2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
We love television, and we thrill when the great shows of the day reach dizzying new heights in storytelling and performance. Which is why we reserve a special place of scorn for those that disappoint us. This year, we’ve singled out six shows that deserve to be tuned out, unplugged and remaindered to the outer reaches of cable rerun purgatory for good. Here are the nominees, and our reasons why:
“24″: Time’s up
The dismal, humorless world of Jack Bauer has us rooting for the terrorists.
By Laura Miller
“The O.C.”: Into the sunset
A soap with a life span as long as a teen romance.
By Michael Scherer
Her popularity can only be based on the viewers’ contempt.
By Scott Lamb
L is for lame
How “The L Word” lost its intoxicating boundary pushing.
By Hillary Frey
“The Closer” — nail it shut
She solves the crime — but we end up doing the time.
By Scott Lamb
Larry King’s Lite-Brite needs to be turned off for good.
By Amy Reiter
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.