Ten Awful Pieces of TV Memorabilia

Senior Pop Culture Editor
03.02.11 31 Comments

“How could you, Krusty? I’d never lend my name to an inferior product.”

“They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house! I’m not made of stone!”

My apartment is decorated with a “Dexter” bobblehead, old issues of TV Guide with the casts of “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos,” and a fake press pass for Homerpalooza. Those are all pretty cool (I use the word lightly) pieces of television memorabilia. But there’s a darker, crappier side to the world of items based on your favorite TV shows (and I only chose shows that people actually like–obviously “Cavemen” is going to have some subpar merchandise). Below are ten of the worst.

#10. Married…with Children” Comic Books

In 1990, NOW Comics began publishing a series based on “Married…with Children,” the hit Fox series then in its fifth season. But NOW, which also had titles for Mr. T, Speed Racer, and the Real Ghostbusters, failed to realize the “Married…with Children” and comic book communities did NOT go together like love and marriage, which is probably why they went out of business.

#9. The Wit and Wisdom of Archie Bunker

“Watch out for the gays.”

#8. “Julia” Coloring Book

“Julia” was one of the first TV shows to star an African-American actress, and in a misguided attempt at color equality, NBC released a coloring book, presumably in an effort to prove to children (who didn’t watch the show) that black’s no different than Midnight Blue or Thistle. According to the item’s seller: “About 1/5 of the pages have been colored on.” No word on whether there’s a jumble and if the answer is “fries.”

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