Year in Review

2021 in Review: The 10 Worst Shows

Worst TV Shows 2021

We’re taking a cue from Santa Claus with our latest Year in Review ranking, crafting a naughty list of the shows that were very bad this year.

Though 2021 was a banner year for the small screen overall — and, on that note, go here for our picks of the year’s 20 best series — there were still some serious duds out there. In the list below, we’re revisiting TV’s 10 weakest offerings from the past 12 months, from the underwhelming fantasy of Netflix’s Fate: The Winx Saga to the truly terrifying aesthetics of Fox’s Alter Ego.

And though our list does feature several entries from the freshman class (Netflix’s Sex/Life, ABC’s The Celebrity Dating Game), we’ve also made room for a few returning series that didn’t quite clear the creative bar they’d set for themselves in previous seasons.

But as much as we love a good spoiler here at TVLine, we won’t blurt out which series came in first — or, uh, last — on our list of the year’s worst shows. No, you will have to scroll down to see all 10 of our picks, ranked from “least worst” to worst, and then drop a comment with your own hot takes on this year’s clunkers.

Still to come in TVLine’s Year in Review: TV’s Biggest Controversies, Sexiest Scenes, Character Deaths That Nearly Killed Us, Shocking Cast Exits, Scene-Stealing Characters and much, much more!