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Worst TV Movies of All Time

Have we ever done a bad tv movie thread? I don't recall ever seeing one. Lots of talk about Lucille Ball of late made me think of my choice for worst TV Movie I've ever seen:


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by Anonymousreply 280December 20, 2021 6:03 PM

Riding the Bus with My Sister

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by Anonymousreply 1November 27, 2021 7:56 AM

This is a great idea. I will probably watch most of the ones listed. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

by Anonymousreply 2November 27, 2021 7:59 AM

OMG, OP... watching Lucy eat a raw egg! You have my vote for that being the worst TV movie of all time! Puh!

by Anonymousreply 3November 27, 2021 8:06 AM

Madonna: Innocence Lost starring some poor forgotten Madonna Wannabe named Terumi Matthees

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by Anonymousreply 4November 27, 2021 8:07 AM

Does Netflix count?

by Anonymousreply 5November 27, 2021 9:11 AM

Not sure if its the worst but I recently watched Scream Pretty Peggy. Bette Davis has a supporting role but doesn't get to do anything challenging except wear a bad wig and had yellow teeth, looking like Baby Jane in color. It stars the cross-eyed Ted Bessell and the underwhelming Sian Barbara Allen as Peggy. With Tovah Feldshuh in an unbilled part with no lines.

by Anonymousreply 6November 27, 2021 9:47 AM

Winnie. Any movie where an actor portrayed someone “special” was usually groan-worthy.

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by Anonymousreply 7November 27, 2021 9:54 AM

This was terrible

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by Anonymousreply 8November 27, 2021 9:57 AM

Like shooting fish in a barrel.

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by Anonymousreply 9November 27, 2021 10:01 AM

You know it was a bad TV movie when Mary Katherine Gallagher would draw her dramatic monologues which she could best express herself from, in this case The Long Island Lolita: The Amy Fisher Story, based on not one, not two, but three made for TV movies.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 27, 2021 10:02 AM

Scream Pretty Peggy looks dreadful.

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by Anonymousreply 11November 27, 2021 10:03 AM

I was scandalized, SCANDALIZED, I tell you to watch the Dark Secret of Harvest Home at such a young age to find out they were taking the most strapping, virile, handsome man in the village and and fucking and then killing him! All under the eyes of Bette Davis!

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by Anonymousreply 12November 27, 2021 10:08 AM

That trailer for Scream Pretty Peggy is misleading because Bette plays a supporting role.

by Anonymousreply 13November 27, 2021 10:38 AM

Those shitty TV movies about Meghan and her ginger lapdog

by Anonymousreply 14November 27, 2021 11:21 AM

Most TV movies that try to depict intellectually disabled people in a sensitive, realistic way belong on this list.

Remember “Like Normal People”?

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by Anonymousreply 15November 27, 2021 12:49 PM

BILL starring Mickey Rooney

by Anonymousreply 16November 27, 2021 1:37 PM

9.5, the movie about a huge earthquake that devastates the west coast.

by Anonymousreply 17November 27, 2021 1:42 PM

From 1972 - Gargoyles

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by Anonymousreply 18November 27, 2021 1:46 PM

Anything with Tori Spelling.

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by Anonymousreply 19November 27, 2021 1:53 PM

I saw a bemusing one where a Parisian madam (Jacqueline Bisset) took a harried journalist (Linda Hamilton) under her wing and taught her to secrets of the brothel in order to land a new man.

by Anonymousreply 20November 27, 2021 2:43 PM

The Weekend Nun

"This movie is based on the true life story of a nun who goes to work as a probation officer. The story follows Sister Damian to her day job as probation officer Marjorie Walker. The naive nun is exposed to the seedy side of life, dealing with drug addicts and a suicidal teen prostitute, Audree. The show focuses on the conflict Sister Damian Marjorie has between her vows and her need to do the social work she feels is her calling."

by Anonymousreply 21November 27, 2021 2:50 PM

The stupid cow movie thing

by Anonymousreply 22November 27, 2021 3:11 PM

The 'Downtown Abbey' movie...oh wait, that followed in the footsteps of other money-grabbing movies based on free TV shows.

by Anonymousreply 23November 27, 2021 3:16 PM

Stone Pilllow would have worked better if Lucille Ball played her character as if she were a homeless Lucy Ricardo / Lucy Carmichael / Lucy Carter. Approaching strange men on the street - "Ricky! RICKY! RICKEEEEEEEE! Don't you remember me? Your wife? RICKY!!!!".

by Anonymousreply 24November 27, 2021 3:25 PM

THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975) was part of the onslaught of ‘70s movies featuring ants, spiders, bees, snakes, etc. It starred Barbara Hale (Perry Mason) and Alan Hale Jr. (Gillgan’s Island).

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by Anonymousreply 25November 27, 2021 3:30 PM

I remember Harvest Home and thought it was pretty damn good

by Anonymousreply 26November 27, 2021 3:30 PM

I guess mine wasn’t for TV, but for movie theatres. My mistake.

by Anonymousreply 27November 27, 2021 3:32 PM

Luck of the Irish (2001). A Disney Channel movie about leprechauns and extremely lazy stereotypes about Irish people. Even for a Disney Channel Original Movie, this was a massive piece of shit.

by Anonymousreply 28November 27, 2021 3:34 PM

Stone Pillow was far from the worst tv movie of all time. Compared to some others, especially 99% of the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas movies, Stone Pillow looks like Citizen Kane.

by Anonymousreply 29November 27, 2021 3:58 PM

Run for the hills! It’s HERPES!!

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by Anonymousreply 30November 27, 2021 4:25 PM

I'll just leave this here...

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by Anonymousreply 31November 27, 2021 6:49 PM

Can you fucking pro/anti Meghan assholes just leave one thread alone. Christ!

by Anonymousreply 32November 27, 2021 7:16 PM

I can't find it in his filmography, but I once saw an early Richard Dreyfuss TV movie where he played a mentally retarded young man who was actually just faking it. It was kind of excruciating to watch. Anyone know what that was?

by Anonymousreply 33November 27, 2021 7:53 PM

The Ghost of Flight 401.

Ernest Borgnine!!

Based on True Events!!!

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by Anonymousreply 34November 27, 2021 8:30 PM

Big fan...but we all make mistakes. Yikes! (BTW I didn't know Opal Gardner directed it)

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by Anonymousreply 35November 27, 2021 8:56 PM

Cloris gets VD!!!

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by Anonymousreply 36November 27, 2021 11:26 PM

R35, Dorothy Lyman is in it, but someone named Oz Scott directed it.

by Anonymousreply 37November 27, 2021 11:28 PM

This Judy biopic, unbelievably directed by Jackie Cooper, should have been titled Somewhere Under the Dumpster. A mostly good cast sunk by the wooden acting and forceful bleating of Miss Andrea McArdle, poor thing. The writing isn't so hot, either. A mess.

