Making a successful TV show is a lot of work. Even if the actual quality of the programming is questionable, there’s no denying that the men and women involved in bringing these shows to air work very hard to do so. Many shows get the attention and accolades they deserve. Other, less savory programs receive poor ratings and are inevitably cancelled. That being said, there are a lot of successful shows that get too much credit and praise from viewers and critics alike. These shows are not necessarily bad; in fact, they can be quite good. Unfortunately, good is not the same as great and it’s unfair to the shows putting in the time and effort to tell excellent stories to be considered in the same league as shows that do not. These are the ten TV shows that get more credit than they deserve.
10. The Walking Dead
It was easy to fall in love with The Walking Dead in the beginning; after all, there was really no other show like it in the fall of 2010 when it first aired. A dark, violent show revolving around a zombie apocalypse seemed like a recipe for greatness. Then, the cracks started to show: poorly-developed characters, a slow-moving plot, uninteresting settings, and an overall sense of malaise began to set in, robbing the show of its initial promise and excitement. Things have started to turn around recently with an interesting latter half of season four and a strong season five opening, but that does not excuse years of wasted time and potential. In many ways, a flawed show with bursts of greatness like The Walking Dead is worse than something that is just consistently bad all the time.