Netflix has earned critical acclaim for its original TV lineup, which includes highly praised dramas like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards. But not all of its series have fared quite as well. Despite the company’s best efforts and — in some cases — a hefty price tag, these five Netflix shows failed to take off with either critics or audiences. Below, check out five of the streaming company’s biggest television flops.
1. Hemlock Grove
Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, the horror thriller series examines the strange happenings in Hemlock Grove, a fictional town in Pennsylvania. Starring Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron, the show follows Roman Godfrey (Skarsgard), heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, and the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek (Liboiron) as they work together to shed light on a series of brutal murders.
Hemlock Grove was one of Netflix’s earliest original titles, premiering just a couple of months after the acclaimed House of Cards, and it proved to be a big misstep. The show was universally panned, with critics slamming the series for its poor acting and painfully slow pace. Time Magazine even named it one of the worst 10 shows on television in 2013.
Though the freshman season was widely criticized, the show was renewed for two more seasons — which isn’t entirely surprising, as Netflix has a reputation for giving many of its series multiple chances. Despite its best efforts, the series never really took off and officially ended its run in 2015.