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by Anonymousreply 38November 27, 2021 11:35 PM

I want to know more about the Richard Dreyfuss pseudo Corky role!

by Anonymousreply 39November 27, 2021 11:48 PM

It looks like the Richard Dreyfuss movie was called "Untold Damage" (1973). He actually plays twins.

by Anonymousreply 40November 28, 2021 12:19 AM

I remember seeing This House Possessed when I was a kid and thinking it was bad, but it was also great. Parker "The Big One" Stevenson as an exhausted (but sexy) rock star, Lisa Eilbacher, so cute in Beverly Hills Cop, as the nurse who's hired to look after him when he moves into a modern, yet spooky house, which turns out to be POSSESSED. Some trampy whore meets a grisly fate in the shower, and what happens to poor Joan Bennett (in a very undignified final role) I wouldn't wish on anyone. Haven't seen it since it first aired but it's on youtube, so maybe I'll watch it!

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by Anonymousreply 41November 28, 2021 12:22 AM

Mother may I sleep with Danger?

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by Anonymousreply 42November 28, 2021 12:24 AM

r42, see r19

by Anonymousreply 43November 28, 2021 12:32 AM

Ivan Sergei would hardly ever need to stoop so far as to have sex with Tori Spelling.

by Anonymousreply 44November 28, 2021 12:34 AM

ALL of the tv movies listed here are still better than ANY episode of Friends

by Anonymousreply 45November 28, 2021 12:35 AM

Has anybody ever seen The Cradle Will Fall from 1983. Basically, they took Lauren Hutton and Ben Murphey in a Mary Higgins Clark plot, and put them in Springfield and featured numerous Guiding Light characters. I will say the locations they used for the movie looks better than the ones GL used at the end.

It isn't the worst soap opera type tv-movie, that honor would go to "Murder in Peyton Place."

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by Anonymousreply 46November 28, 2021 12:42 AM

Worst performance by a leading lady - Vanna White in "Goddess of Love" from 1987.

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by Anonymousreply 47November 28, 2021 1:07 AM

Every ABC After School Special

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by Anonymousreply 48November 28, 2021 1:27 AM

R45, are you the one who keeps saying Friends is a rip off of some FOX show with a totally different concept that no one watched?

by Anonymousreply 49November 28, 2021 3:36 AM

The teen reboot of Someone I Touched.

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by Anonymousreply 50November 28, 2021 3:37 AM

Before Kate Jackson and Cheryl attended the police academy to become angels they took this detour...

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by Anonymousreply 51November 28, 2021 3:58 AM

What was that Melissa Sue Anderson ESP movie?

by Anonymousreply 52November 28, 2021 4:27 AM

>>>The 'Downtown Abbey'

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 53November 28, 2021 4:29 AM

Mr. Wrong

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by Anonymousreply 54November 28, 2021 4:31 AM

R53 I'm surprised someone didn't create a mockbuster with that title.

by Anonymousreply 55November 28, 2021 4:31 AM

R28, I'm Irish and my family loves Luck of the Irish... A lot of my friends liked it when we were kids too. I think the movie is good for a kids movie.

by Anonymousreply 56November 28, 2021 4:34 AM

The Next Best Thing

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by Anonymousreply 57November 28, 2021 4:35 AM

Neither “Mr Wrong” nor “The Next Best Thing” were TV movies.

by Anonymousreply 58November 28, 2021 4:44 AM

So far, the only cringingly bad tv movie that rivals the first two listed, (Stone Pillow and the Rosie Retarded Sister movie) is the Joan/Melissa Rivers tv movie. I had forgotten all about that.

Thank you, poster!

by Anonymousreply 59November 28, 2021 4:49 AM

"Killdozer" (1974), a TV movie about a possessed bulldozer that goes around killing people. Played completely straight by a bunch of '70s actors who must have been mortified.

"Rosemary's Baby" and "The Stepford Wives" each had TV-movie sequels. In the new Stepford, the women were made into domestic zombies after sitting under what looked like an old-fashioned hair dryer.

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by Anonymousreply 60November 28, 2021 5:01 AM

1971's The Feminist and the Fuzz. Pretty crazy cast includes Barbara Eden, Julie Newmar, Jo Ann Worley, Farrah Fawcett, Penny Marshall, David Hartman and Herb Edelman to name a few. So, so bad.

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by Anonymousreply 61November 28, 2021 5:05 AM

That awful Jayne Mansfield biopic with Loni Anderson. She looks nothing like her and can't act.

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by Anonymousreply 62November 28, 2021 5:16 AM

Camp Rock is shit. Maybe not the worst but it's pretty bad.

by Anonymousreply 63November 28, 2021 6:35 AM

Daddy 1991

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by Anonymousreply 64November 28, 2021 6:39 AM

Two acclaimed actresses gone amiss.

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by Anonymousreply 65November 28, 2021 6:45 AM

What’s Daddy about?

by Anonymousreply 66November 28, 2021 6:45 AM

R58 sorry, I broke the rules.

by Anonymousreply 67November 28, 2021 6:54 AM

Tori Spelling in “Mother May I sleep with dance?” Sounds a little to close to her real life marriage.

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by Anonymousreply 68November 28, 2021 6:56 AM

They should just repackage that Tori Spelling movie as “Mother, May I Sleep with Dean McDermott.”

by Anonymousreply 69November 28, 2021 7:29 AM

Liz and Dick

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by Anonymousreply 70November 28, 2021 7:42 AM

R68 I meant sleep with Danger

by Anonymousreply 71November 28, 2021 7:44 AM

Nothing like a 40 year old - playing herself - at 16!

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by Anonymousreply 72November 28, 2021 1:50 PM

I would think any movie titled Daddy and starring Patrick Duffy would be something COMPLETELY different - and not suitable for general audiences on network television.

by Anonymousreply 73November 28, 2021 2:14 PM

Get out your pearls and smelling salts, DL…but “A Very Brady Christmas” OWNS this thread!

SPOILER ALERT: Mike Brady gets stuck in collapsing building. Everyone starts singing Christmas carols…he suddenly emerges covered in a little dust! A Christmas miracle! When this first aired on TV, one critic wrote that the movie “redefines the bottom of the barrel.” That line stuck with me all these years. Didn’t matter, the ratings were phenomenal.

And of course I watch it every freaking year. Go figure.

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by Anonymousreply 74November 28, 2021 2:21 PM

Surprisingly they didn’t spin it out into another movie the year after called A Very Brady Chanukah, where Cindy brings home a Jewish boyfriend and they learn about the eight nights and the miracle of the lights.

by Anonymousreply 75November 28, 2021 2:25 PM

Has anyone seen the new Discovery+ original Christmas movie "A Candy-Coated Christmas"? It features that well-know dramatic actress, Ree Drummond!

I smell EMMY!

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by Anonymousreply 76November 28, 2021 4:42 PM

R74 It's not the worst, because it does exactly what one would expect from a Brady Bunch reunion tv-movie. It knows what it was and it delivered what it promised.

by Anonymousreply 77November 28, 2021 5:05 PM

R52, Midnight Offerings, and it's on youtube! She's such a bitch in that.

by Anonymousreply 78November 28, 2021 5:13 PM

Babes in Toyland, 1986, a travesty of the original Victor Herbert operetta, with a drug addled 11 year old Drew Barrymore and an imbecilic Keanu Reeves.

by Anonymousreply 79November 28, 2021 6:00 PM

^ Stick with the Laurel & Hardy version, March of the Wooden Soldiers.

by Anonymousreply 80November 28, 2021 6:08 PM

There Must Be a Pony with Liz, RJ Wag, and that Lowe dude - the little one.

