Every year during pilot season a bunch of television shows premiere and a bunch of television shows disappear. Generally the shows that never see an episode two are actually pretty good but due to lack of promotion or no named writers, they get the boot. Unfortunately the shows that do stick around are not that great and lack the tools needed to move on to an exciting season two. There are a number of shows out there that have been lagging for the last several seasons and there seems to be no end in sight. A lot of networks are guilty of keeping shows around because the writer or creator has made a name for themselves or the lead actor is popular, and keeping the show around is hoping that the popularity of the lead actor will bring in better numbers.
Channels like HBO, Showtime and even a few network channels like ABC and NBC, are guilty of keeping a show on the schedule even though they do not have the fan support or the numbers. There is no special formula that makes a television show a guaranteed hit; besides having a few or even one great character that many people can relate to, a great show generally requires a few great plot points, exciting storylines and overall, having the ability to know when enough is enough. Do you ever find yourself watching a show that even you have to admit needs to bow out gracefully? There is nothing worse than watching a show you once loved and having to defend its relevance to the masses knowing deep down that even you question its significance.
Before you get all crazy; no one is disputing the fact that the Winchesters can do no wrong but please look at the facts here. The show went from having a new case every week fighting super cool demons and ghosts and all that good stuff, to this obsession with heaven and hell. Gone are the days when the only extra plot-line we had to worry about was finding their super hot dad; now we are confused by how many times they have died and come back to life. On top of that the writers keep introducing characters that we fall in love with only to later kill them off and break our hearts.
The idea of a widowed suburban mom selling pot to support her children was a great concept and the show had a lot of momentum for a while until they left Agrestic. Needless to say, seasons four to seven were not needed since everything got so mixed up and messy. Agrestic was the hub and it left room to introduce exciting characters like Celia Hodes. The clothing store front was pretty cool but overall even the characters seemed bored with the turn their lives had taken. The saving grace was that main character Nancy Botwin, kept her snarky, sarcastic attitude that everyone knows and loves.
It is such a burn that J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber promised all of us that Lost would not end with a bunch of dead characters and, SPOILER ALERT: they were all pretty much dead. So why did it take six seasons for us to find that out when we could have learned it in season three maybe even season four if they wanted to end it on a round number. This means that all of those twists and turns really meant nothing and realistically, we all could have watched episode one and then the series finale and been caught up.
9 Vampire Diaries
Vampire Diaries is on its eighth season, it has lost its main character Elena Gilbert and they just keep turning people into vampires; pretty soon there will be no more humans left in their small town of Mystic Falls. The real question here is what more can happen in the coming season that has not already happened? Yes, they can change which characters it happens to but ultimately it is the same story. There is also this small problem of a weird love octagon that is forming between all of the characters we have already seen. Almost every character hooks up with one another, so why do we need another season of that?
8 CSI: Cyber
How can a CSI spin-off fail? Most people assumed that after season one this show would be caput, however it is still hanging in there bad ratings and all. It will start its third season in fall and one cannot help but to think it is not too late to call it quits before premiering another season of episodes focused on mock Facebook sites and hackers that hack for the sake of it. Putting Patricia Arquette in the lead role may have also been a mistake, but it seems as though the overall cast is very random and does not seem to flow.
7 New Girl
The plot of New Girl was a fun, creative idea, not totally unique but well written. Unfortunately that went downhill pretty quickly as the jokes started to roll into one another and while it brought us some lovable characters it should have never gotten past season 3. The creators changing big characters for small characters have become a bit awkward; Damon Waynes Jr. left and was substituted by Lamorne Morris and Zooey Deschanel was substituted by Megan Fox for a few episodes. When your main characters cannot stick around it may be time to say “goodbye”. Besides, it is only fair to make room for other great shows.
Ryan Murphy was able to shine a light on glee clubs and even sparked an epidemic that included reality TV shows, movies with the most popular being Pitch Perfect, and a few music groups that became successful doing what they do on Glee (the Pentatonix). However, the show itself took a very interesting turn when it had some of the main characters move to New York and live completely separate lives but still found time to breakout in song for no reason. Meanwhile back home a new cast of students were joining the glee club; they were slightly less lovable because we all know that 2nd generation casts are usually not as great.
5 Once Upon A Time
While we can all admit that this show can easily suck you in; this should not mean that it should still be on the air. Let us start with reason number one: Henry, the main character, is entirely too old to be running around believing in fairytales. In addition to that, when he was younger he should have not been able to meet up with random strangers because he saw them in a book (stranger danger anyone?). The storyline seems to lag a bit each year and in this case, sometimes it is better to quit while you are ahead.
4 Pretty Little Liars
This show takes the cake when it comes to ticking out loyal fans. It took them six seasons to reveal even the smallest of secrets and, SPOILER ALERT: Alison is not dead in case you did not know by now. Pretty Little Liars (some believe it should be called Petty Little Chicks) was great when it was a bunch of high school friends trying to solve a mystery but it became increasingly easy to see that the mystery would not be solved for a long time and there was no point in hanging in there. Maybe I am mad because I was one of the idiots who hung in there.
3 Two Broke Girls
Okay, we get it you are broke. We are all broke and we are not making TV shows about it that run the same jokes only re-worded over and over again. The show was clever and funny in season one and even season two was pretty exciting, but now it is just annoying. There are a lot of jokes with unnecessary sexual undertones and while the world loves Kat Dennings, we are only half in love with Beth Behrs. The laugh and clap track that plays in the background is not necessary, as the jokes really do stand on their own; it is just time to put it to bed.
2 Grey’s Anatomy
269 episodes, wow that is a lot; thirteen seasons and Grey’s Anatomy is still going strong in a way that is awesome because who does not love Shonda Thursdays. However, it is also a bit much seeing as she recently added a new show to the line up (The Catch); Grey’s may have to admit that it is time to retire and that means no more Mc anything’s. Let’s be honest, this show has taken a lot out of all of us emotionally. Who else do we have to lose to realize that mentally we can no longer take the heart break it is wearing on us.
No we do not hate on Shonda Rhimes here at The Richest. It may seem like we do because we have two of her shows back to back on this list but let’s be honest, Scandal has been lagging a bit. We will say it did deserve a season two, even a third but it is the fourth and the fifth and the sixth season that we did not need. The back and forth between Olivia and Fitz is starting to exhaust the masses and just when they finally did get together and Liv was living it up in the White House she went ahead and screwed it all up. What kind of ending is this show going to have? More importantly, when will they decide it is time to stop?