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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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