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Bad TV Shows Starring Famous Movie Stars

There has been a plethora of television series over the years. Some programs just do not survive due to low ratings, behind-the-scenes controversies, or simply because of a weak storyline. This is a shame because these shows often have great talent and prominent celebrities. Here’s a list of bad TV series with popular actors:

1. Jason Momoa – Baywatch

Game of thrones series actor Jason Momoa
No, we’re not kidding. Yes, that is Jason Momoa.

Jason Momoa proved he had the perfect quality to portray the chocolate boy as Jason Loane, one of the lifeguards in Baywatch: Hawaii. His time on the show covered the final two seasons, a total of 44 episodes. Momoa later said in interviews that no one would sign him or represent him for a few years after the program finished because he was on Baywatch. He had to wait nearly a decade for his role as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones to solidify his fame.

2. William Shatner – $#*! My Dad Says

Actor William Shatner from Star Trek series.
Pop culture icon, William Shatner.

As Captain Kirk on the much-loved Star Trek series, William Shatner became a global symbol. Years later, Shatner was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Denny Crane on Boston Legal. However, he went on to feature in the terrible sitcom $#*! My Dad Says, which was weirdly based on a famous Twitter feed. $#*! My Dad Says was thankfully canceled after only one season.

3. Leonardo Dicaprio – Parenthood

Titanic-famed Leonardo Dicaprio.
Titanic-famed Leonardo Dicaprio.

Leonardo DiCaprio rose to become one of the world’s most successful actors in the 1990s, but the decade didn’t really start out well for him. The comedy Parenthood was DiCaprio’s first major appearance. DiCaprio portrayed Garry Buckman on the program, a role originally performed by Joaquin Phoenix in the film. Despite the fact that the show was terminated after 12 episodes, DiCaprio was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series. DiCaprio was fortunate in that he gained popularity soon after joining the television show Growing Pains, and went on to appear in films such as Romeo + Juliet and Titanic.

4. Zachary Knighton – Life on a Stick

Happy ending series actor: Zachary Knighton
Zachary Knighton – Star of Happy Endings.

On Happy Endings, Zachary Knighton appears to have found his fairytale ending. However, prior to his ABC comedy fame, the actor starred in the horrible Fox TV series Life on a Stick, which followed the “hilarious” antics of hot dog stand employees. He also spent some time in Flash Forward, which was a kind of purgatory. We’re relieved that Knighton has gone on to make better decisions now.

5. Jim Carrey – The Duck Factory

The Duck Factory series actor Jim Carrey
Always eccentric, always funny – Jim Carrey.

We can look back in hindsight and conclude that this program was plainly not a good fit for Jim Carrey, given his quirky personality. Carrey plays Skip Tarkenton, an animator for a business that makes a cartoon called “The Dippy Duck Show”. The humor is centered on Skip’s odd job environment and the characteristics of his coworkers. No one could have made this dreadful material acceptable, but Carrey’s portrayal of someone so faint is extremely unpleasant to behold.