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. 

48. Bless This House

Credits: IMDB

Bless This House is a sitcom television series created by Bruce Helford, starring Cathy Moriarty and Andrew Dice Clay. The show takes viewers through the lives of postal worker Burt Clayton and his wife Alice, who raise two kids in Trenton, New Jersey. 

The show garnered a lot of mixed reviews. Entertainment Weekly gave the series a C rating and mentioned, “Bless has smart things to say about how hardworking parents manage family life, but the show is hobbled by its endless succession of squalid sex jokes.” Unsurprisingly, it was canceled after just one season. 

If you hate overplayed stereotypes, you need to give the next show a miss!

47. Rango

Credits: IMDB

Rango (1967) is an American Western comedy that starred Tim Conway, Norman Alden, and Guy Marks. The titular character, Rango, is an inept Texas Ranger who is assigned to the quietest post the Rangers have in order to keep him from landing himself in unnecessary trouble. He, however, brings trouble wherever he goes. 

You can guess what was problematic about this show by just looking at the image above. Fortunately, the show was aired for just half a season, after which it was canceled.

46. Me and the Chimp

Credits: IMDB

Me and the Chimp is an American sitcom that aired for only one season in 1972. The premise of the show revolved around a dentist and his wife, who live with their two children and a chimpanzee. Episodes take viewers through the doings and undoings of the chimp. 

Unless you love watching the daily life and activities of a chimp, you’ll likely be bored with what this show has to offer.