- TV critics don’t always get it right, and they’ve been particularly off-base on a few Netflix original series.
- Here, author Caroline Frost lists eight Netflix shows that critics hated but that are actually worth your while.
With Netflix’s library of original content getting ever larger, it makes sense that people will tend to follow their favorite critics in deciding what to watch and what to avoid.
However, critics don’t always get it right. Though shows like “The Crown” and “GLOW” have hit the spot with critics and viewers alike, plenty of other titles have left the critics cold while winning over the public.
Here are eight Netflix original shows that were dead on arrival according to their critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes, but that are actually worth your while. And it’s not just me saying so, judging by their impressive audience scores.
Critic score: 61%
Audience score: 81%
What critics said: After an absorbing start, this family drama set in the Florida Keys stumbles to an increasingly “muddled” denouement, with no one left to like, apparently.
Reasons to love it: Even within a strong cast including Sam Shepard, Kyle Chandler, and Sissy Spacek, Ben Mendelsohn’s charisma sets him apart and makes us root for him despite his role of official black sheep. The beachside family home is the stuff of gothic novels, the twists keep coming and, whenever the story lulls, the seascape along the Keys remains spectacular.
’13 Reasons Why’
Critic score: 51%
Audience score: 71%
What critics said: While many critics joined in the general praise for the hit first season, nearly as many panned the second as a weak diversion from its initial strong premise. Some called it “unnecessary.”
Reasons to love it: Beneath its glossy “90210”-like sheen, this goes further than any of its competitors in exploring the complex emotions of teenage years, with season two expanding on the show’s initial mystery to give young grief the respect it deserves.
‘The Good Cop’
Critic score: 52%
Audience score: 84%
What critics said: This latest incarnation of the eternal cop duo, this time father and son, presents nothing new, only time-honoured cliches.
Reasons to love it: The show brings some laughs, some mysteries, and a comforting, couch-sinking antidote to all the dark crime drama presented elsewhere. Plus, the chemistry between leads Tony Danza and Josh Groban makes for an easy watch.