The 25 Worst TV Shows of 2012

6. Revolution (NBC)

Stars: Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiridakos, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth, J.D. Pardo, Maria Howell, David Lyons, Tim Guinee, Elizabeth Mitchell, Daniella Alonso

On paper, Revolution sounds like the first post-Lost, sci-fi drama that's actually worth investing some long-term hope into, unlike recent failures like Flash Forward and The Event. The show's post-apocalyptic backdrop isn't anything new, but the concept of life without electricity or technology is intriguing, and the behind-the-scenes pairing of producers J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau led optimists to believe that NBC's most anticipated new fall program was of a high pedigree.

Imagine the disappointment, then, when, three or four episodes into Revolution's debut season, the realization hit that it's basically little more than a slightly grungy fashion commercial with horribly choreographed hand-to-hand combat and gunfights.

It was one thing on Lost when Jorge "Hurley" Garcia didn't lose a pound while going hungry for weeks on end—it's not like they'd include tummy-tucks into dude's contract. Being unable to watch Revolution without wondering how the characters can take so many showers and wash their clothes so often in a world where neither sanitary action should be possible is a deal-breaker.

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