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by Anonymousreply 81November 28, 2021 6:10 PM

R74 how dare you. You don’t enjoy me being all coked out on that TV movie?

by Anonymousreply 82November 29, 2021 3:12 AM

There Must be a Pony got hype because Liz appeared after having lost the weight she had gained in her marriage to John Warner. The plot is very odd because RJ plays a man who is seemingly more interested in Liz's son that her. There is also a memorable scene where Liz espouses the wonder of films and James Coco has a line along the lines of "Somebody open a window?!" as if she has been farting.

by Anonymousreply 83November 29, 2021 4:54 AM

Invisble Child 1999- A British nanny takes a job for an upper middle class couple played by Rita Wilson and Victor Garber. Rita's character is mentally ill and believes she has an invisible child. The nanny is basically taught by Victor and the couple's oldest child played by Mae Whitman on how to go along with the invisible child crap.

by Anonymousreply 84November 29, 2021 5:03 AM

The Langoliers, a good cast wasted in a Stephen King story. Bronson Pinchot gives an unhinged, scenery-devouring performance.

by Anonymousreply 85November 29, 2021 5:51 AM

Yeah, that was bad, R85. Despite such acting talent as David Morse, Patricia Wettig and Dean Stockwell, it sucked. The special effects weren’t very good either.

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by Anonymousreply 86November 29, 2021 10:43 PM

I don't know if Harriet Nelson had a weird thing about car crashes or what, but after Ozzie's death she appeared in both "Smash-Up on Interstate 5" and "Death Car on the Freeway" both were basically all-star disaster films about car crashes. I though Smash-Up was the better film. Harriet and Buddy Ebsen's story was the only one I cared about though.

by Anonymousreply 87November 29, 2021 10:57 PM

My Breast

starring Meredith Baxter Birney

by Anonymousreply 88November 29, 2021 11:08 PM

Smell My Cunt

by Anonymousreply 89November 29, 2021 11:23 PM

[quote] Most TV movies that try to depict intellectually disabled people in a sensitive, realistic way belong on this list.

[quote] Remember “Like Normal People”?

I remember that one and the previously mentioned Winnie. That trend seemed to go into the late 90s or early 2000s. There was a movie called About Sarah where Mary Steenburgen played an developmentally disabled woman. That wasn't as cringe worthy as other TV movies like Winnie or Like Normal People.

by Anonymousreply 90November 30, 2021 1:02 AM

The most disturbing TV-movie I remember watching was "Our Guys: Outrage at Glenn Ridge" the sight of that disabled girl getting gang raped and to then be treated like she was by everyone else. it actually gave me nightmares for a few weeks.

by Anonymousreply 91November 30, 2021 1:24 AM

The first three that came to mind were mentioned within the first 15 posts. I love that!

I will have a triple feature ready for this winter's first snow day: Like Normal People, Winnie, and Riding the Bus With My Sister.

by Anonymousreply 92November 30, 2021 1:31 AM

This was pretty bad

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by Anonymousreply 93November 30, 2021 1:47 AM

R93 I disagree. I loved Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Anyone else?

by Anonymousreply 94November 30, 2021 7:26 AM

The Karen Carpenter Story (1989)

by Anonymousreply 95November 30, 2021 9:48 AM

The TV movie where Deidre Hall played herself about her fertility struggles and later turning to surrogacy to have kids.

by Anonymousreply 96December 1, 2021 3:07 AM

Didn’t that It’s a Living actress play herself in a movie about breast cancer?

by Anonymousreply 97December 1, 2021 5:33 AM

Another one to file under the "never go full re--rd" pile. Kelly Mcgillis marries ret...I mean Treat Williams..."Bonds of love" from 1993

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by Anonymousreply 98December 1, 2021 6:15 AM

Full movie here

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by Anonymousreply 99December 1, 2021 6:18 AM

Vh1’s “Man in the Mirror”.

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by Anonymousreply 100December 1, 2021 6:19 AM

Actually R93 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble was a ratings hit and featured young, exploding star Travolta in a continuous display of short shorts, tank tops, tight T shirts and various states of undress.

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by Anonymousreply 101December 1, 2021 6:34 AM

The Rape of Richard Beck

The Ivory Ape

The Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women

My Two Loves-Sada Thompson is scandalized when Lynn Redgrave moves in on recently widowed daughter in law Mariette Hartley.

Consenting Adult-Martin Sheen dies of a heart attack, mowing the lawn at midnight because his son is gay.

Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby

The Stepford Children

Fallen Angel-Richard Masur as a child pornographer.

by Anonymousreply 102December 1, 2021 6:37 AM

Obsessed With A Married Woman

by Anonymousreply 103December 1, 2021 6:40 AM

Baby Cakes-Rikki Lake is a mortician locked in combat with a snotty skinny bitch for the love of some dweeb during the winter holidays in New York City.

by Anonymousreply 104December 1, 2021 6:43 AM

Born Innocent-Linda Blair being gand raped in the shower by by her fellow prison inmates with the hard end of a mop was the talk of the playground the following day.

There was some movie where Sissy Spacek became a radicalized terrorist and at the end she blew herself up and all that remained of her was a tooth. I remember Art Carney played her Dad.

by Anonymousreply 105December 1, 2021 6:50 AM

The 1991 remake of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Despite the great idea of casting the talented real life Redgrave sisters, it somehow missed all the beats.

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by Anonymousreply 106December 1, 2021 6:55 AM

There was one from the 70s that had mental patient Martin Sheen escape from the loony bin and kidnap Linda Blair...she ends up falling for him and sleeping with him....kind of a guilty pleasure of mine..its really not bad except for the Stockholm Syndrome thing .

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by Anonymousreply 107December 1, 2021 6:55 AM

Well I rename

Mr. Wrong Nell The Next Best Thing Saving Private Ryan

by Anonymousreply 108December 1, 2021 6:58 AM

Mr. Wrong


The Next Best Thing

Saving Private Ryan

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by Anonymousreply 109December 1, 2021 6:59 AM

R108, R109...you already said that. Plus we're talking about worst TV-MOVIES, not theatrical.

by Anonymousreply 110December 1, 2021 7:09 AM

R47 WINS. Truly, THE worst tv movie of all time. Vanna White can't register any human emotion. Dumb as a piece of _ _ it.

by Anonymousreply 111December 1, 2021 7:13 AM

[quote] Remember “Like Normal People”?

How could anyone forget it? The next day, everyone ran around the playground at recess shouting, "WOGER, I WANNA HAVE A BAY-BEE!"

by Anonymousreply 112December 1, 2021 7:17 AM

From "Someone I Touched"--the most hilarious reaction.

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by Anonymousreply 113December 1, 2021 7:20 AM

R110 shit, I did it again.

by Anonymousreply 114December 1, 2021 7:24 AM

I love bad TV movies

by Anonymousreply 115December 1, 2021 7:28 AM

Devil’s Food where Suzanne Somers is trying to lose weight and she makes a deal with the devil to lose it.

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by Anonymousreply 116December 1, 2021 7:52 AM

R19 Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?

by Anonymousreply 117December 1, 2021 7:56 AM

That film that starred M. doing blackface made by Steven Soderbergh for Netflix.

Why hasn't she been cancelled?

by Anonymousreply 118December 1, 2021 8:07 AM

r111 But what a WRITER!

by Anonymousreply 119December 1, 2021 12:09 PM

The Yarn Princess-Jean Smart plays a mentally challenged woman married to guy with mental illness. She has to fight for custody of her kids when two of them are sent to foster care.

