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The top 10 most overrated shows

by Paul Goebel, posted Apr 30th 2007 10:06AM
Goldie Hawn in Laugh-InWelcome to TV Squad Lists, a feature where each blogger has a chance to list his or her own rundown of things in television that stand out from the rest, both good and bad.

Of all the television I've watched in my life, there are few shows that I can say, I truly hate. Even a bad show has its place in TV history. However, if there is one thing I can't stand it's a show that doesn't live up to the hype. As always, these are only my choices. I'm sure you will have plenty of your own.

1. ER
I have never understood the allure of this show. Is it the unbelievable characters, the overacting or are people simply fooled by the dramatic ads that NBC runs? Personally, I prefer St. Elsewhere.

2. Who Wants to be a Millionaire/Deal or No Deal (Tie)
First, let me say that I must admit Regis is the man, but is he the reason ABC shoved this show down our throat? The ridiculous part is that there have been so many game shows that are superior to these. Millionaire is just a multiple choice quiz with lighting effects and Deal is so simple, a monkey could play it, literally. How hard is it to point to a suitcase?

3. Grey's Anatomy
I used to complain about how too many doctors on ER are dating each other. Then came Grey's. How does anybody in this hospital get well? If I wanted to see doctors and nurses having sex, I'd rent a porno, which reminds me, I have to get Chicago Hose back to the video store.

4. Laugh In
Why is the word "laugh" in the title? Even during the original run, this show was a cheap and lame attempt to be subversive. The saddest part is that the people who think the show is representative of television in the late 60's are the same people who have never seen The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

5. Jimmy Kimmel Live
I used to think making fun of retarded people was funny and then I turned twelve. I suppose the young boys who make up Kimmel's audience find something humorous in the brain damaged ramblings of Guillermo and Uncle Frank but, for me, it got old a long time ago. I would rather watch Leno than Kimmel simply because Jay manages to have a decent guest and/or band on once in a while.

6. The Real World
This show has never been anything more than a group of horny idiots with an overinflated sense of entitlement. I don't understand how it has managed to stay unimproved for over ten seasons. Before you go off about how it was the first reality show on TV, rent An American Family.

7. Family Guy
This show would be so much funnier if they cut the so-called storylines and just left all the clips that reference pop culture. It would be fifteen minutes long, which is the perfect length. Unfortunately, then it would only be suitable for Adult Swim and would pale in comparison to Robot Chicken.

8. Married with Children
Let's see, Al hates his wife, kids and job. Peg is lazy and cruel, Kelly is stupid and slutty and Bud is a horny loser. There you go, now you never have to watch another episode ever again, unless, of course, you're a big Ted McGinley fan.

9. Friends
I know I'm going to catch hell for this one, but the truth is, Friends didn't get good until season three or four. In its first season, the camaraderie between the cast members was more forced than Dick Cheney's crooked smile.

10. Saved by the Bell
Can we all just admit that the only reason we liked this show is because it reminds us of when we were kids and still had the potential for a successful life?

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Just two words come to mind when reading your list: brain transplant. You may be one of the reasons AOL is rapidly becoming a fosil of the Internet.

November 23 2007 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think the list is pretty dead-on indeed with the exeption of ER which now is kind of a mediocre show compared to how great the show was a few years ago.

Let me first start off by saying that when people call Seinfeld the funniest TV show ever....They clearing have a pretty easy sense of humour and someone doing a 'Knock, Knock' joke is funny as hell to them. Seinfeld is probally the #1 most overrated TV show ever. Period. Scrubs, the larry sanders show, newsradio are just a few show to name that are 10 times funnier than Seinfeld. Unlikable characters and truly NOT the that funny.

Friends & everybody loves raymond fall into the same catagory as Seinfeld but at least they arn't quite as overrated as Seinfeld is.

Family Guy is a unfunny vr. of The Simpsons, always will be.

Grey's Anatomy and American Idol are 2 of the Worst current shows in primetime.

May 24 2007 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really don´t think Friends deserves a place on the list. Ok, I think seasons 9-10 were not as good as previous.

