Are there any wildly popular shows you wouldn’t recommend to another soul? You’ve got company. After someone polled an online entertainment forum, here are the shows they recommend you don’t waste your time on. Have you seen them?
1. The Watcher (2022)
Netflix’s The Watcher was gripping from beginning to end (to me), but many were disappointed with the ending. I agree. I wanted more than what we got. Despite being inspired by actual events, most of the series was fictional. Several moviegoers suggest the acting was a bit too “campy,” as well.
2. 13 Reasons Why (2017-2020)
Another Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, received much criticism for romanticizing the story of a teenage girl ending her own life. The show is aimed at teenagers and deals with sexual assault, substance abuse, bullying, and murder.
A disgruntled viewer clarifies: “They absolutely disgraced the original source material. Literally matted all of the novel in the first episode and pumped out trash for the remainder of the series.”
3. The Walking Dead (2010-2022)
The Walking Dead started as an incredible zombie show with intriguing plotlines and fantastic acting. However, over the years, the story begins to seriously drag.
Plus, the writers have a knack for gutting their viewers with prominent character deaths. A disheartened fan admits: “I cared about those people and agonized over every death. I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to go through this.”
Agreed. I LOVED this show, but after how they did Glenn Rhee, that was a wrap for me. I still heard as other beloved characters were killed, and it only confirmed I was right in stopping my watching of the show.
4. Westworld (2016-2022)
Westworld season one is repeatedly called “The best season of a show on television. With so much potential.” The consensus is that the writing has fantastic acting and an amazing soundtrack. However, the forum said the second season declined, and the third and fourth were complete trash.
5. And Just Like That… (2021-)
And Just Like That… is a continuation of Sex and the City, but doesn’t have the same reach. While some confess it’s cringe but still watch it, others warn: “You know when a series you really like ends and you WISH they’d make more so you could still have the characters in their lives? I’ll never wish that again after And Just Like That... Sometimes, when things end, they should just stay ended, and we can make up on our own what happened.”
6. Heroes (2006-2010)
Heroes was a superhero show that was unfortunately affected by a writer’s strike. While everyone believes the first season was gold, the rest fell flat on its face. “The first season is compelling enough to get you invested, and then it is an interminable slog afterward. I watched all of it because I am deeply stupid.”
7. How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014)
The How I Met Your Mother finale may go down as the most disappointing ending to a popular sitcom ever. People tuned in for nine seasons to find out who the “mother” was and were beyond disappointed to meet her a few times before they killed her off! Fans were devastated and angry; many still refuse to watch it despite loving it the first time. Truthfully, the show has also aged like milk.
8. Grey’s Anatomy (2005-)
Do you feel like balling your eyeballs out every week as every primary character is killed in some horrific accident every week? Then, Grey’s Anatomy is the show for you. Seriously. I love drama, and even I was like, that’s it after they killed Derek.
These Seattle doctors have the worst luck in the history of television. The first few seasons were great, but it’s overdue for them to give the show a finale.
9. That ’90s Show (2023-)
As a massive That ’70s Show fan, I was ecstatic to check out That ’90s Show. However, I must agree with the masses that it’s not the best. The nostalgia was enough to get me through it but fell flat. Kitty and Red are its only saving grace.
10. Game of Thrones (2011-2019)
I feel like I’m one of the only people who has never seen an episode of Game of Thrones. Still, it’s a hugely popular show with an apparent disappointing ending. A fan clarifies: “Starts out so good, then begins to nose dive at the halfway point, before ending in a complete dumpster fire. I just cannot, in good conscience, inflict that level of disappointment on anyone.”
11. Lost (2004-2010)
I didn’t watch Lost until it was over, and it sucked me in immediately. I mean, what a pilot! But it dwindled on for too long with a disappointing ending. As one notes: “Such a great first season, but it gradually just got insultingly infuriatingly bad. I stuck with it until the terrible end and wish I could get all those wasted hours back.” They aren’t alone in feeling that.
12. American Horror Story (2011-)
American Horror Story started off incredibly. The first three seasons are gold. I love Jessica Lange! But I agree with the consensus that it continues to get lamer and lamer every season. As a fan, I enjoy Roanoke and 1984, but they don’t hold a candle to the first three. American Horror Stories, on the other hand, is pure garbage.
13. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)
For the first time in history, someone suggests they wouldn’t recommend Breaking Bad. The premise involves methamphetamines, so it’s not enticing for those who have used them or have people they love strung out on them. Despite its popularity as someone in recovery, I never watched it, and many others in the forum who relate to substance abuse issues admit they wouldn’t recommend it.
14. Manifest (2018-2023)
Manifest had massive potential and a gripping pilot, but it quickly got boring. Countless members share that it started strong but fell off for them, too. “It’s such a cool premise, but it gets old really fast with the same formula being used over and over again.”
15. The Boys (2019-)
The Boys is a massive gore-fest, and for that reason, many people wouldn’t recommend it. Yeah. I watched the first episode, and it starts off horrifically. From what I’ve heard, it only gets more graphic. Many agree with one who writes: “I love the acting and the storyline, but I just couldn’t keep going with the extreme violence and gore.”
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Elizabeth Ervin is the owner of Sober Healing. She is a freelance writer passionate about opioid recovery and has celebrated breaking free since 09-27-2013. She advocates for mental health awareness and encourages others to embrace healing, recovery, and spirituality.