The broadcast bigwigs would have you believe that every show they put on the air is a potential mind-blowing hit. But we know better, don't we?

For each rare prime-time gem, there are numerous duds, flops and downright disasters. And this fall is no different.

We waded through the freshman crop and found plenty of cringe-worthy shows. Here are the five that turned us off the most.

1. "Mulaney" (Fox) -- A la "Seinfeld," John Mulaney sort of plays himself -- a stand-up comedian. But the joke is on him, because the episode we saw wasn't even remotely funny.

2. "Cristela" (ABC) -- We really want to root for Cristela Alonzo, who is full of bubbly charm. Unfortunately, her sitcom about a law student chasing her dreams is a stale, overly broad, groan-worthy mess.

3. "Stalker" (CBS) -- Creator Kevin Williamson says people should change the channel if they don't want to see the brutally depraved violence depicted in this ghastly procedural. We'll gladly comply.

4. "Bad Judge" (NBC) -- There's disorder in the court as Kate Walsh plays a party-girl judge. We object! On the other hand, the word "bad" certainly does apply.

5. "State of Affairs" (NBC) -- We just couldn't bring ourselves to care about Katherine Heigl's CIA character in this "Scandal" wannabe. Then again, this show could make for a good sitcom.

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