When a television program is bad, the sustained agony is incomparable. And, if you’re anything like us, it’s always inexplicably difficult to just give up and find another way to spend that 30 minutes to an hour every week, or simply change the channel. In some cases, there’s that unshakeable feeling that the respective show’s producers have something positive in store, which is how we justify hanging around for all 22 tortuous episodes of NBC’s The Event. Other times, it’s the masochistic thrill of voluntarily stomaching garbage—how else can we rationalize our having seen every unfunny half-hour of Outsourced?

Over the last 12 months, programmers have flooded the airwaves with a profusion of junk, though what’s even worse is that most of it materialized in shows that we previously loved. Suffering through newly unveiled crap is bad enough, but accepting that a once-good series has creatively shit the bed? That’s downright miserable. That’s the best way to describe The 10 Most Disappointing TV Shows Of 2011, though we’re more than happy to elaborate on all of the ineptitude.

Written by Matt Barone (@MBarone)

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