The 10 Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2016

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We’ve spent the week honoring the best TV shows of the year and the top 10 new series, but now it’s time to shift from the best that TV had to offer in 2016 to looking at some of the worst: the year’s most disappointing shows.

Of course, “disappointing” isn’t the same as “worst.” Nothing on this list is as toxic as Man With a Plan or Notorious, both of which seemed like trainwrecks from the moment the first footage was screened during the upfronts—and then proceeded to live down to expectations. Instead, this list is devoted to the 2016 shows that seemed destined for greatness—at least, until they actually debuted.

Without further ado, here are the year’s biggest misfires:


@jasonlynch jason.lynch@adweek.com Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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