With the advent of digital streaming, many TV fans have “discovered” TV shows from the past since they’re now able to binge-watch every episode in order instead of checking out a random episode here or there in syndicated re-runs. Some old shows really hold up; Friends has been off the air for eleven years, but it’s still funny and endearing, with its dated haircuts and large cordless phones adding charm. But where Friends is a classic, other shows of its era feel impossibly dated in their dialogue, humor, social attitudes and stylistic choices. How does this happen? Here are eight shows that just haven’t been able to stand the test of time — see if you agree:
8. Full House
Okay, so Full House was probably pretty terrible to begin with (sorry you had to sit through that, mom!), but many of us loved the show as kids. In fact, nostalgia for the family with bizarre living arrangements (why in the world did Uncle Jesse and Aunt Becky live in the attic when they could clearly afford a place of their own?) is so strong that Netflix is rebooting the show and will release episodes next year. But if you sit down and watch the episodes, you’ll realize how bad it is. It’s not just cheesy and unrealistic; the family sitcom has a very real mean streak. Why do the adults in the show outright bully next-door neighbor Kimmy Gibbler? Sure, she’s weird, but the show seems to glorify and support adults making fun of a child. The presence of DJ, Stephanie and Michelle’s dead mom is also treated in a creepy way, with Danny always mentioning her to manipulate his kids and make them feel guilty. How warm and fuzzy!