34. 'The Dana Carvey Show'
Thanks to his numerous impersonations and catchphrase-sprouting characters, Dana Carvey was a bona fide Saturday Night Live superstar. So ABC figured that, if they signed Carvey up to do his own sketch show for them, the network would basically be getting a primetime SNL. What they recieved instead was a subversive, batshit-crazy variety hour that kicked off the first episode with Carvey's Bill Clinton having real animals suckle his fake presidential teats. (So much for safe Church Lady skits!) It only got worse: Every show featured a corporate sponsor that would then be mercilessly mocked; the week that Mountain Dew hosted, an entire sketch was dedictaed to the fact that it looked like urine. It was cancelled after seven episodes, though it's now seen as a future talent incubator: Steven Carell and Steven Colbert were supporting players, the head writer was Louis C.K. and producer Robert Smigel first ran his popular TV Funhouse animated shorts here.—DAVID FEAR