Worst TV show released the year you were born

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December 31, 2020

Worst TV show released the year you were born

Maybe you know what television shows aired the year you were born. But do you know what makes a show bad enough to be labeled the worst show of an entire year? Maybe it’s subpar acting, unbelievable plotlines, amateur production value, horrible writing, sensationalism, or some combination of these things.

Stacker analyzed IMDb data on the lowest-rated TV shows of all time and ranked the #1 worst for each year. To qualify, the show had to have an IMDb user rating and a premiere date in the year given. For shows before 1990, a minimum threshold of 250 votes was used. For shows past 1990, the minimum vote threshold was 1,000. Data were included from IMDb/Metacritic up through Dec. 16, 2020.

No genre was spared, from television talk shows to animated series, and the forthcoming gallery includes a reality television empire based around the antics of a pseudo-celebrity Hollywood family, a variety show in a decade filled with them, a silly sitcom about a talking car, and a British soap opera (or several!). Some of the shows that made the list aired for one season while others remained on TV for decades. Many started off on the right foot and derailed somewhere along the way; others had a rocky start and improved.

Keep reading to see which of your favorite shows (or the shows you loved to hate) made the top slot for one of the last 70 years.

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Roy Rogers Productions

1951: The Roy Rogers Show

- IMDb user rating: 7.2
- Votes: 609

The early 1950s marked the early years of television, and 1951 was a particularly robust year of programming with the debut of “I Love Lucy” and “Dragnet” as well as the return of “The Goldbergs” and “Candid Camera.” “The Roy Rogers Show” starred Roy Rogers as a ranch owner in a fictional town called Mineral City. The show lasted for six seasons, though it was a strange mashup featuring traditional 19th-century Western plotlines and technology from the 20th century.

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NBC News

1952: Today

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Votes: 1,664

“Today, Jan. 14, 1952. 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.” These words marked the beginnings of morning television in the United States, and the "Today" show included interviews, news, weather reports, and human interest stories. Initially, viewers were a bit taken aback by the idea of watching television in the morning during the time reserved for eating breakfast and preparing for the day, though it appears Americans have adjusted: “Today” is in its 68th season.

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ABC News

1953: ABC World News Tonight With David Muir

- IMDb user rating: 5.7
- Votes: 251

This long-running network evening news program has had several anchors and many different titles since its debut. While currently the highest-rated among network news shows, many viewers complain of how commercial-heavy "ABC World News Tonight"—and virtually all other major networks in general—are.

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Lassie Television

1954: Lassie

- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Votes: 2,848

While many popular shows aired in 1954, Lassie offered something the others didn’t by appealing to kids while also holding the interest of parents. The show follows a female collie named Lassie (actually played by a male dog) and her human companion Timmy Martin (Jonathan Bion Provost). While many viewers look back on the show with nostalgic sentimentality, it also had contrived plotlines, a flair for preachiness, and featured antiquated gender roles.

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Teleklew Productions

1955: The Lawrence Welk Show

- IMDb user rating: 7.1
- Votes: 397

Featuring skits and musical numbers, Lawrence Welk’s variety show aired locally in Los Angeles from 1951 to 1955 before going national. Big band leader Welk is remembered for the wholesome show that served as a nostalgic gem for some viewers, and a silly, contrived hour of television for others. The variety show format dominated the airwaves in the 1950s, and Welk had quite a bit of competition.

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Procter & Gamble Productions (PGP)

1956: As the World Turns

- IMDb user rating: 6
- Votes: 1,823

Soap operas were a popular form of entertainment in the 1950s when “As the World Turns” premiered. The show was created by Irna Phillips (who also created “Another World” and “Guiding Light”) and focused on two families in Oakdale, Illinois. Like many soap operas, the plotlines were often less than believable, and in the show’s later years, many fans lost interest saying the show’s quality suffered.

