The best and worst current TV show on each network, from Netflix to HBO to NBC

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  • We looked at the best and worst TV shows currently on 17 networks, according to Rotten Tomatoes critic scores.
  • They include great shows like AMC's "Better Call Saul" and terrible shows like Netflix's "Insatiable."

In today's crowded "peak TV" landscape, networks and streaming services offer a bevy of TV. Some of it's great, but a lot of it, well, isn't.

To figure out which current shows are worth watching or avoiding, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to select the most critically acclaimed or loathed scripted show that each network and service is currently producing. We made some exceptions for shows that were canceled this year.

We excluded children's shows, talk shows, and docuseries, and we only selected from networks with multiple scripted shows that had enough reviews to receive a "Fresh" or "Rotten" designation. The critic score had to be designated "Fresh" to be considered the best show, and had to be below 75% to be the worst.

Here are the best and worst current TV shows on 17 networks, according to critics:

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ABC: "Speechless" — BEST

ABC: "Speechless" — BEST

Critic score: 91%

Summary: "Andre and Rainbow want to give their kids the best—but they're realizing that childhood is much different these days."

What critics said: "While more tired than it's ever felt, is still one of TV's best family comedies, mixing the sort of lighthearted family stories that are the center of this subgenre with more thoughtful and probing explorations of black life in America." — Vox (season 5)

ABC: "Splitting Up Together" — WORST

ABC: "Splitting Up Together" — WORST

Critic score: 38%

Summary: "From executive producers Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Kapnek (Suburgatory), Jeff Kleeman (Little Big Shots) and Dean Holland (Parks and Recreation) comes Splitting Up Together, the story of Lena (Jenna Fischer, The Office) and Martin (Oliver Hudson, Scream Queens), whose marriage is reignited by their divorce."

What critics said: "They fell out of love, and the sitcom feels like a long, forced push to get them back together." — Orlanda Sentinel

Amazon: "Fleabag" — BEST

Amazon: "Fleabag" — BEST

Critic score: 100%

Summary: "Joyful, bleak, poignant and sucker-punch funny, the original cast is joined by a car-crash of new characters as we delve further into the world of Fleabag. With hope and faith at the core of Season Two, our heroine finds herself in the midst of a battle she is determined to win: Fleabag Vs God."

What critics said: "In an entertainment landscape that rarely grants women characters the range to be challenging, Fleabag's commitment to exploring the sisters' anxieties about (and slow progress toward) one another is a breath of fresh air." — The Atlantic (season 2)

Amazon: "The Romanoffs" — WORST

Amazon: "The Romanoffs" — WORST

Critic score: 50%

Summary: "From the creator of Mad Men, The Romanoffs is a contemporary anthology series set around the globe featuring eight separate stories about people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Russian royal family (Romanovs). Starring Aaron Eckhart, Diane Lane, Isabelle Huppert, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Amanda Peet, Jack Huston, Kathryn Hahn, Noah Wyle, Paul Reiser, Andrew Rannells and more."

What critics said: "Where the various descendants of the Romanovs have misplaced delusions of grandeur, so, too, does Weiner, who has instead birthed a too-long mess of incoherence and questions that I don't care enough about to get answered." — New York Daily News

AMC: "Better Call Saul" — BEST

AMC: "Better Call Saul" — BEST

Critic score: 97%

Summary: "In the wake of his loss, Jimmy takes steps into the criminal world that will put his future as a lawyer — and his relationship with Kim — in jeopardy." (season 4)

What critics said: "It's fascinating to watch all of this emotional, character-driven drama unfold against a backdrop of a battle for power in the drug trade in New Mexico ... Nothing feels perfunctory or thrown away on this show, even the smallest details." —RogerEbert.com (season 4)

AMC: "The Son" — WORST

AMC: "The Son" — WORST

Critic score: 52%

Summary: "Based on Philipp Meyer's New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize finalist novel of the same name, season two of The Son concludes the journey of the iconic "First Son of Texas." Eli McCullough's (Pierce Brosnan) will stop at nothing to secure his legacy against the backdrop of the nascent oil industry of 1917. His tools are deceit, fraud and murder -- weapons he wields with the effortless skill of the Comanche warrior he once was. But the biggest challenge he faces will be quelling a civil war under his own roof, triggered by his idealistic son Pete (Henry Garrett)."

