Over it: shows we want off TV

There are a lot of good shows being cancelled and yet way too many shows on TV that don't deserve to be there.

You know, the ones that have you scrambling for the remote the moment they come on. Here is our list of the worst TV shows currently disgracing us with their presence on Australian screens.

King of the Hill

Does everyone you know immediately change the channel the moment they realise King of the Hill is about to begin? We sure do. King of the Hill depicts the dull and depressing lives of a small-town family in Texas. It's boring and the jokes are so unfunny that you find you'd rather watch a dripping tap for entertainment.

We're 98 per cent certain that this is the least entertaining cartoon ever created (perhaps outstripped only by The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show). Why is it still on TV? And why do TV programmers always insist on shoving it in with the good cartoons in animation line-ups? It's like they think that by hiding it amongst The Simpsons, Futurama and Family Guy, we won't really notice how terrible it is. They're wrong.

King of the Hill has finally been cancelled in the US, but people all over the world are still suffering from repeats. Take them off!

The Biggest Loser

In case you've been lucky enough to have never seen an episode of The Biggest Loser, it depicts the journey of several overweight Aussies battling to lose as much weight as possible with the aid of crazily strict personal trainers and a crash diet.

Whether it's couples, families or singles, The Biggest Loser is still the same old thing. If we wanted to see overweight people crying for two hours, we'd go watch Shallow Hal. Or even Return to Fat Camp.

The only interesting episodes are the very first and the very last -- we want to laugh incredulously and feel superior towards these people who actually do eat a horse when they're hungry. And in the last episode we enjoy seeing their massive transformation (albeit feeling a little uncomfortable that they're now *gasp* our size). Not that anyone besides the top seven or so actually transform very much -- the others just put on makeup and a nice dress because they were voted out too early to really change in size.

Seriously, if this reality series genuinely wanted to help people to lose weight (we have no doubt that the trainers do, but the execs? No.), there wouldn't be a voting-out component.

The Vampire Diaries

In The Vampire Diaries, two ethereally hot vampire brothers (played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder) fall in love with Elena (Nina Dobrev), an annoying high school girl, mostly because she's the spitting image of some crazy vampire chick they knew in 1864 (we'd be offended if we were Elena; they only like you for your looks, girl!). You'll need to suspend all belief in order to watch this saccharine show, which has to be the very worst of the entire teen vampire genre. We understand its niche -- it's like True Blood for tweens, and like Twilight, but on TV every week -- but that doesn't stop it from sucking.

The Vampire Diaries is filled with high school dances, town parades, school carnivals, car washes and Halloween parties. You'd think that 160-year-olds would have matured beyond these things; don't these hot old men have anything better to do than hang out with small-town high-schoolers? But no, Stefan uses his clichéd vampire powers of super speed and super strength to join the football team of all things.

We can't think of a worse fate than attending high school for 150 years.

There are, of course, werewolves and witches, magic rings that prevent the hot vampires from the inconvenience of burning to death in daylight, cutesy storylines, a town called Mystic Falls and wooden stakings galore. It reads like a modern Dracula fan fiction ... written by a 13-year-old girl.

It's all pretty much just eye candy, with the current vogue of supernatural sexual tension thrown in for good measure. You may as well just watch it on mute.

Unfortunately, this show will not be cancelled any time soon. There are too many teenagers in the world.

A Current Affair and Today Tonight

There's no way you can disagree with this; the Chaser boys said it best in their shorts for a spoof show A Chaser Affair: A Current Affair and Today Tonight are a joke. With absolutely no journalistic integrity and the same ridiculously sensationalist stories put on repeat every week, it's impossible to guess why these faux-news shows are still on TV.

There's also a show on Channel 10 around the same time that markets itself as a hip, comedic and truthful current affairs source (*cough* 7pm Project *cough*), but it's really just ACA in disguise. Watch it. You'll see.

Coming up tonight: "the great dentist con job" and an obese three-year-old Chinese boy. Can't wait.

The Good Wife

This woman has one facial expression for everything that happens. Husband cheats on her? Stoic face. Son cracks a joke? Stoic face. In an important work meeting? Stoic face. No wonder her husband cheated on her -- her stoic face would have been utterly disconcerting in bed. We honestly don't know how she won a Golden Globe for best lead actress in this role. All she does is walk around glumly with a long-suffering look on her face, delivering the lines written for her unconvincingly. How did the charismatic Chris Noth become involved in such a tragic project?

Maybe we'd like the show more if Julianna Margulies and her overly botoxed face weren't involved, but we'll never know for sure.

The Farmer Wants a Wife

We don't even know who the target audience for this show is. Who wants to watch a bunch of needy, desperate girls compete for the love of a few single farmers who are already in love (with themselves)? Apparently, 1.4 million people do. There's just no accounting for taste.

This show is like a really, really bad version of The Bachelor. The women are forced to do the farmers' chores and cook and clean for them, to test whether they're "suited" to farm life. Way to set back the women's liberation front several hundred years.