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Revue Studios

1957: Wagon Train

- IMDb user rating: 7.4
- Votes: 2,334

The Western television series "Wagon Train" told the many tales of bands of travelers on stagecoaches as they traveled from Missouri to California. “Wagon Train” was popular enough to attract several guest stars including Bette Davis and Ernest Borgnine. The series ran for eight seasons, though critics of the show found it formulaic and a bit boring. It had some fierce competition given the sheer number of Westerns on television in the 1950s and 1960s.

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

1958: Blue Peter

- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Votes: 469

“Blue Peter” is the longest-running children’s show in the world. The British series is considered by many to be far more than a television show. Throughout the past several years though, many viewers and critics feel the once-popular show has lost its luster.

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

1959: Quick Draw McGraw

- IMDb user rating: 6.8
- Votes: 1,567

The Old West adventures of a goofy mustang horse and his sidekick, “Quick Draw McGraw” was created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Though a nostalgic favorite, Hanna-Barbera utilized the same format for this animated series that they did for “The Huckleberry Hound Show.” It was quite a year for children’s television overall. Not only did “The Bullwinkle Show” debut, but a “Bugs Bunny” cartoon won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.

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Granada Television

1960: Coronation Street

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Votes: 4,776

According to “The Guinness Book of World Records,” this British show is the longest-running television soap opera. It tells the story of a group of working-class people living in Manchester, England. While its longevity is an admiral achievement, many past fans have grown tired of the bad acting, sensationalized plots, and sloppy writing.

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Bellmar Enterprises

1961: The Joey Bishop Show

- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Votes: 257

“The Joey Bishop Show” starred Joey Bishop as Joey Barnes, a TV talk show host in New York City. Some fans felt the humor fell flat and the show, a spinoff of “The Danny Thomas Show,” shifted networks going from being aired in color on NBC to black and white on CBS. In the early 1960s, the airwaves were saturated with similar sitcoms.

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Hanna-Barbera Productions

1962: Wally Gator

- IMDb user rating: 6.5
- Votes: 426

This Hanna-Barbera show features the adventures of an animated alligator. Though many people enjoyed Hanna-Barbera cartoons in the 1960s, Wally featured very similar plots from one episode to the next and was never one of the most popular cartoons from the collection.

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Trans Lux

1963: The Mighty Hercules

- IMDb user rating: 6.6
- Votes: 282

Continuity errors, recycled plots, and a thin budget made this Canadian cartoon seem like an amateur effort, but many kids who grew up in the ’60s still remember it fondly. While the show certainly wasn’t the best cartoon of its time, people loved the theme song by Johnny Nash.

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Associated Television (ATV)

1964: Crossroads

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 286

This British soap opera focused on a motel owner, her staff, and her children. While it aired until 1988, the budget remained slender throughout the length of the show and affected how many episodes ran each week.

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Cottage Industries Inc.

1965: My Mother the Car

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Votes: 576

A man’s mother is reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile and hilarity ensues—or so that’s what NBC hoped would happen with "My Mother the Car." Instead, the show starring Jerry Van Dyke ran for just one season and 30 episodes before being canceled. Apparently, the idea of a man’s dead mother speaking to him through a car radio was too much for audiences.

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Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

1966: The 700 Club

- IMDb user rating: 2
- Votes: 799

This Christian talk show starred Pat Robertson and aired on his own Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Terry Heaton, a longtime producer for CBN, wrote a book about his relationship with Robertson, the network, and “The 700 Club”—in an interview with Vox, Heaton said, “I just want to get it on the record that I participated in something that has turned out to be pretty bad.” The show remains on the air, though Robertson is often mired in controversy, most recently for his relationship with Donald Trump.

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1967: Donahue

- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Votes: 277

Phil Donahue changed daytime talk shows with “Donahue” in 1967 by allowing and encouraging audience participation, and his show was unlike anything on television at the time. Donahue was not afraid of controversial topics, which may have alienated some viewers. Many also blamed the talk show host for the rise of so-called trashy TV.

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RFD Productions

1968: Mayberry R.F.D.

- IMDb user rating: 5.9
- Votes: 558

"Mayberry R.F.D." brought viewers back to Mayberry when “The Andy Griffith Show” went off the air after eight seasons. It also focused on a local widowed father taking care of his young son and even featured the beloved Aunt Bee as their housekeeper. Many fans found the spinoff a poor replacement and thought it paled in comparison to the original.

