With so many TV shows to choose from, it’s no surprise that some of the most popular ones don’t resonate with everyone. In a recent Reddit thread, users shared the shows they tried to watch but couldn’t get into, and the results are surprisingly varied.
From sci-fi epics to beloved sitcoms, there’s something for everyone on this list. So if you’re looking for something new to watch, but don’t know where to start, be sure to avoid these shows, according to Reddit:
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Manifest. Came for the mystery part, but there was just too much drama.”
Another replied, “I haven’t been able to finish it because the acting is f***ing atrocious and unbelievable. Not to mention that every season is more of the same, and they basically left every question unanswered. I don’t think they knew what direction the show was moving in before they started writing it.”
Don’t get us wrong; a good dose of drama can be entertaining, but sometimes it feels like “Manifest” is piling it on like there’s no tomorrow.
One Redditor stated, “Suits. At some point, I found myself thinking; I don’t care about these people. I stopped watching mid-season 4.”
Another added, “I used to enjoy watching until I recognized that every episode follows the exact same formula: They encounter a problem. They are overly confident that they can ‘lawyer’ their way out of it. They realize the problem is too big; it looks like they won’t be able to solve it and ‘lose’.
Mike is having a normal conversation with someone when he suddenly trails off, then runs out of the room. A random word said in the previous conversation has reminded Mike of some obscure law/clause buried deep in a law book somewhere. Mike solves the problem at the last minute using this obscure law/clause as a loophole.”
Then there’s the whole Harvey Specter charm. Yeah, he’s got swagger for days, and his charisma could light up a room, but not everyone’s sipping the Harvey Kool-Aid. Some people find him a bit too arrogant for their liking!
3. The Walking Dead
One said, “The Walking Dead, I just couldn’t do it.”
Someone else added, “I’ve tried three times, and I always lose interest soon after the prison.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “To me, it went downhill after season 1. I mean, season 2 was pretty much exclusively on the farm with very little zombie stuff going on; it was already a dull soap opera for me by then. I liked seasons 3 and 4 better but fell off after that. I’m shocked it had retained relevancy so well after the second season because I was bored to tears.”
Sure, you’ve got Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon, who make the best zombie-killing squad. But for some, the never-ending parade of new characters and constant goodbyes can be emotionally draining.
The show’s got more timelines than a history book, making people think, “Wait, when did this happen? Is that the past or the future? We need a GPS to navigate this storyline!”
Someone on Reddit said, “Westworld. Loved the concept. Followed the first season, but after that, I just couldn’t stick with it. Maybe it was just over my head, but I couldn’t track who was human/not human, present or past. Couldn’t do it. Edit: glad I’m not alone in feeling this way.”
Another replied, “The first season was peak television; the second season didn’t seem to respect its viewers at all and seemed to almost be trying its hardest to be a convoluted and confusing mess. I gave up about halfway through S2.”
The Gallagher family is a whirlwind of booze, drugs, and questionable life choices. So, for many people, it’s a hot mess that’s just too hot to handle.
One Redditor stated, “Shameless. I was just so irritated with the characters. It riled me up with every episode.”
Another added, “It’s just the same stuff over and over… Oh look, we have a white trash problem aaaaand we solved it with a white trash solution.”
6. How I Met Your Mother
A Reddit user wrote, “How I met your mother. I just didn’t care how they met.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “That show is so misogynistic and generally terrible. I’m a woman but was like 12 at the time, and even I could tell how f***ed it was. And I was raised Mormon and at the time would have told you how “anti-feminist” I was because I didn’t know anything and heard my parents say it lol. Not to mention the transphobia, racism, etc.”
But hey, we’re all entitled to our opinions, right? Not every show’s going to be everyone’s cup of coffee. We all got different tastes, and TV shows are like a buffet- something for everyone.
