7 TV Shows That We Love to Hate

We all have TV shows that we’ve loved over the years, but are there shows that we love to hate? Absolutely!


Many series have strong haters as well as hardcore fans. Here are some of the top shows that viewers love to hate.



Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Noelle Sheldon, and Cali Sheldon in Friends (1994).
Image Credit: NBC Universal.

While some fans feel Friends is as relevant as ever, other viewers criticize this hit series for shallow characters, unrealistic lifestyles, and unhealthy relationships. Whether you love it or hate it, Friends has etched its place into pop culture and will have a reserved place in streaming fandom for years to come.


Reality Shows

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Whether you love them or hate them, reality shows are filled with controversy, arguments, and meme-worthy moments that seem to shape entertainment in almost every form. Even though these series are usually edited and scripted for maximum drama, many fans don’t care and still tune in for the cheating, arguments and more.


Gilmore Girls

Alexis Bledel in Gilmore Girls.
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Both the original series and brief sequel of this mother-daughter drama are often the target of haters. With fast-paced dialogue, an unrealistic lifestyle, and unhealthy amounts of coffee, this small-town series is filled with quirky characters that some fans love, and others can’t stand. The loyal Gilmore Girls fans are hardcore though, and will watch episodes again and again.


The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007).
Image Credit: CBS Entertainment.


This hit award-winning series has both hard-core fans and haters, with audiences split over whether they love to hate the socially awkward cast.


While I never was able to get hooked enough to watch regularly, I do see the appeal and humor and I love that the series embraces nerd culture for those of us who are geeks, even as grown-ups.



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This high school musical drama made a major impact on television during its tenure and continues to stay alive on streaming. Many viewers found the show too unrealistic and sentimental to be realistic.


The series had some fun celebrity cameos, but often failed to deliver consistent results, especially during the later season.


Family Guy

Family Guy.
Image Credit: Fox.

With seasons well into the double-digits, Family Guy has been part of entertainment and pop culture, reserving a place for offbeat humor.


I admit I fall into the hater category of this adult-focused animated series. I find most of it offensive and unsuitable for family viewing. However, I know Family Guy has its place and its long time success proves that the series has its devoted fans


The Office


Phyllis Smith, John Krasinski, and Leslie David Baker in The Office (2005).
Image Credit: NBC Universal.


A top sitcom for many seasons, this popular series has its hardcore fans, as well as its haters.


The Office was a launching pad for many of the cast to expand their careers to new films and TV shows in the years since.

Having worked in various offices for multiple decades, I admit I never was able to figure out the appeal of this faux documentary-style comedy. Maybe it’s because I worked with so many of these stereotypes over the years, but the slow pace has always made it seem like having to put in unpaid overtime.


Digital streaming technology has made more TV available for us to enjoy than ever before. Whether it is popular new series, or cult classics, there are lots of options to enjoy. While most people binge shows that they love, there are also TV shows that we love to hate.


What series would you add to this list? 

Author: Kim Ritter


Kim Ritter is an over caffeinated, movie addicted blogger mom of 2 from small town #Iowa. Read more at twokidsandacoupon.com.

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