Who doesn't love a good Netflix show after a long day of work? Netflix has revolutionized the way we watch our favorite shows, movies, and documentaries, being one of the most beloved streaming services on the market right now. Many followed suit, learning from Netflix, such as Amazon, Hulu, and CBS All Access, but a lot of people still prefer Netflix and its stunning and easy way to binge-watch.
However, not all is fun and games. Many shows and movies have surfaced on the streaming platform, some even Netflix originals, but not all are loved by audiences or critics. These 20 Netflix shows were overhyped, with people being extremely excited to start their binge sessions, but, in the end, it flopped hard.
The premise of Sense8 is quite good and it is probably still loved by some due to its inclusive cast and representation of LGBTQ+ characters, telling the tale of eight strangers from different parts of the world who are mentally and emotionally connected. However, the show is criticized for its incredibly slow pace and some even call it a "major slip" for Netflix. It was decided to give the show another shot with an 11-episode second season before being cancelled for good.
19 Hemlock Grove
Who wasn't excited for the horror thriller series Hemlock Grove? Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, this Netflix original focused on the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. It even starred the iconic Bill Skarsgard, the actor behind the brilliant reenactment of killer clown, IT, but not even he could save the show.
Critics couldn't handle the bad acting of many actors and actresses on the show, as well as the painfully slow pace of the plot. Ultimately, Netflix gave the show a change for two more seasons, until it eventually cancelled it in 2015.
This one is hard to ignore or not include in this list. The show flopped right after the first trailer when we found out the plot of the show: Patty, a plus-sized high-schooler, buries her feelings in food. She doesn't have any friends due to her appearance and somehow ends up fighting a homeless man for stealing one of her candy bars. The man punches her, leaving her mouth wired shut for three months.
Surprise, surprise, she loses weight, and she's now "hot". Of course, she plots revenge against anyone that treated her wrong. You can't really make amends with the audience when the plot is so incredibly bad.
17 Iron Fist
Marvel shows are always welcomed by fans (well, most times) and everyone is always eager to see their favorite superhero or villain on the big screen. After the success of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, it was hard to imagine Iron Fist would flop so hard... but it did. Fans and critics alike were unimpressed and called the show bland. It's definitely considered one of the weakest Marvel shows on Netflix.
Disjointed was an incredibly promising show, starring Kathy Bates and co-created by one of the best comedy show producers in the business right now, Chuck Lorre. However, it flopped big time. “Most of the jokes are shockingly awful, though now and then one lands, thanks to the talents of Bates and others. But often, when the audience guffaws, you are not sure why,” one reviewer writes. Well, that explains it all.
15 Friends From College
Everyone was looking forward to this comedy thanks to a stellar cast that included Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, and Fred Savage. However, not even the cast could save this disaster, with only a 23% score on Rotten Tomatoes. IndieWire warns: “Don't let the cast fool you: Friends From College will make you nostalgic for far better R-rated comedies.” Maybe it's not a good idea to watch this.
This sci-fi drama show stars Jennette McCurdy as Wiley Day, a pregnant teenager living in the small town of Pretty Lake, where a strange phenomenon is occurring. The town is plagued with a mysterious disease that has killed everybody who is over 21 years old. Despite Netflix's original format, the show aired episodes on a weekly-basis. The show was quickly critiqued for lacking depth and a compelling hook, with Variety calling it “an utterly ho-hum addition to Netflix’s original lineup.”
"Haunted by eerie visions and sinister impulses after a heart transplant, a teenager tries to unmask the truth behind her donor's mysterious death." This is the plot for Chambers, what could have been a great show for Netflix, but turned out to have a critic score of merely 41%. Although it is not as bad as others on this list, it was considered by IndieWire as "the most slow-moving, bloated, and boring Netflix mystery since Gypsy." That's bad enough for us!
Otherhood had everything to be a hit. Starring iconic actresses Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman, this Netflix original followed three mothers from the suburbs that arrived in New York to surprise their children after feeling they weren't fully involved in their lives as before. Although much was expected, it disappointed with its thin plot and sub-par script. Critics said the idea was good, but not developed enough to catch the audience's attention.
