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Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast 

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Updated May 12, 2020 2.5k votes 621 voters 9.2k views 9 items

List Rules Awful shows that just aren't good, despite having stellar casts filled with great actors.

There a lot of aspects of a TV show that can end up sealing its fate as being “bad.” A poorly realized concept can make for a weak show foundation; lackluster scripts can demolish any merit a story might have; and ill-conceived direction can send a whole show crashing down. It is these kinds of tragic missteps that have destroyed television with great potential, and the most depressing of these situations is when you get bad shows with great casts.

With television becoming the burgeoning medium for artistic expression these days, it is a truly happy moment when you hear a fantastic actor or group of actors is set to headline a hot or intriguing new TV show. The only thing that matches this kind of excitement is the disappointment that hits when you realize your favorite acting talents tried and failed to make a hopeless comedy or drama great. For TV junkies, there is no greater sadness than shows that are bad despite great casts. Vote up the worst shows with good casts below.

 

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Mom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Blake Garrett Rosenthal

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom

Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker. ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror

Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and prequel series to The Walking Dead, which is ...more
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Blindspot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Sullivan Stapleton, Jaimie Alexander, Rob Brown

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Blindspot (NBC, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Martin Gero. When a mysterious tattooed woman (Jaimie Alexander) is found naked inside a travel bag with no recollection ...more
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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Sigourney Weaver, Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more
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Great News is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Andrea Martin, John Michael Higgins, Nicole Richie

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Great News (2017, NBC) an American sitcom television series created and written by Tracey Wigfield. An up-and-coming news producer (Briga Heelan) finds herself dealing with a new intern: her ...more
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L.A.'s Finest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Gabrielle Union, Jessica Alba, Ernie Hudson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Police procedural

L.A.'s Finest (Spectrum, 2019 )is an American drama television series based on the Bad Boys film series. DEA Agent Syd Burnett (Gabrielle Union) joins the LAPD and is paired with new partner ...more
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The Young Pope is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
The Young Pope Jude Law, Diane Keaton

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Young Pope (2016, HBO) is an English-language Italian drama television series. Jude Law stars as .Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo), the newly elected Pope and former Archbishop of New ...more
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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, LeToya Luckett

Premiered: HBO

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Ballers (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson. Former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) tries to find success as a financial ...more
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The Affair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Current TV Shows That Are Bad Despite a Great Cast
Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Affair (2014, Showtime) is an American television drama series created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi. The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between Noah ...more