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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
Since the Best thread was pretty popular.

I gotta say the Seinfeld finale. Such a great show and they tried to make some sort of snarky commentary and it just did not work. The series really should have just ended with a typical "nothing" episode.

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I would go with the episode of ER around season 8 or 9 where I finally said to myself "they have killed off enough people in workplace-related activity that I am convinced nobody would EVER work there now."



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The "Cherry Poppers" episode of The Shield. The subject matter (Underage Chinese girls forced to have sex with strangers for no money, while the boss videod them and sold them on the black market) was unnerving, and in the big scheme of things, it had nothing to do with any plot line the show ever brought up or addressed again.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    The "Cherry Poppers" episode of The Shield. The subject matter (Underage Chinese girls forced to have sex with strangers for no money, while the boss videod them and sold them on the black market) was unnerving, and in the big scheme of things, it had nothing to do with any plot line the show ever brought up or addressed again.


Yeah, but so was the "Dutch kills a cat" episode. I think they threw enough random stuff in to give it realism and to show the amount of depraved crap the Strike Team had to deal with and how it could make them justify they morally bankrupt deeds.

IMO the worst ep of Shield was the "Year One" episode.

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.69
    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
    Since the Best thread was pretty popular.

    I gotta say the Seinfeld finale. Such a great show and they tried to make some sort of snarky commentary and it just did not work. The series really should have just ended with a typical "nothing" episode.

    (edited by Scottyflamingo on 14.12.11 1447)


I don't know if agree or disagree with this one. There is a certain beauty about that episode as far as the nothingness goes. Not many shows could close on a high note with nothing being the basic premise of the entire series. It worked for Seinfeld somehow. I really loved the closing conversation at the end. It wrapped the series up nicely by going back to the conversation that opened up the series. I hated and still hate the excessive tribute to all of the quirky characters that Seinfeld created. To much time spent in that damn courtroom.

I do remember being a bit disappointed when I first watched the finale. I have have since gained an appreciation for the effort of that finale though. Much of this is probably because of Season 7 of Curb mixed in with a bit of fan-boy mentality about the show and going back and watching the series on DVD.

As far as the worst episode ever, episode 2 of The Paul Riser show. I forgive the first episode because it's a pilot. For a pilot episode it wasn't all that bad. It set up the promise of a show that might, just maybe have a bit of potential to draw in the audience of the Mad about you Crowd on a long term basis. Then Episode 2 aired. NBC made the right choice canceling that show immediately. Just bad
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The 1 hour episode of Family Guy when Brian and Stewie were locked in the bank vault for the weekend. I think it iwas the 100th episode or something and it was equal parts awful and disturbing. Not once did I laugh.



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Let's see.... My picks revolve around those shows where and episode or episodes turned me off the series:

Dallas - the one where Bobby is revealed and the previous season was a dream. I never watched another show.

Commander in Chief - I made it to episode 3 before I could no longer believe the premise and especially Donald Sutherland in the show

Roseanne winning the Lottery - not that I hadn't mostly stopped watching by then anyway

and, that's enough. I almost gave up on Smallville when Jor-el brought Lana back to life. Almost.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
The entire final season of Roseanne is horrible, I don't think there is one single ep that stands out.

There is a two way tie for The Cosby Show. Both involve Cliff having nightmares. The first is the one where all the men are pregnant. The other one has Muppets, yes Muppets. And not the good ones either, the crappy ones from Muppets Tonight.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.24
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Let's see.... My picks revolve around those shows where and episode or episodes turned me off the series:

    Dallas - the one where Bobby is revealed and the previous season was a dream. I never watched another show.
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    Roseanne winning the Lottery - not that I hadn't mostly stopped watching by then anyway



Good thing you did stop because it turned out with the series finale that every episode after Roseanne had that birthday where they turned the basement into her writing den was all a story she wrote up. In "reality" Darlene was with Mark, Becky was with David, Jackie was gay, not their mom, Dan died of a heart attack, among other things. There was a scene like the opening credits, with them in "reality" around the kitchen table and Mark and David were with Darlene and Becky, respectively to drive home the point.

