8 Netflix Shows that Shouldnt Have Gotten Another Season

first_imgStay on target Friends from CollegeThis is a series that proves it doesn’t matter how talented your cast is. Even the greatest comedic actors can’t overcome a bad script. Even people as charming as Keegan Michael Key and Cobie Smulders can’t make us root for any of these people. It’s possible to build wonderful, successful comedies around unlikable people. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, You’re the Worst and Seinfeld all did great things with the formula. But the characters in Friends from College aren’t terrible in that way. They’re just obnoxious. They’re the people you invite when you want to end a party early.  It’s not even fun when things go wrong because the situations are never outlandish, and the scripts are never witty enough to make those things entertaining. It’s a bland, boring comedy. So, of course, Netflix renewed it for a second season. Star power counts for a lot, I guess.BloodlineOh boy, this is a perfect example of why you should quit while you’re ahead. The first season of this thriller series was captivating. We all loved watching this family tear itself apart as darker secrets came to the surface. Plus, outside of the typical end-of-season tease for the next one, it was a fairly complete story. It built to a satisfying conclusion, and we all would have been fine if Bloodline turned out to be a one-off. Then season two happened and it was… fine. It felt less focused and less urgent than the first. But hey, second season slump is a thing. If the show could pull itself together in the third, all would have been fine. It didn’t. It started out promising enough, setting up dramatic threads that just went nowhere. Nothing was wrapped up in a satisfying way, and the third season turned into a painful slog. Bloodline had such a strong start, but the end came two years too late.Benedict Wong, Lorenzo Richelmy (Photo by Phil Bray, via Netflix)Marco PoloWho doesn’t love historical drama? Sword, adventure, the ability to pretend it’s an educational experience… A good historical drama has it all. Marco Polo tried to. The production values on this show were astounding. Netflix has a considerable amount of money, and it was all on the screen during this show. If only they thought of anything interesting to do with it. A boring story that took forever to go anywhere was made worse by a protagonist so wooden you could build the sets with him. Netflix let this thing drag on for two whole seasons before pulling the plug. In total, it lost them $200 million, making Marco Polo the most expensive nap I’ve taken to date. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. For more on the best streaming services to view Netflix on head over to our roundup. Overall, Netflix original series have generally been pretty good. They started out strong with the first season of House of Cards, and the quality has rarely fallen too far below that. Sure, subsequent seasons haven’t been quite as compelling, but I don’t regret the time I’ve spent watching them. (And the upcoming final season will likely be even better without Kevin Spacey and with a focus on Claire, who was always the more interesting character.) There are few Netflix original series that aren’t at least OK. We’re still at the point where a series debuting on the streaming service is reason enough to at least check it out.That said, the service hasn’t been without its stinkers. And since time slots aren’t a thing on the internet, the streaming service has less incentive than traditional TV networks to cancel a show that doesn’t work. Sometime’s it works out. Sometimes a show finds itself in its second season and becomes something better. Other times, the second season, or even just the announcement of one, leaves you shouting “Stop!” at your TV. That’s what happened with these shows.13 Reasons WhyThe big one. There’s still widespread debate about whether the first season should have happened, considering it looked at all the guidelines for how to portray suicide in media and ignored all of them. That’s not even getting into the questionable plot that appeared to glorify the act at times. Then there’s the fact that the book it’s based on was entirely covered in the first season. That lead to a second installment that felt completely unnecessary from moment one, and went for extreme shock value to maintain relevance. Even its claims of realism fall flat because the show is so inept at portraying how humans, even teenage humans, act. And it’s just been renewed for a second season, so we get to go through all of this again next year. And there is no amount of reasons that will ever adequately explain why.Fred Savage, Nat Faxon, Annie Parisse, Jae Suh Park, Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key, Billy Eichner (Photo via Netflix)center_img Iron FistTo this day, the worst thing Marvel has put out. Even Inhumans, while worse on a technical level, was at least bad in an interesting way. There was nothing entertaining about the first season of Iron Fist. I love the fact that my job requires me to watch endless amounts of Marvel content. It might