May 02 2007 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow, weak ass list...Family Guy? Fuck you that show is awesome. Your list can die a slow and painful death.

May 01 2007 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

lol Patrick. No one is saying that Firefly was the best television show that ever existed, well not here. I do think it was a good show, not the greatest show of all time, but it was still a good show. Underrated, yea I think that too. What I am saying is that I don't understand how a show like Firefly could be considered overrated. People don't really even know about Firefly for it to be looked at as "overrated." Overrated is a term that I would use for shows that even if you didn't watch it, you would still at least know that it existed because of all the hype that surrounded that particular show. Friends and Seinfield? Now those two shows could easily be considered overrated (even though Seinfield will always hold a special place in my heart because it is one of my all-time favorite comedies) since the majority of people who watch television has heard of the show. Those shows were watched by like 20 million people weekly, well not that exact amount but you know what I mean. Plus those shows will always be talked about, no matter what decade were in because they were so popular. They will always have its place apart of tv history.

A show like Firefly, on the other hand, is a show that people barely know about. A show is not overrated if not a lot of people have heard of it. That's why so many fans talk about their love for the show so much because they want to draw attention to it since it was so overlooked (and prematurely cancelled).

Hate it or love it; I don't care, you DON'T have to like it but to say it was overrated when many people have never heard of the show is kinda odd... Now Friends and Seinfield those are shows that everyone has heard about. Those shows are always going to be the type of shows that will land on someone's "top ten list." Firefly will not be because it had such a small, but loyal fanbase... Plus I know the show wasn't perfect. Of course it had its flaws. A lot of us fans do talk about the "merits and flaws;" thats what fans of any television show does. I don't know what kind of fans you've been talking to but when I do go on any Firefly-related message boards, I do notice people talking about the good and the bad. So trust me my so called "rose-colored glasses" are off, uhh come to think of it I never had them on. I love talking about the good and the bad of any television show. I love discussing my favorite tv shows...

May 01 2007 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How anyone can think Seinfeld was overrated is beyond me. If you think Seinfeld is overrated, give up anything you think is funny in your life, now and forever. It is one of the ONLY shows I've seen in the last 20 years that stands up to multiple viewings 10 years after it aired. Not only that, but almost all the episodes were funny. There were only a handful of real clunkers, and they were almost exclusively in the first couple of seasons.

And anyone who thinks Friends is funnier than The Office is wrong. Maybe not a show you like, but objectively speaking, it is NOT funnier. Hell, you could probably ask the Friends writers and they'd tell you that much.

May 01 2007 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Designing Women...oh, kill me now. You mean the Julia Sugarbaker soapbox hour?

Gilmore Girls...cute for the first 10 minutes, then babbling tripe from then on.

Sex & the City, Why would any guy ever want to date those women?

Stargate...all varieties. The production values stink, the stories are recycled crap and the acting is horrible. How Farscape got canned and this stuff lived on still boggles my mind.

Desperate Housewives...you have to be desperate to watch this prime time soap. Bad acting and bad writing mixed together.

April 30 2007 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

oh, and silentguy is totally right too.

April 30 2007 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

wow! i was amazed at how dead-on this list was! before i read it i thought, there's no way they'll have family guy, friends, or grey's anatomy on this list; i'll have to add those. but you did! kudos!
i wouldn't have thought of 'saved by the bell' because i never thought anyone ever really described that as a good show.

April 30 2007 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patrick Wynne

Firefly *was* terribly overrated. The writing was too cutesy and self-conscious, the dialogue too standard one-note Whedon, the setting an underdeveloped hodgepodge of cliches and inconsistencies, the effects cheap, the characters paper-thin.

But the fanboy religion of Firefly can't be bothered to even consider that its baby just might not be the greatest thing to hit the screen since the first vacuum tubes cranked up. I look forward to the passing of time and the removal of the rose-colored glasses the "Browncoats" persist in viewing their darling through. Maybe one day there can be some actual discussion of the merits and flaws of Firefly without the knee-jerk fanaticism.

April 30 2007 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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