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Who said you can't coin your own term? What is "Boning the Fish"? It's a moment. A defining moment when you know that your favorite TV Show, Celebrity, Movie Series or Music Group has reached its peak. That instant you know from now on...it's all downhill. Some call it a climax of sorts. We call it "Boning the fish". From that moment on things will simply never be the same.

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Brady Bunch Hour, The - TV Shows
Johnny, you can see all episodes of The Brady Bunch hour on youtube. Better hurry, because who knows when youtube will remove them? -- Submitted By: (bmovies) on June 6, 2010, 6:41 pm

Whose Line Is It Anyway? - TV Shows
Both are great, and perfect for their respective auidences. In terms of boning, never has happened. I could watch the shows all day long, British or American versions, and love every single minute of it. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on June 5, 2010, 10:12 pm

American Pickers - TV Shows
These guys are faux pickers. Real pickers never pay the asking price right off the bat. And if the tall guy says "really pop" one more time..... -- Submitted By: (RonHofer) on June 5, 2010, 6:02 pm

Lucy Show, The - TV Shows
No Ricky, no Fred, not funny! End of story!!! -- Submitted By: (jimdcarter) on June 5, 2010, 12:21 pm

Webster - TV Shows
Nothing but a Diff'rent Strokes ripoff!!! Should have been titled "Diff'rent Kid." -- Submitted By: (jimdcarter) on June 5, 2010, 12:14 pm

Whose Line Is It Anyway? - TV Shows
I prefer Drew to Clive, Drew is more interesting and actually shows interest in the show. Great show, never boned good for a brief laugh. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on June 4, 2010, 7:19 pm

Cosby Show, The - TV Shows
So, our argument boils down to: "Gee, I REALLY would prefer not to have black people on the show I watch about a black family. Can't they have at least the good grace to, you know, not MENTION that they're black?" Some TV families and characters like to immerse themselves in their heritage - yet I don't hear complaints when, say, Tony Soprano obsesses over the finer details of Italian cuisine or an entire episode of Seinfeld is centered around going to a bris. When black families engage in culture-specific storylines (or even background wall art, apparently), though, it's an assault on the WASP privilege not to have to hear about, you know, *black stuff.* Perhaps "Winnie" and "Nelson" was overdoing it a tad (though, really, the pride in the apartheid struggle, particularly at that time, cannot be overstated) but the freaking *Apollo Theater* being too niche and alienating? *Really?* -- Submitted By: (Synonymous) on June 4, 2010, 7:07 pm

Brady Bunch Hour, The - TV Shows
Never seen it, but can I safely assume the depiction on That 70s Show is the only way I should? -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on June 4, 2010, 5:25 pm

Munsters Today, The - TV Shows
This thing was a travesty. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on June 4, 2010, 4:00 pm

Sesame Street - TV Shows
Old Sesame Street comments! http://web.archive.org/web/20071010051720/http://www.jumptheshark.com/topic/sesame-street-general-comments/1767 -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 4, 2010, 1:01 pm

Flintstone Kids, The - TV Shows
Flintstones Kids, huh? I'd rather watch the classic Flintstones, thank you very much. Before Ozmodiar-I mean, Gazoo!-joined in. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on June 4, 2010, 12:27 pm

Sesame Street - TV Shows
I don't know if this counts as jumping but I grew up in Canada with no cable, and they stopped airing the american version on CBC and started showing "Sesame Park". I was only six and I knew it was a completely shitty Canadian version. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:50 pm

Arthur - TV Shows
How I loved this show as a kid! Not long ago I tried watching a recent episode and the voices for some of the characters (like Arthur himself) had been changed. And it just seemed all different...not funny like the older episodes. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:39 pm

Clone High - TV Shows
It was such a great show, and in a way I'm glad it ended early because there was no chance for it to jump. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:37 pm

30 Rock - TV Shows
I really love this show. However I worry that the new cast member they added could be a sign of a "new kid in town"? -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:31 pm

Big Bang Theory - TV Shows
This show hasn't boned yet, but I wish they hadn't written out the character of Leslie Winkle. Apparently they couldn't think of good storylines with her in them? Come on. I loved the rivalry between her and Sheldon. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:29 pm

Office, The - TV Shows
All this Sabre stuff...I just don't really care. Whenever I see that Gavin guy I just want him to go away. However I actually like the Erin and Andy storyline, even though it's just trying to recreate the dramatic Jim and Pam romance from the first few seasons. But I definitely thought Michael dating Pam's mom was waaaaaayy over the line. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:22 pm

Mad Men - TV Shows
I love this show. Can't wait for the upcoming season. The only thing that really bugged me about last one was Don's teacher girlfriend...I just didn't see why he was with someone so needy. You'd think he'd try to avoid someone who was too much like Betty. -- Submitted By: (dontstopmenow) on June 3, 2010, 9:16 pm

