Titled for the Three Stooges, stooge factor can change over time, illustrating how some of our most beloved television programs and movies can become completely unwatchable years later.
Something so utterly stupid that it defies belief.
The desire to escape the program may actually be accompanied by a subtle fear that continuing to watch it may actually make one less intelligent.
(Parody phrase of Fear Factor)
Note that it is possible for modern television and movie programs to have such horrible writing, acting, etc. that it can be said to contain a high stooge factor.
Basically, makes you want to get the hook.
"I can't watch this crap. Too high a stooge factor!"