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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 30, 2012 - 11:07pm

I don't know about you young'uns but I'm in my thirties now so I had the pleasure of growing up with Ghostbusters and Gremlins as a kid but also an abundance of terrible TV shows. 

Looking back, I think I've pinpointed some of the worst TV shows ever created in the 80's.

Exhibit One:   Blossom

Exhibit Two:  Full House

Exhibit Three:  Small Wonder

Exhibit Four:  Gimme a Break!

 

Feel free to play along or add shows from other decades that you think gave you mild brain damage from watching them.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner March 31, 2012 - 2:49am

Alf. 

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel March 31, 2012 - 3:02am

Roseanne 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 31, 2012 - 3:16am

That was the 90's and no, it was not, Joe.  That was the typical American obese family.  More realistic than most shows.

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wickedvoodoo from Mansfield, England is reading stuff. March 31, 2012 - 3:49am

Ha. When the 80's finished I was two years old. I guess this game ain't for me.

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series March 31, 2012 - 5:49am

DEGRASSI! Oh wait, I love that show. Ummm... When was the Wonder Years?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 5:51am

Wonder Years were awesome!  I want to say...Who's the Boss.  That was 80's right?

And Roseanne was a great show.  For shame, Joe. 

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 31, 2012 - 5:59am

Silver Spoons vs. Charles In Charge...which was worse?

(having an older sister is the reason I had to experience this sh*t)

(no, ladies, neither of these shows was "awesome." Baywatch was not an awesome show either)

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drea from Rural Alberta, Canada is reading between the lines March 31, 2012 - 6:33am

You should all know there are porn parodies of (almost) every example cited so far w SFW-ish trailers on youtube. 

In less interesting news, I loved The Facts of Life and Family Ties in the 80's. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 6:37am

....you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the facts of life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the facts of life.

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SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies March 31, 2012 - 7:03am

Who said Roseanne?? I've killed for less.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. March 31, 2012 - 7:43am

Who's the Boss?  Have you no shame?  My first true love (Alyssa Milano, not Tony Danza) was on that show.    Plus, it taught me that there's no shame in nailing an old lady.  Come on, Mona... you know you want it.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 8:36am

Okay, I was born in 82, so i watched allthese sitcoms when I was little, and I used to call the main character by the show title.  As in, if I were talking about Who's the Boss, I would call Tony Danza's character "Who's the Boss".  And then Who's the Boss said such and such.

That's my weird admission for the day (hour?).

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. March 31, 2012 - 8:38am

Angela was the boss, not Tony.  It was gender flipping on prime time.  

 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 8:39am

I was too young, I didn't get it. 

Also, this one time, Gimme a Break said....

 

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. March 31, 2012 - 8:41am

It would work with Webster.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters March 31, 2012 - 8:43am

It worked fine with Mr. Belvedere as well.

Not sure I spelled that right.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 31, 2012 - 8:46am

Here's a bunch:

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Liana from Romania and Texas is reading Naked Lunch March 31, 2012 - 2:16pm

Should I then be glad I didn't grow up here?

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Jason C from Quad Cities, Iowa is reading Growing Up Dead In Texas by Stephen Graham Jones March 31, 2012 - 2:24pm

It doesn't count since it was 1990 but Cop Rock was beyond horrible.

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Jason C from Quad Cities, Iowa is reading Growing Up Dead In Texas by Stephen Graham Jones March 31, 2012 - 2:28pm

Mama's Family

Joanie Loves Chachi

Friday The 13th (The series) Where the fuck was Jason?

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones March 31, 2012 - 2:35pm

no one said (that i saw) the facts of life?

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Jason C from Quad Cities, Iowa is reading Growing Up Dead In Texas by Stephen Graham Jones March 31, 2012 - 2:41pm

There was a LOT of shit in the 80's. Music, movies, tv. I know someone will say that could be any decade but the 80's was BAD.

I'm glad Cormac McCarthy was able to ignore all that to write Blood Meridian.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 31, 2012 - 4:46pm

Overload of some of my favorite 80's sitcoms. I think the It's Garry Shandling's Show theme song is the shit...

 

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 31, 2012 - 5:11pm

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 31, 2012 - 5:16pm

Who remembers THIS!

 

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 31, 2012 - 6:05pm

Or THIS!

