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Old October 25 2008, 12:17 AM   #1
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heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20235467,00.html

remember these?
wasn't there one that had Fabio as a detective or cop?
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Old October 25 2008, 01:20 AM   #2
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

melancholymecha wrote: View Post
http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20235467,00.html

remember these?
wasn't there one that had Fabio as a detective or cop?
Oh man, yeah I remember many of those.

It's a good think TNG wasn't on there. The net would've exploded!
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Old October 25 2008, 01:31 AM   #3
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Bonus points for Super Force.

And Jack of All Trades was intentionally cheesy, I think there's some other fitting contenders out there like that Team Knight Rider show and The Crow TV and Mortal Kombat Konquest. Actually, looking back I think most syndicated TV was rather cheesy.
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Old October 25 2008, 01:34 AM   #4
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Something really disturbing about the fact that half of these are of the sci-fi/fantasy variety
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Old October 25 2008, 02:30 AM   #5
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

According to this, there were no cheesy shows before the 1980's.
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Old October 25 2008, 02:51 AM   #6
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

Some of these shows were intentionally cheesy though.

Acapulco H.E.A.T., Thunder in Paradise, the Baywatch shows, V.I.P., definitely deserve to be on there.

Where was Team Knight Rider? Or Knight Man? Or 18 Wheels of Justice? Or the rest of Lorenzo Lamas' resume?
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Old October 25 2008, 03:02 AM   #7
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

Before the '80s, there wasn't much for TV options in the US...most areas had 3 commercial networks and a PBS affiliate. Maybe an independent station, but not necessarily. As a result, the market for SYNDICATED TV programming was limited mostly to half-hour game shows (often nighttime versions of network game shows, e.g. Match Game, Wheel of Fortune) and Entertainment Tonight-type celebrity infotainment shows (read as: low budget). Also "stripped" (for daily weekday airing) repeats of network programs became a staple of late-afternoon/early-evening TV programming, without which Star Trek's TOS would never have been the after-market success it was.

Then the cable explosion of the '80s opened up a huge amount of TV programming time (as did the establishment of the FOX Network, which began as a VERY part-time entity) and that allowed for a whole new market for longer programming than 30-minute filler shows. Trek's TNG was a leader in the first-run syndicated market and, it could be said, is clearly an ancestor of all the programs in the linked list as well as the successful shows that have followed it.

But note that the KEY WORD in the article is SYNDICATED. If you don't know what that means, look it up because it matters.
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Old October 25 2008, 03:10 AM   #8
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

In all fairness Andromeda and Earth Final Conflict started off promising but then they suffered the fate of having their good writers and actors fired to save cash.
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Old October 25 2008, 03:34 AM   #9
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T. and T.!!! Seriously, that show was awesome! Mr. T and a hot blonde lawyer doing their best Spenser: For Hire impersonation, solving crime. I don't know which was better, that or the Mr. T. cartoon, where he was a gymnastics coach and he and his students would solve crimes while going on gymnastics meets.

Great list. I liked Superforce quite a lot.

Things they left off:
Highlander
War of the Worlds
Friday the 13th: The Series
Captain Power

It was a cable show, but my absolute favorite 90s cheesefest was Silk Stalkings with Rob Estes and the super-gorgeous Mitzi Kapture.
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Old October 25 2008, 03:47 AM   #10
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

wasn't there one that had Fabio as a detective or cop?
oh, looking thru the list again I just noticed Fabio in the cast of Acapulco Heat. That must be it. I remember one Thanksgiving or Christmas eve we were watching tv at my grandma's house, she didnt have cable yet so this is all that was on other than Holiday programming.
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Old October 25 2008, 03:53 AM   #11
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Oh God, I thought I was the only one who remembered Thunder in Paradise! The pilot TV movie actually came out on VHS and my brother and I rented it from Blockbuster. It was a cheesefest but it was fun.
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Old October 25 2008, 04:05 AM   #12
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

Opening credits:

Night Man should've been on this list!!!!

18 Wheels of Justice, starring Lucky Vanous, G. Gordon Liddy and Billy Dee Williams.

Cobra, starring Michael Dudikoff.

Pensacola: Wings of Gold, starring James Brolin, Kathryn Morris and Kristanna Loken.

Solder of Fortune, Inc., starring Brad Johnson and Melinda Clarke.

The Cape, starring Corbin Bernsen and Adam Baldwin.

Couldn't find one for "The Immortal," starring Lorenzo Lamas.
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Old October 25 2008, 04:07 AM   #13
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

Newspaper Taxi wrote: View Post
According to this, there were no cheesy shows before the 1980's.
First-Run Syndicated shows didn't start/popularize until the mid-80s.

TNG, IIRC, may have been one of the first.
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Old October 25 2008, 04:40 AM   #14
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Re: heh-top 25 cheesiest syndicated shows

"Sorbo was an engaging lead"

Yeah, the list lost me at the second page.

G. Gordon Liddy as a recurring villain...ah, SUPERFORCE, you ruled.

Michael Biehn's career saddened me...Adventure Stink.

No TIME TRAX, TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, MONSTERS, SUPERBOY, SMALL WONDER, SPACE PRECINCT (in the USA)?
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Old October 25 2008, 04:42 AM   #15
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This is BULL!! Bull I tell you!!! Herculese and Xena were great shows. I loved Relic Hunter. The Baywatch Nights episode where they thaw out the Viking warrior and he runs amok? Classic! The Lost World, I used to even watch the reruns on Saturday afternoons.

Jeez, don't these guys like TV? I bet they watch Friends and Seinfeld reruns all the time. Pussies.
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