Can You Feel Me Dancing-Justine Bateman plays a blind teenager who lives home with to live with her boyfriend and enter a dance contest. Jason Bateman was also in the movie as the main character's brother who resents his sister.

Obsessed-Cheesy campfest movie where Shannen Doherty plays a 20 something who starts dating a much older guy played by William Devane.

Visitors of the Night-Markie Post and Candace Cameron play a mother and daughter who abducted by aliens.

by Anonymousreply 120December 1, 2021 1:43 PM

What was that Jane Fonda movie about doll making during the Depression all about?

by Anonymousreply 121December 1, 2021 1:52 PM

The Intruder Within, 1981. Shameless rip off of Alien set on an oil drilling platform; the twist here is the alien morphs and rapes a female worker on the oil rig. I saw this before I saw Alien and felt queasy. Then when I later saw the real Alien I knew why.

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by Anonymousreply 122December 1, 2021 1:59 PM

SMUDGE owns this thread!

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by Anonymousreply 123December 1, 2021 2:05 PM

[quote]R121 What was that Jane Fonda movie about doll making during the Depression all about?

That movie’s fine. Fonda plays some dust bowl housewife during the Great Depression (?) who has to keep her family together. She eventually makes some money off whittling dolls and toys out of wood, one of her only marketable skills.

Prior to filming, Fonda went on tour with Dolly Parton and was introduced to real country people along the way - even living with them and learning to split logs for firewood, etc. She’s very good in the role… as she is in just about everything.

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by Anonymousreply 124December 1, 2021 2:18 PM

Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic, Linda Blair as a big lush with a young Mark Hamill.

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by Anonymousreply 125December 1, 2021 2:24 PM

Second Serve - Vanessa Redgrave plays a man who's really a woman, watch the transitioning fun and bad hair pieces.

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by Anonymousreply 126December 1, 2021 2:29 PM

And it's cousin R125, "Alexander, the Other Side of Dawn", starring DL fave Leigh J McCloskey, and in her last role, Jean (Singin' in the Rain) Hagen.

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by Anonymousreply 127December 1, 2021 2:43 PM

Anyone remember this TV movie from the 80s where the wife is married to an abusive husband?

I mainly recall a scene where they are painting the living room or something and she is on a ladder.

Anyways there is a tarantula or other large spider on the ceiling and she starts screaming and freaking out as nd his only reaction is to grab a camera and start taking pictures while laughing maniacally.

Does this ring any bells? I'd love to see it again.

by Anonymousreply 128December 1, 2021 2:54 PM

Lina Lamont and McCloskey in action at 11 minutes in...

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by Anonymousreply 129December 1, 2021 3:02 PM

What was that movie where strung out on LSD Helen Hunt jumps out the second story window, glass and all, and then jumps up and runs off screaming?

by Anonymousreply 130December 1, 2021 3:57 PM

Death Car On The Freeway with DL fave Shelley Hack.

by Anonymousreply 131December 1, 2021 3:58 PM

"Money on the Side" from 1982. Jamie Lee Curtis, Linda Purl, and Karen Valentine play financially strapped housewives who have to turn tricks in Ramada Inns in order to make ends meet.

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by Anonymousreply 132December 1, 2021 4:00 PM

…as one does….

by Anonymousreply 133December 1, 2021 4:46 PM

[quote]R132 Jamie Lee Curtis, Linda Purl, and Karen Valentine … have to turn tricks in Ramada Inns in order to make ends meet.

At least Jamie Lee could charge more - as she has a penis.

by Anonymousreply 134December 1, 2021 4:48 PM

What about the side splitting comedy “It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy” (1974)

[quote] Harry Walters, a stout real estate salesman who is randomly picked up by a beautiful woman, Wanda Olivia Wellman, then raped at gunpoint as a prank. He is later dropped off naked in a small town and left to explain to his wife, friends, and the police how he was both kidnapped and raped by a woman.

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by Anonymousreply 135December 1, 2021 5:02 PM

[130], Angel Dusted.

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by Anonymousreply 136December 1, 2021 6:19 PM

Based on a true story? I want to find out if the son ended up a druggie.

by Anonymousreply 137December 1, 2021 6:25 PM

"Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life," about a teenage boy who becomes addicted to [bold]looking[/bold] at pr0n on his computer BUT NEVER EVER FAPS TO IT.

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by Anonymousreply 138December 1, 2021 6:26 PM

Anything made by this queen.

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by Anonymousreply 139December 1, 2021 6:33 PM

All three Gilligan's Island movies are pretty terrible.

by Anonymousreply 140December 1, 2021 6:39 PM

R136 Nipe, according to Wikipedia it’s Desperate Lives, which I remember as a weird Southern movie with that shirt Gay man?

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by Anonymousreply 141December 1, 2021 8:48 PM

Well obviously my “o” isn’t working, that’s “Nope” and “ short.”

by Anonymousreply 142December 1, 2021 8:52 PM

And here is future Academy Award Winner Helen Hunt in her most dramatic moment.

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by Anonymousreply 143December 1, 2021 8:53 PM

[quote]r140 All three Gilligan's Island movies are pretty terrible.

Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) was a Ginger Grant finalist for one of those.

I was looking up Judith Baldwin (who was one of the replacement Gingers) and was shocked to read she’s a member of the Actors Studio (!)

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by Anonymousreply 144December 1, 2021 8:56 PM

R1- You win. That movie was even worse than ANY episode of Friends.

by Anonymousreply 145December 1, 2021 9:00 PM

R116- Did she use the THIGHMASTER in that movie?

by Anonymousreply 146December 1, 2021 9:01 PM

R124 I thought it was good, as well. I'm glad to read she used her Dolly connections to craft a respectful performance. It was a film I remember them showing us in school when we studied the Great Depression.

by Anonymousreply 147December 1, 2021 9:47 PM

I rewatched the Queen of Mean because of this thread. I love this 1, it is not bad at all.

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by Anonymousreply 148December 1, 2021 11:16 PM

The Queen of Mean is a fabulous campfest. Great job by Suzanne Pleshette.

by Anonymousreply 149December 1, 2021 11:21 PM

I didn't realize A Vacation in Hell is a direct ripoff of Deliverance when I first saw it, but I loved it!

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by Anonymousreply 150December 1, 2021 11:22 PM

R149- It's definitely a movie I can watch over and over- I'm SO gay.

by Anonymousreply 151December 1, 2021 11:25 PM

R150 As someone who attended the University of South Carolina, where James Dickey largely wrote Deliverance, I cannot in good conscience watch a rip-off. We are very proud of the fact that he served us for many years as a Professor of Literature and as our writer-in-residence.

by Anonymousreply 152December 1, 2021 11:30 PM

Pleshette is fabulous, and WAY too beautiful to play Leona.

by Anonymousreply 153December 1, 2021 11:31 PM

Its worth slumming for, r152. Very entertaining.

by Anonymousreply 154December 1, 2021 11:31 PM

R150 Omg I remember watching that with my brother a million years ago late at night. We still sing "Fire FIRE, Fire FIRE, AND WE HAVE NO WATER, we have no water" from time to time.

by Anonymousreply 155December 2, 2021 1:09 AM

There was a TV movie where Victoria Principal played a blind woman whose husband was murdered and the killers stalk her. I can't remember the name, but it was so campy.

by Anonymousreply 156December 2, 2021 1:57 AM

Victoria Principal also played a dumped mistress who has to land a new sugar daddy. It wasn’t necessarily bad, tho.

