100 Worst TV shows of all time

100 Worst TV shows of all time

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By: Madison Troyer
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100 worst TV shows of all time

There is more TV content available today than any single person could ever hope to watch in a lifetime. In 2020, there are several hundred television channels that air the projects of hundreds more networks and studios around the clock. Simultaneously, dozens of streaming services are busy pumping out original material at a dizzying pace.

Whether you’re a TV aficionado or a casual viewer, it can be overwhelming to decide what to watch. Do you spend your precious few spare hours binging “The Tiger King”? Do you sink your teeth into a meaty drama like “Ozark” or relax with an odd comedy like “Bob’s Burgers”? Is your time better invested in watching a popular current series like “This Is Us,” or should you stick with old classics like “I Love Lucy”? While we can’t answer those questions for you or tell you exactly which shows would be the best to watch, we can tell you which ones aren’t worth your time.

In the following slides, Stacker has rounded up the 100 worst TV shows of all time. To make the list, IMDb data on all TV shows were compiled and ranked according to IMDb user ratings, #1 being the worst, as of June 1. To qualify, the show had to have at least 2,500 votes. Formats like miniseries, reality series, and talk shows, along with regular TV shows on both major and cable networks as well as streaming services are included. Basically, if it airs on TV and isn’t a movie, it was considered for the list.

From soap operas like “The Bold and the Beautiful” to competition shows like “The Biggest Loser” and everything in between, these are hands down the worst series on television.

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Grundy Television Australia

#100. Neighbours

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Votes: 4,647

“Neighbours” is an Australian soap opera that has been on the air for 35 years and 8,300 episodes. While the show is beloved in Australia and the United Kingdom, when networks tested the show in the United States during the summer of 1991, it was canceled in less than 13 weeks. Its low ratings seem to be primarily related to the fact that Australian and American soap operas vary wildly. While audiences in the United States love the high drama and glamour of shows like “The Bold and the Beautiful,” the down-to-earth Ramsay Street citizens of “Neighbours” were just too tame.

Endemol Shine North America

#99. The Biggest Loser

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Votes: 4,890

While “The Biggest Loser” enjoyed relatively high ratings in its first few seasons on the air, today’s viewers have largely been turned off thanks to the toxic culture it promotes—fat-shaming, dangerous diets, and excessive workouts. In January, the show came back on air after a four-year hiatus, announcing that it had heard the criticism and would be taking a “more holistic approach” this time around. What remains to be seen is how audiences respond.

Jerry Bruckheimer Television

#98. CSI: Cyber (2015–2016)

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Votes: 9,973

Throughout the years, the “CSI” franchise had some pretty major hits—for example, its original series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” ran from 2000-2015 for a grand total of 335 episodes. But when “CSI: Cyber” hit the airwaves, led by Patricia Arquette, it only lasted for two truncated seasons, and its cancelation put an end to the entire franchise. It was bad for a number of reasons—the unauthentic tech babble, unbelievable characters like Shad Moss (played by rapper Bow Wow, this hacker also made up his own rhymes on the show), and the fact that solving cybercrimes entails a lot of time staring at a computer screen, which is not very exciting to watch.

Konigsberg/Sanitsky Company

#97. The Tommyknockers (1993)

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Votes: 10,401

“The Tommyknockers” is one of horror author Stephen King’s only forays into science fiction and is about an alien spacecraft that spreads its horrific, nonhuman powers to anyone who comes in contact with it. The 1993 miniseries that brought the story to the small screen was widely panned by viewers, thanks, in large part, to the dull scripting that eliminated all of the book’s black humor and creepy moments. In 2018, it was announced that a new version of the story will be coming to the big screen—hopefully, this rendition will be a better one.

Magic Rock Productions

#96. The Mist (2017)

- IMDb user rating: 5.4
- Votes: 20,669

Another Stephen King adaptation rejected by fans, the TV show “The Mist” was criticized for being too predictable, with poorly written characters who were shown making bad decisions about abuse and animal cruelty for no reason. 

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Federation Entertainment

#95. Bordertown (2016)

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Votes: 2,701

Throughout the course of his career, Seth McFarlane has made some of the best-loved animated shows on television, but his 2016 series “Bordertown,” which lasted for a single season, is not among them. The show was about a border patrol agent, his family, and their next-door neighbors who were Mexican immigrants. Intended to be satire, the show’s jokes just didn’t land and its subject matter was a little too close to the actual news cycle for many viewers.

Alta Loma Entertainment

#94. The Girls Next Door (2005–2010)

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Votes: 3,474

A mid-2000s reality show, “The Girls Next Door” centered on Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner’s three girlfriends at the time: main squeeze Holly, party girl Kendra, and goody-two-shoes Bridget. Reality TV aficionados either hated or loved the show, delighting in the never-ending parties and drama or lamenting the controlling and abusive behaviors of Hef as well as the overall sexist tone of the program. Now, with 10 years of distance from the finale, it’s clear that the show didn’t demonstrate healthy relationships whether they’re monogamous or polyamorous.

Reveille Productions

#93. Top Gear USA (2008–2016)

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Votes: 5,680

Because of its unique subject matter—cars— “Top Gear USA” was only ever going to appeal to a select group of people. That being said, even die-hard racing and automobile fans admit that the American version of the show lacked the magic and momentum that the original BBC version had found so easily. In December 2019, it was announced that the show would be returning to the air in 2020 with three new hosts: Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry, and Jethro Bovingdon.

