15 Worst Shows On Netflix

Given that the streamer has become the go-to platform for quality TV series, it’s hard to believe what happened in the worst shows on Netflix. With the continuous and increasing number of Netflix originals, the platform had even more opportunities to release duds, but Netflix actually has a great batting average. The streaming giant originally drew subscribers by making several hit shows available for streaming. Netflix boss Ted Sarandos even took credit for the popularity of Friends and The Office (via Vanity Fair). Since those shows have moved to their own networks’ streaming platforms, Netflix has done an almost immaculate job at creating its own exclusive content.

While excellent shows likeSanta Clarita Diet received premature cancelations, most major current series on the streamer are at least worth watching. However, not everything that glitters on the service is gold, and the worst shows on Netflix prove it. For every exciting, well-crafted, supernatural show such as Stranger Things or Wednesday, there’s an obscure Iron Man knock-off series or unintentionally funny drama about Sigmund Freud. The platform has likely made sure they won’t possibly show up on any subscriber’s algorithm, no matter how weird the user’s most-watched shows are.

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15 Hoops (2020)

Ben argues with another teacher in class in Hoops

Hoops was one of Netflix’s many attempts to create a popular adult animation show a la Rick and Morty. Unfortunately, it didn’t have anywhere near the same impact. The series is about a hot-headed high school basketball coach who uses vulgar language and constantly verbally harasses the students. Despite Jake Johnson in the lead role and a supporting cast of comedy actors, the humor falls flat. The problem is that Hoops isn’t satirical or clever like its peers, and it feels more mean-spirited and unpleasant. Hoops only lasted one season before Netflix decided to cancel it.

14 Away (2020)

Emma sits alone in an astronaut suit in Away

Away stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank as an astronaut who is struggling with leaving her husband and child behind on a mission to Mars. Given that the series has so much star power, it comes as a surprise that Away is so unheard-of. Just like most Netflix shows, Away clearly has a lot much money behind it, but the effects are a veil covering up a story that didn’t totally land with critics and audiences. The series had potential, but the characters and premise weren’t fully fleshed out, leading to something that was more disappointing than anything else.

13 Roman Empire (2016-2019)

Commodus looks battle-ready in armor in Roman Empire

Roman Empire is set during the period of the Roman civilization and takes an interesting approach to history, as its part documentary and part drama. The show delves into the lives of Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Cleopatra, Pompey, and Mark Antony. And although the show features some incredible period costumes and well-choreographed fight scenes, it can feel like such a chore to watch. The series was criticized for both the dialogue and the performances, and there’s no attempt to elevate the material that can be found in middle school history books. Roman Empire simply can’t compete with the many other great shows and movies based on the Roman Empire.

12 Space Force (2020-2022)

The general look worried in Space Force

Space Force had all the makings of a hit comedy series, as it stars Steve Carrell, who also co-created the series the creator of the U.S. version of The Office, Greg Daniels. Space Force is also a topical satire with tons of surprising cameos, but that’s all window dressing. A lot of money clearly went into the high-concept sitcom, but the dazzling special effects don’t make up for the lack of jokes, which comes as such a huge shock following Daniels’ work on The Office and Parks and Recreation. Given that the show is a science-based sitcom based on the military, it was criticized for scientific inaccuracies too.

11 Richie Rich (2015)

RIchie sits in a green toy sports car in Richie Rich

Following the 1994 movie Richie Rich, which has become a cult classic, the 2015 Netflix series is the newest adaptation of the Harvey Comics characters, but it won’t reach cult status anytime soon. The series follows a boy who becomes a trillionaire and lives in a mansion full of toys and even a robot maid. While it sounds like the foundation of endlessly entertaining shenanigans, as Richie can do literally anything he wants, the show is one of the rare instances of Netflix tightening the purse strings. Richie Rich had lackluster production value, celebrated materialism, and Richie as a character was said to be too spoiled to be a likable lead.

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10 Freud (2020)

Sigmund Freud thinks to himself in his office in Freud

Freud is a period thriller set in 19th-century Vienna where a young Sigmund Freud encounters a psychic medium. The series has been completely forgotten about, and it hardly even sparked any interest when it was originally released, though being a COVID-19 release could have had something to do with that. The series’ name could be misleading, as it hardly has anything to do with the psychologist’s real life, and the few things that are related to the real-life figure are full of historical inaccuracies too. Freud is to Sigmund Freud what Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is to the real-life President.

9 Hache (2019-2021)

Helena stands in the rain in Hache

Hache is the fifth Spanish original series that Netflix released, but the streamer has had way more success with its Spanish movies, such as The Platform. Hache’s story centers on a sex worker named Helena who tries to infiltrate a cartel by gaining the affection of the leader. Show creator Verónica Fernández came up with the concept after reading about the heroin trade. Fernández explained, “I was reading a newspaper that talked about how Luciano organized the heroin route from Asia to America” (via Variety). Unfortunately, that story sounds way more interesting than how it was adapted in Hache.

