March 01, 2005

BOOKS: What Were They Thinking?, David Hofstede (2004)

Hofstede provides an entertaining countdown of "the 100 dumbest moments in television history." From shows that never should have seen the air (Me and the Chimp, My Mother the Car, Fish Police) to specific episodes and plotlines (replacement cousins on The Dukes of Hazzard, the "it was all a dream" season of Dallas, Paul Lynde's appearance as a Dating Game bachelor), from bad ad campaigns like Burger King's "Herb" to the Janet Jackson Super Bowl fiasco -- it's all here.
The writing's light and breezy, and Hofstede clearly enjoys ripping into the worst that TV has offered over the years. You may not agree with all of his choices -- I liked Cop Rock, myself -- but the book's a pleasant diversion.

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