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Bill Cosby

1969: The Bill Cosby Show

- IMDb user rating: 6.3
- Votes: 791

This comedy focused on the life and times of Chet Kincaid (Bill Cosby), who lives with his mother, sister-in-law, and brother while teaching gym at an inner-city Los Angeles high school. The show broke ground for African Americans, but was a bit ahead of its time, serving as one of the first sitcoms featuring a stand-up comedian and topped Nielsen ratings for five seasons straight.


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NBC News

1970: NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Votes: 508

NBC’s nightly news show was called “NBC Nightly News” when it first aired. In 2015, then-weekend anchor Lester Holt replaced anchor Brian Williams. While the show has been on for several decades, conservative viewers often feel the show leans too far left.

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Nine Network Australia

1971: A Current Affair

- IMDb user rating: 2
- Votes: 267

This Australian show focuses on current affairs and remains on the air, though many former fans wonder why. The once-serious journalistic news show now fills its 30 minutes with tabloid fodder like diet fads and celebrity news.

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EMG Management

1972: Emmerdale Farm

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 2,819

This British soap opera follows the lives of the residents in a fictional village in England’s Yorkshire Dales (based on the real town of Ammerdale). Though the show is popular and has been on the air for decades, like many soap operas it often suffers from bad acting and foolish plotlines. Many fans were also upset when the name of the show changed to "Emmerdale" in 1989.

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Sony Pictures Television

1973: The Young and the Restless

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Votes: 5,579

This long-running American soap opera was recently renewed through 2024. It follows the Abbott and Newman families in the fictional Genoa City. Though it will remain on television, many fans are fed up with the same recycled storylines, the diminished quality of the show, and the continuously outrageous plots.

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Associated Television (ATV)

1974: Moses the Lawgiver

- IMDb user rating: 6.1
- Votes: 467

This six-episode miniseries starring Burt Lancaster as the Biblical Moses received a 45% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It wasn’t all bad, though, and in a New York Times review John J. O’Connor wrote of Lancaster, “He and most of the other principals are rewardingly, even surprisingly, effective.” There weren’t many notable American television miniseries in 1974, though—in fact, the term was coined in the United States in the early 1970s.

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American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

1975: Good Morning America

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Votes: 1,295

ABC’s morning show “Good Morning America” has been the highest-rated morning show for eight consecutive seasons, according to Adweek. As popular as the show is, fans often complain about everything from anchor Michael Strahan to biased reporting.

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Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions

1976: The Brady Bunch Variety Hour

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 348

“The Brady Bunch” went off the air in 1974, but the family decided to keep on moving with a show that featured them singing, dancing, and performing comedy skits. Everyone returned for the ill-fated comedy/musical extravaganza except for the original Jan Brady, who was recast. While the family gave it the old Brady try, even luring big-name special guests like Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett, the show only lasted nine episodes before the Brady Bunch faded off into sitcom syndication.

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Aaron Spelling Productions

1977: The Love Boat

- IMDb user rating: 6.1
- Votes: 8,900

1977 was an epic year for TV, with an amazing primetime lineup that included “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Family,” “Welcome Back, Kotter,” and “Wonder Woman.” “The Love Boat” featured the adventures of the crew of a cruise ship and their many guests, who were often played by famous television and movie stars. While this Aaron Spelling show was fun, the plotlines were predictable and often foolish, and the stories tied up too neatly.

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Marvel Productions

1978: The Fantastic Four

- IMDb user rating: 6.1
- Votes: 788

A team of superheroes fights off villains in this late 1970s animated series created by Stan Lee. Viewers felt the show was cheesy and disliked H.E.R.B.I.E, a robot that was the replacement for the Human Torch, who appeared in the 1967 version of “The Fantastic Four.” In 1978, there were only 11 animated series that ran in the 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday morning cartoon timeslot.

