Series that turned out to be a waste of timeby Samurio-Copa | created - 06 Mar 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
...Or a waste of potential.
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1. Profit (1996– )
90 min | Crime, Drama
Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead, and that includes bribery, blackmail, intimidation, extortion, and even murder. Now ... See full summary »
While it certainly was a dark and innovative series for its time I felt it was rather mediocre. The basic premise is that the protagonist Jim Profit is a corporate shark working his way up the business ladder to get to the top of his company, Gracen & Gracen, and intends to use any means necessary no matter how drastic they may be. After some of the immoral measures he took comes to light, Profit faces some discrepancy from his coworkers who wish to bring him down and protect the company at all costs. My issue with it is that most of the characters apart from Jim Profit are all thinly written and serve as mere plot devices. Yes, the series is called Profit so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the plot would revolve around him. I just felt that the characters and situations were all conveniently tailored to making Profit appear to be some kind of mastermind. The supporting characters were rather thinly written and seemed obtuse, for instance. Another detriment to the series is the fact that we never really know what drives the protagonist. What's his motivation behind all this? We get into his head but he never reveals what his long-term plans are beyond the one to take over the company and there's no real growth to his character whatsoever. Despite being quite dated and corny, it's still watchable and addicting thanks to its exceedingly talented cast. It's just a shame that the writing, due to its pulpy nature, couldn't complement them.
2. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.
It's adventurous sci-fi schlock that dragged on. In fact, it's really more of a parody of good sci-fi than anything else. This was a harmless fun escapist show for the first 4-5 seasons. Beyond that, the writing simply gets too irritating.
3. Oz (1997–2003)
TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.
Entertaining prison show with great characters. It sadly gets pretty nonsensical in the last few seasons. The ending is a bit lame.
4. Brass Eye (1997–2001)
TV-MA | 25 min | Comedy
Controversal spoof of current affairs television, and the role of celebrity in the UK.
While I can't deny that it was funny at times, particularly during the paedophilia episode which was pretty amusing, it generally tries too hard and the actors reciting the lines are just not that funny and have poor comedic timing.
5. Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)
TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama
A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.
Starts off promising but the characters are pretty cliched and there's nothing to really attach yourself to. There's little character development, there's no real point to the show other than a slice-of-life about high schoolers, and it just gets repetitive and boring after a while.
6. Jam (2000)
24 min | Comedy
A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches.
It's occasionally hilarious throughout the first four episodes but then it gets boring and stupid in the final two.
7. Six Feet Under (2001–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Comedy, Drama
A chronicle of the lives of a dysfunctional family who run an independent funeral home in Los Angeles.
Not bad, just not my cup of tea. The first season achieved a nice balance between drama and humor, it was a good season of television. It sadly took on the format of a boring daytime soap opera the longer it went on and grew to be too melodramatic for my taste. I think if it had fewer seasons, was far less self-indulgent and kept its humorous tone, I would have loved it. The ending was good, at least.
8. The Office (2001–2003)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama
The story of an office that faces closure when the company decides to downsize its branches. A documentary film crew follow staff and the manager David Brent as they continue their daily lives.
When it's not funny it's boring, and it's often not funny. The remake surpassed it and found the right formula. This needed at least a couple more seasons to develop the characters and find its footing. Extras is still Gervais' masterpiece.
9. Firefly (2002–2003)
TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.
It's not that bad, and it certainly beats Whedon's Dollhouse, but it's one of the most disappointing series I've ever seen. It lacks any kind of story as it's mainly episodic, and it relies on the chemistry of its characters whom I found to be unlikable. It does pick up towards the end with a solid episode here and there, but the resolution provided in the film Serenity soured the rest of the series for me. I don't understand the hype.
10. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
Rather frustrating as this was a truly remarkable and incredible series, but it has no ending. It was structured into a trilogy, with every two seasons forming one act of the story. We never ended up getting those other four seasons and it doesn't seem like we ever will. No one cares enough about Carnivàle for it to get any kind of revival treatment ala Twin Peaks. As a result, this just feels like wasted potential and not something I can truly recommend to anyone nor would I ever revisit it. No point sitting through something that doesn't really have an ending. To me, this will always be one of the most disappointing cancellations in TV history and one of the greatest wastes of potential. This could have been one of the greatest TV series of all time.
11. Stargate: Atlantis (2004–2009)
TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith.
