Why is it that great shows like Arrested Development or Happy Endings get canceled after three seasons, but moronic shows like 2 Broke Girls get six? The latter is one of America's most embarrassing realities, yet it is a reality, and it's infuriating. Some of the dumbest sitcoms ever have enjoyed long runs followed by an afterlife of even longer syndication. Leave us alone, Rules of Engagement! No one wants you!
But apparently, someone does. After all, the only reason these shams stay on the airwaves is because people really are watching them. Even one of the worst TV spin-offs, The Cleveland Show, survived for four seasons in a world that killed The Real O'Neals after just two. Of course, the network execs aren't free of blame - their poor sense of humor keeps dumb TV comedies afloat while sinking some of the best. It's tantamount to letting the chimp fly the space shuttle. For example, in one of the worst TV network decisions, FOX decided to cancel Family Guy in the first season despite its popularity. Of course, they quickly realized their mistake and remedied that dumb idea.
So, let's take a look at the various droppings of space monkeys through the years. Here's a list of the stupidest TV comedies of all time that somehow had major followings. Vote up the worst TV shows that enjoy way too much popularity for their lackluster and half-baked execution.
Big, dumb husband married to capable, attractive woman part 456: According to Jim. The second Belushi brother had a show that ran for eight seasons, and you probably forgot it existed. It's the TV equivalent of melba toast. "Physical comedy" was used frequently - yes, the humor that Dick Van Dyke relied on in the '60s.
It was just another formulaic sitcom with absolutely nothing special about it, but like so many bland shows before it, it lived on in syndication long past a time that anyone could have cared about it. You can pretty much guess the plot of each episode without ever seeing the show: Jim does something wrong > marital fight > makeup > who cares?
Every single one of Kat Dennings's lines in 2 Broke Girls is a joke. Well, perhaps more accurately, every one of her lines is intended to be a joke. Seriously, every freaking sentence she utters is followed by a laughtrack, even when the joke isn't remotely funny, which is every joke. The show's writers mistakenly think that dirty equates funny. One episode had 42 sex jokes. This idiotic show should be called 2 Hos Who Work with a Sexual Predator because the Eastern European line cook's whole shtick is that he commits hilarious sexual harassment.
2 Broke Girls ran for six seasons and was mercifully canceled in 2017, though it's still in syndication. Oh, and Stiffler's mom essentially reprises her role with the advent of an accent. So that's also not funny.
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Well, first of all, Last Man Standing stars Tim Allen, so there's strike one - his grunting got old in 1997. Last Man Standing is about a hillbilly who works at a hillbilly store, but he has a wife and three daughters, so it's hard to be a man because shooting things and drinking beer is the only way to accomplish that and women just get in the way.
No doubt there are countless jokes about Allen's character threatening to shoot young male suitors of his daughters, a joke that got old long before '97. And fart jokes. Lots of fart jokes. But the show was on for six seasons and was in syndication for a while because there are way too many men in this country that play Allen's character in real life. News flash: that isn't funny, that's sad.
Dumb, fat guy married to exasperated hot wife who stays with him because TV = the Kevin James equation. Synopsis of every episode: Doug makes a giant sandwich for himself, but not his wife Carrie, instigating a fight, but she ultimately forgives him because he does a jiggly striptease that's just so cute. Meanwhile, Carrie's father, who lives in the basement, does something crazy and yells a lot. Ha ha... Huh?
This show did the same thing over and over for nine seasons. Yet it somehow enjoys a ton of syndicated success. Who is watching this?! At what point does an old guy being loud stop constituting humor? Why does anyone care about these people?
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