15 most overrated Netflix shows of 2020

13 Reasons Why season 4 -- Cr. DAVID MOIR/NETFLIX © 2020
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The Politician Season 2, Netflix
THE POLITICIAN BEN PLATT as PAYTON HOBART in episode 4 of THE POLITICIAN. Cr. GIOVANNI RUFINO/NETFLIX © 2020 /

Overrated Netflix shows: The Politician

Seasons: 2

Created By: Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan

Starring: Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light, Bette Midler

Why It’s Overrated: Never has there been a television series with more potential than The Politician. From the ace trio that gave us wild pop culture phenomenons and cult favorites such as Glee and Scream Queens, the Netflix original series returned in 2020 for its second season less than a year after its initial debut. On paper, The Politician has everything it needs to be a formidable force on the small screen, but the second season, while an adventurous ride from start to finish, got lost in its own weirdness.

The Politician stars Ben Platt as the ambitious Payton Hobart, who begins the series as a driven high school student willing to do anything to win the class presidency. Payton dreams of becoming the youngest President of the United States, and that goal leads him to grapple with multiple moral dilemmas. In the second season, Payton runs for a seat on the New York State Senate against the incumbent Dede Standish (Judith Light), using cutthroat methods and a liberal platform to inch himself closer to his post-college political aspirations.

For its first season, The Politician earned mixed reviews but still went on to land a pair of Golden Globe nominations and five Emmy Award nominations. However, the second season’s critical reception declined to a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, with most critics agreeing that the storytelling veered into overly complicated and messy territory without much to back up the various unhinged plot twists. A third season of The Politician could very well still be on the horizon in the distant future, but let’s hope the series recognizes its potential rather than taking itself too seriously.