Bad TV: The Very Best of the Very Worst With the cult of terrible movies recently revived by Tim Burton's cinematic ode to schlockmeister Ed Wood , the cult of bad TV was due… Pop Culture Television
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Bad TV: The Very Best of the Very Worst

EW's GRADE
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Details Writer: Craig Nelson; Genres: Pop Culture, Television

With the cult of terrible movies recently revived by Tim Burton's cinematic ode to schlockmeister Ed Wood, the cult of bad TV was due for a comeback. After all, does Plan 9 From Outer Space have anything on The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island? Or how about Black Market Baby? Or even Satan's School for Girls? There is, in fact, such a richness of really bad TV that it has become hard to separate the trees from the forest. No longer. What Craig Nelson has written with Bad TV: The Very Best of the Very Worst is the equivalent of the television apocrypha for small-screen addicts everywhere. Covering four decades in sections ranging from made-for-TV movies to kids' shows to sitcoms and dramas, Nelson treats his subject with an appropriately awestruck tone. And if words simply cannot come close to capturing the essential genius of Frankenhooker, a big-screen film that's among cable television's staples, it's not Nelson's fault; at least he tried. A-

Originally posted Jan 13, 1995 Published in issue #257 Jan 13, 1995 Order article reprints