With 2012 in full swing, we took a cathartic look back at the entirety of 2011 to track down the 12 most WTF moments of last year.
While it’s highly likely that you may know a few of the moments on the list, there’s no doubt that you’ll be surprised by how many WTF moments simply passed you by.
So before your mind starts filling up with all of the new and returning programs of 2012, let’s take a look back at the 12 most WTF moments of 2011.
(Mild SPOILERS Included)
There’s no better way to kick of this list than with an entire series that had everyone saying “WTF is going on?” from the beginning. Fortunately, there’s one moment from the American Horror Story premiere that perfectly sums up the ghost-infused thrill-ride that the series turned out to be.
When Dylan McDermott stood in front of the window naked and began to cry while pleasuring himself after seeing his attractive maid (who is actually an elderly lady) pleasuring herself, all while a man with a half-burned face is standing outside watching him, you knew that this series was unlike anything else you’ve ever seen on television.
What to know more about American Horror Story season 2? ‘American Horror Story’ Season 2 Details Revealed: What Happens Next
It took 10 years for Smallville fans to finally see Clark Kent don the familiar Superman suit and fulfill his destiny as the greatest hero the world has ever seen. Unfortunately, Tom Welling didn’t exactly put on the Superman suit as much as had one painted on in post-production.
While there are many theories behind why this occurred, let’s just say the fact that Smallville had an amazing craft service department probably didn’t help. Also, the suit was from Superman Returns, so they probably weren’t allowed to alter it the way it needed to be.
That being said, the Smallville series finale was still pretty amazing.
It seems like every time The Simpsons voice actor’s contracts are up for renewal Fox begins to spread rumors about the series being canceled. This time, things escalated quite a bit. Instead of wanting a pay raise, the voice actors, knowing that the series won’t be on the air too much longer, were interested in obtaining a piece from the back-end profits. Fox plainly stated that this would never happen.
As the offers went back and forth, a certain unnamed Fox executive began to spread rumors that The Simpsons was going to be canceled next year, no matter what.
In the end, everyone came to an agreement (the details of which remain unknown) and Fox renewed The Simpsons for seasons 24 and 25. Sadly, it’s highly likely that this will be the final renewal that everyone’s favorite animated family will receive.
…good thing that Fox will continue to make billions off of the series after it’s off the air, while the cast gets nothing but union mandated residuals.
When Booth and Brennan finally consummated their pseudo-relationship after the emotionally draining death of Vincent Nigel Murray on Bones, fans around the world cheered. Of course, it wasn’t until the next episode that everyone found out just how good Booth was at consummating.
Even though only a week had passed, the sixth season of Bones came to a close with Brennan revealing that she’s pregnant with Booth’s baby. Sure, the producers stated that more time had passed than a single week, but that’s just a bit of fuzzy logic to make things appear less illogical (which it didn’t).
Of course, things did take a turn for the wonderful. Possibly surpassing the brilliant handling of a coupling that was present in the House season 6 premiere, creator Hart Hanson created the perfect platform for these two characters to build one of the most enjoyable relationships to watch on television.
…unless you count Raffi and his “murder boner” on FX’s The League.
What’s the best way to prove to the many Will Ferrell detractors that this legendary funnyman is, in fact, funny?
Well, casting him in on The Office and making sure he’s the least funniest thing that has ever happened on the series isn’t one of them – and, yes, I’m including Ryan’s (B. J. Novak) stint at corporate.
If one good thing came out of the appropriately titled “Ferrel Debacle,” it was that producers realized they didn’t need to bring in outside talent to continue the series after Steve Carell left the series.
Sure, they did cast James Spader, but that’s just so they have an ace in their back pocket. Plus, Spader’s Robert California did hilariously nail what the Black Eyed Peas represent in last year’s Christmas episode.
The first rule they teach you in “TV show creator school” is to always have a terrible music episode ready to go in case you need a quick bump in the ratings – especially if your show is a medical drama.
The second rule is to make sure that really only half of the cast can actually sing. While this may seem like a bad thing, one must remember that you could always fall back on the ‘ole “talk singing” that William Shatner made so famous.
Sure, this all happened after Callie was having an out-of-body experience following a car crash, but was this really something Grey’s Anatomy fans were asking for?
After House premiered their disastrous musical-ish episode a month before Grey’s Anatomy, I’m sure all of the producers were not only saying “WTF” to what House has done, but they were also saying “Oh Sh…” to what they had coming up.
The thing is that House left the singing to two actors that can handle themselves. Sure, Grey’s had Tony Award winner Sara Ramierez, but not everyone that sang had the same accolades as her.
When viewers tuned in to the beautifully crafted House season 7 premiere and watched the long-awaited coupling of House and Cuddy, you could bet that nobody would have guessed that it would end with House driving his car through Cuddy’s window in the finale.
