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Ten bad shows that happened to great people

by Paul Goebel, posted May 15th 2007 10:38AM

Welcome 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.

Gung Ho
Before Scott Bakula became one of the hottest leading men in sci-fi, he starred in many terrible sitcoms. The worst of which was this TV version of the Michael Keaton film. Never mind that any conflict was completely resolved by the end of the big screen version, the scripts were not funny and Bakula isn't really known for his comedic timing.

Bob Patterson
One of the more famous flops in history, mainly because it starred Jason Alexander who had just ended his run on what TV Guide called "the best sitcom ever," Seinfeld. Imagine if George Costanza got his own show and then forgot how to be funny. That is Bob Patterson.

Tom Smothers' Organic Prime Time Space Ride
After The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was unfairly canceled, Tom & Dick Smothers were thought of as two of the funniest and most cutting-edge comedians of the day. So when Tom's new show was announced people expected the same bold humor they were given before. Sadly the wildest thing about this show is the title.

The Van Dyke Show
Few people remember this poorly thought out sitcom starring Dick Van Dyke and his son Barry. Dick played the grandfather in the blandest Cosby Show clone ever.

Cop Rock
What can I say about this show that hasn't already been said? From what I understand, ABC bought this show without seeing the pilot. I wish I could have seen the face of the executives on the night it premiered. No matter what else Steven Bochco does in his life, he will always have to live with this shame.

David Cassidy, Man Undercover
Before Cassidy was Keith Partridge, he had a lot of great roles on dramatic shows like Marcus Welby M.D. After The Partridge Family wrapped he did an episode of Police Story that reminded everyone what a fine actor he was. The producers decided to make that one episode into a series but unfortunately, the terrible title prevented anyone from taking the show seriously.

Mary
America wanted to see Mary Tyler Moore back on TV. Sadly, they had no interest in a variety show. Even supporting players like David Letterman and Michael Keaton couldn't help the inanity of this show.

The Judge & Jake Wyler
Very few people have ever seen this show, which is probably for the best. One of the many efforts to give Bette Davis her own series, this one teamed her up with Robert Wagner. It was basically an earlier version of Hardcastle & McCormick only more ridiculous.

Boy Meets World
St. Elsewhere is my favorite show of all time. I remember being in high school and watching William Daniels win an Emmy for his performance of Dr. Mark Craig. I loved being one of the few kids in my school who knew that he was also the voice of KITT. When I watched him as Mr. Feeney on Boy Meets World it broke my heart.

Foul Ups Bleeps & Blunders
During the "blooper" craze, every network had their own version of this show. ABC teamed up Steve Lawrence and Don Rickles to host theirs. They succeeded in turning one of the best comedians in history into a clumsy, cue card reading hack.

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chris johnson

I have a copy of Judge & Jake Wyler and I don't see why you whine about it I found it thoroughly enjoyable. Bette Davis was awesome as the aging judge turned detective. It is a great piece of Bette Davis nostalgia that should get a commercial release.

August 07 2007 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jg

what about 'small wonder'????

that show was horrible with vicki as a robotic daughter/maid

May 18 2007 at 3:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joey Geraci

Boy Meets World is simply not in this category. If you personally believe that it's quality didn't compare to St. Elsewhere, that's fine (although ridiculous, because the shows are too different to be compared), but realize the fact that there are far more reasonable, intelligent people that disagree with you than agree.

May 16 2007 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James Schend

No mention of Fred Savage in "Working?" Good God that show was terrible. IIRC, Chris Elliot (who I normally like) was in quite a few episodes, as well, but IMDB doesn't list him so I could be mis-remembering.

May 15 2007 at 10:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

Boy Meets World was a good show for young teens and under. It was much better than the dribble that is catered to that age group currently.

May 15 2007 at 4:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diana

I'd throw in The Geena Davis Show and Bette too. So bad.

http://www.mediaobsessed.com

May 15 2007 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chuck

I'm with you on Boy Meets World, Paul. I never understood why people loved that show so much.

May 15 2007 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tre,C

Boy Meets World should not be on this list. It was one of the better shows on ABC, especially in that TGIF line-up.

May 15 2007 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tre,C

Boy Meets World should not be on this list. It was one of the best shows part of that TGIF line-up. I applaud the show... And Mr. Feeney - I loved the show.

May 15 2007 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anita

OK, admittedly, Cop Rock sucked, but that did not stop me from watching it until its cancellation. Ditto on Boy Meets World. Cop Rock Rocks!

May 15 2007 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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