Over on Reddit, people are having a heated discussion over the worst TV shows ever made. From reality shows about plastic surgery makeovers to hour-long dramas about the dangers of teenage angst, here is a look at a few shows that were somehow on the air.
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From Redditor u/Timidhobgoblin:
My Super Sweet 16 on MTV.
I have no idea if it's still going or not, all I know is that years ago it was probably the only thing on television outside of the news that could make me physically f*cking angry.
For the uninitiated, here's the premise: Spoilt teenager with rich parents plan their 16th birthday complete with all the trimmings imaginable. Limos, VIP passes for their friends, and a thousand invites for people they don't even know, booking Kanye West, etc.
Then to top it off [they are] given Ferraris, Camaros, or Mustangs at the end...kicking off hysterical tears because it wasn't the model they wanted, or it was the wrong color.
I hated it. It represented everything I utterly dislike about a particular kind of wealthy people and their kids who have no idea what it's like to live a regular life, and yet I couldn't stop watching it for a while.
I guess I just enjoy being a combination of frustrated, agitated and mildly jealous in equal measure.
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From Redditor u/UdonDugong:
Bridalplasty, where engaged women compete to win cosmetic surgery procedures in time for the big day. When a contestant was voted off, the presenter said something along the lines of “You will still be getting married, but you won’t be perfect.”
Makes my skin crawl just thinking about it.
From Redditor u/Hanan89:
I remember being in high school when that show came out and realizing how misleading the advertising for shows could be. They kept showing a cut of one of the surgeons going “It’s a scalpel, not a magic wand” so that it seemed like he was being a jerk and saying some women are too ugly to “fix.”
I watched the first episode and the actual scene was from when he saw the woman’s reaction the first time she looked in the mirror after the surgery. He was actually saying something to the effect of “It’s a scalpel, not a magic wand, but you can feel like you’re doing magic” and he was basically just really happy that he was able to help the woman feel so happy that she was driven to tears when she looked in the mirror.
Still can’t believe that show ever got green lit. The early 2000s were a really weird time.
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From Redditor u/xxplodingboy:
Early 2000s reality show called The Swan. Bunch of female “ugly ducklings” get a ton of plastic surgery, then compete in a beauty contest. Everything about it was in really bad taste, but I still watched. I’m not proud.
Extreme Makeover and Biggest Loser meets Miss America.
From Redditor u/TKredlemonade:
I always felt so sorry of the kids of those taking part in The Swan. They looked scared as hell when they were introduced to their "new, perfect" Mom. The person in front of them sounded like their mom but didn't look like her.
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From Redditor u/Iwanttobealion-tamer:
Does anybody remember Who Wants to Marry A Multi-Millionaire? It was like The Bachelor but they couldn't see the guy, they were literally and unabashedly only attracted to his money.
Turned out that everyone was a con-artist.
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From Redditor u/oldcatnewtricks:
Jon and Kate Plus 8. I was not surprised that marriage did not last. She was insufferable. Her famous ‘do was the inspiration for the stereotypical “Karen” haircut.
From Redditor u/STierney927:
Didn’t they divorce and it just became Kate Plus 8?
From Redditor u/ansalom:
And the spin-off Jon Minus 9.
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From Redditor u/welltherewasthisbear:
Queen for a Day.
A few years ago I looked up the worst TV shows and this one puts everything to shame. It started in 1945 and four poor mother’s go on the show to beg for money. Typically, it’s a mom crying that she can’t afford a wheelchair for her disabled son. The “Queen” gets chosen by a studio applause meter.
This isn't even “fake reality” like we’re used to. Contestants would hyperventilate and have body language that you could tell they were not faking. The gifts were tied to the sponsors. The show has 10 million viewers in the 1950s and lasted from 1945-1964.
If you thought modern reality TV was bad, this is the most dystopian sh*t I’ve ever seen.