It’s no secret that Netflix is the biggest streaming platform in the world right now. It’s a fact that can’t even be disputed. Without Netflix, there would be no streaming-service business. At a time when the idea of producing and releasing content online felt fresh and strange at the same time, Netflix took a gamble that’s continuing to pay off dividends. What started off as a simple DVD-by-mail provider eventually turned into a multi-billion-dollar streaming service. Netflix changed the game for the better. It’s easy to see why, as the platform currently has a plethora of original programming and even more syndicated programs on the network. With that said, not every show on Netflix is quite a hit.
Whether the show is a Netflix original, a classic TV show from yesteryear, or even a current TV show syndicated from another network, not every show streaming on Netflix is a great show even if the masses want us to believe that it is. Some shows that are ranked among some of the greatest shows in the world are not as great as they seem to be. Or maybe they used to be great, but fell off terribly in later seasons. Whatever the reason may be why a show may suck, it doesn’t change the fact that the show flat out sucks and is overrated. We’re going to take this time to talk about some of the most overrated shows that we can currently find on Netflix and talk about why these so-called top rated shows aren’t worth the hype or worth binging on anytime soon.
15. Fuller House
Audiences who grew up watching Full House couldn’t wait for Fuller House to hit Netflix as soon as the platform announced that a reboot was in the works. The only reason people were excited to see the revival of a 30-year-old TV show was solely nostalgia. Apparently, nostalgia seems to continue to play a part in the show’s success, as the show has just wrapped up three seasons with a fourth one coming on the horizons. When nostalgia is removed from the equation, though, what we get is a poor excuse for a show that tries to appeal to everyone in the family but remains a tonally confused messed. Some jokes are too crass for the kids to understand, while other jokes are too immature for adults to stand or sit through. Either way, the show just isn’t all that funny, to begin with. In fact, it isn’t funny at all.
It almost feels bittersweet to look back on Lost in retrospect and say that it sucks. During the first few seasons, at least, Lost was absolutely riveting and compelling television. Unfortunately, around the time the series hit its peak, the infamous Writer’s Strike happened and slowed down the show’s momentum. Another monkey wrench came when several of the actors from the main cast–including Michelle Rodriguez and Cynthia Watros–had to abruptly leave the series all at the same time when they were all inconveniently nabbed for DUIs while filming in Hawaii. When the show came back from the Strike, it struggled to recapture the thrills that brought Lost to the big dance because all of their plans had to be thrown out at the last minute. Up until the very end, the writers were just making it up as they went along.
13. Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul is an attempt to profit off of the Breaking Bad universe without chronologically continuing it. This time, it’s a sequel following Saul Goodman and other supporting characters from the series. While the whole thing does sound like a cash grab (because it is), it’s a smart move that makes sense. It’s no different than when William Shakespeare gave Falstaff his own story after critics loved the character in the Henry IV plays. Too bad the execution of Better Call Saul as a series is nowhere near as compelling as Breaking Bad. The show, for the most part, feels like a dull retread of the Breaking Bad universe. The only reason why fans continue to stick around is that it’s their own latch onto their favorite characters from Breaking Bad.
It’s arguable that there was never a more overrated show in the history of television than Friends. The simple premise surrounded six privileged best friends, living in the same apartment complex, complaining about their mundane life issues. Somehow, NBC managed to drag this show by its hind legs with a basic plot like that for 10 years. During the early episodes, the show was never special, to begin with, and long before the show reached that 10-year benchmark, the show had gotten worse and worse. There were far too many shows at the time that followed a similar idea and executed better to praise Friends as one of the greatest television series ever. Friends themselves executed their premise in the laziest manner possible. And now, the entire series is in Netflix in all of its “glory.” Big whoop.
11. Stranger Things
Stranger Things is another show that seems to garner praise strictly for nostalgic reasons. Though unlike in the case of a show like Fuller House, Stranger Things doesn’t rely on pre-existing storylines or characters to feel nostalgic and uses call-backs, references, and subtle nods to classic science fiction programs instead. Stranger Things takes elements from previously used character and genre tropes for the sake of its own series because it worked so well in older series but not nearly to the same impressive effect as those older programs. It’s enough of a departure from older programs to feel like a fresh take, but fresh doesn’t always mean good, and Stranger Things isn’t nearly as good as people hype it up to be. The only reason why it’s so well praised is that audiences recognize the show using elements from older sci-fi programs and feel nostalgic about it.
10. 13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why has gained attention and mass critical acclaim not for displaying great programming, but for the message of that programming. Creative content aside, 13 Reasons Why is a good conversation starter about teen suicide. It gives teens a reason to talk about the subject in the classroom, talk about it with their friends, talk about it with their parents, and maybe even gives them the courage to talk to a counselor about whatever similar issues they have, etc. However, the story itself is asinine, and the acting is mediocre at best. As strange as it may sound, 13 Reasons Why has horrible programming with a well-meaning message. If only the content had matched the show’s message to be a passable series at the very least.
