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Shows that were great, then sucked

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by BradJW, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. BradJW

    BradJW Active Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    So what are some of your favorite shows that were REALLY good and then got REALLY REALLY bad?

    I've seen people say this about Lost, but I wouldn't put it in that category. The first 4 seasons were fantastic and the last season wasn't really good, but it I don't think it sucked.

    What brought this up for me is this. I'm filling some summer time watching some old DVDs. I watched season 1 of Prison Break and am watching season 2 now. I'm stopping at season 2. No reason in my opinion to go any further. The whole premise of breaking out of prison, being on the run for a year and then landing back in another prison (with the same exact people) is kinda lame.

    Next on my plate is Alias. I plan to watch the first two seasons of this as well. I'll stop well before the happy fun zombie ball surfaces.

    I think 24 fits in this category well too, although I'm not certain exactly when it started to suck so much.

    What other great shows eventually turned into big bags of suck?
  2. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Even thought I'm still watching it, I am going to have to put Weeds in this category.
  3. David Platt

    David Platt !Texas TC Club

    Dec 13, 2001
    Smallville. The first two seasons were pretty good, but then it got progressively worse and worse. The last season redeemed itself *slightly*, but man that was eight seasons of crap.
  4. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002

    Burn in hell, Starz!
  5. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
  6. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
  7. ihatecable

    ihatecable Crazy Collies

    Apr 16, 2003
  8. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

    Jul 24, 2003
    I don't know if they were ever great, but two recent shows that I asked myself "Why am I still watching this?" and stopped were The Closer and Damages.
  9. midas

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    Actually a pretty good choice. I know the whole 'jump the shark' reference, but really, the first few seasons were good TV for the time. It really seemed to change when they went from film to video tape.
  10. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

    Mar 10, 2003
    This was the first thing that came to mind (and it's even famous for it :D)

    Prison Break was another perfect example

    Not sure if Reality shows should count, but The Apprentice I really like the first 3 seasons and then it got to be too much of Trump's ego and an hour long ad. Big Brother is now in this category as they keep bringing back the houseguests I hate, and I can't take another season of watching them.

    M*A*S*H, one of my all time favorite shows, but the last few seasons, they had ran out of ideas and screwed up the show's continuity.
  11. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    Starz? Why not Burn in hell, RTD?

  12. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
    This. :up:
  13. Hoffer

    Hoffer Captain Chaos TC Club

    Jun 1, 2001
    I never watched a second of Prison Break, but I always wondered how they could make that into a multi-season show.

    I see the OP say that they broke out, were on the run and then back in a different prison. How did the series end? Did they break out of the second prison and ride off into the sunset?
  14. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title

    May 15, 2001
    We usually do a thread like this every year or so, so I'll pull out my usual response.

    Earth:Final Conflict. Season 1 laid the foundation for a really complex storyline. There was no specific character that was "good" or "bad"--everyone had their unique motivations and things were being driven by forces just off screen.

    Then, in season 2, they decided the show had been too intelligent, scrapped a good chunk of what made the show interesting, replaced the main character with a jock, made the Taelons a more well defined "bad", and wrecked the series. And then it got progressively worse year to year, until season 5, where it was some wierd vampire hunter show with only one guy from the original cast.
  15. kaszeta

    kaszeta Fjohürs Lykkewe

    Jun 11, 2004
    Nobody has mentioned BSG yet?
  16. latrobe7

    latrobe7 Just one more thing

    May 1, 2005
    You beat me to it by two minutes! BIH Ron Moore!!
  17. cybeleoc

    cybeleoc New Member

    Nov 24, 2010
  18. robbhimself

    robbhimself New Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    i thought heroes was a great concept, they kind of blew it at the end of the first season and everything after

    flash forward was also a decent idea that just took a wrong turn somewhere
  19. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
  20. JFriday

    JFriday "Just The Facts"

    Mar 20, 2002
    This, after awhile they didn't even try to make it look like they were in the 50's/60's.

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