Call it what you will (I still have no explanation for it), but something just wasn’t right with the majority of that season.
What’s worse is that Lisa Edelstein quit the series afterwards, so there’s really no way to complete whatever remains of House and Cuddy’s story-arc.
Sure, she may come back for the last few episodes of the series, but with NBC and Fox continuously fighting over who has to pay for what on House, there may not be enough time to make that happen.
As they say: you can drive a car through Cuddy’s house, but don’t you ‘eff with Lisa Edelstein.
Remember that vampire show about a telepathic Southern gal named Sookie Stackhouse who found the love of her life in a vampire named Bill Compton?
What’s that? You don’t remember that, either? Well, it was called True Blood season 1.
Nowadays, things are bit different…
If you happened to tune in to the True Blood season 4 premiere 5 minutes late, you would have missed the most ridiculous Middle Earth-esque fairy battle between some type of fairy people, who are able to shoot fairy fireballs out of their hands. This literally happened – I kid you not.
What’s funny is that if you would have watched the rest of True Blood season 4 (including the slow-mo Quentin Tarantino vampire walk) without ever seeing those missed minutes, you would have never known that any fairy battle had happened.
Why? Because it literally had nothing to do with any of the stories being presented.
Though, to be fair, most of what was shown in True Blood season 4 had nothing to do with the stories that were being presented. Where is Buffy the Vampire Slayer when you need her?
After Rex Matheson saved the day by replacing his blood with Captain Jack Harkness’ (John Barrowman), the mini-series concluded with the revelation that Matheson was now immortal. The only problem is that’s not how Captain Jack’s immortality works.
Captain Jack’s immortality comes from Rose looking into the heart of the TARDIS and creating a time vortex, which caused Jack to become a constant in time. Captain Jack is the constant… not his blood.
Of course, those familiar with Russel T. Davies’ affinity for messing with established logic shouldn’t be too surprised – but that still doesn’t make it any less WTF.
Everyone who knew that NBC’s Wonder Woman series was going to fail from the beginning, please step forward. It’s pretty lonely back there, huh, NBC?
In probably one of the worst cases of “I knew this was going to be terrible” in geek history, there wasn’t a single person that believed NBC was going to pull off a superhero series based off of the iconic Wonder Woman.
And if there happened to be a few nerdy holdouts, they quickly shifted sides once the disastrous crapstume was unveiled.
Making Smallville’s wardrobe look Oscar-worthy (to be fair, Smallville had pretty great superhero costumes), NBC excitedly revealed (who knows why they were excited) this terrible Halloween costume that made Wonder Woman look like one of those Hollywood Blvd. characters you pay $10 to take a picture with.
When NBC finally decided not to pick up Wonder Woman, the geek world let out a collective “I told you so.”
If you happen to be an Academy Award nominated writer, AMC wants you to know that they have no problem firing you if you don’t play nice.
Credited for literally bringing an impossible genre to television, Frank Darabont brilliantly translated Robert Kirkman’s comic book to the small screen – all while battling a constantly shrinking budget.
While AMC cannot be completely held responsible for what occurred (many point to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner almost bankrupting the network with his financial demands), Frank Darabont continuously fought with the network to keep the series as true to his vision as possible.
Unfortunately, the arguments became too much and AMC fired Frank Darabont shortly after appearing at Comic-Con 2011.
Our #1 WTF TV moment of 2011 may be controversial, but it really is hard to compete with the craziness that was Charlie Sheen. In fact, because Charlie Sheen is bi-winning, we’ve decided to throw out the rules for a single moment.
When you’re dealing with a Vatican assassin like Charlie Sheen, there really isn’t a single moment that clearly represents the man with tiger blood running through his veins.
You know what? Scratch that. You want Charlie Sheen’s WTF moment of 2011?
Here it is: (from the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen)
I did porn stars, I did drugs, I had my own television show … and then I did the one thing that everyone in America wishes they could do: I told my boss to f**k off. And then it was gone—in one public fiery flameout. And it was only when the smoke cleared that I realized how lucky I am because, even after all that, I still have a family that loves me.
Yeah, they’ve seen me in jail. They’ve seen me rushed to emergency rooms. They’ve seen me dragged to court.
But I know that my family will always be there for me. So, what I’m trying to say is I’m done with the ‘winning’ because I’ve already won.
What’s so WTF about this? The fact that he’s right.
And there you have it…
While these certainly can be called WTF moments, the great thing about the beginning of a new year is that there will be a whole new batch of WTF moments coming up.
What will they be? Only the Mayans know.
… let’s just hope they’re not correct about everything – cause the last thing we need is for a John Cusack movie to be true.