Jax Media

#92. The Conners (2018–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Votes: 7,383

After a string of racist tweets, Rosanne Barr was kicked off the reboot of her classic ?90s sitcom “Rosanne.” Rather than leave the rest of the Conner family hanging, ABC pivoted, rebranding the show “The Conners” and setting it on a new course. While some critics love the show, fans seem to be tiring of these sorts of reboots, turning instead to fresher stories and newer series.

Evolution Film & Tape

#91. Big Brother (2000–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Votes: 9,429

When the first season of “Big Brother” hit the airwaves in 2000, it was a totally novel concept—a bunch of strangers move into a house together for three months, while their every move is captured by hidden cameras. Initially, the ensuing drama was lighthearted and fun, but now, 20 years later, it’s become more hateful, tired, and full of people whose main priority is looking good in a swimsuit, not being interesting.

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GTG Entertainment

#90. Baywatch (1989–2001)

- IMDb user rating: 5.3
- Votes: 23,960

“Baywatch,” a series about attractive lifeguards who save lives, stop crimes, and run up and down the beach, had a tumultuous run. Canceled after its first season thanks to pathetic viewer ratings, it was revived by David Hasselhoff, running for several more years before receiving a total overhaul that caused the show to tank once again. People have criticized almost every aspect of the series, from its cheesy plotlines to bad acting, quiet sexism to blatant lack of diversity—and the 2017 movie reboot didn’t fare much better.

Gifted and Talented Camp

#89. Bad Teacher (2014)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 2,632

The CBS sitcom “Bad Teacher” was based on a 2011 movie of the same name that starred Cameron Diaz, a producer for the small-screen version. It was this connection that seemed to really be an issue for most viewers: While the movie featured a more calculating teacher and snappier jokes, the television show centered on a softer character and the comedy wasn’t nearly as biting. 

TMC Film

#88. 1001 Nights (2006–2009)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 2,868

In its native Turkish, the soap opera “1001 Nights” is called “Binbir Gece.” The central story of the show is that of an architect who, desperate for money for her son’s cancer treatment, agrees to spend a night with her wealthy boss who then proceeds to fall in love with her. While the show found a huge following in Chile, its failed landing in America seems to be another instance of a mismatched taste for soaps in two wildly different countries.

Lime Pictures

#87. Geordie Shore (2011–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 4,205

The British spin-off of “Jersey Shore,” “Geordie Shore” is the exact same kind of guilty pleasure TV as its predecessor. It also seems people hate it for all the same reasons they hate the original—the cast members are sloppy, the drama is over-the-top, and it conveys the worst possible image of the people who actually make up these communities.

Big Dog Productions

#86. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 9,903

As a young comedian, Jay Leno was among the best—he was sharp, edgy, and people respected the drive that got him to the top where he was poised to inherit “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. The longer he was on the air, however, the more public opinion about him changed. Allegations began swirling that he was difficult to work with, his jokes got lazy and pedantic, and his show began to feel “factory produced” which is not exactly the feel fans were looking for when it came to late-night comedy.

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101st Street Television

#85. MacGyver (2016–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 15,981

When “MacGyver” originally ran on ABC in the mid-’80s, it developed a loyal following that tuned in to watch the Department of External Affairs agent creatively escape scrapes each week. The current reboot just doesn’t hold the same magic for audiences. For one thing, the premise is no longer as inventive as it once was, and the new MacGyver solves problems far too easily, no longer including viewers every step of the way and giving them a chance to guess how he’ll get it done.

DC Entertainment

#84. Teen Titans Go! (2013–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 16,291

A reboot of one of Cartoon Network’s most critically acclaimed series, “Teen Titans Go!” has been criticized by fans of the franchise since its first episode. Viewers lament the loss of character depth, good storytelling, and arcs that do more than make for a joke or two. While the crime-fighting bunch is largely brought to life by the same group of voice actors as the original series, that seems to be the only consistency between the two shows.

Spelling Television

#83. 7th Heaven (1996–2007)

- IMDb user rating: 5.2
- Votes: 23,625

Aside from the abusive behavior of former “7th Heaven” lead actor Stephen Collins that has come to light in recent years, there are plenty of reasons viewers dislike this Christian family drama. The over-the-top moralizing is one commonly cited issue, as are the cheesy plotlines, and the general “holier-than-thou” vibe the whole series gave off.

CBS Broadcasting

#82. Our Cartoon President (2018–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Votes: 3,055

A workplace comedy set in the White House and featuring President Donald Trump and various members of his staff, “Our Cartoon President” was born from a recurring segment on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” It’s clear that there’s a whole political leaning who wouldn’t care for this show, but aside from that group, it seems that viewers mostly dislike the sitcom because it doesn’t do anything original. James Poniewozik of The New York Times put it best when he pointed out that every show on television has a Donald Trump, and unless a show has a unique idea about or take on the man, the market is just too overcrowded.

7 Network

#81. Home and Away (1988–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Votes: 5,314

The second Australian soap opera on the list, “Home and Away” has been on the air since 1988, premiering just a few short years after “Neighbours.” The show follows the lives and dramas of the residents in a fictional town called Summer Bay in New South Wales. It’s disliked in the United States for the same reason viewers dislike “Neighbours”—the drama and plotlines just don’t mesh with what American viewers expect and enjoy.

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Sony Pictures Television

#80. The Young and the Restless (1973–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Votes: 5,465

“The Young and the Restless” has been on the air since 1973, filling television screens with the drama of the Brooks, Foster, Abbott, Williams, Newman, Barber-Winters, and Baldwin-Fisher families. Once a high-rated show, its decline in favor is, in large part, due to its longevity. After nearly 50 years on air, plotlines and characters are recycled over and over again, leaving nothing new, jaw-dropping, or exciting to be done.