War of the Worlds (1989 Series) - TV Shows
The show boned form the first episode. The show was the old and tired secret alien invasion conspiracy plot with only a few fighters knew what was going on. The alien attempts was laughable at best. Rent the war original war of the worlds to see a real alien invasion. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on June 2, 2010, 9:25 pm

Flintstone Kids, The - TV Shows
The Flintstones Kids as poor attempt to recycle the Flintstones. Accept no substitutes. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on June 2, 2010, 9:15 pm

America's Funniest Home Videos - TV Shows
Granted a shot to the pills is always funny, however not when accompanied by the stupid narration of a has been/never was failed standup comedian from another crappy TV show. If you have to add your own commentary to make a video funny, chances are it's not that funny. Also sick of the baby vids winning all the time. This show was a great concept but the direction it took sucks. -- Submitted By: (squrrelco3) on June 2, 2010, 11:02 am

Steven Seagal: Lawman - TV Shows
I sure hope this doesn't set a precedent for other celebrities. This is why A&E sucks. -- Submitted By: (MCS) on May 30, 2010, 11:33 pm

Sailor Moon - TV Shows
Having not seen the uncensored version with it's original dialog (subtitled to English so I can follow it), I can only comment on the English censored version. Although I'm sure some of this is the fault of the original storyline, I found it a bit frustrating that certain obvious things would get 'missed' or 'overlooked' by the characters, not to mention other 'obvious' issues. * When the five scouts were originally found, how did they instantly know how to fight? * Luna should have known who the Moon Princess was from the beginning (once she found Serena) * When they had their memories taken away, didn't anyone wonder why they were suddenly not friends anymore (like their parents and other friends)? * Why didn't they bring Greg (Ami's boyfriend) back for more episodes? * How could people NOT recognize who they were? I mean aside from the uniforms, they look exactly the same. Not recognizing that Clark Kent is Superman because of his glasses is more believable. * The series sort of destroyed themselves when they brought in the SM's daughter from the future. That right there says that SM has to live long enough to have a child. So basically, that's telling her that she's going to win every battle or there would be a paradox. * When that one guy realized who Sailor Venus is, why didn't he jump at the chance to go out with her? He knew that she liked him and he liked her too, yet he decided to go with someone else. * Why didn't more guys hit on Ami? She was mega cute! * For all the destruction caused, why were the Sailor's considered heroes? * It's anime, where's all the 'good' stuff? I can't find it even in Japanese versions... Okay but all that aside, I love the show. It's funny and I do enjoy watching the girls in their tight outfits. Just wish I could meet girls cute as them (or at least cute as Ami) but in real life that have some sort of secret identity that I could stumble upon. :) -- Submitted By: (Wolfie) on May 30, 2010, 10:55 pm

Pinky, Elmyra &the Brain - TV Shows
Elmyra is the distant relative to Elmo in the Warner Bros toon world. I never really liked her, and it's not a grand slam to emphasize certain characters, and even now a lot of TV producers still don't get that. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 30, 2010, 7:57 pm

Rachel Maddow Show (TV series), The - TV Shows
When Rachel Maddow spent a show laughing about Teabagging and Teabaggers and had guest Ana Marie Cox Laughing with her and making jokes the show which was already a joke boned the fish. After that this show was just the worst of all the shows on Liberal TV. That was then followed by her Constitutional goof when she didn't know it had a preamble. Needless to say the show sucks. And you can thank the website newsbusters for all the info as I don't watch. -- Submitted By: (mozillia) on May 29, 2010, 7:30 pm

House - TV Shows
This is a great show from what I have seen. As a character, House is fantastic and funny in his wry, mean-spirited way; sort of like Dr. Cox with realism. However, this show does not play well on TV with the ad-breaks ruining the flow and atmosphere. Have not seen all of it, only the early shows really but from that yet to bone to me. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on May 29, 2010, 7:13 pm

House Of Mouse - TV Shows
I don't know why but this show had more of the essence of a 1970's cartoon, probably because it like a Muppet Show for Disney characters. Even though the emphasis was on cartoon shorts Mickey hosted the show like a variety program, and then he, Donald and Goofy were always involved with something else off stage. They should have made this show more like Animaniacs and not constrain the main setting to just the night club and have more things going on. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 29, 2010, 1:47 pm

House - TV Shows
I do not watch the series on TV, way too many commercials. I do buy the seasons on DVD. I just finished season 5. Kutner's "suicide" follows the current trend of killing off chanters for "dramatic effect" whatever. It started with Henry Blake in MASH. It is a symptom of writer burnout/laziness. Useful for gratuitous shock value only. I put suicide in quotes because according to the writers/producers commentary track for Locked In, time 0:42:50, disc 4 of the season 5 DVD, Kutner was murdered by Taube. When a show which started with such promise resorts to characters killing one another, it's time to pull the plug. I will not purchase further seasons on DVD. For me, the show ended with season 5. -- Submitted By: (Robbie) on May 28, 2010, 9:29 pm