What critics said: "Like its characters, the show continuously puts its worst, least interesting foot forward, aristocratically expecting you'll stick around to see the next step." — Slate

CBS: "Elementary" — BEST

CBS: "Elementary" — BEST

Critic score: 96%

Summary: "Elementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases."

What critics said: "The best moments of this show are still the small things." — AV Club (season 7)

CBS: "Fam" — WORST

CBS: "Fam" — WORST

Critic score: 40%

Summary: "FAM stars Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell in a comedy about a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with her."

What critics said: "Fam boasts an almost outrageously good cast, one plugged into the most hollow and familiar of premises and then fed with a broad assortment of reheated multi-generational punchlines." — Hollywood Reporter

CBS All Access: "The Good Fight" — BEST

CBS All Access: "The Good Fight" — BEST

Critic score: 96%

Summary: "The world went crazy in The Good Fight's second season, and now, in Season 3, the resistance does. Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) tries to figure out whether you can resist a crazy administration without going crazy yourself, while Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo) and Liz Reddick-Lawrence (Audra McDonald) struggle with a new post-factual world where the lawyer who tells the best story triumphs over the lawyer with the best facts."

What critics said: "Inventively shot, almost entirely indoors, The Good Fight is zingily scripted and brilliantly acted all round and it takes all kinds of risks." — London Evening Standard (season 3)

CBS All Access: "Tell Me A Story" — WORST

CBS All Access: "Tell Me A Story" — WORST

Critic score: 54%

Summary: "Tell Me a Story takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge, and murder."

What critics said: "To fill its empty soul, Tell Me a Story tries to capitalize off of time-honored fairy tales and timely anger surrounding Trump. And that, my friends, is a horror story made for no time whatsoever." —Indiewire

The CW: "Jane the Virgin" — BEST

The CW: "Jane the Virgin" — BEST

Critic score: 100%

Summary: "A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated."

What critics said: "The series never loses sight of the three women at its center." — Refinery29 (season 5)

The CW: "Roswell, New Mexico" — WORST

The CW: "Roswell, New Mexico" — WORST

Critic score: 53%

Summary: "After reluctantly returning to her tourist-trap hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush who is now a police officer: he's an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins, but when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance. "

What critics said: "Besides just the general problem with this kind of love story, Max's obsession with Liz just isn't as cute at nearly-30-years-old as it is in teen form." — Uproxx

Fox: "9-1-1" — BEST

Fox: "9-1-1" — BEST

Critic score: 94%

Summary: "Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear reimagine the procedural drama with 9-1-1, exploring the high-pressure experiences of police officers, firefighters and dispatchers who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations."

What critics said: "Our first responders are about to get very, very busy." — Entertainment Weekly (season 2)

Fox: "Proven Innocent" — WORST

Fox: "Proven Innocent" — WORST

Critic score: 25%

Summary: "Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Danny Strong (EMPIRE) partners with David Elliot ("Four Brothers") to tell the emotional story of one woman's fight for the innocence of others, as well as her own."

What critics said: "It's guilty of way too many TV sins." — RogerEbert.com

FX: "Atlanta" — BEST

FX: "Atlanta" — BEST

Critic score: 97%

Summary: "Two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families. Donald Glover serves as Executive Producer, along with Paul Simms, Dianne McGunigle and Stephen Glover."

What critics said: "Glover has conceptualized 'Atlanta' so that he can do with it whatever he wants; he's not bound by traditional sitcom rules or limitations. That's the fun of it. It's his ride, and where he goes is anyone's guess. But it will be worth the trip." —Detroit News

FX: "Mayans M.C." — WORST

FX: "Mayans M.C." — WORST

Critic score: 72%

Summary: "Mayans M.C. is the next chapter in Kurt Sutter's award-winning Sons of Anarchy saga. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes (JD Pardo) is fresh out of prison and a prospect in the Mayans M.C. charter on the Cali/Mexi border. Now, EZ must carve out his new identity in a town where he was once the golden boy with the American Dream in his grasp. "

What critics said: "Already been here, done this. I am exhausted." — Newsday

HBO: "Insecure" — BEST

HBO: "Insecure" — BEST

Critic score: 97%

Summary: "Creator Issa Rae (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl) stars as Issa Dee, who struggles to navigate the tricky professional and personal terrain of Los Angeles along with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji)."

