With each passing year, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Netflix is trying to focus more on creating their own content than on spending money on our favorite sitcoms. It looks like the streaming industry is heading in a direction that will take us back to subscribing to numerous services, similar to cable packages today. It sucks. But at least we’ve been getting a number of quality shows from Netflix the past couple of years.
But for every hit show Netflix makes, there’s another show that falls flat. For every Orange is the New Black, there is an Iron Fist. While it’s clear which shows on Netflix aren’t worth watching, I’m sure that you’ve heard of a number of shows on Netflix that are a “must watch.” For whatever reason, Netflix shows are always incredibly overrated. I think by binge-watching a show, which most Netflix users do, they aren’t able to accurately judge the quality of a show. Sure, you’re hooked from the start because each episode ends on a cliffhanger — but are you really paying attention to the entirety of every episode?
I know I’m not alone in saying that I’ve stopped paying attention and pulled out my phone while watching shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, and even BoJack Horseman. These are the supposed best television shows of today — but I think they’re just overrated.
20. Orange is the New Black
When Orange is the New Black first made its debut on Netflix, everyone was hooked. The show was immediately praised for it’s unique approach to prison drama. Set inside the walls of a women’s minimum security prison, Orange is the New Black originally focused on a woman named “Piper,” who wrote about her experiences as an inmate inside of a women’s prison. The producers quickly realized that Piper was the least interesting character in the series and decided to slowly move her into a smaller role in the show, choosing to focus on the other inmates instead.
In the summer of 2017, Netflix released the much-anticipated fifth season of Orange Is The New Black. Without giving anything away, Season 4 ended on a cliffhanger that left many fans wincing in anticipation. Sadly, Season 5 failed to give fans what they wanted. The plot has spiraled out of control and is no longer believable. The characters are doing things they would’ve never done in the past, with seemingly no consequences. The show has dragged on too long to the point that even die-hard fans are losing interest in the show. It’s time that Netflix pulled the plug on Orange is the New Black before everyone gets sick of it entirely.
19. BoJack Horseman
Some people will tell you that BoJack Horseman is one of the greatest animated shows currently being made. It’s been critically acclaimed, and while it hasn’t gained as big of an audience as Rick & Morty, BoJack Horseman works almost as a satire of celebrity-obsessed culture. The star-studded cast manages to impress each episode, but the show’s just way too overrated.
Don’t get me wrong — right now, Bojack Horseman is a great show. But it wasn’t always that way. The first season of Bojack Horseman is absolute garbage. It was a pain to push my way through the dull and unfunny episodes of BoJack Horseman. If BoJack Horseman is really as good as everyone says it is — I wouldn’t have to be telling you how painfully boring the first season is. I’m not alone either. Almost everyone agrees that the first season is by far the worst.
18. Stranger Things
When I first got on the Stranger Things bandwagon, my expectations were high. The way that literally everyone was talking about it made me think that I was going to watch something revolutionary. I was expecting a terrifying show that was the start of something similar to The Twilight Zone. Instead, I was just disappointed.
Stranger Things is pretty much an homage to horror movies made in the 1980s and earlier. The show is pretty much J. J. Abrams‘s movie Super 8 in television format. There aren’t any mind-blowing twists or turns throughout the series, but many people led me to believe that there were. I found myself frustrated that the three generations that the story focuses on — adults, teenagers, and kids — would disappear from each other’s lives for days at a time, and nobody seemed to question anything. If the main characters just shared what they were seeing with their older siblings or vice versa, half of the episodes could’ve been cut out.
17. Master of None
As a pretty big Aziz Ansari fan, I was pretty excited to hear that Netflix was giving him his own series. He’s a massively underrated comedian, and I thought it was about time Aziz was given some time in the spotlight. I, along with everyone who saw it, thought that the first season of Master of None was genius. The way that Aziz was able to recreate real-world relationships and situations on screen was fantastic. Each episode focused on a different aspect of day-to-day life and captured it better than any other sitcom I’ve ever seen. But when you start out on the top, you can only go down.
The second season was massively underwhelming. For a series that was breaking conventional sitcom boundaries, Master of None seemed to pander to the masses. Instead of being praised for its wit, Master of None was being praised for taking an artistic approach to sitcoms. The second season is almost completely different from the first because of how artsy it feels. For example, there are scenes in the second season of Master of None that feature no sound, just two characters communicating through American Sign Language. It’s definitely unique and was a memorable experience to watch — but it wasn’t funny. Get back to the jokes, Aziz.
