1. Brenna says:

    For me: the pilot of the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman television show.

    I LOVED the recent Wonder Woman movie, so when my mother told me she had liked the Lynda Carter show growing up, I thought it would be fun to see a different take on the character– especially since there are people out there who gripe about Gal Gadot’s (phenomenal) performance and claim Lynda Carter was better. I figured if anyone was willing to take that stance, the show must have a lot of merit… and I figured that I loved the character so much, I’d enjoy watching anything that featured her.

    Oof, was I wrong. Where to start? With the oh-so laughable invisible jet special effect? With the ridiculously fake no-stakes “fight scenes?” The lingerie costumes? Or maybe Queen Hippolyta, one of the most grievous offenses… the majestic, fierce sovereign and lovingly protective mother of the 2017 movie here is a complete pushover played by the hammiest actress I’ve ever had the misfortune to watch. And don’t get me started on the mess the show made of Diana herself! Rather than being a compassionate, idealistic hero who wants to end war and bring peace to mankind, she’s motivated to leave Themyscira because she’s attracted to Steve Trevor. She responds with attitude when her mother forbids her from taking him back to the human world, disguises herself in a blonde wig to earn the appointment (during an incredibly cringe-worthy montage of the Amazon Olympics), and then says of her deception, “I did it for you, mother, because I love you so much.” Not only that, but she seems cold and arrogant in nearly all her interactions with people.

    All of this would have dragged down the episode’s quality plenty without the utterly terrible script– which features overt ’70s women’s-lib sermonizing and Hippolyta telling Diana “You will be Wonder Woman!”– the corny villains, and the parts of the plot that utterly destroy suspension of disbelief. For example, Diana, in an effort to earn money, performs on stage, showcasing her ability to block bullets with her cuffs. Meaning that the audience pays for the opportunity to shoot at a performer and/or watch others do so. Cue exaggerated raised eyebrows.

    Thing is, though, the show was so bad that it didn’t even make me angry. Instead, I giggled my way through it. If it had gotten some things right, or seemed to have some promise, then the missteps made might have bothered me, but as it was I could enjoy it for what it is… a laughably terrible television pilot and a wholly different portrayal of the Wonder Woman character. The theme song is pretty groovy and the actor for Steve Trevor actually did a decent job. So I humbly nominate Wonder Woman S1E1 as the “Best Worst Thing Ever.”

  2. You’ve obviously never seen Paint Your Wagon. It features Clint Eastwood singing “I Talk to the Trees.”

    (BTW, that’s Fred Astaire, not Ole Blue Eyes.)

    Kindly let me put in nomination Barney and the Backyard Gang, the original with Sandy Duncan as a mom pretending that a stuffed purple T. Rex really did interact with the children in her backyard. I was an assistant manager at a fast-food restaurant, generally on the closing shift. This show was an uninterrupted half-hour nap with my two-year-old riveted in her little recliner.

    This was before Veggie Tales. This version of the Purple One had an amateur, Sunday School earnestness that PBS later eviscerated by removing adults from the equation ( excepting the occasional fantasy character.)

  3. Travis Perry says:

    Plan 9 From Outer Space.

    Aliens plan to invade Earth by raising the dead. Full of long, boring, unbelievably bad dialogue, terrible special effects, and single scenes that flip from light to night to light in the same scene.

    So bad you will laugh hard and never forget the experience. Though most of the laughter comes after watching it, as if you’re glad you made it through alive…

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