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10 of the Worst ’90s Sitcoms to Ever Hit Your Television Screens

Baby Talk (1991-1992)
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Lighthearted humor and impeccable comedic timing were staples of several sitcoms from the 1990s. Even though the ’90s gave us numerous classic comedies, many people recall these ten series from that decade as among the worst.

1. Cop Rock (1990)

Cop Rock (1990)
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This musical police drama series was canceled after one season due to its weird premise and sloppy execution. The attempt to combine a police procedural story with Broadway musical techniques received some praise but has faced persistent criticism. Some consider it to be one of the worst TV shows. It happens to be one of the shortest-lived series on network television.

2. Homeboys in Outer Space (1996-1997)

Homeboys in Outer Space (1996-1997)
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This sci-fi comedy occurred in the 23rd century and chronicled the misadventures of two bumbling astronauts. Audiences were appalled by the cringeworthy humor based on racial stereotypes and the dull screenplay. This culminated in its demise after only one season following its 1996 debut.

3. The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)

The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer (1998)
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This controversial sitcom’s central premise was the fictional diary of a black English aristocrat living in the White House during the time of Abraham Lincoln. The show’s insensitive portrayal of African-Americans and other minority groups and its frequent use of racial stereotypes generated considerable condemnation and led to its early termination. It was a raunchy sitcom that frequently made inappropriate innuendos for shock effect.

4. Baby Talk (1991-1992)

Baby Talk (1991-1992)
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Based on the popular film Look Who’s Talking, the series featured a talking baby (voiced by Tony Danza). However, the show’s repetitive and uninteresting plots were disappointing. It received criticism for its simplistic writing, exaggerated character traits, and focus on a talking baby with a single mother. In comparison, Look Who’s Talking, which followed a similar formula, concentrated on a single mother with a talking baby and was more successful.

5. Mr. Rhodes (1996-1997)

Mr. Rhodes (1996-1997)
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Starring comedian Tom Rhodes as a failed writer turned high school teacher. Despite a promising premise, the show faced tough competition in its time slot, contributing to its low ratings and eventual cancellation. Mr. Rhodes’s appearance on network television was brief; the program was not picked up for another season and was last broadcast in March 1997.

6. Brotherly Love (1995-1997)

Brotherly Love (1995-1997)
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This show revolves around the misadventures of the three Lawrence brothers as they navigate life after Joey’s character, Joe Roman, moves in with his two younger brothers, Matt and Andy, played by Matthew and Andrew Lawrence, respectively. Unfortunately, it was canceled after two years—the characters weren’t interesting enough to sustain a lengthy run.

7. Uncle Buck (1990–1991)

Uncle Buck (1990–1991)
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Uncle Buck was an adaptation of a John Hughes movie without the movie’s lead star. It ended up being a poor imitation of the film. The series is about Uncle Buck, a fun-loving and irresponsible bachelor who becomes the temporary caregiver for his niece and nephew when their parents are called away on a family emergency. It was canceled after its first season.

8. Teen Angel 1997-1998

Teen Angel 1997-1998
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The show focuses on Marty DePolo, a teen who dies after eating a six-month-old cheeseburger. He is chosen as a guardian angel to look over his best buddy, Steve Beauchamp. The premise of Teen Angel is frequently considered odd. The comedy largely depends on slapstick humor and ridiculous scenarios, commonly based on Marty’s attempts to assist Steve in navigating the obstacles of adolescence. The plot failed to draw viewers beyond its novelty and left the screens after 17 episodes.

9. What a Dummy (1990-1991)

What a Dummy (1990-1991)
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The story revolves around Tucker, a ventriloquist, and his sassy dummy, Mack. Tucker pursues fame in showbiz and gets into funny situations. The humor centers on Mack’s sarcasm and Tucker’s struggles to manage the unpredictable dummy, resulting in comedic misunderstandings and mishaps. This syndicated sitcom from 1990 only lasted one season before being forgotten.

10. George (1993-1994)

George (1993-1994)
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George Foreman, the famous heavyweight champion, starred in a comedic role on the show. Foreman portrayed a retired boxer who manages a youth center for troubled youth. The sitcom was canceled after only two and a half months on the air, despite high hopes from ABC executives, due to a lack of resonance with audiences. It was less successful than Foreman’s boxing career or George Foreman grills.

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