While Mondays are usually a relatively slow night for television to begin with, there’s a handful of series that are dragging down the lineup even more. These five shows – including both reality and scripted titles – are so unoriginal and predictable, we can’t help but wonder why they’re even still on the air.
From tired old franchises like The Real Housewives to not-so-funny sitcoms like 2 Broke Girls, these five shows aren’t doing any favors to an already sluggish TV night. Below, check out some of the worst series on Monday night:
1. The Bachelor/The Bachelorette
ABC’s reality TV dating show debuted in 2002, but it feels like we’ve been forced to live with this atrocity (and its counter-part, The Bachelorette, which premiered in 2003) for about a century. At this point, viewers know the drill so well, there’s little point in even watching either series –the guys are usually conceited, the girls are usually catty and all are usually wannabe actors looking for a taste for fame. As if the staged drama isn’t predictably bad enough, the network’s lame attempts at a surprise twist – like this season’s two Bachelorettes fiasco- only make things more unbearable.
2. 2 Broke Girls
The CBS sitcom has always featured more than its fair share of predictable and often stereotype-pushing gags, but the chemistry between lead stars Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings kept the series fun and enjoyable in early seasons. Having recently wrapped up its fourth season, the jokes have only become increasingly stale and one-note – making it very hard to keep rooting for Max (Dennings) and Caroline (Behrs). Still, the network isn’t quite done with the series yet. 2 Broke Girls was renewed for a fifth season earlier this year.
3. The Real Housewives of OC (or anywhere else)
The OC branch of the franchise is the only one to air on Monday nights, but we can also blame it for starting the entire Housewives phenomenon in the first place. Ten seasons, 17 OC housewives, and 7 spin-off series later, the Bravo series is still kicking, but nothing new is actually happening. It’s the same ridiculous drama with a consistently circulating group of mostly banal women, all of whom have way too much time to gossip and belittle each other.
CBS’s drama series, which kicked off its freshman season this past September, is loosely based on life of expert Walter O’Brien. It follows Brien and his genius friends as they are recruited by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help defend the nation against complex, high-tech threats from around the globe. The show has earned mixed reviews since its debut and for good reason. Between the lackluster characters, the standard procedural storylines, and the terrible pacing, the show brings pretty much nothing new to the table.
5. The Celebrity Apprentice
Over a decade after the 2004 premiere of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice, the show has more or less turned into a way for former reality show stars and other fledgling celebrities to keep themselves on camera. But the whole “you’re fired” shtick has definitely grown tired over the years. And with Trump having recently been ousted as the host, it seems like as good a time as any for the network to pull the plug – or at the very least, take this opportunity to give the show some serious revamping.