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If your favorite TV show is on this list, it was one of the worst of 2020

Published Dec 27th, 2020 9:07AM EST
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  • Based on reviews and scores from the review aggregation website Metacritic, these were some of the worst TV shows of 2020 — a year that saw millions of people stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic and streaming more TV than ever.
  • The worst TV shows of the year, according to this ranking, including shows that debuted in 2020 like Hoops, The Duchess, and Too Hot to Handle.
  • Below, you can also find a link to a rundown of the Best TV Shows of 2020, based on Metacritic scores.

When we look back over this dumpster fire of a year, streaming TV at home was one of the activities that helped most of us stay sane and eke out at least a tiny bit of comfort and enjoyment during 2020, when it seems that pretty much everything in the world was conspiring against that (thanks largely to the coronavirus pandemic). And even now, as I write these words on Christmas morning, millions of people will be gathered around TVs today through this weekend to stream much-anticipated fare, like Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max, Soul on Disney+, and the first product of Shonda Rhimes’ buzzy Bridgerton — the first show she’s produced for Netflix as part of a pact with the streamer.

As we noted yesterday, this is the time of the year when best-of lists start to proliferate — and, indeed, there has been an abundance of lists touting the Best TV Shows of 2020. But just as the quality of what counts as the best is completely subjective, a few lists are also taking a stab at going the opposite route, ranking the worst TV shows that graced our screens over the course of 2020.

The Metacritic scoring system identifies shows with a score of between 40 and 60 as having garnered “mixed or average review,” while TV shows with scores of between 20 and 39 are, well, basically garbage.

You can check out the full list of Metacritic’s 40 Worst TV Shows of 2020 at this link, where it’s important to note that all the shows therein garnered a “Metascore” of 60 or lower. To save you some time scrolling, we’ll include what this list identifies as the Top 10 worst shows of the year below.

With the exception of The Politician, the list below refers to Season 1 of all of the following shows:

  1. Hoops
  2. The Duchess
  3. Indebted
  4. Helstrom
  5. The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow
  6. Too Hot to Handle
  7. The Politician
  8. AJ and the Queen
  9. Messiah
  10. Crossing Swords

Check out the rest of Metacritic’s list right here to see if any of your favorites were unfortunate enough to make the cut.

Andy Meek Trending News Editor

Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

Over the years, he’s interviewed legendary figures in entertainment and tech that range from Stan Lee to John McAfee, Peter Thiel, and Reed Hastings.