Aside from films, Netflix also boasts a wide collection of television shows. In the beginning, the streaming giant drew subscribers by making several hit shows available for streaming. In fact, the Netflix boss Ted Sarandos even took credit for the popularity of Friends and The Office.
As you know, however, Friends has since moved to HBO Max where it became one of the many shows available upon the service’s launch. Even with Friends gone though, there are still plenty of shows to enjoy on Netflix. That said, you might want to skip these series the next time you stream.
10 Ultraman, 6.9
Ultraman is a fictional superhero that was introduced in Japan way back in the 60s. Several decades later, Ultraman’s popularity waned, so much so that it was even classified as among the most obscure TV superheroes. But then, Netflix thought it can bring this superhero back to life with its own Ultraman show.
Unfortunately, the series is not as good as fans may have expected. That said, there seems to be a renewed interest in the character. In fact, it was even announced that Ultraman was coming to Marvel Comics.
9 Roman Empire, 6.9
As the title suggests, Roman Empire is set during the period of the Roman civilization. Part documentary and part drama, the show delves into the lives of people such as Julius Caesar, Spartacus, Cleopatra, Pompey, and Mark Antony.
And although the show features some incredibly period costumes and fight scenes, it can still feel dragging at times, which may explain the relatively low rating it received on IMDb. Perhaps Netflix subscribers don’t appreciate the history lesson, especially when there are so many other shows available.
8 Space Force, 6.8
Today, there are split views regarding this comedy. In fact, we can think of reasons why it’s today’s best topical satire and why there are better alternatives too. One of the things going for this show is its stellar cast, which is led by Steve Carrell.
Meanwhile, the actor is also joined by the likes of John Malkovich and Friends star Lisa Kudrow. That said, Netflix subscribers have also called out the show for its inaccuracies. Nonetheless, some people still enjoy the show, especially its incredible cameos.
7 Snowpiercer, 6.7
Futuristic concepts have always been a hit among viewers, which may explain the success behind the technology-focused Netflix series Black Mirror. Perhaps the streaming giant was planning to mirror its success with Snowpiercer.
The show is set seven years after our world has already become a frozen wasteland and conflicts arise due to politics and social injustice. The show is headlined by A Beautiful Mind’s Jennifer Connelly and Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs. And if you can’t get enough of them, you can check out their coolest behind-the-scenes photos and stories.
6 Away. 6.6
This Netflix show stars Oscar winner Hilary Swank as an astronaut who is struggling with leaving her husband and child behind for a mission with an international space crew. Swank had said that she decided to star and produce the show upon reading the pilot and the Esquire article it was based on.
Aside from Swank, the cast also includes Josh Charles who famously starred in the hit legal drama, The Good Wife. Unfortunately, the series only received a lukewarm reception. Netflix later decided to cancel the show. Nonetheless, if you like the show, we thought you might appreciate how we ranked every main character, according to intelligence.
5 Freud, 6.5
This period thriller is set in 19th century Vienna where a young Sigmund Freud encounters a psychic medium. Austrian actor Robert Finster was cast to play the titular character. The show did spark some interest. It also managed to earn a rather decent 54% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.
Some critics have said the show is watchable. However, it becomes immediately clear that improvements could have been made. Netflix eventually decided to cancel Freud after one season. Before the show ended though, it managed to wrap up its storyline nicely.
4 Hache, 6.4
This show is the fifth Spanish original show that Netflix has ever released. Its story centers on a prostitute named Helena who tries to infiltrate a cartel by gaining the affections of the leader. Unlike most dramas, this one is based on real-life events.
As it turns out, show creator Verónica Fernández came up with the show while reading a newspaper. “I was reading a newspaper that talked about how Luchano organized the heroin route from Asia to America,” Fernandez told Variety. “In doing more research I found how the Italian drug dealers moved the heroin…”. Fans didn’t seem too convinced, though.
3 Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event, 5.7
The show is a Netflix special that combines talents from several Netfix sitcoms. These include The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, The Big Show, Mr. Iglesias, and Family Reunion. Hence, you see a lot of familiar faces, including Eva Longoria, Gabriel Iglesias, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, and Paul Wight, a.k.a. The Big Show among others.
Perhaps the show is not as good as expected because there are just too many characters that viewers need to make sense of. In recent months, Netflix has decided to cancel The Big Show and it’s unclear if its characters would be written out of this crossover event.
2 Tiny Creatures, 4.8
While it may appear like one, Tiny Creatures is not your average documentary about animals. Instead, it tries to make things more fun for children. The problem with this approach, however, is that this educational family show appears to be bordering on ridiculous.
Even more troubling, this pseudo-documentary has also been accused of encouraging animal abuse by viewers. In response, the show’s director, Emmy winner Jonathan Jones, assured everyone that no animals were harmed. According to Distractify, predators and prey were shot on different days.
1 Jinn, 3.5
Jinn is a new Arabic supernatural drama that has caused much controversy and uproar from the beginning. The show centers on magical genies or jinn in the city of Petra and the youngsters that must stop them from wreaking havoc on the world.
After releasing five episodes, the show caught backlash after one of the female characters was shown kissing two different men in separate scenes. According to Deadline, a Jordanian prosecutor even asked Jordan’s Ministry of the Interior’s cybercrimes unit to take measures to “stop the broadcast” due to the “immoral scenes.”
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