ProStars - TV Shows
I liked the show when I was a kid. But, once the show aired Bo was already injured and his football playing career was over. The show needed a football player. I would have loved to see Dan Marino or John Elway or Barry Sanders with Mike, Bo and Wayne. -- Submitted By: (bjohn345) on May 28, 2010, 5:32 pm

Power Rangers (original) - TV Shows
As of now, my previous comment stating that there wouldn't be another Power Rangers series has become outdated. Haim Saban got the rights back from Disney (thank God) and has a deal with Nickelodeon to not only broadcast reruns of all 17 previous seasons of the series, but also to air a new Power Rangers set to debut in 2011. I'm uncertain as to whether this is good or not. It is good to see that the original creator of the series has it back in his hands, but I'm a bit thrown off by the fact that it'll be on Nickelodeon, the network that abandoned the actual humor they used to have so they could keep airing half a days worth of some idiotic talking sponge. -- Submitted By: (Idontlikefails) on May 27, 2010, 11:39 pm

Sesame Street - TV Shows
My 10 year old nephew and I always get into an intellectual discussion about how Elmo does not teach proper English. It's sad to see such a classic TV show bone when it focuses primarily on Elmo and Abby Cadabby way too much. In my opinion Elmo should have stayed as a background character. another boning point was that they took one of the shows original stars off, Kermit the Frog. Kermit had some of the funniest Sesame Street News Flash segments, where in one particular News Flash, Kermit reported on when Cinderella's Fairy Godmother was going to make her a dress, where instead of it going on Cinderella, it went on Kermit. You don't see classic skits like this on Sesame Street anymore and it's a shame that our kids will never see what we saw when we were growing up. -- Submitted By: (JBird) on May 27, 2010, 11:31 am

Win Ben Stein's Money - TV Shows
It boned when Jimmy Kimmel left. Not a huge Jimmy Kimmel fan, but he played a great sidekick on this show. The replacements never had the same chemistry with Ben that Jimmy did. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 27, 2010, 9:47 am

You Can't Do That on Television - TV Shows
While I never got to see much of the show, because my mom banned it from my viewing, I do feel that after Christine a.k.a. Moose and Lisa departed from the show it was the beginning of the end. Those girls were a great duo, other cast members like Alistair, Doug, Kevin K, Vanessa, and Adam were also great as well. But the show sadly demonstrated that live action shows starring kids always end up having to put a puberty cap on the cast, in other words you grow tall, you're gone. The new cast with Chris (the only one I remember) wasn't the same and it was even clear to Nickelodeon by that point that their first successful show had seen better days, thus the beginning of the groundwork for the Nicktoons. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 27, 2010, 12:39 am

ABC World News - TV Shows
Boned with the death of Peter Jennings. He was the face and soul of ABC News for many, many years. I have nothing against Charles Gibson or new World News anchor Diane Sawyer, but they just don't have the emotional pull Peter Jennings had. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 26, 2010, 9:52 pm

You Can't Do That on Television - TV Shows
I really loved the fact that YCDTOTV was a show made for kids of the "forgotten" age group of 13 - 17 years old. It dealt with topics that were relevent to kids and made it humurous without being preachy. I admit it wasn't as good as it was when Christine, Lisa and many other original cast members that left by 1986 but it was still good enough for kids to watch and relate to. Long live green slime! -- Submitted By: (gagedesoto) on May 26, 2010, 12:43 pm

Emergency! - TV Shows
Okay, let me get this straight. You think that this show boned the fish because of one little girl's appearance? Really? You can't be serious about that. I watched Emergency! when it originally aired and have the series on dvd and I want to say that it NEVER boned the fish. The drama, the humor, the medical jargon and a wonderful cast made this show one of the few shows ever made that never went downhill. Even towards the end when basically it was only featuring Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, it was still at it's best. To say that Emergency! boned because of one person's appearance is an exaggeration to say the least. You don't like Dawn Lyn, that's fine but don't say the show was ruined because of it. -- Submitted By: (gagedesoto) on May 26, 2010, 12:32 pm

Sports Night - TV Shows
Baldrick, I don't think you're correct about the laugh track. I think the laugh track was with the show when it started and as it progressed they turned down the volume and by the second season it was gone. It was horribly out of place and awkward if I remember correctly, so I was pretty relieved when they got rid of it. I think Aaron Sorkin never wanted a laugh track, but ABC had a policy at the time with their sitcoms that they were required to have a laugh track. Since they considered Sports Night one (though it was more of a dramady), it had to have one until they were smart enough to let them take it off, but by then it was too late. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 25, 2010, 5:33 pm

American Idol - TV Shows
I'll admit this show was a guilty pleasure of mine, but I've hated this season. The contestants are terrible, the judges are more annoying than usual, Ellen, who I find for the most part to be a pretty funny and nice person, is not a good fit for the show, Simon has been phoning it in since it's his last season, the audience seems more subdued, Ryan seems bored, it's just getting stale. I think it's time to kill this show, but since it still gets high ratings they'll keep it around, but it's on the decline and with Simon leaving (he's the only reason I continue watching), that'll only speed it up. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 25, 2010, 4:21 pm