Syco Television

#79. The X Factor (2011–2013)

- IMDb user rating: 5.1
- Votes: 5,689

From the beginning, the American version of the United Kingdom’s “The X Factor,” a talent competition show, was plagued with problems. The chemistry between the ever-rotating panel of judges was never quite right; it couldn’t seem to find a dynamic, relatable host; several “amateur” contestants were actually outed as successful professionals in their fields. Ultimately, the show was never able to find its stride and was unceremoniously canceled after three seasons.

Endemol Entertainment

#78. Deal or No Deal (2005–2019)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 3,558

Hosted by Howie Mandel, the biggest claim to fame for “Deal or No Deal” is its connection with British royal Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, who worked as a model on the show for a single season. The show’s eventual drop in viewers and ratings was through no real fault of its own—it was simply getting beat out by newer, more exciting game shows like “Celebrity Family Feud” and “American Gladiators.” After going on hiatus in 2009, new episodes began broadcasting in 2018.

A+E Networks

#77. Dog the Bounty Hunter (2003–2012)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 4,122

“Dog the Bounty Hunter” follows the titular Dog, his late wife Beth Chapman, and other assorted family members who work as bail enforcers, as they run around Hawaii or their native Colorado scooping up those who are trying to skip out on bail. The show has garnered criticism from those who believe the criminals are depicted unfairly, as well as those who believe the quasi-legal position shouldn’t be given this type of legitimizing platform. Those who hate the show tend to really hate it, like the one displeased viewer who called it a “white trash train wreck.”

Bonanza Productions

#76. Are You There, Chelsea? (2012)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 4,196

“Are You There, Chelsea?” was a one-season NBC sitcom based on comedian Chelsea Handler’s memoir “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.” While the book is filled with Handler’s biting humor, the show was merely peppered with a handful of weak, generic jokes, a far cry from what fans were expecting. Ultimately, it was the predictable “chick flick” tropes and plotlines that torpedoed the show, getting it canceled before talk of a season two had even begun.

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Disney Channel

#75. A.N.T. Farm (2011–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 5,655

A Disney Channel sitcom aimed at tweens, “A.N.T. Farm” followed a child prodigy and her three friends who were placed in a special program that allowed them to skip middle school and go straight to high school. The show was pretty typical Disney fare, but many viewers believed it was too close in subject matter to shows like “Hannah Montana,” which had just ended, and a half-hearted attempt to cling to a quickly fading golden era.

Corday Productions

#74. Days of Our Lives (1965–present)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 5,921

In the past several years, American soap operas as a whole have taken quite a hit. For example, at the end of 2019, after celebrating 54 years on the air, all of the cast members of “Days of Our Lives” were released from their contracts as networks bickered over what to do with the show that had been experiencing declining ratings for years. It seems audiences, in general, have about had it with repetitive plot lines and characters, and are ready to move on to new stories.

Mammoth Screen

#73. The War of the Worlds (2019)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 6,375

“The War of the Worlds” was an eight-episode miniseries retelling of the classic H.G. Wells novel. It did win some praise for sticking close to the martian invasion source material, but fans were put off by the slow pacing, poor production value, and forced inclusion of several modern-day political conversations.

Disney Channel

#72. Cory in the House (2007–2008)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 6,429

A spinoff of the golden age Disney Channel show “That’s So Raven,” “Cory in the House” followed the two Baxter men as they moved into the White House to become the personal chefs for the president. While not altogether a horrible premise, the show lacked the magic and humor that made its predecessor such a standout.

MGM Television

#71. The Apprentice (2004–2017)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 7,380

Less than two decades ago the current sitting president, Donald Trump, was hosting a reality show where contestants were tested and judged on their business acumen, only handing over the reins to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger when he announced his candidacy. While “The Apprentice” got off to a fantastic start, the number of viewers dropped quickly, and producers struggled to find a way to reinvent a show that viewers were quickly finding out wasn’t all as it appeared.

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ABC Studios

#70. Inhumans (2017)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 20,946

When “Inhumans” premiered in 2017, one critic dubbed it “the TV disaster of the year.” The Marvel universe show centered around the Inhuman Royal Family, a lesser-known group than, say, The Avengers, and one that’s not as important when it comes to understanding and enjoying the alternate world. Even before its two-episode IMAX debut, the show had failed to generate any real buzz, and with hardly anyone tuning in, it was quickly canceled.

It's a Laugh Productions

#69. Hannah Montana (2006–2011)

- IMDb user rating: 5
- Votes: 35,653

By the end of its run on the Disney Channel, “Hannah Montana” had made the network more than $1 billion, making it, by that metric, one of its best series of all time. The tween audience it was aimed at loved the show, with over 6.2 million viewers tuning it for its finale. Still, older audiences criticized the show about a pop singer living a double life, saying it was cheesy, unrealistic, and hardly funny.

USA Films

#68. Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2012)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 2,665

Try to keep this straight: “Firestarter 2: Rekindled” was a TV miniseries that acted as a sequel to the 1984 movie “Firestarter” which, in turn, was based on the 1980 novel by Stephen King. King had no hand in this adaptation, which is often viewers’ biggest complaint. The TV show paid very little attention to its source material, negating its original ending and changing many details, resulting in a show that may have been OK on its own but was a mess as a part of this series.

