10 Most Disappointing TV Shows Of 2017

9. 24: Legacy

24 Legacy
Fox

Disappointing does not necessarily mean bad - but a lot of the time it actually does; case in point, 24: Legacy.

After the reasonably well-received mini-series Live Another Day, Jack Bauer entered a hard-earned (and probably overdue) retirement, and the 24 franchise lay dormant as Fox figured out what to do with it. A movie? Another revival starring Kiefer Sutherland?

Instead they opted to go with spin-off Legacy, which offered a chance to truly reinvent the series and bring something fresh, and it made a good start by casting Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins in the lead role. With the current political climate in the U.S. especially, there was a chance for a relevant series with a strong message, but even failing that it could've been an exciting thriller in its own right.

Unfortunately Legacy didn't deliver on its potential at either end. The show falls into the same narrative traps as its predecessor, except that hit in the post-9/11 wave and felt timely, whereas here it feels tired and rote, relying on old stereotypes and 00s action cliches. Corey Hawkins does his best, but isn't given good enough material to work with - and can't elevate it in the way Sutherland did either - and the show was unsurprisingly cancelled after just one season.

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