The 25 Worst TV Shows of 2012

8. Are You There, Chelsea? (NBC)

Stars: Laura Prepon, Jake McDorman, Lauren Lapkus, Chelsea Handler, Natasha Leggero, Lenny Clarke, Ali Wong, Mark Povinelli

Somebody needs to give Laura Prepon good material, because the former That '70s Show actress definitely has what it takes to hold down a headlining star role on a sitcom. But she’s not Wonder Woman, and Are You There, Chelsea?, NBC’s resounding disappointment from executive producer Chelsea Handler, just dragged Prepon down with it.

Based on Handler’s non-fiction book, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, the show followed a boozing waitress (Prepon) who favors random sex over advancing her life in any significant ways. Given such an unsympathetic character, Prepon came across as loathsome, not emphatic, and Are You There, Chelsea? never seemed interested in making viewers care about her. Add on to that the weekly barrage of abrasively mean-spirited one-liners and you had a sitcom even less likeable than Whitney. Ouch.

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