What is better than enjoying a show? I hate to see it, and we’ve got six of them to get you going.
What better way to kick off 2023 than with a list full of sarcasm? You probably already have shows you’re looking forward to drunkenness this year or have a pending job on your “My List” that you want to access. But these shows aren’t just for viewing pleasure; they’re for you hatred-visual pleasure. These are shows we think you’ll love to snub (if you haven’t already). Or maybe we secretly love them, but tell ourselves we hate them so we won’t be ashamed. That might be something we need to talk to our psychiatrists about. So if you want to dive into hours of utter ridiculousness and laugh at how crazy these shows can be, curl up on your couch and make some popcorn (not to eat, but to throw at the TV). Here is a list of shows that are perfect for your hate viewing needs.
Our picks for shows you’ll love to hate watching in 2023
Emily in Paris
This show is already three seasons old, so it clearly has an audience. Whether that audience really likes the show or is watching it with a grudge, we can never know. But Emily in Paris’ Cliché-filled misadventures in a trope-filled Paris make it a perfect series to watch the hate. Don’t get me wrong though, this program is by far the tamer one on this list. It’s frivolous at best and ridiculous at worst, but at least it’s also aesthetically pleasing. Also, say what you want about the titular character, but at least Lily Collins does the pixie of hers justice.
13 Reasons Why (Season 3 onwards)
I actually liked the first two seasons of this show. It was definitely controversial, but it also got people talking about mental health and raising awareness about it. The first season was adapted directly from the books, while the second season was a nice expansion on the story that covered the aftermath of Hannah Baker’s death. However, the third and fourth seasons were just attempts to make the series give more social commentary, except it fell flat. In the past two seasons, the show was trying too hard and had gotten into soapy territory, but it was still trying to be edgy. At the end, 13 reasons why turned into another angsty teen drama with high school students who seem to have too much time on their hands.
Bling Empire or anything with Bling on it, really
I believe that reality shows exist for the sole purpose of being viewed with hate. ostentatious empire is honored to be on this list because it’s the first American reality show with a full Asian cast, though I’m not quite sure if that’s something to be proud of. Sure, the glitz and glamor of how the other side lives is exciting, but it’s all overshadowed by the utterly embarrassing attempts at drama. If you get past the chill though, it’s nice to see all these rich people go out of their way to act like the cameras aren’t there and put on their next offended/hurt/”OMG I can’t believe that” face. And when you think about how much botox some of them have, you might applaud them a bit for the effort.
As a musical theater lover, I was really excited when this show first came out. I still think some of his songs were done right and I’m still in love with Dianna Agron, but man was this whole wild show. Sure, he tried to tackle conventional issues, but that was overshadowed by the show’s ridiculous plotlines and how terribly scary it became as the episodes progressed. Seriously, how can we take seriously what they were saying about teen pregnancy when Mr. Schue was performing “Toxic” with his students and Mercedes was busy organizing a riot at school because of the potato shortage?
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Season 3 onwards)
The creators of Sabrina wanted to make one thing clear when the show was about to premiere: this was not going to be Sabrina the teenage witch. It had “creepy” in the title (not to be confused with East). This was dark, haunting, and serious, and for two seasons it was successful. And then for some reason it decided to go off the rails in the third season and have a musical episode. It all went downhill from there, and much like the show it was inspired by and crossed paths with (which is next on the list), it turned into a convoluted mess that took itself way too seriously with a increasingly annoying protagonist. It also didn’t help that real Satanists sued the show.
Last but not least, the pièce de résistance, the cream of the shit. From the beginning, riverdale it already had soapy vibes. After all, how serious and disturbing can you make Archie comics? But for a while there, he was able to give just the right amount of sudsiness without going overboard. But the writers only seemed to expand on it with each episode, resulting in plotlines involving alternate universes, superpowers, and supernatural occurrences. The show also gave us wonderful dialogue that would put Aaron Sorkin to shame, like the one below. Archie Andrews, what a poet.