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by Anonymousreply 157December 2, 2021 2:38 AM

R157 I now think that I understand why all of a sudden my mother hated Victoria Principal. She always hated the other woman.

by Anonymousreply 158December 2, 2021 2:59 AM

R157, That whore Victoria couldn't even grieve properly when her lover/meal ticket has his sudden, unfortunate heart attack! She really hit the skids before landing the next schmuck, Alan Rachins. And she was cold-hearted about it and made it all business!

by Anonymousreply 159December 2, 2021 3:34 AM

The unmitigated [italic]harlotry.

by Anonymousreply 160December 2, 2021 3:38 AM

The Karen carpenter story was produced by Richard and was a sanitized certified their story. I think the script had to be revised multiple times in order to placate Agnes carpenter and not make her look like the massive cunt she was.

by Anonymousreply 161December 2, 2021 4:26 AM

[quote]There was a TV movie where Victoria Principal played a blind woman whose husband was murdered and the killers stalk her. I can't remember the name, but it was so campy.

That sounds like a blatant rip-off of Wait Until Dark.

by Anonymousreply 162December 2, 2021 4:29 AM

Should we really exclude regular movies that we saw on tv ?

by Anonymousreply 163December 2, 2021 4:48 AM

Yes. These are MADE FOR TV MOVIES. Very different from full on studio films.

by Anonymousreply 164December 2, 2021 4:58 AM

I think Valerie Harper was menaced on a deserted highway for 2 hours in some TV movie, as she searched frantically for a telephone.

by Anonymousreply 165December 2, 2021 5:09 AM

R165, I believe you are referring to the masterpiece known as "Night Drive", sometimes known as "Night Terror".

Otherwise known to Val as a vehicle for "cleaning up some back taxes and taking care of my divorce from Dick."

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by Anonymousreply 166December 2, 2021 5:54 AM

Those Stepford Wives sequels…all of them made for television…all of them shit.

by Anonymousreply 167December 2, 2021 10:47 AM

Repo! The Genetic Opera

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by Anonymousreply 168December 2, 2021 10:52 AM

I remember watching the Valerie Harper movie when it originally aired. It was actually very good. Scary.

by Anonymousreply 169December 2, 2021 11:08 PM

R126 - Cancel Vanessa Redgrave now!

by Anonymousreply 170December 3, 2021 9:25 AM

The ending of Something About Amelia where Ted Danson’s only punishment for molesting his daughter is going to counseling

by Anonymousreply 171December 3, 2021 10:27 AM

R161 - no matter how much that story was sanitized by Agnes, she still comes across as a horrible and controlling person.

by Anonymousreply 172December 3, 2021 10:58 AM

Second Serve is remarkable in that once you see Vanessa Redgrave as a man you can't unsee him when she transitions into a woman that she really is.

by Anonymousreply 173December 3, 2021 11:44 AM

The overwhelming majority of Lifetime telemovies. Very few of them are anything remotely resembling quality programming. For a network that makes a big deal out of making television for women, most of the 💩 they make is all about women as victims or scorned psychopaths. Shoddy, cheap shit.

by Anonymousreply 174December 3, 2021 12:00 PM

This load of shite.

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by Anonymousreply 175December 3, 2021 12:09 PM

^NOT a TV movie

by Anonymousreply 176December 3, 2021 12:26 PM

She Lives, a really maudlin movie starring Desi Arnaz Jr & Season Hubley

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by Anonymousreply 177December 3, 2021 1:19 PM

For the Love of Nancy-Tracey Gold plays an anorexic college student who is taken to court by her parents in order to save her life by obtaining medical guardianship. William Devane and Jill Clayburgh played her parents. Cameron Bancroft and Mark-Paul Gosselaar played her brothers. The movie came out a few years after Tracey's anorexia battle and there was a lot of press. But, the movie wasn't all that great.

by Anonymousreply 178December 4, 2021 2:04 AM

I always liked Season Hubley ! Vice Squad is one of my favorite B movies .

by Anonymousreply 179December 4, 2021 2:10 AM

Why are there no stories about Asians???? Did we not exist on TV???

by Anonymousreply 180December 4, 2021 2:35 AM

R178 Probably because The Best Little Girl in the World stole its thunder. Jodie Foster was to star in it, but after that Presidential shooting incident she obviously ate too comfort food in the Yale cafeteria.(Who could blame her?) Instead Jennifer Jason Leigh shed even more pounds off her slight frame to star in the first big Anorexia TV movie by which all others were measured by. Charles Durning and Eva Marie Saint played the parents and Ally Sheedy had billing as “First Girl.” Aaron Spelling produced.

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by Anonymousreply 181December 4, 2021 2:40 AM

DL fave and national treasure Jean Smart stars in "Change of Heart". She comes home to find her husband in bed with....a twink! They can no longer live a lie. But at least the soon to be divorced closet case is a doctor, so Jean's character gets a pretty hefty settlement, so there's that.

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by Anonymousreply 182December 4, 2021 9:14 PM

"The best little girl in the world" deserves props considering it was the first film, tv or otherwise, to talk about anorexia, 2 years before Karen Carpenter died.

by Anonymousreply 183December 4, 2021 9:17 PM

[quote]R183 “The best little girl in the world" deserves props considering it was the first film, tv or otherwise, to talk about anorexia, 2 years before Karen Carpenter died.

The obscure actress Lisa Pelikan (who was the young Vanessa Redgrave in JULIA) plays the sister in that.

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by Anonymousreply 184December 5, 2021 12:17 AM

She married Bruce Davison, of “Longtime Companion” and “X Men”.

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by Anonymousreply 185December 5, 2021 12:19 AM

^^ i mean in real life, not in that TV movie

by Anonymousreply 186December 5, 2021 12:20 AM

OPI'll see your Stone Pillow and raise you After Diff'rent Strokes: When the Laughter Stopped.

The film (and I use that term loosely) is a little more than an hour long.

You have a voiceover of Dana Plato speaking from the grave. You have the actor playing Gary Coleman wearing prosthetic lips.

And save the best for last, in the film Todd Bridges buys drugs from a drug dealer who is.... Actually played by Todd Bridges.

The film is written and directed by Matthew Bright, who gave us a foul mouth Reese Witherspoon in FREEWAY.

Pure Fucking Gold.

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by Anonymousreply 187December 5, 2021 12:44 AM

R187 I need to see this dumpster fire.

by Anonymousreply 188December 5, 2021 1:02 AM

How about the 80s one where Gary Coleman played an arsonist?

by Anonymousreply 189December 5, 2021 1:03 AM

R187 I believe its on youtube, at least part of it.

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by Anonymousreply 190December 5, 2021 1:04 AM

[quote]Why are there no stories about Asians???? Did we not exist on TV???

The only TV movie that comes to mind is one from the mid-'70s called Farewell to Manzanar, about the internment of Japanese Americans during and after WWII.

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by Anonymousreply 191December 5, 2021 1:19 AM

I found a Pat Morita tv movie from 1990 "Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes."

by Anonymousreply 192December 5, 2021 1:56 AM

[quote]R191 Farewell to Manzanar, about the internment of Japanese Americans during and after WWII.