And yes, pick any episode from that last season for me for worst episode.



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    Originally posted by Scottyflamingo
      Originally posted by StaggerLee
      The "Cherry Poppers" episode of The Shield. The subject matter (Underage Chinese girls forced to have sex with strangers for no money, while the boss videod them and sold them on the black market) was unnerving, and in the big scheme of things, it had nothing to do with any plot line the show ever brought up or addressed again.


    Yeah, but so was the "Dutch kills a cat" episode. I think they threw enough random stuff in to give it realism and to show the amount of depraved crap the Strike Team had to deal with and how it could make them justify they morally bankrupt deeds.

    IMO the worst ep of Shield was the "Year One" episode.

    (edited by Scottyflamingo on 14.12.11 1707)


Well, the Dutch killed a cat episode for me, was a way to show why he was SO interested in the psychology of killers, because he wanted that rush just as much as he figured they needed it.
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The Nikki and Paulo episode from the second season of Lost was hilariously out of place and terrible.





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I have a lot. Probably the one where I lost all hope for a show was Smallville's Supergirl episode. Supergil flies, Superman doesn't. At the same time she inspires Lex to be a better man and Lana pretends to be an Asian chick. Did I mention Chloe has magical powers? Fucking terrible. And coming off a season where I thought the show was pretty bad ass.

I second the Seinfeld finale. Even with the awesome Curb season, it was still a giant disappointment. It would be one thing for it not to be funny, but nothing funny at all happened while bringing in the Princess Di law was pretty low. Yet, not as bad as Dawn being in Buffy. That to me was the single worst episode, decision and story in all of the Whedonverse.



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This one is indeed hard for me since most shows I find to suck I both turn off in about 3 minutes and generally find unmemorable.

Seinfeld finalle was lousy then and lousy now. Roseanne's final season was meh as well. AND quite a few Family Guy episodes I've found to be bad.

I'll go out and say that ever since Steve Carrell has left, the Office has steadily declined in quality, though I can't point at a single episode.

Last episode of Wilfred for me. My girlfriend and I made a point of watching every week and the finalle was so dark and unhappy it was depressing.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
    Originally posted by Torchslasher
    The Nikki and Paulo episode from the second season of Lost was hilariously out of place and terrible.




And yet it still wasn't as bad as the final season ep that finally explained the black smoke.
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When they revealed that Peter and Sylar were brothers on Heroes I turned the tv off and said "well, enough with this show".



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.38
    Originally posted by The King of Keith
    When they revealed that Peter and Sylar were brothers on Heroes I turned the tv off and said "well, enough with this show".


Great answer. I can't choose a certain episode or moment where that show crossed the line for me, but without a doubt Heroes eventually became the worst TV show I have ever watched.



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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.91
    Originally posted by samoflange
      Originally posted by The King of Keith
      When they revealed that Peter and Sylar were brothers on Heroes I turned the tv off and said "well, enough with this show".


    Great answer. I can't choose a certain episode or moment where that show crossed the line for me, but without a doubt Heroes eventually became the worst TV show I have ever watched.


For me it was when I realised I hated every single character on the show except Hiro. Around the end of Season 1. From what I've heard/read, I made the right decision.
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#18 Posted on
    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    I would go with the episode of ER around season 8 or 9 where I finally said to myself "they have killed off enough people in workplace-related activity that I am convinced nobody would EVER work there now."


For me: "Freefall" (Season 10, Episode 8), aka the "let's drop a helicopter on Romano" episode. I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to make that seem real.

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#19 Posted on

    Originally posted by Stephanie
      Originally posted by JayJayDean
      I would go with the episode of ER around season 8 or 9 where I finally said to myself "they have killed off enough people in workplace-related activity that I am convinced nobody would EVER work there now."


    For me: "Freefall" (Season 10, Episode 8), aka the "let's drop a helicopter on Romano" episode. I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to make that seem real.

    Steph


Yes...this for me as well. They may as well have titled it "Helicopter: This Time it Finishes the Job".

ER towards the end of its run attempted way to many "very special" episodes.
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I never cared for the "Married...with Children" episode where Al got circumsized.
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