Welcome back! I’m sure many of you have favorite streaming shows that are helping you pass time during the pandemic. It seems like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and other streaming services have a great variety of interesting shows. Naturally, we’re not going to enjoy all of them. Certain streaming shows have critical acclaim and mainstream appeal, but they didn’t work for me. Here’s a list of streaming shows that seem blatantly overrated in my opinion. Will you agree or not? Let’s find out.
It seems like this detective show ran forever on Amazon Prime. I don’t understand why it was renewed so many times. Bosch is a really slow and boring show. Occasionally, the individual cases are interesting, but everything looks the same after a while. The main problem seems to be rote writing and bland characters. Having a lot of episodes shouldn’t be the issue. After all, Law & Order ran for at least twenty years and something interesting always happened. Crime dramas are plentiful and that means show runners need to find something unique and substantial to keep audiences intrigued.
You know I’m a big steampunk fan, but this Amazon Prime original isn’t one of my favorites. It has good steampunk elements, although I don’t like the story and characters. In fact, I can’t figure what’s happening in this show half of the time. Sorry, but I don’t think the actors are very good. It stars Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. Makes sense, right? However, if you’re a steampunk fan, try it anyway. We don’t get a lot of steampunk representation on television.
This Hulu original is a compilation of various characters and storylines from Stephen King’s literature. It’s a really interesting idea, but the finished product is super weird. Castle Rock has great actors and it definitely helps. However, the writing seems like a mishmash of concepts that don’t blend together very well. Each season has a different main story, although some elements cross over. I guess this happens when a show runner tries to throw together multiple ideas in one show. It was a little bit too ambitious.
Ironically, this HBO miniseries won two Golden Globe Awards. It’s a historical drama about the Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine. I appreciate the show’s realistic depiction of the disaster, but it’s just not very interesting. As usual, I blame the writing. I think an interesting script could have saved this show, but it’s bland, slow, and probably not horrific enough. Like many shows, Chernobyl doesn’t make the audience care about the characters. What do I know? It’s an award winning miniseries.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
I remember the original tv series called Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It was pretty cute, but this Netflix original is a huge departure. I believe it’s based on a darker and more violent comic book adaptation. This version of Sabrina actually has Devil worship, apocalyptic premonitions, bloody violence, and some really shocking elements that weren’t included in the original tv series. I suppose it would be okay for younger audiences who didn’t grow up with the source material. They might appreciate it.
This western should have been up my alley, but it’s very disorganized with unlikeable characters, random female nudity, and F bombs in every sentence. For real! Every other word is the F word. I wonder if the show runner was more worried about being edgy and gritty instead of telling a good story. It doesn’t even have enough gun fights and violence for my taste. This show is surprisingly low on action and very high on bickering and cussing. I’m not a fan.
What is this show about? I don’t know. This show is incomprehensible. Devs is a Hulu exclusive and sci-fi drama with a heavy emphasis on cerebral elements. I’m pretty sure critics love this show because it’s very highbrow and inaccessible to regular viewers. Cyberpunk fans could try it out, but I’m not even sure it will work for them. The writing is really unclear.
The wild frontier is one of my favorite settings, but something isn’t right about this show. It’s hard to explain. Frontier has great production design, authentic costumes, and it even has some decent gun fights. But I don’t find the characters and plot very compelling. In fact, I find the story unclear. I think it’s mostly focusing on the fur trades and tension between the Native Americans and settlers. I’m sure Frontier would have been an interesting show on Netflix if it had better writers.
Game of Thrones
I know. Everybody loves this show, except the final season. Games of Thrones is a Medieval fantasy with a heavy emphasis on political intrigue. I enjoy the huge battle scenes, but it seems like I’m not the target audience. This show has a ton of female nudity to keep male audiences coming back for more. Usually, sex and nudity in tv shows doesn’t bother me. After all, I really like Spartacus, True Blood, Outlander, and other sexually explicit shows. However, this one just seems to have a lot of sexual content with very little reason. Characters just strip down and have sex during the most random moments. You might disagree with me, but Game of Thrones is also very low on storytelling. It’s pretty slow and boring. I fell asleep watching this show multiple times. You guys might love it, but I’ll pass.
The Haunting of Hill House
Even the horror genre isn’t immune to my criticism. This Netflix original has an interesting premise with a family who must face their inner demons in a haunted house. Unfortunately, the pacing is dreadfully slow. It tries to be really cerebral, so I’m not sure if it’s particularly accessible to mainstream viewers. Most importantly, it’s not very scary. I don’t remember anything being frightening at all. It’s just kind of weird and boring with a big emphasis on psychological elements. I’m not saying the show is completely bad, but it’s not my cup of tea.
