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Worst TV Shows of the 2000s (20-11)

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 11th 2009 6:00AM
Kath and Kim20. 'Kath & Kim' (2008-09)
The sitcom, adapted from a hilarious Australian series, was supposed to be a starring vehicle for the oddly paired Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, but the duo lacked chemistry and the characters never transcended their unlikable superficial personas. The series' sole sitcom-worthy star: John Michael Higgins as Kath's boyfriend, the optimistic, formerly overweight, sandwich shop-ownin' Phil.

Paradise Hotel19. 'Paradise Hotel' (2003, 2008)
A game of sexual musical chairs was the driving idea behind this show (a low point in the reality dating genre), in which six women and five men were ensconced at a luxury resort and encouraged to hook up with each other. The odd person out each week was sent packing, and in a convoluted process, a show viewer would take the reject's place. A second season aired on MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality in 2008.

The Mullets18. 'The Mullets' (2003-04)
Once you've made that "business up front, party in the back" joke about mullets, you're done, right? Not this UPN sitcom, where the whole premise was based on the mullet-headedness of the Mullet brothers (yes, it was their name and their hairstyle) and the fact that they hung out at a convenience store and annoyed their mother's (Loni Anderson) new hubby, a pompous game show host played by John O'Hurley.

Do Not Disturb17. 'Do Not Disturb' (2008)
'Do Not Bother' might have been a better title for the show, the first new series of the 2008-09 fall series to be canceled, after just three airings. The Fox sitcom focused on the randy staff of a New York City hotel, but cheap jokes and tired storylines doomed the show, even with the likable cast of Jerry O'Connell, Niecy Nash and Jesse Tyler Ferguson on board.

Temptation Island16. 'Temptation Island' (2001-03)
Precarious relationships are a boon for reality TV, and no show capitalized on love woes more than 'Temptation Island,' where couples agreed to live with attractive singles of the opposite sex to test the strength of their commitments to each other. Many breakups, not surprisingly, ensued, and Fox yanked one pair, Ytossie and Taheed, from the love match when Ytossie revealed she had a baby at home.

The Michael Richards Show15. 'The Michael Richards Show' (2000)
Or 'Kramer, P.I.,' as it could have been called, as 'Seinfeld' star Richards and several 'Seinfeld' writers created this comedy about Vic Nardozza, a slapsticky private eye surrounded by equally over-the-top characters. It took only eight episodes to see that Kramer, er, Vic's wackiness lost its charm in the midst of so much other wackiness, and the series didn't even last two months on NBC.

Blind Justice14. 'Blind Justice' (2005)
It's a show about a blind cop ... did the title really need to be so literal? Otherwise, the acting, particularly star Ron Eldard as Det. Jim Dunbar (who was blinded in the line of duty), was fine, but it became clear the show was going to rely on 'Daredevil'-ish ploys for Dunbar (how many cases can you solve with a sense of smell?), an idea, as the 'Daredevil' movie showed, best left to comic books.

Baby Bob13. 'Baby Bob' (2002-03)
The first (and only the first) 'Look Who's Talking' movie wrung as much humor as there is to be wrung out of the talking-baby concept. This lame CBS sitcom, then, accomplished nothing more than putting a "he must have needed a paycheck" entry on the resume of the too-talented-to-be-in-this-dud Adam Arkin. As for Baby Bob, he happily went back to the TV commercial world from whence he sprang.

Are You Hot12. 'Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People' (2003)
You know those Lifetime movies where sorority girls use Sharpies to circle their rushees' body imperfections? This show was just like that, except beauty "expert" (and pompous tool) Lorenzo Lamas was using a laser pointer to spotlight contestants' alleged shortcomings in the vapid reality series, which made us wish for a 'Are You a Has-Been?' series -- Lamas could have competed.

Brothers11. 'Brothers' (2009-present)
CCH Pounder, Carl Weathers, Darryl Mitchell and even NFLer-turned-actor Michael Strahan deserve better material than they're given in this dreadful sitcom (produced by 'Arrested Development''s Mitch Hurwitz, no less), in which Strahan plays a swindled pro jock who has to move back home with his 'rents. The whole show boils down to a bad excuse to assemble guest stars like Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg and Kim Kardashian.



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