The unfortunate reality of television is that, for every Breaking Bad or Game Of Thrones, there’s an additional five terrible shows that consistently achieve excellent ratings. While it’s sometimes fun to indulge in the guilty pleasure of watching bad shows, the continued success of these awful productions continue to ensure that great, but possibly expensive, shows are kept off the air.
1) Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Based on Alana Thompson, one of the most popular of the little girls featured on Toddlers and Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo takes what should be an upper middle class, spoiled pageant princess and turns the narrative around, showing the thoroughly redneck exploits of her Georgia-based family. This concept has the potential for being incredibly interesting, given the opposing forces of pageants and redneck adventures involved in Alana’s everyday life. Instead, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo serves as yet another caricature of an average American family.
Perhaps the most annoying (but for some viewers, attractive) part of this show is its reliance on fart jokes, burp jokes and every other bodily function imaginable. One or two fart jokes would be expected from a show based on redneck stereotypes, but the constant, overbearing nature of this type of humor gets old, fast. Still, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo remains quite popular, with nearly three million viewers tuning in for the season one finale and the very name Honey Boo Boo gaining an unprecedented notoriety in American households.