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post #1 of 22
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I haven't been able to sleep at night so I end up watching reruns of shows like Miami Vice.

Now that was one of my favourite shows back in the day. But I watch it now and while I still enjoy the plots, I find that some of the acting is sooooo, well, bad!

Tonight's episode guest starred a former actor called "Robin Johnson." She played a hooker who gets busted and helps Crockett and Tubbs with their investigation.

She was trying to be sultry and sexy at the pool and after everything she said she left her mouth hanging open. I half expected to see gobs of drool falling out She looked more drunk than sexy.

And that Castillo guy who was their boss. Major over acting. He was trying to appear "dramatic" and it came out as "cheesy."

Any shows you used to enjoy watching but now tune into a rerun and notice the really, really bad acting?
post #2 of 22
Theres got to be some that i can think of because i know exactly what you mean.

I sit and watch UK Gold which are repeats of old shows and i can't believe i used to get excited for when they came on

I still watch them though
post #3 of 22
Not really for the bad acting.

Recently TV Land has been showing re-runs of Home Improvement. The ones where Jill's going back to school and juggling family and school responsibilities are SO funny right now- that's where I am in my life. 40 years old, and I start nursing school next semester. I should have my RN by Dec 2010, and my oldest will be a sophomore in high school.

I saw one episode where the youngest boy's making a movie and says something on the line of his poor middle aged mom trying to regain her youth- my 13 year old saw some of it. She laughed, and I told her she BETTER not say anything like that to her friends
post #4 of 22
I know exactly what you mean Linda!! Shoot, some of the shows I watch now have some pretty bad acting (Bionic Woman)
post #5 of 22
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I know exactly what you mean Linda!! Shoot, some of the shows I watch now have some pretty bad acting (Bionic Woman)
OMG! Yes! It's not on in reruns here yet, but I remember how bad it was!
post #6 of 22
MATLOCK! I wonder why it took me so long to figure out what an overactor Andy Griffith is!
post #7 of 22
I think my all-time favorite for bad acting is Hawaii Five-O. I believe almost everyone on it was carved, not born.

For over-acting (to be kind, probably due to his Shakespearian stage background), Shatner in the original Star Trek is my nominee.
post #8 of 22
I think maybe it is a case of "hindsight provides 20/20 vision"! It seems that almost anything I see on TVLand or Nick@Night makes me cringe! Especially Full House! And yet, there are older shows that STILL hold up (IMO) like I Love Lucy, Jackie Gleason, Mash, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, etc.
Maybe it is the poor quality of acting skills that the tv performers - and the really bad writing!
post #9 of 22
A lot of older shows do tend to have noticably bad writing/acting.

For my money though, David Caruso on CSI: Miami is the worst actor, period.
post #10 of 22
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For my money though, David Caruso on CSI: Miami is the worst actor, period.

LOL

I also have a hard time watching anything with Vin Diesel, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, or Nicholas Cage.
post #11 of 22
I know what you mean. I remember watching the original Dark Shadows as a teen (me and my sister) EVERY day at 4pm. Thought it was the greatest show on tv

Years later one of the cable channels was airing some of the original stuff. I watched it a few times and really got to see that it was NOT the best acting - a lot of it really was crappy

Still love David Selby tho (Quentin). He was one of my crushes.
post #12 of 22
I loved Dark Shadows! My sister and I raced home from school knowing our first color tv was to be delivered that day, and were so disappointed that it was STILL in black and white. It went to color shortly after, though, and then it wasn't as good. The acting on that was awful!
I don't care how bad William Shatner's acting is, he is still great. I love his new show with Candice Bergen, but cannot remember the name of it. I hope it didn't get cancelled.
post #13 of 22
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A lot of older shows do tend to have noticably bad writing/acting.

For my money though, David Caruso on CSI: Miami is the worst actor, period.
Tell me about it - he ruins CSI: Miami, especially with that half turn his head does, and the putting on of his sunglasses and calling everyone "my friend."

He makes me cringe, just thinking about him!
post #14 of 22
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Tell me about it - he ruins CSI: Miami, especially with that half turn his head does, and the putting on of his sunglasses and calling everyone "my friend."

He makes me cringe, just thinking about him!
Ahhhh! I feel the same way! I dont understand why he does that 1/2 head turn/sunglasses thing. If I had to work with him, I'd freak out
post #15 of 22
Full House. I use to love that show as a kid and now I can't watch it, the acting is just that horrible!

Also Living Single...that show with Queen Latifah. I think I use to only watch it because I loved how deep that one guy's voice is!!!
post #16 of 22
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...there are older shows that STILL hold up (IMO) like I Love Lucy, Jackie Gleason, Mash, Bob Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, etc....

What a great list! Add Andy Griffith to it and that's just about all the TV you need in life...
post #17 of 22
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I also have a hard time watching anything with Vin Diesel, Jean Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, or Nicholas Cage.
Woah! I was right there with you until you mentioned Nic Cage, whom I adore! Yes, he sometimes loses his mind and does a script that doesn't deserve him, which can make him look bad... butbutbut... Lord of War! National Treasure! How can you not love this guy?
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by ErinandSeamus View Post
A lot of older shows do tend to have noticably bad writing/acting.

For my money though, David Caruso on CSI: Miami is the worst actor, period.
The problem with David Caruso is that whatever part he's given, it turns into David Caruso.
post #19 of 22
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Jackie Gleason, Mash, , Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, etc.Maybe it is the poor quality of acting skills that the tv performers - and the really bad writing!
lol i love that shows, and wow marty tyler moore was really hot when she was young in the dick van dyke show. bad side is have to take out
I Love Lucy never liked that show. she is funny, just did like that show.

i will go with the original Star Trek, i still watch it, but the acting is soo bad.
and so i space 1999
post #20 of 22
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...I don't care how bad William Shatner's acting is, he is still great. I love his new show with Candice Bergen, but cannot remember the name of it. I hope it didn't get cancelled.
YES! Thank you for standing up for Shatner! Personally, I think he's wonderful -- a little odd, but wonderful, and especially in Boston Legal (with Candice Bergen), he is SO FUNNY! And best of all, I love it that he has such a sense of humor about himself.

And while I'm posting yet again here, let me put in a good word for David Caruso. Last time I saw CSI: Miami, yes, he had become a little bit of a caricature of himself. But if you think back to the beginning of NYPD Blue, when he was partnered with Andy Sipowicz... he was brilliant. He had to be, to stand up next to the great Dennis Franz! Whatever it is he's got... it worked on NYPD Blue.
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
Woah! I was right there with you until you mentioned Nic Cage, whom I adore! Yes, he sometimes loses his mind and does a script that doesn't deserve him, which can make him look bad... butbutbut... Lord of War! National Treasure! How can you not love this guy?
LOL I didn't like National Treasure. There was so much more that could have been done with the story. It seemed rushed and more like a sketch of a story. It was like a wanna-be Indiana Jones (Indie is my hero!) There was one Nic Cage movie that I liked, but I can't remember the name of it right now. He played a guy with OCD that had to get his daughter back from the bad guys. I can't remember...grrr....Tell me so I can add it to my NetFlix list!
post #22 of 22
I'm a big time fan of Arnold Schwartzenegger movies, and wow.. the older i pull 'em out of my collection, the cheesier they are... Arnold was never great at acting, but that wasn't the point of his movies anyway... ACTION ACTION ACTION!
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