When I was reading this in junior high, the back cover said something like, “We’d dance to anything the camp band played at night… except ‘Don’t Fence Me In’.”

Da da da dum!! I thought, Wow, That’s Dramatic!

But then when you got to that actual part of the text inside, it read, “We’d dance to anything the camp band played at night,[bold] including[/bold] ‘Don’t Fence Me In’.”

I was horrified… they’d made a mistake! Or LIED!! I thought either possibility was [italic]despicable.

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by Anonymousreply 193December 5, 2021 1:56 AM

[quote] Why are there no stories about Asians????

The best we can do is take this little break for [big screen] cultural appropriation of the Japanese.

Pretty song:

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by Anonymousreply 194December 5, 2021 2:02 AM

Murder of Innocence. Valerie Bertinelli stars in a hilariously bad tv movie based on a non-hilarious true story.

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by Anonymousreply 195December 5, 2021 2:11 AM

Surely there must be some bad TV movies about split personalities?


by Anonymousreply 196December 5, 2021 2:22 AM

R195 That movie creeped the FUCK out of me when I saw it as a teen. I give props to VB for playing very against type but damn, that was a dark af t.v movie.

by Anonymousreply 197December 5, 2021 2:58 AM

The Birds II: Land's End. A piece of pigeon poo.

The Couple Takes a Wife w Bill Bixby

Coffee, Tea or Me? w Karen Valentine

Linda w Stella Stevens

by Anonymousreply 198December 5, 2021 6:29 AM

[quote]R198 Linda w/ Stella Stevens

How dare you?! I thought that movie was fascinating when I was 12!

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by Anonymousreply 199December 5, 2021 6:57 AM

What was the name of the TV movie where John Ritter's character ends up in a wheelchair and Carrie Fisher played his love interest? It was awful.

by Anonymousreply 200December 5, 2021 4:07 PM

Not movies but miniseries. The last 1990s entries to both The Thorn Birds and North & South were pale imitators of their glorious 1980s versions.

by Anonymousreply 201December 5, 2021 4:44 PM

Didn’t Desi Arnaz Jr. do some sappy one that was kind of like “Love Story”?

by Anonymousreply 202December 5, 2021 4:55 PM

That POS telefilm bio on Whitney Houston. Directed by Angela Bassett. I was expecting too much. Huge letdown. The film was unfocused and poorly acted.

by Anonymousreply 203December 5, 2021 5:15 PM

The Violation of Sarah McDavid

I remember watching this as a kid seeing Patty Duke as a teacher brutally raped by a student in her classroom. And this was a TV movie!. Wtf?

Of course I want everybody to experience this. Enjoy!

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by Anonymousreply 204December 5, 2021 5:25 PM

The finale "North and South" was unnecessary and should have been rewritten with a tacked on conclusion to be one of the two remaining character's nightmare. How many times can this villain die and n How many body parts can he lose?

by Anonymousreply 205December 5, 2021 6:31 PM

R202 - that's the one I mentioned at R177.

by Anonymousreply 206December 5, 2021 6:42 PM

Thank you : )

by Anonymousreply 207December 5, 2021 8:26 PM

[quote] DL fave and national treasure Jean Smart stars in "Change of Heart". She comes home to find her husband in bed with....a twink! They can no longer live a lie. But at least the soon to be divorced closet case is a doctor, so Jean's character gets a pretty hefty settlement, so there's that.

I remember this movie. I vaguely recall a similar TV movie in the 80s about a teenager who finds out that his widowed or divorced dad was gay.

by Anonymousreply 208December 5, 2021 9:48 PM

[quote]Surely there must be some bad TV movies about split personalities?

In [italic]The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver[italic] (1977), starring cross-eyed DL icon Miss Karen Black, a mousy housewife is intermittently overtaken by the spirit of a slut. She changes wigs and everything.

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by Anonymousreply 210December 5, 2021 10:05 PM

Santa Who? -- in which Santa (Leslie Nielsen) gets amnesia -- makes the average Hallmark Christmas film seem like Shakespeare.

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by Anonymousreply 211December 5, 2021 10:15 PM

Daddy at r64 was one of those Danielle Steel TV movies. I remember watching some of them with my grandmother back in the day. I don't remember much about it, but I do seem to remember it was fairly decent as those went, and certainly wasn't among the worst of them. Reading the summary, it at least has a lot of camp value today. Patrick Duffy's wife (Kate Mulgrew!) leaves him to take a job in another state. His teenage son (young Ben Affleck!) gets a girl pregnant and has to marry her, then she leaves him and he ends up in a custody battle for his son. Patrick Duffy finds new love with Lynda Carter (!), but when she gets an acting job on Broadway, he thinks she's just another woman leaving him for her career so he breaks up with her. But he realizes the error of his ways and they wind up together!

The one I'd be kind of interested to see is Family Album (I think?) with Jaclyn Smith (!) as a famous actress and matriarch of a big family. One of the sons was gay (Joe Flanigan--whatever happened to him?) and I'd be curious to see how the handling of his subplot (father disowned him, but eventually came around--after his only other son died; he had two love interests over the course of the story) would look today.

by Anonymousreply 212December 6, 2021 12:50 AM

[quote] That movie’s fine. Fonda plays some dust bowl housewife during the Great Depression (?) who has to keep her family together. She eventually makes some money off whittling dolls and toys out of wood, one of her only marketable skills.

The movie was "The Dollmaker." And the movie was not "fine." Jane Fonda was woefully miscast as Gertie Nevels, a rough hewn, raw boned Kentucky woman who had known hard work all of her life. Although she was made up to look disheveled (and padded to look bigger) she still looked unlike a woman of that type, what with her pretty, dainty features. I didn't buy her corn pone accent, either. Fonda was overpraised for her performance. I guess there are a lot of critics who, like you, think Jane Fonda can do no wrong.

by Anonymousreply 213December 6, 2021 1:07 AM

Bad Ronald

by Anonymousreply 214December 6, 2021 1:15 AM

Wow, whoever recommended "Second Serve," I just skimmed through that video to see Vanessa Redgrave as a man, and she kind of pulls it off (I watched a scene with her in her psychiatrist's office). She looked like Laurence Harvey.

by Anonymousreply 215December 6, 2021 1:46 AM

There are too many bad tv movies to list. HUNDREDS of them are terrible.

by Anonymousreply 216December 6, 2021 1:56 AM

[quote]The ending of Something About Amelia where Ted Danson’s only punishment for molesting his daughter is going to counseling

Well, that and having to work with Shelley Long.

by Anonymousreply 217December 6, 2021 2:06 AM

Speaking of awful Desi Jr. movies ...

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by Anonymousreply 218December 6, 2021 2:07 AM

R126, Vanessa was amazing in that movie, almost astoundingly believable as a man. The critics raved at the time.

by Anonymousreply 219December 6, 2021 2:32 AM

[quote] The one I'd be kind of interested to see is Family Album (I think?) with Jaclyn Smith (!) as a famous actress and matriarch of a big family. One of the sons was gay (Joe Flanigan--whatever happened to him?) and I'd be curious to see how the handling of his subplot (father disowned him, but eventually came around--after his only other son died; he had two love interests over the course of the story) would look today.

