Confirmed: “The Walking Dead” is one of conservatives’ least favorite shows

posted at 10:14 pm on December 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

All this time, I thought I was ripping on the show because it was badly acted and crushingly boring. Turns out I’m just ideologically programmed to dislike it.

Here’s the list of righties’ most loathed series via EW, citing a study by Experian-Simmons. Can I get a show of hands from our new commenters who agree that “South Park” should be on this list? Because you’re heading straight back out the door, jack.

– Weeds (Showtime): Female-centered drama, lots of drug use and a morally murky antihero help make this show the lowest-ranked series among righties.

– The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report (Comedy Central): But not disliked equally. Republicans prefer Colbert between the two (maybe some pretend he’s being serious).

– South Park (Comedy Central): Aww, South Park is an equal opportunity offender! But, again, media-darling sarcastic comedies tend to be a turn-off.

– TMZ (syndication)

– General Hospital (ABC)

– Family Guy (Fox)

– Dexter (Showtime): Again, that antihero thing…

– Jersey Shore (MTV)

– The Walking Dead (AMC): Really? But it’s about the Apocalypse!

Also: Divorce Court (syndi), The Big C (Showtime), Let’s Make a Deal (CBS), Bridezillas (WE), My Fair Wedding With David Tutera (WE), Don’t Forget the Lyrics (VH1).

I’ve never seen “Dexter” but hear nothing but praise for it from friends and family so I’m going to call shenanigans on that one too. What’s the common thread in all of these? Just too smutty or gory (and too liberal, of course, in the cases of Stewart and Colbert)? You’re really missing out on “South Park”: That’s a libertarian show at heart, and as is always the case with libertarianism, there’s plenty of stuff you’re bound to love even if you’re not crazy about all of it.

Follow the link for the complete list of most and least liked shows across the ideological spectrum. Turns out the left hates “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Adventures,” and “The Haunted” and I watch all three of those religiously, so bear that in mind the next time you call me a candy-ass RINO. As for conservatives’ favorites, I don’t want to spoil the surprise but there is one on there that’s been in the news lately (and which I also watch religiously). Second look at the GOP as the party of science?

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Some of my favorite shows: Thundercats, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Young Justice, Phineas and Ferb, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Yeah, I’m a dork.

ZK on December 8, 2011 at 8:39 AM

ZK I’m surprised you left off the best kids show in the last 20 years, Avatar: The Last Airbender.

libfreeordie on December 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Ok my favs — Castle, White Collar, Body of Proof, Covert Affairs, used to like Chuck. Also Mythbusters, Giada at Home (food network)

Other than these shows TV is not on much or on Fox News, my favorite show on FNC is My World with Neil Cavuto. Also like the Kudlow Report. I sort of like The Five though Beckel drives me crazy.

Dasher on December 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM

I love South Park. They hit on everyone, but I do believe in their hearts they are conservative.

I actually like watching TWD. It’s slow, but then so are zombies. Plus, I could watch Sarah Wayne Callies all day.

Castle, awesome (and Firefly is one of the best shows on television, ever). Someone mentioned Nikita, I watch that too. Good show. What about Fringe? Great, great show. Bones good. Chuck’s a good show (Yvonne!), yay the great Adam Baldwin, an unabashed conservative, but it’s over soon.

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 8:46 AM

haven’t watched SP since the whole ep. 200/201 debacle
It’s not a bad show though, just heavily compromised

daddytype on December 8, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Conservatives like Firefly? Damn, maybe we’re not all that different after all.

libfreeordie on December 8, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Other than the ocassional children’s show, the only program we watch with any regularity is our one guilty pleasure, “The Office”, and that is usually done online a day or two after the particular episode airs.

Other than that, I watch whatever news clip strikes my interest while puttering online and our children have a plethora of children’s videos that they circulate through daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

We dropped our cable/satellite around five or six years ago and pretty much “turned off” the tv about four years ago. Absolutely wonderful. Not missing much. Anything I do need to know about, I can find out online.

More time to be with the family or read.

Oh, and I have little respect for Mr. Colbert. As for Dexter, seeing as how the premise is supposed to be about a policeman who’s actually a serial killer, killing “bad guys” – that’s the gist I get – I’d say then that it’s not surprising many conservatives would shy away from its questionanle morality. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

Logus on December 8, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Lets see …. not crazy about walking dead the subject has been over done …

Haven’t seen Dexter or Southpark .. ever …

Like House … Dirty Jobs … NCIS … Bones … Ice road truckers …
also like most stuff on Animal planet and Nat Geo … and most stuff on History channel …

conservative tarheel on December 8, 2011 at 8:49 AM

I don’t watch much television anymore, my job keeps me busy. I do, however, watch Walking Dead every Sunday night and Sons of Anarchy every Tuesday night. I try to catch UFC here and there, but it’s not a big deal if I miss it. Those are the only shows I really watch anymore since taking a job that keeps me away from my family Monday through Friday. I keep up with my family more, which is more important.

