William Shatner's last major starring role on television was one of the worst shows of all time

A Star Trek legend couldn't make a show based on a Twitter account watchable

2023 Newport Beach Film Festival: Q&A With William Shatner On New Documentary "William Shatner: You
2023 Newport Beach Film Festival: Q&A With William Shatner On New Documentary "William Shatner: You / John Wolfsohn/GettyImages
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William Shatner is an icon of movies and cinema. From his portrayals of James Kirk in Star Trek to that of T.J. Hooker, Shatner has long been one of the most featured actors of his generation. A generation that still includes today, as the 92-year-old is going to voice Keldor, the man who becomes Skeletor, in the upcoming Masters of the Universe: Revelation show.

But for Shatner, it's going to be a minimal role. Something he's doing more these days. He's not on set as much, and if he is, it's for hosting duties. He stopped being a central figure for shows and films a long time ago, now often doing small bit roles. While he did have a starring turn in 2021's Senior Moment, he's not that active any more as an actual actor.

In fact, the last time a project on television was designed around him as an actor was probably 2010's S--t My Dad Says, which aired for one season on CBS. He's done work since, but that was the last time, as a live-action character, that Shatner had a series built around him. And it was very, very bad.

It was so bad that it was recently placed in the Top 3 of WatchMojo's Worst Sitcom of the 2000s list, so that should tell you something. Not only was it bad, but the whole premise was based off of a Twitter account that a man ran, where he'd document the random stuff his father would say. So to say the show was doomed to fail would be an understatement.

It's sad, really, that the last big project of Shatner's acting (again, not hosting career) was such a dud. He was already 79 when the show was filmed, so it's unlikely that Shatner, now at 92 as of press time, would do another series. In fact, he's as much said so when asked about a James Kirk series, akin to that of Star Trek: Picard.

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