2013 offered up a lot of great TV, but at the same time the opposite is true as well. I sat through a lot of REALLY BAD TV this year. I have no one to blame for this but myself. Some of the shows that I chose to continue to watch even though I didn’t like what I was watching can be attributed to a sense of loyalty or dedication to a show, but rest assured that if that show ended up on this list, there is a good chance that my loyalty has reached its breaking point and if the show gets to be renewed for another season I won’t give it the time of day. If you are interested in watching any of these shows there may be slight spoilers in the description, so proceed with caution.
10. Low Winter Sun (Season 1) – To be honest, I didn’t hate this show. It had an unfortunate slot of having to follow Breaking Bad. No show can really stand up to that kind of pressure. The writing was only subpar, the plot over-convoluted, and the acting slightly wooden. Mark Strong is one of the most boring actors out there today, so putting him as an anti-hero in the role of a “is he or isn’t he a dirty cop” doesn’t really mesh well. By the end of the season I had grown tired of the show, especially when the entire 2-hour long season finale didn’t do anything to wrap up any current plot points and set things up for a continuation into Season 2. Then Low Winter Sun was cancelled. Even if it wasn’t I probably would have stopped watching.
9. Dexter (Season 8) – Dexter has had its ups and downs as the seasons go but Season 8 was scraping the bottom of the barrel. As more and more people found out Dexter’s secret and decided to either help or hinder him in his pursuits the show just became over-dramatically over-the-top and ended with a very anti-climactic ending. The Season 8 finale for Dexter sets up for a spin-off and/or a chance to bring Dexter back in the future, which isn’t the ending that Dexter deserves. The writers were too afraid to do what needed to be done.
8. The Big Bang Theory (Season 7) – This show used to be funny. I used to love laughing along with Sheldon and his odd-job gang of friends. Now I’ve realized that these writers aren’t laughing along with nerd culture and the quirks of these characters, they’re laughing at them. This show is no longer funny and sometimes borders on being offensive to certain groups. Time to hang this one up for good.
7. Hostages (Season 1) – I should have stopped after the Pilot. A surgeon is about to perform surgery on the President and if she doesn’t kill him during surgery a terrorist will kill her family. She doesn’t. Show becomes a season. While the season plays out like a mystery of epic proportions full of conspiracy theories, it’s very lack lustre and has the Prison Break effect, where anything after Season 1 is going to be unrelated to the actual premise of the show and what is mediocre will become even worse and slight off into obscurity.
6. Under the Dome (Season 1) – I was under the impression that this was a miniseries. So I went into it. Suspended disbelief for a while, ignored the gaping plot holes, ignoring the sh*tty script and actors. Then when it turns out that this is an actual show with multiple seasons planned (Found this out during the season finale) I was livid. If I had known this I wouldn’t have even bothered with this horrible Stephen King adaptation.
5. Ray Donovan (Season 1) – I loved the first episode. I thought it was an amazing premise. A clean-up guy for celebrities. Then we got waded down by Ray’s personal and professional bullsh*t and I got bored. Stopped watching mid-season. Just couldn’t find the energy to stay invested in a show that I actually started to feel was a chore to watch.
4. Big Brother (Season 15) – In my Best of 2013 Television I mention that I am a “reality” TV junkie. This includes the dreaded Big Brother. This season was absolutely outrageous. I understand that to boost ratings you want to put entertaining and/or opinionated people in the house, but filling the house with homophobes and racists and then allowing them to run wild to do and say anything to anyone or anything started to offend my sensibilities. While some of the players were called out for their behaviour, they ended up playing the “victim” card themselves for pity. It was absolutely disgusting.
3. Sleepy Hollow (Season 1) – This show was renewed after 2 episodes. Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen kill each other during the Civil War. They both awake in present day Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horsemen on a mission to bring about the apocalypse, Ichabod, one of the two Biblical witnesses to try and stop the apocalypse. I have watched to the mid-point of the season. I don’t know why. It hasn’t gotten any better. That’s for damn sure.
1. True Blood (Season 6) – I “hate watch” True Blood. I really do hate the show. But I’ve invested myself to this point part of me wants to stick it out until the end of the Series, which I believe (fingers crossed) is next season. Season 6 is the same old True Blood horsesh*t with 100% more fairies! I can’t even remember why I started watching the show because it was never particularly good to begin with. In hindsight I can’t really think of a single season where anything in particular actually stuck out to me as memorable. I guess I should have stopped watching this long ago.