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Gambit Productions

1979: Mrs. Columbo

- IMDb user rating: 5.8
- Votes: 318

"Mrs. Columbo" was a spinoff of the successful detective show “Columbo.” The creators and stars of the original series were not impressed with the haphazard way this one was thrown together, though, with Peter Falk (the original "Columbo") called the series spinoff "disgraceful." Kate Columbo (Kate Mulgrew), a reporter who solved crimes, was married to the detective though he was never seen, just as she had never been seen in “Columbo.” The series' title was changed three times: to "Kate Columbo," Kate the Detective," and "Kate Loves a Mystery." Eventually, Mrs. Columbo was said to have divorced her husband, though the shoddy backstory didn’t matter as the series was canceled after just 13 episodes.

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Glen A. Larson Productions

1980: Galactica 1980

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Votes: 3,360

This series follows the show “Battlestar Galactica” and moves forward 30 years to the ship's landing on Earth. While the original series received a much higher user ranking and fans were angry when it was canceled, neither show lasted for more than one season. Many “Battlestar Galactica” fans don’t consider this second iteration a worthy follow-up, though it did lend some sense of closure to the story of the Starfleet.

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CBS Paramount Domestic Television

1981: Entertainment Tonight

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Votes: 1,868

“Entertainment Tonight” premiered on Sept. 14, 1981, and naysayers wondered how they could possibly fill 30 minutes each night with news focused solely on the entertainment industry. Long-time host John Tesh said that in the early years of the show, “Nobody would admit they watched it.” The show began its 40th season and crossed its 10,000th episode milestone in 2020.

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Miller-Milkis-Boyett Productions

1982: Joanie Loves Chachi

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 470

This “Happy Days” spinoff followed the adventures of Fonzie’s nephew Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio) and Richie Cunningham’s sister Joanie (Erin Moran) as they move to Chicago and perform in a band. The show aired as a midseason replacement, which probably didn’t help its reception. Scott Baio said that while the writers from “Happy Days” wrote the first four episodes, new writers came in after that and the show was canceled after 17 episodes.

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Universal Television

1983: Sally Jessy Raphael

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 256

This long-running talk show featured a host known just as much for her red-framed glasses as she was for her no-nonsense attitude. While a competitor to Phil Donahue’s self-titled talk show, Raphael’s format was more tabloid than journalism focused. Many viewers questioned whether the show was staged and disliked the sensational content and fights between guests.

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Michael Sloan Productions

1984: The Master

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Votes: 1,266

A young Demi Moore appeared in this television series about an aging ninja who searches for his daughter with the help of his young apprentice. Lee Van Cleef, one of the show’s stars, was known for his portrayal as the villain of many spaghetti Westerns, and many viewers had a hard time seeing him as a ninja. There was also little chemistry between co-stars Van Cleef and Timothy Van Patten, which may have contributed to the series' cancellation after one season.

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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

1985: EastEnders

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Votes: 7,510

This BBC soap opera is still on television, though many have wondered how such a thing is possible. Based in Walford, a fictional district in London’s East End, the unbelievable plotlines and formulaic soap opera tropes have grown old. Even faithful fans have grown tired of the recycled romances and predictability.

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Sunbow Productions

1986: My Little Pony ’n Friends

- IMDb user rating: 5.6
- Votes: 1,070

The 30-minute animated series “My Little Pony ’n Friends” featured a human girl who befriends the ponies in Pony Land. The show seemed nothing more than an extended advertisement for the My Little Pony toyline, although any children of the '80s can attest to the show's quirky perfection. Nevertheless, the series was canceled after just two seasons.

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Bell-Phillip Television Productions

1987: The Bold and the Beautiful

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Votes: 6,987

Two families’ stories unfold in Los Angeles in the world of high-fashion in this American soap opera. While the show remains on television after more than 30 years, fans have expressed gripes with the dragging and preposterous storylines, even by soap opera standards, and many have stopped watching.

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A Knotty Entertainment

1988: Inside Edition

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 432

In its first year of programming, "Inside Edition" focused on investigative journalism and general news. David Frost, the original anchor, eventually left the show due to its abysmal ratings. Soon, the format was changed to tabloid journalism and included celebrity gossip and news as well as investigative crime stories, and it remains on the air today.

