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10 shows we love to hate-watch

Anyone can DVR 100 different series, or live-tweet every episode of Watch What Happens Live. But it takes a special breed of fan to watch shows that you don’t even like.

Here, the EW Community writers spill on our favorite guilty pleasure: the hate—watch.

Jenn Rose: Glee is easily the most annoying show on TV. I can’t stand musicals, so when I watch Glee, I fast-forward through the singing. That brings it down to a tight half-hour, half of which is occupied by Rachael talking about how great she is, or complaining that people don’t understand how great she is. You’re not great, Rachael. If I held my nose and yelled Idina Menzel songs, I’d probably sound exactly like you. Why do I keep watching?

I also hate-watch 2 Broke Girls, because I want it to be good. Kat Dennings is charming; she deserves a funny show. This isn’t it. The jokes are tired, clichéd, and often racist. Considering it was created by Whitney Cummings, we really shouldn’t be surprised. And can we please find better agents for Jennifer Coolidge and Garrett Morris? They’re comedy legends! They’re way too good for this show! Still watching, though …

Erin Resnick: I have been hate-watching The Big Bang Theory for a while now. For the first few seasons, I found the show funny and unique, but after a while it became repetitive and contrived. It sometimes feels like we wait full seasons before we see the tiniest bit of character development. From Sheldon’s blatant racism to Penny’s long-running inability to understand the popularity of “geek culture” (she told Leonard he would get punched for cosplaying as the Doctor in L.A.; pretty sure he would get a high five), certain aspects have started to bring me to hate-watch the show. The cute moments between Sheldon and Amy, and Simon Helberg’s excellent comedic acting, have kept me tuning in each week.

Cara Cooper: I’ve been hate-watching Dance Moms since the first episode. I’ve never been a fan of reality TV, particularly when the main premise is woman fighting with each other, but for some reason I can’t stop watching. A seasoned Hollywood writer couldn’t come close to creating a villain as vile as Abby Lee Miller. The bad part is, I know that hate-watching the show is supporting her, which kind of makes my hate myself. As much as I loathe admitting it, the woman is a brilliant choreographer. But I hate watching the buildup to the dance scenes. Luckily, my favorite dancer, Chloe, isn’t on the show anymore, so I might finally be able to break my Dance Moms habit.

Sara Netzley: Current hate-watch: American Horror Story. Every single season starts promisingly, and every single season spirals down into a convoluted, embarrassing, over-the-top mess by the end. I’m there for every single episode, openly mocking. How do you make NPH unfun to watch? How do you even do that, Ryan Murphy?? [Ed. Note: I suggested that the secret to ruining NPH was blush. Sara replied, “He was much scarier in Gone Girl, even without the blush.”]

Recent hate-watch: The last few seasons of HIMYM. Because hate-watching is even more vicious and enjoyable when it’s a show you used to love.

Vintage hate-watch: Smallville, solely because of Laaaannnnaaaa. She was as interesting as tepid dishwater, and listening to people moon over her was about as interesting as lukewarm dishwater. And although my boredom with her character reached boiling-hot-dishwater levels, let’s face it: It’s still dishwater.

Zakiya Jamal: Pretty Little Liars is one of those shows that you know you shouldn’t watch, but you can’t stop. Logically, this show just doesn’t make any sense. Besides the fact that I’m pretty sure “A” changes on a season-to-season basis, the show has no sense of time. These girls have been in high school for the last five seasons, and their college process is the longest I’ve ever seen. Even so, I can’t seem to resist jumping back into Rosewood every once in a while just to see if Ezria is still a thing and if we finally knew who “A” really is. Plus, I loved the books (well, most of them, anyway).

Brandi McCormick: Oh, Girls. How promising and adored you were during your first two seasons. How diabolically horrible you have become in your last two. I used to watch this show because it resonated with me as a 20-something female trying to make my life work. Lena Dunham’s uncanny ability to capture character eccentricities were what made the show watchable. Now, every character is a caricature of a real person.

Each of the four core women is now heinously unlikable; their characters say and do things that make me cringe hard, and not in the good way, like The Office. I like hate-watching because it makes me feel like a better person, because every single person on this show is literally the WORST. Also, the weird sex scenes make for excellent water-cooler chatter, and that’s always a plus.

Tamar Barbash: I spent the winter TV break binge-watching three seasons of Hart of Dixie. I was drawn in by the kooky characters and undeniable cast chemistry, but after that first season, the show derailed entirely. Desperately trying to keep conflict in relationships that don’t have any, the characters make decisions with no believable motivation. I was committed to my binge, so I kept coming back for more. This culminated in my complete horror when season 3 wasted three-quarters of its time on a new B.S. relationship for Zoe, just to have her wind up exactly where everyone knew she was headed. But call me a glutton for punishment, because season 4 just started and I can’t help myself. I blame Wilson Bethel and Scott Porter for being so damn cute.

What’s your take? Were we too harsh on one of your favorites? Are you hate-watching too? Did we miss any hidden gems? Let us know!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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