Shows that sucked, and then were great

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by aadam101, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002


    Now obviously, this isn't going to have as many examples as the other thread but I can think of a few shows that sucked in the beginning but later became great. I'm sure there are more.

    Seinfeld- I can still barely watch the first two seasons. No network would have kept that around today.

    Episodes- This is the Matt Leblanc show on Showtime. I HATED the first couple of episodes but the show really grew on me and I'm looking forward to a second season. (It would still be better without Leblanc)

    The Big C- I didn't really enjoy it in the beginning. I didn't find Cathy very likeable at all. I think the second season is a big improvement and it's becoming one of my favorite shows.
  2. spikedavis

    spikedavis New Member

    Nov 23, 2003
  3. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    I should add Buffy to the list. The first season is my next to least favorite season. (season 4 was the worst)
  4. heySkippy

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    ST:TNG - Most of the first season is unwatchable IMO and all that comes after is greatness.
  5. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002


    Big Bang Theory had a very weak beginning but was tweaked during the writers strike and came back much stronger for it.
  6. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    30 Rock. I thought the first 2 or 3 episodes were just so so, and then the show just got funnier after that when the writing hit it's stride.

    Game of Thrones. I found the first two episodes very hard to follow, and then the awesomeness of this show started to come out around ep. 3 and I was SO glad I stuck with it.
  7. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    I prefer DS9 to TNG but TNG probably is the standard bearer for sucky to pretty good transformations.

    Even though season 1 was very campy and often silly, I thought Buffy was pretty good throughout its run - except for season 6, which was awful.
  8. robbhimself

    robbhimself Member

    Sep 13, 2006
    i had a hard time getting into parks & rec when it first came out, i think they were trying too hard to be like the office, but then they got their own legs and started running
  9. Sromkie

    Sromkie TiVoed

    Aug 15, 2002
    Orlando, FL...
    This is the most recent example for me, as well.

    I know this probably won't be a popular opinion (because many people liked the Showtime seasons), but I didn't really care for Stargate SG1 until it moved to Sci-Fi (Syfy). My roommate was the same way. He had never seen it, so I decided to do a re-watch and include him. He was going to give up early on, but I convinced him not to. A few seasons in, he said he was glad he stuck it out.
  10. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    The first season of Torchwood was pretty tepid. The second was an improvement, and the third season was phenomenal. So far season 4 doesn't have the same magic.

    Babylon 5: season one was necessary for storytelling purposes, but for me season 2 is when it started getting good.

    FRINGE is also better now than when it began (though I liked it from the start). I know a good number of people who gave up on it just before it kicked into gear.
  11. VegasVic

    VegasVic Craps Player

    Nov 21, 2002
    The Craps Table
    Seinfeld was pretty brutal at first. A couple of early eps were good, Chinese Restaurant, The Jacket (I wish Elaine's dad had been brought back a few times). Season 3 is when it took off.
  12. matt@thehickmans

    matt@thehickmans Hemo_jr

    Jan 8, 2008
    Dr Who The original 1960's Dr. Who was awful cheese (as I remember it - it's been a while). It is still cheesy and silly now, but wonderful and immensely clever at the same time.
  13. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

    Jun 11, 2004
    Grantham, NH
    The US version of the Office had a really rough start. The first episode was basically a shot-for-shot remake of the British show. It wasn't until a few episodes in that they really started to let it develop it's own personality.

    Now it's on the decline. :(
  14. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    I think there could be a good argument for DS9 on this one. During the years that it overlapped with TNG, I wouldn't say it sucked, but it definitely was just average at best... very episodic and very much the same as all the Trek that had come before. Once TNG left the air and they were allowed to really go heavily serialized with the series, the show got so much more complex and so much better.
  15. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    The new Battlestar Galactica. I really disliked the pilot, feeling that "the Cylons look like humans now" was a cop-out. But I watched the first few episodes once it started and it turned out to be really good.

    Well, until the end, when it sucked again. :p
  16. cstelter

    cstelter Active Member

    Mar 17, 2002
    Mankato, MN
    I started watching Bones because 4 or 5 seasons showed up all at once on Netflix (or I just happened to notice them at once maybe). It was a summer lull, so I figured something that lasted 5 seasons couldn't be too terrible. The first few episodes had me wondering though. Even though the series is a bit uneven, it certainly is a good deal better than the first few episodes.
  17. bryhamm

    bryhamm randomize

    Jun 30, 2004
    St Louis area
    It's funny because think about all these shows that never would have existed in today's time of yank-it-before-it-gets-a-chance-to-get-going
  18. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
    Then there are the late-night talk shows.
    Conan O'Brien was awful when he started out, as well as Jimmy Fallon. Their nerves really showed. But they seem to have hit their stride.
  19. TAsunder

    TAsunder Debates Ghee vs Gi

    Aug 6, 2003
    Madison, WI
    People have my primary list covered, but an honorable mention goes to the anime show Full Metal Alchemist. As it starts out you are thinking it's just a weird show with a different plot each week. After a while every plot from the early episodes is tied into one sweeping plot arc in a completely unexpected, delightful way. Caught me completely off guard.

    Also: Veronica Mars. Any show with Paris Hilton in the early episodes has a lot to overcome. It did so quite handily.
  20. jradosh

    jradosh Newlywed

    Jul 31, 2001
    I wouldn't say "The Wire" sucked at first, but it took a long time (relatively speaking) for it to really get good and interesting. But going back and re-watching the first few episodes of the first season, they were all the same high quality as the rest, so I guess... never mind. :p

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