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10 90s Shows That, Let's Be Honest, Were Pretty Terrible

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Let me preface this by saying that just because these shows were terrible, doesn't mean they weren't good. I know that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But sometimes, even if something is completely awful, it's still entertaining. That's basically how to describe the 90s in a nutshell.

These are some of the most terrible shows from our favorite decade that we all just need to admit were awful...even if we love them. These shows were chosen by both the Internet (an always trusted source) and my co-workers who, like myself, are opinionated beyond all reason.

1. Baby Talk

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I know what you're thinking: how could a show featuring George Clooney, Scott Baio, and a monologue from Tony Danza as a baby possibly be terrible? Easy. The baby's monologue was about the mom's dating life TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF HER CHILD. Clooney referred to this show as one of the low points in his career, which sounds about right. It only lasted one season and is considered one of the worst shows to air in 1991.

2. Babes

The show revolved around three overweight sisters living in a tiny New York apartment. Classic, right? Wrong. Within the first season, the show was cancelled and faced extreme backlash for their barrage of fat jokes in every episode.

3. Cop Rock

Everything about a police procedural that is also a musical sounds wonderful, but it didn't translate to audiences. It's considered one of the biggest failures in 90s TV history. TV Guide even called it one of the worst television shows of all time. ABC gave the show a huge budget because of its creator, Steve Bochco, who also created Hill Street Blues.

“What did I learn from that experience?” Bochco said in a telephone interview with The New York Times after the show was cancelled. “Don’t put music in a cop show. Don’t have characters burst into song.”

4. Dharma and Greg


Getting married on your first date isn't generally a good idea, even more so when you're complete opposites. But for some reason, the show had FIVE seasons, and Jenna Elfman earned three Emmy nominations for her role as Dharma. Nothing screams romance like a wife continually embarrassing her uptight husband while you sit and wonder how neither of them has filed for divorce yet.

5. Freaks and Geeks


Listen, I know we all love the nostalgic aspect of a show with a bunch of "before they were stars!" actors, but there's a reason it was cancelled. No one wants to watch a bunch of teens go through puberty and deal with high school. We were already living it. If this show was really as popular as everyone seems to think it is now, it would have lasted more than one season.

"I just couldn't find ways to like the characters," one co-worker said. "And if I didn't like them or could relate to their struggles, or find humor in it, it felt like a complete waste of time."

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