This crime thriller is based on Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan series and it’s exclusive to Amazon Prime. It’s okay, but nothing special. I don’t understand why everyone loves this show. John Kransinski is serviceable as Jack Ryan and the show has decent action scenes, but the writing seems to be the main issue. Basically, this show is only interesting when something is blowing up. Calmer scenes with major plot points are quite bland. It’s really easy tune out for a long time and pay attention again when an action scene appears. I wanted to like this show, but it disappointed me.
Lost in Space
It’s a reinvention of the original Lost in Space tv show. This Netflix exclusive has great visual effects and a big emphasis on adventure, but it also seems kind of bizarre. It doesn’t work for me. In a way, it reminds me of Star Trek. That might be the problem because I’m not a Star Trek fan. But that might be good for some of you guys. A lot of people like Star Trek. Does this show feel quintessentially like Lost in Space? Not really. This show is very serious and the stakes are pretty high. Some of the original characters were turned into villains. It’s just too weird for me.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisal
I’ll put it this way. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisal isn’t a bad show, but I don’t think it’s type of humor works for me. It’s a very popular comedy on Amazon Prime with big critical support. Regardless, I don’t see the appeal. Overall, it’s fine, but I don’t find the show very witty and stand up comedy isn’t my thing anyway. Initially, I thought it might be interesting as a scripted show. Give it a shot if you want to watch a show about a divorced woman who’s trying to be a stand up comedian during the late 1950s. You might enjoy it.
This crime show had a lot of promise because each season is based on a true story. I really wanted to like Mindhunter, but it might be one of the least interesting shows on Netflix. Audiences might agree with me because it was cancelled after two seasons. What is this show missing? It’s missing an interesting plot, characters, and crime elements. This show just plods along and has a lot of soap opera elements with the protagonist and various characters in his life. Soap opera nonsense can be fine in many shows, but it’s out of place in this serious crime drama.
What’s so brilliant about this Netflix show? I can’t figure it out. Ozark is about a family who gets caught in the middle of organized crime. I like crime shows, but this one is incredibly boring. There seems to be a recurring theme. I can’t fall in love with shows that have lousy characters. This show spends a lot of time developing the characters, but they’re quite unlikeable, stereotypical, and kind of dumb. Seriously, the characters constantly make really stupid decisions. Periodically, someone dies and it makes sense. I’m surprised more characters don’t get killed on this show. Again, this show made me fall asleep. It might appeal to some audiences, but I can find better crime thrillers.
It’s a crime show and a period drama on Netflix. What could go wrong? Many people enjoy this show, but I find it kind of slow, weird, and disorganized. It seems like many of the actors weren’t casted in the right roles. I would have picked totally different actors to play mobsters and various gritty characters. It also seems like we’re missing important chunks of information between many of the scenes. Again, Peaky Blinders is guilty of being way too slow. It’s hard for me to appreciate a show when I label it boring. Maybe it’s hard to make an interesting crime drama. I have several crime dramas on this post.
Typically, I enjoy the Marvel shows, but this one seems pretty weak. It’s a loose adaptation of the Runaways comic book series. Hulu seems to have a lighter interpretation of their Marvel properties and that’s fine, but this show doesn’t have great writing and it’s taking soap opera elements from the The CW’s DC titles. Most of the plot just focuses on turmoil between the various characters. Maybe I have unrealistic expectations, but this show could use more substance.
This critically acclaimed drama is a staple on HBO. It focuses on a wealthy family and all of their personal turmoil. I don’t get the appeal. It just looks like a bunch of rich people who treat each other terribly. I can’t even identify a real story. Maybe you will enjoy this show, but I don’t think it makes a lot of sense.
Sometimes, this show cracks me up because all of the characters talk like Roz from Monsters Inc. Seriously! All of the characters are completely monotone with scratchy voices. But that’s not the worst part. True Detective is a detective anthology that drags along at a snail’s pace. Each season has a different murder with new characters, but the outcome is the same. None of the characters are interesting, which means I don’t care if anything happens. Characters die all the time in this show and it doesn’t have an impact on me. It’s also pretty low on action scenes. I like HBO, but they have their misses.
This Netflix original is loosely based on the titular book series and video game franchise. Basically, it’s similar to Game of Thrones, including the parts that bother me. It has some decent fantasy elements, but the story isn’t very interesting and it has tons of female nudity to keep male audiences happy. Ladies, don’t expect Henry Cavill to get naked in this show. From what I remember, all of the nudity is female. I’m sure we can have a decent Medieval fantasy one of these days. It would be nice to see a little bit of substance.
Some shows are great and others are disappointing. I don’t always agree with critics and I’m sure that happens to you as well. Did you enjoy any of the shows on this post? What are the most overrated streaming shows in your opinion? Leave a comment. Keep finding safe options to remain occupied during the pandemic. We’re stuck with COVID-19 for a while, but it will pass eventually. Be strong, take care of each other, and I’ll see you guys next week. Have a good night!
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