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 Posted: Thu Jul 26th, 2018 11:29 pm
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I dont think it will win hut I recently caught an old episode of 'Joanie Loves Chachi'. BRUTAL.

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"The Magic Hour"-- Magic Johnson's awful syndicated talk show that ran in 1998.

I've always disliked a large amount of network TV sitcoms... but I don't think it'd be fair for me to bitch about them, as they were apparently popular and ran for multiple seasons.

Circa 2001, I would do a lot of those consumer surveys. I was mailed a VHS copy of a TV pilot called "Dads". Egads... it was horrible. The tape was coded some way so that it would erase as soon as it ran, so you were only allowed one viewing.

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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 01:10 am
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I’m interested in hearing more about this tape that erases itself.



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 Posted: Fri Jul 27th, 2018 01:28 am
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That Joel Osteen Show on Sunday Mornings.

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There was an Australian television show that got cancelled after half of one episode. It was meant to be one of those "funniest home videos" type things, only exclusively focussed on animals.

It turned out to consist mainly of pets humping. The network president (I think it was Kerry Packer) was told this half-way through the first episode, and he ordered the network to stop showing it as soon as the ad break kicked in, and put something else on.

There are a good few programmes that lasted one edition. The most notorious in Britain was Heil Honey I'm Home, a six=part pisstake of fifties American sitcoms, the premise being that a Jewish family moved in next door to Hitler and Eva Braun. The sort of thing that might make an arch sketch (q.v. Monty Python's Attila the Hun Show) but not half-an-hour, let alone six of them...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf9jJx0NSjw



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I'm usually okay with old sitcoms, no matter how hokey, just for the innocence portrayed, but My Mother The Car?  Get the fuck outta here!  Dreadful.



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I don't remember many one-off shows, but I can think of a few that lasted seasons and I caught a few episodes and just couldn't believe it was on the air. 

"According to Jim" with the less talented Belushi brother lasted from 2001-2009 and was just incredibly awful.  It never ceased to amaze me how the writers could reach into their bag of clichéd sitcom plots where the blowhard husband always screws up and the wife is always proven right and then the husband learns a lesson at the end - every single episode for like 9 years, including duplicates where the plots were almost identical.

More recently there was the block with "Kevin Can Wait" and "Man With a Plan".  "Kevin" had good first season ratings despite a generic plot entirely because of Kevin James and how good "King of Queens" was.  So at the end of the season they brought in his wife from "King of Queens" Leah Remini and then started off Season 2 by firing his wife from the new show and just making it all about Kevin and Leah.  And the show went from generic but popular to a horrible re-boot, plus the fans were outraged that they would fire this actress and then kill her off in the show with barely a mention.  It's not very often that a wife gets killed in a sitcom and the husband is like "Eh, what's for dinner?"  The show was cancelled after last season when ratings plummeted and the network and the show played the blame game over who's disastrous call it was to make that move.

And then "Man With a Plan", which I think is coming back next year, stars Joey from "Friends" in the latest of a long series of network disappointments for him (although he also plays a mean-spiritied version of himself in "Episodes" on Showtime which was quite good despite his awful acting, mainly because it was about him being an awful actor in crappy post-"Friends" sitcoms).  Just another horribly generic show that you ask, "Why bother making this?  What does this add to the television landscape?"

Of course a ton of '80s sitcoms that are fondly looked back on today were just atrocious.  "Full House", "Perfect Strangers", "Growing Pains", these are impossible to watch now other than for nostalgia and wondering what people were thinking that not just kids but even adults of the '80s were watching this stuff.

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srossi wrote: Of course a ton of '80s sitcoms that are fondly looked back on today were just atrocious.  "Full House", "Perfect Strangers", "Growing Pains", these are impossible to watch now other than for nostalgia and wondering what people were thinking that not just kids but even adults of the '80s were watching this stuff.

Not just sitcoms. The standard of TV drama today compared to the 80s and 90s is night and day. Shows that were staples back in the day that wouldn't get past mid-season today. Even successful shows like Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger would have no chance today. Then you have the dross like Thunder in Paradise, Martial Law and Street Hawk.

In discussing Terry Funk's acting career recently, I came across "Tequila and Bonetti." The synopsis: "Nick Bonetti is a cop from New York who accidentally shot a twelve-year-old girl. His department felt that it would be best that he leave New York until all the excitement dies down. So he is sent to California, and far as he is concerned, it's like being sent to another planet, and as far as the locals are concerned, he is an outsider. He is teamed with a dog named Tequila, who is not exactly Rin tin tin. But they try to work as best as they can." A comedy show that starts with the death of a 12 year old girl. Terry Funk had a regular role as the desk sergeant.



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Do tv specials count ?  
If so, the Decision (LeBron James).Also, Geraldo opening Al Capone's vault.

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KGB wrote: I'm usually okay with old sitcoms, no matter how hokey, just for the innocence portrayed, but My Mother The Car?  Get the fuck outta here!  Dreadful.

that's the first show I thought of

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Kriss wrote: Even successful shows like Baywatch and Walker, Texas Ranger would have no chance today.

I think they'd both still be successful.  Neither was meant to be good.  Baywatch was soft core porn and Walker was basically glorified violence.  There's always a place for that stuff on TV. 

Where the difference in dramas really stand out is with TV shows that were supposed to be well-written masterpieces, like Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, which of course were fantastic for the day but don't hold a candle to the top dramas (all on premium cable) that we have today in terms of writing, complexity, or character development.  But network dramas are still just awful.  Who could watch "Bones" without busting out laughing, and that's been around for years? 



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There was a comedy variety show that aired on ABC in 1969 called "Turn On" which was from the creators of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In" which at the time was on NBC and was the #1 show on TV. ABC was the perennial #3 network and believed this could be the show to spark the turnaround. "Turn On" took the suggestive sexual and drug humor even further than "Laugh In" and pushed things way over the line for 1969. There were also tons of fast cuts and flash edits that were trendy and innovative, but were way beyond what mainstream America would tolerate. It also wasn't very funny.

During and after the premiere of the show, ABC and local affiliates fielded numerous complaint phone calls. It has been said that one affiliate went to commercial and didn't come back to the show. That is apparently urban legend, but I believe a Pacific time zone affiliate, that therefore aired the show three hours later than Eastern and Central time zone affiliates, got word of what a disaster it was and aired something else instead. Sponsor Bristol-Meyers withdrew after one airing and no other sponsor wanted to touch the show, so ABC axed it after a single airing which either had never happened before then or had happened rarely enough that you count the occurrences on one hand.

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Franchise wrote: I’m interested in hearing more about this tape that erases itself.nice

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