In Search of... - TV Shows
I remember this show from when Leonard Nimoy did the narration. It was kind of a cool a forerunner of a whole class of shows: "Urban Legends" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_Legends_%28television%29 ; "Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not!". In Search of... had less stress on entertainment and more effort on the credibility front. Some clever network should pick up the rights for a song and relaunch it with another narrator. Maybe someone like... what's Bernard Shaw doing these days? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Shaw_%28journalist%29 -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 25, 2010, 3:11 pm

Duckman - TV Shows
Oh yeah! "You Put Your Down Down and Thrust Your Pelvis! Uh!" Duckman Rules! THAT was great irreverent humor. It wasn't the best looking animation style by a long chalk but it puts a few recent high-budget shows to shame. Never Boned. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 25, 2010, 2:55 pm

Baby Bob - TV Shows
I don't recall that I ever caught more than three or four episodes of Baby Bob before it was yanked to oblivion. The five main actors were all people that I'd liked elsewhere and it made me chuckle. The talking baby idea was, of course, played to death under another brand by that time. However, in THIS show, they were actually making the magic happen. The guy from Herman's Head was perfectly cast to voice the baby, also, they didn't try to let the baby gimmick carry all the laughs. The rest of the family and the sitter made things interesting too. Lets' say "Well executed version" but poor timing! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 25, 2010, 2:28 pm

Lost - TV Shows
Never boned. Glad it ended when it did. I thought the finale was perfect because I watched Lost for the characters and I thought the finale brought closure to their arcs, so for that reason I loved it. Sure, many of the island mysteries remained unsolved. What were the numbers about? Did Hurley and Ben in the end sink the island? What was the temple for? However, I think it was kind of cool to leave the ambiguity and let people come to their own conclusions. Good vs. evil, science vs. faith, second chances, redemption, all great themes in this show. Thanks for six wonderful seasons, Lost. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 25, 2010, 11:40 am

Cleveland Show, The - TV Shows
Fox Please cancel this sick puppy -- Submitted By: (JBird) on May 25, 2010, 8:45 am

Rocko's Modern Life - TV Shows
4th season. By this time, it was going downhill, but thankfully, the plug was pulled on it before its good name could really get trashed. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 25, 2010, 6:45 am

NCIS - TV Shows
While it is one of the best shows on Television the writers have been working very hard on boning it this season. They may pull that off with the finale. They came close a few times earlier this season. -- Submitted By: (Paul1807) on May 24, 2010, 10:33 pm

I Dream of Jeannie - TV Shows
A story about a genie needs to have restrictive elements or there's only about 24 minutes of story until "happily ever after..." or "the end of the world..." so we need to accept that Tony is too moral to "cheat" etc and whining about the examples each time is kinda pointless. Buy into each fictional reality or maybe don't bother following the show. I had no initial problem buying into ALF, Jeannie, Bewitched, Star Trekkers or Jedi, however, Lost, Mutant X, You Wish, Teen Angel or Surface just couldn't draw me so I passed. There's little value, say, in quibbling over Trek science like "artificial gravity" if you've watched the shows for more than 20 minutes - you just buy into it and move along. If they had suddenly said the device was running off a 9Volt Duracell after the seventh season of TNG, I might call that a Bone to pick at. A powerful sensual blond female wanting to make a straight healthy astronaut's life better against his orders was a comedy concept I bought into from Barbara Eden so I went along and enjoyed the ride. Now if Jeannie had suddenly become the Lieutenant Governor of Florida... Realistic Fantasy versus Stretched Credibility perhaps? -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 24, 2010, 4:08 pm

NFL Today, The - TV Shows
the NFL today never boned the fish and i still remebered brent mustburger host the show -- Submitted By: (thedude19766) on May 24, 2010, 1:23 pm

Jimmy Kimmel Live! - TV Shows
few years ago jimmy had rosanne as the main guest but this is not the reason I will tell how JKL boned the fish,it BTF when jimmy had husband and wife clams that they see and hears the goast of John Lennon and they said lennon "made a new song" called wakko the clown! then after Jimmy called beatles proformance on AMA in 207 boring and they came back and this time not only they seen and hear the goast of lennon and now they seen the sprit of george harrison and already marriend to a new wife and a "another new song" callled jimmy is my hero! BTF and the husband and wife are nuts -- Submitted By: (thedude19766) on May 24, 2010, 1:22 pm

