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Friday, November 26, 2004

Top 10 best and worst US shows

...as voted for by the British which, I have to say, have moments of dumbness (with particular reference to magazine polls) that are terrifyingly American. I think they're ok with these lists, although there are a few dubious inclusions.

"Sex 'n' surf show Baywatch is apparently the worst TV import from the USA of all time.

The series which brought Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff and some very skimpy swimsuits to our screens topped a list of programmes.

At one time, Baywatch was the world's most popular show seen by one billion viewers in 140 countries, including Chandler and Joey in Friends.

But British executives voted it worst in a survey compiled by Broadcast magazine.

"The appeal to a certain demographic of a series about a muscular lifeguard and his crew of pneumatic young helpers with raging hormones was enough to sustain this show through 12 years, despite a script of mind-numbing predictability," Broadcast said.

The Anna Nicole Show, an Osbournes-style reality programme, came in second.

The Dukes of Hazzard, described by Broadcast as "The Benny Hill Show meets Deliverance", came in third.

Also listed in the magazine were the top 25 best US shows.

The Simpsons was heralded the "undisputed champion of US imports"." Ananova

Now I personally do not believe that Baywatch (at its peak) is the worst US show ever. I used to go mad for Baywatch in the early days. When the chicks were hot, and the stories were vaguely new and interesting. And let no-one diss Pammy Anderson. She was the original, pioneering slutty actress with video tapes - without her, there would be no Paris Hilton. Pam will always hold a special place in my heart. Sorry, my willy.

But I fucking love the Dukes of Hazzard quip - sheer, sheer pommy class! Kudos!

Anyways - here are the worst and best lists:

10 WORST US IMPORTS:
Baywatch
Anna Nicole Show
Dukes of Hazzard
Wild Palms
Manimal
The Jerry Springer Show
Knots Landing
Falcon Crest
The Bold and the Beautiful
Extreme Makeover

10 BEST US IMPORTS:

The Simpsons
Dallas
M*A*S*H
24
The Larry Sanders Show
Hill Street Blues
The X-Files
I Love Lucy
Twin Peaks
Star Trek/The Next Generation






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