There’s nothing quite like getting into a new TV show when it first premieres and instantly falling in love with it. A lot of TV shows, whether they’re good or bad, often get the kiss of death by the end of the first or second season if the show isn’t performing well in the ratings game. Most people have to hold their breaths or cross their fingers and hope their show won’t get cancelled.
When a show manages to jump over the cancellation hurdle and it can safely ease into this feeling of being around for many years to come, fans have many reasons to rejoice, as they can enjoy the characters and story for as long as the creators and networks will allow. Unless you encounter a show that has outlived its welcome.
We can either blame bad writing or just outgrowing a show that doesn’t hold our interest anymore. Whatever it is, it’s never a good sign when you hardly want to watch a show anymore. I’ve encountered this with a number of shows I used to be a super fan of and now I’m just biding my time until these shows finally have their series finale. For example, a show like The Vampire Diaries have plots that are getting too convoluted and characters that are grating on my nerves these days. Can I personally stake Elena Gilbert in the heart now? And then there are shows, like Glee, that have no real direction at all.
With the surprising and tragic death of Corey Monteith last year, it has been difficult for the writers of the show to really figure out what to do with the characters and what kind of story to tell now. It’s pretty obvious the show is supposed to center around the star couple of Finn and Rachel. No Finn has forced the creators to rethink how to really end the series. While it may have been a nightmare to have to write a story without Finn or even ultimately ending the show without Finn and Rachel having their happily-ever-after, possibly in New York City, it’s still no excuse for any show to steadily go downhill with a feeling that each episode I watch now feels as if it has been haphazardly put together.
I could have quit on The Vampire Diaries and Glee a long time ago, but I have my reasons for why I still watch these shows, even though I’ve mentally checked out on them for the most part. One of the reasons I still watch The Vampire Diaries is a little shallow––simply put, it has hot looking people on the show. The other reason, I invested enough time into the show to want to see how it all ends. Despite the crazy plots that are hard to follow on this show, I do want to know where all the characters will end up once the show wraps up for good. Maybe the only thing I don’t quite care about anymore is which Salvatore brother Elena ends up with––Stefan or Damon?
My only reason for watching Glee at all is to watch the cast do covers of popular songs from decades ago to now. Obviously, nothing ever beats the original song, but there are times when the Glee cast does a good job of reinterpreting a song on the show. At the very least, the show hasn’t put me to sleep. Not yet anyway. Good thing the show will air its final season in the fall. I truly believe Glee should have ended when the core cast graduated from McKinley High.
It’s a tricky business to keep a show afloat, making every season and story just as good as the last one, or better. The longer a show remains on air, the easier it is for a show to eventually go downhill for fans. Not every show will manage to have flawless seasons from start to finish, but you know a show has reached its expiration date when fans start noticing the writers don’t have any clue what to do next with their characters or story. Clearly, it’s time to call it quits with a show before things get too stale.
Have a TV show you absolutely loved before, only to get bored with it as time wore on? Did you keep watching until the show had their series finale or did you quit long before caring how the story ended?