1990s and 2000s saw an insurgency in a number of failed sitcoms. Many of them were bad from the start and got cancelled after just a few episodes. Here are 10 worst sitcoms of the 1990s and 2000s.
1. Joey (2004):
It is irritating to see actors and fans try to revive something that died and disappeared. Joe Tribbiani was famous on the sitcom Friends. He develops his own show, Joey where he moves to LA to develop his movie career. The first season was good, but as we see in many sitcoms which run too long, characters get boring and story-lines run out. It had no chance when competing with American Idol and was cancelled in March of 2006.
2. Accidentally on Purpose (2009):
Jenna Elfman did not click with viewers as she did on Dharma and Greg. Her humor was drier and it was not as appealing to watch an older character use her charm. Having mixed reviews and scoring 49/100 on Metacritic, the show was cancelled after 18 episodes.
3. Saved by the Bell: The New Class (1993)
Producer Peter Engel was pushing this franchise just a bit overboard. I just cannot understand how the show ran for 7 seasons. The franchise was ruined after the sixth season. Screech was no longer funny and the appeal Mr. Belding once had in 1980s and 1990s was gone. I think producers should have stopped production after the wedding of Zack and Kelly. It would have been the happily ever after story we all wanted to see happen.
4. Michael Richards Show (2000):
This sitcom was about a private detective who gets things done in an eccentric way. Richards tried to play a role that was different than his Seinfeld character Kramer. He deeply made a fool of himself here and the show ran its course for a pitiful 9 episodes.
5. Baby Bob (2000):
This sitcom was about a spy baby who could talk. We are adults and unless this is a cartoon, talking babies are not really funny to watch. The first week, the sitcom rated 15th on the charts. The show was cancelled after 11 aired episodes.
6. My Big Fat Greek Life (2003):
The sitcom served as a continuation to the hit movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Viewers had a hard time following the sitcom as things changed from names of characters, to jobs characters were doing to children they had. Things were not being viewed in chronological order, which made viewers’ heads spin. The show thus ran for only 7 episodes.
7. Bob Patterson (2001):
The show revolves around a motivational speaker who is popular in the United States. USA Today was right to point out that some of the sitcom’s jokes were out of date, especially those about Monica Lewinsky. Alexander’s jokes were not as funny as they were on Seinfeld. Thus the sitcom failed after 5 episodes.
8. Gary Unmarried (2009):
Try imagining a male version of The New Adventures of the Old Christine. The show was known to be poorly written and had story-lines which lacked meaning and existence. Many viewers like myself had a hard time following the sitcom and its dry sense of humor. It was dumped after 2 seasons.
9. Get a Life (1990):
How many times can you watch the protagonist in a sitcom die and not get bored? Chris Peterson, the main character, died 12 times on the show. It was meant to be funny and had potential but I believe the 12 times Chris died was a bit too much and beyond bizarre. It was cancelled after 35 episodes.
10. 8 Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002):
The show was excellent when John Ritter was on it. When John Ritter died and the show decided to bring in David Space, the sitcom lost meaning. It was not the same again and it was not as funny. People were still wondering why it was called 8 Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter. It should have been cancelled right after Ritter died.