RANKED: The 20 worst TV shows of the year so far, according to critics

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Jason Patric on Fox’s “Wayward Pines.”
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Sergei Bachlakov/FOX

With more A-List stars, directors, and producers creating television, many are calling this the next golden year of TV. But regardless of who’s involved, there’s bound to be some shows that don’t shine quite as brightly.

After all, they can’t all be winners.

More outlets are creating TV content, from streaming-video companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu to cable networks increasingly getting into the scripted-show game, like Bravo, E!, and Spike.

But what’s worth your time and what isn’t? In times like this, you should let the experts watch so you don’t have to.

Metacritic keeps track of a curated group of critics, assigns each review a number according to how positive or negative it was, and then creates a weighted average score for each show.

Among the shows least-liked by critics, Fox has the dubious honor of having the most shows on the list with four. It’s followed by NBC in second, with three shows. Which other networks had the misfortune of landing shows on the list?

Here are the 20 worst-reviewed TV shows of 2016 so far, using Metacritic scores.

Note: Only shows that have been reviewed at least seven times qualify for this list.


20. ‘Maya and Marty’ (NBC)

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Maya Rudolph and Martin Short will host NBC’s next variety show attempt.
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Mary Ellen Matthews/NBC

Score: 48


19. ‘Second Chance’ (Fox)

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Dilsad Vadsaria and Robert Kazinsky on Fox’s “Second Chance.”
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Sergei Bachlakov/FOX

Score: 47


18. ‘Roadies’ (Showtime)

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From left, Luke Wilson, Tanc Sad, and Carla Gugino on “Roadies.”
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Patrick Wymore/Showtime

Score: 47


17. ‘Of Kings and Prophets’ (ABC)

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Olly Rix on ABC’s “Of Kings and Prophets.”
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ABC

Score: 47


16. ‘Rush Hour’ (CBS)

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Justin Hires, left, and Jon Foo on CBS’s “Rush Hour.”
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CBS

Score: 46


15. ‘Bordertown’ (Fox)

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Fox

Score: 46


14. ‘Feed the Beast’ (AMC)

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David Schwimmer plays a restaurant entrepreneur on AMC’s “Feed the Beast.”
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AMC

Score: 46


13. ‘Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?’ (Lifetime)

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James Franco and Leila George star in “Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?”
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Trae Patton/Lifetime/Sony Pictures Television

Score: 46


12. ‘Wayward Pines’ (Fox)

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Jason Patric on Fox’s “Wayward Pines.”
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Ed Araquel/FOX

Score: 46


11. ‘Shadowhunters’ (Freeform)

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Dominic Sherwood on Freeform’s “Shadowhunters.”
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John Medland/Freeform

Score: 45


10. ‘Crowded’ (NBC)

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Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston on NBC’s “Crowded.”
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Vivian Zink/NBC

Score: 44


9. ‘Flaked’ (Netflix)

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Will Arnett, left, and David Sullivan on “Flaked.”
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Adam Rose/Netflix

Score: 43


8. ‘The Passion’ (Fox)

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Chris Daughtry and Jencarlos Canela in Fox’s live broadcast of “The Passion.”
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Michael Becker/FOX

Score: 40


7. ‘Dead of Summer’ (Freeform)

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From left, Ronin Rubinstein, Amber Coney, and Elizabeth Lail on “Dead of Summer.”
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Jack Rowand/Freeform

Score: 39


6. ‘Heartbeat’ (NBC)

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Melissa George on NBC’s “Heartbeat.”
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NBC

Score: 37


5. ‘Uncle Buck’ (ABC)

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Big Sean, left, and Mike Epps on ABC’s “Uncle Buck.”
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Richard Cartwright/ABC

Score: 37


4. ‘Damien’ (A&E)

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Bradley James, the star of A&E’s “Damien.”
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A&E

Score: 37


3. ‘Fuller House’ (Netflix)

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“Fuller House” follows characters D.J., Stephanie and Kimmy Gibbler as they raise D.J.’s three boys
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Netflix

Score: 35


2. ‘Hunters’ (Syfy)

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Flynn Carroll on Syfy’s “Hunters.”
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Syfy

Score: 34


1. ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’ (CBS)

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Gary Sinise, left, and Daniel Henney on CBS’s “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.”
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Darren Michaels/CBS

Score: 28