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Old 08-22-2011, 12:43 PM   #31
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Several good ones listed here.

Prison Break
Weeds
Hereos
Lost
Nip/Tuck

are all slam dunks.

I just quit watching True Blood. I only liked season 1.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:45 PM   #32
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When I saw the thread title, my first thought was "Heroes". SO GOOD during the first season. Completely sucked after that. Kept watching in hopes they'd be able to "fix" it, but they never did.
Heroes was amazing the first season., it was the best show on TV. They learned the wrong lessons from the first season, and also ended up juggling too many ideas/heroes/powers to keep coherent. Then it went from bad to worse.

Terminator, TSCC had a awesome pilot and a great finale, it just couldn't make enough of the shows in between individually interesting. The series didn't give the audience the entertainment needed to keep them interested over the long haul.

Flash Forward also started out with a great pilot, but couldn't make its audience care about what was going on with its characters. The reveals turned out not to be that interesting, cool or even well handled. And they hemmed and hawed around a simple, central question of cause, effect and the inevitability of the visions of the future coming to pass. That should have been decided definitively by the second episode. The conspiracy was also too mundane. And the show fell precipitously into the suck category.

Alias was able to sustain interest over a longer time, but should have gone with a new big bad every year. The whole Rambaldi thing was a bad idea to begin with and the show didn't know when to let it go.

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Old 08-22-2011, 12:47 PM   #33
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Heroes! Great first season, but after that,
Prison Break started great, but should have only gone 2 seasons at most.
24 was fantastic, but by the end, it was repetitive.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:51 PM   #34
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:56 PM   #35
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Ghost Whisperer. First and second season were pretty good, but after that it just went slowly downhill. The last two seasons were absolutely *horrible.* (Plus there was less and less JLH boobage as the seasons went on.)
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:17 PM   #36
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Yeah, Heroes - can't believe I missed that one.

For me, Sopranos only started sucking when everything went black and I realized it was over. I thought all the seasons were pretty darn good (even with Janice).

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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?
Season 1 - Break out of Fox River. Finale is the breakout.

Season 2 - On the run. Learn about a conspiracy. Finale almost all the cast is reunited in a prison in Panama.

Season 3 - Breakout of Panama Prison.

Season 4 - Unravel the conspiracy and use some cool Alias spy gadgets along the way. Seems like everyone is helping out with this. End of season, ride off into the sunset I think. There was a 2 hour Prison Break movie that takes place before the season 4 finale - was actually a decent movie.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:27 PM   #37
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:42 PM   #38
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Starz? Why not Burn in hell, RTD?
Too radical a departure from previous seasons. I think Starz beat RTD with a stick and forced him to create a crappy plot and ruin the show.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:26 PM   #39
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All in the Family - after Edith left. Well, really after Gloria and Meathead left.

The Brady Bunch. The last season was pretty bad.

ER - not sure what season, but I watched from day one and it got lost somewhere along the way.

Definately Smallville and I still can't imagine why that is still on.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:33 PM   #40
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Definately Smallville and I still can't imagine why that is still on.
It only feels like it is still on. You have Phantomzone Limb Syndrome.

Smallville is one of those shows that I kept watching because I had invested so much time already. Starting around season 4, I thought to myself "We'll this is going to be the last season, so I might as well see it through to the end." Thought the same thing the next season. And the one after that. Etc.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:36 PM   #41
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Another vote for Nip/Tuck.
I would also add:
TSCC - Sarah Connor Chronicles (except for the last episode)
SNL almost always seems to be in this camp.
Dallas became a cartoon - (remember when Friday and Saturday nights had real shows).



A lot of these shows have the characteristic that they destroy any redeeming value of the main characters.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:37 PM   #42
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:39 PM   #43
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:43 PM   #44
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:03 PM   #45
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The Office...
Agreed. I'm hoping that it will get better now that Steve Carrell is gone though.

Also, Heroes. The last episode of the first season was terrible, and it just kept getting worse from there. What a huge letdown after a great start.

Damages. I really liked the first season, but I can't stand to look at Glenn Close, and find her character completely unlikeable. And it's not like I hate her, and can root against her, I just dislike her and am uninterested in her life. If she were gone, I'd be more interested in the show.
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:27 PM   #46
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:02 PM   #47
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Obligatory SNL mention ()

Otherwise, Heroes, Alias, Prison Break, and Smallville all come to mind.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:31 PM   #48
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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.
I agree completely. The fist season, was all about Boone, then it was all about Zo'or and Da'an.

Don't forget about Andromeda. Eventually Kevin Sorbo just HAD to make himself a god (a Parameter?). He just HAD to! When they lost Tyr, they lost the show.

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Battlestar Galactica went from SO good to bad, it really surprised me. The whole Baltar trial, the bit about the Tylium refinery, it just make me wonder what the heck happened.