Torch on December 8, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Conservatives like Firefly? Damn, maybe we’re not all that different after all.

libfreeordie on December 8, 2011 at 8:48 AM

You’re gorram right we do, though we like the Independent side, not the Alliance like libs! :)

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Someone mentioned Phineas and Ferb. I “get” to watch that all the time thanks to my young daughter. But I have to admit enjoying it a lot. I think its the best cartoon since the original Scooby Doo (though I have to give mad props to Captain Caveman and Blue Falcon).

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 8:57 AM

You’re gorram right we do, though we like the Independent side, not the Alliance like libs! :)

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 8:55 AM

That’s my cue to say something in Chinese isn’t it? ;)

libfreeordie on December 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I scratched my head on that list. I love Dexter. I HATE Walking Dead because its a bad soap opera posing as a horror series. The only time I found the show interesting is the last episode of this year when the deputy sheriff decides clarify what the zombies are and shoots 15 of them being held in a barn. I also like Boardwalk Empire, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland and Justified. I also like watching Family Guy when the episodes are good.

jcelephant on December 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I find it interesting that nobody seems to be mentioning “Blue Bloods.” It’s probably the most explicitly conservative show on TV since “King of the Hill” wrapped up. It stars known conservative and NRA board member Tom Selleck and an actor that I have suspected for a long time is a closeted conservative, Donnie Wahlberg.

Every episode contains at least one and sometimes more than one “family Sunday dinner” scene where all four generations get together after attending Sunday Mass.

In the second season, they’ve introduced a newly elected black mayor, who’s clearly a stand- in for Obama. They did a whole episode where the mayor’s ties from his days as a community organizer prior to being elected to a “Jeremiah Wright” black liberation theology rabble rouser who turned out to have been involved in fraud was the major plot point. They’re setting up Tom Selleck’s police commissioner character for a major conflict with the mayor down the line.

They portray Muslims as terrorists, although in the last major episode dealing with terrorism, the primary actor was a white woman who had converted to Islam instead of an Arab male.

To top it off, the fictional family surname of the main characters is… Reagan. I mean, they’re smacking you in the face with it from the jump.

Finally, the strongest proof that I can offer that “Blue Bloods” is the most conservative show on TV is that it has been sentenced to the 10 PM Eastern timeslot on Friday nights, traditionally one of the lowest watched slots of the week.

“Blue Bloods.” Highly recommended.

Dukeboy01 on December 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Another pretty conservative show that’s new this past season is Tim Allen’s new family sitcom “Last Man Standing.”

Dukeboy01 on December 8, 2011 at 9:05 AM

YAY this my 1st post!!! but being a strong conservative I chose mostly to base the shows on substance, to me South Park is friggin hilarious no matter who they make fun of. I don’t care I just love what Trey & Matt have done to TV! I HATE Walking Dead not only because of the left leaning of the show but mainly because it just flat out SUCKS, it is a dumb show!

But I do absolutely love the show after it on AMC “Hell on Wheels”

I look forward to many posts!!

Chris

gordo924 on December 8, 2011 at 9:09 AM

The Walking Dead: a struggle to maintain that life is precious in a world where savagery and madness reign.

Rick Grimes fights to protect his family and is willing to give his life for his young son who was shot by a hunter.

Gun control becomes an issue. It is hotly debated.

Lori Grimes attempts to abort the pregnancy, but thinks better of it. Then she argues with Rick about bringing life into such a hellish world. Rick makes a strong case for it.

I’d say quite conservative. The Walking Dead is a great show. It goes beyond “OMG ZOMBIES!”; there is a strong character drama as well.

Black Adam on December 8, 2011 at 9:09 AM

That’s my cue to say something in Chinese isn’t it? ;)

libfreeordie on December 8, 2011 at 8:59 AM

I like you.

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM

The Walking Dead: a struggle to maintain that life is precious in a world where savagery and madness reign.

And the zombies are a GREAT analogy to liberals!

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 9:12 AM

C’mon Allah, you hate South Park, too? South Park is the biggest enemy of the Far Left Hollywood types, lampooning them at every turn, even to the point of threats from Tom Cruise over “In the Closet” (An episode where Stan is believed to be the reincarnation of L.Ron Hubbard, and when he tells Cruise he is “ok, but not as good as Napoleon Dynamite” Cruise shuts himself into the closet and refuses to come “out”).

Seriously, if Conservatives don’t like South Park, they have never seen it. After all, Al Gore is still aching over “Manbearpig”;)

darkmetal on December 8, 2011 at 9:13 AM

ManBearPig, MechaStreisand, and don’t forget Matt Daaaaamon! They scewer the left.

