The worst TV show of 2018 on each network --  from Fox to Netflix to HBO

Showtime‘Our Cartoon President.’

The first half of 2018 has seen the release of some great television, but it’s also brought several shows that are not so stellar.

From Netflix’s Kathy Bates-led weed-dispensary sitcom “Disjointed” to Stephen Colbert’s lacklustre animated parody “Our Cartoon President,” duds abound in the crop of new and returning shows that have aired so far this year.

To figure out which shows are worth avoiding, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to select the most critically loathed scripted show that each network and service has released this year.

We excluded children’s shows, talk shows, and docuseries, and we selected from only networks with multiple scripted shows that aired episodes in a 2018 season that had enough reviews to receive a “fresh” or “rotten” designation.

We also excluded several networks whose lowest-rated show was not under 70% on the critic scale, and we used audience scores to break any ties within networks.

Here is the worst TV show of 2018 on each network so far, according to critics.


ABC: “Splitting Up Together” (season 1)

ABC

Critic score: 38%

Audience score: 86%

Summary:“Lena and Martin were once madly in love. But, like many marriages, time and circumstance eventually took their toll, and they decide that everyone’s lives would be better if they got a divorce.”

What critics said: “Oh, the romantic comedy series. Such a vexing format. When did this work? Does it ever?” – Newsday

Status: Pending


AMC: “McMafia” (season 1)

AMC

Critic score: 69%

Audience score: 85%

Summary:“Alex Godman, the English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, has spent his life trying to escape the shadow of their past, building his own legitimate business and forging a life with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But when a murder unearths his family’s past, Alex is drawn into the criminal underworld where he must confront his values to protect those he loves.”

What critics said: “Simmering moral conflict within Alex is meant to create the hub of tension around which ‘McMafia’ revolves, but that pot doesn’t quite boil down as the writers may have intended.” – Salon

Status: Renewed


CBS: “Instinct” (season 1)

CBS

Critic score: 57%

Audience score: 60%

Summary:“Stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer.”

What critics said: “For a hardened CIA operative, Cumming’s Dylan is more Pee-wee Herman than ‘Homeland.'” – Boston Herald

Status: Pending


The CW: “Life Sentence” (season 1)

CW

Critic score: 37%

Audience score: 77%

Summary:“A woman diagnosed with terminal cancer learns she is going to live after all and must learn to live with the choices she made when she lived liked she was dying.”

What critics said: “‘Life Sentence’ picks one of the least dramatically satisfying paths, one that doesn’t leave room for much truth either.” – IndieWire

Status: Canceled


Fox: “LA to Vegas” (season 1)

Kevin Estrada/Fox

Critic score: 56%

Audience score: 85%

Summary: “A new comedy about an airline crew and passengers who fly from LA to Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner.”

What critics said: “A strikingly unfunny piece of television.” – RogerEbert.com

Status: Pending


HBO: “Here and Now” (season 1)

HBO

Critic score: 24%

Audience score: 85%

Summary:“A multi-racial family made up of husband, wife, three adopted children from Liberia, Vietnam, and Colombia, and one biological child, find their bonds tested when one of the children begins seeing things which the rest cannot.”

What critics said: “So overwrought that it makes ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ look like a light-hearted romp by comparison.” – Decider

Status: Canceled


Hulu: “Hard Sun” (season 1)

Hulu

Critic score: 50%

Audience score: 75%

Summary: “Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn play detectives Charlie Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction.”

What critics said: “‘Hard Sun,’ it should be noted, is not subtle, or close to subtle, or even anywhere in the same continent as subtle.” – The Atlantic

Status: Pending


NBC: “Taken” (season 2)

NBC

Critic score: 32%

Audience score: 61%

Summary:“As former CIA agent Bryan Mills deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world, he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge.”

What critics said: “While the target audience will probably dig the extensive action sequences and vivid violence, there’s no reason anyone else should be ‘Taken’ for a ride.” – New York Post

Status: Canceled


Netflix: “Disjointed” (season 2)

Netflix

Critic score: 23%

Audience score: 82%

Summary:“Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life.”

What critics said: “There’s not enough weed in the Golden State to wring consistent laughs from a show that’s mostly as stale as an unwashed bong.” – CNN

Status: Canceled


Showtime: “Our Cartoon President” (season 1)

Showtime

Critic score: 30%

Audience score: 40%

Summary:“From executive producer Stephen Colbert comes this hilarious look into the Trump presidency, animation style.”

What critics said: “If you’re going to enter this hall of mirrors, you’d better have a distinct, original idea about your subject. ‘Our Cartoon President,’ an animated sitcom, seems to have none besides being a cartoon about the president.” – The New York Times

Status: Pending


Syfy: “Krypton” (season 1)

Syfy

Critic score: 60%

Audience score: 79%

Summary:“The untold story of Superman’s grandfather as he fights for justice on his home planet.”

What critics said: “Any series that looks and feels, at least 50 per cent of the time, like a spoof is already in a pretty bad spot. But if that series gives off the vibe that the characters inside it look completely uninspired, then you have a whopper of a problem.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Status: Pending


TNT: “The Alienist” (season 1)

TNT

Critic score: 65%

Audience score: 84%

Summary:“Newspaper illustrator John Moore meets with criminal psychologist (alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler to investigate a serial killer in New York during the late 19th century.”

What critics said: “What must have come to life in the pages of the book struggles to find so much as a spark on the screen – difficult, admittedly, through the pall of smoke and shadows that tend to choke it.” – Newsday

Status: Pending


USA: “Falling Water” (season 2)

Giovanni Rufino/USA Network

Critic score: 28%

Audience score: 77%

Summary:“An intersection between reality and unconscious thought, follow three strangers who slowly realise that they are dreaming parts of a bigger, more sinister tragedy.”

What critics said: “Unfortunately, ‘Falling Water’ makes the mistake of prioritising intrigue over interest, failing to take any of its concept or conspiracy and connect it to meaningful characterization or narrative stakes.” – The AV Club

Status: Pending

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