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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:46 PM
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Five Worst Sitcoms
Here's my list:

My Mother The Car (Jerry Van Dyke's mother is reincarnated as a 1928 Porter.)

Me and The Chimp (Ted Bessel's family adops a chimp.)

The Hathaways (Peggy Cass's family adopts a group of chimps.)

The Chicago Teddy Bears (Inept gangsters in 1920's Chicago.)

Oops! (A group of misfits survive The Big One and have to repopulate the world.)

What's YOUR list?
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bif Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:50 PM
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1. Mr. Ed
n/t
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meegbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:04 PM
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8. No Way!!!
It's on TVLand every day with 2 episodes and I love it!
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Wolfman 11 Donating Member (444 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:50 PM
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2. this is hard
Friends
King of the Hill
Roseanne
Facts of Life
Growing Pains
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GreenArrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:02 PM
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5. Friends
God yes, truly one of the worst shows ever. I've never understood its popularity. I don't like any of the characters and just never thought it was funny.

Other choices, off the top of my head:

Full House--deliver us from the Olsen Twins. And John Stamos. And Dave Coulier. Although my little sister who was a huge fan of that show did complement me once by telling me I was funnier than Bob Saget.

Everybody Loves Raymond--Not me.
Coach--
Joanie Loves Chachie--
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jono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:55 PM
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3. Wow, this is hard
but here's the first five that come to mind:

Small Wonder
Good Morning, Miami
Harry and the Hendersons
Boy Meets World
Alf
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Wolfman 11 Donating Member (444 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:02 PM
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6. how can you dis on Alf!?!?!?
that show was pure genius.
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jono Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:08 PM
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9. Not my cup of tea. (n/t)
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priller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:20 PM
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12. Aw come on! Boy Meets World?
My kids liked it. I actually met "Topanga" at The Viper Room, of all places. This was about 2 years ago. I was in LA with some guys on business so we had to hit the strip one night. The Viper Room is great, btw, not nearly the drug-laden den of iniquity I was expecting. Plus I had never seen so many hot chicks in one place in my entire life! Yowza!

Anyway, Topanga comes in thru a side door with her boyfriend, an actor I had seen before but don't know his name (he was "twentysomething Sam" on Sex & the City). They were right up front by the band, she was having a great time, while I was trying to get one of the guys I was with to stay longer. He was just hammered, and was hitting on all the gorgeous women there and getting shot down every time. After a while he was going, "This place sucks! Let's go!" and I'm like, "This place is great! Let's stay all night!", but we did finally leave when the band took a break.

Once outside we turned a corner and--lo and behold--there was Topanga with her group out on the sidewalk! So I went up and introduced myself.

"Hi, you play Topanga, don't you?"

"Yes, hi, I'm Danielle."

"Hi, I'm Ken, nice to meet you! My kids really like your show, they watch it all the time."

"Oh, thanks a lot. We're not doing the show any more, you know."

"Yeah, I know, but the reruns are on all the time."

"Yeah. This is my boyfriend -----" (don't remember his name!) He was wasted, kind of stood there looking stoned.

All of a sudden the drunk guy I was with stumbles up, blaring out, "Who's this? Who's this you're talking to?"

(Me cringing) "This is Topanga!" (him, blank look) "You know, 'Boy Meets World'?" (no comprehension) "The TV show?" (nothing)

"What is that? I've never heard of that!"

"It's a TV show for kids, you've probably never seen it."

"Why the f*** would I want to watch that?"

(Really cringing now) "Okay, we have to go now!"

(Danielle) "You should watch the show sometime"

(Drunk guy) "Hell no, I'm not..."

(Me, pushing drunk guy) "Okay, we've REALLY got to go!"

(Danielle to drunk guy) "I want you to leave!"

(Drunk guy) "No!"

(Danielle) "I want you to GET OUT OF MY FACE!"

At this point there were 3 people pushing on drunk guy and he finally moves down the street. I say "I'm so sorry" to her as we leave and that was that. That guy ruined my beautiful moment with Topanga!
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jenm Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:20 PM
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49. ha ha
that's hilarious
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carolinayellowdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 02:57 PM
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4. Three's Company, Happy Days, Friends, My Mother the Car...

Was Dukes of Hazzard a sitcom?

