4 Netflix shows that don’t deserve the hate they get from fans (and 2 that do)

Emily in Paris. Lily Collins as Emily in episode 303 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022
Emily in Paris. Lily Collins as Emily in episode 303 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /
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When new Netflix shows premiere, you never know how the collective audience will react. Will they show up in adoring droves as they did for Wednesday and Stranger Things? Will they hate-watch a show and rip it to shreds on Twitter? Will they skewer the shows that need to be skewered?

Inevitably, when a breakout show premieres or releases a new season, everyone will be talking about it online. All of that chatter won’t be positive, all of it won’t be negative, and some of that reaction — in either direction — might not be completely just.

The cool thing about consuming any kind of media is that everyone has their own objective opinion. We all watch shows and movies from our own perspective, and what we think is a must-watch might be a hard pass to someone else. But some shows don’t deserve the hate they get… and others, sorry to say it, simply do.

Netflix shows that don’t deserve the hate they get

Here are four shows that aren’t totally deserving of all the hate thrown their way, and two shows that have been rightfully criticized, beginning below with Emily in Paris.

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Emily in Paris. (L to R) Lily Collins as Emily, Ashley Park as Mindy in episode 304 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Stéphanie Branchu/Netflix © 2022 /

Emily in Paris

Don’t! It’s funny that a romantic comedy series like Emily in Paris could be such a lightning rod for polarizing opinions, but Emily really rubbed some people the wrong way. People have been “hate-watching” since day one! Sure, some of its blindspots in season 1 needed to be called out (and the team listened to the criticism). However, the comedy’s Emmy nomination furthered the ire derived from the show’s premiere. It may not be the show for you, but there’s most definitely room for a fun, harmless, and silly show like Emily in Paris.

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The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. Kristen Bell as Anna in episode 102 of The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2021 /

The Woman in the House

Don’t! Kristen Bell starred in the dark comedy limited series The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window back in January 2022, and what DIDN’T get picked apart? From the long title to the tone of the show, it wasn’t for a lot of viewers. The actual satiric elements of the story weren’t over the top like spoof movies like Scary Movie and Not Another Teen Movie. It was a little more subtle and leaned into the genre it parodied. The Woman in the House wasn’t perfect by any means, and it was a viewership hit, but it was slightly misunderstood.

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13 Reasons Why

Do! From the second 13 Reasons Why premiered on Netflix in back in 2017, the teen series drew controversy over claims that it glorified suicide and other issues involving teenagers. Despite the controversy, the series was a hit and lasted for four seasons. You might have enjoyed watching the show and found little fault in the way it chose to tell its story, but 13 Reasons Why was deserving of the criticisms lodged its way. The show was often overly graphic with traumatic situations involving teens, which a lot of people don’t find entertaining and can be unnecessarily triggering.

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Ginny & Georgia. (L to R) Antonia Gentry as Ginny, Brianne Howey as Georgia in episode 209 of Ginny & Georgia. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022 /

Ginny & Georgia

Don’t! When Ginny & Georgia debuted in 2021, the mother-daughter dramedy grabbed headlines over a line of dialogue that referenced Taylor Swift and drew criticism for another cringe-worthy scene. While that didn’t deter most fans from tuning into the second season, and landing the follow-up on the top 10 most popular Netflix shows of all time ranking, Ginny & Georgia shouldn’t have been judged based on that skewed first impression. There’s so much heart and drama in the series, and it’s only going to keep growing beyond season 2.

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Blockbuster. (L to R) Melissa Fumero as Eliza, Randall Park as Timmy in Blockbuster. Cr. Ricardo Hubbs/Netflix © 2022 /

Blockbuster

Don’t! If there’s one thing about Netflix original comedies, the majority are going to negatively received for whatever reason. Blockbuster seemed doomed to fail because of the “Netflix is making a show about the business it destroyed” jokes. Ha ha ha! But Randall Park and Melissa Fumero, two sitcom favorites, were excellent in Blockbuster. The series didn’t deserve the lackluster welcome it received and should have been given the chance to really find its footing. They were getting to something special, but now we’ll never see it. (And the “Netflix cancels Blockbuster again” jokes continue!)

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DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

Do! Not only was the show renewed for two more iterations, but Ryan Murphy’s DAHMER – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story won actor Evan Peters a Golden Globe award for his performance as the titular serial killer. The series, which promised to tell the story from the perspective of the victims, earned deserved criticism from the families of the victims, who condemned the series for profiting off their trauma and not being contacted about the series. With two more seasons on the way, let’s hope they will take much better care in telling these stories.

What Netflix shows do you think do and don’t deserve the hate that they have received? Share your picks in the comments!

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