tv seasons TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows

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List Rules Vote up the season that ruined your favorite TV show.

Just as a bad apple can spoil the bunch, a bad season of a television show can ruin a great series. We love our TV shows like we love our friends – we bring them into our lives, share experiences with them, and excuse their minor infractions. So when our favorite show has an exceptionally bad season, it hurts. A TV series ruined by a bad season is a personal affront, and can be heart breaking. 

What are some TV seasons that ruined good shows? Some shows start off strong but end in a hot mess that leaves fans crying on their knees, regretting the hours they spent reading fan theories on Lost forums. Other shows, like Parks and Recreation, have a learning curve, one that turns off viewers before the show can find its groove. Yet others flounder in the middle.

Many can agree that these shows would have been more palatable if they had left out the following seasons. Vote up the
tv season that ruined the show you most care about. The one that really just hurt. 

Warning, spoilers abound!

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6 people just voted on Dexter - Season 8

Dexter - Season 8 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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After some ups and downs throughout the run of the series, fans hoped for an epic, blood-spattered romp to end Dexter’s run. Unfortunately, Season 8 was unfocused and uneven. Most of the supporting cast was pushed to the sidelines, and the new characters never paid off. What upset fans the most was the quiet ending. Fans wanted the show to go out with a bang; instead, Dexter left everything behind and became a lumberjack.

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That '70s Show - Season 8

That '70s Show - Season 8 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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It’s a major blow to a show when one of its principle cast members leaves, but when two leave, that’s a critical hit. This is exactly what happened in the eighth season of That 70’s Show, when Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher left to pursue roles on the silver screen. Fans reeled from the introduction of Randy, an obvious and unworthy stand-in for Eric’s character and Donna’s new love interest. Fans also questioned the relationship between Jackie and Fez, which felt forced, and not true to their characters.

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True Blood - