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Lowest Rated Sitcoms of All Time

  • Worst Sitcoms of All Time

    The network sitcom is part cage and part canvas. The tight constraints of FCC regulators and the structure built by commercial breaks can lead some comedians to crash and burn in the format.

    But the best creators find ways to elevate the form — Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David used ad breaks to create little intertwined jokes; Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant played with the fourth wall; and Dan Harmon had fun with old-school conventions like the Christmas special. When comedians rise to the occasion, it leads to their finest on-camera moments — Tracy Morgan in “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the dancefloor; Will Arnett pantomiming a chicken.

    The 40 shows on this list struggled to approach those grace notes. There are no Soup Nazis, no Diversity Days, and only one capuchin monkey, but definitely not one as charming as Marcel. These are the 40 lowest-rated sitcoms based on their IMDb user rating, focusing on series with at least 2,000 votes. Get ready for many situations and not so much comedy.

  • #40: Teachers

    Years: 2016–
    IMDb Rating: 5.9

    Teachers, adapted from a web series and the brainchild of the improv group the Katydids, is about a group of elementary school educators behaving poorly. Albert Einstein once said, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” It’s impossible to know how the bicycle-loving genius would’ve consumed television, but he may have passed on this TVLand offering. It’s too bad, because the web-to-TV transition has blessed us with two of the best shows of the last few years: High Maintenance and Insecure.  

  • #39: Bad Judge

    Years: 2014–2015
    IMDb Rating: 5.9

    The premise of Bad Judge is both flimsy and unpliable. Flimsy because it’s hard to rest a show upon the idea that a judge is a hard-drinking, frazzled, and disorganized party animal, and unpliable because this story can only go one way. Bad Judge was cancelled quickly by NBC — apparently someone at the network judged it to be bad.

  • #38: Jessie

    Years: 2011–2015
    IMDb Rating: 5.9

    This Disney Channel original series centers on a young woman from Texas who moves to New York City to chase her dreams. Despite the low rating, Jessie has been nominated for several Kids’ and Teen Choice Awards.

  • #37: Zoey 101

    Years: 2005–2008
    IMDb Rating: 5.9

    This Nickelodeon Channel show tells the story of Zoey Brooks, one of the first female students at a Southern California all-boys boarding school. The premise for Zoey 101 is actually pretty fun, starring Britney Spears’s little sister, Jamie Lynn, but as you’d expect from the rating, this kids’ show does not have many great performances.

  • #36: The Thundermans

    Years: 2013–
    IMDb Rating: 5.8

    Also gracing Nickelodeon’s airwaves, The Thundermans is a series about a suburban family with a secret: they all have superpowers. The show is a bit like a live-action The Incredibles, but it’s main focus is teenage twins who have different dreams for their powers: Phoebe (Kira Kosarin) wants to save the world, while Max (Jack Griffo) wants to destroy it.  

  • #35: True Jackson, VP

    Years: 2008–2011
    IMDb Rating: 5.8

    Think Big, but instead of a toy company, the 15-year-old gets to enter the world of fashion. In True Jackson, VP, the titular character (Keke Palmer) is selling sandwiches in New York City’s fashion district when the founder of designer Mad Style compliments her clothing alterations and hires her as VP. Throughout the series, we see the teenage True navigate her way through the strange world of fashion. At one point, Justin Bieber arrives for a guest appearance.

  • #34: Sabrina, the Animated Series

    Years: 1999–2000
    IMDb Rating: 5.8

    In the middle of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’s incredibly successful run, ABC tried to add an entry into the Sabrina Extended Universe with this animated prequel. The show follows the witch through her preteen years, as she begins to discover her powers. Sabrina is voiced by Melissa Joan Hart’s younger sister Emily, but unfortunately the animated version never got close, in ratings or general enjoyability, to the original T.G.I.F. classic. 

  • #33: One Big Happy

    Years: 2015–
    IMDb Rating: 5.8

    One Big Happy tells (or attempted to tell) the story of a lesbian woman (Elisha Cuthbert) who gets pregnant with her best friend Luke’s (Nick Zano) baby. When Luke then falls in love and quickly marries Prudence (Kelly Brook), shenanigans ensue. This show was cancelled after just six episodes, because much of the story and jokes felt milquetoast and unoriginal, despite the seemingly edgy concept. It’s a shame, because Cuthbert and Zano were both incredible on the criminally underrated Happy Endings.

  • #32: Rush Hour

    Years: 2016–
    IMDb Rating: 5.8

    The buddy cop classic reimagined as a 30-minute CBS comedy was doomed from the start — lacking the kinetic chemistry between Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan that made the franchise such a hit. In the CBS version, Justin Hires and Jon Foo never reach that impossible standard.

  • #31: Kevin Can Wait

    Years: 2016–
    IMDb Rating: 5.8

    Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) has made some questionable choices in his career, but there were reasons to be excited about his new CBS comedy, Kevin Can Wait. When the show reunited him with Leah Remini, everyone hoped for some King of Queens-like comedy. But unfortunately the sitcom, with James playing a retired cop trying — in his trademark bumbling fashion — to be a good father, took a dark turn when showrunners killed off his wife late in Season 1 in order to bring Remini on full time. What should have been low-stakes fun turned strange and dark — a far cry from traditional Kevin Jamesian fare.    

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