Disney XD

#67. Star Wars Resistance (2018–2020)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 3,509

There seems to be a trend among franchises like “Star Wars” that thrive on the big screen: Small-screen adaptations of their source material are almost always a flop. For example, this animated Disney Channel series “Star Wars Resistance” earned a meager 4.9 rating and was decried by fans for its lack of adventure, unlikeable characters, and unimaginative storylines.

BMP

#66. The Real World (1992–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 3,710

The first episode of “The Real World,” the reality show that paved the way for all other reality shows, aired on May 21, 1992. For 33 seasons, groups of strangers have moved into apartments all over the world together, after agreeing to have their lives taped around the clock. In recent years, the ensuing drama has gone from real tensions between people of various backgrounds and viewpoints to fake and calculated drama designed to drive up ratings. For many, it's this shift in tone that has led to their growing distaste for the series.

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No Seriously Productions

#65. Aftermath (2016)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 4,182

A post-apocalyptic tale from the SyFy network, “Aftermath” is about a family that is struggling to survive through the natural disasters and alien invasions that mark the end of the world. The one-season Canadian show had truly over-the-top storylines but no real character development, resulting in a series that couldn’t connect with viewers.

Warner Bros. Animation

#64. Johnny Test (2005–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 6,240

“Johnny Test,” a cartoon series about a boy, his talking dog, and his genius twin sisters, has kind of a weird history. It’s been produced by a variety of different companies, ran on several different networks, and had two wildly different animation styles. Most viewers who stuck with the show for its six-season run felt OK about the first two seasons, but hated the last four.

Brendavision

#63. The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008–2013)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 18,955

Brenda Hampton, the creator of “7th Heaven” was also the mastermind behind “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” a show about a pregnant high schooler and her journey into motherhood. Fans and critics alike didn’t care for the show’s soap opera feel or its depiction of teenagers as nothing more than sex-obsessed creatures. Much like “7th Heaven” there was also a feeling that the show was too preachy and tried to sell storylines that were thin at best.

Halfire Entertainment

#62. Another Life (2019–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.9
- Votes: 22,192

Part “Arrival,” part “Star Trek,” this Netflix original series is about a couple tasked with understanding the alien life force that has suddenly arrived on earth and feels as if it’s taken on more than it can handle. Its ambitions were grand, but the execution was shaky enough that many critics felt it fell flat. Even still, the streaming network has renewed "Another Life" for a second season—hopefully, it gets a better handle on its material this time around.

EMG Management

#61. Emmerdale (1972–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 2,744

A British soap opera about the residents in a fictional village, “Emmerdale” has been on the air since 1972. Like many other soap operas on the list, it’s falling out of favor with fans due to the overall decline in popularity of soaps as well as the repetitive nature of its content.

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Flash Films

#60. Flash Gordon (2007–2008)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 2,886

“Flash Gordon” was a mid-’00s series based on the space opera comic strip of the same name as well as previous large- and small-screen versions of the show. Unlike any of its predecessors, this version had very little in the way of a storyline, or really anything, for that matter, that would hold a viewer’s attention. In fact, one critic reported falling asleep both times he tried to watch the 90-minute pilot episode.

Go Go Luckey Productions

#59. Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County (2004–2006)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 3,507

An MTV reality show, “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County” followed a group of high schoolers living in one of the most expensive counties in the country as they went about their day-to-day lives and fought among each other. Essentially a show about nothing, the ever-rotating cast flaunted its wealth, argued over the most meaningless things, and threw party after party that only included the “cool” kids. 

Argosy Productions Limited

#58. 10.5 (2004)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 3,695

“10.5” was a two-episode miniseries about a string of devastating earthquakes that rock the western coast of the United States. Stemming from a long tradition of disaster-inspired entertainment like “Earthquake,” “10.5” could have been good in theory, except for the fact that producers spent more of their budget on special effects than they did on the script. Still, the lead actors Kim Delaney and Beau Bridges managed to deliver noteworthy performances.

Clocktower Productions

#57. Hardcore Pawn (2009–2015)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 4,075

The truTV response to “Pawn Stars,” “Hardcore Pawn” follows the day-to-day operations of another family-owned pawn store, American Jewelry and Loan. Unlike the cast of the first show, the Gold family is grating to watch, with seemingly no real respect for its customers or for each other. The group dynamic is distracting enough that for many viewers that it ruined the entire show.

Evolution Media

#56. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (2010–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 4,395

Those who thought “Laguna Beach” was bad have clearly never seen an episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” Essentially the same show, just starring fully grown women rather than teenagers, it follows some of the richest and most privileged women in the country as they live their lives and get into drink-throwing fights with one another. Part of an entire franchise of “Real Housewives” shows on the Bravo network, this Beverly Hills edition isn’t the only one to make the list.

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It's a Laugh Productions

#55. Dog With a Blog (2012–2015)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 5,127

In the first episode of “Dog With a Blog” the newly minted siblings of a blended family find out that their dog can talk, and it's all downhill from there. Even for the Disney Channel, this series is pretty far-fetched, and many of its jokes and plotlines are recycled from earlier series.

It's a Laugh Productions

#54. Shake It Up (2010–2013)

- IMDb user rating: 4.8
- Votes: 11,004

Another Disney Channel show, “Shake It Up” was actress Zendaya’s breakout vehicle. A fairly popular show in its time about two best friends—Zendaya and Bella Thorne—who also happen to be professional dancers, the series was the number one cable show for viewers 6-11 and 9-14 when it was canceled in 2013. Adults, however, didn’t see the charm in it, instead seeing only the poor acting, disrespectful characters, and tiresome dance numbers.

