Total Nerd The 19 Most Disappointing Netflix Original Shows  

Alexandra Plesa
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List Rules Vote up the shows that were Netflix's biggest let downs.

We’ve come a long time since Netflix released its first original show, House of Cards, back in 2013. In the meantime, the streaming giant went on to produce not only series, but movies and documentaries as well. The Netflix Originals library is steadily growing – in fact, the platform is currently producing more content than any other single American network or cable channel.

While creating three-to-five excellent series every year can be done, coming up with dozens of compelling shows over a plethora of genres is extremely challenging. Hence, it’s no wonder that some of the most anticipated Netflix shows released in recent years have been somewhat disappointing.

Netflix is still producing high-quality content and gifting subscribers with gems like Stranger Things, Master of None, and BoJack Horseman. The Crown won over critics quickly, Orange Is the New Black is praised year after year for its powerful storytelling. Not to mention, Jessica Jones is probably the best Marvel TV adaptation we can hope for. But while still an innovative creative force, there is a growing collection of Netflix shows that sucked. 

So what’s the worst of the worst? We’ve listed some of the most poorly received Netflix series below – bashed by critics and viewers alike. Vote up your least favorites.

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Chasing Cameron


Chasing Cameron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 19 Most Disappointing Netflix Original Shows
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The main problem with this reality show is that it’s about a celebrity with little name recognition. Cameron Dallas is a social media influencer and the series tries to highlight the price that comes with Internet stardom.

“Fans and followers will have this show on their must-see lists, but it's little more than a self-promotional tool for Cameron and his fellow internet personalities,” according to Common Sense Media. Maybe Netflix is at its best when it focuses on bold programming instead of providing viewers with empty reality TV.

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Iron Fist


Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 19 Most Disappointing Netflix Original Shows
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Marvel shows generally do well for Netflix, being met with eagerness by fans and critics alike... until Iron Fist came along, that is. After the success of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, everyone was expecting another great installment in the Netflix Marvel universe.

Sadly, Iron Fist is considered the weakest of the bunch by a long shot. Fans were unimpressed and critics called it bland. While The Defenders managed to significantly improve the character of Danny Rand, Iron Fist still has a long way to go if it wants to compete in the era or peak TV.

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Fuller House


Fuller House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 19 Most Disappointing Netflix Original Shows
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The announcement of Netflix’s Full House revival was met with enthusiasm. When the show premiered, however, critics weren't fast to give out praise.

The New York Times considered the sequel “a forced march down memory lane.” The AV Club went as far as to call it a “porn parody without the porn.” However, it must not have been all bad considering the show was brought back for a second season. 

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 19 Most Disappointing Netflix Original Shows
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According to data released by Netflix, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is the platform’s most binge-raced show. That means more viewers finished the revival in 24 hours than any other Netflix series. Needless to say, it was highly anticipated.

And yet, reactions to it were mixed. While some viewers were happy to simply be reunited with Lorelai and Rory, others felt let down by Rory’s arc, the long musical number, and, of course, the infamous last four words. Time called the revival “a disappointing return to Stars Hollow,” while The Verge noted that the show is “weirdly hostile toward fans, women, and storytelling in general.”

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