I remember that one it was a two part miniseries. It wasn't that bad. The gay son subplot was ok. But, I couldn't stand the subplots about the two daughters. One wanted to be an actress and the other ran away and got pregnant and then got pregnant again by a much older guy.

I also remember Kaleidoscope which was another Danielle Steel adaptation that I thought was an ok TV movie. Jaclyn Smith starred in that one. It was basically about how her character was separated from her sisters after their father killed their mother when they were children and how a PI tracked her character to reunite with her sisters who were adopted by other families. Of course, like Danielle Steel novels and adaptations secrets were revealed about what led up to the dad killing the mom.

by Anonymousreply 220December 6, 2021 3:53 AM

"Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones-

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by Anonymousreply 221December 6, 2021 4:17 AM

Jo from Facts of Life as a schizophrenic daughter to Valerie Harper. She goes off to college then starts hearing voices. The creepy score was unsettling.

by Anonymousreply 222December 6, 2021 4:43 AM

I think we need a companion thread on good TV movies.

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by Anonymousreply 223December 6, 2021 4:49 AM

Agree with r70, Liz and Dick was terrrrrribbbbbble

by Anonymousreply 224December 6, 2021 5:07 AM

R223 God, it seems everything Dunaway did after Mommie Dearest is tinged with Crawford!

by Anonymousreply 225December 6, 2021 5:09 AM

Curse of the Black Widow. A private eye (Tony Franciosa) links two cursed sisters (Donna Mills, Patty Duke Astin) to murder victims covered with spider webs. Patty Duke writes amusingly about this movie in her later book.

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by Anonymousreply 226December 6, 2021 10:28 AM

[quote]Jaclyn Smith (!) as a famous actress and matriarch of a big family

Smith as an actress?teehee

by Anonymousreply 227December 6, 2021 2:50 PM

1972 Madam Sin with Bette Davis A more miss than hit Bond film.

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by Anonymousreply 228December 6, 2021 5:27 PM

The one where Jennifer Love Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn

by Anonymousreply 229December 6, 2021 6:09 PM

That "Dark Secret of Harvest Home" was based on "Harvest Home" , the novel by Thomas Tyron. His books tend to be interesting (his others included "The Other" and "Crowned Heads"). His books tend to be interesting reads but preposterous. "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home" is a prime example of that. It's entertaining but ridiculous.

by Anonymousreply 230December 6, 2021 9:25 PM

R230 Is his The Other what that Nicole Kidman film was based upon?

by Anonymousreply 231December 6, 2021 10:26 PM

There was one where Jaclyn Smith played Florence Nightingale - lol!

by Anonymousreply 232December 6, 2021 10:27 PM

I don’t consider a TV movie bad if it holds my interest or entertains me.

I’m sure it’s considered a bad movie, but I thought this was fun as hell when I watched it at 12 years old!

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by Anonymousreply 233December 6, 2021 11:12 PM

r231, No, the Nicole Kidman fim was The Others, plural, and was completely different. Tryon's book The Other was made into a movie in 1971 under that title.

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by Anonymousreply 234December 6, 2021 11:34 PM

or 1972...

by Anonymousreply 235December 6, 2021 11:35 PM

"The Other" deserves a remake. The first one featured a good performance by twin boys but was greatly flawed (there was an unbelievably stupid plot change). It could be a really good remake with the right director and screenplay.

by Anonymousreply 236December 6, 2021 11:47 PM

[italic]The Savage Bees[/italic] (1976), starring Miss Gloria Swanson

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by Anonymousreply 237December 6, 2021 11:51 PM

HELL HATH NO FURY…Barbara Eden and Loretta Swit. Kim Zimmer in a supporting role as Barbara’s understanding bff…made me realize what a rotten actress Eden is.

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by Anonymousreply 238December 6, 2021 11:52 PM

a bad tv movie cheers me up.

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by Anonymousreply 239December 7, 2021 7:43 AM

I have a soft spot for anything starring ABC soap stars of the 80s, so HAUNTED BY HER PAST featuring not just Susan Lucci but also Finola Hughes is spectacularly enjoyable in its crap.

Lucci plays a mousy librarian type, married to the magnificently coiffed John James. They go on vacation and stay in a colonial-era inn, which houses a mirror haunted by Hughes, who’s wearing a bar wench dress.

Most of Lucci’s tv-movie oeuvre is pure shit as well, including THE BRIDE IN BLACK (again with Hughes), DOUBLE EDGE, and EBBIE.

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by Anonymousreply 240December 7, 2021 8:39 PM

Cage Without a Key starring DL fave Susan Dey and should-be DL fave Jonelle Allen. Also, that bitch from 8 is enough is in it, I think Lani O'Grady. Lots of lesbianism. The LA times said that not since Mamie Van Doren got sent to the slammer has there been such a distorted view of juvenile hall.

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by Anonymousreply 241December 7, 2021 9:19 PM

Thanks to the poster way upthread, I watched "Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones" yesterday and today. I was curious because over the years when I would go thrifting, I found countless copies of that book in the thrift stores. Always wondered what it was about.

The two leading performances, by Desi Jr and Christopher Norris, were OK. They had their moments, but they weren't especially good. The two sets of parents, including Dina Merrill and Tom Bosley, were pretty good. Overall, it was an interesting bit of time travel back to the early '70s (though the movie was set in 1956, they didn't do a very good job of portraying that era).

by Anonymousreply 242December 8, 2021 12:47 AM

Reba did a few tv movies in the 1990s. She was great in The Gambler Returns, and the one she did about the real life story of a woman in the coma who wakes up to discover everyone basically wished she was still in the coma was too bonkers to be truly bad (Forever Love). Is There Life Out there was pretty solid and basically just fleshed out the song and existing music video. The Secret of Giving is still something I occasionally watch at Christmas time, and very much feels like a Dr. Quinn or Little House episode.

But, the one she did with the biggest co-star was the worst, in my opinion. The Man From Left Field starred and was directed by Burt Reynolds, and produced by his production company and filmed in the town he lived in, in Florida. Reba is fine in the film, the problems were a script that was uneven and meandering and Burt Reynolds failing as a director and star. He just seems tired during the whole thing. It was like they took Reba and a bunch of little kids and gave them a black hole as a costar. There was none of the trademark Burt Reynolds charm and charisma in that film. It was the year before his divorce from Loni so maybe that is the reason.

by Anonymousreply 243December 8, 2021 2:25 AM

[quote]R242 I watched "Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones" yesterday and today… The two leading performances, by Desi Jr and Christopher Norris, were OK.

I didn’t know it was about gay marriage.

by Anonymousreply 244December 8, 2021 2:26 AM

"Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night" from 1977, portrays Susan Dey as a bitchy, drunken, totally abusive single mother. She's out of control! Poor Mary Jane.