be my favorite thing about writing for Geek dot com. But Iron Fist was WORK. This was a show that started with an insufferable protagonist and gave him zero character development for 13 episodes. Why? Because they were saving that for The Defenders, a completely different show. It wasn’t just Danny that sunk this season, though. Iron Fist is a kung fu show that couldn’t show you any kung fu. Rather than watch how the other Marvel Netflix series shot action scenes, Iron Fist was full of shaky cam and quick, dizzying cuts that obscured the action. Presumably to hide a stunt double or something. Even worse, the season didn’t even have a real villain until the last two episodes. And by that point, it was hard to care. Iron Fist is getting a second season, and my expectations couldn’t be lower. Defenders miraculously made the character work by pairing him with heroes who refused to put up with his crap. I have no confidence Season Two will have the self-awareness to pull that off. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer Arrested DevelopmentIt pains me to say this, but Netflix should have just let this series remain in the past. We were all so excited when we heard the streaming service was reviving it. Finally, this brilliant series would get its due. They even got all the original cast back… just not together. And that was the problem. What made that series work so well was how the actors played off each other. It’s what made the Michael-George Michael scenes so awkward. It’s what led to moments like the conflicting chicken impressions. With Season Four filmed when all the actors were in the middle of several other projects, there was no chance of any of that happening. What we got was a weird shell of what the show once was. Also, as the years have gone by, its become clear that Arrested Development was better as a memory. We could remember all the good jokes and conveniently forget the fact that Season Three got a little too mean-spirited. That Charlize Theron arc was never OK. (Though the Monster gag in it was admittedly hilarious.)Now it’s back for yet another season, and well… it’s a lot better than the fourth. It still doesn’t quite have the magic of seasons one or two, though. And it’s really hard to watch now what Jeffery Tambour is like. I generally try to separate art from the artist, but I just can’t when I know what happened while the cameras weren’t recording. The way he treated Jessica Walter is abhorrent, and the way the rest of the men in the cast defended it in that New York Times interview makes me think less of them. But what it really boils down to is I can’t ignore that the product on screen caused one of my favorite people in it some amount of pain. That sucks, and it cast a shadow over an otherwise enjoyable season.Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron (Photo by Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix)Hemlock GroveThere are some abysmal shows on this list, but none were as painful to watch as Hemlock Grove. It was sold as Eli Roth’s take on Twin Peaks with werewolves and vampires thrown in. I’ve never been the biggest fan of Roth’s movies, but the trailers looked super interesting, so I gave it a shot. The one good thing I could say about it was the wolf transformation was cool. It was a unique version of something we’ve seen done so many times in movies and TV. It leaned into the body horror involved in such a transformation in a deliciously, uncomfortably gory way. Too bad everything else about this show was so stupid. The characters were paper thin. There seemed to be no reason behind anything they did or said. The dialog was groan-worthy, the story never went anywhere, and anything you’d normally consider a twist was telegraphed whole episodes in advance. All of this was delivered with some of the worst acting available on the streaming service. Hemlock Grove lasted three whole seasons, which is about two and a half longer than it should have.John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin, Bob Saget (Photo by Michael Yarish/Netflix)Fuller HouseI get it. Nostalgia’s hot right now. But how did we convince ourselves that Full House was ever any good, much less deserving of a sequel series? The original show was saccharine, unfunny family fare. The kind of show that thought sentimentality was a substitute for humor. Its Netflix sequel was… that all over again, but in HD this time. The first episode was novel for what it was: a reunion of a show that somehow became a ubiquitous part of millennial childhood. Then, the rest of the season was more of the same. The same unfunny jokes, the same tired sitcom premises, the same people doing the same things over and over again. Even its one good joke, about Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen not wanting to return for the show, was repeated so many times over the course of the season it lost all its humor. Even Deadpool would tell the Tanners to cool it with the fourth-wall-breaking jokes. Fuller House was renewed for a fourth season earlier this year, proving there’s no song lyric more ironic than “Whatever happened to predictability?”last_img read more