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - TV Shows
"Never jumped. Definite decline in later seasons" - Um, that's what jumping/boning is! The point where a show starts to decline, not the point where it becomes unwatchable! I can't see a cliche moment where Buffy boned in any classic sense, however it was a show that eventually started to go stale due to repitition and probably went on a bit too long. I would say end of series 5 it probably boned. I also agree with what another poster said, that they tried to introduce too many 'main characters'. While it's nice to have some additional recurring/fringe characters like Riley, Dawn, Anya etc, they made a mistake in trying to force them on the viewer too often and too quickly. -- Submitted By: (Piemaster) on May 24, 2010, 4:29 am

Star Trek: Voyager - TV Shows
I can sum up Voyager in four words - "nice idea, poorly implimented". This goes for everything about the show including the concept itself, the characters and a lot of the individual episodes too. It was watchable in places, but it just never really gripped me the way TNG and DS9 did. The characters just stirred no feelings of empathy from me, and it's kind of hard to like a show when you are secretly hoping that most of the cast, including the 'main character' would leave the show. -- Submitted By: (Piemaster) on May 24, 2010, 3:45 am

Star Trek TNG - TV Shows
I don't think this series ever boned. In fact, I think it took a while to get going and the last series was the best of all. DS9 was probably a better series overall, but TNG went out on a high. -- Submitted By: (Piemaster) on May 24, 2010, 3:31 am

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
I would say when Jadzia was killed. Not because Jadzia was a particularly great character, or that Ezri was a particularly poor one, but the whole last season just had a feeling of the show having lost its impetus and was limping along a little bit. The Dominion War was started to drag a little bit and too much time was being spent on the holodeck. -- Submitted By: (Piemaster) on May 24, 2010, 3:27 am

Friends - TV Shows
I would say that Chandler and Monica hooking up (not marrying) was the point where the show started to get worse. It still had it's moments after that, but having C&M in a relationship removed a lot of the souces of humour from the show and what replaced it just wasn't very funny as they didn't really work as a couple. Remained watchable until the end though. -- Submitted By: (Piemaster) on May 24, 2010, 3:23 am

Red Dwarf - TV Shows
In my opinion there has never been such a clear cut BtF moment at Red Dwarf at the end of series 6. In series 7 and 8, the plots became too far-fetched, too much story was sacrificed for cheap laughs and the cast seemed to lose all their chemistry once Rimmer left. It still had it's moments, and series 8 was a little better than 7, but it was never quite the same. -- Submitted By: (Piemaster) on May 24, 2010, 3:16 am

Talk Soup - TV Shows
I say it boned with their own self-produced bits proved even more banal than the clips they were dissing! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 23, 2010, 6:00 pm

View, The - TV Shows
To think: Barbara Walters CREATED this instead of having this foisted on her against her will by the networks.What a legacy to go out on! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 23, 2010, 5:57 pm

Good Morning America - TV Shows
Aside when Erma Bombeck would read her funny stuff, I never thought there never was anything to like about this show so I say it boned when Erma died. -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 23, 2010, 5:48 pm

Bad News Bears, The (TV series) - TV Shows
To think, my gradeschool teacher took up a great deal of our classtime begging us not to see this show (or the movie) because she thought it somehow would corrupt us. Seems so incredibly tame now! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on May 23, 2010, 5:43 pm

I Dream of Jeannie - TV Shows
Those saying about the navel being covered being a boning moment... you have to remember, this was still the time period when saying "pregnant" was almost the equivalent of dropping a f-bomb on air. And I agree with a bunch of you. If I was single, having a hot woman in my midst at most all times, I can tell you something is getting boned, and it ain't the show. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 23, 2010, 4:31 am

I Dream of Jeannie - TV Shows
As an example of what you mean, would the terms "Realistically unrealistic" or "Believably unbelievable" apply? -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on May 23, 2010, 12:49 am

Dinosaurs - TV Shows
This was one of my all-time favorite shows. Gotta love the Grapdelites' attitude towards the food chain and their imminent ectinction - It's our own fault for being delicious... http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Grapdelites -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 1:02 pm

My Three Sons - TV Shows
This page must be a spam magnet for some reason that I can't be bothered to decipher. Such a huge number of votes and posting about a minor character on an ancient family comedy... -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 12:34 pm

I Dream of Jeannie - TV Shows
High-concept shows like I Dream of Jeanie or ALF get an exemption from some of the usual JTS/BTF reasons because, as a viewer, one needs to accept the stupidity of each show's reality and just go with the concept that this Air Force astronaut is too prudish to take advantage of every guy's dream situation because he's an officer and a gentleman. Shows with genies or witches or extraterrestrials merely have to make their own kind of sense, not make real sense. For this reasoning, I disregard any idea of Day One for such shows except when they just fail to convincingly sell their reality at all. Surface, The Cleveland Show, American Dad and Lost anyone? -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 12:11 pm

Fanboy and Chum Chum - TV Shows
These cartoonists, they just stopped trying or caring. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on May 22, 2010, 12:03 pm