It does have a fun character or two and an adventurous plot but it went nowhere with its story (whereas SG-1 did). It just kept teasing and teasing and never truly progressed. Its biggest insult is that it kept rehashing various plots and ideas from SG-1, ad infinitum. This did get cancelled, so no proper ending. It's a horrible choice if you're looking for a story as it has some of the most unoriginal and unsatisfying writing of any show I've seen, regardless of genre. If you just want mindless fun, it's bearable.
12. Weeds (2005–2012)
TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
When a suburban mother turns to dealing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle after her husband dies, she finds out just how addicted her entire neighborhood already is.
Started out good for the first few seasons, but regressed into a shell of its former self. Character motivations no longer made sense. The setting completely changed from the suburbs to the city changing the entire dynamic of the show. The lead even stopped selling weed at one point during one of the seasons. It just lost its focus and its funny bone. The final season was an insult to the viewer as the finale jumped 20 years into the future to when the main character is a multi-millionaire with futuristic tech. Her pot-dealing was apparently quite lucrative. Was it too much to ask to keep the show more grounded? The story was quite charming when it was just about a single mom selling pot in her suburban neighborhood while trying to keep her family out of the dangers that lifestyle beckoned. We didn't need to see her move to Mexico and get married to a cartel leader who then sent hitmen after her whole family turning the show into a half-baked thriller. The story in New York was completely pointless and farfetched. The final season was a mess. I'm glad we didn't have to sit through an entire season in that absurd future.
13. Sleeper Cell (2005–2006)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An American undercover FBI agent is assigned to infiltrate a terrorist sleeper cell that is planning an attack in Los Angeles.
I liked the first season for the most part despite it being a bit of a mixed bag, but I found the second season to be quite contrived, predictable and over-the-top. The characters, other than the one played by Oded Fehr, are rather uninteresting.
14. Prison Break (2005–2017)
TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside.
After a shaky start, the first season progressed into something incredibly fun and addicting, then ends on a massive cliffhanger. The second season, while a step below the first, was still good although it wets the bed by the end. The third and fourth seasons were mostly irredeemable garbage save for Mahone's redemption arc. I hear they made a fifth season, but I am done. I can only stomach bad writing for so long, and the fourth season was always meant to be the final one anyway.
15. Nathan Barley (2005)
TV-PG | 26 min | Comedy
After publishing a rant about 'idiots' - frantically hip, ignorant scenesters - Dan Ashcroft finds these same people embracing him as his idol and his nerves constantly tested by his biggest fan, moronic scene personality Nathan Barley.
It didn't work for me. It was rather weird and unfunny save for a few moments.
16. Snuff Box (2006– )
30 min | Comedy
Two hangmen (Matt Berry and Rich Fulcher) compete for women, money and happiness, venturing deeper in the ocean of depravity than any friends should in a whiskey-fuelled, cross-cultural friendship.
All of the best bits are on YouTube. This series could've been a classic were it not for the unfunny Rich Fulcher.
17. Brotherhood (2006–2008)
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama
Set in an Irish neighbourhood in Providence, the series reflects around two brothers on opposite sides of the law: one a gangster (Jason Isaacs) and the other a politician (Jason Clarke).
A decent show that ended up getting weaker with each passing season due to the characterization falling apart. It's also not as realistic as it purports itself to be.
18. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)
TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.
The first season was awesome. The rest were unbelievably terrible.
19. Dexter (2006–2013)
TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.
The first couple of seasons are fantastic but the problem with this show is that the titular protagonist does not feel like a real believable human being. We are told he's a socio/psycho-path who's also a serial killer and doesn't understand human emotions. But then he's treated by the writers as a black and white vigilante and he is shown to clearly love his step sister and have a fondness towards his deceased step father. Time and time again it's proven throughout the show that he does indeed have feelings. It took 8 seasons for the writers to incessantly drive that point home. There is very little attempt at challenging the audience with a morally complex character. Towards the end he comes across as more of a superhero than anything else, whom you're always meant to root for without objection. His origin story is just completely unrealistic and corny. So any pretense of a richly drawn human character is thrown out the window by the writing alone. Then we have the issue of the show never going anywhere. Every season presents a circular story with little to no plot progression or development of the character. 8 seasons go by and all that really happens is Dexter becomes an idiot and his step sister, Debra, gets promoted a few times. The writers did not care to tell a story and instead wasted time making a soap opera about a guy becoming 'human' when it could have been a fascinating drama about a serial killer getting caught and having to go on the run after being exposed to everyone who cares about him. It is truly a waste of time and does nothing compelling with its premise. The acting is also really bad and adds to the show's corny tone.
20. Chuck (2007–2012)
TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two agents to protect him and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.
