When you're a hardcore television fan, you learn how to weed out the good from the bad. With shows being a creative art form in a way, you're going to get people who like certain projects and others who don't. And that's completely ok! Though sometimes there's some that a majority of viewers can agree that they completely disliked.
Each year has to have some of these series'. It's just what happens when there's so many productions coming out continuously. There's five shows that we disliked in 2023. We shared them below:
- Kaleidoscope on Netflix
- Velma on Max
- True Lies on CBS
- Fatal Attraction on Paramount+
- The Idol on HBO
We dive more into our reasons as to why these shows were some of the most disliked of the year. Read on below for the details.
Kaleidescope on Netflix
When I saw that Giancarlo Esposito was signed up for Kaleidoscope, which dropped Jan. 1, 2023, I was like, sign me up right away! The Netflix heist drama had an interesting concept to it in terms of each viewer has a different viewing experience since the episode order is shuffled for each person. While this was unique, it didn't quite work. Things got confusing, some episodes felt too long and drawn out, and I think the show tried to do too much with a complicated concept. Netflix hasn't announced anything about a season 2, and I don't think it will.
Velma on Max
One of the shows that I think a majority of people who watched it would agree was not great is Velma on Max. I'm sorry but I don't know if there's one person who actually liked it. The adult animation premiered on Jan. 12, and right away the reception wasn't great. Usually using a nostalgic and iconic character from a beloved franchise would pique people's interests. But this one honestly flopped. The show created a completely different Velma than we know, the characters are boring, and the fact that it doesn't give you a Scooby-Doo feel at all just made this drown. It's not a surprise the animated mystery got cancelled.
True Lies on CBS
On March 1, CBS tried its hand at a Mr. and Mrs. Smith-esque sort of show and adapted the 1994 movie True Lies into a television series of the same name. The action drama features a suburban housewife who discovers her husband is actually a spy, and then she ends up joining him at his agency. The idea of one of the spouses being a secret spy and the other not knowing has been done so many times. This felt like such a repetivie idea. And honestly, the episodes were just boring. Action stories are supposed to be exciting, and this one just wasn't.
Fatal Attraction on Paramount+
Another series that's based on a film of the same name is Fatal Attraction on Paramount+, which premiered April 30. While the movie did very well with audiences, the same can't be said about its 2023 adaptation. I'm not going to say that the two leads, Lizzy Caplan and Joshua Jackson, weren't great at their roles. Because they definitely were! But, that wasn't enough to hold the story up. It didn't keep you on your toes and eager for more. The pacing was too slow, and the ending and so-called cliffhanger just didn't do it. The streamer has canceled the show and it is not coming back for a second season.
The Idol on HBO
I don't even think this one needs an explanation tbh. The title on our list that was just a big hot mess is definitely The Idol on HBO. The drama series starring Lily-Rose Depp and the Weeknd was a train-wreck even before it premiered on June 4. According to the Rolling Stone, behind-the-scenes arose while the series was in production like a bad working environment, as well as a change of telling the story from a female perspective. There were also reports that "disturbing" scenes had originally been in the scripts and then removed, but the network and the Weeknd denied these claims. But still, it didn't get off on a good start.
And it got even worse when the show premiered. The whole series gives you an icky feeling, including glamorizing certain negative subjects, like abuse. It just doesn't make any sense. The drama had the potential to really create a story that highlighted how toxic the entertainment business can be. But it didn't do it effectively at all. It tried to relay the message of how bad things are, but then the series just added to it. That's why it was no surprise that it was cancelled a month after the finale aired. And really, good riddance.