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(Salon)   Twelve TV shows that went on way past their prime. Sure, it has Glee on the list, but for some reason they put the US version of The Office on it too   (salon.com) divider line 159
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2013-12-11 08:53:20 AM
Regular Salon articles are bad enough, subby. Linking to a Salon slideshow should be a bannable offense.
 
2013-12-11 09:01:15 AM
Deslided

And no Firefly?
 
2013-12-11 09:05:16 AM
A slideshow and frames. Nice.

Supernatural should have packed it in after the Apocalypse.
 
2013-12-11 09:06:04 AM
What about "Two and a Half Men"?

I am still watching that one, just out of spite at this point. It sucks.
 
2013-12-11 09:15:26 AM
No M*A*S*H?
 
2013-12-11 09:39:07 AM
Entourage? I could have handled at least a couple more seasons of that.

But go ahead and hate on The Simpsons. It proves just how superior you are.
 
2013-12-11 09:47:28 AM
Frasier went on just long enough provided you ignore seasons 5-7.
 
2013-12-11 09:52:01 AM
Dexter and True Blood come to mind.
 
2013-12-11 09:53:20 AM
The US The Office was about Michael Scott.  Series should have ended when he left.
 
2013-12-11 09:56:59 AM

scottydoesntknow: Deslided

And no Firefly?


GWARRGH!

FIREFLY BEST SHOW EVAR!

12,000 BROWNCOATS ARE TAKING THE BUS TO YOUR HOUSE RIGHT NOW.
 
2013-12-11 10:10:22 AM
13. Futurama
 
2013-12-11 10:10:43 AM
No Dexter?

No BSG?
 
2013-12-11 10:13:46 AM

Fox10456: scottydoesntknow: Deslided

And no Firefly?

GWARRGH!

FIREFLY BEST SHOW EVAR!

12,000 BROWNCOATS ARE TAKING THE BUS TO YOUR HOUSE RIGHT NOW.


Ya. It was a good show. It's right up there with 'holy grail' for shows which were good but the fans have ruined with their constant requiring and obsession with.
 
2013-12-11 10:14:27 AM

scottydoesntknow: Deslided

And no Firefly?


One season was enough to put it past its prime? You must have really hated it.
 
2013-12-11 10:15:44 AM

Cletus C.: Entourage? I could have handled at least a couple more seasons of that.

But go ahead and hate on The Simpsons. It proves just how superior you are.


Are you in denial? Even though it's still on it fell off the cultural radar like a decade ago. Hell, I still think of it as a '90s show.
 
2013-12-11 10:16:50 AM
X-Files is a good choice, but not for the reason mentioned. The movie was very successful. The show should have ended there, abandoned all the non-alien arc stories, and moved completely to cinema.

Bones is a show I'd add to this list. At least most of the other shows were watchable past their prime if you were an original fan... Bones completely abandoned all of its early character development in the later seasons. And the in-script Toyota commercials are just ridiculous.

Cletus C.: But go ahead and hate on The Simpsons. It proves just how superior you are.

Five years ago, I would have agreed with the article about The Simpsons. Back then, I stopped watching it altogether... syndicated reruns, new episodes - everything for about three years. And you know what? When I came back to it, it was pretty damn funny. So it definitely doesn't belong on the list; people just need to take a break from it every few years if it gets old.

Mugato: Supernatural should have packed it in after the Apocalypse.

Same category as House and Buffy for me. They had great ending points, came back after those points without anywhere new to take the story... but have still provided a handful of very good individual episodes even after their prime. I'll still take an over-ripened Supernatural over most other TV shows.
 
2013-12-11 10:26:46 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: No BSG?


BLASPHEMER!!!
 
2013-12-11 10:29:12 AM

browntimmy: Cletus C.: Entourage? I could have handled at least a couple more seasons of that.

But go ahead and hate on The Simpsons. It proves just how superior you are.

Are you in denial? Even though it's still on it fell off the cultural radar like a decade ago. Hell, I still think of it as a '90s show.


Uhm, you may want to sit down for this. Since you left, Lionel Hutz, Troy McClure and Fat Tony all died in one horrific shooting.
 
2013-12-11 10:36:48 AM
Modern Family should have ended when Gloria had the baby.
 
2013-12-11 10:38:08 AM
Venture Bros? Adventure Time?
 
2013-12-11 10:38:18 AM

Fano: 13. Futurama


Canceled, if I recall.
 
2013-12-11 10:40:30 AM

Mugato: A slideshow and frames. Nice.

Supernatural should have packed it in after the Apocalypse.


As Dean would say, " You shut your mouth." I disagree, the show is still good with glimpses of great. I wouldn't mind seeing it bow out after an even 10.
Idget.
 
