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10 Popular ’90s TV Shows That Were Actually Terrible

It’s official: over the past few years, nostalgia for the ’90s has made its way from the streets of Williamsburg to TV-network boardrooms. Last week, we previewed five minutes of MTV’s Beavis and Butt-Head reboot, and its cult-favorite indie music show 120 Minutes returns Saturday night on MTV2. Meanwhile, TeenNick’s widely publicized, late-night The ’90s Are All That programming block debuted Monday to big ratings. From Seinfeld to Roseanne, there was no shortage of great TV in that decade. But, with the rise of great original programming on cable and premium networks, along with smart comedies like the ones that fill NBC’s Thursday-night line-up, we’re pretty sure that television is actually better now. Don’t believe us? With the help of our Flavorpill colleagues, we’ve put together a list of ten shows that were popular in the ’90s but were actually terrible. Add your suggestions in the comments.

Mad About You

Seinfeld was supposed to be the “show about nothing,” but somehow its Must See TV neighbor managed to be about even less. The show followed the lives of ultimate ’90s yuppie couple Jamie and Paul Buchman, played by Helen Hunt (aka the poor man’s Jodie Foster) and Paul Reiser (aka the man who coined the term “couplehood”). As far as we can remember, they didn’t do much besides hang out in bed, roll their eyes over their crazy family members, and look on helplessly as their stupid dog, Murray, constantly ran into the wall. Mad About You ran for seven seasons, with Hunt and Reiser each making $1 million per episode by the final season.

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