7. Newsroom — Aaron Sorkin’s highly anticipated return to television — on cable no less — was met with almost immediate hostility by critics, starting with an early review from Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress that opened the floodgates for the rest of the Internet’s critics. Smug, sanctimonious, and self-righteous become the most popular terms to describe Sorkin’s show, while criticisms ranged from badly written women, to recycled dialogue, and most recently, recycled plot lines. Despite online hostility, the show has been picked up for a second season (and Aaron Sorkin has fired all of his writers), the ratings are holding well, and most viewers have managed to find enough to redeem Newsroom to not just stick with it, but occasionally — in defiance of critics — enjoy it.
6. The Walking Dead — After a lackluster opening half to the second season of The Walking Dead and a scrapped opening episode that would’ve blown a whole in the Internet, the new showrunner Glen Mazzara more or less wiped Frank Darabount’s slate clean earlier this year and finally began moving his characters forward. The last six episodes saw Dale die, Rick kill Shane, and a zombie invasion on the farm that forced the survivors toward a prison. Then Michonne showed up and knocked us on our asses. Unfortunately, there was nothing Mazzara could do to save Lori: She and her son Carl remain two of the most hated and insufferable characters on television.