For every award-winning series that Netflix produces, there are a dozen that should have never been made in the first place.
Critics and audiences alike can agree we're living in the Golden Age of television. During the 2010s, Netflix set a high bar with acclaimed series like Stranger Things and Orange Is The New Black, all while redefining adult animation with shows like Bojack Horseman and Big Mouth.
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Many of the series produced within the past ten years have elevated television to a peak fine dining experience. However, with the massive amount of content Netflix streams, there are plenty of duds and head-scratchers that make viewers question how they were ever made in the first place.
Updated on 23rd September 2022 by Jodi Nicholls: This list has been updated to enhance the reading experience and ensure up-to-date and accurate information.
Emily in Paris has proven itself a love-it-or-hate-it kind of series. However, beneath all the beautiful shots of Paris and the plethora of cute outfits, Emily in Paris is a problematic circus. Its eponymous protagonist insists she's charming yet remains completely unaware of her "ugly American" behavior in a city she superficially romanticizes.
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The show's idea of comedy is recycling dated jokes about French stereotypes, which weren't ever funny in the first place. The French media even made a point of openly condemning it. In fact, the show's Golden Globe nomination was so hotly debated that it prompted an investigation that ended up exposing the Hollywood Foreign Press for bribing the Golden Globes to nab a spot.
The amount of Rob Schneider content available on Netflix – from Real Rob to his standup special – is somewhat puzzling. Schneider has almost become a meme in today's society, partially because of a timeless South Park joke, and partially because his resume is as extensive as it is laughable.
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Real 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 bits of standup peppered throughout the show. Even Schneider fans found the actor's performance in Real Rob even more grating than usual.
In the world of comedy, it's common knowledge that constant profanity is a sign of insecurity in one's material, especially when almost every other word is a pointless swear word. It's a defense mechanism born of the belief that shock tactics distract viewers from bad writing.
Sadly, this was the MO for Hoops, which follows a hot-tempered, foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who's tasked with the (extremely unique) responsibility of turning a team of losers into winners. In a failed attempt at misdirection from its weak premise, Hoops relies almost entirely on profanity and shock humor, offering the same energy as a 13-year-old who just learned how to swear.
There are plenty of shows with obnoxious characters as their protagonists. Sometimes they're fictionalized versions of real people, like in The Sarah Silverman Program, or they're an entire group of people, like in It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. However, unlikable protagonists still need an element of relatability, and the show needs a strong sense of self-awareness to make them believable.
Haters Back Off! isn't a travesty of a show. However, the protagonist, Colleen, is a terrible singer with delusions of grandeur and remains unlikable the entire way through the series. Haters Back Off!'s idea of self-awareness is the belief that annoying equals funny, which it doesn't.
Super Drags is especially disappointing because of its great premise. Three gay co-workers lead double lives as a team of superhero drag queens. It's basically The Powerpuff Girls with drag queens, which sounds super fun. Alas, it could have been another great addition to Netflix's growing list of adult animated programs; however, it failed to deliver on several levels.
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The animation, which is bright and colorful (as it should be) is poorly designed, extremely rapid, and harsh on the eyes. Granted, there are only five episodes of Super Drags, but that isn't an excuse for its lack of character development or its cringe humor that relies on stereotypes and pointlessly shocking acts.
Too Hot to Handle is an attempt to rip off Love Island, but the end product resembles a slightly classier Jersey Shore. For fans of the other aforementioned programs, Too Hot to Handle is a competitive dating reality show that forces a group of horny millennials to abstain from sex (including kissing and self-gratification), so might be well worth a watch.
However, for most, it's another vapid 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's-good categories of trashy reality TV.
Whether the premise for Sexy Beasts is good or horrifying is subjective. However, one can't argue it isn't interesting. In a strange combination of Love Is Blind and Face Off, the show encourages its candidates to engage with each other on a personal level instead of basing their connection on superficial attraction. How do they do this? By placing them in heavy prosthetics based on a type of animal. Sadly, 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.
In Netflix's endless attempts to connect with current youth culture, Chasing Cameron proves why older generations struggle to like younger ones. The show isn't a reflection on certain age groups as a whole and shouldn't be treated as such; however, Chasing Cameron doesn't put the generation's best foot forward.
Set in the olden days, when Vine reigned supreme (right before the Tik Tok era), this series centers around Cameron Dallas, a Viner and social media influencer who, along with others exactly like him, take themselves extremely seriously. Plenty of 20-year-olds have the same complex but aren't granted an entire series on Netflix, which allows them to indulge in their generally terrible behavior.
Since the original Richie Rich premiered in 1994, the world and its social environment have dramatically changed. Tastes and demands shift with time, and given the world's current state of affairs, a sitcom about a rich and spoiled white boy doesn't hit the way it used to. (Actually, it never really did).
However, in 2015, Netflix seemed to believe differently. In another failed attempt to capitalize on the public's nostalgia, this TV adaption of Richie Rich is another soulless rehash of already soulless material. Nobody asked for this, hence the poor rating.
As of early 2022, Hype House is the lowest-rated Netflix series to date, and not only because of critics. Once again, a camera crew sets out to film a group of 'famous' teenagers on social media no one really knows, and aside from the general lack of anything interesting happening, Hype House is the reason Gen Z is a curse word.
Even the show's target demographic was widely condemned, it being another instance of enabling young, self-important, wannabe celebrities' insufferable behavior. The number of great shows Netflix has canceled to allow Hype House to take precedence is objectively baffling.
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Remy Cashman is a list writer for CBR, and an editor, comedian, and content creator based in Los Angeles. They hold a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University, and in addition to CBR, they are also a freelance writer for HorrorBuzz.com. If you would like to see Remy dress in drag and talk about TV, movies, and pop culture ad nauseam even more, feel free to visit their Youtube channel. Howdy ho!
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