At its prime it is a very entertaining series. In fact it's usually always entertaining, but what ruins it is the very bad writing both for the weekly spy missions and especially the character work. I'm not sure I'd ever want to sit through this again but I wouldn't mind watching some movie installments.
21. Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014)
TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A biker struggles to balance being a father and being involved in an outlaw motorcycle club.
It's a very good crime show for the first few seasons, after that the characters and story begin to suck. The characters grew to be despicable and stupid, and the general plot of the show took on the form of a sandbox video game like Grand Theft Auto. It turned into a complete waste of time and a horrible series finale could do nothing to save it. The only consistently great aspect of this series was Ron Perlman's performance, but they eventually killed him off.
22. The Inbetweeners (2008–2010)
TV-14 | 25 min | Comedy
Follows four friends and their antics during their final years of school.
Garbage. Thought it would get better but it just kept getting progressively worse.
23. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi
An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder.
Could've been decent were it not for Joss Whedon's mediocre writing.
24. Romanzo Criminale (2008–2010)
TV-MA | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A criminal known as Lebanese has a dream: to conquer the underworld of Rome. To carry out this feat without precedent he puts together a ruthless and highly organized gang. Their progress ... See full summary »
I liked about half of the first season back when the characters were easier to root for as they wanted to take down a drug kingpin and were the lesser of two evils at the time. The entire series went downhill the moment Lebanese comes into power and gets involved with the mafia, completely corrupting him and slowly poisoning the gang from within. The longer the series went on, the less sympathetic the characters became. They were impossible not to hate in Season 2, and I only rejoiced at their deaths. Every series should have characters you could relate to or root for regardless of how flawed they are, but the criminals in this show were all despicable, making the gangsters in The Sopranos and Sons of Anarchy look like Mormons in comparison. The law enforcement characters were inept and almost irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. In the end, the story turned out to be a rather tedious and repetitive affair that should've been several hours shorter. I did not care for a single character's outcome.
25. Stargate Universe (2009–2011)
Not Rated | 43 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light-years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth.
Here is a wannabe Battlestar Galactica with irritating characters, mediocre writing, abysmal pacing and an abrupt ending due to early cancellation. Not worth the watch at all.
26. Dollhouse (2009–2010)
TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A futuristic laboratory has erased the identities of lost young people, and now imprints them with the temporary identities they need to fulfill assignments for clients.
One of the worst shows I've ever seen. There were no characters to latch onto as several of them would always change their personalities weekly, depriving the viewer of any emotional investment and the characters of any actual development. The dollhouse should've been a device through which a human story is told, not the other way around where characters are merely slaves to the concept and are only there to test its limitations.
27. Party Down (2009–2010)
TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy
A group of actors move to Los Angeles to make it big, but end up working as caterers.
It has its moments but it was a bit of a chore to get through at times. The characters and their plights were insufferable, the tone was all over the place, the characters themselves were caricatures with very little depth or likability. Even the premise of them catering at a different event every week lost its appeal after a while. The character writing and humor often just fell flat for me. And I really don't care about them all being miserable and trying to make it 'big' in Hollywood. There's not much to relate to there on a human level.
28. Spartacus (2010–2013)
TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.
"Once again, the gods spread cheeks and ram cock in fucking ass!" Occasionally pretty entertaining but it's still silly trash. The prequel season along with the second half of Blood and Sand are the best this show has to offer. Those two seasons both had an Upstairs/Downstairs premise that added a clear focus to the story. After that the characters leave the ludus and the story goes downhill as a result. It just degenerates into a 300 clone with lots of traveling and battles which rendered everything quite tedious and hollow compared to its earlier stretch of episodes. To my surprise it managed to have a pretty good finale which does elevate it for me but the final season was still repetitive and derivative. The budget was also ludicrously low which hurt the show.
29. The Pacific (2010)
TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.
Pales completely in comparison to Band of Brothers due to its sub-par cast and dull characters.
30. Terriers (2010)
TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Ex-cop and recovering alcoholic Hank Dolworth partners with his best friend, former criminal Britt Pollack, in an unlicensed private investigation business.
The lead actors are great, but the lack of good writing and an exciting plot betrays them. They deserved a better show. I'm not sad that this was cancelled.