What critics said: "Insecure's willingness to follow the narrative arc of a beloved character and allow them to fade into the background is a move that many shows do not have the confidence to make." —Slate (season 3)

HBO: "Ballers" — WORST

HBO: "Ballers" — WORST

Critic score: 72%

Summary: "Success hits hard. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in this series as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami."

What critics said: "This is not the stuff of great comedy. It's barely the stuff of interesting TV." — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Hulu: "Harlots" — BEST

Hulu: "Harlots" — BEST

Critic score: 98%

Summary: "Margaret Wells struggles to reconcile her roles as brothel owner and mother to daughters Charlotte and Lucy. When her business comes under attack from Lydia Quigley, a rival madam with a ruthless streak, Margaret must fight back even if it means losing her family and possibly her life."

What critics said: "In a world of arson, hangings, incest, bare-knuckle boxing, molly houses and murderous cults, the fact that Harlots still manages to keep its viewers on their toes is a true testament to its greatness." — Guardian (season 3)

Hulu: "Into the Dark" — WORST

Hulu: "Into the Dark" — WORST

Critic score: 73%

Summary: "In partnership with Blumhouse Television, Into The Dark is a horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum's independent TV studio. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with a new installment released each month inspired by a holiday and will feature Blumhouse's signature genre/thriller spin on the story."

What critics said: "If only this horror anthology was more, well, horrifying. As is, Into the Dark is more chill than chilling." — Los Angeles Times

NBC: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — BEST

NBC: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" — BEST

Critic score: 97%

Summary: "SNL alum Andy Samberg and Emmy winner Andre Braugher lead this diverse, critically acclaimed ensemble that solves crimes like only they can - with tons of humor and the heart to match."

What critics said: "Its specialty is scoring laughs without taking the shortcut of humiliation." — New Yorker (season 6)

NBC: "New Amsterdam" — WORST

NBC: "New Amsterdam" — WORST

Critic score: 34%

Summary: "Inspired by the oldest public hospital in America, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin, the institution's newest medical director, who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. How can he help? Well, the doctors and staff have heard this before. Not taking "no" for an answer, Dr. Goodwin must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital - the only one in the world capable of treating Ebola patients, prisoners from Rikers and the president of the United States under one roof - and return it to the glory that put it on the map."

What critics said: "Addressing medicine's many ills requires acknowledging their complexity; New Amsterdam does the opposite, leaving only frustration and fear in its wake. For a show about healing the system, it may do real harm." — The Atlantic

Netflix: "Master of None" — BEST

Netflix: "Master of None" — BEST

Critic score: 100%

Summary: "Dev tries to jump-start his acting career and elevate his dating game with help from his eclectic group of friends in this award-winning series."

What critics said: "Master of None isn't here to propagate myths. It's striving to find truth. And what's uncovered in Season 2 is a lot like the life Ansari and Yang expertly recreate: surprising, enriching, and oh so divine." — Indiewire (season 2)

Netflix: "Insatiable" — WORST

Netflix: "Insatiable" — WORST

Critic score: 12%

Summary: "A bullied teenager turns to beauty pageants as a way to exact her revenge, with the help of a disgraced coach who soon realizes he's in over his head."

What critics said: "While Insatiable would like you to excuse its considerable meanness as satire or even good-doing, the truth is that it's often tooth-tinglingly saccharine." — NPR

Showtime: "Shameless" — BEST

Showtime: "Shameless" — BEST

Critic score: 90%

Summary: "Oscar-nominated William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this fiercely engaging and fearlessly twisted series. Chicagoan Frank Gallagher is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be...perhaps better off. When Frank's not at the bar spending what little money they have, he's passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are."

What critics said: "Each character seems to go two steps forward and two steps back. Some might accuse this of being repetitive, but if you accept the series' nihilistic nature, it is just the show's perception of reality." — Den of Geek (season 9)

Showtime: "Black Monday" — WORST

Showtime: "Black Monday" — WORST

Critic score: 55%

Summary: "Travel back to October 19, 1987—aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it … until now. This is the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world's largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine and the glass ceiling. The outrageous comedy series stars Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall."

