In television, as in life, nobody's perfect. Not everybody loved the post-Michael Scott seasons of "The Office" (Robert California-isms aside). The long-awaited return of "Arrested Development" fell flat with many fans, while the most recent season of "The Walking Dead" has left many critics and fans alike disappointed. No matter how great a program is, when a show sticks around long enough, it's bound to have its fair share of warts.
PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, looked at TV's top-rated shows and found the worst season of each. To do this, the data team found the 95 best shows based on their Smart Rating — a score out of 100 that takes into account a show's IMDb votes, IMDb rating and number of Emmy awards won. Only shows with more than two seasons and 50,000 IMDb votes were considered.
Once PrettyFamous identified the 95 best shows, the team found each program's worst season based on its Season Smart Rating, which looks at the median IMDb rating and median number of IMDb votes of all episodes in a season. Ties in Season Smart Rating are broken by median IMDb votes. Note that because the Season Smart Rating and Show Smart Rating are calculated differently, the scores can often be far apart, and it's possible for the worst season in a series to have a higher Season Smart Rating than the Show Smart Rating
Six of the top 10 shows are still on the air, meaning there's time for them to atone for their worst-reviewed seasons (or sink even lower). If you're in the market for binging a new show, use this as a guide for finding out which seasons you could stand to pay less attention to — or perhaps skip entirely.
Here are the top 25.
Series synopses for each show were sourced (with minor edits) from Gracenote.