Okay, TV fans, it’s truth time. Is “The Walking Dead” the absolute WORST hit show of all time? (Vote in our poll below!)
Sure, it’s crammed full of exciting things like scary zombies, cool weaponry, life-and-death survival and the freaking apocalypse, but “The Walking Dead” is a regular punching bag for many fans who brag that they “hate-watch” the series in order to pull apart the bad writing and inconceivable plot holes.
I’m the only Gold Derby editor who put “The Walking Dead” on my list of Top 10 TV Shows of 2013, but even I must admit that Season Four had more misses than hits. In fact, the just-completed fourth season only nabs a measly 75 at Metacritic. To compare, the final season of fellow AMC series “Breaking Bad” received a 99 Metacritic score.
However, something tells us AMC doesn’t care about “The Walking Dead’s” poor critical reception.
After all, Sunday night’s fourth season finale anchored a record-breaking night for the cable Nielsens, with the episode netting 15.7 million total viewers (10.2 million in the 18-49 demo). Even the show’s spin-off talk show “The Talking Dead” featuring first-time guest Andrew Lincoln delivered record ratings with 7.3 million total viewers (4.7 million in the 18-49 demo).
But everything that goes up must eventually come back down. Check out a few samplings of our forums posters plunging stakes into the show’s brain after watching the middling season finale:
Denis: That was so disappointing, and that last line, URGHH.
moviefan61794: I’ve had mixed feelings about this season, but that finale left me mostly disappointed. I think one of the reasons I ended up really liking this show is because it was so unpredictable, and anymore, it has mostly been… predictable?
mikeyboy898: But give me a break. So now we have the group being all smelly in a dumpster until October. Great job, AMC.
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Gold Derby editor Daniel Montgomery lays out a few reasons why “The Walking Dead” should be embraced by the Emmys after three prior seasons of perpetual snubdom in the main Emmy categories… but is he right? Is “The Walking Dead” deserving of such high praise, or is the show simply a lost cause?
Vote now in our poll, then sound off in the comments section below!