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Full House - TV Shows
Someone (SSM, to be exact) mentioned a visit to the show by Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) of "Family Ties." That must have been like a member of Mensa stopping by for this group. Oh, have I mentioned that "Full House" was the worst show in television history and that I hated it with every fiber of my being? It was and I did. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on August 8, 2014, 10:11 pm

One Day at a Time - TV Shows
I think bringing on Howard Hesseman (late of "W-KRAP In Cincinnati") as Anne's love interest boned this shark. Never liked his Johnny Moonbeam character or him as an actor (remember "Head Of the Class"?), he added absolutely nothing to the series, so this was simply the kiss of death to an already terminal show. I do admit, however, that during the show's second season, I had a huge crush on Valerie Bertinelli (I KNEW I should have earned to play guitar!). -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on August 15, 2014, 6:23 am

Office, The - TV Shows
Although the show hung on for at least a half season after Steve Carell left, with the two very funny "search Committee" episodes, it soon began to go down hill fast. With the emphasis more and more on Jim, Dwight and the insufferable Pam, as well as idiotic new characters (the fat guy with glasses and the supposed "stud" that Erin eventually falls for) led to a vapid and witless finale that endeared no one (Kelly abandoning a baby, Jim not taking a great job to be Dwight's flunky, Michael coming back with KIDS, Toby being humiliated - again) to the audience. Carell's character was shallow and moronic, but at least he was funny. Cannot say that aboutwhat he left behind - for the most part. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on August 8, 2014, 9:00 pm

F.B.I., The - TV Shows
It was amazing how the bad guys would have machines and all kinds of sophisticated weapons, but Erskine and his agents would always take them down with .38 revolvers. "The FBI, in color!" -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on August 8, 2014, 8:35 pm

Robonic Stooges, The - TV Shows
Even non-Stooge fans would have to cringe when they see this garbage, part of the last shred of money Moe Howard's son-in-law, Norman Maurer, could squeeze out of the dead trio. Excruciating when first aired, simply laughable when viewed today. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 23, 2014, 2:36 pm

Maude (TV series) - TV Shows
The signature episode of this entire bland series was when 50-year old Maude decides to get an abortion. I saw it merely as a bone tossed to the show's liberal base and not some ground-moving moment in American pop culture. How far we've come since those days to Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" and Murphy Brown keeping her baby (sans daddy). -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 23, 2014, 2:20 pm

Three's Company - TV Shows
Having saw the original pilot episode when it aired back in 1977, I voted "Day 1" and am proud of it. Never got into this show (despite the fact that my wife loves it; she also likes "Full House," too, so go figure). No one could act their way out of a wet paper bag, the jokes (or mostly double entendres) weren't even funny in the '70s and the supporting cast (Larry, the Ropers, Furley) were miserable. "Come and knock on my door"? I don't think so. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 23, 2014, 11:54 am

Three Stooges, The - TV Shows
When Curly had his first stroke in 1946 (brought on no doubt by a terrible lifestyle and alcohol), you could notice the diminished quality of not only his performance, but of the shorts as well. Shemp took over shortly thereafter and the films were just not as funny (with a few notable exceptions). There were also a lot of remakes with Shemp just filling in the Curly roles. And although I voted "Never Boned," in reality, Shemp's death was the end of the shorts franchise. Joe Besser (who had appeared in other programs, including the "Abbott and Costello Show") evidently had a contract that stated he could not be abused like the others before him. That's why he would lisp, "Not so hard!" and hit back whenever Moe was ready to crack him (in the "Three Stooges Encyclopedia," Moe Howard bemoans this fact). The movies then brought in Curly Joe DeRita and toned down the (hilarious) violence. The new film obviously loved the characters and the Farrelly brothers knew what they were doing. The three leads were also pretty good (Sean Hayes in almost unrecognizable). As dumb and lowbrow as their humor was, it's still funnier than 99 percent of the crap we get today, so I say just enjoy the hold shorts. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 23, 2014, 11:46 am