“Succession” is all about media empires and corporate power plays, and for some, it’s like watching a Wall Street documentary.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “Succession. Everyone is horrible. Not charming horrible, not horrible, but actually good underneath, not anti-hero type. Just vapid, soulless, obscenely wealthy horrible. I couldn’t find anyone to root for. I couldn’t even pick one to “enjoy-hate.” I didn’t care what happened to any of them enough to give it any more time.”
Someone else added, “I literally spent the entire show trying to figure out Tom. Still have no clue what that guy’s deal is.”
8. Game of Thrones
First things first, “Game of Thrones” is like a medieval soap opera on steroids. We got the Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, and a whole bunch of other families fighting for the Iron Throne!
One said, “Game of Thrones. My wife loves it, I just couldn’t get into it.”
Another replied, “I’m not going to lie that I literally had to struggle to watch the first season and maybe the second; it “was too d**n long and slow-paced, and most of the story wasn’t that interesting worth to watch”
9. The Big Bang Theory
One shared, “If a show has a laugh track, I’m out. Don’t tell me which jokes are funny – I’ll make that decision for myself.”
Another added, “I was actually fine the 1st couple of seasons. Then the nerdiness became much less nerdy, and it turned into friends: LA.”
The character’s awkward interactions and unique personalities are comedy gold for some. But for others, it’s a never-ending loop of cringe-worthy moments.
10. The Bachelor
“The Bachelor” is a rollercoaster of emotions, with contestants vying for the heart of one lucky guy. Someone on Reddit said, “The Bachelor. I just couldn’t deal with it.”
Another person shared similar thoughts and mentioned, “Obviously, a personal bias, but I just can’t stand how vapid the people on this show are, and I find the general conceit of emotional/mental manipulation disguised as romance a little too much for me. I know for a lot of people, the whole point is to make fun of these shallow people and how awful they are.
But I just feel a sense of discomfort watching this show and thinking about how it promotes treating one another, especially since it’s a reality show. This kind of stuff doesn’t typically bother me in dramatized shows because it’s more of a constructed story and, if written well, should have something to say and/or think about, but watching these reality dating shows just kinda makes me feel uncomfortable.”
11. Sex and the City
“Sex and the City” is a girls’ night out with non-stop girl talk and relationship dilemmas. We got Carrie, the fashionista writer with the crazy shoe obsession; Samantha, the unapologetic queen of sass; Charlotte, the hopeless romantic looking for her Prince Charming; and Miranda, the no-nonsense lawyer with a heart of gold.
One said, “Probably a very unpopular opinion but Sex and the city… Never really saw the point; Carrie is a horrible person who’s somehow glorified. When I paused an episode to go do the dishes, I knew it was it.”
One Redditor stated, “Honestly, this is probably mine too. Just have zero interest in the entire show.”
Another replied, “I stopped mid-season 3, as a ‘progressive’ sex focused show, it weirdly got biphobic and heavily accepting of very morally questionable relationships. Plus, it sort of destroyed my interest in characters cause their choices seemed so out of touch with who they established themselves to be. Maybe I’m too young to understand women in their 30s, but i couldn’t invest any more time.”
12. Mayans M.C.
“Mayans M.C.” is a spin-off of the hit series “Sons of Anarchy,” which already sets the bar pretty high. The show follows the lives of the Mayans Motorcycle Club, an outlaw biker gang operating on the California-Mexico border. If you thought “Sons of Anarchy” was a waste of time, you haven’t seen anything yet!
One shared, “Mayans. All I could think about was how different it was from SOA, and it never held my interest.”
Someone else added, “My wife and I watched every season, up until a few episodes ago. We both just kind of looked at each other like, “wtf is with all these stupid side stories?” Looking back on it, the show is a mess and not even close to SOA.”
A Reddit user wrote, “Scandal. Everyone said it was sooo good, but I just found it far too silly for me to be able to suspend disbelief.”
