The 17 Worst Episodes Of Your Favorite TV Shows, From The Sopranos To Game of Thrones

IIt feels like we’re getting new episodes of great TV series every week, but even our favorite shows sometimes go wrong.

Remember the episode of Strange things when did Eleven go AWOL to team up with a gang of runaways? Or the episode of Friends who lazily told Ross and Rachel’s romance story entirely through a music video show?

These are the episodes we’ve come to hate, and below we run through the worst (and most polarizing) episodes of your favorite shows, including Game Of Thrones, breaking Bad and even Thread.

Almost no TV show has escaped at least a bad episode.

It’s always nice in Philadelphia, “Frank’s Brother” – Season Seven, Episode Five

Given that the series is currently in its 15th season, it was always inevitable that a weak episode would appear and fans believe this season seven offering falls into that category. It documents a visit from Frank’s brother, Gino, which sets off a series of flashback sequences in the ’70s. The absence of the series’ main character group seemed pronounced, but more than that, the sequence simply lacked the gags that the other episodes had plenty. An experimental episode which, unfortunately, did not work.

X files, “Teso Dos Bichos” – season three, episode 18

One of the lowest-rated episodes of the series, “Teso Dos Bichos” sees Mulder and Scully pursued by a pack of feral cats. Episode director Kim Manners said the last part of the episode was “a disaster” and later admitted to making t-shirts for the cast and crew, emblazoned with the phrase “Teso Dos Bichos Survivor “as an apology. The episode was also criticized by critics, with one reviewer describing it as “a terrible and terrible television episode”.

Black mirror, “The Waldo Moment” – Season Two, Episode Three

In a show full of wildly inventive and captivating moments, this episode stood out for all the wrong reasons. The episode was hopelessly hazy: As he fired at various political targets, none landed and few said anything particularly meaningful. Even creator Charlie Brooker himself later admitted that he would do things differently if he got a second chance to write the episode. Fans agreed: it’s consistently at the bottom of Black mirror ranking of fans.

Strange things, “The Lost Sister” – season two, episode seven

This was perhaps the strangest episode of Strange thingsand not odd in a good way, but odd as in just plain odd. Its placement in the series seems irrelevant: it’s a one-off episode that jarringly breaks with all of the action in season two at a crucial plot point. He sees Eleven leave the house and team up with a gang of emo misfits – including Kali, another victim of Dr. Brenner. Kali’s ruthless streak terrifies Eleven (something that seems at odds with the tone of the show) and quickly sends her home to replace Father Hopper. Sadly, the episode makes no sense in the context of season two.

Eleven in ‘Stranger Things’

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Development stopped, “Saving for Arraignment Day” – Season Five, Episode 14

There were many episodes of season five that jumped shark, but this was the worst. Another court scene, another hard-to-follow plot, and a serious lack of the jokes that made Development stopped one of the funniest shows of all time; it’s about as far away from the iconic first episodes of the series as you can imagine. Bring back the banana stand.

Friends, “The One With The Invitation” – Season Four, Episode 21

Viewers hate clip reel episodes and Friends’ attempt was no different: a series of flashbacks from Ross and Rachel retracing their relationship from this Central Perk embraces Ross’s infamous “we were on break”. The trigger for the flashback reel is for Ross to send Rachel an invitation to her upcoming wedding as the two reflect on where it all went wrong. However, fans felt that flashbacks didn’t work and were a lazy way to explore Ross and Rachel’s complex past. They deserved better.

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The simpsons, “Lisa Goes Gaga” – Season 23, Episode 22

One of the greatest animated TV shows of all time jumped the shark after season 10, and this episode is a great example of that. He sees Lady Gaga travel to Springfield to cheer up Lisa, who is in a state of depression after being bullied at school. When you think back to feminist Lisa from the “Malibu Stacey” era, this episode is as far removed from her true character as it gets. It also looks like a huge promotional operation for Lady Gaga. When you compare it to the cameos of other musical guests (for example, when The Smashing Pumpkins appeared in the brilliant “Homerpalooza”), it emphasizes just how The simpsons had fallen from those glorious first seasons. Oh !

The cast of “Arrested Development”

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The walking dead, “Start to Finish” – season six, episode eight

Fans weren’t impressed with this midseason finale, which is one of the lowest-rated episodes on Rotten Tomatoes (scoring just 35 percent). The episode was monotonous, frustrating, and failed to offer any real resolution to the many questions fans wanted answered at this important mid-season point. One reviewer described it as a “boring party” while another bluntly said: “This whole hour was like a mess. »Ouch.