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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:02 PM
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31. The Dukes of Hazzard ruled!
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larryepke Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:04 PM
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7. How about...
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 03:04 PM by larryepke
Gilligan's Island
The Brady Bunch
The Beverly Hillbillies
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:14 PM
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11. Deleted message
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:28 PM
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16. What is this deleted message? Someone got nasty about calling
Gilligan's Island a bad show?
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Blue_Chill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:02 PM
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23. That's my deleted message
I can't believe someone alerted me for saying the were insane for thinking giligans island is bad. It was obvious humor! HELLO CONTEXT!!!!
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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:22 PM
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24. That Could Be Taken as a Personal Attack
Which may be why it was deleted.
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FlashHarry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:21 PM
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44. Hello Larry
McLean Stephenson gave up M*A*S*H for that???
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:14 PM
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10. Just about anything that CBS airs on Monday night
I could go into a diabetic shock from watching those TV shows

:puke:
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phillybri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:21 PM
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13. "My Big Fat Greek Life"......I win...
:puke:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:53 PM
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36. Yep, you do.
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Hogarth Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:25 PM
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14. Mama's Family
Hands down ... then "Who's the Boss.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:30 PM
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17. Ding ding ding ding ding
That execrable POS...

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mac56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:44 PM
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20. The all time WINNER!
Second choice: "What's Happening"
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stanwyck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:48 PM
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52. Another vote for Mama
plus Vicki Lawrence is a major wingnut. Not sure how Carol put up with her all those years. She's somewhere to the right of Hitler and Mussolini.
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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:26 PM
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15. In retrospect: Hogan's Heroes....
I liked it as a kid, but how distasteful is it to have a comedy set in a Nazi prisoner of war camp? Especially only 20 years after the end of the war.

That'd be like having "Gitmo!" debut for the fall 2023 line-up.
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priller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:31 PM
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18. I understand how you feel
about the notion of making jokes about a POW camp. But still, it was a very funny show.
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larryepke Donating Member (524 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:50 PM
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21. Hogan's Heroes was...
based on "Stalag 17" which was directed by Billy Wilder. Although the film is very grim in general, it has several comedic bits that presage "Hogan's Heroes." I was amazed when I first saw the movie how much humor it has.
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BlueJazz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:45 PM
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51. I rather enjoyed the fact that Sholtz would....
....sell out the entire German Army for a candy bar! LOL!
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 03:41 PM
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19. Let me see...
1) Mr. T. and Tina (Pat Morita and some girl...)

2) Charles in Charge (Scott Baio and Ellen Travolta...!)

3) Bosom Buddies (Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari in drag..)

4) My Two Dads (Greg Evigan and Paul Reiser...)

5) Full House (John Stamos, Bob Saget, and the Olsen Twins..) :puke:
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:02 PM
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22. Can't remember the name...
...but there was a short-lived attempt to do an American version of Fawlty Towers, with Bea ("Maude") Arthur in a gender-switched John Cleese part. It was supposed to be a B&B in Pacific Grove.

A few months before this, Cleese was commenting on the Fawlty Towers phenomenon, and mentioned that it was an example of a comedy show that could never be converted to a U.S. version. And then this show came along and proved him right.

If I can give a nomination to the worst pilot of a sitcom that never got picked up, I'd point to Scamps, starring Bob ("Gilligan") Denver as a goofy single guy running a daycare center, with one of the kids played by Joey Lawrence, who became (in)famous for Blossom several years later. Seriously, folks, this one made The Brady Bunch look like Masterpiece Theatre by comparison. The local NBC affiliate in L.A. aired it (to fill up a time slot for a Lakers game that ended early?), and it was one of the most embarrassing things I've ever seen on television. The terrible thing is that, a few months later, I was called in to serve as part of a focus group at NBC to preview a "new" sitcom, and damned if it wasn't the same pathetic show! I still can't forget the grating, sung-by-kids theme song ("He's the champ! With the scamps!") out of my head. On the bright side, at least I was able to score some Tonight Show (during Johnny Carson's heyday) tickets as compensation for having to watch it a second time...

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ironflange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:30 PM
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45. It was called "Amanda's"
and it richly deserved its fate. Even worse than "Payne."
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Hogarth Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:38 PM
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35. Full House ...
... was very, very bad. Very bad! Oh, God, it was bad. Really bad. Terrible! Flanders can have it.
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Spirochete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 04:56 PM
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25. That show with
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 04:59 PM by VancSouthpaw
J.J. and Bookman and "dynomite!" (Forget the name.)

Brady Bunch

Joanie Loves Chachi

Mr. Ed

Dennis the Menace



there were probably worse ones, but I'm drawing a blank right now.

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CO Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 06:14 PM
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29. That Would Be "Good Times"
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:17 PM
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34. And yet nobody looks at modern sitcoms
Is that because all modern sitcoms are the REAL bottom of the barrel?
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 05:21 PM
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26. O-kay. I'll do this, but I'm gonna make a lot of enemies
O-kay. I'll do this, but I'm gonna make a lot of enemies in the process...lol.