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Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)

1989: Fair City

- IMDb user rating: 2.8
- Votes: 537

This Irish soap opera chronicles the lives of the residents in the town of Carrigstown. Though it is one of the most-watched television shows in Ireland, many viewers find it laughable and an amateur effort in terms of production. Bad acting, regurgitated storylines, and subpar writing make it hard to understand this series’ staying power.

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Steven Bochco Productions

1990: Cop Rock

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 476

Even the "Cop Rock" plot—the musical adventures of a police force—sounds outlandish. New York Times television critic Neil Genzlinger postulated “Cop Rock” cropped up because the networks were doing anything they could to keep viewers watching in a changing market. Producer Steve Bochco, who co-created the show, couldn’t save it, and the series was canceled after only 11 episodes.

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Multimedia Entertainment Inc.

1991: The Jerry Springer Show

- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Votes: 3,979

“The Jerry Springer Show,” which aired for 27 seasons, was a sensational talk show where guests often shared the most outrageous stories. Often fights erupted with the host or show security intervening. Many believed that producers encouraged guests to lie and staged and provoked the on-air fight, but none of that could stop people from tuning in daily to see what new disaster might erupt.

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Lyrick Studios Video

1992: Barney & Friends

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 5,065

“I love you. You love me. We’re a happy family,” and so began the adventures of dopey, talking purple dinosaur Barney. His sidekick Baby Bop and their group of friends sang, danced, and completed art projects. Though kids seemed to dig Barney, others disliked him and weren’t afraid to show it. Some even started an “I Hate Barney Secret Society.”

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National Broadcasting Company (NBC)

1993: Saved by the Bell: The New Class

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 1,828

While it lasted three seasons longer than its predecessor, “Saved by the Bell: The New Class” never garnered the same success or love that the original did. Perhaps using recycled storylines and simply swapping out the cast, wasn’t enough to make this series memorable. Interestingly, the series is returning in its fourth iteration.

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Berk/Schwartz/Bonann Productions

1994: Thunder in Paradise

- IMDb user rating: 5.5
- Votes: 1,850

Two ex-Navy SEALS and their high-tech speedboat, Thunder, go on mercenary missions. Hulk Hogan was one of the leads, though the series only lasted for one season. It received a 38% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, in part due to Hogan’s less than stellar acting skills.

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All American Television

1995: Baywatch Nights

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 1,262

This short-lived spinoff of “Baywatch” never reached the same level as the original nor had the ratings, and it only lasted two seasons. It featured lead lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (David Hasselhoff) moonlighting at night as a private investigator. Even guest appearances by “Baywatch” regulars like Yasmine Bleeth, Michael Newman, Alexandra Paul, and Billy Warlock weren’t enough to save this series.

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Karppinen // Wikimedia Commons

1996: The O’Reilly Factor

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Votes: 3,959

Host Bill O’Reilly has a reputation as a staunch conservative—and his show, which featured political commentary and interviews, reflected his views. Critics of the show thought it was biased and that O’Reilly was often rude. Fox canceled O’Reilly in 2017 when sexual harassment allegations came to light.

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American Broadcasting Company (ABC)

1997: The View

- IMDb user rating: 2.6
- Votes: 6,429

A panel of women discusses news, celebrities, politics, and other relevant topics on this daytime talk show that has been on the air for 24 seasons. “The View” has had its share of controversies; many viewers agree that each host shift negatively impacts the quality of the show.

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Fox News

1998: Fox and Friends

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Votes: 1,750

“Fox and Friends” is the Fox network’s morning news show. A conservative-leaning show, many viewers have called it biased and one-sided.

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Babelsberg International Film Produktion

1999: Noah’s Ark

- IMDb user rating: 3.9
- Votes: 1,892

“Noah’s Ark” was a television mini-series based on the classic biblical story. The series starred Jon Voight and Mary Steenburgen, and was critically dismissed for the many creative liberties it took. Writing for The New York Times, Anita Gates notes, “The movie announces upfront that it has taken some poetic license with the biblical story, and that is an understatement.”

