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The reviews for Netflix’s Insatiable are in — and they’re not good. The show hit the streaming service on Friday and it currently has a 13 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics called it “offensive,” “boring,” and “the worst Netflix original series yet to be released.”

If you haven’t been following the show’s rollout, shortly after the trailer debuted, Insatiable was accused of fat-shaming and a petition calling for Netflix to cancel the series got more than 230,000 signatures.

In response, Netflix and the series’ creator urged people to wait and watch Insatiable before making up their minds. However, according to one reviewer, “This is the rare case where every flame of anger concerning the show’s flagrant fat-shaming and unhealthy views about body acceptance was dead on.”

That said, the show’s audience score is at 79 percent, so this could be a case where the opinion of viewers diverges from professional critics. Browse our roundup of the reviews below and let us know if you plan to watch Insatiable in the comments below.

The terrible

“Lauren Gussis’ disastrous hodgepodge of mistakes is an absolute mess, and it marks the worst Netflix original series yet to be released.”

Ben Travers, IndieWire

“I could dissect the finer horrors of Insatiable for longer than its interminable episodes (among other things, it traffics in racial stereotypes, flirts with homophobia and transphobia, and is just genuinely bad and boring TV).”

Kelly Lawler, USA Today

Insatiable purports to be satire, playing every bit of offensive dialogue and questionable storyline for laughs, yet none of it is funny.”

Danette Chavez, AV Club

“It’s a series desperately attempting to be edgy while simply falling into one of two categories, often at the same time: offensive or unfunny.”

Ariana Romero, Refinery29

“This is the rare case where every flame of anger concerning the show’s flagrant fat-shaming and unhealthy views about body acceptance was dead on.”

Melanie McFarland, Salon

“Well, I’ve seen all 12 — 12, I tell you, 12! — episodes of Insatiable, and it turns out the show is not as bad as you imagined. It’s actually worse. Like, worse in ways that you can’t even anticipate. [It’s] an equal-opportunity trainwreck.”

Jen Chaney, Vulture

The bad but not awful

“But despite some late-breaking attempts to right the ship, neither the show’s punchlines nor its characters are sharp enough to transcend their clichéd foundations.”

Caroline Framke, Variety

Insatiable is a harsh example of the best intentions yielding the worst results.”

Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast

“Cynical though it is, Insatiable manages affection for all its craven goons and misguided saps.”

Troy Patterson, The New Yorker

“The show is trying to say something about women’s anger and rage — how it’s channeled and sometimes misplaced. But much of that gets lost in the noise.”

Audra Schroeder, The Daily Dot

The good

Insatiable is an unexpected little gem, a series so floridly over the top as to feel like a send-up of 1980s soap operas on 21st-century steroids.”

Brian Lowry, CNN

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