The Worst New TV Shows of 2023

by Jason Dietz - December 15, 2023

What were the biggest television duds of the past year? On this page we rank the lowest-scoring first-year primetime TV series (including limited series and specials) debuting in the United States between January 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023. Shows are ranked by Metascore (an average of grades from top professional critics on a 0-100 scale) prior to rounding based on scores from December 13, 2023 and must have at least 4 reviews from professional critics to qualify.

Why are there so few titles with red Metascores? Keep in mind that a decline in the overall number of professional TV critics in recent years means that only the more major television programs—and, even then, mostly scripted programs—actually get reviewed (and get a Metascore). This allows some otherwise lousy shows (especially reality shows) to slip under the radar and avoid inclusion in this list. What you see here are the crummy titles major enough to merit interest from critics.

#10: City on Fire

City on Fire

#9: Queen Cleopatra

Queen Cleopatra

#8: Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights

#7: Wolf Pack

Wolf Pack

#6: Obsession

All the Light We Cannot See
John Carpenter's Suburban Screams
The Price of Glee

#2: The Idol

The Idol

#1: MILF Manor

MILF Manor