2013-12-11 10:49:26 AM

DMZ DEATH: Mugato: A slideshow and frames. Nice.

Supernatural should have packed it in after the Apocalypse.

As Dean would say, " You shut your mouth." I disagree, the show is still good with glimpses of great. I wouldn't mind seeing it bow out after an even 10.
Idget.


I know CW execs want a Season 10 and that they're planning a spin-off about a group of hunters set in Chicago.  I really hope they just wrap up this season and stop because, at the rate they're going, they're not going to get out of the current storyline without actual Divine Intervention.  They've jumped the shark more times than it can ever be jumped yet still manage to serve up some awesome.  They can't possibly push their luck for much longer.
 
2013-12-11 10:49:41 AM
Scrubs should be on the list. The final season was dreck.
 
2013-12-11 10:51:33 AM

Whatthefark: Scrubs should be on the list. The final season was dreck.


Pretty much any show that tries to carry on after the main character leaves should be on that list.
 
2013-12-11 10:52:47 AM
Only really watched The Office and Weeds from that list.  The Office's 8th season was a major letdown, but its final season was tremendous and its finale was the kind of finale other shows dream of pulling off.  Weeds also finished satisfactory, though it was at its best when Nancy was just a fun pot dealer instead of running from the Mexican cartel.

But no True Blood?  How I Met Your Mother?  My Name Is Earl?  Oz?  Dawson's Creek

/perhaps one of those shouldn't have been included.
 
2013-12-11 10:56:31 AM

brigid_fitch: DMZ DEATH: Mugato: A slideshow and frames. Nice.

Supernatural should have packed it in after the Apocalypse.

As Dean would say, " You shut your mouth." I disagree, the show is still good with glimpses of great. I wouldn't mind seeing it bow out after an even 10.
Idget.

I know CW execs want a Season 10 and that they're planning a spin-off about a group of hunters set in Chicago.  I really hope they just wrap up this season and stop because, at the rate they're going, they're not going to get out of the current storyline without actual Divine Intervention.  They've jumped the shark more times than it can ever be jumped yet still manage to serve up some awesome.  They can't possibly push their luck for much longer.


From Eric Kripke himself: "Its not jumping the shark if you never come down."
 
2013-12-11 10:57:47 AM

Fano: 13. Futurama


that's it! you're on the list!
 
2013-12-11 11:13:28 AM
There are soooooo many... Dallas. Seinfeld. Three's Company. Diff'rent Strokes. The Jeffersons. All in the Family. Everybody Loves Raymond.
 
2013-12-11 11:14:34 AM

DammitIForgotMyLogin: No Dexter?


Yeah, Dexter could have been ended earlier, to much better effect

No BSG?

Frankly, I think that BSG went on for exactly the right length of time. the problem was that the story at the end blew donkey dick
 
2013-12-11 11:14:56 AM
Where SG1 where?
 
2013-12-11 11:22:12 AM

the_rev: What about "Two and a Half Men"?

I am still watching that one, just out of spite at this point. It sucks.


That'll learn em.
 
2013-12-11 11:23:49 AM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: DammitIForgotMyLogin: No Dexter?

Yeah, Dexter could have been ended earlier, to much better effect

No BSG?

Frankly, I think that BSG went on for exactly the right length of time. the problem was that the story at the end blew donkey dick


Well, BSG's producers were sure the show was about to get cancelled at the end of season 3 or 4, I think, so they wrote this hugely depressing ending about them finding Earth, which turns out to be an atomic wasteland.  It was a perfect ending and it could have manufactured a few TV SPECIAL sequels.  Then they got renewed and started the whole "hey, look!  Starbuck's dead/alive/Angel!" angle, which was painful at times.  Still, the worst BSG episodes blow away 97% of other TV.

I would say that shows like Farscape, Breaking Bad, and The Wire are the only ones that seemed to have a definite and decent end.

\yeah, yeah, the Peacekeeper Wars
 
2013-12-11 11:30:23 AM
Season 8 of the Office was pretty abysmal, but Season 9 was a definite improvement, and the finale was outstanding.
 
2013-12-11 11:33:31 AM
Magnum P.I. - They had a great ending after seven seasons, with Magnum dying nobly and walking off with a smile to heaven, but "an outcry of the fans" (=$$$) made them revive him for an eighth season. Ruined the whole thing.
 
2013-12-11 11:38:37 AM
There are damn few shows that can continue past 3 or 4 seasons and still be as good as they were in their prime.
 
2013-12-11 11:38:45 AM
MASH, Happy Days, and Scrubs are the worst offenders.
 
2013-12-11 11:42:23 AM
DammitIForgotMyLogin:

No BSG?

"Way past"? No.  Half a season past? yes.
 
