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Lizards, Hogs Whiskers: The Weirdest and Wackiest TV Show Names

Date July 21, 2011
Lizards, Hogs Whiskers: The Weirdest and Wackiest TV Show Names Every week, both viewers and people who write about television are inundated with information about new shows. One way for networks to make those shows stand out is to give them weird, eye-catching or borderline insane names.

The last couple weeks have been quite busy, what with the preparations I've been making for Comic-Con, which begins today,...

Lizards, Hogs Whiskers: The Weirdest and Wackiest TV Show Names Every week, both viewers and people who write about television are inundated with information about new shows. One way for networks to make those shows stand out is to give them weird, eye-catching or borderline insane names.

The last couple weeks have been quite busy, what with the preparations I've been making for Comic-Con, which begins today, and for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, which starts in about a week.

To distract myself from the insanity, I compiled a list of a few of the show titles that have caught my eye in the last year or two.

Of course there have been dozens of memorable TV show titles over the decades, but, especially in the reality realm, the titles seem to be getting ever more wacky of late. 'Hillbilly Handfishin''? Really? On the positive side, the intentionally crazy name of 'NTSF:SD:SUV::' might actually lead me to watch the Adult Swim show (premieres tonight at 12:15AM).

In the spirit of distracting you from more important matters with utter piffle, here is my list of Favorite Recent Goofy or Somehow Unusual TV Show Names. In comments, feel free to share your favorite nutty or memorable show title.

'American Hoggers'(premieres Aug 16 on A&E): If only it was about bikers. I'm almost sad to report that it's about a family that chases feral pigs.

'Animal Fugitives'(aired earlier this year on National Geographic Wild): If only this were a show about car chases involving rabid squirrels. Sadly, at no point is a cat or a squirrel involved in a high-speed chase. Darn it.

'Dining With Death'(aired last year on Travel Channel): Not about sitting down to a meal with Death, but rather adventurous eaters noshing on potentially fatal foods. Good times.

'Hillbilly Handfishin'' (premieres Aug. 7, Animal Planet): From the press release: "Self-proclaimed hillbillies and experienced hand fishermen Skipper Bivins and Trent Jackson give city folk a taste of their lifestyle as they triple-dog dare thrill-thirsty adventure seekers to come on down to Oklahoma and catch catfish with their bare hands and feet!" OK, they had me right up until the part about feet. Where I come from, catfish and feet just don't mix.

'How the States Got Their Shapes' (aired last year on History): Most explanatory show title ever.

'I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant'(Discovery Health): TLC cut short the fourth season of this show earlier this month, the Futon Critic recently reported. But let's be clear about the relevant factoid here: this show got to a fourth season. With women who didn't know they were pregnant. At all. The mind boggles. I mean, I know it's possible, but we needed four seasons of this? Aiyeee.

'I Just Want My Pants Back' (upcoming from MTV, date TBA): It's a comedy about 20-somethings in New York. With a title like that, it had better be really good. Because if the title overshadows the show, that's not good.

'Lizard Lick Towing' (returns in August on TruTV): Heh, "lizard lick" is a funny name. Otherwise, towing? Really? And the sad fact is, this is not the only tow-truck show out there. Oy. What next, 'Oil Change Disco Party'?

'Mancations'(aired earlier this year on Travel Channel): No. Just no.

'My Babysitter's a Vampire'(aired earlier this year on Disney): Sadly, not a reality show but a scripted movie about ... sorry, I lost interest after I learned it wasn't about bloodsucking nannies.

'NTSF:SD:SUV::'(premieres July 22 on Adult Swim): Finally the folks at Adult Swim take the acronym insanity to its logical extreme. And given the talent involved -- this thriller parody stars Martin Starr, Paul Scheer, Rob Riggle and Kate Mulgrew, among others -- this actually might be pretty good.

Check out our set visit &
interviews with the cast of 'NTSF'


'Rebel Monkeys'(aired last year on National Geographic Wild): Why isn't this the name of your band?

'Truck Stop Missouri' (premieres Aug. 3 on Travel Channel): It's not just that it's a truck stop. It's in Missouri! That's what'll make it irresistible.

'Whisker Wars'(premieres Aug. 5 on IFC): A show about competitive facial-hair growing would be so much more of a potential draw if 'Parks and Recreation' mustache guru Ron Swanson was involved. So get on that, IFC. Sidebar: Could he also host a show that combines competitive meat consumption and woodworking tips?

'Wild Animal Repo' (aired earlier this year on Discovery): It's two different reality shows in one! Put the animals in charge of a pawn shop and you've got a cable-reality trifecta!

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