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Oh, and let me mention that I have seen a large number of “Zombie” films and think that “The Walking Dead” is pretty good.

Allah, if you dislike it so much, perhaps you should detail an episode and show us how you would improve it?

The character of “Dale” and his soft Liberalism is also an issue where he is both the heart, and the weakness, of the group. This shows that Liberalism can be very dangerous during the time of Zombies (yes, I know it won’t happen).

Sure, the show is not perfect, but it is quite a bit better than much on TV, but obviously not as good as “Breaking Bad”, but what is? Interestingly, I have a friend who refuses to watch “Breaking Bad” because he thinks it sends the wrong message that meth production is exciting, disregarding that in the end just about everyone dies or loses something valuable to them.

darkmetal on December 8, 2011 at 9:19 AM

NCIS, the Closer(until they get away from actual crime stories), Castle, Bones, the Mentalist, and college football. Happiest times are all the bowl games coming up.

Kissmygrits on December 8, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Darksean, no kidding–your mention of “Matt Daaaaammon” from South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s “Team America”, is a classic.

What about “I’m so Wonwy” (Kim Jong Il) from the same movie? lol.

darkmetal on December 8, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I like The Walking Dead. Tough noogies.

hadsil on December 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I love the Walking Dead, but I just love zombies. I also love that they would be nowhere without the red neck. As far as the other shows I don’t watch them. My favorites are Fringe, Haven, and Eureka.

dmn1972 on December 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM

What? No mention of the ORIGINAL “Iron CHef”??
What kind of sick people are you?
Now THAT is quality television.

Shambhala on December 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

I tried liking The Walking Dead, but it made me feel like The Sitting Dead.

In no particular order, my faves:

The Office

Mad Men

Breaking Bad

South Park

Any of the World’s Dumbest Criminals, or, America’s Most Disturbing Police Videos, or When Bear Attacks Go Wrong type of show.

Pretty much anything on The Military Channel

Fox News with Brett Baier

The Wire, for auld lagne syne.

The wife makes me watch Sons of Anarchy. The most ironically premised chickflick series of all time.

Akzed on December 8, 2011 at 10:38 AM

What I take from these results is that those “on the right” tend to dislike non “family-friendly” programming. I would further infer that if one were to break it down by religious preference, you would further find that those with stronger religious tendencies will have stronger feelings against such “smutty” and “gory” shows.
While I am non-religious, I do enjoy religious-themed shows such as “The Haunted”, “Ghost Hunters”, and “Supernatural” because I like ghost stories. I don’t believe in ghosts or spirits at all, but they are fun to me.

Grindstone on December 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

ALLAHPUNDIT…you have lost your mind.

Walking Dead is one of the best shows on tv. GREAT acting. Would I agree that this season is slower then last years? Sure. Hanging out on a farm isn’t super intense. However, the writers have been able to keep many situations intense (son being shot, the barn with all the walker, etc).

Breaking Bad, Dexter, Homeland, etc… great shows as well.

msipes on December 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM

The Walking Dead, really?

I wonder what the reasoning is. I enjoy the show, and I am very conservative.

psv on December 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

No cable or satellite in this house, but I loved Divorce Court, always been curious about Dexter, sometimes enjoy Jon Stewart, the hubby always liked South Park, and…………..I am ashamed to admit it, but I believe I have not missed one episode of Jersey Shore.
Yet, my household is pretty conservative, go figure.

guera on December 8, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Actually, South Park is one of the most politically conservative shows on air. Not socially conservative, mind you.

Grindstone on December 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Me (Instinctive Conservative): Eureka; Stargate SG-1 (sob, cancelled; 24 (again); Mythbusters; Diners, Driveins, and Dives; Grimm;

Wife (Functional Conservative due to good sense, liberal by instinct): Warehouse 13; Eureka; Castle; all kinds of weird Korean dramas; Grimm; Stargate

Take that and chew on it. I like dramas with strong, moral characters. Warehouse 13 is nauseating anymore.

JoseQuinones on December 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I’m about as conservative as you can get, and I love the show “Dexter”. The two drawbacks that may give some of my fellow conservative’s palpitations are: (1) the regular occurrence of graphic killings, and (2) occasional steamy sex scenes with partial nudity. I don’t have a problem getting past those, and I find the storyline so compelling that I can hardly wait for the next episode each week. The characters are wonderfully related, and Dexter’s voice-overs often leave me chuckling.

olesparkie on December 8, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Forgot to mention….”Holmes on Homes” is awesome.

olesparkie on December 8, 2011 at 11:51 AM

TV? What’s that?

