the lowest common denominator

the lowest common denominator

The portion of society that is the least sophisticated or has the lowest level of taste. The phrase is often used when referring to the market for what one perceives as a tacky product or a base form of entertainment. I want to go see a movie, but everything in the theater is for the lowest common denominator. Don't they make films for people who think anymore?
See also: common, denominator, low
References in periodicals archive ?
The most common segment to the lowest common denominator mentality historically has been insurance-owned broker-dealers, which by their very nature are overtly risk adverse.
While the humour's of the lowest common denominator variety, De Niro's performance with Efron as his foil is a hoot.
The story - borrowing elements from Jackass's Bad Grandpa and The Hangover series - is lazy and predictable, while the humour's very much of the lowest common denominator variety, but De Niro's devil-may-care performance with Efron as his foil is a hoot.
School uniform is a serious matter and should not be brought down to the lowest common denominator.
The result is a reduction to choices between alternatives that reflect the lowest common denominator of features that satisfy the needs of most members of the committee.
Given the fact most other dramas on a Saturday night aim at the lowest common denominator, it's not hard for pseudo intellectuals to get hooked).
I suspect it is a bid to open Channel 4 to new audiences attracted to the lowest common denominator of public taste.
As long as programming doesn't sink to pleasing the lowest common denominator.
Was it not the lowest common denominator that was pandered to which brought about the culture of phone-hacking in the first place?
Scream If You Know The Answer Today, Watch, 7pm This new show might be TV of the lowest common denominator but it's great fun as a celebrity and punter team up to answer simple questions - while riding rollercoasters at Thorpe Park.
No, figures are only sensationalised in such a way to cause alarm amongst the population about immigrants while appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Adopted the lowest common denominator for morals, language, education and gambling.
More like they found the lowest common denominator.
Isn't this just another in an ever decreasing circle of reality TV shows, which simply prey on the lowest common denominator for supposed entertainment?