The season finale, airing this Wednesday, will see the farmers choose their "favourite". Sounds riveting, but they all break up after the show ends, anyway.

The verdict

Maybe we're just expecting too much in the way of exciting, intelligent television; can't every show be like The Big Bang Theory?

What about you? Are you in love with one of the above shows? If so, we'd love to hear precisely why that is. Or do you have any suggestions of what else should be taken off air? Does Glee deserve a dishonourable mention? Let us know in the comments below.

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Seriously. People who are complaining about the article because they say that if you don't like a show switch... if you don't like the article, STOP READING. Oh snap. See what I did there?



But really, get over it. This isn't a petition to the networks, it's a little story on a website. It's one person's opinion of shows they hate. Get over it. She's allowed to get all melodramatic about it. It doesn't mean it's going to happen!



What she did ask for is whether or not we agree, so to that I say MOSTLY! I watched a few vampire dairies and was quite bored, not my thing. The rest are crap to my mind and I am would not be sad if they left our screens, with one glaring exception.



THE GOOD WIFE IS AMAZING. Great characters, interesting cases... what's not to like? I've no opinion on whether or not JM's had botox etc. or the effects it may or may not have had, but I think she plays this character spectacularly - she plays Alicia exactly as the character is meant to be! The whole premise of the show is the strong woman who makes something of herself beyond being the shamed politician's wife. You try being that woman without wearing a mask.
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if you dont like the show then change the channel. No one is forcing you to watch it. I agree with the other shows but i enjoy this show. :)
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you can get rid of every single one of those shows EXCEPT The Vampire Diaries! i must admit, it has gotten stupid but who cares!

if you dont like a show, dont watch it. problem solved
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I am completly over two and a half men. It was funny when jake was young and stupid (well, more stupid than he is now) but It's just getting old, and there are so many other great shows out there to show in that time slot!
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I don't watch any of the Above shows, but something like Glee is definitely much worse than any of those shows.
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totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Whaaat? The Vampire Diaries and The Good Wife are great shows. I am 21 and would like to think I have versatile taste. Get rid of Farmer Wants a Wife and King of the Hill. Plus Two and a Half Men!
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With the exception of the VAMPIRE DIARIES which was excellent in season one,season two has lost some ground - I'm in my 30's by the way.
The rest of the list is spot on BUT you have to add Neighbours, those home shopping shows, Kerryn Anne, The Circle
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Two and a Half Men for sure. Home and Away and Neighbours. Soapies and cheap, lame comedies take up too much air time, with the good shows being put on at ridiculous times, if aired at all. What's happened to originality?
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King of the hill was a great show and very funny, perhaps the humor doesn't translate to the Australian audience but I for one miss it. I'd take it over Bob's Burgers any day.

I don't watch any of the other shows mentioned so I wouldn't miss any of them, The biggest loser would be my first choice to go.
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King of the hill was a great show and very funny, perhaps the humor doesn't translate to the Australian audience but I for one miss it. I'd take it over Bob's Burgers any day.
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what the heck the good wife is a great show
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One show that seriously needs to be cancelled is that Bob's Burgers, that is one animated show that really doesn't deserve to be on Australian TV or any TV, how the network execs let the script for this show get through, is beyond my or anyones level of understanding
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Desperate Housewives! It's just a pathetic excuse for the so-called 'stars' of the show to live out their glory days and hope everyone forgets they're now middle-aged hags with absolutely no talent. Harsh, but we all know its the truth...
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Simply put, the stations these days make TV for $$ rather than good TV. There is no love anymore.
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OK So I know I will be unpopular but please surely there has to be someone else who wants Greys anatomy gone! Haven't watched it for years. Every time I by chance catch it waiting for another show to start I cringe. Meredith has to be the most high maintenance woman ever on TV! Desperate housewives must surely be near an end date.
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King of the Hill isn't aired on the same channel as Family Guy :S
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sandbur - such as? The Simpsons and The Office were mentioned by someone on Twitter, and I would personally add Neighbours (which is probably obvious given it performed so poorly on Ten last year that it got shunted to Eleven.) Also, I can't stand Two and a Half Men... I agree with the shows in the article, although The Big Bang Theory would be much better without the extreme use of the laugh track!
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can't say I'm opposed to any of the choices to go, but could sure add a few...
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How the hell did TVD get on that list??????????
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If there's anything I want off TV, it's The Jersey Shore
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The final season of King of the Hill was the funniest.
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Whats wrong with Vampire Diaries???...don't be such a hater!
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i agree on the biggest loser and farmer wants a wife. i never got why watching obese people is entertaining or any of those shows on CW (farmer wants a wife, plain jane, shedding for the wedding) that are basically insulting a group of people. but i don't think all shows should be like the big bang theory nor should glee be canceled. the big bang theory gets boring after a few episodes and most people watch glee for the songs anyway so the plot doesn't matter that much because if you start analyzing the plotholes in glee you'll literally drive yourself insane. the vampire diaries is like any other scripted show on CW: its not realistic but its highly addicting and its cast is highly attractive. what should go off the air is family guy, teen mom, jersey shore, and basically anything on MTV
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Your a fool, Vampire Diaries is a good show and has no need to be cancelled, the story has still so much to give. Take it from me a HATER of Twilight, I cant stand those movie's, but the problem with Twilight is the cast, crew, director, writers and anyone else involved, Vampire Diaries does not have this problem. I find it hard to believe that you actually have the right to write for TV.com when you say things like this, "Maybe we're just expecting too much in the way of exciting, intelligent television; can't every show be like The Big Bang Theory?". You must be having a laugh, Big Bang Theory should be cancelled ASAP, it really isn't funny, people just laugh along with it because of the audio overlay of a studio audience laughing at the terrible 'humour'.