2point4 Children - TV Shows
Remembered liking this show even if it negotiated a couple Boning markers. Same Character/Different Actor when the daughter Jenny was recast; then, New Kid In Town when Declan became a classic "cousin Oliver" in the last year. They weren't playing it safe as a normal sitcom and I applaud that. Respect also for wrapping the show once the male lead passed away instead of trying to import David Spade as an uncle or something. Rona and Bill had some classic Lucy & Ethel episodes through the years. Also, the writers were able to get serious - even morbid without feeling like A Very Special Episode. I'll reserve voting until I re-watch my old VHS tapes. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 11:42 am

Home Improvement - TV Shows
This kind of show makes me worry about the audience's mental competence when it draws well for so many years. Similar shows like According To Jim and King of Queens just hovered below the radar, but this was actually a significant pop culture hit with people imitating the character's trademark lines and such. Buffoonery has a place, but, this was an embarrassment to humankind. Day One! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 11:30 am

Blackadder - TV Shows
With the same caveats mentioned by others I shall also vote "Never Boned" for the programs which gave rise to my user-namesake character Baldrick. The final scene of the fourth series was a fitting way to pay tribute to the grim reality of wartime which had been a source of "over-the-top" humor. "...We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields." http://www.poppies.ws/poppies/in-flanders-fields-the-poppies-blow.html -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 10:39 am

Charles in Charge - TV Shows
The original family cast and production team was not bad and they were aiming the jokes at two levels - kids and adults. The re-worked show that came back made very little sense for Charles being there as others have noted, also, they seemed to be playing to a lower common denominator with the humor. Somehow the show had some notable guests and co-stars "before they were stars", otherwise, CinC would be barely remembered - except for (Jennifer Runyon) Gwendolyn Pierce. She was fine looking. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 22, 2010, 9:41 am

Cosby - TV Shows
Should have called it "Both Feet in the Grave" since it was a bad idea all around to have Cosby do an adaptation of the British sitcom One Foot in the Grave. Can't believe it stuck around for four seasons! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 21, 2010, 8:14 pm

Barney Miller - TV Shows
One of the best ensemble-cast TV workplace comedies of all time. I wish I'd been old enough to "get" some of the writing back then. The show looks a bit "dated" now in re-runs so I don't bother with it. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 21, 2010, 7:22 pm

I Love Lucy - TV Shows
My vote for when I Love Lucy boned was definitely when they moved to the CT. suburbs. And those annoying Ramsey neighbors? Ughh. It seemed less relatable and more snobbish at that point. I really prefer the more blue collar Ricardo's in the smallish brownstone building. -- Submitted By: (geg0004) on May 21, 2010, 4:47 pm

ABC World News - TV Shows
I'm sorry but ever since Peter Jennings died, ABC News hasn't really lived up to much of the way they revolutionized the evening newscast. Charles Gibson has done his best but we all knew that his ultimate retirement was coming for a while and it's hard to say who ABC can even replace him with. And the way I look at it, it might just be better for the networks to reduce their news departments to the weekly magazine shows and let the local channels just take the whole 6/5 central hour for their newscast instead, even they can cover the world news with the help of provided reports from their affiliated network. Meanwhile, cable and internet has become a more accessible source for news and in my case the internet is really all that I need. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 21, 2010, 3:11 pm

Sesame Street - TV Shows
Elmo represents a sad reality about the television business. When a TV show is well loved, they look into the reasons behind it, including the characters, and then from there they emphasize the very things they think that everyone loves best. Problem is, the way certain characters are exposed affects the qualities that the show already had and ultimately the show becomes about something else against it's original premise. And either it will become hugely popular and maybe better over time, or the changes end up corrupting the show to the point that no one likes it anymore and correcting the mistake often comes too late to save it. Thing is, Elmo got exposure as he did because there was a favoritism for the cuteness of the character initially, and the producers in their mind saw him as the path of profitability (and believe me Sesame Street is the prime example of commercialism intruding on PBS). The more they showed Elmo, it only resulted in him getting his own segment on the show and then everything else about Sesame Street seemed to become minor in comparison. Likewise the show's format has been altered to fit the rules of the short sighted E/I guidelines. That said, Sesame Street is never going to be the same show it once was, business got in the way. -- Submitted By: (jconifer7) on May 21, 2010, 2:16 pm

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
baldrick - It gets even better where Terry Farrell (the actress who played Jadzia Dax) is concerned. In the series finale, there's a scene where Worf is about to leave the station, and there's a montage of images as Worf reminisces about his time on DS9. In all those images, Jadzia doesn't appear even once -- and Worf had MARRIED her!! The reason for Jadzia's absence was not that Worf was so jaded, but that Farrell wanted scads of money for her image to even be used in a brief flashback appearance. Rather than give her the dough, Paramount evidently collectively decided "The hell with her" and left her completely out of Worf's trip down Memory Lane. That dovetails pretty nicely with your theory about why Jadzia got a redshirt death. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 21, 2010, 7:29 am