Seinfeld, “The Puerto Rican Day Parade” – Season Nine, Episode 20

One of the greatest shows of all time was due to a bad episode – and it got one last season. This particular outing was so racist towards Puerto Ricans that NBC broadcasters had to apologize after it aired. On top of that, it’s also just a boring, no-fun episode that failed to connect with longtime fans of the show.

Mad Men, “New Amsterdam” – season one, episode four

There are some good moments in this episode, like the thrilling confrontation between Don and Pete at the end, but he spends too much time focusing on Betty guarding the weird Glen. His eerie fascination with her peaks when he asks Betty for a lock of her hair – and she double-forces him. It’s weird, unsettling but above all a bit painful to watch. The duo have been revisited in many other episodes of the series, and their scenes never got more interesting or relevant. What was the point?

West wing, “Access” – Season Five, Episode 18

A rare dud in a show with so many great episodes. This one was a form change and saw CJ followed by a camera crew for a day. The flying structure on the wall didn’t work, nor did the fact that she interspersed CJ with clips of actual press secretaries over the years in the White House. The mix of fact and fiction was messy and resulted in a confusing watch for viewers.

Lost, “Fire + Water” – Season Two, Episode 12

When we talk about the worst episode of Lost, the majority of fans would go for “Stranger in a Strange Land” AKA the one on Jack’s tattoos. However, “Fire + Water” is the weakest hour in the series, focusing on Charlie’s obsession with “saving” Claire’s baby, Aaron. The plot itself makes sense – Charlie’s desperation is fueled by being apart from virtually everyone in the camp – but the scene in which the typically measured (at this point, all way) Locke beats him brutally is so out of character, it’s hard to imagine what the episode’s writers, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz thought.


Dexter, “Remember the monsters?” – Season Eight, Episode 12

From the beginning, Dexter was a show of extreme ups and downs – and the show’s finale firmly fell into that latter category. The question everyone wanted answered: Will Dexter Morgan be billed as the infamous “Butcher of Bay Harbor” or will he confess? What no one expected was that Dexter left for Oregon to become – above all – a lumberjack. Aside from being the show’s worst episode, it’s also a good contender for the TV show’s worst finale. already.

Thread, “Ebb Tide” – Season Two, Episode One

The first episode of season two has divided fans of this beloved series. Many wanted it to continue right where the first season ended – in projects with Avon, Stringer, and Omar et al: what they got instead was a journey into a whole new world of longshoreman’s port. Baltimore. Season two abruptly turned its attention to an organized crime racketeering on the docks, and initially the change was too much for some. As the characters from the first season were gradually reintroduced into the background of the second season, fans slowly returned to watch one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

The Sopranos, “Christopher” – Season Four, Episode Three

Let’s face it: there isn’t really a terrible soprano episodes. This outing, however, is one that viewers still have mixed feelings about. He sees Silvio brawl with a group of Columbus Day protesters and, what was meant to be an exploration of identity politics and race relations, was confusing at best and offensive at worst. It was a lesson that writers shouldn’t reduce complex themes to a single episode.

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breaking Bad, “Fly” – Season Three, Episode Ten

For the record, “Fly” isn’t a bad TV episode – but it was one of the most polarizing episodes of breaking Bad. Fans have declared it either as an artistic triumph or as the worst episode in the history of the series. The episode directed by Rian Johnson was certainly daring: it centers around the two main characters of the series trying to crush a fly. Crystal crystal meth baron Walter White and his partner in crime, Jesse Pinkman, spend a sleepless night in Gus Fring’s drug lab when the fly begins to torment the pair with Walt trying (and failing) to get it. to catch. In the process, the two open up about recent difficult times in their lives. Walt discusses his cancer diagnosis while Jesse discusses the death of his girlfriend, Jane, resulting in a brutal sense of dramatic irony: At this point, Jesse has no idea he’s working alongside L man who let Jane die.

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Game Of Thrones, “Breaker of Chains” – season four, episode three

It sounds like the most poorly judged episode of Game Of Thrones’ the story. This is the episode where (trigger warning), Jaime Lannister appears to rape his sister Ceresi in a move that shocked viewers of the series. Not only was it very different from the books and completely irrelevant to Jaime, but it was also a gratuitously exploited sexual assault. Critics were damning, calling the scene “unacceptable” and “scandalous” – the worst part was the fact that it all happened next to the corpse of their late son, Joffrey. What the hell were they thinking?

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