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i thought heroes was a great concept, they kind of blew it at the end of the first season and everything after
Yeah, when I think about series that went from good to bad, Heroes comes to the top of the list pretty quickly. It really shows what happens when the creators get messed with by the studios.

Along with these, I am reminded of:

Dark Angel
Mantis
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:42 PM   #49
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I agree with the Office. It has just gotten stupid over the past few years. I think Parks and Recreation took the torch from them when that show was in its second season, although I could see that show having a short shelf life.

I get frustrated when shows just don't know when to wrap things up. Like ER, or Desperate Housewives. After a while I get a vibe that the show is just on to to give the writers, cast, and crew a steady paycheck (and the network ratings). Yeah I know that is why all shows exist, but it just gets old when it is that apparent..
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:45 PM   #50
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Ok, I know I'm going way back, but its on Netflix streaming now. I remember clearly as a kid loving the first season (especially the pilot/movie), roller skating space girls "futuristic" dancing, and the Buck vs. the Princess storylines, then the second season I think they decided they needed to be Star Trek and went out into space to "explore", introduced "Hawk Man", and even as a kid I thought the episodes sucked.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:13 PM   #51
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Heroes x a million... that's the best example I can think of where a show went from really good and just unrelenting garbage in no time. I can't say I ever had "Lost" or "24" feelings towards Heroes, but I liked it and I was especially looking forward to how they would bring everything together in the first season finale. Easily one of the biggest disappointments I've seen to date, especially the outcome. I still regard season two of Heroes as one of the worst things I've ever seen in my life, and will always mark the first time in my long TV-viewing life that I fast forwarded through new episodes of a show (Hiro. 16th century Japan. Need I say more?).

#2 would be Prison Break. As far fetched as it was, the first two seasons were absolutely "escapism" TV at it's best (GET IT??). I can't say I absolutely hated everything about the rest of the show after that, but it definitely downgraded significantly. There were parts of season 3 that I liked, and season 4 had some ok stuff in it...but damn did it get old. Good example of an awesome concept that simply had limited run time.

#3 is Alias. Seasons 1 and 2 of that show were just so damn good, and that was my introduction into the awesomeness that JJ Abrahms is capable of. Everything was connected, the episodes all blended together, the tension was ramped up in every scene, and it culminated in one of my favorite season finales of all time (S2). And they followed it up with that god awful third season that made me want to kill myself. And then season 4 came in case my attempt failed. The first half of season five didn't do me any favors but once it came out that it was the last season and they came back from J-Gar's baby hiatus, that s*** was on fire. Very happy with the last five eps. Nothing compared to those first two seasons though.

I'll give honorable mention to the FX show "Lights Out". It's very rare that I start a show, get through six or seven episodes of it, and then quit--once I get that far in I almost always want to stick it out just to see (hence why I continued to watch Heroes up until the last three episodes)... but one day I turned around and had three eps to catch up on and with everything else I had going on, I just didn't care. I thought the first three episodes were great but it just dragged after that. No idea how it ended up.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:30 AM   #53
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"24" has been mentioned a few times in this thread, which I find kind of interesting. I'd rate the quality of the seasons, from best to worst, as:

5
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(President Logan as the bad guy!)

7
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(Tony Almeida's motivation for betraying CTU/US actually made sense)

4
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(who can forget Mrs House of Sand and Fog wailing "Behroooooz"?)

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(the first true terrorism plotline)

1
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(the assassination plot)

3
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(Joaquim de Almeida sure seemed to enjoy himself as the bad guy)

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6 was the worst by far
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(the lame shock killing of Curtis, the stupid Darth Vader dad storyline, the season finale, all of it sucked)

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Prison Break- Great first season, ok second season and then just crap.

Nip/Tuck- Had two GREAT seasons and then went downhill slightly in season 3 and the last three were just awful.....awful.

Alias- Was a great show until season 5. Got redeemed towards the end of season 5.

Weeds- It was great, then bad once they let an Olsen twin on it. Now I'm enjoying it again.
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Good one. I actually really liked the Carver storyline, but agree that after that it started to suck more and more. I actually still have the final 8 episodes on my Tivo -- haven't been able to bring myself to watch them. The characters just got so ponderously unlikeable that watching it began to feel like a chore. And the actors started phoning it in to varying degrees - Christian kept slipping in and out of an Australian accent.
You are not missing anything. I had to practically glue myself to the seat to get through the last season. It was so bad but I felt compelled not to give up on it. This show probably had the worst series finale of any show that got a real series finale. It was completely out of character for the show.

Truthfully, this makes me leery about watching anything from Ryan Murphy.
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[quote=TiVo'Brien;8668758]Ghost Whisperer. First and second season were pretty good, but after that it just went slowly downhill. The last two seasons were absolutely *horrible.* (Plus there was less and less JLH boobage as the seasons went on.)[/QUOTE

I gave up in the third season. The story was weak and I found JLH's hair to be such a distraction. In one season she had bangs, they should have gotten their own credit. They were so distracting.
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