Lime Pictures

#53. Hollyoaks (1995–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Votes: 3,795

This British soap is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. ”Hollyoaks” is very similar to “Emmerdale” in that it centers on the local population of a small village, and is full of over-the-top storylines. According to regular soap opera viewers, the acting in this series is far worse than in other, similar serials, resulting in its incredibly low rating.

BBC

#52. EastEnders (1985–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.7
- Votes: 7,331

While not all soap operas are the same, many of them share the same features: low-quality production values, bad acting, repetitive storylines, and over-the-top drama. “EastEnders,” a British soap that’s been on the air since 1985, is among them. This particular series focuses on the residents of Albert Square, in London’s East End—a much more urban setting than many of the other series on this list.

Disney Television Animation

#51. Fish Hooks (2010–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Votes: 2,947

An animated Disney Channel series about three anthropomorphic fish, “Fish Hooks” has been compared to Nickelodeon’s “Spongebob.” But while the aquatic subject matter may be similar, this show falls far flatter in execution. According to critics, “Fish Hooks” has sloppy animation, pointless storylines, and nonexistent humor—not exactly hallmarks of a popular show.

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Collins Avenue Productions

#50. Dance Moms (2011–2019)

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Votes: 5,488

“Dance Moms,” a Lifetime TV reality show about the Abby Lee Dance Company, brought us Maddie Ziegler and JoJo Siwa, but, according to detractors, little else. Abby Lee Miller, the dance instructor, comes across as a bully, the mothers are self-absorbed, and the passive-aggressive drama between the two parties is often extreme.

Disney Channel

#49. Jonas (2009–2010)

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Votes: 5,571

At the height of their career, the Jonas Brothers landed a Disney Channel sitcom, which they’ve since called “the biggest regret of their career.” An obvious cash grab by the network, it’s clear that there was very little care put into the production or trajectory of the show, and it ended after only two seasons.

Open Air Films

#48. Leila (2019–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Votes: 7,302

“Leila” is a dystopian drama in the vein of “The Handmaid’s Tale” or “Man in the High Castle,” adapted from the novel of the same name by Indian author Prayaag Akbar. While it’s been praised for its political imagery and commentary, critics haven’t been shy in acknowledging its inability to tell a real story and complete lack of character development.

BBC Worldwide Americas

#47. Dancing With the Stars (2005–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.6
- Votes: 9,119

On the competition show “Dancing with the Stars,” celebrities are paired with professional dancers and spend the season learning routines in various styles while being eliminated one-by-one each week. A spin-off of a BBC show titled “Strictly Come Dancing,” this concept was original, once upon a time, but has lost its thrill over the course of 29 seasons. 

Talkback

#46. Too Hot to Handle (2020–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Votes: 6,210

Amid the coronavirus lockdown in early 2020, Netflix released its newest reality show about a group of sex-crazy singles locked a mansion and vying for a $100,000 prize that can only be won if they all abstain from any form of intimate physical contact. Stir-crazy audiences binge-watched the series, while simultaneously complaining that it was vapid, voyeuristic, and ridiculous. It remains to be seen whether “Too Hot to Handle” will be renewed for a second season, but since it spent some time in the #1 slot for the streaming network it seems to be a pretty safe bet that it will.

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Poppy Productions

#45. Charmed (2018–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Votes: 12,150

The CW, formerly The WB, ordered a reboot of its hit series “Charmed” in 2018. While the central concept is the same—it follows three sisters-turned-witches who are fated to protect humanity from forces of evil—the show has an entirely new cast. Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz, and Sarah Jeffery took over for Shannen Doherty/Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs, and Alyssa Milano, in a move by producers that Milano called “disrespectful.” 

Netflix

#44. The I-Land (2019)

- IMDb user rating: 4.5
- Votes: 13,223

A new Netflix original series about a group of violent crime prisoners who have been put on a deserted island together as a form of rehabilitation, “The I-Land” was “the laughingstock of the internet” according to Entertainment Weekly. Advertised as a new version of “Lost,” nothing about this show, from the acting to the editing to the scripting came even remotely close to holding a flame to that classic show. 

Advanced Medical Productions Inc.

#43. Kate Plus Eight (2007–2009)

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 3,458

Kate Gosselin has never been a particular favorite with audiences. Slammed for her narcissistic personality, lack of maternal instincts—she’s mom to two sets of multiples: twin daughters and a set of sextuplets, the titular “eight”—constant bickering with now-ex Jon Gosselin, and whining about life as a celebrity, she helped drive this TLC reality show into the ground.

Millar Gough Inc.

#42. Charlie’s Angels (2011)

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 3,979

For the past several years, one of the major trends in television has been remaking classic shows like this 2011 version of “Charlie’s Angels.” Based on scripts from the 1970s series, the show, about a team of female spies, was pegged as a “tired retread.” 

FremantleMedia

#41. The X Factor (2004–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.4
- Votes: 4,351

One of the first reality singing competition shows in the United Kingdom, “The X Factor” is produced by none other than Simon Cowell. For its first several seasons, the competition drew in large audiences and delivered acts like One Direction, Cher Loyd, and Leona Lewis. In recent years, however, with audiences growing bored of the repetitive formula, and the show failing to produce any real talent, the ratings have dropped off significantly, and fans are calling for Cowell to “end this misery.”

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Ricochet Television

#40. The Real Housewives of New York City (2008–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Votes: 2,821

“The Real Housewives of New York City” was Bravo’s second installment of “The Real Housewives” franchise. The New York City bunch has been characterized as the most vicious and shallow cast out of them all. Many find it too ridiculous to keep up with, but the show still works for some audiences.

