FandomWire’s 10 Worst Television Series of 2023

Here is a list of the 10 worst television series of 2023! Don't say we didn't warn you!

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  • This article contains FandomWire film critic M.N. Miller lists his worst television series of 2023.
  • The list includes seven films from streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video, and Parmount+.
  • According to this list, NBC's Extended Family is the worst television series of the year.
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We may be living in the golden age of television series, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few dumpster fires worthy of our wrath. Please read below FandomWire’s worst television series of 2023! Just don’t complain later that we didn’t warn you!

FandomWire’s 10 Worst Television Series of 2023!

10. All the Light We Cannot See (Netflix)

All the Light We Cannot See (2023) | via Netflix
All the Light We Cannot See (2023) | via Netflix

The Netflix adaptation of the beloved book All the Light We Cannot See is a work of historical fiction that can be viewed differently now, nearly a decade after it was written. To make matters worse, the final product hams up the melodrama to the where the viewer may gag from its saccharine aftertaste.

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9. Obliterated (Netflix)

Obliterated (2023) | via Netflix
Obliterated (2023) | via Netflix

Obliterated is unpleasant, overwrought, and hyper-driven overstimulation of the senses for all the wrong reasons. Almost immediately, Obliterated becomes an eye-roll-inducing affair. The jokes are so bad I would almost call it stunning. The dialogue is terrible, even taxing, and the overall experience is excessively grating.

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8. Fatal Attraction (Paramount+)

Fatal Attraction (2023) | via Paramount+
Fatal Attraction (2023) | via Paramount+

What on earth is Liz Caplan doing in a series like this? The ending of the series adaptation of Fatal Attraction is so atrociously bad and head-scratchingly bizarre that there’s little reason for it to exist other than to be obtuse.

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7.  That ’90s Show (Netflix)

That 90s Show (2023) | via Netflix
That ’90s Show (2023) | via Netflix

The ’90s show relies too much on nostalgia, being a half-baked version of the That ’70s Show, but has more in common with the That ’80s Show. The next chapter in the series is uninspired, redundant, and completely pointless. Yes, some may call it harmless, but that’s what defends me most of all.

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6. The Citadel (Prime Video)

The Citadel (2023) | via Prime Video
The Citadel (2023) | via Prime Video

We finally have the Michael Bay version that has made it to television. I mean, just look at the similarities. The Citadel is pure spectacle over substance, with little to no character development, the same generic, formulaic approach, and acting that is eye-rollingly inducing.

The only difference is that in this $300 million production, the Prime Video special effects look cheap and underwhelming resulting in a grotesque-looking CGI experience.

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5. Alert: Missing Persons Unit (Fox)

Alert: Missing Persons Unit | via Fox Broadcasting Company
Alert: Missing Persons Unit (2023) | via Fox Broadcasting Company

Yes, we have seen the plot a hundred times over, but the story should be naturally intriguing. Yet Fox’s Alert: Missing Persons Unit lazily sleepwalks through its central premise, and the plotting is laughable. Star’s Scott Caan and Dania Ramirez look painstakingly bored, and their performances are even worse.

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4. True Lies (CBS)

True Lies (2023) | via CBS Television
True Lies (2023) | via CBS Television

The adaptation of True Lies is exactly like the film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, except it doesn’t have those stars, chemistry between the leads, humor, excitement, suspense, or hold the viewer’s interest before the first commercial break.

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3.  Fubar (Netflix)

Fubi (2023) | via Netflix
Fubar (2023) | via Netflix

The title is Fubar. Need I say more? For all the talent involved, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jay Baruchel, and Top Gun: Maverick’s Monica Barbaro, the clever wink doesn’t contain enough to justify an entire series, let alone a typical Schwarzenegger action film. To top it off, the characters are unlikable, the dialogue is artificial, and the tone is wildly uneven.

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2. The Idol (Max)

The Idol (2023) | via Max
The Idol (2023) | via Max

The Max series has a putrid 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 59 reviews. However, the real telling sign may be the eye-opening 41% fan approval on the same site. The series is poorly acted. The characters are hollow. And worst of all, the writing is so shallow.

The Idol only aims to shock while adding little value with nothing real to say about the sleazy industry.

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1. Extended Family (NBC)

Extended Family (2023) | via NBC Universal
Extended Family (2023) | via NBC Universal

NBC’s Extended Family is the most excruciating sitcom to come out in years. Every sentence, word, and syllable goes for a joke without any meaning or connection to the scenes at hand, making the experience overwrought to the point of frustration.

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Written by M.N. Miller

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M.N. Miller is a film and television critic and a proud member of the Las Vegas Film Critic Society, Critics Choice Association, and a 🍅 Rotten Tomatoes/Tomato meter approved. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Mansfield University and a Master's from Chamberlain University. However, he still puts on his pants one leg at a time, and that's when he usually stumbles over. When not writing about film or television, he patiently waits for the next Pearl Jam album and chooses to pass the time by scratching his wife's back on Sunday afternoons while she watches endless reruns of California Dreams. M.N. Miller was proclaimed the smartest reviewer alive by actor Jason Isaacs but chose to ignore his obvious sarcasm. You can also find his work on Hidden Remote, InSession Film, Ready Steady Cut, Geek Vibes Nation, and Nerd Alert.