The Worst TV Show of 2020, According to Critics

These were the most poorly reviewed television series of the year.

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With most of us spending more time indoors than ever before this year, we've been watching an unprecedented amount of television—from reruns of classic series to exciting new offerings. But not all new TV is good TV. In fact, plenty series this year failed to get a seal of approval from the critics. Based on their Metacritic scores, the following list represents the worst TV shows of 2020.

We went through Metacritic's list of every TV season that debuted this year, then looked at the lowest rated offerings. We focused on shows that earned a Metascore of 60 or lower: The site's scoring system suggests that series rated between 40 and 60 have "mixed or average reviews," while series with scores between 20 and 39 have "generally unfavorable reviews."

With that in mind, here are the TV shows critics weren't thrilled about in 2020, from the meh to the miserable. Read on to see if any of your favorites earned this dismal designation. And for maligned movies, check out The Worst Movies of All Time, According to Critics.

41
Emily in Paris (Season 1)

emily in paris
Netflix

Metascore: 60

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40
Soulmates (Season 1)

still from soulmates
AMC

Metascore: 60

39
Little Voice (Season 1)

still from little voice
Apple TV+

Metascore: 60

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38
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Season 1)

penny dreadful city of angels
Showtime

Metascore: 60

37
Truth Seekers (Season 1)

truth seekers
Prime Video

Metascore: 60

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36
We Hunt Together (Season 1)

we hunt together
BBC Studios / UKTV / Laurence Cendrowicz

Metascore: 59

35
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 1)

star trek lower decks
CBS Television Distribution

Metascore: 59

34
Cursed (Season 1)

still from cursed
Netflix

Metascore: 59

33
Away (Season 1)

still from away
Netflix

Metascore: 59

32
Next (Season 1)

still from next
Fox

Metascore: 58

31
Tommy (Season 1)

still from tommy
Jojo Whilden / CBS

Metascore: 58

30
Council of Dads (Season 1)

council of dads
NBC

Metascore: 58

29
Unsolved Mysteries (Season 1)

unsolved mysteries
Netflix

Metascore: 57

28
The Twilight Zone (Season 2)

the twilight zone
CBS All Access

Metascore: 57

27
Utopia (Season 1)

still from utopia
Elizabeth Morris / Amazon Studios

Metascore: 56

26
Social Distance (Season 1)

still from social distance
Netflix

Metascore: 56

25
Snowpiercer (Season 1)

still from snowpiercer
TNT

Metascore: 55

24
Hollywood (Season 1)

still from hollywood
Netflix

Metascore: 55

23
Intelligence (Season 1)

still from intelligence
Colin Hutton / Sky

Metascore: 54

22
Love Life (Season 1)

still from love life
HBO Max

Metascore: 54

21
Interrogation (Season 1)

still from interrogation
CBS All Access

Metascore: 54

20
Brave New World (Season 1)

brave new world
Peacock

Metascore: 54

19
Hunters (Season 1)

al pacino and logan lerman on hunters
Amazon Prime Video

Metascore: 54

18
Filthy Rich (Season 1)

still from filthy rich
Skip Bolen / Fox

Metascore: 54

17
White Lines (Season 1)

still from white lines
Netflix

Metascore: 53

16
Deputy (Season 1)

still from deputy
Richard Foreman / Fox

Metascore: 51

15
Amazing Stories (Season 1)

still from amazing stories
Apple TV+

Metascore: 51

14
Ratched (Season 1)

still from ratched
Netflix

Metascore: 49

13
Motherland: Fort Salem (Season 1)

motherland fort salem
Freeform

Metascore: 49

12
Space Force (Season 1)

still from space force
Aaron Epstein / Netflix

Metascore: 49

11
The Walking Dead: World Beyond (Season 1)

the walking dead world beyond
AMC

Metascore: 48

10
Crossing Swords (Season 1)

crossing swords
Hulu

Metascore: 47

9
Messiah (Season 1)

still from messiah
Netflix

Metascore: 46

8
AJ and the Queen (Season 1)

aj and the queen
Netflix

Metascore: 46

7
The Politician (Season 2)

still from the politician
David Giesbrecht / Netflix

Metascore: 45

6
Too Hot to Handle (Season 1)

too hot to handle
Netflix

Metascore: 43

5
The Goop Lab with Gwyneth Paltrow (Season 1)

the goop lab with gwyneth paltrow
Netflix

Metascore: 40

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4
Helstrom (Season 1)

still from helstrom
Bettina Strauss / Hulu

Metascore: 40

3
Indebted (Season 1)

still from indebted
Trae Patton / NBC

Metascore: 36

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2
The Duchess (Season 1)

still from the duchess
Netflix

Metascore: 35

1
Hoops (Season 1)

still from hoops
Netflix

Metascore: 35

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