8 Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event (2020)

Brooke dances in front of a crowd in Game On!

Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event is a Netflix special that combines several Netflix sitcoms, including The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, The Big Show Show, Mr. Iglesias, and Family Reunion. The special features some exciting talent, such as Eva Longoria, Gabriel Iglesias, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and Paul Wight, a.k.a. The Big Show among others. However, the crossover wasn’t all that much of an event, as Netflix has never been known for its funny sitcoms. Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event simply had too many characters that audiences didn’t know.

7 Tiny Creatures (2020)

A mouse crawls through a hole in a show in Tiny Creatures

While it may appear like one, Tiny Creatures is not a typical documentary about animals. Instead, it tries to make things more fun for children. However, the problem with this approach is that the educational family series borders on ridiculous. Even more troubling, this pseudo-documentary has also been accused of encouraging animal abuse by viewers. In response, the show’s director, Emmy winner Jonathan Jones, assured everyone that no animals were harmed and that predators and prey were shot on different days (via Distractify). Either way, the tone of the children’s show is odd and totally off-putting.

6 Sexy Beasts (2021)

Two people dressed up as animals clang champagne glasses on Sexy Beasts

Sexy Beasts‘ 2nd season is an improvement over its first, but that still doesn’t say much about the unique British dating game show. The format goes down a different avenue from the likes of Love Island or The Bachelor, as each contestant dresses up in elaborate makeup, typically in the form of the contestants’ chosen “beast.” The series is most interesting when the couples venture into public, such as going on a date in the middle of a cheese shop all while wearing bizarre costumes. Dating shows dive head-first into creative concepts more than any other genre, but Sexy Beasts is just too weird and unrelatable.

5 ReBoot: The Guardian Code (2018)

Five different colored robots in Reboot: The Guardian Code

ReBoot: The Guardian Code is a live-action/CGI follow-up to the ’90s computer-animated series, ReBoot. The show is a disappointing animated offering from Netflix, especially for fans of the original. The series has a kid-friendly tone, and young toddlers will no doubt find it entertaining. However, there’s much better quality animation for that age group, and just because something’s aimed at young audiences doesn’t mean that there shouldn’t be more to it. The original 1994 series was way more creative, and not at all deserving of such a disappointing legacy sequel.

4 Ultraman (2019-2023)

A beam shoots from Ultraman's chest in Ultraman

Though Western audiences might not have heard of it, Ultraman is a fictional superhero that has been extremely popular in Japan ever since the ’60s. Decades later, Ultraman’s popularity waned, so much so that it was even classified as one of the most obscure TV superheroes. However, Netflix thought it could bring this superhero back from obscurity with its own Ultraman show. Unfortunately, the streamer inadvertently made Ultraman more obscure. Though episodes were released all the way up to 2023, the computer-generated animation is visually lackluster, and the story feels sparse despite decades of source material at its disposal.

3 Racket Boys (2021)

The cast of Racket Boys grinning

Racket Boys is a South Korean Sports drama that failed to deliver on its fish-out-of-water tale. The plot follows a father and his son as they move for the father’s new job, which sees him help a Bad New Bears-style group of badminton players reclaim their former middling glory. Racket Boys drew outrage from Indonesians due to the series’ negative portrayal of the country (via KPO Post). The Netflix release portrays Indonesians as cheaters and not having any sportsmanship, and the Ted Lasso-like narrative isn’t strong enough to overlook its problematic elements.

2 Jinn (2019)

Keras looks concerned by a school bus in Jinn

Jinn is an Arabic supernatural drama that instantly caused so much controversy and uproar upon its initial release. The show centers on magical genies (or Jinn) in the city of Petra, and the teenagers that must stop them from wreaking havoc on the world. After releasing five episodes, the show caught backlash after one of the female characters was shown kissing two different men in separate scenes. A Jordanian prosecutor even tried to “stop the broadcast” due to the “immoral scenes” (via Deadline). But that isn’t the series’ problem when it comes to quality. Jinn was criticized for the performances and a script that has the feel of a first draft.

1 Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (2021)

Leon S. Kennedy reads a book in Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a CGI horror-action miniseries based on the popular video game series of the same name, and it only has four episodes. Hollywood has always struggled with adapting Resident Evil, as the Paul W.S. Anderson-directed franchise might have been financially successful, but they were overwhelmingly negatively received. The same went for the short-lived animated Netflix series, which felt like wasted potential. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness follows Leon as he investigates an attempt to hack the White House, only to find zombies instead. With fan-favorite franchise characters in the main roles, the series should have been a huge hit.

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