One of the worst shows of the year critics lashed out

God's Favorite Idiot, the new Netflix comedy from Melissa McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone, has been downright panned by critics.

Told over eight episodes, the comedy centers on Falcon's Clark, a nondescript tech support worker who, after being struck by a very special lightning bolt, somehow becomes God's unsuspecting messenger.

Suddenly blessed with an angelic glow, Clark is tasked by the Almighty to save humanity from the apocalypse. McCarthy plays her co-worker and love interest, Amily, with Leslie Bibb and Kevin Dunn in supporting roles. Falcone wrote all eight episodes, with comedian Michael McDonald directing the series.

The show's concept, which is fairly close to the hit comedy Evan Almighty, is one of the many things critics are excited about about the show, which debuted on Netflix last Wednesday (June 15). of which have been kind.

The show currently has a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is 3% less than Mike Myers' Netflix vehicle The Pentaverate, another show that has been hit hard by critics.

John Doyle of The Globe and Mail (opens in a new tab) called the show "one of the worst shows of the year," adding that there are "...30-second commercials on TV with more sass and imagination than this pot." God-centered nonsense.

The AV Club's William Hughes (opens in a new tab) lamented the "sometimes endless willingness to get bogged down in the puns of office life," while Variety's Daniel D'Addario (opens in a new tab ) put the boot squarely on McCarthy, calling the show "...a waste of precious time in the career of a talented artist, whose fans will follow her everywhere, and who rewards them with so little she can do."

Marya E. Gates of Reading List (opens in a new tab) said that God's Favorite Idiot was tasked with an "overly simple and overly complicated narrative, with underdeveloped characters and vulgar production design." He was kinder than Anita Singh of The Daily Telegraph (opens in a new tab), who accused Falcone of giving McCarthy "... carte blanche to make his schtick loud, rude and generally obnoxious, in the mistaken belief that everything she says or does is hilarious."

Only Lucy Mangan of The Guardian (opens in new tab) had anything good to say, but even she added in her three-star review that God's Favorite Idiot "wasn't going to upset the awards juries."

Analysis: Will Netflix care?

It depends on how many people are watching the show. Given that it's currently ranked number three on Netflix's top 10 most popular shows, it seems like a lot of Netflix subscribers love the show, even if the critics don't.

McCarthy and Falcone previously directed Thunder Force for Netflix and worked together numerous times on films including The Boss and Superintelligence, all of which were commercial successes.

Interestingly, Netflix originally ordered 16 episodes of God's Favorite Idiot, only to later cut that order down to eight to gauge audience reactions. If the reviews are good, it'll only be eight and eight, but Netflix doesn't make shows for the reviews, if it did, it wouldn't be making another installment of the brain-dead erotic thriller 365 Days...

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