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Dave from a city near you is reading constantly March 31, 2012 - 7:17pm

LOL Rian. Got that from Netflix for the kid.  She didn't like it.  Must have been an 80s thing.

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest March 31, 2012 - 7:36pm

Must have been. I loved that show. Getting all nostalgic tonight. Been watching You Can't Do That On Television, It's Garry Shandling's Show and WKRP in Cincinatti on Youtube. Can't find Head of the Class though. I'm a little bummed about that. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 31, 2012 - 7:53pm

@Dave--Loved Tales from the Darkside beginning.  Creeped me out as a kid.

@Moon-Dinosaurs was awesome.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 1, 2012 - 2:40am

I miss Saved the Bell. I want to go to the Max

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts April 1, 2012 - 2:49am

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 1, 2012 - 2:54am

HAHAHA @ Ren

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 1, 2012 - 4:03am

If anyone can watch the Blossom dance on the top of this thread and not laugh, you are a stronger man than I.

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Matt Attack from Richmond, Va. is reading As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner April 1, 2012 - 4:08am

My very first girlfriend watched that show. We were swimming in her pool and she kept talking about it, so I kissed her because I was tired of hearing about it. She had braces, they cut my lips. 

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. April 1, 2012 - 4:17am

All I can remember of that show is Joey Lawrence going, "Woah!"

I remember in middle school, I went to school with "kimmie gibbler", she was the neighbor girl on "Full House" and everyone was so mean to her.  They yelled "FULL HOUSE SUCKS!" every time they saw her lol

Seriously though, looking back on that show, it is so fucking wholesome it makes me want to puke.

The 80's sitcoms were soooooo cheesy but I have to admit, I enjoyed them.  There was an innocence there that is hard to get back.  Every sitcom these days seems to have to use a blowjob or fart joke to make people laugh.

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series April 1, 2012 - 6:00am

YOU KNEW KIMMIE GIBBLER?? I'm kind of jealous. Well, like 5 year old me is pretty jealous.

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade April 1, 2012 - 3:21pm

@ Dave & Rian: I've regularly gone to YouTube clips of Reverend Jim from Taxi whenever I need an attitude adjustment. Christopher Lloyd = comedic genius.

Actually, Christopher Lloyd, Steven Wright, and Bill Murray = three comedic geniuses, that do things that are only funny because of them - no one can imitate or "steal" their jokes because it's all about their timing, delivery and reactions...

Got lost there for a moment: go type "Reverend Jim" in at YouTube and enrich your day....

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade April 1, 2012 - 3:26pm

Back to '80s sitcom that were deeply flawed: Too Close For Comfort with Ted Knight and Jm J Bullock...

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R.Moon from The City of Champions is reading The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion; Story Structure Architect by Victoria Lynn Schimdt PH.D; Creating Characters by the editors of Writer's Digest April 1, 2012 - 3:38pm

Jim J. Bullock is flawed.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. April 2, 2012 - 9:30am

I feel like My Two Dads would be a much different show if it were made now adays.

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Jack Davis October 12, 2016 - 8:36am

Old guy commenting 4 YEARS LATER....

 

You "kids" are way too young to know the REALLY craptacular 80's shows because they don't even get replay nowadays.  Crapfests like "Hello Larry," "We've Got it Made," and "AfterMASH."  And let's not forget the quenn of political correctness before that was even a thing:  SHE'S THE SHERRIF

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Jack Davis October 12, 2016 - 8:43am

@Boone Spaulding (4 years later)

Only Christopher Lloyd could make "what does a yellow light mean" funny.

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Mike Roberts from Kingston, Ontario is reading Chuck Wendig books and "Joyland" October 17, 2016 - 7:19am

To quote, stupid is as stupid does: Most of those shows were meant to be filler and revenue magnets, not high art...And look through the credits...Many people who went on to do decent work started on these shows...

 

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Shaun Locke October 29, 2016 - 10:13pm

Way late to the party here, but I just wanted to point out the absurdity that the VERY FIRST example posted is a sitcom that existed solely in the 90s and then a few posts later the creator of the thread corrects someone for suggesting Roseanne, which actually aired for a few years in the 80s, because it was a 90s show.

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Christopher M Rigby from Auckland, New Zealand is reading On Writing, by Stephen King October 20, 2017 - 11:03am

Highway to Heaven sticks out as being particularly offensive