We all have a favorite TV show or two. We want them to stick around forever, with hopes it’ll always have that magic. Then, it becomes clear that it’s time to consider ending it but the show sticks around one more season. Sadly, that can cause a series to lose some of its luster. In a recent conversation online people discussed TV shows that stuck around for one season too long. Here are 13 series they wish ended one season earlier.
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This show about a suburban housewife becoming an illicit drug dealer had hit written all over it. Unfortunately, the show outran its idea a bit. And, the legalization of marijuana didn’t help either.
“The perfect ending would have been Nancy riding a segue out of town,” says one commenter. “Then it went on for another 5 horrible seasons.”
Another commenter says, “The fire would’ve been a perfect ending.”
How I Met Your Mother
Nine seasons is a long time for a TV show. Perhaps How I Met Your Mother needed to call it quits sooner.
One person notes the series ran too long, saying, “If it had gone on for 5 seasons, it could have wrapped up nicely instead of dragging us along, but it instead dragged on for 9 whole years. And with the last season, they were really forcing it, when they had an entire weekend stretched out into a full season, with so many times where they really had to force stuff in to reach 21 minutes.”
Many people hated what happened to it. Perhaps the number of episodes are key in that.
Steve Carrell leaving The Office was something many hated seeing, it also changed the series for good. One person notes, “Not ruined, I suppose. But not the same.”
You can watch the series on Peacock to see what you think.
Game of Thrones
“I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel,” says Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Many fans wish they would’ve done some breaking before ending in season 8.
“I’d have fonder memories of it if they’d cancelled it after season 6,” says one Redditor. They got so beyond the work of George R.R. Martin, that perhaps the showrunners got too big for their britches.”
Some shows go on for painfully too long. Many people feel that way about Friends. While still popular, not everyone feels that way.
One commenter agrees, saying “They should have ended it about halfway through if their intention was to have Rachel and Ross together.”
At ten seasons in length, the producers could’ve stood to rein it in some.
Big Bang Theory
Big Bang Theory ran 12 long seasons, with 279 episodes. It had a lot of good laughs, but for some it ran a season too long.
Numerous commenters explained they loved the series, but that it became tired. One person explains their thoughts, saying “I’m a sucker for shows like these and as a nerd I found the show quite entertaining and dare I say funny. I can see where people who don’t like the show are coming from though.”
Running for 12 seasons is certainly a long run.
NBC likes to do ensemble shows. When you lose a good chunk of the cast a show can lose its luster. One Redditor says, “It was a show about going to college that took as long as getting a medical degree and lost half the cast. It only needed four seasons”
In short, they didn’t need to go beyond a Bachelor’s degree.
Once Upon a Time
Do you like Disney, and mystery? You may be a fan of Once Upon a Time, but feel that it ran for too many seasons.
“Once Upon a Time, currently rewatching and I still refuse to watch the final season or two, just drives me nuts how every season starts, IDENTICALLY,” says one Redditor.
Watch it on Disney+ to decide for yourself.
WestWorld is from the HBO family of originals and expensive to produce. Based on the Michael Crichton film, it quickly became confusing.
One person says, “I feel like the first two seasons were great, even ended at season two in a good place where things felt wrapped up for the most part, but enough loose ends so your imagination could keep playing with it. It felt like it was the end, and it should have been. But then season 3 and 4 come along…”
The story was there, they just couldn’t get out of their own way.
NCIS definitely has staying power. Being renewed for a 21st season, the procedural drama has been around for two decades. That’s simply too much for some fans.
One viewer explains why, saying “By this point the dead horse has been flogged to atoms, these were absorbed by the local bacteria and plants, which were in turn consumed by a young horse, who then proceeded to die of old age and then the flogging resumed.”
Another adds, “It’s another great show that ran out of ideas, then spun off the rails. I loved the characters but the storylines just got to be too painful to watch.”
After 20 years, who can disagree?
Orange is the New Black
Orange is the New Black was a critically acclaimed show. Unfortunately, it stayed on too long in the eyes of many.
“So many people lost interest after Poussey died and then again after the riot when they got split up into different prisons,” says one person. It was a well-done show, but it overstayed its welcome.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Shows based on books are in a tricky situation, especially if they go beyond the arc of the book. That is the case with The Handmaid’s Tale.
“The Handmaid’s Tale is a show that was ruined by too many seasons. While the first season was gripping and provocative, the subsequent seasons have been exhausting and repetitive.
“The show’s writers have struggled to extend the story without simply repeating the same violence against women over and over again. Fans have complained that the show has become ‘unwatchable,’ and critics have pointed out the show’s problematic takes on mental illness, racism, and white feminism.
“While the show’s creators may have had good intentions, it seems that they lost sight of what made the show great in the first place,” says one Redditor.
Although a well-done show, it’s possible it hung on far too long.
A classic sitcom, the show about nothing was and still is popular world-wide. However, many people feel the series shouldn’t have run nine seasons.
Perhaps it would’ve been best to stop after season 8. The writers could have taken the hits from season 8 and combine them with season 9 to have one memorable season and go out on top.
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