The worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics

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Each year in television, one series draws the ire of enough critics to be deemed the worst show of the year.

Since the turn of the century, the reviews aggregatorMetacritichas compiled an annual list of the year’s most poorly received TV show seasons by assigning scores based on their composite critical reception.

We selected the worst show from each year, starting with 2000. The resulting list includes Fox News’ failed take on “The Daily Show,” the Seth MacFarlane-produced sitcom “Dads,” and ABC’s “Marvel’s Inhumans.”

Here’s the worst TV show of every year since 2000, according to critics:

2000: “Tucker” (NBC, Season 1)


Critic score: 25/100

User score: N/A

Summary:“Tucker Pierce is an all-American kid who’s keeping his chin up and his hormones down in a world that tries – but can’t – push him around.”

What critics said: “‘Tucker’ turns adolescence into hormone hell in this raunchy effort to capitalise on the charm of ‘Malcolm in the Middle.'” – Houston Chronicle

2001: “Big Brother” (CBS, Season 2)


Critic score: 33/100

User score: 4.9/10

Summary:“Contestants must compete against each other for a chance to win $US500,000 in a house wired with cameras and microphones, capturing their every move for a TV and Internet audience.”

What critics said: “Don’t get your hopes up. This second instalment of ‘Big Brother’ is just as dull as the first. It’s just dull in a different and sleazier way.” – USA Today

2002: “Hidden Hills” (NBC, Season 1)


Critic score: 29/100

User score: N/A

Summary:“Focuses on a self-absorbed suburban couple living in an LA-area gated community – Paula Marshall plays the busy doctor and Justin Louis is her sex-starved husband.”

What critics said: “This series reflects the way wealthy, neurotic, overly busy and sex-obsessed TV executives and producers think America lives, in other words, the way they live. They’re wrong.” – The Detroit News

2003: “Luis” (Fox, Season 1)


Critic score: 33/100

User score: N/A

Summary:“Hearkening back to the biting ‘All in the Family’ style of social commentary, Luis Guzman plays a politically incorrect building owner and doughnut-shop entrepreneur in Spanish Harlem.”

What critics said: “It’s leeringly sexual, ham-handed in its attempt to ‘confront’ stereotypes, and just plain small-brained.” – Chicago Tribune

2004: “Hawaii” (NBC, Season 1)


Critic score: 25/100

User score: N/A

Summary:“Hawaii can seduce just about anyone whether you are a cop or a criminal. The detectives that work here can never really take a break from paradise, because they are tangled in the dark side of this paradise.”

What critics said: “The new cop series ‘Hawaii’ isn’t your father’s ‘Hawaii Five-O.’ It’s probably not yours, either, or your child’s, or anyone’s. It’s awful.” – New York Daily News

2005: “Category 7: The End of the World” (CBS, Miniseries)


Critic score: 18/100

User score: 3.7/10

Summary:“A deadly category 7 storm wreaks havoc on the world. Meanwhile, kidnappers threaten to make matters even worse.”

What critics said: “Here’s an early candidate for worst miniseries of the 21st Century.” – Detroit Free Press

2006: “The Game” (CW, Season 1)


Critic score: 22/100

User score: 8.2/10

Summary: “A spin-off of ‘Girlfriends’ featuring a group of women who all have relationships with professional football players.”

What critics said: “It just isn’t funny. At all. Ever.” – USA Today

2007: “The 1/2 Hour News Hour” (Fox News, Season 1)

Fox News

Critic score: 13/100

User score: 2.8/10

Summary:Fox News’ failed attempt to create their own ‘Daily Show.'”

What critics said: “The humour is so heavy-handed that it seems almost like self-parody.” – The New York Times

2008: “Momma’s Boys” (NBC, Season 1)


Critic score: 19/100

User score: 4.3/10

Summary:“A number of eligible bachelors are housed with several prospective brides. But in order for love to blossom, the women must meet with the approval of the men’s mums.”

What critics said: “The show, executive produced by self-labelled momma’s boy Ryan Seacrest, is totally stupid, but you knew that already.” – The Boston Globe

2009: “The Last Templar” (NBC, Miniseries)


Critic score: 28/100

User score: 4.4/10

Summary:“An adaptation of Raymond Khoury’s novel about a New York archaeologist researching the lost secrets of the medieval Knights Templar.”

What critics said: “The whole production is hobbled by an uneven tone; it’s not frightening enough to work as a conspiracy-adventure, not funny enough to work as light romantic comedy.” – Time

2010: “$#*! My Dad Says” (CBS, Season 1)


Critic score: 28/100

User score: 4.4/10

Summary:“A middle aged son moves in with his old fashion dad.”

What critics said: “‘$#*! My Dad Says’ is a dismal show, harboring the worst qualities of every lame, four-camera, laugh-tracked sitcom on television.” – Slant Magazine

2011: “Charlie’s Angels” (ABC, Season 1)


Critic score: 30/100

User score: 2.9/10

Summary:“A cat burglar, a car thief, and a dirty cop get a chance to turn their lives around; fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend.”

What critics said: “‘Charlie’s Angels’ is proof that angels exist in hell, because that’s where it felt like I was during most of this hourlong drivel.” –Chicago Sun-Times

2012: “Work It” (ABC, Season 1)


Critic score: 19/100

User score: 1.0/10

Summary:“Centres on two unemployed car salesmen who realise that they are living in a woman’s world, so they decide that to find work again, they must dress as women to get jobs as pharmaceutical reps.”

What critics said: “‘Work It’ is dreadful almost beyond comprehension: witless, tasteless, poorly acted, abominably written, clumsily directed, hideously lit and badly costumed.” – USA Today

2013: “Dads” (Fox, Season 1)

Critic score: 15/100

User score: 3.8/10

Summary:“Two successful guys in their 30’s have their lives turned upside down when their nightmare dads unexpectedly move in with them.”

What critics said: “A crass generation-gap sitcom with the wit if not the intelligence of an elementary-school flatulence contest.” – Miami Herald

2014: “Stalker” (CBS, Season 1)


Critic score: 17/100

User score: 7.5/10

Summary: “A team of detectives investigates stalkers in Los Angeles.”

What critics said: “The violence, creepiness and depravity appear to be the point, because nothing of value is offered in balance. … It’s unforgivable.” – Los Angeles Times

2015: “Dr. Ken” (ABC, Season 1)


Critic score: 26/100

User score: 3.2/10

Summary:“A frustrated doctor juggles his career, marriage, and family.”

What critics said: “It’s a staid, old-fashioned family comedy through and through. It’s by far the worst of the bunch-it’s just dreadfully unfunny.” –Slate

2016: “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (Season 1)


Critic score: 28/100

User score: 3.6/10

Summary:“An international unit of the FBI charged with coming to the aid of, and solving crimes involving, American citizens in foreign countries. A spin-off from ‘Criminal Minds.'”

What critics said: “Beyond comprehension, beyond silly, beyond words.” – Newsday

2017: “Marvel’s Inhumans” (ABC, Season 1)

ABC/Michael Muller

Critic score: 27/100

User score: 3.8/10

Summary:“An isolated community of superhumans fight to protect themselves.”

What critics said: “Inhumans has nothing at all to recommend it. Its only superpower is its sheer ineptitude.” – Variety

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