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Raising the Bar - TV Shows
My girlfriend and I watched the first couple of episodes because the teasers made it look like Law & Order on steroids. Unfortunately, it turned out to be "Law & Order meets Melrose Place": Half of the characters are sleeping with the other half, or stabbing them in the back, or -- in at least one WEIRD instance -- both. That's when we decided to move on. I like a good legal drama, but this one is Pike Place Fish Market material. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 1, 2009, 6:45 am

Survivor - TV Shows
Although Survivor rocks compared to other reality shows, in objective terms it was BTF from Day 1. What's the point, anyway? About the only good thing that can be said about Survivor is that at least the set-up is a straight fight. Even though it has it's backstabbing moments, at least it's HONEST backstabbing. Almost without exception, every other so-called reality show is based on a con. As for the reason asking about Richard Hatch going naked, he did it deliberately so that the cameras would stay away from him and he could operate almost completely under the radar. Then his tactic of knocking off the most adept survivors (the ones that were the greatest threat to him) could be sprung as a complete surprise .... with the TV cameras avoiding Hatch, no one really had an idea what he was up to. And the tactic worked: Hatch won. Unfortunately, he didn't have the money smarts to match his survival smarts, but he's still got a place in the Machiavelli Hall of Fame. As for the show, it has a definite place in the Pike Place Fish Market in Seattle, becuase it's long since been boned and ready for sale. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 30, 2009, 11:02 am

Father of the Pride - TV Shows
I was interested enough to watch the first episode, because of the people doing voices. Then I saw that the show was potty-mouthed sex humor from start to finish - and at about a middle-school level of sophistication. While it IS possible to make GOOD crude humor, this show fails utterly at it. No thanks! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 30, 2009, 10:44 am

Family Guy - TV Shows
For the life of me I can't figure out what's so damned funny about this show, and this is after several attempts at watching it. At least we (my girlfriend and I) figured out an explanation for Peter Griffin's appearance. He's not really a human being - he's actually an alien observer stationed in Rhode Island. As for his species, "Peter" is a Ballchinian, albeit one whose disguise isn't quite perfect. If you've seen MIB2 you know what I mean; if, not, check out this link (http://aliens.wikia.com/wiki/Ballchinian) on Alien Species Wiki and then you'll know. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 30, 2009, 10:40 am

Michael Moore - Celebrities
Regardless of his politics, I haven't liked Michael Moore since the very beginning of his documentary career in the late 1980s, when his tactics for making "Roger and Me" bordered on stalking Roger Smith. Moore had a legitimate beef about Smith's decisions, but he p1ssed away his own credibility with his borderline-stalking tactics and spin-doctoring approach to editing his footage. Moore has for a long time held the title of "asinine buttinsky blowhard" as far as I'm concered. Now we can add "fish boner" to the list: "I have an order of coleslaw and lemon juice for a Mr. Michael Moore!" -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 30, 2009, 7:52 am

Mike Tyson - Celebrities
Tyson must have mistaken Evander Holyfield's ear for a fish, and his own teeth for a boning knife, because that was his BTF moment, without a doubt. I'm mildly surprised that "biting the ear" didn't get its own place in the pop culture lexicon, along with the catchphrase from <> the Scottish Site. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 29, 2009, 1:17 am

Friday the 13th -The Series - TV Shows
The show actually stayed pretty good all the way through! But after Ryan left, it just wasn't **quite** the same. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 27, 2009, 9:38 am

Galactica 1980 - TV Shows
Galactica 1980 never really got off the ground. It did have a couple of bright spots (the episode with Wolfman Jack guest-starring and the episode with Starbuck), but calling BSG 1980 a Day 1 BTF would be a fair assessment. For me, though, as a 13-year-old seeing the show on TV, the BTF moment was when I realized when Dillon and Troy got on their flying motorcycles, it was the same shot EVERY TIME when they took off: Always with the power lines in the background, and always turning in the same direction as they climbed. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 26, 2009, 9:52 pm

Battlestar Galactica 1978 - TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica itself still rocks and never BTFed, although the "Wild West" episode with Starbuck defending a village against gunslinging Cylons came close. The actual fish-boning didn't take place until they decided to make Galactica 1980, and it's not fair to blame the GOOD season of BG for that. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 26, 2009, 9:30 pm

Keira Knightley - Celebrities
Keira Knightly BTFed when she got bony herself. In the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, she was slender, but still nicely proportioned. In POTC2, she was so skinny it looked like they were forcing all of the fat on her body to her chest in order to give her enough cleavage for those period costumes. She wasn't any better in the third movie, which begs the question of what Will Turner and Jack Sparrow ever saw in her. No need to bone THIS fish - it's bony enough already. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 25, 2009, 9:47 pm

Jon and Kate Plus 8 - TV Shows
I never was much impressed with this show, mostly because Jon comes off as the archtypical henpecked hubby. I wonder how much of his "extracurricular" activities are simply a quest to reclaim his man card! But even if he gets a life he feels better with, it's way too late for the show, as it was scaling-knife fodder from Day One. Warm up the frying pan and set the table - this fish is boned and ready to serve. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 21, 2009, 7:37 am

