Stars: Matthew Davis, Jessica Lucas, Alona Tal, Robert Knepper, Aisha Hinds
What a waste of a dynamite premise. The short-lived series Cult had a great narrative hook: There's a TV show within the show called, yes, Cult, and its fans are reenacting its fictional, heinous crimes in real life. And with that, Cult promised a twisty mix of meta storytelling and mind-warping horror—well, if it were on any network other than The CW, that is.
Limited by the network's reliance on massaging, not pushing, boundaries and making sure all of its show's characters are beautifully airbrushed, the series never stood a chance at capitalizing on its intriguing, dark concept. The result was sanitized and dull, akin to Darren Star trying to be more like David Lynch. —Matt Barone