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by Anonymousreply 245December 9, 2021 4:17 AM

R18 I LOVED Gargoyles.

by Anonymousreply 246December 9, 2021 4:27 AM

R245 So, it was typecasting?

by Anonymousreply 247December 9, 2021 6:34 AM

R246 Gargoyles has Grayson Hall, never seen without a drink in her hand. That makes it a classic to me.

by Anonymousreply 248December 9, 2021 12:03 PM

I want to watch ask these movies! I'm especially partial to the woman in peril ones.

by Anonymousreply 249December 9, 2021 1:13 PM

Not sure if it's been mentioned, but Horror at 37,000 Feet is hideous. I wanted to throw both Tammy Grimes and the little British girl into the fire to satisfy the demonic creature on the plane.

by Anonymousreply 250December 10, 2021 2:20 AM

Not sure this counts, either in genre or quality, but Square Dance (1987) was broadcast on tv in 1988 under the title Home Is Where the Heart Is. It takes place in Texas. Rob Lowe convincingly plays a special person ("Pork chops! Mah favorite!") with whom Winona Ryder strikes up a tender relationship. Jane Alexander and Jason Robards costar. So the acting is pretty good, in line with its big-screen origins; but the camp potential is also high.

by Anonymousreply 251December 10, 2021 2:29 AM

I couldn’t stand Tammy Grimes. After seeing a clip of her awful sitcom on YouTube, who thought that she should have been on television? I guess most of her success was on the stage?

by Anonymousreply 252December 10, 2021 7:28 PM

"Gargoyles" was not one of the fucking "worst." It was actually pretty good for what it was, a tv horror movie. And it won an Emmy for it's effective gargoyle make up.

by Anonymousreply 253December 11, 2021 12:06 AM

There was a Jaclyn Smith holiday TV movie about how she and her kids help Santa Claus out...it was pretty bad, no thanks to Jaclyn's lack of acting skills.

by Anonymousreply 254December 11, 2021 1:11 AM

"Mother May I Sleep With Matt Gaetz?"

by Anonymousreply 255December 11, 2021 1:51 AM

1974 TV movie...

The Elevator

James Farentino, Roddy McDowall, Craig Stevens, Carol Lynley , Teresa Wright, and Myrna Loy trapped in a...

you guessed it...an overly long TV movie that is worse than actually as bad as you might imagine

Myrna Loy, "I survived all these years in the business for this?"

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by Anonymousreply 256December 11, 2021 1:55 AM

[quote]Lots of talk about Lucille Ball of late made me think of my choice for worst TV Movie I've ever seen:


In fairness to Lucy, if Mr. Mooney hadn't keep appearing and saying, "Young lady, would you move your shopping cart down the street,"...

It wouldn't have been so annoying

by Anonymousreply 257December 11, 2021 1:58 AM

I liked "Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night." It was actually quite shocking, an unsettling depiction of mental illness and child abuse. And it allowed Susan Dey to break out of Laurie Partridge mode and do some acting for a change. She played Rowena Harper, a beautiful young woman who comes from a well off family. Her father molested her as a child. Her mother hates her. She has a brief marriage with a detestable jerk (she still carries a torch for him) who doesn't give a damn about her or their child. Although she's well taken care of financially (her Daddy pays her bills; she even has a maid) she's friendless and alone, and she takes all her pent-up emotions out on her little daughter, breaking her bones, burning her with cigarettes and leaving her alone without a babysitter (the child almost burns to death when the apartment catches fire from a lit cigarette catching the curtains). I thought Dey conducted herself well in this. And the battered little girl was played by Natasha Ryan, who also played another tortured child in the tv movie "Sybil." Boy, I wonder how SHE turned out as an adult after being in THOSE movies.

by Anonymousreply 258December 11, 2021 2:20 AM

Madame Sin was great fun! Thank you for the recommendation up thread.

by Anonymousreply 259December 11, 2021 4:42 AM

R249 the “women in peril” TV movie I remember was “Five Desperate Women” starring Stephanie Powers, Joan Hackett, Denise Nicholas, Julie Sommars and Anjanette Comer! Maybe on Youtube

by Anonymousreply 260December 11, 2021 6:03 AM

It was bad, but I enjoyed it. A TV movie where a man got mugged and knocked out in the bathroom of a big department store and when they locked up at night guard dogs policed the store. He awakes and spends the night fighting to survive the vicious dogs who terrorize and try to kill him.

by Anonymousreply 261December 11, 2021 6:23 AM

[quote]"Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night" from 1977, portrays Susan Dey as a bitchy, drunken, totally abusive single mother. She's out of control! Poor Mary Jane.

Neither Miss Dey nor Mary Jane Harper will dignify your unfounded allegations with a response.

by Anonymousreply 262December 11, 2021 9:29 AM

Hostage (1988), starring Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton is unbearable.

by Anonymousreply 263December 12, 2021 5:35 AM

Unbearable sounds great :)

by Anonymousreply 264December 12, 2021 7:04 AM

Ice Quake (2010). SyFy. Poor Victor Garber.

by Anonymousreply 265December 13, 2021 2:41 PM

Any TV movie with Stefanie Powers in it. She’s a lousy actress.

by Anonymousreply 266December 13, 2021 3:00 PM

There’s twenty minutes left I’m trying to force myself to watch, but Jingle All the Way, a gay Christmas romcom on Netflix is pulling ahead.

by Anonymousreply 267December 13, 2021 3:31 PM


A small construction crew on an island is terrorized when a spirit-like being takes over a large bulldozer, and goes on a killing rampage.

Robert Urich is killed off in the first 15 minutes.

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by Anonymousreply 268December 19, 2021 2:32 PM

Deat Car on the Freeway. I’m too lazy to see if it’s been posted already.

by Anonymousreply 269December 19, 2021 3:21 PM

R269, anything starring Miss Shelley Hack can’t be all bad.

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by Anonymousreply 270December 19, 2021 3:29 PM

R268 - unfortunately, Clint Walker doesn't show anything in this movie. Even in 1974, he was still hot!

by Anonymousreply 271December 19, 2021 3:39 PM

Any of the TV movies about the Titanic. Always cheesy with wretched special effects. The 1979 one with Clorox Leachman as Molly Brown, the two-parter made in 1996 with Marilu Hefner and Catherine Zeta Jones and the Julian Fellowes 100th anniversary miniseries.

by Anonymousreply 272December 19, 2021 3:42 PM

R270 Then you've never seen If Ever I See You Again. It was a theatrical movie, but it's worse than any lifetime movie ever made. A true bomb.

by Anonymousreply 273December 19, 2021 5:35 PM

R263 - I remember that. I cheered when Carrie punched mom in the mouth.

by Anonymousreply 274December 19, 2021 5:43 PM

A team of scientists discover a secret underwater community within the wreck of an ocean liner that sank during World War II.

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by Anonymousreply 275December 19, 2021 6:46 PM

R49- No

by Anonymousreply 276December 19, 2021 8:09 PM

R275, that’s my first time seeing Emma Samms. It was a terrible movie. Emma was so lovely though. But no way would that scenario be realistic. The ship would have been crushed by ocean pressure.

by Anonymousreply 277December 20, 2021 1:04 PM

R270- The good old days Katherine Wentworth is getting her Honda Civic filled up for 63 cents a gallon at a full serve station- The good old days! She looks exactly the same as she did one or two year later when she first appeared on Dallas.

by Anonymousreply 278December 20, 2021 1:19 PM

A Short Walk to Daylight was a really frustrating movie about an earthquake that hits NYC.

The story is about a group of people, lead by policeman James Brolin, on a subway as they try to get out.

Just as they reach an exit - you know, when you think everything is going to really kick into gear - the movie comes to an end and we get the closing credits.

We don't know what happens to any of survivors or even get a sense of what NY looks like.

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