The Worst TV Shows of All Time

Whether you’re a TV series aficionado or just a casual viewer, deciding what to watch can be daunting. Do you binge-watch the latest drama or relax with a comedy? Should you explore the latest TV content or stick with an old classic? 

While there is no way for us to answer those questions, this list of the worst television shows of all time, according to TV Guide, can tell you exactly which ones are not worth your time. Read on. 

50. Barney & Friends

Credits: Lyons Partnership, L.P., Connecticut Public Television, Lyrick Studios, HIT Entertainment, WNET New York, TMDB

Barney & Friends is a children’s television show that featured the title character Barney, a purple anthropomorphic Tyrannosaurus rex. Barney conveyed educational messages through small dance routines and songs, with an optimistic attitude. 

While it was somewhat popular with its intended audience, the show drew sharp criticism from older generations. This anti-Barney phenomenon was, in fact, the basis of a 2022 documentary named I Love You, You Hate Me. Despite the negative reaction it got, the show surprisingly managed to last 14 full seasons!

49. The Ropers

Credits: The NRW Company, TMDB

The Ropers is an American sitcom television show that was launched as a spin-off of Three’s Company. The series focused on a middle-aged couple, Stanley and Helen Roper, who were landlords to Janet, Jack, and Chrissy on Three’s Company. 

The show was canceled after just two seasons. Some people believe that the show didn’t do well because it was put in a bad time slot, but the fact is that the plot wasn’t interesting enough to pull in its target demographic.