G.L.O.W. (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is one of the most recently released series on Netflix. The show tells fictional stories involving a real group of women performing in a 1980s wrestling league. G.L.O.W. has attracted the praise of several professional wrestlers such as Kurt Angle. It’s been praised for its spot-on 80s atmosphere and fantastic writing and is considered one of Netflix’s best series. Most importantly, G.L.O.W. has a fantastic series of cast members who are carrying the show through every episode.
G.L.O.W. wasn’t even on most people’s radars when it first came out. That is, of course, until people found out about the nudity in the series. For the first time ever, Alison Brie appeared topless on screen, and her fans flooded to Netflix to catch a glimpse of her lovely lady lumps. From an unbiased perspective, I think that flaunting Brie’s body was a cheap attempt to draw attention to the show. For a show meant to empower women, the in-your-face sex appeal is a little tacky. But hey, I watch G.L.O.W. for the plot. I can’t wait to see what plot points come out during the second season.
15. House Of Cards
House of Cards can be summarized by saying that it’s almost like Game of Thrones set in modern politics. The idea of House of Cards is for the creators to try and show the audience just how cutthroat the world of politics can be. While the show is completely fictitious, there are numerous parallels to real-world politics that appeared in the show. But there’s only so much you can do without making the show too ridiculous. Netflix should’ve ended House of Cards after the fantastic first season, but here we are — 4 mediocre seasons later.
Political dramas such as House of Cards were only fun to watch because the politics in the show was so much more entertaining than real-world politics. Today, that isn’t the case. The absolute absurdity of what’s happening in the world of politics is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. If you tried to recreate today’s politics in a TV show, everyone would dismiss it and say that it’s completely unrealistic. That isn’t the fault of the writers; it’s just that reality is so much crazier than fiction right now.
14. Marvel’s Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones tells the story of, you guessed it, Jessica Jones. For those who don’t know, Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, is a former superhero that opens her own detective agency. The series was originally developed for ABC but was rejected. Netflix picked up the show in 2013 and used names like “David Tennant” and “Krysten Ritter” to sell the series to its audience. The series took a darker approach to the seemingly light Marvel universe. For example, Jessica Jones covers topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, assault, and even r*pe.
Jessica Jones was created to be one of four introductions to The Defenders. It’s obvious that an organization like The Defenders would exist in the Marvel universe, but that doesn’t mean you need to bring that organization to life. To put it plainly, in a world of superheroes, aliens, and literal Gods, the last thing people want to see is the life of a private investigator. Despite this fact, many comic book fans called Jessica Jones the best show Netflix has ever made. If that’s not overrating a show, I don’t know what is.
13. 13 Reasons Why
13 Reasons Why was praised for its accurate representation of life in high school. The show follows a teenager named “Clay,” who’s trying to cope with the suicide of his crush, Hannah. Hannah leaves a series of tapes addressed to the people that she blames for her suicide. From former lovers, friends, and school staff, Hannah blames just about anyone who ever did anything remotely bad to her — which made her horribly unlikable.
Any time Hannah was on the screen, all I could do was cringe. I understand that Hannah was battling a number of mental illnesses, but I rarely found myself sympathizing with her. Maybe I just couldn’t relate, but there were just too many WTF moments in the show for me. For example, why did Tony conveniently pop up whenever the writers needed a way to progress the plot? Why is Tony flying around the city stalking Clay? Why didn’t Clay just listen to the tapes in one sitting like everyone else?
When I heard about Sense8, I was ecstatic. I thought that Netflix was going to take one of the most interesting science fiction premises of the decade and turn it into something beautiful. The story is based around the psychic connection of eight strangers from different cultures from all around the world. At $4.5 million an episode in the first season and $9 million an episode in the second season, I was expecting Sense8 to be the science fiction show that I’ve always wanted. It was fresh. It was unique. Or so I thought.
For whatever reason, Netflix has been pumping money into Sense8 and hoping that it’s the next international sensation — but it never will be. While the premise is cool and unlike any other science fiction show I’ve ever seen, there’s something very wrong about the show. Sense8 is beginning to drift from its science fiction premise and is instead focusing on the interpersonal relationships of the characters. Why not focus on the most interesting science fiction premise in recent history and choose to explore the same topics addressed in typical teen dramas?
11. Arrested Development
During its original run (2003-2006), Arrested Development was the most underrated show on television. The show just couldn’t find an audience that would keep it on the air and was eventually canceled by Fox despite being praised by critics. 7 years after the show was canceled, Netflix announced that they would be bringing back Arrested Development for a fourth season. With the original cast on board, fans of the hidden gem of sitcoms eagerly awaited the show to be released. And then it was released — and almost nobody cared.
Despite having the original cast signed on for the fourth season of Arrested Development, the show lacked some of the charm that the original had. The fourth season is definitely strong, but it’s nowhere near as strong as the first three. Don’t get the two eras of Arrested Development confused. Netflix is profiting from a phoned-in version of a once-great TV show.
