‘Stranger Things’ & Other Top Shows People Are Ashamed to Admit They Don’t Like

If you’ve ever been shamed for disliking a show with an unparalleled viewership base — one that spans divergent demographics and reaches phenomenon status before its conclusion — just know that you’re not alone. While it’s one thing to have never watched a groundbreaking series like Stranger Things, it’s quite another to admit that you’ve watched it and didn’t like it.

How dare you reject a masterpiece. Blasphemy! When it comes to the TV shows on this list, the fans are devout, if not, alarmingly pious. Thus, they react strongly to people uttering the words, “I don’t like it.”

'Stranger Things' Cast
‘Stranger Things’ Cast | Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix

This list will highlight some of the most famous TV programs that you may find difficult to admit disliking, and the problems most non-enthusiasts hold with the various shows. Sorry superfans, but we’re going to highlight the negatives.

‘Stranger Things’ 

With Millie Bobby Brown taking the world by storm as Eleven, Stranger Things is easily one of Netflix’s greatest triumphs. Paying homage to sci-fi films of yesteryear, fans can never get enough of kids on bicycles, riding to save the day. However, some feel that the show’s focus on establishing an 80s sci-fi vibe often grows too strong, overpowering the show’s unique narrative, and resulting in a mimetic, as opposed to an emulative, series.

While some fail to connect with the nostalgia element, deeming the show imitational, others simply aren’t into the “whole alien thing,” which, given the show’s overall focus, is a simple, yet quite valid excuse.

‘Game of Thrones’

While finding the last season an utter disgrace to the show’s previous efforts has become acceptable (if not, standard), disliking the show, from the start, places a target on your back. Game of Thrones became a sensation overnight, bringing in ratings to rival network successes, like The Big Bang Theory and NCIS. While most find the show’s intricately woven plotlines and character conflicts suspenseful and dramatic, others find the show repetitive in its aesthetic and thematic tendencies.

Those who do not like Game of Thrones often reference the incessant violence, rape, and incest that seems to hover over the series like an unrelenting dark cloud. Some people also feel that having so many characters grows aggravating, as it can become difficult to remain focused, or even interested, in the various interrelationships at play. When you care more about one person over another, the other character’s story grows pointless, just as some of the secondary plots in the story became. 

‘Friends’ 

If you can think of one person who has uttered the sentence “I don’t like Friends” without gasps of shock following suit, you are in the minority. One of the most famous sitcoms to ever hit the air, Friends presented a group of close-knit individuals who loved and relied on one another like family. 

People who don’t like Friends argue that the characters can be downright mean, often ignore each other’s feelings like distant acquaintances (unless being compassionate fits with the episode’s narrative), and could never realistically afford to live in Manhattan. While Friends is a classic, some feel that the friendships aren’t all too enviable.

‘The Office’

Fans of The Office seem to be particularly intense. Often deemed a comedically genius series, The Office reigns as one of the most-celebrated workplace comedies of all time. Cathartic for many unhappy in their professional lives, yet also witty, The Office was simple in its approach, which was the secret to its success.

While some found the character’s lack of growth in line with the show’s whole shtick, others simply found it aggravating. Furthermore, most new characters were not memorable and the writing continued to suffer as time went on. Many also felt that the characters’ personalities would instantly change if it was good for a joke. 

Honorable mentions

  • Supernatural
  • American Horror Story
  • Breaking Bad