Shining Time Station - TV Shows
Always had the conundrum of liking George Carlin or Ringo Starr. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 23, 2014, 11:25 am

Second City Television - TV Shows
Had some really good sketch work at the time (Mel Slurp's Rock Pile, Horror Chiller Theater, the SCTV News, Guy Caballero, Edith Prickley, the pissed-off Scotsman, Johnny LaRue, Sammy Maudlin, Bob and Doug McKenzie, among others). Probably peaked around 1981 with the over-ephasis on "The Great White North." Most of the cast went on to bigger - but not necessarily better things - in Hollywood. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 5:59 pm

Pawn Stars - TV Shows
It's gotten completely full of itself with episodes about Chumly losing weight or finding a dog or the son going into debt or buying a motorcycle. Who cares?! It's at its best when they just appraise people's "valuables" and that's it. Even some of the recent dialogue and situations are obviously phony. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 5:34 pm

Newhart! - TV Shows
Actually, as good as it became, it was close to jumping (or boning, whichever one prefers) in the first season with the annoying and unfunny Kirk (Steven Kampmann), whose lying schtick got old very fast. Used to go out of my way to watch it in first-run episodes and everything has already been said about the finale (although at the time, a TV critic wrote that the last "Cheers" show was better; not in my opinion). -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 5:26 pm

New Zoo Revue - TV Shows
I was older than its normal demographics, but would watch it in the mornings sometime when I was home sick. I remember Freddy the Frog being kind of a juvenile delinquent, and the rest of the puppets, as well as Doug and Emmy were pretty bland. Kind of an "H.R. Puffinstuff" without the laughs. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 5:12 pm

New Adventures of Old Christine, The - TV Shows
Decent comedy, especially from Wanda Sykes, Hamish Linkletter and Clark Gregg (Dreyfus is much funnier in "Veep"). AN OK addition to the sitcom genre, but nothing spectacular. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 5:06 pm

Barry Bonds - Celebrities
As far as I'm concerned, the MLB home run record is still held by one of the nicest guys in the game, Henry Aaron (even though he needed almost more than 3,000 at-bats than Babe Ruth). How ANYONE could give the record to the steroid-popping Bonds is far beyond my ability to comprehend. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 2:53 pm

Absolutely Fabulous - TV Shows
In the mid-1990s, they plugged the Hell out of this on Comedy Central and, like the last poster, I simply just didn't get it. Oh, and it was not funny in the least, especially when the two drunken whores would always berate the "normal" daughter of one of them. Yikes! -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 2:36 pm

Inside the Actor's Studio - TV Shows
I certainly wouldn't call this show "great," but it did have its interesting moments. Perfectly parodied on "SNL" with Will Ferrell playing Lipton, with his breathless pauses, bizarre commentary and faux admiration of ANYONE he is interviewing (the sketch had him fawning over Charles Nelson Reilly and Dustin "Screech" Diamond). -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 2:34 pm

A-Team, The - TV Shows
Let's face it, few people tuned into to see anyone but Mr. T on this show (not even George Peppard drew as many fans). B.A. was so over-the-top (like Mr. T himself) one had to laugh, while the situations were just one notch above total ludicrous. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 2:29 pm

Impractical Jokers - TV Shows
Often kind of silly, but there are some fairly funny moments now and again, especially when they appear before focus groups or give lectures to various corporate gatherings. -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on July 22, 2014, 12:12 pm

Family Matters - TV Shows
To SSM: Sorry about all of the "fantasy" episodes and non-existent wedding conclusions and all, but the network could not have cancelled this show quick enough. Simply horrid on every level. Later, White proved his complete entertainment incompetence by appearing in one of the worst movies of ll-time, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer." -- Submitted By: (GregEichelberger) on January 10, 2013, 8:08 pm

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