The cream of the crop these are NOT!
With so much good shows that currently air on TV, it is easy to overlook the complete abominations that exist and still manage to make air. We could hardly make it through an episode, let alone an entire season of these disasters.
Whether it was a debuting show that failed to make a splash, ongoing trainwrecks that continue to infuriate, or a final season that missed the landing by a mile and landed flat, we look at 7 of the worst TV shows of 2019.
7. Game of Thrones (Season 8)
To die-hard fans, it is a travesty to even think about including Game of Thrones in a worst of- list, but the final season of Game of Thrones is undoubtedly deserving of all the scorn it has received and continues to receive.
The final season somehow feels bloated and lacking at the same time. It has none of the political intrigues, engaging dialog, likable characters, and palpable tension that the first few seasons had.
The showrunners were up against the wall, racing against time and lacking sufficient source material to provide a satisfactory ending to such an established franchise. Still, nothing can excuse the corny dialog, the one-dimensional characters, the schizophrenic pace, and the comedic lack of drama and tension.
The season finale received worldwide scorn, and is up there with the likes of Lost, Dexter, and Seinfeld as TV series finales that fell on a banana peel and fell flat!
In their review, Entertainment Weekly criticized the showrunners for sticking with the cut-and-dry one-dimensional protagonist Jon Snow instead of other more complex characters.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%
Metacritic Score: 74 out of 100
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6. American Gods (Season 2)
The second season of American Gods was doomed from the start. In the now-infamous behind-the-scenes drama, news of backstage turmoil racked the show.
The show underwent a litany of changes in showrunners, lost some of its central cast members, had overshot its budget, and was behind schedule.
The resulting mess is a hodgepodge of an incomprehensible plot, frenetic pacing, and a sore lack of direction. One of the dullest TV experiences of the year, American Gods, makes the list of the worst of 2019.
Indiewire put it best in their review:
"After all the work done to keep the show going — and the very real risk it might not keep going — one would hope for more onscreen urgency. Instead, it just continues on, as if nothing changed and nothing will."
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%
Metacritic Score: 45 out of 100
5. The Widow (Season 1)
You know a thriller has failed when you anticipate the “twist” a mile away. Such is the nature of The Widow. A thrilling political conspiracy on paper, the execution was anything but.
The series stars Kate Beckinsale, a competent actress who is bogged down by the nonsensical plot and the ludicrous story. Beckinsale plays Georgia Wells, a woman whose husband dies while aboard a flight. As the story unfolds, we learn that the husband is alive and well and not who he seemed to be.
We could not wait for the series to be over and done with within the first three episodes. That is the best compliment we can give this atrocity!
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%
Metacritic Score: 66 out of 100
4. The Village (Season 1)
The Village was canceled after its first season, which tells you all you should know about this abomination. It tries to emulate the tear-jerker family-drama, This Is Us, without understanding what made that show work.
Melodramatic hogwash of a soap opera, the show was intent on making people cry through sad clichés without emulating the heartfelt emotion. Panned by fans and critics alike, it is no wonder the show was canceled.
In their review, USA Today said:
"The writers of 'Village' make the mistake of confusing emotion with quality. It's not enough just to feel; you have to do something with those feelings, too."
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 31%
Metacritic Score: 47 out of 100
3. The I-Land (Season 1)
The I-Land looks to piggyback off of the success of J.J. Abrams’ cult classic Lost with none of the character development and intrigue.
The series is awash with superficial characters and a sub-par plot with dismal special effects. The “mystery” will not leave you scratching your heads; instead, you will be rolling your eyes. This 5-part Netflix series is nothing but a cash grab, and if there are sensible people in the world, it will fail at that as well.
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 8%
Metacritic Score: 7 out of 100
2. Almost Family (Season 1)
To think that the plot of a fertility doctor using his sperm to impregnate over a hundred women would belong on anywhere but an episode of CSI is astounding enough, but to use the premise for comedic effect and melodrama as the showrunners tried in Almost Family makes it morally apprehensive on top of being an abysmal TV show.
Kelly Lawler of USA Today said of the series:
“It is tonally dissonant in the most extreme sense, a case of two wildly incompatible concepts crushed together so inelegantly that the result is a morally reprehensible, skin-crawling drama.”
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 24%
Metacritic Score: 40 out of 100
1. Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club (Season 1)
Modern reality TV seems suspect enough, but when there is no hook to reel in the viewers, what is even the point?
Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club lived and died in its first season, and all we can say is hallelujah!
If you hadn’t already guessed, the show is about Lindsay Lohan, but you barely catch a glimpse of Lohan in the show. Say what you want about Lindsay Lohan, but she knows how to generate buzz. Without her, the show is entirely pointless and not the least interesting.
Amy Zimmerman of The Daily Beast put it best, saying:
“It’s great on paper, but in practice, the show faces a number of insurmountable obstacles that make it almost unwatchable. First and foremost: This Lindsay Lohan show is barely about Lindsay Lohan. ... Without its supposed star, all that remains is a reality TV show that barely bothers to have a premise.”
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%
Metacritic Score: 45/100