10. A Wet Hot American Summer
Wet Hot American Summer was a cult film released in the early 2000s that performed terribly at the box office. On a budget of $1.8 million, the movie grossed a lowly $295,000 at the box office. It was a disaster for the studio. The cast, which we may think of as full of stars now, were a bunch of nobodies when the movie came out. Nobody knew about Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, or Bradley Cooper. As one of the greatest satires of all time, Wet Hot American Summer polarized people in the same way that Napoleon Dynamite did when it was released.
Due to its cult status, Netflix had the idea of creating a spin-off titled Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. It was a risky move by Netflix considering how much of a disaster the original film was. The show features all of the original cast, and as a result, the TV show was bound to be much more expensive because of how famous the original cast had become.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is way too niche of a series to succeed with a generation of people who haven’t seen the original film. By releasing this series, Netflix revealed that they’re willing to revive any terrible franchise from the past to pull at our nostalgia strings. It was a series nobody asked for. What’s next: a Freaks and Geeks reboot?
We all love villains. I can’t explain the psychology behind it, but we’re attracted to stories about the worst of the worst. Whether it’s reading about serial killers, learning about mass shooters on the news, or binge-watching Breaking Bad, we love bad boys. Narcos, which focuses on the rise of Pablo Escobar, is appealing because of how notorious Escobar is. He was the drug lord. He ruled the cartel with an iron fist. He had the Colombian government in the palm of his hand. There was nothing anyone could do to stop him.
While it’s great to learn about such a notorious historical figure, Narcos takes it too far. The show glamorizes Escobar and the crimes that he committed. Unlike what Breaking Bad did with Walter White, there are few moments in Narcos where the viewer realizes that Escobar is insane. The show acts as a highlight reel to show off how many people Escobar got away with killing when it should’ve been demonizing the cartel.
A location scout for Narcos was killed while looking for spots to film in Mexico. The man, Carlos Munoz Portal, was found in a bullet-ridden car in one of the most dangerous states in Mexico. Clearly, Narcos is stepping on a few toes of different cartels, and it might be time that the show was put to an end.
8. The Defenders
The Defenders consists of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Marvel took a swing at creating a miniseries for the members of the Defenders but missed the mark with Jessica Jones and Iron Fist. Fans of Marvel Comics tolerated the less-than-stellar shows because they were under the impression The Defenders would make up for the other series’ shortcomings. It didn’t.
A number of comic book fans turned away from The Defenders because of how bad Iron Fist was. Many viewers felt that The Defenders wasn’t worth their time to watch — which it wasn’t. Of all the Marvel’s shows on Netflix, The Defenders is the most poorly received. Critics claimed that the show was filled with flaws but admired its attempt to create something big. But when you think about it, The Defenders is really just a low-budget version of The Avengers. Stick to the superstar superheroes, please.
7. Santa Clarita Diet
Drew Barrymore took her swing at a Netflix series starring in Santa Clarita Diet. The show follows Joel and Sheila Hammond, your typical California real estate agents whose lives are changed forever when Sheila starts craving human meat. The couple has to learn to balance work responsibilities, Sheila’s cravings, and cultural norms about cannibalism, all while trying to find the source of her cravings. It’s a great premise that made a lot of people excited.
Television critics will tell you that Santa Clarita Diet is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise formulaic sitcom genre. That’s definitely true — but the show doesn’t know if it should be darker than it is funny or funnier than it is dark. The jokes get old after the first few episodes, and you’re left watching an unfunny gore show. Drew Barrymore tends to bring family-friendly audiences but the amount of gore in Santa Clarita Diet is enough to turn them away. The show has been renewed for a second season, but after the repetitiveness of the first, I’m not really sure how the show will mix things up.
6. The Get Down
The Get Down was Netflix’s big attempt to create a musical drama that would give Glee a run for its money. The series was set in the South Bronx and was released in two parts about eight months apart. The budget for The Get Down was an astonishing $120 million for 11 episodes. Earlier this year, Netflix announced that they would not be making a second season of The Get Down. It’s a shame, really. The show was just starting to get good by the last episode.
The entire series of The Get Down, except for the pilot, was well received by critics. Everyone will tell you that the feature-length pilot was an absolute disaster. Instead of drawing viewers in, it pushed them away. This is probably why — despite being critically acclaimed — The Get Down never made an impact on audiences. And since it didn’t make an impact on audiences, spending $120 million in its first season was completely ludicrous. No series in the history of television was given a budget of $120 million for its first season. I’m sure it would’ve been great, but the first few episodes were so thematically jumbled that nobody wanted to get down with The Get Down.
