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TV WTF
« on: June 12, 2013, 05:06:35 AM »
Ever watch a tv series and wonder "what were they thinking?" because it's just so bad, it's hard to wrap your brain around how somebody could have thought a) this is entertaining b) this will make money c) this won't suck.  Then you think, "MAKE IT STOP!" because it's so awful.

This thread is dedicated to those real trainwrecks of tv shows.  Maybe they got yanked after one airing, or they managed to squeak through a whole season.

Here's one that I always thought was simply terrible:  The New Zoo Review.  A terrible tv show for children with adults wearing godawful animal costumes and speaking in high falsettos.  The two normal people are real tools to boot.  I'm appending a clip of the intro.


Got any other exhibits you care to share?

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2013, 02:51:18 PM »
Barney & Friends was insufferable!!
My daughter liked it though. Intolerable show, imo.
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2013, 03:10:29 PM »
Especially with the children's shows!~ ::)

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2013, 03:50:30 PM »
TBQH, I wouldn't be able to tell the good kid's shows from the bad ones. I always thought kid's shows were supposed to be bad and not make much sense, basically appealing to their main demo - children and potheads.

This is a pretty well known TV WTF that happened in the states:

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2013, 11:25:20 PM »
NOt entirely true.  There are good kid shows...

Then there are ones you are not so sure how you feel about..
I feel a little better about Cayou

thennnn there is the whole movie problem,
Some are good, good ideas like Horton Hears a Who.
Then there are ones you think will be good, but turns into something you are unsure of.  Like for instance Lilo and Stitch.  Put it in, five minutes in Lilo punches another little kid in the face.  Gotta watch that when it's the first time a kid's ever seen anything like that.  I was watching it first, to see, I usually do that.  They just walk away when I put in new movies, mostly.
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2013, 04:52:31 AM »
Hey Bea, funny you should mention The Wiggles.  They are pretty big here, but most adults are wft on them.  They used to be in a pub-rock band called The Cockroaches but worked out there is heaps more money and far less competition doing children's entertainment.

The thing about The Wiggles is that they are insufferable to adults, but the kids love them.  Every parent I know can't stand them, with one friend taking all her son's wiggles dvd's to the goodwill store and and buying him some Thomas The Tank Engine videos to replace them.  When her son asked about them, she told him "Who are The Wiggles?  You must have dreamt that"  A bit mean, but she said she would have gone nuts otherwise (WAKE UP, JEFF!)

But then the same womabn showed me "Yo Gabba Gabba"


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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2013, 01:10:16 AM »
I'm watching a terrifyingly bad movie on one of those late sat night comedy bad movie shows.  This one:  Not a valid youtube URL
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2013, 04:08:18 AM »
Wrong tags. It's not a YouTube link. I think you meant to post a Wikipedia link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mountain_of_the_Cannibal_God

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2013, 10:49:47 AM »
Thank you.  I had to drink a couple glasses of wine in order to get through the ordeal of watching the film so I think it impaired my ability to select the correct tags.

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 09:28:43 AM »
Anyone ever see this. It was god awful didn't even make it to midseason was cancelled after 6 shows. And it was competing directly with DS9 so it never had a chance.


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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2014, 01:38:36 PM »
That does look pretty bad.  I like to take a nap on Saturday afternoons and before tv was consumed with infomercials they used to show real grade b sci fi series that were inexplicably bad but great to sleep to.  They had one with these guys who seemed like gay extraterrestials who were bald, some were good some bad, and they regularly interacted with the usual heroic space crew cast, but I can't remember what that was called. 

Then there's Forever Knight, 13th century vampire, 20th century cop.  Canadian series, very camp, but somehow compelling, too.  It used to be on late Sunday nights.  Now, on youtube, apparently.  I hesitated to put it here as it's not quite bad enough. 

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« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2014, 01:28:56 PM »
^ being Canadian I remember that one well. I'm surprised it  made it to the States. It was during a time when for whatever reason we were making sci-fi/fantasy/action shows that were really really bad. But you are right Six that one was strangely compelling.

Here are a couple more from right around the same time that illustrates my point.


Robocop


The Crow: Stairway to Heaven


sensing a theme here lol
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2014, 07:05:06 PM »
Mutant X was pretty bad, but I'm not sure if this is the same one.  I think there was yet another in addition to this one. 


Maybe it was Stargate SG-1.  All I remember was these sort of gay bald aliens, some were good, some were evil but they were always hanging around giving advice and offering help or trying to screw things up.

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2014, 10:21:51 PM »
Maybe it was Stargate SG-1.  All I remember was these sort of gay bald aliens, some were good, some were evil but they were always hanging around giving advice and offering help or trying to screw things up.

I think you mean this one Earth Final Conflict


Edited to fix the quotes and the Youtube link.
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #15 on: January 30, 2014, 12:21:43 AM »
OMG!  That's it.

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #16 on: January 30, 2014, 06:32:17 AM »
Maybe gay aliens are actually straight.
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« Reply #17 on: January 30, 2014, 06:47:51 AM »
The exact opposite to life on Earth.  ;D
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« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2014, 10:39:20 AM »
Maybe gay aliens are actually straight.