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Nickelodeon Studios

2000: Dora the Explorer

- IMDb user rating: 4
- Votes: 5,318

This children’s show featured Dora, a 7-year-old Latina girl, exploring the jungle with the help of a backpack and her pet monkey, Boots, and without the guidance of her parents. The annoying singing and monotony of Dora’s jungle missions made it difficult for parents to enjoy watching it along with their kids. The show was still a huge success and enjoyed many iterations that included a 2019 movie.

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2001: Celebrity Big Brother

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 1,124

Celebrities spend time in the Big Brother house while viewers watch their every move and evict them one by one. Reality stars, actors, Olympians, and singers have appeared on the show, which has quite the guest list. Many viewers complain that not only are the episodes staged, but that the celebrities are either has-beens or pseudo-celebrities.

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NBC Studios

2002: Last Call With Carson Daly

- IMDb user rating: 2.9
- Votes: 1,139

After his success on MTV’s “Total Request Live,” NBC gave Carson Daly his own late night talk show. Originally done in traditional talk show format with celebrity interviews, things changed in 2009 when Daly took to the streets and filmed interviews and performances at different Los Angeles locations. Upon the show’s cancelation after 18 seasons, many fans were surprised that the show was still on the air or that Daly had a show at all.

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Next Entertainment

2003: The Bachelorette

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Votes: 4,823

A spinoff of the reality series “The Bachelor,” a woman is set up in a house filled with suitors and must choose who will receive a rose each week. The first bachelorette, Trista, was the runner-up from the first season of “The Bachelor” and is still married to the man she chose on the show. While “The Bachelorette” has remained on the air for 16 seasons, viewers take issue with the contrived situations and the general premise that two people can find love in such a short time and in such a controlled and manipulated environment.

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2004: The X Factor UK

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 4,424

This television singing competition involves contestants trying to impress judges as they sing popular cover songs. Simon Cowell created the show in both its U.K. and U.S. iterations, which first aired in 2011. Many fans have grown tired of the same old thing, and Cowell in 2020 announced a hiatus for the reality series to make some changes.

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MTV Networks

2005: My Super Sweet 16

- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Votes: 2,852

MTV rolled out this series about kids who were turning 16 and planning lavish and outrageous celebrations, often with the help of wealthy parents. Time magazine critic Ana Marie Cox wrote, “Their blingy flings are not celebrations of accomplishment; they’re celebrations of self.” The kids in the series were seen as greedy, self-centered, and privileged, which made it difficult for audiences to watch.

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Bunim-Murray Productions (BMP)

2006: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

- IMDb user rating: 2.8
- Votes: 26,295

Kim Kardashian and her family star in this long-running reality show that chronicles the outrageous antics of the wealthy brood. The Kardashians announced that the series will end in 2021, which pleased viewers who felt that the show focused on a group of greedy pseudo-celebrities overexposing themselves for a buck. While that may be true, a recent New York Times article points out the many ways that the show changed television.

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ABS-CBN International

2007: The Nutshack

- IMDb user rating: 1.7
- Votes: 1,070

Two very different cousins are forced to live together in this Filipino-American animated comedy. The only two seasons of the show aired four years apart in 2007 and in 2011. Many viewers were disappointed in the animation and found the series not to be funny.

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2008: Fred

- IMDb user rating: 1.7
- Votes: 1,654

Starring Lucas Cruikshank, this series featured the adventures of a boy with a very high-pitched voice. While many critics and viewers thought it was one of the worst shows on television, it somehow managed to last for four seasons. It was based on a viral YouTube series, and in addition to the show, there was a movie.

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Authentic Entertainment

2009: Toddlers & Tiaras

- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Votes: 3,407

"Toddlers and Tiaras" features children competing in beauty pageants and receiving harsh criticism, not only from the beauty pageant world but from the parents who allowed their children to compete. Children tanned, wore hair extensions, and even practiced elaborate dance and singing routines, much to the disgust and dismay of viewers everywhere. The series also stirred up quite a bit of controversy.

