Fall TV 2014: The Worst New TV Shows According to Critics

By Rachel Cruz | 3 years ago
Fall TV 2014: The Worst New TV Shows According to Critics
Debra Messing at the Vanity Fair party to kick of the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Date 21 April 2009 Source David Shankbone Author David Shankbone

Recently, Yahoo TV polled about seventeen television critics for their opinion on the new shows that are about to debut this fall. These critics have already seen the episodes in advance, precisely so that they can share their views to readers.Which shows did they think would be the worst? Read on for the details.

According to Yahoo TV, the critics that were asked to participate in the poll included Alyssa Rosenberg of Washington Post, Andy Swift of TVLine.com, Damian Holbrook of TV Guide Magazine, Dan Fienberg of HitFix, Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News, Eric Deggans of NPR, Eric Goldman of IGN TV, Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jarett Wieselman of BuzzFeed, Maureen Ryan of The Huffington Post, Melanie McFarland of IMDb TV, Michael O’Connell of The Hollywood Reporter, Sandra Gonzalez of Mashable, Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe, Tierney Bricker of E! Online, Todd VanDerWerff of Vox.com and Yahoo TV’s very own, Maggie Furlong.

Below are the new television shows deemed as the worst by critics.

Note: This selection only consists of shows on broadcast television: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW. It does not include cable shows or streaming site offerings. 

Premiere Date: Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Network: CBS

The drama and thriller created by Kevin Williamson, creator of “The Vampire Diaries,” stars Maggie Q (“Nikita”) and Dylan McDermott (“Hostages”) as authorities who specialize in the investigation of cyber bullying, voyeurism and romantic obsession. The critics generally described the show as creepy, with Maggie Q as only the best part about it. It’s a series that perpetuates violence against women, which is something the critics don’t want to see on TV anymore.

Premiere Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Network: ABC

As a modern take on “My Fair Lady,” this show manages to put together everything that people apparently dislike about social media culture. While the critics said the lead stars Karen Gillan (“Doctor Who”) and John Cho (“Harold and Kumar”) are capable, their characters are so unlikeable.

“Bad Judge”
Premiere Date: Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Network: NBC

Majority of the critics love Kate Walsh (“Private Practice”) and her other works — the most recent and remarkable of which was on “Fargo.” But they said that “Bad Judge” is a huge waste of her talent, as the series is generally labeled as “bad.”

Premiere Date: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
Network: FOX

Stand-up comedian John Mulaney, who also wrote for “Saturday Night Live,” is the latest comedic talent given a chance to play out his life on television. Although the series and characters are fictional, the stories have been inspired by real events in Mulaney’s life and career as a comic. The critics  said that they have been disappointed with the episodes they have already seen as it didn’t capture their interest. There was nothing remarkable about it, according to them.

The Mysteries of Laura”
Premiere Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
Network: NBC

For all of Debra Messing’s (“Will & Grace”) pedigree, her new show, a mash-up of comedy, drama and action, has been described by the critics as unbearable, citing that the show is very hard to get into. One critic said that it would have been better off as a satire, which unfortunately, it’s not.

“Galavant” was also part of the critics’ worst list, but this series will premiere by midseason.

There you have it, for some TV critics summing up what they thought are the worst new programs for Fall TV 2014. Do you agree with their verdict? Sound off in the comments.

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P