1. Simpsons
2. Joanie Loves Chachie (sp?)
3. South Park
4. The Show With Those Two Olsen Twin Girls and Bob Sagget
5. Family Affair
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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 05:25 PM
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27. I Consider You An Enemy
While i have little issue with #'s 2, 4, & 5, The Simpsons?!?!?!? Puhleaze. Hey, you're either with us or against us. (Where have i heard that?)
The Professor
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mlawson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 05:48 PM
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28. Happy days.
I can remember the 50s. Happy days wasn't accurate. Not even close.

For one thing, their clothes and hair were wrong.
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eauclaireliberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:00 PM
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30. "Three's a Crowd"
"Three's a Crowd"-after Jack Ritter gets married, and his Mrs. overbearing, a-hole father moves in...yeah, that one. It was beating this thing to death.

"After-M*A*S*H" Really, other than an episode or two that go into about where the 4077 did with their lives post-war, who gives a flying fuck?

"Seinfeld" Single, N.Y. white guy who can't get laid tries to be cute, clever and funny. YAAAWWWWWWWNNNNNN...

"Family Matters"-BECAUSE of "Urkel." That high-pitched whine STILL makes me ill.

"Married with Children"-Hellllooooo? Old. Stale. Must try something else...
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:56 PM
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39. Seinfeld: BAD. Very BAD. Thank you for making me
remember it.

GRRRR.
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Hogarth Donating Member (457 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:04 PM
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32. I Love Lucy
No text
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:12 PM
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33. I'll go with the ones I hate the most that others love
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 07:12 PM by khephra
Just to get me in trouble....

Remember, humor is a subjective thing. I just happen to find all of these popular sitcoms to be tripe.

Friends
I Loath Lucy
The Honeymooners
Seinfeld
Everybody Loaths Raymond

Just to show you that I do actually like the format, here's my top 5:

Newhart
Night Court
MASH
Married With Children
Dick Van Dyke show
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:55 PM
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37. Putting on my psychic suit:
The US version of "Coupling."
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:56 PM
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38. My 5
Edited on Mon Sep-22-03 07:56 PM by HypnoToad
My Two Dads

Full House

Silver Spoons

Growing Pains

Homeboys in Outer Space (semi-"Red Dwarf" ripoff) - heck, anything on UPN, WB, or most on FOX are utter crap as well. CBS, ABC, and NBC just produce mainstream-oriented crap - mainstream as in content, at least UPN, WB, and FOX try to be different.

Nearly forgot - FRIENDS. What a joke.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 07:58 PM
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40. I think you will aprreciate post #37!
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AConcernedCitizen Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:05 PM
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41. From the current crop, I'd say ...
'Everybody Loves Raymond', 'cause I don't. (I can tolerate the dad; but, Ray, his bitchy wife, his 'woe is me' 10 foot brother, and his overwhelmingly annoying mother, are seriuosly retch-worthy.)

But, hell, what do I know? I get a kick out of watching 'The Nanny' reruns on Lifetime. Oh, and I looooved 'NewsRadio' up 'til Phil Hartman's murder :cry: .
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 08:08 PM
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42. News Radio was an overlooked great. The whole damn cast was fabulous.
Welcome to DU!

:toast:
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AConcernedCitizen Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:17 PM
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43. Thanks for the welcome, blondeatlast! ...
And, ITA. 'NewsRadio' was such a great ensemble show. Dave Foley, Phil Hartman, Andy Dick, etc,; all superb.
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ironflange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:43 PM
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46. Here's my list:
Joanie Loves Chachi

Full House

Watching Ellie

Hidden Hills

On the Air - not too sure what to make of this, David Lynch's seemingly demented sitcom. I can't decide whether it's brilliant or just plain crazy. I have it on tape; maybe I'll take another look sometime

Honorable mention:

Joey (next season's "Friends" spinoff)
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shugah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:55 PM
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47. yes, i most assuredly agree!
even tho i've never seen those shows, and might have seen worse ones.
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:01 PM
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48. All sit-coms are the worst of all time- but my 5 worst are....
1) The Simpsons
2) The Simpsons
3) The Simpsons
4) The Simpsons
5) The Simpsons

*just kidding*

I LOVE The Simpsons ....
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cosmicdot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 10:25 PM
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50. kinda sad considering the talent and resources available
just too many bad ones ... but many of them have been aforementioned

this is a reflection on our culture

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