Once a network has a hit on their hands, they usually refuse to let the show die; instead, they’ll prolong the show way past its expiration date. A show like that could continue airing until people finally get sick of it and forget that there was a time when they actually enjoyed it. Other times, a show loses its creative fuel for whatever reason and the writing plummets regardless of how long it’s been on the air. Due to some of the reasons discussed above, these are six shows that we gave up on:
The Office (2005 – 2013)
The Office ended this year on its 9th season. This show went on for so long that we were around to witness Jim and Pam’s marital problems… That should tell you something. Writers B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling left the show after The Office‘s 8th season – as did Ed Helms and John Krasinski, who were only around for the last season on a recurring basis. Really, though, this show should have ended when Steve Carell made his departure in season 7 with the emotional “Goodbye, Michael” episode. It would have been a fitting end to the series, since the character of Michael Scott was so integral to the show. It’s also been argued that The Office should have ended even before that. The show lost most of its steam through the course of its nine-year run. On the bright side, this show has given us some of the best and most iconic episodes, running gags, characters, and relationships on television ever.
Glee (2009 – Present)
Glee started falling apart towards the end of the first season when continuity and character development was thrown out the window. Most of us stuck around for at least the third season, before most of the characters graduated and left to pursue college and/or musical-related careers. Glee was a pretty cheesy show (given the premise, it was always going to be), but then it became weirdly preachy (I say weirdly because they continue to be offensive towards women, people of color, people with disabilities, etc.). At the same time, songs lost their context and stopped making sense in relation to storylines and character development. With each “Gaga Week” and “Britney Week”, episodes started becoming more about selling music on iTunes than telling a story. With the recent school shooting episode of Glee – entitled “Shooting Star” of all things – the cheapness of it all has become even more apparent.
The Following (2013 – Present)
I was never super in-love with The Following, but it had promise. Kevin Williamson, Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore – the formula has all the elements of a good horror show about a cult of serial killers. As the season progressed, however, it became abundantly clear that too many implausible things were happening in order to kick up the drama. The police are incompetent to the point where it comes across as very contrived. James Purefoy’s character doesn’t make for a very good cult leader, either. This show definitely needs a revamp as it goes into its second season.
Once Upon A Time (2011 – Present)
Once Upon A Time was never particularly good, but it had a lot of potential – an interesting premise and creative license on classic fairy tales so that the writers could add their own original twist. Unfortunately, neither of those things panned out as the series continued. To be fair, some of their twists have been really good – Little Red Riding Hood, for example, is The Wolf in her own story. Others have relied too much on The Evil Queen or Rumpelstilskin driving the action, as if other villains do not exist in the world of Once Upon A Time. What this show is plagued by the most, I would argue, is too many fuckin’ characters that the writers have no idea what to do with. Season 2 alone we’ve been introduced to Aurora, Mulan, Prince Phillip, Cora, Hook, Tamara, Robin Hood… I could go on, and that’s not even accounting for the characters that were introduced in Season 1.
Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – Present)
Grey’s Anatomy is another show that a lot of people forgot about just because it’s been on the air for so long. That’s not to say that their ratings aren’t good or the storylines are terrible (though some of them truly are – does anyone give a crap about April’s virginity?), but the hype and critical accolades aren’t there anymore and neither is most of the charm which made it such a hit when it first aired. I mean, this show used to win Emmy awards, and now it’s been more or less forgotten. The acting is still pretty terrific, and so is the writing, most of the time… but we’re just not as enthused anymore.
How I Met Your Mother (2005 – Present)
When the name of your show is How I Met Your Mother, at some point, you have to show us how you met her… Viewers finally got to see Ted’s future wife – played by Cristin Milioti (who looks a bit like Alyson Hannigan, if you ask me) – in the eighth season finale of the show. After 8 years, the reveal just feels anti-climatic and not nearly as exciting as it would have been at the height of this show’s success.
What are some shows you’ve given up on and/or stopped watching? Let us know by leaving a comment below!