31. Luther (2010– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.
The first season was fine for the most part, it showed promise and I liked the lead characters. But at its prime it was always just mediocre. What ticked me off about the subsequent seasons is that it would completely abandon anything that was set up before. By the second season the writers simply wrote off the first season cliffhanger as if it didn't happen. That's my biggest gripe with this series; there are no lasting consequences and supporting characters get developed only to vanish the following season. The writing is hopelessly pedestrian and familiar, the tone is so over the top and ridiculous when I just wanted a grounded realistic show, and the last season I watched was truly horrific. Each season kept getting progressively worse, with the fourth season being a complete disaster despite being just two episodes long. I noticed they're still milking it, for whatever reason.
32. The Booth at the End (2011–2012)
30 min | Drama, Mystery
Everyone wants something. There is a mysterious figure who sits in the booth at the end, who you make a deal with to get what you want. You do the task or you don't - that is up to you, but... See full summary »
It's alright, I guess. Forgettable.
33. The Borgias (2011–2013)
TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History
In the fifteenth century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war, and marriage alliances.
It never lives up to the intrigue, suspense and storytelling provided in the pilot. The story drags on and loses steam far sooner than anticipated. It also has no ending as it was abandoned by its showrunner. Despite these drawbacks it was mostly enjoyable, but it's still not a must-see by any means.
34. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.
It starts off wonderfully but by the end of it, all of the character arcs are ruined and the plot is dumbed down and simplified to the point of breaking immersion. The world no longer feels believable due to all of the plot armor the characters have and all of the repeat uses of deus ex machina. The characters no longer drove the story, the story drove the characters. Their personalities, motivations, and intelligence levels radically changed as well. The story just felt pointless in the end as nothing felt cohesive, consistent, or meaningful.
35. A Touch of Cloth (2012–2014)
60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
DCI Jack Cloth and DC Anne Oldman are paired to investigate a series of grisly murders done by a devious killer.
It was pretty funny at first and was spot on when it comes to spoofing the genre. The jokes however eventually got repetitive, obvious and dull. Every scene was filled to the brim with gags and jokes but many of them fell flat. The writers were going for a very self-serious tone with a layer of stupidity but the seriousness made it rather boring after some time. It was almost too close to being like an actual cop series. The result is a series with serious performances, dramatic music, with an occasional joke that lands. They forgot that a spoof is meant to be enjoyable.
36. Hannibal (2013–2015)
TV-14 | 44 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.
Started out with lots of promise but derailed into a boring pile of shet. Great visuals though, and Mads is a godsend. This is yet another cancelled show but it did manage to have a closed-ended finale nonetheless. A very silly one. My problem with it is the endlessly meandering plot, the mundane dialogue and its purple prose.
37. Utopia (I) (2013–2014)
TV-MA | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'.
Most of the characters were a chore to watch. This is all style over substance with no intriguing plot to hold it together. The only redeeming qualities this show has are the cinematography and soundtrack. It's no wonder this was cancelled.
38. The Wrong Mans (2013–2014)
29 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
From actor/writer duo James Corden and Mathew Baynton, The Wrong Mans series centers on Sam Pinkett and Phil Bourne, office workers for Berkshire County Council, who have their menial ... See full summary »
It's not bad at all, in fact it's a rather enjoyable and concise series. The combination of an action crime thriller and a sitcom makes for a refreshing premise. Yet it's held back by worn out cliches and genre tropes that I've seen far too much of to be excited by. Had it been more original and complex, at least in regards to the characterization, I would have enjoyed this even more.
39. The Knick (2014–2015)
TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History
A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.
The first season was superb, but the second ruined all of the characters.
40. The Leftovers (2014–2017)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.
The first season was mediocre, although it had a couple of very good episodes. The second season was mostly great from start to finish. And then they just went ahead and ruined it with a hot stack of garbage that was Season 3. The most I took away from this series were a couple of great performances and of course the music composed by Max Richter which eventually grew on me. The writing had aspirations of profundity but ended up being a garbled, incomprehensible and unrealistic mess.
42. The Brink (2015)
TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy
Top U.S. government and military scramble to prevent World War 3 from happening amidst the chaos of a geopolitical crisis.
Well, it's not terrible. The subject matter is intriguing and there are some strong leads. However, the humor is practically non-existent, some of the characters are obnoxious, and the plot treads water for too long.
43. 11.22.63 (2016)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A high school teacher travels back in time to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination.
They nailed just about everything in this but the writing, casting, directing, pacing and story. You know, the important stuff.
44. Quarry (2016– )
TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Quarry, a disillusioned Vietnam War vet, returns home to Memphis in 1972 only to find rejection and scrutiny at every step. A mysterious man known only as The Broker gives him an offer he can't refuse - to work for him as a hitman.
Simply generic and pointless, not much more to be said about it.
45. Legion (2017–2019)
TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi