Best and Worst Shows on TV and Streaming
Thu, October 21, 2021

Best and Worst Shows on TV and Streaming

From historical to modern to the futuristic and speculative or just the downright funny and dirty comedy, there’s a little something on TV for everyone / Photo by: VIA Gallery via Flickr

 

Thanks to the wealth of stories to tell, there are more shows now that tackle almost every kind of subject matter. From historical to modern to the futuristic and speculative or just the downright funny and dirty comedy, there’s a little something on TV for everyone. 

Some of these shows are at the top of their game, wonderfully produced and meticulously written, while some…not so much. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst-performing shows on TV and streaming service platforms right now. 

 

The Best

“A Discovery of Witches” 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100% 

Regardless of whether or not you rely on Rotten Tomato scores of movies and TV shows as a trustworthy gauge of the quality of what you have included in your viewing list, “A Discovery of Witches” was apparently a good enough show that it made almost all Rotten Tomato critics’ heads turn. 

According to business magazine Insider.com, although the “witch-vampire supernatural romance” did not really have its day in the Sun, the critics were all over the series and could not help but give overwhelmingly positive reviews on it. It was charming, an apt term to describe the show, and Andrea Reiher of Collider, an entertainment website and YouTube channel, even deemed it “the next show to cast its spell over viewers.” 

“Watchmen” 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97% 

Every film version of a classic from the comic book universe is something that every production studio treats delicately. It’s just really hard to pull off something if all the world is waiting for you screw it up. Thankfully, that didn’t happen to HBO’s “Watchmen” remake. Now considered a bona fide hit, the series is as ambitious and contemplative as the original “Watchmen.” 

For Entertainment Weekly, what made the remake truly charming was Damon Lindelof’s attachment to the project, a world-building effort that does not come out in betrayal of the original source material, something that has always been important to consumers of these kinds of comic book-based films. 

Every film version of a classic from the comic book universe is something that every production studio treats delicately. It’s just really hard to pull off something if all the world is waiting for you screw it up. Thankfully, that didn’t happen to HBO’s “Watchmen” remake / Photo by: Debs via Flickr

 

“Young Justice: Outsiders” 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% 

Perhaps it’s because they know the source material better than most people but DC Universe bringing back “Young Justice” was widely lauded by critics. In the past, the show had been canceled by Cartoon Network, but now that it’s back, enough critics gave it their stamp of approval to make it into this list. Phillip Martinez of Newsweek said that it was a great decision and that the storyline was kept consistent enough that it was able to “set the stage” easily for a fourth season. 

 

The Worst 

“LA’s Finest” 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7% 

Is the 7% rating enough to sway you or do we have to tell you that a score like that ranks the show as technically “rotten?” Well, “LA’s Finest,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, isn’t really that bad, it’s just that it’s been done a lot of times before. Created from the successful “Bad Boys” franchise, “LA’s Finest” struggled to emulate the kind of popularity that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were able to achieve for the franchise. 

The Hollywood Reporter explains that it’s probably the disproportionate ratio of flaws to good qualities that sank “LA’s Finest” in the eyes of critics. Things like inconsistent character continuity are called to question, as well as errant pacing in terms of storytelling. 

Created from the successful “Bad Boys” franchise, “LA’s Finest” struggled to emulate the kind of popularity that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were able to achieve for the franchise / Photo by: Walmart via Flickr

 

“Mad About You” 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

The frank critique about this show is that it’s a little pointless in its remake. In every remake, of course, production companies should ask themselves if it’s even worth it, and that 39% score is enough to turn away anyone who wants to rewatch this; there’s just no point to it. According to Insider, the remake flunked because there wasn’t as much clamor for it to return on air, remake or not. 

With “Watchmen,” it’s obvious that there is a market to tap, but in “Mad About You,” the market has simply moved on. Over at TV Line, a website that discusses anything and everything about TV, the consensus is just that the initial “Mad About You” itself was not really as groundbreaking or phenomenal as other shows in the 80s and 90s.

“Four Weddings and a Funeral” 

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44% 

Touching a Hugh Grant classic and giving it justice is perhaps a difficult task to achieve. 

That being said, British news source The Guardian still granted the remake a three-star review for, well, detracting from the original source material enough that it doesn’t feel like the original. Now, depending on what you think counts as a respectable remake, you would probably be more inclined to say that a remake that does not feel like the brainchild of the source material is practically blasphemy, but writer Benjamin Lee argues that Mindy Kaling’s penning of this new story is still admirable. 

“It’s never less than watchable, spoonfeeding us familiar scenarios, intermixed with sweeping shots of London, easily digestible in a comforting, unchallenging sort of way,” he writes.

Now you know what to tune in on and what to stay away from. You have been forewarned.