Arnie's Netflix no.1 has just 50% Rotten Tomatoes score – is it worth watching?

Get to da Netflix! Arnie's chart-topping exclusive series is now streaming... but it's split opinion

FUBAR on Netflix
(Image credit: Netflix)

This morning I caught glimpse of Arnie's latest Netflix promotion: the appointed 'Chief Action Officer' at the streaming company is in a slightly cringeworthy awkward elevator scene with Chris Hemsworth. But, whatever, I love Arnie's corny one-liners and it made me chuckle at its ridiculousness. 

What's also ridiculous is that Schwarzenegger's latest Netflix-exclusive series, Fubar, is still at the number one spot in the UK on the streaming service – despite being knocked off the top spot in other territories, such as the USA. Clearly we Brits love a bit of Arnie. 

Or, actually, do we? Because Fubar season one has a measly 50% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes, while the general public give it a slightly warmer 70% audience score. Still, that's hardly anything to write home about, given some of Netflix's best shows in 2023 have scored way higher. 

So the big question: is Fubar worth your time? Well, I flirted with watching the show, getting perhaps 15 minutes into episode one before the outside sunshine of that thing called the weekend lured me away from the TV. Not even Arnie's ultra-appeal could keep my eyes glued to the screen. 

But I'm willing to give it another shot. I think it's really about expectation: Fubar isn't going to be a beard-twizzling, head-scratcher epic that'll keep you guessing; it's an out-and-out action-comedy series. That was immediately apparent. 

Even Netflix's own description – "when a father and daughter discover they both secretly work for the CIA, an already dicey undercover mission turns into a dysfunctional family affair" – has Arnie written all over it, doesn't it? 

So, like the lead image of this very article, is it a dumpster fire or is this eight-part series just pure fire? I'm going to be digging into the cheesy comedy with an open mind and giving Schwarzenegger a second chance...

Mike Lowe
Tech Editor

Mike is the Tech Editor and AV Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology for 15 and, as a phones expert, has seen hundreds of handsets over the years – swathes of Android devices, a smattering of iPhones, and a batch of Windows Phone products (remember those?). But that's not all, as a tech aficionado his beat for T3 also covers tablets, laptops, gaming, home cinema, TVs, speakers and more – there's barely a stone unturned that he's not had a hand on. Previously the Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint for a 10 years, he's also provided work for publications such as Wired, The Guardian, Metro, and more. In addition to his tech knowledge, Mike is also a flights and travel expert, having travelled the globe extensively. You'll likely find him setting up a new mobile phone, critiquing the next MacBook, all while planning his next getaway... or cycling somewhere.