Netflix has become well known in the scripted TV scene, but the majority welcomes not all the shows. Though commendable shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards has earned a lot of wide acclaims, some series haven't been well accepted by critics and audiences.
Here are 10 of the worst Netflix original TV shows ever in its history.
1. Fuller House
Fuller House may be attractive to diehard fans inheriting Netflix's strength of its classic family sitcom, yet for most people, it's an otherwise lackluster show without a single bright spot. In the series, D.J. Tanner-Fuller, who recently becomes a widow recruits her sister Stephanie and best pal Kimmy to help her bring up her three sons, Jackson, Max, and Tommy Jr.
People are delightful to see the original cast make an occasional appearance, but the factitious plot and constant bad jokes keep killing the reminiscent fun. As the Boston Globe once comments it, "Fuller House never justifies its own existence, let alone why the uninitiated should give it a chance."
2. Hemlock Grove
Created on the basis of Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, Hemlock Grove is a horror thriller series that analyzes the odd happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. Roman Godfrey, the heir to the town's wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town's newcomer, Peter Rumancek. Brutal murders recently happen in the town have widely stirred up rumors, in which circumstances the two work together to track down the case while also hiding their dark personal secrets.
As one of Netflix's earliest titles, Hemlock Grove failed its expectation and turned out to be a huge backstep compared with the highly complimented House of Cards, which was aired only several months before it. Poor acting along with sloppy pace lead to overwhelming critics towards this show. Moreover, Time even named it one of the worst ten shows on TV in 2013. Despite all of that, the show will continue to shoot for two more seasons.
Flaked is a drama developed by Will Arnett along with the executive producer of Arrested Development, Mitch Hurwitz. The series concludes eight 30 - minute episodes in which Arnett plays as a self-ordained guru named Chip, who grows a fantasy for the girl his best friend falls for. For the two developers' excellent work before, audiences expect much more than the show has performed.
Flaked put the focus on on the antics of grown men acting like kids which proves to be a wrong choice of no entertaining effect. "Too cute to be serious and too lame to be funny " may be the most suitable conclusion.
Created by Dan Franck, Marseille is the first French original production for Netflix starring Gérard Depardieu. In the show, After 20 years serving mayor of Marseille, Depardieu steps into a war of succession with his former protégé turned opponent Lucas Barres.
Apart from using subtitles and French actors, the show is devoided of Europe taste to a great extent. You may see all the familiar elements contained in typical American drama like drug-addled characters, stylized gunplay and splashy indoor sets.
Thus in France, the series received many negative comments from the press. Pierre Sérisier, writing for Le Monde, called it an "industrial accident" while Alain Carrazé on Europe 1 remarked it as something from "the 90s" with "cartoonish and ridiculous dialogue."
5. Marco Polo
Marco Polo is a historical drama web series based on Marco Polo's early years in the court of Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire and the founder of the Yuan dynasty. Netflix invests approximately $90 million series for a 10-episode season, second to Game of Thrones.
Despite the expensive cost and attractive historical background, the show is a disappointment for the most audience. Inspired by Game of Thrones, the show wants to display the fun of large-scale war, violent combat and sex scene. However, the sluggish script just turns the show into a lifeless, emotionally empty mess.
Between is a Canadian science fiction TV series created by Michael McGowan starring Jennette McCurdy as the main character, a pregnant teenage daughter of a minister in a small town named Pretty Lake, which is plagued with an unknown disease that has killed everyone over 21.
Co-produced with Canada’s City, the show marked a change inNetflix's playing format. It aired on a weekly basis instead of being released all at once. But it was pretty clear that the press didn't think it was worth waiting for lacking depth and a compelling hook. Although Jennette McCurdy earned applause for her performance, the critics still called the show "an utterly ho-hum addition to Netflix's original lineup."
7. Richie Rich
Richie is a TV series based on an awful movie based on a bad comic. So it’s no wonder why the Internet had a uproaring negative reaction towards Netflix’s version of the story.
Richie, played by Jake Brennan is a trillionaire start from scratch in the series who still lives with his family in a mansion full of toys, contraptions, and Irona, a robot maid.
It all reads like a confusing Disney show, with terrible directing to boot. But Richie Rich is part of a partnership with DreamWorks to boost Netflix’s original children slate, which means we all need to put up with it for some time.
Based on the book by famous food writer Michael Pollan, Netflix’s four-part documentary series Cooked, displays how cooking transforms food and reshapes our world. The show follows Pollan as he tries baking, brewing, and braising including some knowledge about health and environment.
Though the show provides audiences some truly fascinating historical contexts, it lingers too long on some simple elements while not long enough on other more intricate ones. But perhaps the biggest problem is that the show leaves audiences feeling guilty about what they eat, yet fails to come up with a practical solution. People eat processed food because the healthy ways in the show are just not realistic for high-paced modern life.
Chelsea is an American web late-night talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler. As the Netflix’s first ever talk show, Chelsea featured the return of Chelsea Handler to TV part and was billed as a one-of-a-kind late night series without the need to hold fast to the typical broadcast formula.
But Chelsea doesn’t seem to be particularly different as the press expected. The vast majority still expect to see celebrities.Moreover, the loosely managed structure often make people feel awkward and clumsy. To be fair, the show isn't a complete failure because we can see its improvement as it goes on. But still, it hasn't lived up to its promise so far.
Sense8 depicts a story of eight strangers from different cultures and parts of the world. They occasionally discover that they are "sensates" or unnormal humans who are emotionally and mentally connected. They have a powerful enemy named Whispers, who hunts down sensates by tapping into their psychic link.
Given the supernatural experimental concept, it’s no surprise that the viewers had high expectation for Sense8. While some people praised the diverse characters and interweaving storylines, others thought the series "a big slip" for Netflix and criticized its sluggish pacing.
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