21 of the Worst TV Shows Ever According to the Internet

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There’s Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, The Office, and other legendary shows. But have you considered that for each show that garners universal critical acclaim, there is an inverse show lurking on the other end of the IMDb rating scale? Welcome to that other (dark, depressing) end of the rating scale.

1. Velma

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While some recency bias is at play, few new series have ginned up such widespread vitriol like Mindy Kaling’s Velma hasSome critics have noted that the animated series, which reimagines Scooby-Doo’s sidekick as the star of the show, is so bad that it falls below “so bad it’s good” territory. If someone turns on Velma while you’re in the room, let out a “rut-row” and slink out the nearest exit.

2. The Goop Lab

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It stands to reason that, in the streaming era, far more brain-numbing television shows have made it “on air.” Unfortunately, Gwyneth Paltrow’s The Goop Lab does nothing to disprove the thesis.

IMDb description describes The Goop Lab as a show where “Gwyneth and her Goop team look at psychedelics, energy work, and other challenging wellness topics.” Reviewers, on the other hand, pan the show as “pseudoscience,” “dangerous,” and even “so dumb it hurts to watch.” What’s a word that describes something so horrifyingly bad that it’s hard to describe? How about goop?

3. Cavemen

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Quick, name a successful television show that “evolved” out of a GEICO commercial. Nada? OK, name a failed television show that “evolved” out of a GEICO commercial. Cavemen! 

4. Toddlers & Tiaras

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Want rampant mental illness and child abuse in one half-hour-long show? Boy, do we have the show for you! Toddlers & Tiaras has earned every bit of its sub-2 IMDb rating. If you’re wondering who the bad guy is in this show, it’s the parents. All of them. Without exception.

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5. Flash Gordon: A Modern Space Opera

Scene from Flash Gordon: A Modern Space Opera
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What’s that? You say you missed Flash Gordon: A Modern Space Opera? I’d venture to say that’s because he’s Flash Gordon; for Usain Bolt’s sake, nobody catches him! But you probably didn’t catch Flash Gordon: A Modern Space Opera because it’s a modern space opera. Those who did watch, do yourself a favor—memo to Elon Musk: no operas in space.

6. The Secret Life of the American Teenager

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Despite having now-starlet Shailene Woodley leading the cast, The Secret Life of the American Teenager hits all the teenie bopper clichés with a sledgehammer. Perhaps an ill-fated attempt to ride the Teen Mom wave, Woodley plays a teenage mother who must navigate high school while dealing with the baby’s father, “Ricky.” It’s one of those shows that seemed like a good idea to watch when you were a 15-year-old girl but seemed like a terrible idea to everyone else.

7. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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When the American viewing populace caught a load of Toddlers & Tiaras, they immediately began clamoring for spinoffs. And thus, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo came to be. Then, headlines like “Honey Boo Boo family turning on each other as scandal worsens” inevitably came. Don’t hold your breath for the spinoff of the spinoff. There went Honey Boo Boo.

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8. The Big Bang Theory

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No show as popular or enduring as The Big Bang Theory has been as bad as The Big Bang Theory. That’s just a fact. Lots of cringe humor in this one. If you love it, more power to you. If you don’t, well, we understand. It takes a certain sense of humor.

9. The Rings of Power

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Were it independent of any beloved source material, The Rings of Power might be a fine TV show. Compared with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Peter Jackson film trilogy, The Rings of Power never stood a chance. And there’s nothing to get Lord of the Rings fans more upset that deviating so desperately from the source material.

10. A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila

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This show offered an inside look at Tila Tequila’s unrestricted, uninhibited dating life. If you want a painful snapshot of America’s popular culture circa 2007, take A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila.

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11. Loki

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Fans of Marvel were looking forward to a whole show about Loki, but the two seasons that appeared were quite disappointing. The characters, and Loki in particular, just don’t track with who they are in the rest of the MCU. And while the story itself held some intrigue, it’s hard to get invested in a character who just isn’t themselves.

12. The Brothers Grunt

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This show is mostly about strange, rubbery humanoid monsters. Monsters that grunt. And from all the reviews, it was exactly as appealing as that description makes it sound. The show tried for some lowbrow humor and animated fun, but viewers just never really enjoyed the combination of grunting alien monsters living among humans. And who can blame them?

13. Father of the Pride

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The show Father of the Pride showed a lot of promise: it’s about a family of lions, each of them an interesting and quirky character. The first season went well, but after that the complaints started rolling in. The show had been advertised as family friendly, but a lot of families didn’t think it lived up to that title.  We’d be lion if we recommended this show.

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14. Barney and Friends

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Honestly, this one surprised us. Like most millennials, we grew up with Barney and Friends and loved him. Initially, Barney was scheduled for 30 shows and PBS didn’t intend to renew funding for the show, but after parents across America protested, PBS relented and Barney continued. Reportedly, there were some concerns about different actors who played Barney over the years. But in the end, Barney met its demise due to a video of somebody being violent in a Barney costume. Weigh in down in the comments if you think Barney doesn’t deserve a place on this list!

15. Ironside

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Ironside was actually a remake of an earlier show from the 60s and 70s. The remake, however, was grittier and more violent than the original, and only aired four episodes. The concept was of a cop in a wheelchair after getting shot, but rather than slowing down, he would handpick a team to solve the toughest crimes in the city. The premise seems promising, but it would take some careful screenwriting and directing to do it well, and apparently that didn’t happen.

16. Inhumans

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And from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the show everybody knows and loves, Inhumans! Wait, you haven’t heard of it? Well, neither had we until now. Apparently Inhumans was centered around an alien species that appeared briefly in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and nobody really loved it. Ratings were bad from the first episode onwards, and this show is now an inhuman skeleton in the MCU closet.

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17. Being Bobby Brown

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Being Bobby Brown was a reality TV series about Bobby Brown and his wife (at the time), Whitney Houston. The fact that we all know her name and not his tells us plenty about the show. Apparently it was actually a hit at the time it was released in 2005, but Houston refused to come back for a second season, and Brown couldn’t reach an agreement with the producers about how to proceed.

18. Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives

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This was a single show aired on The Discovery Channel, and presented as a documentary, but the show was later uncovered as farce. The evidence was all faked and the “scientists” in the show were actors. Despite how much backlash it received, or maybe because of it, the Megalodon episode received nearly record viewings and even two follow-up episodes, one of which features real scientists discussing the “evidence” from the first show.

19. Star Wars Holiday Special

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The Star Wars Holiday Special was released between the original film and the sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, so it could really be classified as canon. But due to it’s horrible reception, it’s almost impossible to find anymore. Lately though, the Holiday Special has climbed to the status of “so bad it’s good,” or at least the fame among the dedicated of being part of the original Star Wars collection.

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20. Celebrity Boxing

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Celebrity Boxing is exactly what it sounds like: boxing matches between celebrities whose careers have begun to decline or who are near the age of retirement. But honestly there’s not much to say about this show: people hated it. Two episodes were aired and then it was canceled. It was just that bad.

21. The Magic Hour

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If you haven’t heard of this talk show, that’s because it was canceled after eight episodes. The host, Earvin Johnson, just didn’t have the charisma to pull off a talk-show role, and it was mostly his abilities that came under fire when the reviews came in. Eventually, Johnson was replaced, but even then the show only lasted a few episodes; just three months total.

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