Every time I look at getting cable/dish/whatever I realize how much I would be paying for, probably, 12 channels that I might actually watch. :p

I’m betting a lot of the conservative dislike of South Park is for its vulgarity. Not all conservatives are the same.

GWB on December 8, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I, for one, thoroughly enjoy The Walking Dead. And South Park. And Family Guy. And especially Dexter. It’s silly to group political persuasion with TV show preference.

Lord of the Wings on December 8, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Strange, my friends say I’m to the right of Atilla the Hun, yet I greatly like Walking Dead.

Why would other Righties not like it? I don’t see any underlying commie thought, it isn’t porn, it isn’t a GLAD propaganda piece. What is it that sets folk off on it?

krome on December 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Oh come on guys. The Good Wife is best, evah. I haven’t seen any show about Democrats – doubly so, set in Chicago! – to dump on Democrats so much.

Archivarix on December 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

pretty much anything on the animal channels featuring big Crocodiles stalking and catching and eating helpless wildebeast as they try to cross a river.

maineconservative on December 8, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Oh come on guys. The Good Wife is best, evah. I haven’t seen any show about Democrats – doubly so, set in Chicago! – to dump on Democrats so much.

Archivarix on December 8, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Seriously?

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 12:46 PM

BBC’s Top Gear.

Possibly greatest show ever made.

Grindstone on December 8, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Can I get a show of hands from our new commenters who agree that “South Park” should be on this list? Because you’re heading straight back out the door, jack.

I second this. South Park is crass, so I’d bet this is primarily the social cons who won’t give it a fair shot, but it’s by far the best satire on TV today, and unlike any other show, they truly do take on EVERYONE. They even ripped on agnostics recently, and though they rip on conservatives and Christians, they seem to acknowledge how trite that is and seem to spend more of their energy going after targets I’ve never seen anyone hit.

Anyone not giving it a chance is missing out.

Why would other Righties not like it? I don’t see any underlying commie thought, it isn’t porn, it isn’t a GLAD propaganda piece. What is it that sets folk off on it?

krome on December 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Cause it’s boring and the survivors all make you want to kill them? I’m still giving this show a chance cause it’s the only zombie TV show out there, but the survivors are the stupidest people I ever met, and I can’t ever get past how they’ve survived while others are dead. That really ruins it for me.

Esthier on December 8, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Seriously?

Darksean on December 8, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Again, “both sides of the aisle” should be able to agree that The good Wife is soap opera tripe that children should not be allowed to watch. I’ve always wondered what conservatives think about the Battlestar Galactica reboot, which was a powerful commentary (and I think criticism of) the War On Terror in its day.

libfreeordie on December 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Libfreeordie….

I loved the new Battlestar Galactica. I do agree with your statement about it being a criticism of the WoT, but I still liked it. I missed a couple of episodes in the 2nd season and was lost after that so I quit watching. I’ve been contemplating on getting the series on DVD.

Torch on December 8, 2011 at 5:11 PM

I used to watch The Daily Show regularly when it first started. Can’t think of the host’s name then… Craig something. It was less political then…and funnier. It just became shrill.

(BTW: I still fondly recall the show where ex-reporter Beth Littleford was taught to inseminate a cow. Nothing political in the vignette at all!)

I have always enjoyed South Park. I think conservatives should have a natural attraction to well-written satire because our personna isn’t defined strictly by our political views. I love the total political incorrectness of it all.

Anyone notice there is no one in showbiz doing Obama impressions? I’ve been watching TV since Nixon was President, and this is the first era I can recall where no one makes fun of the incumbent President. Heck, SNL made great fun of Carter and Clinton.

It really is as if liberalism is their religion and therefore, can never be probed for humor. Plus, liberal “humor” seems to consist solely of personal and vulgar insults tossed at people who disagree with them (Bill Maher, for example).

Maybe it’s because Alinsky taught them “humor” is a political tool to be used against the “enemy”. As opposed to being the focus of entertainment.

Sorry for the long post.

Just sayin’.

LaserBeam on December 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

I used to watch The Daily Show regularly when it first started. Can’t think of the host’s name then… Craig something.

LaserBeam on December 8, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Kilborn. And I remember it as left-leaning even then. From my memory Stewart didn’t slant it any more, he just put some mean in the lean.

Axeman on December 9, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I absolutely LOVE South Park. The show they did the night after the 2008 Presidential election was nothing short of genius! They constantly make fun of the political process and their ribbing of candidates, pundits, and politicians is always situational. I thought turning the 2008 election into an “Ocean’s 11″ caper was pure comedy gold. It’s hard to paint those guys into a political corner, and I dig it that way. They can make fun of politicians and politics without being preachy. I wouldn’t let my little ones watch it, but that’s part of why it’s so good!

djfelix on December 14, 2011 at 9:20 PM

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