I looked it up.  This is a show from an old Gene Roddenberry plot.  The race had become sterile and were looking to humans for some way to extend their existence.  There is considerable ambiguity about whether they are male or female so their androgenous nature is discussed by the cast on screen.  The aliens are played by female actresses, but they are very tall and have deep voices...
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #19 on: January 30, 2014, 11:13:27 AM »
Sadly, I LOVED E:FC.  I loved to hate Sandoval.
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #20 on: January 30, 2014, 02:48:55 PM »
It was hard to know what to think given I was constantly seeing only fragments and had little idea of what was really going on.  I was up in the middle of the night watching the first episode and think it might be interesting to watch.  A new insomnia project.  Incidentally, I got hooked on this web series and am not sure if I loved or hated it but thought I'd post it here just to get an opinion.  It's a short soap opera with a number of pretty  people who all should just be hit in the face with a cream pie methinks.


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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2014, 08:43:03 AM »
I enjoyed the voice over made some interesting points. Here is one I want to share I actually think this was really funny you decide.



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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2014, 06:10:47 AM »
sadly, the video was removed by the user.

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« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2014, 10:06:02 AM »
I tried, and failed, to find the entertainment value in Fresh Meat.  One of the main male characters was on Q.I. and I wanted to hit him in the face with a pie, he was so self obsessed and annoying.

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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2014, 10:25:17 AM »
Are you talking about Jack Whitehall? I've always found him a little insecure.
 
Annoying, but insecure.
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« Reply #25 on: January 17, 2015, 12:24:21 AM »
I think so.

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« Reply #26 on: February 14, 2020, 01:10:00 AM »
Imagine Sex and The City with a cast focused on a writer who is dumpy and self involved and much less interesting an actress than Sarah Jessica Parker.  It's "Girls."  On amazon prime.  The more I watch, the more I loathe it, particularly the main character.  We are treated to the spectacle of her unappealing nude body regularly and I can't but shake my head.  Please make it stop.

It reminds me of the Simpsons episode where Homer crosses tomato plants with tobacco and comes up with addictive fruit that tastes horrible.  That's this show.  There are some good supportive actors who are much more adept at their craft than the main focus.  She needs to be hit in the face with a cream pie every thirty seconds.  Edit:  I see I often respond to repulsion with an urge to throw cream pies at offenders.
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2020, 01:30:10 AM »
Tomacco. From Ralphie we learn that it tastes like grandma.

Lena Dunham is by all accounts an incredibly foul person, and absolutely nothing could compel me to watch that series.
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« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2020, 08:12:08 AM »
There's definitely a faux feminism underlying the basic ethos of this series.  The main character has a flabby, unappealing body and she has an atrocious diet, gets no exercise, and somehow, manages to get all kinds of attractive men to sleep with her.  Why?  How?  Presumably, because whoever is writing this (apparently the main character plays herself--bad move that) thinks she should have this perk.  And subjecting the viewer to her in the nude on a regular basis is of a piece with this. 

I consider myself a feminist, but I don't want to see the naked body of someone so desperately in need of a personal trainer for no real reason.  It does not advance the plot.  It just offends my eyes.  And New York City would eat her alive.  How she subsists on a coffee shop job and gets any writing work at all is god's own mystery.  She has a couple of pretty friends and there are a number of characters who might be more worth watching if they'd get any more time devoted to their development, but they sort of flit around on the sidelines. 

I found Sarah Jessica Parker annoying in Sex and the City, but she was surrounded by women with interesting characters and careers.  It was a bit more believable.  At least they had real jobs.  And we didn't have to watch them get naked most of the time, and had we been subjected to it, it wouldn't have been an aesthetic offense of the first order.  I fear for the young women who are purportedly this show's demographic.  What crappy examples to model oneself after...
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #29 on: February 14, 2020, 07:19:13 PM »
I read the movie spoiler for BOP, and wow, that's really the direction they went with?

Like I heard Cass Cain was in it, and I was like "holy poo, how are they going to do THAT backstory justice".

They don't. They just make her a lousy pickpocket.

Cassandra Cain was the daughter of two villains, and was raised in an abusive manner where she can essentially read what you're going to do before you do it by body language, but cannot SPEAK because the abuse basically rewired her brain. She can also kick the absolute poo out of anyone who steps to her.

vs.

Lousy pickpocket swallows a diamond and becomes an extended poo joke.

All of the other characters suck too, they're all hard done by without actually elaborating as to why they're hard done by, and end up being the architects of their own misery.

… And that makes the movie sound interesting, when it isn't.

I actually enjoy the animated Harley Quinn series. Ivy alone is bless'ed fantastic.

But yes, many entertainment programs have become committee designed products that we are repeatedly told are the best/most fantastic/also woke, but are essentially an empty container.

I wish they'd leave Ghostbusters alone.
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« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2020, 11:48:27 PM »
I never felt particularly inclined to see any of the Ghostbuster sequels.  The first one was fine.  Funny.  Unusual.  Any efforts to coast on that would be stale.  So I stayed away.

