When options are many, choosing becomes a little tricky. This stays true, especially in this era of mass consumption, where OTT platforms offer a plethora of options, and choosing between what’s trending v/s what’s low-key, what’s most binge-worthy v/s what’s flop continues to possess the great part of our thinking process.
Even though Netflix is lauded for some of the most critically-acclaimed shows, it is also reprehended for some of the most time-consuming shows that did not deserve to be given the time of day in the first place. So, to save you from watching such shows, if you happen to come across them and they end up piquing your interest, we have created a list of five shows that you should definitely skip on Netflix, especially when all of us, the guilty hamsters on the wheel, are running on a capitalist time crunch where mass consumption should also be measured and carefully chosen.
PS: This list does not mean to offend anyone who has watched any of the below-mentioned shows and has liked them. It is merely an objective attempt to gather shows that haven’t received much critical acclaim owing to their thematic structure. We are not going to judge you if you still go ahead to watch any of them. ( No promises 😉
5 shows to skip on Netflix this week
1. Spinning Out
The official synopsis of Spinning Out reads:
“A figure skating Olympic hopeful struggles to balance love, family and fragile mental health as her dream of winning takes a dizzying hold.”
There’s nothing ‘hopeful’ about the plot or its characters of Spinning Out. Despite revolving around the talent of Kaya Scodelario, the drama suffers from the paucity of any riveting structure and a dramatic vibe that usually accompanies a Netflix show, responsible for gluing the viewers to the screen.
2. The Letter for the King
The official synopsis of The Letter for the King, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, reads:
“The Red Riders drive their captives high into the snowy mountains; caught in a storm, Tiuri and Lavinia take shelter inside a spooky monastery. On a ship headed toward Unauwen, Tiuri and Lavinia meet a mysterious passenger who appears to know the secret of Tiuri’s past and his destiny.”
Zimbio calls this period fantasy “Distracting, unoriginal and wholly unwatchable.” From poorly scripted dialogues to characters with no depth, The Letter for the King can certainly be skipped if it’s on your to-watch list.
3. The Politician
The official synopsis of the show (IMDb): “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), from Santa Barbara, California, is a wealthy student who has wanted to be the President of the United States since he was seven years old. But first, he had to get through the most dangerous political hurdle of all: Saint Sebastian High School.”
Although the political drama features cast members like Ben Platt and Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, it was not successful in garnering the expected critical acclaim and fame. Paltrow’s role as Georgina, Payton Honbart’s adoptive mother, seems like a walk on eggshells since it out rightly embodies white privilege, reckless entitlement, and the privilege of generational wealth. And when the viewers find her satirizing rich people in her unctuous caftan, bejeweled with diamonds, the audience can’t help but exclaim, “Hypocritic, much?”
4. Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings
The official synopsis of the show (Netflix): “Eight stories celebrating family, faith, love and forgiveness come to life in this series inspired by Dolly Parton’s iconic country music catalogue.”
If you want to save time, then you would rather skip Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, for, from writing, acting, and incessant eye-rolls to never-ending cringe, your life will lose its meaning. Zimbio writes, “Everything about this show is terrible and not in a good way. Yeah, that means you can’t even hate-watch it.”
The official synopsis of Chambers (IMDb): “A woman survives a heart transplant and begins to develop different personality traits.”
Have you ever watched a supernatural horror movie that makes you exclaim exasperatedly, “Where’s the horror?” If you’re a sucker for horror, then we’d advise you to steer clear from all the Chambers because we don’t want you to get sick of horror movies by watching this. Zimbio says, “The story moves at a snail’s pace and when the drama finally builds, it’s a total letdown.”