Top 10 Worst Successful TV Shows [VIDEOS & POLL]

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While we’re hardly TV snobs (hey, it’s not called the “boob tube” for nothing) there are some shows we definitely can’t stand. Fortunately, we do have people with the common sense to know when it’s time to pull the plug. But often times, we get television programs that don’t know when to stay dead after jumping the shark. Like a zombie, they lurch across our TV screens and eat away at every last brain cell until we’re mute vegetables unable to change the channel. Here’s a top ten list of the television shows which manage to suck hard while dominating the ratings!

10) Two And A Half Men (CBS)

While Charlie Sheen‘s one man show rumbles across the nation to mixed reviews (mostly negative) in real life, Two and a Half Men continues to be a top ratings getter. This series is as boring as it is long – it’s been on the air since 2003 – and has ranked among the top 20 programs every season it aired. That’s 8 years of hacky “risqué” one-liners that only your grandmother would be shocked by. Fortunately, Sheen eventually did enough coke to kill Two and a Half Men for good – he was fired on March 7, 2011, and the show is not expected to return without him.


Trust us, your parents love this show. NCIS, starring Mark Harmon and that-one-hot-goth-girl, follows a special unit of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as they solve crimes involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It’s a very bland, run-of-the-mill detective show only with military uniforms instead of police uniforms. It’s also been a runaway success for 7+ years, with a recent February episode garnering a series-high rating of 22.85 million viewers. And don’t expect this show to go away any time soon – the show was recently renewed for its ninth season.

8) Everybody Loves Raymond (CBS)

Everybody loves Raymond? Well, we don’t. The nagging wife, the tired jokes, the cutesy family stuff – this show is lamer than Jay Leno, and on TV about four times as often. Because, unfortunately, the series finale – watched by over 32.94 millions viewers – was just the beginning. Now syndicated on three different cable channels, as well as airing in almost all local markets, Raymond is, unfortunately, one of those shows which will forever be on TV.

7) Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)

This medical drama has been kicking ass since 2005. Season 7 is currently airing, and in that time the show has won 3 Emmys and numerous other awards. Plus, it’s popular – 22.22 million people watched the first season finale. All of this is completely baffling considering the show itself is a sappy, cliché hospital/relationship drama, which used to star the always-annoying Katherine Heigl. How bad is this show? In one episode, a main character was killed by a falling icicle. And it wasn’t supposed to be funny.

6) King of Queens (CBS)

Believe it or not, Kevin James is a pretty awesome stand-up comedian. But for whatever reason, his sitcom is one of the lamest of all time. Airing from 1998 to 2007 on CBS, this yawn-fest starred Smith, hottie Leah Remini as his wife and Jerry Stiller as his father-in-law. With two great comedians, and the gorgeous Remini, it’s actually pretty surprising this show turned out as it did: unfunny, and unwatchable. Too bad, because it’s now on about 100 times a day all across the country in syndication.

5) Glee (FOX)

The creator of Glee, Ryan Murphy, is notorious for throwing little hissy fits when bands refuse to license their songs for his show. He called guitar legend Slash “uneducated” and “quite stupid,” and said “F**k you” to the Kings of Leon. Recently, however, Dave Grohl lashed out, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “”It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f*****g Glee. Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included. I watched 10 minutes and it wasn’t my thing.”  It’s really no question which side to take on this one.

4) American Idol (FOX)

American Idol has two things going for it: the occasional hottie (Carrie Underwood comes to mind) and the tell-it-like-is Simon Cowell. With Cowell now gone, we’re left with a bunch of off-key solo singers who dress like cast members of Breakin’. The music isn’t cool and the judges are dull, but unfortunately this monster is still going strong overall and shows no sign of stopping anytime soon.

3) According to Jim (ABC)

From 2001 to 2009, this sitcom was a consistent hit for ABC, despite never having any actual jokes, stories or personality. Jim Belushi plays a lovable schlub named “Jim” who… you know what? Nobody knows what he did for a living. Nobody knows anything about this show, because nobody anywhere has ever seen it. The fact it was on for eight years is probably the result of a paperwork error over at ABC.

2) Ally McBeal (FOX)

A dancing baby! Uni-sex bathrooms! Neurosis! This comedy-drama about the various crazy characters working at a Boston law firm was supposed to be quirky, but it was really just annoying. McBeal was a grating part of the cultural zeitgeist from 1997 to 2002. It was mercilessly canceled in its fifth season and later dropped from public consciousness.

1) Bridalplasty (E!)

They went with “Bridalplasty” because the title “Frankenstein” was too expensive to license. This E! original is a game show where brides-to-be compete for radical plastic surgery procedures before their respective weddings. The winner of each weekly challenge received a plastic surgery procedure while the overall winner of the show eventually receiving so much plastic surgery that, on the day of her wedding, the groom could only recognize her via nametag. Also, when the losing contestant each week was sent home, the host would say “Your wedding will still go on, it just won’t be perfect.” This show just ended its first season – here’s hoping it doesn’t get a second.

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  3. Nora says:

    Grey's is actually good, its no ER, but its still good.

  4. Michelle says:

    No main character was killed by a falling icicle in Grey's Anatomy. Sandra Oh's character easily survived.

  5. Sarah says:

    This is interesting, but seriously lacking in factual detail. Grey's didn't kill off a main character by a falling icicle; she easily survived. And Ryan Murphy isn't notorious for have rage fits towards artists who don't lend their music to glee. The Kings of Leon example is completely isolated; not to mention, this example has been a long-winded battle between both sides. That being said, Ryan Murphy apologized for his comments recently, and you should pay credit for that.

  6. Choke Bunny says:

    Whoops — I could have sworn that chick died. Guess that's what I get for relying on my memory. Still, regardless of whether she died or was injured, a falling icicle is ridiculously contrived and completely lame, lazy writing.

    As far as Ryan Murphy, he actually is notorious for having public fits of rage whenever artists choose not to license their music to his show — he's gone on public record talking all sorts of smack about Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters and Slash, to name just a few. He did apologize recently, but the industry culture of 'if you don't support Glee, you don't like music education' that he created has certainly not just gone away.

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  9. Sh*tty List says:

    I’m sorry but this list is terrible I agree with Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men but Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS? What the f*ck? How can you include those shows on this list and not have the blatently obvious worst successful tv show – Sex in the City!

  10. Matt says:

    lol any form of art may be subjective but you've included 'Everybody Loves Raymond'? Are you kidding me? It's the greatest one liner show of all time. You're either not very bright or you don't have the life experience to understand the brilliance of the show. All your other choices I completely agree with.

  11. Better List says:

    Replace all of the above with the following 10 shows and you will have a better list of the worst successful shows:

    Married with children
    Knight Rider
    Laverne and Shirley
    Three is Company
    Incredible Hulk
    The Love Boat
    Gilligan's Island

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