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O Entertainment

2010: Planet Sheen

- IMDb user rating: 3
- Votes: 1,324

Sheen Estevez, Jimmy Neutron’s friend, gets sent to another planet in this animated series that aired on Nickelodeon. Writing for Screenrant, Shaurya Thapa called the show, “an embarrassingly cringe-inducing show filled with unnecessary gags.” Fans felt the same way, and the show was canceled after one season.

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Cartoon Network Studios

2011: The Problem Solverz

- IMDb user rating: 2.1
- Votes: 1,343

This animated show about a group of inept detectives was originally pitched to Adult Swim, but when it didn’t take the show, a few updates were made, and it went to Cartoon Network. In an opinion piece for Variety, Brian Lowry wrote that “The Problem Solverz” was being bizarre simply for its own sake. Viewers must have agreed because it was canceled after two seasons.

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20th Century Fox Television

2012: The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange

- IMDb user rating: 2
- Votes: 2,875

Based on the popular YouTube series, the show followed Annoying Orange and his friends on their adventures. Not only did many viewers find the show annoying and the jokes unfunny, many of them hated it. Much to their relief, the show lasted only two seasons.

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Feminist Frequency

2013: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

- IMDb user rating: 1.4
- Votes: 1,020

Anita Sarkeesian deconstructs video game tropes as they relate to females in this YouTube web series. The series, funded via a Kickstarter campaign, has been a disappointment to many viewers who feel as though Sarkeesian uses the show to insult and complain about men in general. They also say she didn’t deliver the episodes in a timely manner.

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Nickelodeon Productions

2014: Breadwinners

- IMDb user rating: 2.5
- Votes: 2,259

The idea of this animated Nickelodeon series was simple: Two ducks drive around in a van delivering bread to other ducks. While television critic Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times gave it a favorable review, fans never seemed to connect with the show and it was canceled after two seasons.

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Comedy Central

2015: I Live With Models

- IMDb user rating: 2.9
- Votes: 1,084

British television sitcom, “I Live With Models,” follows a male hand model and his adventures living with three women models in Miami. Two seasons aired on Comedy Central, though the second aired two years after the first. The fate of the series remains unknown, though many fans don’t seem interested in seeing another season.

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Cartoon Network Studios

2016: Ben 10

- IMDb user rating: 2.4
- Votes: 2,314

A boy named Ben discovers a device that allows him to turn into 10 different alien species. This animated action-adventure series is a reboot loosely based on the original that aired in 2005. The original had a much higher user ranking on IMDb, and many fans feel that the new series does not live up to its predecessor.

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Bunim-Murray Productions (BMP)

2017: Bill Nye Saves the World

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Votes: 6,647

Bill Nye the science guy tackles his favorite subject and its impact on pop culture, politics, and other relevant topics. Some viewers accused Nye of selling out and politicizing science. The show hasn’t yet been renewed for a fourth season, and perhaps even the inclusion of celebrity guests won’t be enough to save it.

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Crypt TV

2018: Don’t Watch This

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Votes: 1,507

Five horror shorts by five different creators make up this Netflix mini-series that received less than stellar reviews from viewers. Each short is less than 10 minutes, and the whole series can be watched in just under half an hour.

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Irwin Entertainment

2019: A Little Late With Lilly Singh

- IMDb user rating: 1.6
- Votes: 5,385

Canadian YouTuber and comedian Lilly Singh hosts her own late-night talk show on NBC. While many are thrilled to see a woman of Indian descent hosting a late-night show on a major network, many viewers are put off by jokes they see as racist and unfunny. The show is set to return for a second season in 2021 with some changes.

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2020: Attaway General

- IMDb user rating: 1
- Votes: 1,341

The story of four teenagers volunteering in a prestigious program at Attaway General Hospital first aired on YouTube and then streamed on Hulu. The show features many popular TikTok stars, which may be part of the reason for the harsh response from viewers who complain not only about the terrible writing, but about the awful acting as well.

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