2013-12-11 11:43:30 AM

Ctrl-Alt-Del: DammitIForgotMyLogin: No Dexter?

Yeah, Dexter could have been ended earlier, to much better effect

No BSG?

Frankly, I think that BSG went on for exactly the right length of time. the problem was that the story at the end blew donkey dick


The problem was a badly executed Deux Ex Machina and an insufficient explanation for the Colonists sudden bout of Ludditism.  It's not that either of these things was necessarily a bad idea, they just couldn't make them work.

The best explanation I've heard for Starbuck is that she's the reincarnation of Pythia.
 
2013-12-11 11:45:22 AM
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2013-12-11 11:46:58 AM

Orgasmatron138: MASH, Happy Days, and Scrubs are the worst offenders.


I always thought MASH was watchable all the way through, diminished perhaps, but still enjoyable.

That 70's Show's final season was some of the worst TV I've ever seen, which was sad considering how great it was for several years.
 
2013-12-11 11:48:54 AM
Breakiing Bad strangely absent.
 
2013-12-11 11:50:35 AM
Glad 'Weeds' and X-Files are on there. List is missing Buffy. I loved Buffy, but by the last two seasons, it was getting a little silly at times.

/Only through season 4 of Dexter so far and it's already getting stale, so I imagine once finished I'd add that to the list too.
 
2013-12-11 11:52:06 AM
My list: Any non-cartoon series that went past the 100 episode mark

You've got a story to tell. Tell it. There is no story long enough to take more than 100 episodes, you're either dragging things out waaay too long, jumping the shark or churning out crap that people still tune in for out of habit.
 
2013-12-11 11:53:09 AM

Stile4aly: Ctrl-Alt-Del: DammitIForgotMyLogin: No Dexter?

Yeah, Dexter could have been ended earlier, to much better effect

No BSG?

Frankly, I think that BSG went on for exactly the right length of time. the problem was that the story at the end blew donkey dick

The problem was a badly executed Deux Ex Machina and an insufficient explanation for the Colonists sudden bout of Ludditism.  It's not that either of these things was necessarily a bad idea, they just couldn't make them work.

The best explanation I've heard for Starbuck is that she's the reincarnation of Pythia.


The problem with BSG started well before the last season.  It started after New Caprica with the "Final Five" mystery storyline, which changed the nature of the show.  The writer's strike didn't help matters - the first half of season 4 is basically one long multi-part episode.  The pacing is so bad it's almost laughable.

That said, given how far the show had already gone off the rails, I didn't have any particular problem with the finale.
 
2013-12-11 11:59:39 AM
Lost should have wrapped it up in four seasons. They were never going to end it with an episode as brilliant and moving as "Through the Looking Glass", but they still had some great episodes ahead of them, like "The Constant". If they had streamlined everything from the final three seasons into one, it could have made for some riveting television.
 
2013-12-11 12:02:13 PM

Archimedes' Principal: There are damn few shows that can continue past 3 or 4 seasons and still be as good as they were in their prime.


Five seasons seems to be the right number.  Five years is a good time for both an audience and the creators to spend with a show.  That should be enough time for a show's full potential to be explored, especially now that we're starting to treat shows less like ongoing situations and more like contained narratives.
 
2013-12-11 12:10:01 PM

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Ctrl-Alt-Del: DammitIForgotMyLogin: No Dexter?

Yeah, Dexter could have been ended earlier, to much better effect

No BSG?

Frankly, I think that BSG went on for exactly the right length of time. the problem was that the story at the end blew donkey dick

Well, BSG's producers were sure the show was about to get cancelled at the end of season 3 or 4, I think, so they wrote this hugely depressing ending about them finding Earth, which turns out to be an atomic wasteland.  It was a perfect ending and it could have manufactured a few TV SPECIAL sequels.  Then they got renewed and started the whole "hey, look!  Starbuck's dead/alive/Angel!" angle, which was painful at times.  Still, the worst BSG episodes blow away 97% of other TV.

I would say that shows like Farscape, Breaking Bad, and The Wire are the only ones that seemed to have a definite and decent end.

\yeah, yeah, the Peacekeeper Wars


BSG peaked at New Caprica/Pegasus. Nothing after that was worth watching. It was just a long, long slide in to garbage.
 
2013-12-11 12:10:48 PM
Completely agree with the inclusion of The Office.  It started to quickly go downhill after a few seasons and became almost unwatchable at one point.  The last season wasn't bad though.

Agree with Entourage too, but that wasn't ever really a good show to begin with.
 
2013-12-11 12:17:06 PM

ThreadSinger: Fano: 13. Futurama

Canceled, if I recall.


It came back wrong. Mostly it just fools me into thinking it is as good as the original run, then we get the iPad episode
 
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