Simpsons, The - TV Shows
Once again, I'm repeating myself from a comment I posted on the "Scottish site," said repetition made necessary by the wholesale slaughter carried out by the "Scottish rag" ... The BTF moment for the Simpsons was the "Gump Roast" episode, where one of the images in the end credits was Homer literally jumping over a shark on water skis. The writers may have intended it as a thumb-in-the-eye to the "Scottish site," but IMO it confirmed what I'd been suspecting up until then: The quality was falling off, and while it had been going on for some time already, this episode made it loud and clear. Also, I don't expect highbrow entertainment from The Simpsons, but Dan Castellanteta's singing (in a snotty accent, no less) "Sorry for the clip show" and then "Have no fears, we've got stories for years" in the next breath was the last straw. "Get out the lemon juice and tartar sauce, Grandma, The Simpsons has BONED THE FISH!!" -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 12, 2009, 11:18 pm

Dukes of Hazzard, The - TV Shows
Coy and Vance, without a doubt. Fake Dukes = BTF. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 8, 2009, 12:03 am

Diff'rent Strokes - TV Shows
Correcting a point on the "Very Special ..." reason: The sex predator went after Arnold and his friend Dudley, not after Arnold and Willis. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 8, 2009, 12:01 am

America's Funniest Home Videos - TV Shows
AFV had a few flirtations with the fish knife 'way back in the Bob Saget days when his patter started getting cheesy and overdone, but it boned for sure when Daisy Fuentes replaced Saget as host. Fuentes was funny and certainly easy on the eyes, but she just wasn't the right fit for the show. (Maybe "easy on the eyes" was part of the problem ... there was one episode where Fuentes was talking to the prize winner and was wearing a snug top and showing obvious "high beams." The whole time Fuentes was talking to the winner, a kid sitting next to the winner had his eyes absolutely GLUED to her chest. Can't say I blame him all that much, though!) AFV returned from the ranks of the boned when Fuentes left and Tom Bergeron came in as host. Bergeron has occasional cheesy moments, but not nearly as bad as Saget's, and Bergeron doesn't have the same distraction issues that Fuentes presented. AFV is pretty muhc bone-proof at this point, unless Bergeron spends too much time watching Saget's old tapes. I wrote pretty much the same comment regarding AFV back on "the site that shall never be named," and I don't like repeating myself. However, it was necessary thanks to the perfidy of "the television tabloid that shall never be named." Maybe I should continue with the Macbeth motif and refer to TVG as "the Scottish rag." -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 30, 2009, 10:57 pm

MTV: Music Television - Random Topics
MTV was major cool back in the day when the "M" actually stood for "Music." It BTFed when the music videos vanished in favor of airheaded reality shows. I guess that the "M" in MTV now stands for "Mindless." -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 30, 2009, 5:19 pm

Paris Hilton - Celebrities
Paris Hilton was born with a scaling knife in her hand - she was BTF from Day 1. And like others have asked, what has she done to deserve being famous? Even highly-critiqued "train wreck" stars like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Michael Jackson had decent careers which justified their celebrity status. All Paris Hilton did was slide out of the right womb. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 25, 2009, 9:44 am

Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez - Celebrities
Free agency was the BTF moment for A-Rod. Leaving the Mariners for no reason but the dough left Seattle baseball fans VERY cold. To this day, A-Rod gets booed every time he sets foot in Safeco Field, while other former Mariners get standing ovations - Randy Johnson being the most recent example. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 25, 2009, 9:31 am

Alien Movies - Movie Series
Chubby Rain nails it again! The BTF moment for the Alien series was DEFINITELY the the opening of Alien 3: Hicks and Newt (Ripley's fellow survivors from Aliens) are killed off as the credits roll. And because we're led to care about them as the Aliens story unfolds, the fact that their deaths are throwaways is a double slap in the face. The fourth movie didn't do anything to redeem the mess from the third - the writer/director team of Joss Whedon and Jean-Pierre Jenuet seemed to be operating with the goal of "let's see how much weirdness we can cram down the throats of the fans." And the AvP movies have done even less to redeem the mess from the fourth. That's very unfortunate, because the AvP concept makes pretty decent reading - too bad the movies dropped the ball. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 25, 2009, 9:25 am

Jon Hein - Celebrities
ChubbyRain - I concur 100% with your comment. As if Hein's selling a totally cool site down the river to TV Guide wasn't a big enough slap in the face to JTS fans, his never say anything about the results is a sucker punch below the belt. I wonder how well he's been sleeping lately. To answer your question, "Scottish site" refers to the long-standing thespian superstition about the Shakespeare play "MacBeth." It's considered bad luck to mention the play by name, so it's referred to by the euphemism "The Scottish Play" to avoid the curse. (Look up "The Scottish Play" on Wikipedia for more details.) The "About Us" page of BTF does an artful job of avoiding mentioning JTS by name -- even referring to it is "the site that shall never be named," which struck me as being very reminiscent of the MacBeth superstition. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 24, 2009, 11:20 pm


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