The 10 Dumbest TV Shows of All Time

The Flying Nun (1967-1970)

Sally Field’s “you like me, you really, really like me” Oscar speech is one of the most frequently quoted (and frequently parodied) in that ceremony’s history — so much so that it’s easy to forget what it signified. It wasn’t easy for Field to be taken seriously as an actress; she had plenty of less-than-prestigious projects behind her, from the Smokey and the Bandit movies to Beyond the Poseidon Adventure to her big break as TV’s Gidget. But all of those works paled in comparison to The Flying Nun, the three-season ABC sitcom in which Field played Elsie Etherington, a nun with, yes, the power of flight. No, the title wasn’t some sort of religious metaphor — it really was a television series about a nun who could fly, which made it, according to David Hofstede’s invaluable book What Were They Thinking: The 100 Dumbest Events in Television History, “the dumbest concept ever for a television series.”