There are some truly great shows on TV on Tuesday nights – but there are also some really bad ones. Wedged in between awesome series like The Flash and Chicago Fire, this list of shows – including predictable sitcoms (Clipped), terrible reality shows (Dance Moms), and confusing dramas (Proof) – simply fail to stand out.
With so many worthy options airing on the same night, you probably don’t want to invest too much time in a show that’s not up to par. Luckily we’re here to help. Below, check out six of the worst TV series on Tuesday nights.
TBS’s freshman sitcom, starring Ashley Tisdale, Mike Castle, and Lauren Lapkus, centers on a group of co-workers who all went to high school together but ran in very different crowds. Eventually they find themselves working together at a barbershop, Buzzy’s. Sound familiar? No surprise there – the show is essentially a combination of Cheers and Barbershop, with the same forgettable jokes and gags we’ve all seen a thousand times before. The series isn’t unpleasant necessarily, but it is highly unoriginal. There are much better shows to tune into on Tuesday night. [Update: Per The Hollywood Reporter, Clipped was canceled after one season, with the last episode airing on August 18.}
2. Dance Moms
Dance instructor Abby Lee Miller may be the most abrasive person on TV – and given the overwhelming amount of reality shows on the small screen these days, that’s seriously saying something. The Lifetime show basically follows as Miller berates young girls into performing the way she wants and then taking all the credit if they win something. The girls are talented, but watching Miller scream at them and their stage moms dissolve into arguments with her and each other is just downright painful. [Update: Dance Moms wrapped up its fifth season in August and will return on January 5, 2016.]
3. Secrets and Wives
The Bravo docu-series chronicles the life of six wealthy women who all grew up on Long Island and follows them as they go through the challenges of marriage and divorce. The women are described as a tight-knit group of friends and rivals who know everything about each other. The series might have a different name, but in the end, this is basically The Real Housewives only set on Long Island – and let’s face it, the last thing we need is another branch of that tired franchise.
The TNT drama, starring Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, Joe Morton, and Callum Blue, premiered in mid-June. It follows Dr. Carolyn Tyler (Beals), who is persuaded by Ivan Turing, a tech inventor and billionaire with cancer, to investigate supernatural cases of reincarnation and near-death experiences, in hopes to prove that death is not final. Though the concept may sound intriguing and Beals makes for a strong lead, it’s ultimately not enough to save the thin, cliché-packed storyline and dragged-out pacing. With its disappointing execution, Proof is not the compelling and provocative series it has the potential to be. [Update: Per Deadline, Proof was canceled by TNT after just one season.]
ABC Family’s freshman sci-fi crime drama stars Emma Ishta as Kirsten, who has been recruited into a government agency to be “stitched” into the memories of the recently deceased to investigate murders that would have otherwise gone unsolved. The show debuted in June to mostly negative reviews and it’s not hard to see why. The series is confusing and not anywhere near as fun or addicting as some of ABC Family’s other original titles. And while it may attempt fast-paced action, the show just doesn’t do enough to hold your interest for more than an episode or two. [Update: Stitchers aired its first season finale on October 20 and was renewed for a second season, according to TV By The Numbers.
6. I Can Do That
Hosted by Marlon Wayans, the NBC reality show follows six star entertainers as they team with unique acts in order to learn new skills, showcase their talents and complete surprise challenges. It’s yet another completely unnecessarily reality show filled with B-list stars (last season featured Alan Ritchson, Nicole Sherczinger and Cheryl Burke among others) and the gimmick is entertaining for about one episode before it gets old. Needless to say, the network isn’t giving up on the series just yet. In July, the show was renewed for a second season.