11 Bad Samaritans
You've probably heard of this comedy show before, but probably not for the best reasons. The show was one of the earliest Netflix originals and it focused on a community service parole group and their parole officer. It received such bad reviews that the show was cancelled very quickly, now not even being available to watch on Netflix. How bad does it have to be to reach that state? Yikes.
10 Fuller House
As a big fan of Full House myself, I was very excited about the possibility to relive the sweetness of the original show, even witnessing most of the characters returning, now older and with their own changed lives. However, it only took a few episodes to realize just how much it flopped. The jokes are bad and the scenarios just don't make sense sometimes, leading to a show that doesn't have the same charm as the original. What a true shame.
From Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and charismatic Will Arnett, Flaked disappointed in just its 8 episodes. Most of the show relies on the entertainment (or lack thereof) of men acting like children. Somehow, it decides to be a dramcom that Entertainment Weekly describes as ” too cute to be serious and too lame to be funny.” It's a shame that the show couldn't really decide what it wanted to be before it decided to become a mess.
Marseille was the first French Netflix show and it depicted the long-serving mayor of Marseille who enters into a war of succession with his former protégé turned rival. The show doesn't really feel like a French show though, other than for its stunning views of the country. Instead, it relies heavily on drama cliches of what a French show should feel like. It's a big no-no for any fan of drama... or good shows.
7 Marco Polo
Netflix pulled all the big guns for Marco Polo, having invested on $90 million for the 10-episode original. However, it didn't really pay off. Due to HBO's Game of Thrones success, critics claimed it was “lifeless,” “sluggish,” and “emotionally empty”, as well as calling it nothing more than the bad opposite of its HBO inspiration. Netflix renewed the show for a 10-episode second season, trying to give the show a second chance, and although it received slightly better reviews, it was quickly cancelled after. Good call, Netflix.
Chelsea came to Netflix as a talk show with an "anti-talk show" billing, but it didn't really impress. Everything felt like a normal talk show, starting from the introductory monologue, followed by an interview with a celebrity or public figure, except... well, critics couldn't handle how awkward and clumsy the show really felt. Executive producer and show-runner Bill Wolff even decided to exit the series after nine episodes.
Let's be honest here... even I was excited to watch this show when I first watched the trailer for Girlboss. However, Netflix cancelled the show right after its first season (which hardly happens, even to truly awful shows) and the harsh reviews that followed the release of the show prove just why it was so easy to cancel it. Critics even called the main character "an ignorant but energetic youngster" rebelling against childhood with no self-awareness. Not what you want out of a character when it's not well written, is it?
This Netflix drama follows a voyeuristic therapist that was quickly cancelled after only one season. What was meant to be a psychological horror thriller quickly became a disappointment, with critics calling it flat and boring. “Gypsy comes out a flavourless hodgepodge, with nothing about Watts's character's crisis even faintly convincing,” Daily Telegraph writes. Enough said.
3 The Ranch
The Ranch was supposed to appeal to fans of The 70's Show, bringing back Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson together. What could have been a great comedy show ended up being a boring, uninspiring sitcom with the ever-so-annoying laughing track in the background that can't even save the awful jokes we have to witness during this show.
2 Real Rob
Rob Schneider is the cherry on top of the cake of many comedy movies, but when you watch Real Rob on Netflix, it doesn't feel... right. When you watch a show where Rob Schneider is the main focus of it, rather than standing on the sidelines for the final punch of comedic value, it doesn't work at all. The show was a flop from the start and one specific critic even said “We don't need to see the world through Rob Schneider's eyes.” That sums up everyone's opinions on the show and why it has such bad reviews.
1 Haters Back Off!
YouTube performer Miranda Sings could have been loved in a shorter video format, but when you transfer this "big personality" character to a series format, it really doesn't work. Not many people could connect with the character, much less one that was made to be so annoying in essence. Although this can be funny in a 2 minute video on YouTube, maybe it's not the best for a 20 minute episode on Netflix.
“Haters Back Off! starts out almost unwatchably awkward,” according to Variety, and it's really easy to understand that not even its humor saved it. Haters really did win when the show was cancelled after 2 seasons.