The Best of the Worst (partially found Fox TV show; 1991)

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Status: Partially Found

The Best of the Worst was a show aired by Fox Broadcasting Company as a part of its 1991-92 schedule. Greg Kinnear came to stardom relatively late in life, after a series of lead-up careers, first as an entertainment reporter, then as a host on The Best Of The Worst.


The Best of the Worst was an interesting concept becuse it showcazed weird and bizarre events from all over America. Greg, who started as a producer of the show, ended up as its anchor by chance, where he was able to show the charisma that helped him to get into the Talk Soup TV show and a successful film career years later. There was even a special correspondent reporting from Japan, David Spector, highlighting japanese movies, game shows and variety shows (like ¨Za Gaman¨ for example). David L. Wolper was the executive producer.

It has 13 episodes, with at least 4 unaired episodes planned, but it got cancelled because of declining Nielsen ratings midseason, after the contest fiasco (See bellow). It finished dead last out of 98 shows and only averaged a 4.42 rating.[1] In other countries the syndication of the show lasted until 2000, were it became quite popular.

Also it never got an official VHS/DVD release.


Burnie Burns from Rooster Teeth claims[2] that he and his friend Dal were responsible for causing the show to end. Burns called up a radio show and, while impersonating Dal, said his job was counting cows and working with manure. To Burns' surprise, Dal was admitted to be on Best of the Worst, and ended up winning. He claimed that after Dal won, he received a phone call from a reporter and he mentioned that counting cows wasn't actually part of his job. The show was then cancelled, and the winner was modified.

List of Found Episodes

This is a complete list of all episodes whose existence is proven. Original airdates and most of episode descriptions are either taken from TVGuide,[3] or determined through deduction/research.

Episode 1 Segments include a museum dedicated to strippers; a morning TV show from Japan; winemaking in France; a dolphin channeler; questionable names of rock bands and towns. August 17, 1991 Lost
Episode 2 Segments include public-access cable-TV shows; nightmare vacation spots; and "stupid" people tricks, including a man who balances a lawnmower on his head. August 24, 1991 Lost
Episode 3 Feature a London dance troupe comprised of overweight male performers and human cheeses made from armpit bacteria and feet by a redneck family. August 31, 1991 Lost
Episode 4 A visit to a gallery exhibiting a collection of refrigerator magnets and art made from snails. Also: deejay-actor Jay Thomas; and a dentist who moonlights as a singing cowboy. September 7, 1991 Lost
Episode 5 Segments include the infamous "Worst Job in America" contest winner (As featured in "Rooster Teeth Podcast #192") ; an Australian modeling agency that specializes in supplying unattractive talent; and a Las Vegas wedding chapel set up in a recreational vehicle. September 14, 1991 Lost
Episode 6 A poll on "What Bugs You, America?" in which respondents were asked 20 bizzare questions on a range of subjects, including questions on the "worst" politicians. September 21, 1991 Partially Found
Episode 7 On location showcasing the winner of the Worst Job in America Contest, conducted by Fox TV and radio stations. (They never officially acknowledge the result modification) September 28, 1991 Lost
Episode 8 News of the weird includes in-car psychiatry, a whistler's convention, a "talking" dog, a convention of barbed-wire collectors, a funeral home's miniature golf course and a hardware store's novel sales gimmick. Also: a husband-calling contest, tongue twisters, movie outtakes and unusual shopping items. October 5, 1991 Lost
Episode 9 Five finalists compete in the Worst Job in America Contest; and English superhero Captain Flash takes requests from those seeking revenge on their friends. October 12, 1991 Lost
Episode 10 Late Comedian Henny Youngman tours New York. He makes a monologue about Hot Dogs and then, he fights his way into the NY Metro line, just to end up fighting a cab driver. He finally arrives to the Yankee Stadium just to meet Kinnear, and both call NY the Best of the Worst city. Notable because of the footage of the WTC. October 19, 1991 Lost
Episode 11 Celebrity garbage; an Elvis convention; airline-food taste-testing by Cajun chef Justin Wilson; and bizarre dog tricks. October 26, 1991 Lost
Episode 12 Wacky weddings and celebrations include a rotten-sneaker contest and another honoring the biggest nose. November 2, 1991 Lost
Episode 13 Segments include a rent-a-witch, hired to cast spells; a potato-chip collector; and the singing and dancing act of the Zodiac Man. November 9, 1991 Partially Found
Episode 14 Kinnear* filmed intro and ending segments, and some external segments were made N/A Unproduced
Episode 15 it never made it past the planning stages N/A Unproduced
Episode 16 it never made it past the planning stages N/A Unproduced
Episode 17 it never made it past the planning stages N/A Unproduced
*Kinnear mentioned it very briefly while he was promoting ¨Stuck on You¨, as showed in E! Entertainment television Latinoamerica in early 2000s.


Final segment of episode 13, ¨The Zodiac Man¨
From the beggining to 0:55 you can see the intro of episode 6, it continues at 2:14