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What's Been The Worst TV Show Storyline You've Watched In 2021?

Riverdale has been a repeat offender this year.

Look, I'll be the first to say that I had high hopes for 2021. But with this year turning out to be a bit of a shit show, it's no surprise that many of us — myself included — turned to TV shows to escape the doom and gloom around us.


But, while there were some great TV shows that gave us the comfort, laughs and escapism we craved, there were also some truly terrible storylines that I wish I could erase from my mind.

Comedy Central

Some of them were completely ridiculous, like in Riverdale when the whole "Rat King" storyline was explained through Jughead contracting rabies because he fell into a sinkhole and just...started living underground.

The CW

I firmly believe that the Riverdale writers know exactly how unhinged their storylines have become and just like to add fuel to the fire every season.

Others ruined favourite characters for no good reason, like in Elite when Guzmán and Nadia — who had been through so much together and were one of the best couples in the series — broke up. And that's not all, because Guzmán moved on after two minutes and became this territorial dickhead.


That was very much Guzmán's personality in the earlier seasons, but he had gone through a lot of development — especially after realising how in love he was with Nadia. To see him regress so quickly and become involved in that dumb love triangle between him, Ari and Samu felt...fake.

Some started off strong, but couldn't stick the landing — aka nail their ending. Yes, I'm looking at you American Horror Story: Double Feature.


Death Valley was a bit of a mess, so let's not talk about that one. But Red Tide had potential and was really interesting, until Ryan Murphy decided to uproot the sleepy oceanside story to Hollywood and end things there. Ugh.

And let's not forget when TV shows decided to mention the pandemic — like in the latest season of You. Like, I'm sorry, I don't want to be reminded about real things when I'm watching you (pun intended).


Incorporating real-life events into pop culture is a choice — and sometimes it makes sense and works well, but other times it really takes you out of the narrative that you've been absorbed into.

Anyway, let us know in the comments below what TV storyline from 2021 was the absolute worst and why, for your chance to be featured in a BuzzFeed Community post.