Turn It Off: The Worst Black Television Shows Of All Time

- By Bossip Staff
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We’ve doled out our fair share of love to great Black TV shows…but it’s time to throw shade at the less-than-stellar programs.

While there have been great shows like “Fresh Prince” and “A Different World,” there have also been some stinkers. Take a look.

Homeboys In Outer Space –
Ding! Ding! Ding! This show wins the double prize for being dumb as hell AND racist. Who even thought it would be a good idea to let this mess fly? No pun intended.

Under The Hood – Flavor Flav? FLAVOR FREAKING FLAV?! The man can barely string a sentence together, but asking him to act? That’s just stupid. This show lasted seven minutes into its first episode.

House Of Payne – Sorry Tyler, but this show is just embarrassing. Anyone else hate watching the NBA Playoffs on TBS and seeing that little munchkin dancing around on the bottom of the screen? And they’re giving this show like five seasons in advance? Make it end!

Red and Meth – This was a show about people getting high. Made by people that got high. For people that get high. The rest of us that stay sober couldn’t find a single funny line.

The Magic Hour – While he may not be the same type of clown, Magic Johnson is damn near as horrible to watch as Flavor Flav. He can’t string together two words and he had the worst jokes in the history of television. His monologues were sad enough to make a grown man cry. Good thing nobody watched.

Vibe – Sinbad is a funny comedian. Hilarious even. He was a great host at Apollo. But that Vibe show? Every single person that came on the show seemed awkward. It just never flowed. At least it was better than Magic Johnson’s show. Not by much.

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    The Secret Diary Of Desmond Pfeiffer – Thank goodness this show never saw daylight. A show about Abraham Lincoln’s slave? You have got to be out of your mind to think this was a good idea! Way to piss off Black America.

    George – George Foreman. He deserves a TV show now? Good thing he had his day job of cranking out that grill that cooks delicious low-fat grilled chicken. But asking him to act? He should have just punched himself in the face.

    One On One – Oh hi. It’s Flex again. Tell us any joke on “One On One” that made you laugh. Any? Nope. Didn’t think so.

    Cedric The Entertainer Presents – Ced is funny. Variety shows are funny. But Cedric The Entertainer’s variety show was not. No wonder it lasted a couple of months. We don’t blame you for not watching.

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    • wannabene

      One on one wasn’t that bad it was a pretty good show it just got dumb when she left for college then it became unnecessary but cedric’s show was sometimes funny…

    • k.b.

      One on one was not a bad show until the last season when brianna went to college.

    • gucci

      Bossip yall crazy az fuk….house of payne da shit

    • kelly

      No I see another one coming Tyler Perry just won’t stop! For better or worse! AKA! Why did I get married made for TV!

    • Raf

      I’m surprised you didn’t have the parkers up there. While the show was funny, it was funny for all the wrong reasons.

    • eatpreylove25

      One on one not a bad show u need 2 do more research lke 2nd time around tht was wack or tht lawyer show wit tay diggs or thy show larenz tat whn he was o-dog

    • eatpreylove25

      One on one was not a bad show but i do hate Tyler Perry shows its all wrong

    • Mack

      I agree with everyone…One on One was not a bad show. There are plenty of other mainstream shows that were worse.

    • sista2sista

      House of Payne & One on One should not be on this list. Several seasons later…is not an indicator of a “worst black tv show of all time”. Maybe not to your liking but definitely not the worst. Didn’t see (or hear of) most of the others.

      C’mon, y’all know y’all laugh everytime Uncle Curtis says: teardatazzup.

    • Christielove1468

      I loved watching House of Payne and One on One. Sinbad was a good host on The Vibe.

    • sista2sista

      Also, too many of y’all hate on TP because he visits real issues. Sorry your dad was a dope fiend. Or your mom left your family when you were a kid. That’s real and relatable. I Loved the Browns movie b/c I could relate. I cried, laughed, got mad- you name it (except being offended).

      Just appreciating his talent & not taking everything so personally. IJS.

    • Candygrl

      No Parkers??!! Really??!!

    • fan

      I loved one on one!!!

    • http://google SMH

      some of the shows needed better script, but they did provide work for black actors, and that’s always good.

    • esse

      i loved one on one!! What about LIKE FAMILY, BETWEEN BROTHERS, THE UNIT, EVE??

    • ..........

      The problem with House of Payne is that it’s being written and shot as if it’s a play, and most of the actors seemingly haven’t had training to act for television – just stage shows. So what happens is the writers right one liners to get the audience to react, but an audience at home isn’t the same as the audience you have with a room full of people. Then the actors are playing to the camera (like they would to an audience) and not to each other. They over exaggerate their movements, and articulate and sometimes almost yell the lines so that they can be heard, but it’s to the point that it doesn’t seem natural. When you’re on stage you have to make everything big because you have people sitting waaaay in the back. Nobody is sitting waaay in the back when watching a tv show…the camera puts you right in their space as if you’re there so there’s no need for everything to be so BIG


      The Parkers Should Be On This List.. House Of Payne Shouldn’t Be On This List.. But Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns & Are We There Yet Should Be On This List !!

    • November

      Why isn’t Basketball Wives on this list?

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