TV Shows We Love to Hate-Watch

From Game of Thrones to Netflix’s The Crown, it seems like we are in the golden age of television. With a vast number of diverse series to watch that include everything from insane reality shows to hilarious long-running comedies, there is something for everyone on TV. However, there are several shows out there that keep us glued to our television screens because there is something that we despise about them.

Here are 15 TV shows that we love to obsessively hate-watch.

The Walking Dead

Darryl sits in front of a building.

The Walking Dead | AMC

There was a time when The Walking Dead was legendary. That time has passed. For the past several seasons, TWD has continued to beat a dead horse. The series lost any real narrative awhile ago and instead recycles the same storylines every week. Yes, we know how awful zombies, people are the worst, and life sucks.

TWD is great to look at, but it has turned into a one-trick pony.

Next: A Showtime drama that doesn’t seem to have much direction

The Affair

A man and woman walk together as the woman smokes a cigarette.

The Affair | Showtime

The Affair is stunning television with a layer of 9½ Weeks running throughout it. The acting is top notch, but the plot doesn’t really make any sense. The series will suck you in with the mystery and the multiple angles and perspectives.

However, once you sit with The Affair for awhile, you’ll learn that you’re not sure what is going on, and when you think about it, the show probably doesn’t know either.

Next: The reality family that we continue to keep up with

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Kim is crying and talking to Khloe on 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians'.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians | E!

In the past decade, there has not been a more polarizing TV family than the Kardashians. In the beginning, watching the fabulously wealthy family cry over Bentleys and salads was somewhat intriguing, but that’s before they began to permeate every single aspect of popular culture.

From their vocal fry to their physical enhancements, no matter what you think about the Kardashians, if you happen to turn on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and see them on the screen, you’ll probably stick around for a while.  At least you can count on Scott Disick to bring you back down to reality.

Next: The musical dramedy that was thankfully canceled


A group of students in a classroom standing next to one another across from a teacher and a boy in a wheelchair

Glee | Fox

Glee ended back in 2015, and for the entire six seasons it was on the air, it was horrendous to watch. The autotune music sequences were appalling, and the subplots were inconceivable, but that didn’t keep us from tuning in week after week.

Next: Another formula heavy superhero show


Melissa Benoist in 'Supergirl'.

Supergirl | The CW

The CW currently has an array of superhero shows. Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl all have the same formula. A misfit has superpowers and uses them to save the world.

Each week, we watch these characters take on the same sort of big bads. It’s as predictable as knowing our bedtime routines, but we watch anyway.

Next: A reality show that will make your stomach turn


A hoarder's house on the show.

Hoarders | A&E

From animals hidden within walls to roach infestations, there may not be another TV show on the air that is more revolting than Hoarders. The addictive A&E series finds people across the country who suffer from hoarding. It’s both sad and humiliating to witness their secrets come out.

It’s even harder to watch them as they break down as they get their homes get cleaned. If you can make it to the end of an episode, it’s gratifying to watch, but you’ll hate every moment leading up to it.

Next: The show about wives that isn’t so scandalous

Sister Wives

A woman trying on a wedding gown.

Sister Wives | TLC

We get it. When Sister Wives first premiered we were all intrigued by the idea that in the 21st century, several women would hitch themselves to one man. However, that’s pretty much where the intrigue on Sister Wives ends. There’s no real drama.

The wives all respect one another, the kids are super well-adjusted, and nothing too intriguing has happened since Robyn joined the family.

Next: The comedy series that needs to go out with a big bang

The Big Bang Theory

Sheldon, Amy, Leonard, and Penny sitting on a couch on The Big Bang Theory.

The Big Bang Theory | CBS

The Big Bang Theory has been a staple on television for over a decade ,which means that the episodes are no longer as solid as they used to be. Some are fantastic while others a lacking and frustrating.

These days, nothing about The Big Bang Theory is new or eye-opening. It’s like the same episode over and over again, but that isn’t enough for us to turn it off.

Next: The dating show that will make you question your sanity. 

The Bachelor The Bachelorette

'The Bachelor' couple Ben Higgins and JoJo Fletcher holding hands.

The Bachelor | ABC

There is nothing more nauseating than watching twenty-somethings whine about being unable to find love, and yet we continue to watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The success rate for the couples is in the toilet. Logically, we know that you can’t fall in love with anyone in just a few weeks, especially when tons of other prospects are hovering around.

But the show is just magically absurd, and we can’t help but tune in.

Next: All of the bougie housewives in the world

The Real Housewives

'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' introduction showing cast.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills | Bravo

Watching upper-class ladies get divorced and get into cat fights is ridiculous but we can’t stop watching. From places across America, especially Atlanta, New York, and New Jersey, we tune in season after season and literally gobble up the drama, which if we’re honest, most of the ladies create themselves.

The best part is the confessionals where the ladies proclaim how awful they think everyone else is. We can’t get enough of The Real Housewives.

Next: The teen reality series that didn’t exactly scare anyone straight

16 and Pregnant Teen Mom

Teen Mom introduction and logo.

Teen Mom | MTV

In the beginning, 16 and Pregnant seemed to be a series that warned teenagers of the hardships of parenthood, but that is no longer the case. Not only did 16 and Pregnant get a spin-off, Teen Mom, but the show also made these teens TV celebrities with all the fame and tabloid drama to go along with it.

It’s both fascinating and sick — which is why we continue to watch it.

Next: The sitcom that should have remained in the ’90s

Fuller House

The Tanners and Gibblers sitting at a breakfast table.

Fuller House | Netflix

There hasn’t ever been a reboot as awful as Netflix’s Fuller House, and yet people live for it. Full House was already corny and cheesy in the ’90s, and unfortunately, the reboot has taken things a new level. Watching the Tanners/Fullers as adults is actually nauseating to experience, and yet we refuse to stop watching.

Perhaps if we continue tuning in, the jokes will get better.

Next: A reality show that will make you paranoid

I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant

'I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant' logo and introduction.

I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant | TLC

Not only is the title of the series confusing, so is every single episode of I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant in general. The TLC show has dramatic reenactments of women who claim they didn’t know they were with child, but it’s most likely that they were probably just in denial.

If you’re a woman of childbearing age, you’ll hate-watch the show and then get super paranoid once its over.

Next: The drama series that HBO saved us all from 

The Newsroom

Anchor sits at a desk.

The Newsroom | HBO

With Aaron Sorkin at the helm and Jeff Daniels and Emily Mortimer at the center, The Newsroom should have been perfection, and it was kind of, but it was also pretty awful. The HBO drama ran for three seasons, but it was full of glossy speeches, way too many themes, and characters making absurd choices.

Still, we probably would have continued watching if HBO didn’t put it out of its misery.

Next: A series about women in Brooklyn that we hate-watched until the very end 


'Girls' cast sitting on a park bench.

Girls | HBO

Good riddance to Girls. The Lena Dunham creation was problematic from the beginning, showcasing 20-something white women living in Brooklyn without a person of color to be seen for miles around (IN BROOKLYN!).

It didn’t help that the characters were unlikeable, and the scenarios were completely fare fetched. Like the entire show, the finale was a major disappointment, but we watched it until the end.

Follow Aramide Tinubu on Twitter @midnightrami.

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