Shows that were great, then sucked

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

  1. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA


    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.
  2. scheckeNYK

    scheckeNYK New Member

    Apr 28, 2004
    Entourage is pretty awful nowadays
  3. Amnesia

    Amnesia The Question

    Jan 30, 2005
    Boston, MA
    The L Word
  4. danterner

    danterner Not it!

    Mar 4, 2005
    Greenacres, FL
    Northern Exposure
  5. johnperkins21

    johnperkins21 Member

    Aug 29, 2005


    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.
  6. getreal

    getreal postcrastinator

    Sep 29, 2003
  7. DreadPirateRob

    DreadPirateRob Seriously?

    Nov 11, 2002
    Obligatory SNL mention (;))

    Otherwise, Heroes, Alias, Prison Break, and Smallville all come to mind.
  8. Church AV Guy

    Church AV Guy Active Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    high desert...
    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.

    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.

    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
    Seaquest DSV
  9. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    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..
  10. net114

    net114 Tivolitic Guru

    Dec 29, 2000
    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.
  11. jilter

    jilter Not.

    Oct 4, 2002
    Absolutely. +1
  12. mrdazzo7

    mrdazzo7 Well-Known Member

    Jan 8, 2006
    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.
  13. Doggie Bear

    Doggie Bear Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    "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:

    (President Logan as the bad guy!)
    (Tony Almeida's motivation for betraying CTU/US actually made sense)
    (who can forget Mrs House of Sand and Fog wailing "Behroooooz"?)
    (the first true terrorism plotline)
    (the assassination plot)
    (Joaquim de Almeida sure seemed to enjoy himself as the bad guy)
    6 was the worst by far
    (the lame shock killing of Curtis, the stupid Darth Vader dad storyline, the season finale, all of it sucked)
  14. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    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.
  15. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    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.
  16. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002

  17. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
  18. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

    Jul 14, 2002
    Everytime I think of the bad days of Roswell, I think of the infamous Snapple episode. I don't know what they were thinking.
  19. spikedavis

    spikedavis New Member

    Nov 23, 2003
    This is so spot on. That show wore it's welcome out pretty quickly.
  20. TiVo'Brien

    TiVo'Brien Now with 2.6% Fewer Organs TCF Club

    Feb 8, 2002
    After Mark Green died, the show went with him. :(:thumbsdown:

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