Rockford Files, The - TV Shows
Jimmy, Jimbo, the world's most coolest detective show! If only "McGiver" or some other detective show could reach this peak! Jimbo, you are the Man! -- Submitted By: (smaxie) on May 21, 2010, 2:50 am

Buffy The Vampire Slayer - TV Shows
I agree with a lot of what creatrix said...Seasons 2 and 3 are as good as television gets; season 4 was the inevitable letdown; season 5 it rose again, and was meant to have ended on the "high" note of Buffy's ultimate sacrifice for her sister and the world...but I thought Buffy boned in season 6; Willow became way too powerful and confident - a far cry from the character in the beginning...too far for me. And although its hard for me to say the show totally sucked after season 5 (there were some SERIES high points that followed), it was almost a different show. And season 7 was just crazy...all those potentials and the contrived "Big Bad" of the First...but I still hated to see it end. I probably held out hope that it could recapture SOME past glory...and that is one of the things that made it a great show in the first place...you knew what it was at one time...but all great shows run out of material. But there was more great TV in seasons 2 and 3 (and scattered throughout EVERY season...save, maybe, 7) than most series squeeze out of ten seasons... -- Submitted By: (force26) on May 20, 2010, 9:01 pm

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
Too right "her death scene was such a throwaway that she might as well have been a redshirt." The actress was rumored to have been universally disliked on set so this may have been a deliberate snub. Don't go away mad - just go away!! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 12:00 pm

Freakazoid! - TV Shows
Cool animated comic superhero show. It wasn't on long enough to bone. Think I'll cue up that second season now and watch it. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 10:03 am

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - TV Shows
Yes. Wild and wacky stuff! Johnny eventually gets off the line "I didn't even know you were Jewish!" The Ed Ames Tomahawk incident clip can be searched online. The Carson Tonight Show might have Boned when Johnny began to try doing Letterman-style bits out-of-studio and he was just too awkward and not in his element. "Shower with a Star" may have been an early precursor of this. His classic character bits were great in their day though. Climbing into golf carts with drag race champ Shirley Muldowney in 1986 to race around the studio lot is the type of thing even Letterman will now delegate to a sidekick. Johnny looked very strange doing this. Carson was the master of the clever quip though. Even the legendary response to Zsa Zsa Gabor that they both said never happened - makes sense just because it's the kind of thing only Johnny could have said. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 9:59 am

Sabrina the Teenage Witch - TV Shows
Is there some reason for the bashing of MJH that I'm not aware of? I mean she's not a toothpick or a supermodel but she seems to draw a lot of negative comments about her appearance while actors from similar youth shows before and since get a pass. Was she worse looking than Hillary Duff or Miley Cyrus or Britney Spears' sister for instance? The first year had the best sidekick. Casting her bratty sister as a cousin in an obvious backdoor pilot attempt was lame. The Salem puppet was getting kind of threadbare. Still, it was mostly entertaining up through the magazine(?) workplace year. Do I remember George Wendt as an ersatz Lou Grant? -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 9:00 am

This Old House - TV Shows
True and True. Though you both have very valid points, I didn't exactly hate the change of the show from instruction to more of a wish-list dream-home travel whatever show. There were so many other pure how-to programs going on (some of them local or regional), I'm glad they stepped outside their original mission. I didn't need to see Norm do any more biscuit jointing after the first two times. Bob Vila's departure was timely - he was becoming too arrogant and wanting to shoulder in on the demonstrations which just made them longer not better. The second guy was fine but even the third host is good enough. It's the material that matters anyway, not the host. If they had to move up-market to find novel material, then I'm glad they made that call. This Old House Classics used to be shown somewhere IIRC. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 8:40 am

Vicar of Dibley, The - TV Shows
I loved this show. Haven't seen some of the specials yet so I'll reserve judgment on any Boning incidents. I tend to give shows like this, with such broadly drawn characters, a lot of leeway for outlandish moments. The PBS outlet just shows the first couple of series and I've only caught the Easter Special one time. I need to re-watch the Spring through Winter series as well. No-No-No-No-No-No-Yes! -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 8:24 am

ALF: The Animated Series - TV Shows
Bouillabaisse-ball - tossing seafood ingredients instead of a ball. I remember getting a chuckle from this series. It was better than the later years of ALF itself which had Boned already. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 20, 2010, 7:45 am

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
Never boned, but came close when Jadzia Dax was killed -- and her death scene was such a throwaway that she might as well have been a redshirt. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 20, 2010, 6:28 am

Seinfeld - TV Shows
Another entry from my "show nicknames" collection: I always called this one "Whine-feld," after Jerry's stand-up comedy style. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 20, 2010, 6:10 am

Jeopardy! - TV Shows
I guess this, like the Michael Larson deal with Press Your Luck, I just don't get why people think the boning moment would be because of a single contestant. Yeah, it was a massive run, but it was impressive, watching each episode waiting and seeing when and if Jennings would slip up. Always a fun show to watch. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 20, 2010, 6:05 am

