7 Popular Teen Television Shows That are Actually the WORST

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Do you ever think about aliens coming to our planet long after human beings are extinct, and what they’ll find and what conclusions they’ll jump to about our society based on those artifacts? While we can hope that what they find is the best-of-the-best of our culture: Monet’s paintings, One Direction albums and some wholesome TV show like Friday Night Lights; what they’ll dig up is probably going to be some entirely different things.

If we had to guess, aliens are probs gonna find the worst-of-the-worst of modern life: you know, garbage-cubes sold as art for $100, a Lindsay Lohan album and the following TV programs, which, according to Reddit, are some of the WORST (albeit, popular) teen television series of all time. Just remember while scrolling through, we are not the ones who labeled them as such… we are simply the messengers!


Okay, now don't go biting off our heads on this one. Remember, it's not us calling this show out, but we've gotta admit the Freeform hit has got a lot of haters.

The series is criticized for everything from bad acting skills to bad writing (one commenter even said they spend too much time on Malec... like, lol, wut?) and having crappy source material (The Mortal Instruments books by Cassandra Clare).

Ultimately, it only has a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which states the critics consensus as such: "Shadowhunters boasts visual thrills and a potential-rich premise, but they're not enough to overcome the show's self-serious silliness and dull, convoluted plots." Harsh words, man!

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Scream Queens

Another favorite for many, considering the star-studded cast ranging from Emma Roberts & Lea Michele to Nick Jonas & Ariana Grande (for a short while), Scream Queens should be a success.

Unfortunately, it only lasted two seasons and many viewers felt that, while it was obviously supposed to be campy, it was a little too over the top. The Observer said of the show, "Season 2 feels just slightly stronger than the previous semi-disaster of a season last year [although] the show still feels like some wonderful, gigantic catastrophe, make no mistake. Its tone is scattered [and] its acting is inconsistent at best." Can't win 'em all, we guess.

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager

For a show that lasted five long seasons, you would think it would have had a stronger fanbase. Yet, on basically every Reddit board about bad shows, The Secret Life is immediately called out.

Shailene Woodley, despite her future acting success in Divergent and Big Little Lies, has been bashed many times for her role on this program and the unbelievably dramatic story lines that went from almost-realistic to complete fantasy quickly.

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Considering its brother show is The Flash, this is kind of a case of when your younger sibling is super successful and talented so you just kind of seem like the family screwup by default.

The majority agrees that once the show hit Season 3 (coincidentally, when The Flash started to air), it becomes basically unwatchable. Season 4 has been nicknamed Felicity and Friends, because the sidekick, Felicity, seems to take up a bigger role than Oliver who, you know, is the Green Arrow (and the one the show is supposed to be about).

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The genius behind The O.C. and Veronica Mars missed the mark with this one. While it was a spin-off/next-generation show of the successful Beverly Hills: 90210, it never quite gained the following that its mother-show did. The average audience score on Rotten Tomatoes is a dismal 38% approval rating. We can probably all agree that if we got a 38/100 on a final exam, we'd consider that to be pretty effing bad.

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Dawson's Creek

WHAT?! DAWSON'S CREEK?!?! '90s kids (and '90s kids at heart) are probably all freaking out over this Teen TV ~Classic~ getting a spot on this list. Once again, don't shoot the messenger!

Sure, the acting could've been slightly improved and the series finale was one of the most disappointing episodes in history, but with James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and a heck of a ride with that Pacey/Dawson/Joey love-triangle, we're going to have to — respectfully — disagree with this blasphemous categorization.

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Charmed was a show about three sister-witches who were prophesied to be the best witches of all time because of their family tree. Many consider it to be an attempt at being as good as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but falling short. Alyssa Milano, of course, was a light in a dark place, but even those who have seen all eight seasons of this show conclude that it had some serious problems when it came to plot, acting and basically all things that make a TV show good. The last season, FYI, is like... the LOWEST of the lows (even if they did add The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco to the main cast).

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