Another added, “Shonda Rhimes: The characters must repeat themselves to make a point. The characters must repeat themselves to make a point. The characters must repeat themselves to make a point.”
So, if you aren’t into political intrigue or drama, steer away from this TV show!
Someone on Reddit said, “Yellowstone. I hate the actress who plays the daughter. Her face just annoys me.”
Another replied, “I’ve tried twice now and haven’t made it past the fifth episode. To my eyes, it’s melodramatic, poorly written, and overacted. High budget soap opera.”
The Dutton family is a soap opera on horseback. You’ve got John’s three kids: Beth, Kayce, and Jamie- and they’re all knee-deep in some serious cowboy drama.
15. Grey’s Anatomy
One said, “Grey’s depressed me EVERY week. Quit after the first 4 or 5 episodes.”
Another person agreed to it and said, “Bad acting, lame storylines…all bad.”
Someone else added, “Grey’s Anatomy is terrible. They had a season where there was a cliffhanger where the main character may have been dead – which would have made it better – I found out she survived, so I just stopped. Also, that TK Knight dude was so awful.”
But here’s the thing- “Grey’s Anatomy” has a way of ripping our hearts out with those plot twists. Deaths, disasters, and unexpected turns hit us right in the heart!
16. This Is Us
The show jumps back and forth in time like it’s on a trampoline. One minute you’re crying over a childhood moment, and the next, you’re bawling your eyes out over some heart-wrenching adult crisis! And this can be too much for many viewers.
A discerning Reddit user commented, “This Is Us. Halfway through season 2, I realized that I didn’t care at all about any of the characters. Why am I watching this?”
Another added, “I’ve got my own trauma. I don’t need to be crying over fictional people every week.”
17. Stranger Things
One Redditor stated, “Stranger things. The first season was okay, but the show is definitely overhyped, and I’m not sure why.”
Another replied, “Same for me; I enjoyed the first two seasons, barely got through the third. Lost interest after that.”
Everyone else seems to be transported back to the ’80s, reveling in the nostalgia, while you’re left scratching your head, wondering what all the fuss is about.
18. The Office
“The Office” is a laugh-out-loud peek into the mundane and absurd world of office work. And it really got some people asking, “Why do we want to watch a show about people working in an office? Can we have something more exciting, please?”
A Reddit user wrote, “The Office. I tried to watch The Office because it was so funny, but I just didn’t find it that funny. I found the characters to be too over-the-top and the jokes to be too predictable.”
Another added, “It’s a type of humor that I couldn’t get into either. The “look how cringe-y this person is” type of comedy just makes me feel bad.”
19. Tiger King
One said, “Yep. People on social media wouldn’t shut up about it. I found the whole thing really boring.”
Someone else added, “I never watched the show. The thought of just watching an animal abuser made my blood boil.”
According to many Redditors, “Tiger King” is a train wreck you don’t need in your life! Do you think otherwise?
20. American Horror Story
A discerning Reddit user commented, “The problem with AHS is that each season starts off pretty decent, then just becomes weird and dumb, especially the 1984 season. It went from pretty good to laughably bad.”
Another replied, “American Horror Story. Watched a good chunk of season one but stopped when I realized I really didn’t care what happened. There were so many plots I didn’t care about any of them in particular. I really wanted to like it, I love horror, but I just didn’t get the hype. I’ve seen a handful of clips (mostly of specific actors), but I’m just not interested in watching episodes anymore.
Decided to give season two a try. The only plot/part that was scary or really interesting was the conversion therapy, but they didn’t show much of it. I thought I’d see if they could redeem themselves with an interesting serial killer reveal, but I gave up when it was the most obvious person. Also, and I admit this is a personal bias, but unless it’s an explicit sci-fi horror, I find aliens to be a cheap gimmick in horror.”
So, here’s the deal – each season of this cringe series is a whole new horror story, and they’re not holding back on the creep factor, like, at all. So, can someone please tell them to hold back a little?
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