8 of the Worst TV Shows on Wednesday Nights
There are some solid shows on TV on Wednesday night (Fox’s Empire, TBS’ Full Frontal With Samantha Bee), but there are also a handful of not-so-great series dragging down the lineup. These shows — including both reality and scripted titles — have failed to impress and just aren’t up to par with the night’s other more worthy choices.
From pointless dating shows like Are You the One? to cliched melodramas like Star, these eight titles aren’t doing their networks — or us as viewers — any favors. Below, check out some of the worst TV shows that air on Wednesday nights.
Lee Daniels’ Empire was a hit for Fox, but the same can’t be said about his new show, Star. Despite featuring some big names, such as Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt, the series has been widely panned for its melodramatic plot and heavily reliance on industry tropes. It’s also been criticized for lacking the style or fun that made Empire such a hit.
Regardless of the bad reviews, Fox seems to have enough faith in Daniels to give the show a second chance, already renewing it for Season 2.
2. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
CBS didn’t do viewers any favors by green-lighting this critically panned extension of the Criminal Minds franchise. The freshman season of Beyond Borders scored a low 20% on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics slamming the show not only for relying on the same boring tropes of its predecessors, but also for its clunky world views that seemingly stoke the flames of xenophobia.
Despite its problematic storytelling, Beyond Borders is helped by the popular brand it’s attached to — a factor that likely led CBS to bring the drama back for a second season.
3. Are You the One?
MTV’s addition to the plethora of unnecessary reality dating shows is exactly what you’d expect — redundant and pointless but (apparently) popular.
The show, which premiered in early 2014, follows 20 single people — 10 men and 10 women — who try to find their perfect mates in order to take home $1 million as a group. Having just wrapped its fifth season, the show has since inspired a spinoff called Are You the One: Second Chances, which will bring back 10 perfect matches from previous seasons. Already lost interest? Us too.
4. The Real Housewives of Potomac
The Potomac branch of the franchise is among the most recent Real Housewives spinoffs and yes, it’s just as vapid as its many predecessors. Just like all of the other branches before it, the series is filled with a bunch of overblown drama and a cast of privileged women who all seem to have way too much time on their hands.
Now in its second season, Potomac is the eighth installment of the Real Housewives phenomenon — which unfortunately shows no signs of going away anytime soon.
5. Schitt’s Creek
The Pop sitcom, about a wealthy family who lose their fortune and move to the small town of Schitt’s Creek, may have a clever title, but that’s where the creativity seems to end. Critics have called the show’s gags “juvenile” and “at best, stale.” That, combined with the no-thrills production, makes the comedy largely skippable.
The History channel made its move into original programming with this army drama, which chronicles the operations and daily lives of the members of SEAL Team Six. Unfortunately, the show has earned some pretty mediocre reviews since its premiere earlier this year.
Though the series boasts some compelling characters and engaging action scenes, it ultimately fails to bring anything fresh to the table and too closely resembles Army Wives and other military shows of the past.
7. Code Black
This CBS medical drama, set in an overcrowded and understaffed emergency room in Los Angeles, is in its second season and so far, it’s failed to stand out. While the series features a solid cast, the show itself makes for a pretty run-of-the-mill addition to the network’s lineup. Packed with over-the-top storylines and heavy-handed dialogue, Code Black is somewhat of a letdown for anyone looking for a fresher take on the genre.
CBS’ freshman reality competition, which premiered in January 2017, pits a group of contestants against an army of expert human hunters with backgrounds in the FBI, CIA, and NSA. The series is billed as “the world’s most elaborate game of hide & go seek,” but there have been plenty of problems in its first season.
Critics and viewers have panned the show’s lack of transparency (the competition doesn’t share its rules with the audience) and overly-produced, heavily-staged feel. Whether it will get a chance to fix these issues in a second season remains to be seen.