9. The Walking Dead
When the show first hit AMC airwaves to record numbers, The Walking Dead was something of a game-changer. It seemed unheard of to take a silly premise like a zombie invasion and treat it like a serious event with compelling characters, but The Walking Dead did so with flying colors. That is, that was the case for the first few seasons, at least. It didn’t take long before the show fell off, and boy, did it fall off badly. The show quickly grew excruciating to watch when the characters at the center of the show became way too annoying to stand much longer. The show still retains its fans, who hope that the show returns to its former glory in future episodes–as well as those who are loving the superior reruns on Netflix–but as of now, the show is a sad shell of its former self.
8. American Horror Story
As with any and every anthology series, every season of American Horror Story is pretty much hit or miss. Some seasons, the writing is superb, intricate, and incredibly engrossing. This was especially the case with the first couple seasons, Murder House and Asylum. Other seasons, the show is downright awful. American Horror Story has had a few awful seasons but none as awful as their most recent season, Cult. The show tries to blend cults, clowns, and politics in an attempt to push a snide satire against the liberal left. Many aspects of this idea could work, but the execution is so cringeworthy that it’s often unbearable to watch. Maybe the show will bounce back in time for next season, but this season shows how badly AHS has tanked.
When Dexter first hit the airwaves, it captivated audiences right off the bat and was one of the key programs that put the Showtime network on the map, making the channel the juggernaut television station that it is today. However, around Season 5 and right after Dexter’s boo, Rita, got killed off, the show started to lose steam. As each season progressed, Dexter (the character and the show itself) became virtually unwatchable. The series nearly had a comeback when it bounced back with a surprisingly gripping Season 7, but Season 8 was perhaps the worst season yet. Sadly, the show was never able to bounce back, as Season 8 was the show’s final season, and it all ended on such an underwhelming note that it’s difficult to ever rewatch the show without dreading its final episodes.
Weeds is another show on this list that started off strong but, halfway through, just started to suck terribly the more that it progressed. For those who may not remember this multiple Emmy winner, the show followed Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Golden Globe for playing the ever-naïve Nancy Botwin. Botwin was a suburban middle-class housewife who found herself wrapped up in the weed-selling business. It was funny at first, but the more the show went on, the more that it started to focus more on the drama rather than going for laughs. As soon as that started to happen, the show became all the more absurd and unbelievable, while the characters became all the more detestable and unbearable.
5. Mad Men
To its credit, Mad Men is one of the classier shows to come out in recent memory. The men dressed dapper, the women looked exquisite, and the whole atmosphere behind the show oozed something out of a classic 1950s underwear catalog. The show is suave, classy, and sophisticated is what we’re trying to say. It just wasn’t any good. The classic nature of the series gave it a lot of clout that separated the show from the rest of the competition, and that atmosphere helped it earn several Emmys, but the stories of the show itself were boring like a bad (or, in some cases, regular) day at the office. It doesn’t help that so many of the characters are unlikable, so the show feels like a boring day at the office with people you hate working with.
4. How I Met Your Mother
Despite the show’s nine-season-long run and its several Emmy wins, How I Met Your Mother will always have a confused legacy. It had plenty of high points, it was often funny, and Neil Patrick constantly and consistently stole the show. However, the premise just dragged way longer than it needed to, like a joke that runs for so long that no one cares what the punchline is anymore. Then, when we finally did get the punchline (finding out who “Mother” was), it was incredibly unsatisfying. People rate the show high in retrospect, but the ending soured a lot of people on the show. The show was already limping on overused legs for the past few seasons, but that final season really hurt the show for the worse.
There was never a more sappy, overly melodramatic snoozefest than Parenthood. It’s yet another key example of a series that focused primarily on a middle-class suburban family who always blew their own problems far out of proportion for the sake of schmaltzy melodrama. Every season, the show went through all the stops to send their audiences home with their eyes flooded with tears–it must’ve worked, considering the show snagged multiple Critic’s Choice Awards, as well as some nods from the Emmys and Golden Globes–but the presentation felt so artificial that it was hard to buy into it. It all felt like Hollywood produced drama rather than believable people in believable dilemmas that felt legitimately heartwrenching.
2. Haters Back Off!
Oddly enough, Haters Back Off! is one of the worst reviewed original shows on Netflix, but at the same time, it remains one of the highest-rated shows on the platform. It’s a strange paradox, but it makes sense when one thinks about it. See, the adult aged critics who review the series are writing up horrible reviews for the show, but the pre-teen audiences brought in from Colleen Ballinger’s (aka MirandaSings) Youtube fanbase are loving the series and rating the series high. It’s the show’s demographic that’s keeping the series afloat, but the adults who get paid to review this series–as well as the parents who have to put up with watching this show alongside their kids–absolutely hate it. Unless you happen to be in the show’s key audience, you’re going to think it sucks.
1. Rules of Engagement
Does anybody remember this show? Didn’t think so. Yet, somehow, this lasted seven seasons with an undeserved 100 episodes. The show merely survived due to consistently managing ratings, which were passable at best but not very good. The reviews were appallingly bad, but because it had decent ratings and was probably cheap to produce for an empty slot on their network, CBS kept it on the air much longer than they ever needed to. These 100 episodes that generally nobody saw were enough to push Rules of Engagement into syndication, and thus, every season is now available to stream on Netflix, where it’s likely that even fewer people are making an effort to tune into the show now than when it was on the air.
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