Everyone is talking about the best things that happened in 2020, presumably to dull the excruciating pain, but it doesn’t mean we should avoid highlighting the bad stuff. We learn from our mistakes, and after watching these eight TV shows, we all realized where the bottom line was really drawn.
Here’s the list of worst 2020 TV shows you should only watch if you have absolutely nothing better to, including watching paint dry in winter weather.
1. The Goop Lab
Right off the bat, we’re getting stuck in some nasty goo(p). The Goop brand is Gwyneth Paltrow’s love child that’s meant to promote a healthy lifestyle by selling horrifically overpriced products to gullible customers. And the Goop Labs was a Netflix show, made to show us what’s going on behind the curtains. Too bad we already know it’s all a big scam that they’re trying to cover up with science and smart words. Look, if you spend 20 bucks on a piece of paper that’s supposedly vibrating at otherworldly frequencies, you’ve been had. Oh, and the show itself was really dull too.
2. Emily in Paris
Next up is “Emily in Paris” — an incredibly dumb sitcom from the creators of “Sex and the City.” Don’t worry, I’m not being too harsh on it. All you have to do is watch the first episode (but don’t, actually), and you’ll see how flat and outdated the jokes are. Just watch “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” if you want some cheap laughs.
3. Space Force
Steve Carell’s involvement in a project is almost always a sign that it will do great or at least that the fans will love it. We say “almost” because there have been a couple of duds in his career, including Netflix’s “Space Force.” As a fan of the US Office, it was painful for me to watch this mockumentary. Of course, it’s not all bad, but the majority of jokes felt like they were written either for or by 5-year-olds. And then it gets political for a while, falls flat on its face, and nobody wins. Good luck next time!
4. October Faction
October Faction was one of the earliest 2020 flops, premiering on Netflix in early January. In fact, it was so bland that I forgot about its existence one week after I’d watched it. There are some cool action-horror elements and monster designs that would work much better with a bigger budget, but otherwise, October Faction is completely forgettable. Season two was canceled as far as we know, so there’s no point in watching a half-told story. Better grab the graphic novel, trust me!
5. Avenue 5
A sci-fi comedy series featuring Hugh Laurie and Josh Gad should have been an instant hit, so what went wrong? Apparently, the script. The show had so much potential, but the writing just wasn’t funny enough. Every single joke coming out of their mouths made me roll my eyes so hard I could see my esophagus.
What could be funnier than broke kids going back home to live with their parents? Well, obviously, it’s parents coming to live with their kids. At least that’s what the creators of “Indebted” thought when they were producing this show. Even the Nanny herself, Fran Drescher, couldn’t save Indebted from getting slapped around by the critics and regular Joes.
What could be funnier than broke kinds moving… Hold on, I’m having the worst case of Deja Vu. Apparently, “Broke” and “Indebted” are just two sides of the same unfunny coin. Broke also deals with relatives crashing in because they had nowhere else to go. Imagine this subject being funny in the middle of an actual apocalypse. If you feel like you can get past the first episode, consider yourself a very resilient person.
8. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
This show’s premise is quite fascinating: a young coder girl gets an MRI scan, the earth shakes a bit, and now she can “hear” people’s thoughts. But here’s the twist -— she hears them as songs. So, essentially it should have been a fun musical show, but even classic songs and well-choreographed dancing numbers couldn’t save it from the underlying office drama. It’s also probably the least offensive TV series on this list, to be honest.