Seinfeld - TV Shows
Legit argument, but that last episode still left a bad taste in my mouth. Ok, I can get the arguments people throw out there about the last episode, but that's all you could come up with, what basically amounted to a clip show? IMO, was the king of all bad episode finales until The Sopranos had their cut to black ending. -- Submitted By: (PYLrulz) on May 20, 2010, 6:02 am

Daria - TV Shows
I still rock friends' minds when I tell them Daria was spun-off from Beavis and Butthead. Seriously, the shift from that show to this one I think represented a shift in sensibilities in general. I don't remember much of Beavis and Butthead, I remember laughing every once in a while but the humor was generally ineffectively juvenile. Then Daria appeared and I really loved it. I thought it was brilliant: great voice acting, funny plots, and well-made scripts. The show still stands as one of the funniest animated shows and I think, a little ahead of its time. -- Submitted By: (SamuraiPanda201) on May 19, 2010, 11:15 pm

Star Trek: Deep Space 9 - TV Shows
Agreeing with much of what doctor_awesome wrote. Avery Brooks was a bit over-the-top at times and I tuned out the parallel world stories even though Nana Visitor was sexier as that character. DS9 was the most worthy of all the Trek stuff. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 10:14 pm

Six Million Dollar Man - TV Shows
I'd forgotten about the singing but the Sasquatch stuff was super cheesy. Even when you suspend disbelief over the basic bionic astronaut premise, bringing in aliens and a giant wrestler in a bad ape suit as a Sasquatch is going too far. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 9:57 pm

Seinfeld - TV Shows
Was tempted to say Finale but it didn't really bother me. It was just an ambitious epilogue. Due to Michael Richards, when Kramer bursts onto a scene now, I just see this hate-filled racist and the whole entertainment mood dies for me. Michael Richards killed Cosmo Kramer that night at the comedy club. Harsh but real. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 9:41 pm

WKRP in Cincinnati - TV Shows
Great show. Hopefully the music rights issue will one day be resolved and WKRP will be available for purchase on DVD. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 8:17 pm

Just Shoot Me - TV Shows
Since the early episodes with her roommate don't ever turn up again, I say Day One (of the Spade era) it Boned. Lots of good guest stars but none of the main characters were enough to keep my interest. Good concept - poor delivery. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 7:55 pm

Jeopardy! - TV Shows
Compared to other trivia shows, Jeopardy is still alone at the top. It climaxed after the Ken Jennings marathon and his subsequent defeat in the All-Time champions challenge or whatever it was called. I never watch the contestant interviews part of the show and sometimes I forget to click back to the remainder of the show. Don't know if I'm ready to say it BTF though. Does Apathy count? -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 7:09 pm

Sports Night - TV Shows
Very good show but it was never going to keep it up. The storyline of bringing in Macy as a "fixer" to tweak the show was a bit of Art imitating itself on a show where the network had clearly already done an off-season tweak to the show itself by adding a laugh track. This might have actually been done mid-season the first year but I'm too lazy to check now. Still, it was a great self-contained bit of TV archive. I think they handled their "Very Special Episode" quite well and Natalie made me buy her reaction about the "Mary Pat Shelby" incident. That was tough. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 6:50 pm

Mythbusters - TV Shows
I understand why they felt they needed to add the three sidekicks to fit in more content on each episode. I just can't take their lame habit of doing high-fives all the time. Adam and Jamie manage to react with real zest or aplomb most times but the "hired help" just seem to have the one - a three-way high-five session. There's too much repeating of old experiments as well. Mythbusters may be nearly played out. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 6:32 pm

Two and a Half Men - TV Shows
I voted for Puberty - Angus just isn't the sweet child-like purity counterpoint anymore. I never minded the crude and crass tone of the subject matter - it usually still gets a laugh from me, however, watching a morose teen drag his feet across the set makes me reach for the remote. Syndicated reruns of the first few years are still good though. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 6:18 pm

Student Bodies - TV Shows
I liked what I remember seeing of Student Bodies. That's more than I can say about any of the previously mentioned HS-themed shows. For the budget they had, they did a pretty good show. Story- and Character-wise it was well above the passing grade for a youth show. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 6:01 pm

Hunter - TV Shows
A Very Special Episode - Again? When the show wanted his partner to get raped in a second storyline to boost ratings. Thankfully, Stepfanie Kramer refused on behalf of her character. Was never my kind of show - just a weak amalgam of Rockford Files, Dog and Cat, Baretta, Starsky and Hutch etc. -- Submitted By: (baldrick) on May 19, 2010, 5:45 pm

Eight Simple Rules - TV Shows
John Ritter's passing gave this show an unfortunate short end. He was part of the show, his character was needed. Never saw David Spade's parts, but he probably would not have worked as well as a main character. -- Submitted By: (johnnydough) on May 19, 2010, 4:10 pm


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