What critics said: "It lacks any compelling through-line as a drama or a comedy, which is not even to mention how this intellectual vacuum renders those pesky non-PC jokes pretty unfunny." — Vogue

Syfy: "The Magicians" — BEST

Syfy: "The Magicians" — BEST

Critic score: 85%

Summary: "Based upon Lev Grossman's best-selling books, The Magicians centers around Brakebills University, a secret institution specializing in magic. There, amidst an unorthodox education of spellcasting, a group of twenty-something friends soon discover that a magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real— and poses grave danger to humanity."

What critics said: "This is a show in which inexplicably good-looking people run around trying to kill demons and party with gods, but never at the expense of some Serious Storytelling." —Observer (season 4)

Syfy: "Deadly Class" — WORST

Syfy: "Deadly Class" — WORST

Critic score: 64%

Summary: "Deadly Class follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied academy for assassins. Maintaining his moral code while navigating a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties may prove fatal. Set against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, Deadly Class is a coming of age story unlike anything you've ever seen. Based on the smash hit comic series of the same name by Rick Remender."

What critics said: "Deadly Class asks what it takes to change the status quo, but its answer so far is not particularly revolutionary." — Collider

TBS: "Search Party" — BEST

TBS: "Search Party" — BEST

Critic score: 98%

Summary: "Five self-absorbed 20-somethings are in danger as they deal with the disastrous consequences of tracking down a missing classmate."

What critics said: "The show is at its best when it elevates mundane problems and mistakes into hugely dramatic moments, making the most of its cultural satire that mirrors our own worst self-interested impulses." — Collider (season 2)

TBS: "The Guest Book" — WORST

TBS: "The Guest Book" — WORST

Critic score: 64%

Audience score: 83%

Summary: "For a tiny cottage in a tiny town, this place sure is going to see a lot of baggage. Each episode, new guests will bring their special brand of crazy to this new comedy from 'My Name Is Earl' creator Greg Garcia."

What critics said: "For a show about the hospitality industry, The Guest Book is remarkably ungenerous, and wastes a cast that includes fine actors like Danny Pudi, Stockard Channing, Aloma Wright, and Garret Dillahunt." — Variety

TNT: "Claws" — BEST

TNT: "Claws" — BEST

Critic score: 90%

Summary: "Claws follows five diverse and treacherous manicurists, good women caught in bad places with worse men."

What critics said: "The story of an all-female salon crew caught up with the Dixie mafia has landed on the perfect metaphor for embracing its own excesses." — The Ringer (season 3)

TNT: "The Alienist" — WORST

TNT: "The Alienist" — WORST

Critic score: 64%

Summary: "The Alienist is a psychological thriller set in 1896 about the hunt for a serial killer responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes that have gripped New York City. Based on the novel by Caleb Carr."

What critics said: "The Alienist spends more time telling you what's going on beneath the surface than allowing for any real depth to emerge." — RogerEbert.com

USA: "Mr. Robot" — BEST

USA: "Mr. Robot" — BEST

Critic score: 93%

Summary: "The series follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a cyber-security engineer who became involved in the underground hacker group fsociety after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater), who he later discovered to be the projection of his dead father."

What critics said: "Season 3 of Mr. Robot is a masterpiece, ballasting the global ambitions of season 2 while sharpening back to the meticulous build of season 1." — Entertainment Weekly (season 3)

USA: "The Purge" — WORST

USA: "The Purge" — WORST

Critic score: 41%

Summary: "During a 12-hour period when all crime — including murder — is legal, a group of seemingly unrelated characters cross paths in a city in an altered America. While the clock winds down, some will fight, some will hide, others will embrace what it means to Purge to its fullest extent -- whether for revenge, personal gain, protection, or unadulterated glee. As each character is forced to reckon with his or her past and plot how to better their futures, they soon discover how far they will go on Purge Night."

What critics said: "In the first three episodes, following the dictates of basic cable, it dials back both the social commentary and the splatter-happy action and violence from their cinematic levels." — New York Times

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