5. Marco Polo
Netflix is trying to create enough original programming so that they can slowly start dropping everyone’s favorite TV shows. The Office, How I Met Your Mother, and many other classic TV shows are leaving Netflix in the upcoming months. Why? Because Netflix would rather spend nearly $200 million making a show that nobody watched. Of course, I’m talking about Marco Polo.
You have to admire Netflix’s desire to push boundaries with the historical fiction series, Marco Polo. Despite its massive world-building, the first season of Marco Polo was terrible enough that it should’ve been canceled immediately. With a budget of over $90 million, Netflix failed to create something even remotely entertaining during the first season of Marco Polo. It was a cinematic masterpiece, there’s no doubt about that. But man, was it ever boring. It’s the type of show that kills careers.
4. Making A Murderer
Making A Murderer is one of the most memorable documentaries that follows a real-life court case. The series follows the trial of Steven Avery, a man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Shortly after being released from prison, Avery was arrested and charged with the murder of Theresa Halbach. Making A Murderer follows this court case and questions the legitimacy of the interrogation techniques used by officers and crucial pieces of evidence that appeared out of nowhere on Avery’s property. When it was released, everyone was obsessed with one question: Did Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey kill Theresa Halbach?
It wasn’t until I saw American Vandal, the Netflix parody of Making A Murderer, that I realized how boring Making A Murderer really was. The first and last episodes of Making A Murderer were boring. The show only revealed information that painted Avery in a positive light. Each episode revolved around one or two pieces of evidence, only giving you useful information at the start of the episode and at the end. In hindsight, it was mediocre at best.
A second season of Making A Murderer is being made. At this point, who cares? Anyone interested in the Avery case is following it as it happens in real time. We don’t need a documentary to keep us updated about Avery and Dassey. Both of the accused murderers are still in jail at the time of writing this article.
3. The OA
The OA is one of many science fiction series that you can find on Netflix. The show was about a woman named “Prairie Johnson,” who appears out of nowhere after being missing for seven years. Though she was blind when she went missing, upon returning, Prairie Johnson could see. Furthermore, Prairie refers to herself as “The OA.”
The OA was released around the same time as Stranger Things, Netflix’s most popular show to date. This led to many people comparing the two shows, for better or worse. It was wildly divisive among fans and critics. Critics said it was genius, and fans said that it was just repeating similar themes from The Stranger Things. When a critic praised The OA for its originality and genre-defying themes, fans were quick to shoot down The OA because, to put it bluntly, Netflix has made too many sci-fi series lately. The show takes itself a little too seriously, but Netflix is confident that the second season will be more successful than the first.
Girlboss is a comedy series about Sophia Amoruso‘s autobiography, #Girlboss. At the age of 23, Amoruso started an online store where she sold vintage clothing and other items. After the success of her online store, Amoruso founded Nasty Gal, a women’s fashion retailer that was, in 2012, named the fastest-growing business in the fashion industry. In 2016, with a net worth of $280 million, Amoruso was named one of the richest self-made women in the world. That same year, Netflix adapted her autobiography into a comedy series.
Girlboss was supposed to be a revolutionary comedy show that empowered women, but man, did it fall flat. While Girlboss was being filmed, Sophia Amoruso’s company, Nasty Gal, filed for bankruptcy. Her company folded just as quickly as it had expanded. Amoruso’s net worth plummeted to less than $10 million. But Girlboss had no other choice than to finish production.
The show wouldn’t have been a hit even if Nasty Gal was still a success today, anyway. Girlboss had a terrible cast, and it didn’t know if it wanted to be a silly Nickelodeon type of show or a more serious comedy. The funniest part of the show is the ending. In the last episode of Girlboss, the character based on Amoruso is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Meanwhile, Amoruso in real life had lost most of her fortune.
1. Fuller House
Some shows just don’t need a sequel. Full House is one of the shows. It was bad — but Fuller House is ‘badder.’ To start, not only is rebooting a classic television show a complete cash grab, but also, the only appeal of the show is the nostalgia factor. Anyone who watched Full House growing up is more than likely going to watch an episode or two of Fuller House. If they don’t like it, they’ll stop watching. If you didn’t watch Full House, you’re probably not going to bother watching Fuller House. By making a sequel to an old show, Netflix limited the number of people that would bother watching it.
In addition to being downright terrible, Full House is missing a number of key actors from the original series. To start, actors like John Stamos and Bob Saget have been pushed from main roles to recurring characters and guest stars. The one thing that the Arrested Development remake did correctly was keep the original cast. If you’re not going to keep Bob Saget as a main character, why remake Full House? It’d be like remaking The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air without Will Smith. In addition to missing John Stamos, Fuller House is missing Dave Coulier and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen.
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