The New Year is a great time to say “out with the old and in with the new.” When it comes to crappy TV shows you could alter that to say, “out with the boring, lame, ridiculous, and toxic and in with fresh, intelligent, entertaining ideas.” There are plenty of smart, witty, innovative people in Hollywood so why do we see so much bad television year after year? Because there’s no accounting for taste, that’s why. And when the suits in the corner office want to cater to the masses and make megabucks, they aren’t really worried about quality.
Some people think the fictional behind-the-scenes Broadway show Smash should go, but it actually has its merits. Angelica Houston tossing martinis and Manhattans in her ex-husband’s face constantly, great guest stars, campy cat fights. It’s entertaining, which is more than you can say for a lot of shows. Then there’s the huge hit Burn Notice which, upon first viewing, seems like a poorly acted, horribly written spy parody – which it kind of is. Except it’s actually brilliant and hilarious! So without further ado, here are five shows that don’t have any brilliance whatsoever. Five shows that need to throw in the towel, surrender the flag and leave us all alone.