One of the more annoying things in my opinion is when something new
is a huge hit, and all the clones start to appear. These are obvious
desperate attempts to cash in on a trend. The worst part of this trend
is that these copy cats are almost always duds! They are so blatantly
rushed and/or trying to copy the success of the first show that it’s
This happened with game shows when Who Wants to be a Millionaire
spawned crap like Greed and Twenty-One. It happened when Survivor (and
later American Idol) spawned reality TV junk like “The Apprentice” and
to many others to name (I thank god this reality craze has died down a
bit). And the success of Seinfeld and Friends spawned garbage like
“These Friends of Mine” (later “Ellen”) and the very short lived
“Coupling”. We could be here all day listing examples of this.
And then we have the prime time cartoon craze that began in the 90’s.
When The Simpsons came around in 1989, it was the first successful
prime time cartoon series since The Flintstones and The Jetsons. So of
course what happens when a new idea is a big hit? We get the god awful
copy cats!!!! Ok, some worked. Family Guy and King of the Hill and
Futurama, were all good. Ok, The Critic wasn’t that bad either come to
think of it. And Duckman was a huge success though I never watched it.
And of course South Park, which I really can’t stand though I guess it
can be funny.
But while those were hits, most were not so lucky and were here and
gone in a flash. Here are ten other shows which did suck, at least in my
opinion. Some were rushed to meet the Simpsons craze, some were trying
to flat out copy the Simpsons, and some were just…stupid as all hell.
This was an animates series about the lives of mice and roaches who
reside in the basement and walls of The White House. Intrigued yet? Yeah
this is a lame show and only lasted thirteen episodes. Neil Patrick
Harris was in it, but to be fair this was long before “How I Married
Your Mother” made him a celebrity again so I can forgive it. This show
demonstrates a very important lesson that others did learn-it takes more
than a cool setting to make the show gritty and adult! I watched it a
little and it felt like a stupid Saturday Morning Cartoon, non and adult
Prime Time Cartoon.