True Entertainment

#39. The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Votes: 3,110

On the other hand, the cast of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is perceived in a much better light by audiences. While there is still plenty of drama and in-fighting, the show receives more criticism for its pointlessness than it does for its nasty cast of characters.

JHF

#38. Allen Gregory (2011)

- IMDb user rating: 4.3
- Votes: 3,140

Jonah Hill created and starred in “Allen Gregory,” an animated series about a precocious 7-year-old and his family. Hill's involvement may have excited fans, but unfortunately, reviewers slammed the show, writing that it had "no real point, looks cheap, [and] has a crazy, vague ending."

Cartoon Network Studios

#37. Uncle Grandpa (2010–2017)

- IMDb user rating: 4.2
- Votes: 4,853

A show without any real plot, the best way to describe the animated comedy “Uncle Grandpa” is as a show about a magical being, an uncle and grandpa to everyone, who travels around the universe in his magical RV helping people. The humor in the show has been described as bizarre, dumb, and weird—and while it’s certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, the series has managed to gain somewhat of a cult following.

Harpo Productions

#36. Dr. Phil (2002–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Votes: 3,094

Similarly to Kate Gosselin, Dr. Phil is often the biggest problem on his own show. Not an actual doctor, Phil McGraw is a “self-styled mental health expert” who has been called out for his gross mishandling and manipulation of the guests and stories featured on his show. 

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Dunlop Entertainment

#35. The Real Housewives of Orange County (2006–2020)

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Votes: 3,195

The first of the “Real Housewives” shows, “The Real Housewives of Orange County” was inspired by the popular mid-’00s drama “Desperate Housewives.” Accused of being partially scripted and the most boring series of the franchise, audiences have largely stopped watching this iteration in favor of its more exciting sister shows.

Lawton Entertainment

#34. V.I.P. (1998–2002)

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Votes: 4,152

The tagline for the late '90s series “V.I.P.” was “action never looked so good.” Starring Pamela Anderson as a hot dog stand employee turned bodyguard, the show was a campy, cheesy spoof of other popular detective shows. While certainly far from a quality piece of television, it can be a fun romp for those in the mood for something lighthearted.

FremantleMedia

#33. American Idol (2002–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4.1
- Votes: 20,763

“American Idol” paved the way for other modern talent competitions on TV, from “The Voice” to “The X Factor” to “America’s Got Talent.” Unfortunately, the series hasn’t been able to keep up with these other shows, instead holding on to the same generic formula. 

Sirens Media

#32. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (2009–present)

- IMDb user rating: 4
- Votes: 3,000

The final “Real Housewives” series on this list, the New Jersey chapter gets criticized for the exact same reasons as all of the other Bravo shows. The drama is over the top and possibly scripted, the women are narcissistic and unlikable, and the show is pointless and vapid.

Nickelodeon Studios

#31. Dora the Explorer (2000–2019)

- IMDb user rating: 4
- Votes: 5,079

One of the most popular characters in children’s TV, “Dora the Explorer” is also one of the only Latina characters in children’s TV. In each episode, she takes toddlers along on an adventure to help a friend or rescue an animal, teaching them a few Spanish words throughout. While the show is innocent and educational enough, it gets a bad rap for being loud, repetitive, and mind-numbingly boring for anyone over 4.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

#30. Stargate Origins (2018)

- IMDb user rating: 3.9
- Votes: 4,642

“Stargate Origins” is an installment in the “Stargate” franchise, which includes the 1994 film and the series “Stargate SG-1.” The first series was well-received by fans, earning an 8.4 rating in IMDb, but this second attempt at expanding the story and its universe is almost unanimously despised. Even die-hard fans can’t get past the poor acting and low-budget look of the series, never mind the storyline which goes completely against many of the world’s already-established tenets.

Company Pictures

#29. Skins (2011)

- IMDb user rating: 3.9
- Votes: 5,387

When MTV set out to remake the hit British show “Skins,” the network was sure it would have a hit on its hands. The scripted series followed a group of teenagers in their last two years of high school, engaging in reckless behaviors like underage drinking, drug use, and unsafe sex. The show just didn’t register with audiences here the way it did across the pond, especially when the Parents Television Council accused MTV of child pornography, citing the fact that many of the actors shooting explicit sex scenes were under the age of 18. MTV canceled the series after a single season.

Lyrick Studios Video

#28. Barney & Friends (1992–2009)

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 4,174

A childhood classic, “Barney and Friends” taught children lessons about friendship, imagination, and kindness for nearly two decades. The big purple dinosaur was a wholesome role model for toddlers, and parents have long felt comfortable allowing him to entertain their children via the TV screen for 30 minutes at a time. The low ratings of the show tend to reflect adults’ annoyance with the repetitive and basic nature of children’s programming, rather than any real issues with the show’s content or production values.

By George Productions (II)

#27. The Simple Life (2003–2007)

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 5,117

Heiresses Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie starred on this mid-’00s reality show that primarily highlighted how out of touch with reality the two wealthy women were. The first season of “The Simple Life” brought in 13 million viewers each week, but today viewers are quick to point out how problematic the show was. Hilton and Richie come across as mean-spirited and exploitative, poking fun at the lives of the regular people who were kind enough to open their homes to them.

BBC

#26. Troy: Fall of a City (2018)

- IMDb user rating: 3.8
- Votes: 11,254

For as many hits as the streaming network Netflix has had, they’ve had an equal number of flops. “Troy: Fall of a City” is one of them. An original take on the Trojan War and a number of Greek myths, the show has good ideas, but its execution is off, leaving the series with bland characters and choppy dialogue.

