Critics and audiences can agree that we live in the golden age of television. During the 2010s, Netflix raised the bar with acclaimed series like stranger things and Orange is the new blackwhile redefining adult animation with shows like Bojack Rider and Big mouth.
Many series produced over the past decade have elevated television to a fine dining experience. However, with the massive amount of Netflix content streaming, there are a lot of hiccups and puzzles that have viewers wondering how they were created in the first place.
Updated September 23, 2022 by Jodi Nicholls: This list has been updated to improve the reading experience and ensure up-to-date and accurate information.
ten Emily In Paris (2020-Present) is problematic
IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
Emily in Paris turned out to be a love-it-or-hate-it type series. However, beneath all the beautiful shots of Paris and the plethora of pretty outfits, Emily in Paris is a problematic circus. Its eponymous protagonist insists she’s charming but remains completely oblivious to her “ugly American” behavior in a town she superficially romanticizes.
The show’s comedy idea is to recycle dated jokes about French stereotypes, which were never funny in the first place. The French media even insisted on condemning him openly. In fact, the show’s Golden Globe nomination was so hotly debated that it sparked an investigation that ended up exposing Hollywood’s foreign press for bribing the Golden Globes for a spot.
9 Real Rob (2015-2017) was not original
IMDb rating: 6.3/10
The amount of Rob Schneider content available on Netflix – from True Rob to his stand-up special – is somewhat confusing. Schneider has almost become a meme in today’s society, in part because of a South Park joke, and partly because his CV is as complete as it is laughable.
True Rob attempts to capitalize on the D-lister’s ubiquity with a self-aware mock reality show starring Schneider as himself. However, its material is dated, as are the stand-up bits sprinkled throughout the show. Even Schneider fans found the actor’s performance in True Rob even more squeaky than usual.
8 Hoops (2020) relied too much on her potty mouth
IMDb Rating: 6/10
In the comedy world, it’s common knowledge that constant profanity is a sign of insecurity in one’s material, especially when nearly every other word is unnecessary swearing. It’s a defense mechanism born out of the belief that shock tactics turn viewers away from bad writing.
Unfortunately, that was the MO for hoops, which follows an angry and rude basketball coach charged with the (extremely unique) responsibility of turning a team of losers into winners. In a failed attempt to subvert its weak premise, hoops relies almost entirely on profanity and shock humor, offering the same energy as a 13-year-old who has just learned to swear.
seven The haters back off! (2016-2017) Characters portrayed too unlikable to be behind
IMDb rating: 5.9/10
There are plenty of shows with heinous characters as protagonists. Sometimes they are fictionalized versions of real people, as in The Sarah Silverman Programor it is an entire group of people, as in Philadelphia is always sunny. However, unlikable protagonists still need an element of relatability, and the show needs a strong sense of self-awareness to make them believable.
The haters back off! is not a parody of a show. However, the protagonist, Colleen, is a terrible singer with delusions of grandeur and remains unlikable throughout the series. The haters back off! The idea of self-awareness is the belief that boring equals funny, which it isn’t.
6 Super Drags (2018) failed to use its grand premise
IMDb Rating: 5.4/10
Super streaks is particularly disappointing because of its grand premise. Three gay colleagues lead a double life as a team of superhero drag queens. It’s basically The Powerpuff Girls with drag queens, which sounds super fun. Alas, this could have been another great addition to Netflix’s growing roster of adult animated programming; however, he failed on several levels.
The animation, bright and colorful (as it should be) is poorly designed, extremely fast and hard on the eyes. Admittedly, there are only five episodes of Super streaksbut that’s no excuse for its lack of character development or its scathing humor that relies on stereotypes and unnecessarily shocking acts.
5 Too Hot To Handle (2020-Present) Is Too Trash For Trash TV
IMDb rating: 4.7/10
Too hot to handle is a scam attempt the island of lovebut the end product looks a bit classier jerseyshore. For fans of the other aforementioned programs, Too hot to handle is a competitive dating reality show that forces a bunch of horny millennials to abstain from sex (including kissing and self-gratification), so it might just be worth watching.
However, for the most part, it’s just another tasteless reality show and a cheap imitation of dozens of similar programs. Unfortunately, Too hot to handle can’t even be included in the so-bad-it-good categories of trashy reality TV.
4 Sexy Beasts (2021-Present) Is Not Sexy At All
IMDb Rating: 4.6/10
that the premise of sexy beasts is good or horrifying is subjective. However, one cannot say that it is not interesting. In a strange combination of Love is blind and Confrontation, the show encourages its contestants to engage with each other on a personal level instead of basing their connection on superficial attraction. How do they do that? By placing them in heavy animal-based prostheses. Unfortunately, the premise backfires when viewers meet the people behind the fur and realize why most of them are single in the first place: their personalities.
3 Chasing Cameron (2016) Represents Everything Wrong With Chasing Fame
IMDb rating: 3.6/10
In Netflix’s endless attempts to connect with current youth culture, Chasing Cameron proves why older generations find it hard to love younger ones. The show is not a reflection on certain age groups as a whole and should not be treated as such; however, Chasing Cameron does not put the best foot of the generation forward.
Set in ancient times, when Vine reigned supreme (right before the Tik Tok era), this series centers on Cameron Dallas, a Viner and social media influencer who, along with others exactly like him, takes himself extremely seriously. Many 20-year-olds have the same complex but aren’t granted an entire series on Netflix, allowing them to indulge in their typically terrible behavior.
2 Richie Rich (2015) does not work in a waking world
IMDb rating: 3.1/10
From the origin Richie Rich created in 1994, the world and its social environment have changed dramatically. Tastes and demands change over time, and given the current situation in the world, a sitcom about a spoiled rich white boy no longer has the same success as before. (In fact, he never really did).
However, in 2015, Netflix seemed to believe differently. In another failed attempt to capitalize on audience nostalgia, this TV adaptation of Richie Rich is another soulless rehash of already soulless material. No one asked for it, hence the low rating.
1 Hype House (2022-present) replaced more worthy Netflix shows
IMDb Rating: 2.1/10
From the beginning of 2022, hype house is the lowest-rated Netflix series to date, and not just because of the reviews. Once again a camera crew sets out to film a group of social media “famous” teenagers, no one really knows, and other than the general lack of anything interesting happening, hype house is why Gen Z is a dirty word.
Even the show’s target demographic has been widely condemned, yet another example of unbearable behavior by budding young celebrities. The number of big shows Netflix has canceled to allow hype house taking the step is objectively disconcerting.
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