What's BOP?


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« Reply #31 on: February 14, 2020, 11:56:22 PM »
Birds of Prey.

Instead of spinning off Margot Robbie into her own series, they figured they'd destroy a different one.

https://themoviespoiler.com/movies/birds-of-prey/
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« Reply #32 on: February 15, 2020, 12:09:15 AM »
Wow.  Talk about a spinoff.  I have never heard of this, but I'm sort of out of the Batman loop.  Is it worth viewing?

I got to rambling in the SG1 thread with this and thought better of it, so I'm pasting it here:

I'm working so not up late much, hence the horrid Lena Dunham show.  I think I might watch another one tonight with a distanced eye to see what about it has had me coming back.  The parallels with Friends, Seinfeld, Sex and the City, throws it into the genre of hip young people in New York.  Maybe that's why I watch it.

I was young and lived in NYC and haunted various places that were not yet hip, (the boundary of Little Italy/Chinatown) and these guys now inhabit the less edgy spots that were once border lands in the city.  They are the ones who move in after it's gentrified.  My friends lived on Columbus in the 80's in an apt where the drug dealers hit you up in the lobby, but all you had to do was respectfully decline and they left you alone. 

The characters on Girls are basically phonies, poseurs, totally fake.  The Sex and the City stories are more believable, because I think there are guys who would break up with you using a post-it.  And the ensuing rage is also what you'd expect.  Sarah Jessica Parker lets loose on the guy who did it and that was satisfying.  She gets mugged for her expensive shoes.  I can believe that.  She wants to go out with a good looking real estate developer who has money, because money is important when you live in such an expensive place.  I never thought I'd want Carrie Bradshaw back, just like I'd welcome Bush the lesser over the current occupant of the White House.  But there you have it.
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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #33 on: February 15, 2020, 12:21:28 AM »
I liked the episode of Sopranos when they went into New York, and Little Italy was a ghost of it's former self, and the Chinese were hostile to them. Shows that the world is passing them by, and what their "life" is is eroding fast.

Like for me, I got Carne Asada fries the other day, and they came in an eco box. And man, golly an eco box. I want the old Styrofoam back already. Sometimes progress is weird, confusing, and undesired. (My town banned Styrofoam.)
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« Reply #34 on: February 25, 2020, 12:49:41 AM »
I got to season 6 of Girls and decided that life's too short.  It's not worth the trouble to watch the pirated version.  When it was on amazon prime, fine, easy to just go to the next episode, but to watch the women with exaggerated poitrines and navigate all those popup ads to see this drivel is a bridge too far.  Judd Apatow should be publicly shamed for holding up this pathetic excuse for a human being as someone worth watching.  Hannah Horvath should just go get a job as a waitress or something and leave the rest of us alone because we just don't care about her wasted life.

She recalls for me the R. Crumb comic, "Gail Snail."  We're all just waiting for that giant foot to come down at the end of the frames and squash her like a bug.  For those of you unfamiliar, here it is in all its misogynistic glory.  Lena Dunham is enough to turn all of us into misogynists.  http://jakemw.tripod.com/gailsnl.jpg  The point of the scratch marks in the word/thought balloons is that nothing she says has any significance.


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Re: TV WTF
« Reply #35 on: February 25, 2020, 07:45:33 PM »
I passed up a complete DVD collection of the series ANGEL today, and I love that show. :(
I use  uBlock Origin on the Microsoft Edge browser for my streaming purposes. You're not wrong that those redirect ads are INFURIATING otherwise.

I don't understand why you watched six seasons of Girls.
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« Reply #36 on: February 25, 2020, 10:23:30 PM »
Yeah.  I tried to explain earlier.  Life in NYC when I was younger and adventurous makes me nostalgic for those times, but this cast is laughable in their lame desire to be transgressive and original.  They are tediously conformist in the extreme.  Just another bunch of pathetic hipsters.  Dunham exemplifies everything I loathe about the phony boho lifestyle--she fancies herself an artist, but is too lazy to get out and push her own limits.  She is given a job to go to a women's surf camp on Long Island but manipulates the staff so she won't have to try to surf.  She's a fat slob who has no desire to exercise and has an atrocious diet.  Even so, we are treated to a wardrobe change every 5 minutes and she has an inexplicably unending stream of relatively attractive men who are seemingly willing to overlook her narcissistic and inconsiderate personality in order to bed her nauseating body.  Why the producers decided that the audience would want to look at her naked flab on a regular basis is God's own mystery.  Maybe they're blind.

I can't explain why I put up with it.  At first it was kitsch, then some kind of perverse fascination, like watching a car wreck, then, I got to the point where I felt I couldn't tolerate another minute of it.  I did watch all of Earth:Final Conflict, which got worse and worse until it was over, but I stuck with it.  I finally gave up on the 100 after about 4 or 5 seasons because I got sick of the heavily made up young people beating the crap out of one another.  It was just oppressive.  God knows, I'll watch almost anything. 
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