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#25. The Jerry Springer Show (1991–2018)

- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Votes: 3,912

“The Jerry Springer Show” brought out some of the worst of humanity. The talk show covered what were, at the time, sensational topics like extramarital affairs and queer sexuality in the interviews Springer conducted, and fights between guests with different opinions often broke out after they ended. To save his own career, Springer distanced himself from the show toward its end, saying things like “I would never watch my show. I’m not interested in it.”

BBC

#24. Teletubbies (1997–2001)

- IMDb user rating: 3.7
- Votes: 6,641

When production for the toddler show “Teletubbies” wrapped in 2001, there were a grand total of 367 episodes, just over one for every day of the year. Executives for the show decided that since the turnover rate for their intended audience was so rapid, no further episodes would be needed. The frequency of repetition, then, might be one reason parents seem to dislike this series so much.

11th Street Productions

#23. Teen Mom (2009–present)

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Votes: 4,406

Since the original “Teen Mom” show first launched on MTV in 2009, there have been a number of spinoffs, each following a different group of young women who get pregnant while in high school. While the series was intended to demonstrate to teens how difficult young pregnancy could be, many viewers worried that it was actually glorifying unplanned teen pregnancies. This is one reason the show often receives backlash from audiences around the country.

BMP

#22. Bill Nye Saves the World (2017–2018)

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Votes: 6,602

Once America’s favorite scientist, television personality Bill Nye found his newest show “Bill Nye Saves the World” being torn apart online after Netflix released its first season. People’s reasons for disliking the show varied wildly, from some worrying that Nye wasn’t going deep enough into issues like climate change and alternative medicine to others rejecting the basic scientific theory he discussed.

495 Productions

#21. Jersey Shore (2009–2012)

- IMDb user rating: 3.6
- Votes: 22,549

Sold as “MTV’s wildest reality show,” “Jersey Shore” followed a group of Italian Americans from New York and New Jersey as it spent its summers working and partying in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. While the show had a major influence on American pop culture, it was also slammed by critics who felt that it gave Italian Americans and the shore a bad rap, or who did not approve of the group’s use of the terms “guido” and “guidette.”

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#20. The O'Reilly Factor (1996–2017)

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Votes: 3,927

“The O’Reilly Factor” began its 21-year run on FOX the same day that the network itself was launched. A conservative commentator, Bill O’Reilly has a reputation of being controversial both on and off the screen. Additionally, his series took a lot of heat for being biased, mean-spirited, and more of an opinion show than a news show.

Tyler Perry Studios

#19. House of Payne (2006–2012)

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Votes: 5,671

A Tyler Perry Studios production about a multigenerational African American family living under one roof, “House of Payne” will be getting a revival on BET sometime this summer. The first rendition of the series was disliked by viewers who thought the characters were flat, the jokes thin, and the acting atrocious. Hopefully, the second go-round fares better.

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#18. The Hills (2006–2010)

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Votes: 10,852

A spin-off of “Laguna Beach,” “The Hills” followed its original star, Lauren Conrad, as she moved to Los Angeles to attend fashion school and intern at Teen Vogue. One thing that’s never really been clear, either during the show’s original run or in the years since is whether it was a scripted reality show or actual reality. This blurriness is one of the main factors that has kept the show in such low favor with viewers.

Berlanti Productions

#17. Batwoman (2019–present)

- IMDb user rating: 3.5
- Votes: 26,646

With only one season under its belt “Batwoman” has received incredibly low audience ratings from the jump. But it turns out that might not be entirely the series’ own fault. According to Forbes, viewers were flooding IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes with low ratings because of the sexual orientation of the show’s lesbian lead (who has since quit). So while it’s true that the show doesn’t stand out in any major way among other small-screen offerings, it’s also safe to say that its ranking on this list might have more to do with homophobia than a bad TV issue.

Kidz House Entertainment

#16. The Naked Brothers Band (2007–2009)

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Votes: 2,963

A mockumentary show about a kid’s rock band, “The Naked Brothers Band” starred real-life brothers Alex and Nate Wolff. The Nickelodeon series was a spin-off of a family movie shot several years earlier, that also ended up running on the network. Unfortunately for the Wolff brothers, fans had far less fun watching the show than the duo did making it, and the show only lasted for three seasons.

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Next Entertainment

#15. The Bachelorette (2003–present)

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Votes: 4,661

A spin-off of “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” is a reality dating show where several eligible men vie for the heart of a 20-something woman. It’s a show you either love to hate or hate to love. Those who dislike it usually cite the forced, and often fake, relationships it produces as well as the over-the-top antics many of the contestants engage in, in an effort to win the affections of the leading lady.

Bell-Phillip Television Productions

#14. The Bold and the Beautiful (1987–present)

- IMDb user rating: 3.4
- Votes: 6,856

A sister show to “The Young and the Restless,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” premiered in 1987. The soap opera centers around the Forrester family and its fashion line Forrester Creations. Fans consistently rank it low for the very things that qualify it as a soap opera: its cheesy storylines, the improbability of many of its main plot points, the dramatic dialogue, and the over-the-top characters whose existence often makes very little sense.

Frederator Studios

#13. Fanboy & Chum Chum (2009–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Votes: 3,077

“One of Nickelodeon’s worst shows ever,” according to ScreenRant, “Fanboy and Chum Chum” is about two wannabe superheroes who create havoc in their dimwitted attempts to stop nonexistent crimes. The show has a pretty solid fan base among those who watched it as kids, but for those without the nostalgia factor, the ugly animation and immature humor make the show too odious to watch.

