Slowly but surely Netflix has taken over the way we watch TV. As young people increasingly trade in their television sets for laptops and screens, basic cable has more or less been rendered obsolete. With a collection of movies and television spanning several lifetimes, Netflix challenged the concept of original television content when it started producing its own series back in 2013, and it hasn’t looked back since. While it seemed at first that Netflix would change the game, offering consistently challenging and high-quality programming, that dream ended pretty quickly. Falling to the same problems as any network, some bad choices, and wrongheaded concepts led to some pretty bad programming.
While not all the shows on this list are all bad, they have fallen in esteem over the years. This shouldn’t be a surprise because even the best shows ever have weaker seasons, and if we’re lucky, they will find a way to raise themselves out of the cinders and burn brightly again. We’re also not saying you shouldn’t check out some of these shows - when it comes to movies and television, opinions vary wildly. At the very least, we would go so far as to suggest that even though some of these programs are pretty dire, they are actually better suited to Netflix and Chill than something like Daredevil or BoJack Horseman. It’s hard to get your chill on when the show is far too good to look away from.
13 Orange is the New Black
12 House of Cards
10 Arrested Development
9 A Very Murray Christmas
7 The Ranch
6 Netflix Presents: The Characters
5 Pee Wee’s Big Holiday
3 Hemlock Grove
2 The Ridiculous Six
1 Fuller House
Fuller House is a show resting entirely on fan service towards a fanbase that probably doesn’t remember how bad Full House ever was. The Olsen Twins made an incredibly wise choice bailing on this trainwreck, which blends the worst sensibilities of 1990s feel-good sitcoms with a lot of really bad acting. Full House was cute when TV was bad, trying to consciously replicate that schlocky style seems not only ill-advised but condescending. With just about every other second being some kind of reference to the original show (which wasn’t that memorable aside from John Stamos’ hair and “you got it dude”), one episode of Fuller House has more winks at the audience than the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe combined.
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