Though the concepts of “best” and “worst” are subjective, the users of the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, joined together to create a ranking system of what they consider, together, to be the best and worst movies of the decade.
As we enter the very last month of the decade, it’s tempting to look back on the worst things that happened to grace our television screens over those ten long years. The people of IMDb have their own ratings system to judge these shows, and we did the hard work of compiling the ten worst shows of the decade (according to IMDb), just for you!
10 The Secret Life Of The American Teenager - 4.9
Kicking off the list with a show that many are starting to actually process and reflect on only years after the fact is The Secret Life of the American Teenager. A show that started off in 2008 and ran all the way until 2013, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, often easily shortened to Secret Life, was technically about teen pregnancy. However, it ended up being about comas, pimps, human trafficking, and really not so much about high school or teen pregnancy. The show goes off the rails so hard that it's often laughably unbelievable.
9 Teen Mom - 3.6
Along the same lines of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, MTV’s reality show Teen Mom is supposed to be about teen pregnancy and teen parenthood, an apparently captivating topic to people watching television. Or, perhaps not so popular, since they’re kicking off the list of the worst shows of the decade. A spin-off of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, their Teen Mom series has run and off throughout the decade, and is technically still running right now. In spite of its longevity, though, it is not considered to be a very good show by the users on IMDb.
8 Khloé & Lamar - 3.3
‘Tis the season for spin-offs! E!’s reality show Khloé & Lamar is yet another spin-off, yet not of Teen Mom; this one is a spin-off of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, following Kardashian sibling Khloé Kardashian and her then-husband Lamar Odom. Though the show only ran two seasons, from 2011 until 2012, it made enough of an impact on the people logging on to IMDb that they rated it the eighth worst show of the decade. This is not the only time the Kardashians will be appearing on this list either, which likely does not come as a shock to most audiences, but at least, for Khloé Kardashian’s sake, her spin-off is at least considered better than its predecessors and sister spin-offs? Small mercies!
7 16 And Pregnant - 3.1
And we’re back to the original source material for Teen Mom, MTV’s 16 and Pregnant. An obvious necessary predecessor to Teen Mom, as those teens must somehow become moms, 16 and Pregnant follows the pregnant teenagers as they navigate a very difficult world that has put them in a peculiar situation.
This show is, like Teen Mom, still running, and still attracting audiences, despite receiving an unsurprisingly low rating of 3.1 by the users of IMDb.
6 Planet Sheen - 3.0
Adults who remember watching The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius in their younger and more vulnerable years may be surprised to hear that a spin-off series, Planet Sheen, actually aired on television this decade. They may also be disappointed to hear the news, since they’re finding out via a list of the top ten worst television shows of the decade. IMDb users rated Planet Sheen at a low, whole 3 as it aired from 2010 until 2013. In the show, Sheen accidentally travels over four million light years away into space; the concept and series were received poorly by both children and adults.
5 Keeping Up With The Kardashians - 2.7
Unsurprisingly, the show that unites everyone in their common goal of dogpiling hate onto shared media, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, is number five on the list. What’s more surprising is the fact that it’s only number five, since we honestly expected it to be at number one. Since this ranking is based off the votes cast by IMDb users, it comes as no great shock that the often-frustrating reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians would receive many low, negative votes from the general public. Though the show began airing in 2007, it has run through the entire decade and is still on television now, in spite of its apparently unpopularity with the masses.
4 The Problem Solverz - 2.1
Superfans of Cartoon Network who are burdened with the knowledge of deep cuts and forgotten lore may remember The Problem Solverz, an Adobe Flash-produced animated series that ran from 2011 until 2013.
Though the voice cast boasts such incredible talents as Mark Hamill, James Avery, Tom Kenny, Chris Parnell, George Takei, Alia Shawkat, and, somehow, more than that, the show itself received only 2.1 stars out of 10 from IMDb users. The show is considered to be confusing and undeveloped to general audiences, and, as such, was poorly received and soon ended.
3 Dude, What Would Happen - 1.9
Don’t touch that dial! Stay on Cartoon Network for the third worst show of the decade, a reality show titled, Dude, What Would Happen. The entire concept and execution of the show was that three teenage boys would come up with some random, weird, wild event, and then speculate together on what would happen, if that even were to happen. They then try to create said event and see what occurs. The show ended up being reminiscent of listening to your older brother and his friends as they stole whiskey out of your parents’ alcohol cabinet and wildly speculated on anything and everything, and audiences from 2009 until 2011 really just didn’t seem to be into that.
2 Fred: The Show - 1.7
A truly tragic blast from the past is the mere existence of the character Fred Figglehorn, created and played by Lucas Cruikshank. While the original series, Fred, was actually a YouTube series on early YouTube created by Cruikshank himself, its popularity got so immense that he was tapped to create an entire show based on the character, and this is where Fred: The Show was born. IMDb users gave Fred: The Show a whopping 1.7 out of 10 stars which, according to a landslide of critics, is actually far too high.
1 James Charles - 1.0
Coming in at the lowest possible score of 1 star out of 10 is 2016’s James Charles. Much like Lucas Cruikshank before him, James Charles began his journey on YouTube. He then transitioned into becoming a star of his own web series, starring himself as himself, and said web television series is currently the lowest rated show on IMDb. This is unsurprising, since he’s listed as the only cast member of IMDb and anyone with an Internet connection knows James Charles has been the focus of at least five controversies he’s started himself in the past three years. It’s no surprise that his program is IMDb’s least favorite of the decade.