did a good job and it was a real satisfying experience."
  • The groundbreaking 70's sitcom Good Times was criticized by the actors playing the parents, John Amos and Esther Rolle, after eldest son JJ became the show's Breakout Character ("Dy-no-mite!"), as they saw his slapstick comedy as Uncle Tomfoolery that went against the show's intended tone. Amos was let out of his contract due to his disagreements with the producers, by way of his character dying at the end of the third season, and Rolle, no longer having an ally among the cast, quit at the end of the fourth. As she told Ebony magazine, "He's 18 and he doesn't work. He can't read or write. He doesn't think. The show didn't start out to be that; little by little—with the help of the artist, I suppose, because they couldn't do that to me—they have made JJ more stupid and enlarged the role." Her exit was explained as her character Florida moving to Arizona with her new husband Carl at the end of the fourth season. Ratings sank in the fifth, as viewers felt the show Jumped the Shark with both parents gone, causing the producers to beg Rolle to return. But she had a list of demands: 1. A higher salary, 2. For JJ to become more mature and take the lead as man of the house, and 3. To get rid of Carl, as she felt it was out of character for Florida to move on so quickly after James' death and ditch her children in the Chicago projects to move across the country with a new flame. The producers quickly acquiesced, though ratings didn't improve and the show ended after its sixth season.
  • Father Ted gives us a backlash over a specific episode; in the DVD Commentary for the Christmas Episode "A Christmassy Ted", Graham Linehan makes no bones about how terribly over-long and riddled with Ending Fatigue he thinks the episode is, to the point where the final few minutes of the commentary are basically him screaming "End! END!" over what's happening.
  • Riverdale:
    • Luke Perry wasn't happy with Fred being an Extreme Doormat and letting Archie treat him like shit throughout Season 2.
    • Vanessa Morgan accused the crew of having a problem with showing homosexual content beyond the occasional token kiss after she had numerous scenes cut.
    • Skeet Ulrich announced in late May 2020 that he was leaving the show, and when asked on the matter, the actor replied that he "got bored creatively."

Game Show

  • Richard Bacon, host of the short-lived British quiz show 19 Keys, would later say of the show, "It was a game show that was almost impossible to follow, let alone enjoy. Buzzers, sirens, a prize fund that would go up or down for no apparent reason - imagine being in a pile-up on the M25 with me in the car screaming general knowledge questions at you. That was 19 Keys."
  • Peter Tomarken, best known for hosting Press Your Luck, later did a home shopping/game show hybrid called Bargain Hunters, which he is reported to have called "a piece of shit".
  • Art James, host of Blank Check, said that he and the staff hated the show, and would sometimes call it "Blank Mind" because it required so little skill from the contestants.
  • Gene Rayburn did not recall hosting the 1985-86 Break The Bank as a happy experience. He feuded with director/producer Richard S. Kline (one of the defectees from Barry and Enright after Jack Barry's death) over the tone of the show, and by December of 85 it was clear he was just going through the motions at times. He ended up being replaced by Joe Farago later that month.
    • Rayburn was infuriated when Rolling Stone magazine revealed his real age in an article, claiming that the information would probably get him fired due to insurance problems. And he was right: shortly after the article appeared, he was fired. Making it even worse was that despite the format being silly and calling for a silly host (with Gene known for being a total goofball on Match Game), Kline & Friends insisted on telling him not to be silly because Break the Bank was supposed to be a serious and suspenseful show. He ended up putting an embargo on his episodes (so when CBN Cable briefly reran the series, it was only the Farago-era episodes).
    • Then there's the case of The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour. Rayburn wasn't happy on the show, partially due to the inexperienced Jon Bauman (aka Bowzer) being picked by Orion to host The Hollywood Squares part instead of original host Peter Marshall, but in large part because the Squares format was so broken; Gene Wood reportedly said that Rayburn was "dragged kicking and screaming" into the show, and Rayburn even criticized the format change on-air. But the show isn't under an embargo — it was held up by both Match Game and Hollywood Squares being owned by different companies, and finally began airing on Buzzr in 2019.
  • When Double Dare (1986) was revived as Double Dare 2000, original host Marc Summers became the show's executive consultant. In an interview with AfterBuzz TV, Summers admitted "there were issues" with the revival, most egregiously the Triple Dare Challenge. He said it took way too much time out of the game, and the show would have been just fine without it.
  • The Price Is Right has led to a few such examples:
    • While Tom Kennedy enjoyed doing a nighttime version of The Price Is Right in 1985-86 (stating that he would've continued with it had it been renewed), he felt he didn't do a good job.
    • Shortly after Drew Carey took over for Bob Barker, Drew began involving then-announcer Rich Fields in a series of "humorous" skits during the Showcase rounds. These skits, which gained the Fan Nickname "Drewcases", were widely derided by the fanbase as unfunny and demeaning. Drew apparently got the message, as he quickly phased them out and admitted that they didn't work.
    • Roger Dobkowitz was phased out as a producer in 2008 a year after Barker left. If his Facebook page is anything to go by, he isn't too thrilled with the way the show is currently run. An example of this occurred when Triple Play was won for the first time in eight years on December 21, 2015. Roger was quick to point out that the staff should not treat it as a milestone and that it was shameful the way Drew acknowledged it on the air.
  • David Ruprecht hosted two runs of Supermarket Sweep on Lifetime and PAX in the 90s and early 2000s. Within a day of the Leslie Jones-hosted 2020 revival's first airing, he made a post on the show's official Facebook page where he called it a "debacle". Christopher Ryne, who composed the theme music from the same era, was not pleased with the producers ignoring the agreement he made with them to feature his music. They switched it out in favor of "Push it" by Salt-N-Pepa at the last minute.
  • Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak has made it abundantly clear that he hated the show's short-lived "Megaword" category, used only for a few months in late 1994-early 1995 (the puzzle was a large singular word that, after solving, a contestant could use in a sentence for a cash bonus). He would snark about the category literally every time it came up, and even Vanna White and Charlie O'Donnell got in digs at the category's expense. When a contestant mentioned it in a 2014 episode, Pat remarked that he "hated every moment" of the category.


  • An in-universe example: in Extras, Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) finally achieves his dream of writing and starring in his own sitcom, only to see Executive Meddling and Fan Dumb turn the whole thing into a total (though very successful) embarrassment.
  • Richard Dean Anderson's example was parodied In-Universe in an episode of The Simpsons where Anderson guest stars. Patty and Selma are ecstatic to meet the star of MacGyver in person, only for him to proclaim disgust for the series and refer to it as "just another paycheck".
  • Castle:
    • The series has an In-Universe example when the title character, a novelist, got bored with his current hero (Detective Derrick Storm) and Dropped a Bridge on Him at the end of his last book. He then starts up a new series about Detective Nikki Heat, based on Beckett.
    • In a later episode, the actress who plays Beckett's favorite character on her favorite science fiction TV show gets interviewed as part of a murder inquiry, and makes no secret of how much she hated playing said character on said show. Beckett looks like a puppy who's been dropkicked. The actress later turned out to be the murderer, and killed the victim to prevent a revival of the series.


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