I do have to agree with you about King of the Hill. No more !
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You obviously haven't seen much of Vampire Diaries, especially given you are showing the promo for the pilot. What you say about the show is true of the pilot, and probably around half the first season, but season two has been incredible. It is way better than True Blood, which is crazily overhyped. Vampire Diaries' storylines make more sense, are more suspenseful, and don't need graphic sex to ramp them up. The Good Wife is fantastic, I'm not quite sure why you don't like Julianna Marguiles, but you are obviously on crack. She is great, and fully deserved her win. The whole point is that Alicia hides her feelings behind a mask, and only occasionally do her feelings break through. That is her character, that is how she's written and how JM plays her. It is fantastic writing. I agree with the others though, I'm not sure how The Good Wife and Vampire Diaries got on here. How about Secret Life of the American Teenager? That show is atrocious. I have to agree about it being ridiculous you ended with The Big Bang Theory as a staple of intelligent television. Just because the characters on the show are intelligent, doesn't mean the show is. I watch it, but it is a sitcom. Anyone with half a brain could keep up. This is definitely a case of someone's lone opinion. This is why I liked it better when there wasn't an Australian version of tv.com and it was all one site.
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Vampire diaires will not be cancelled any time soon because its a great show. Don't you work for tv.com? Didn't you notice that the show has been in the top 10 on tv.com since it started?
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True Blood is like legal porn. Nothing wrong with the Vampire Diaries. Like @hot_babe101 no one is forcing you to watch it!
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This is the definition of a 'filler article'... and you end with 'The Big Bang Theory' as the show that all others should strive for?

I suspect that Julianna Marguiles, botox or not, looks heaps better than the woman who wrote this article... and is also far better at her job. I say 'The Good Wife' stays, and Corinne is the one to go.
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Yeah, everyone switched off KOTH. It's not like it lasted eleven seasons! Oh wait...
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There are some trusims here, but this kind of "tv-news" story is more suited to someone's blog, as it is of your opinion only. Sometimes there are articles on here that feature a variety of the writers on tv.com, those are more accurate.



So I agree on some, but not others. (But to be honest glee is losing it this season).
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you can take off every other show except THE VAMPIRE DIARIES!! no one is forcing you to watch, so dont.
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I'm sorry I don't agree. First of alla if they are still on it's because people watch them, if you don't like them they shouldn't be off, you should just watch something else. People shouldn't stop watching what they like because you don't like it, these TV shows are not getting canceled because people watch them.

Vampire diaries "sucks" maybe for adults, but there are also teenagers who like it, why should it be taken away from them? If you like Tru Blood's vampires, that's fine, i like them too, but not everybody does and television is for everybody, young and adults. I keep watching Vampire diaries because it maybe absurd, but it's TV, not reality and it's just entertainment.

As for the biggest loser, it would pretty suck if there weren't eliminations, I prefer it to most reality shows where people just chat and insult eachother, at least this one tries to teach something to people with a problem. Welcome in the real world, producers want to sell, make money and maybe help, not just help or it wouldn't be a tv show with a 300000 $ prize.
If you watch obese people just to tease them and feel superior, than you should probably be watching vampire diaries too, because you are just lika a child.
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im sorry, but i like all these shows that u think are crap. like someone else said. Just becasue u dnt like them doesnt mean they should be cut. Change the channel if you dnt like the show
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I totally agree with heaps of these, but I haven't really watched The Good Wife or Vampire Diaries so can't really judge.Gotta say I don't know anyone who watches any of these shows.
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are you flipping serious?! Just because you don't like the shows it doesn't mean they have to come off air. Get a life!
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king of the hill is sh*t. like one of the most dullest shows EVER. Biggie losers needs to be cut down to half an hour but not taken off. Vamp diaries was good for a season but its gotten old so fast it can go. the rest of the list can go. and big bang theory? why not end on an actually funny show like community or 30 rock...
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I think people are too harsh on King of the Hill, I find that it portrays a subtle and ironic sense of banality about everyday life that other shows don’t. Some might call that boring, but I quite find it charming and different to the brazenness of some of the other animation on television.
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