Ryan Seacrest Productions

#12. Kourtney & Kim Take Miami (2009–2013)

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Votes: 3,212

“Kourtney & Kim Take Miami,” also titled “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami,” was the first Kardashian spin-off. The show was essentially exactly the same as the family’s primary offering, just in a more exotic locale, and people hated it for many of the same reasons: the girls come across as shallow and inauthentic, and they lack any sort of recognizable talent.

Greenlight Films

#11. The Bachelor (2002–present)

- IMDb user rating: 3.2
- Votes: 6,062

The dating show “The Bachelor” has been on the air for 24 seasons. Out of all the couples to have come from those seasons, only one has made it work: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, who were married in 2014. It’s this lack of genuine connection that’s found on the show that’s turned many viewers off and prompted them to give it an overall rating of 3.2.

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11th Street Productions

#10. 16 and Pregnant (2009–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 3.1
- Votes: 2,542

An original MTV show, “16 and Pregnant” was the basis for the later spin-off “Teen Mom.” In this series, each one-hour episode featured a different teenage girl, following her through the late stages of her pregnancy and into her first few weeks of motherhood. While many conservative critics still dislike the show for what they perceive as its glorification of young pregnancy, it’s often been suggested that it actually slowed the number of teen births by almost 10,000 in its first year on air.

Bwark Productions

#9. The Inbetweeners (2012)

- IMDb user rating: 3.1
- Votes: 4,086

MTV attempted another remake of a classic British show the year after “Skins” went off the air: “The Inbetweeners.” A coming of age sitcom, the one-season show simply didn’t click with viewers. It seemed to be lacking a certain authenticity, something the original show had in excess.

Comedy Partners

#8. Mind of Mencia (2005–2008)

- IMDb user rating: 3
- Votes: 4,195

The only stand-up comedy show on our list, “Mind of Mencia” ran on Comedy Central for four seasons. Rumored to be the network’s replacement for “Chapelle’s Show,” the style of humor and comedic timing on “Mencia” just couldn’t match that of Chapelle, leaving many fans annoyed with the series. It didn’t help matters that Mencia was accused of ripping off material from other comedians, a big no-no in the stand-up world.

BMP

#7. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007–present)

- IMDb user rating: 2.8
- Votes: 25,430

One of the longest-running reality shows in the country, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has followed the personal lives and careers of the Kardashian-Jenner family for 18 seasons. With the 19th season currently in the works, it seems that the show isn’t going anywhere soon, in spite of its low ratings. Many people don’t care for the show because the women come across as spoiled and shallow, the storylines and dialogue seem scripted, and very few of the family members are respected for their talent beyond the hustle.

ABC

#6. The View (1997–present)

- IMDb user rating: 2.6
- Votes: 6,224

Created by Barbara Walters, “The View” is a daily talk show that features a panel of women from different walks of life who chat openly about the “hot issues” of the day. While the concept of having a show that creates room for open dialogue that stems from different perspectives is a good one, in execution it really doesn’t work. The conversations are often far from constructive and in many episodes, the chats have even ended in on-screen fights and name-calling.

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Authentic Entertainment

#5. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (2012–2017)

- IMDb user rating: 2.6
- Votes: 7,173

Pint-sized beauty queen Honey Boo Boo made her first television appearance on the TLC show “Toddlers in Tiaras” before earning her own spin-off, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” on the network. The show followed Alana, known as Honey Boo Boo, and her family as they led their day-to-day lives in a small southern town, far from the glamour of the pageant circuit. Critics worried about child exploitation caused by the show and were seemingly vindicated when the series was canceled after Mama June began hanging out with a known child molester.

20th Century Fox Television

#4. The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange (2012–2014)

- IMDb user rating: 2
- Votes: 2,816

Based on a web series about fruits with human characteristics, “The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange” is the lowest children’s show on the list. Even taking into consideration the audience it’s aimed at, this series really has nothing to offer. The characters have no personality, the storylines are nonexistent, and the humor is immature at best—each episode is really just 30 minutes of talking heads.

MTV Networks

#3. My Super Sweet 16 (2005–2017)

- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Votes: 2,842

If you enjoy seeing spoiled teenagers throw fits about receiving the wrong luxury car after their parents have shelled out several hundred thousand dollars in order to throw them elaborate birthday parties, then “My Super Sweet Sixteen” might be the show for you. If entitled, over-indulged brats aren’t your thing, then maybe steer clear of this MTV show.

Authentic Entertainment

#2. Toddlers & Tiaras (2009–2016)

- IMDb user rating: 1.8
- Votes: 3,356

“Toddler and Tiaras,” a TLC reality show about the children’s pageant circuit, goes beyond just being bad TV. More than one critic has slammed the show for its sexualization of little girls, after publicity images of children as young as 3 with padded breasts and bottoms made the rounds on the internet. 

Irwin Entertainment

#1. A Little Late with Lilly Singh (2019–present)

- IMDb user rating: 1.7
- Votes: 4,492

While critics praised the first season of “A Little Late with Lily Singh,” a certain group of viewers has done its best to drive it into the ground. Much like with “Batwoman,” those who have rated it poorly seem to do so because they are hostile to the political and social perspectives of its Indian-Canadian host rather than for any real issue with the show itself. It seems important to note that Lily Singh is the first woman of color to host a network franchise of this sort, and in May, NBC announced the renewal of the show for a second season.

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