The networks just love talking up the new shows they have coming out. All sorts of advertising techniques are used to get viewers excited and glued to their televisions for each premiere. Despite all the hype, many a TV show is so woefully bad that the networks don’t even let them finish out the first season. In fact, sometimes it is the very hype they create that works against them, with viewers expectations raised to impossible heights before bearing witness to the average reality. Most of these train-wrecks barely get to see the light of day before being stowed away in a fail closet, hidden deep within the halls of the network, never to be spoken of again. However, some of the TV station creations manage to be roundly panned by critics while still attracting a loyal contingent of fans (quite often people who find the show “so bad it’s good”).
If this group of loving viewers is sizable, their adoration can be enough to keep a show holding on for a few more seasons. From productions that never made it past their first pilot episode, to hilariously woeful failures that stretched on far longer than their quality justified, buckle up for our list of the worst-rated shows in television history. We’ve analysed metadata from every online critic we could find since the year 2000, to bring you only the officially agreed upon, worst of the worst.
The NBC show, Tucker premiered on the cusp of the new millennium, in the year 2000. If you don’t remember hearing about it, that’s probably because it only lasted a month before being permanently canned. Considering how embarrassingly formulaic the plot is, it’s little wonder the show didn’t make it past its infancy. In the wake of his parents’ divorce, 14-year-old Tucker moves to his Aunt Claire’s house with his mom. The resultant sitcom was supposed to be a funny and heartwarming glimpse into what it’s like to go through a family breakdown and change of living conditions, all while grappling with puberty.
Critics were unanimous Tucker was way too obvious in its attempts to emulate its wildly popular predecessors, The Wonder Years and Malcolm in the Middle. While trying to hard to be both of these shows, it sadly failed to meet the standard of either. Variety magazine was harsh but fair in its conclusions about the show: “Tucker needs to find a source of unpredictability to emerge as anything but a forced and derivative effort.” Ouch!