12 Sitcoms That Are So Bad, They’re Good (But Actually Just Bad)

We wanted to know what successful, famous sitcoms people didn’t find funny at all, and the internet didn’t let us down. It turns out there are plenty of successful sitcoms that it’s hard to understand why they’re so popular despite being unfunny.

Here are some of the most popular answers.

1. “Stereotypical” Sitcoms

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In essence, this is your setup where you have an average guy (usually a comedian or idiot) and his impossibly beautiful and forgiving wife paired up. Often, there are kids involved. Think of shows like The Simpsons, The Flintstones, The Honeymooners, etc. 

A version of this was suggested with someone saying, “Anything on CBS where a fat guy has a wife that’s way too attractive for him.” Over 19 thousand people agreed!

2. 2 Broke Girls

2 Broke Girls.
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This is one of those shows that a lot of people can’t understand how it came about in the first place. Comments ranged from “loud and obnoxious” to “only popular because of the shocking things they said.”

“It was like fingernails on a chalkboard to me!!!” the first comment criticized.

3. The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007).
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It might have been OK at the start, but The Big Bang Theory turned into a sitcom filled with characters that are hard to like, even if you’re a geek.

I can’t sum The Big Bang Theory up better than this comment: “They totally have no idea whatsoever about what nerd culture is like.”

Others argued, though, that that’s exactly the intention. Some folks argue that the show is targeted at older folks who enjoy laughing at nerds. After seeing the show, I can definitely see that side too.

4. Friends

Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Noelle Sheldon, and Cali Sheldon in Friends (1994).
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Oh boy, this is one that definitely gets a lot of controversy. Friends recently became popular again, so it’s not surprising to see it back in conversions – that includes ones around why this sitcom became so successful despite not being funny at all (at least in some peoples’ opinions).

5. Everybody Loves Raymond

Ray Romano in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996).
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It’s not that (or just that, for some folks) the show isn’t funny that earns Everybody Loves Raymond criticism; it’s how they treat his wife. He just allows his in-laws to have no boundaries and bully her without resistance.

Sadly too many people find that sort of thing funny. Here’s one example: “My own in-laws find this show hilarious. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.”

6. Two and a Half Men

Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men (2003).
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Now it’s not hard to find criticisms for Two and a Half Men, but when it came out, it was definitely both successful and famous. Critics felt the characters were way too unlikeable, but not in a way that endears you to them (like in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). It’s just plain hard to watch, especially now.

7. Full House

Fuller House Season 2.
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Full House was meant to be a wholesome family comedy, and it absolutely delivers on that. Of course, that style isn’t for everyone; and some people wonder how it became so popular with that cheesy style.

8. How I Met Your Mother

How I Met Your Mother
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This one is absolutely fair if you go back and watch it now: it doesn’t hold up. Worse, most fans (myself included) felt it started off good but got worse as the series progressed. And that ending… Even if someone starts off as a fan, it’s hard to understand why people love the show after seeing the whole series.

9. The Office

Phyllis Smith, John Krasinski, and Leslie David Baker in The Office (2005).
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For every person who’s obsessed with this show, there seems to be someone who just doesn’t get why it’s so popular. It relies a lot on cringe humor and awkwardness – a style many people just can’t get behind.

10. Mrs. Brown’s Boys

Mrs. Brown's Boys.
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Sorry Mom! (this is one of her favorites), I’m with this commenter in thinking that Mrs. Brown’s Boys just isn’t funny. Normally I like UK comedy, but this show didn’t land. The joke style seems to be “a man dressed up like a woman saying outrageous things,” – so if you find that funny, I guess you’re the reason this one’s successful.

Maybe I’m the wrong generation for it?

“There are no actual jokes, just howls of laughter from the studio audience every time Mrs. Brown says ‘mickeys,’” one person said of the show (which describes it pretty accurately).

11. Home Improvement

Home Improvement.
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When I first saw this suggestion, my instinct was, “No, my childhood!” – but in retrospect, the show doesn’t hold up all that well. While some might find it funny, a lot of people are turned off by the sexism.

12. Seinfeld

Seinfeld.
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Plenty of people couldn’t get into Seinfeld when it came out. The comedy is all over the place and certainly isn’t for everyone.

Folks who came back to the show and liked it later realized that it’s much funnier if you think of George as the star. “Costanza is the greatest character in the history of television. Such a magnificent worm,” one said.

12 Movies Everyone Should See at Least Once in Their Lifetime

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I love lists like this! As a big-time movie fan, I’m always looking for new flicks to add to my “must-watch” list. We wanted to know what people thought were movies everyone should see at least once in their lifetime, and there were so many great responses. We narrowed it down to 12 of the best.

How many of these fan and critically acclaimed movies have you seen?

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We all love a good TV show recommendation, but when it comes to reviews, it’s sometimes hard to figure out who to trust. With issues like review bombing and plain old difference of opinion, you can’t always trust critics. To help with your next TV show-watching pick, we grabbed the 12 most commonly listed TV shows rated “10/10 would recommend” by average folks.

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12 TV Shows That Started Off Amazing but Became Unwatchable

Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 6.
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Sometimes shows start off great but then, for whatever reason, change their format. We wanted to know what people felt were the worst culprits for TV shows that started off amazing but became unwatchable later on. As always, the internet’s answers didn’t disappoint.

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12 TV Shows That Are Often Called “The Best TV Show Ever”

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.
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This is such a subjective topic. While I’d love to share my thoughts on the best TV show ever, I thought it would be better to scour the internet to find out what, in your opinion, is the best show ever from a variety of fans.

12 Shows Often Called “The Best TV Show Ever”

 

Binge-Worthy Bonanza: The 13 Best Netflix Shows With At Least 3 Seasons

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Ever started watching a show on Netflix only to be disappointed because there were so few seasons or it was canceled? Here are some great shows that have at least three seasons so you can really get your binge on!

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