Have you ever watched a film or a TV show highly praised by both critics and fans, and ended up not getting all the fuss? If this has happened to you once or twice, then you have probably realized that some of the most acclaimed and most-watched movies and TV shows are actually overrated. While those films and TV series usually star the biggest actors in Hollywood and boast the most expensive production costs, they simply don’t live up to the hype. So if you’re trying to avoid such titles, below is our curated list of the most overrated movies and TV series ever.
Top Gun (1986)
Top Gun follows a hotshot fighter pilot named Maverick (Tom Cruise) whose reckless attitude and cocky demeanor put him at odds with his colleagues at the titular weapons school. Though the Tony Scott-directed action drama was a box-office hit ― earning $356.8 million worldwide against a production budget of just $15 million ― and was even selected by the U.S. Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry, it’s actually a bad movie, as it has no real plot and no real stakes.
The whole movie is nothing but wall-to-wall male bonding, which would have been fine if there were interesting characters. But sadly, there weren’t. And even though Top Gun tried to make viewers care about Maverick’s crisis of confidence following his co-pilot’s death and his lifelong struggle with the legacy of his disgraced fighter pilot father, it’s actually difficult to sympathize with the brash and self-absorbed lead character.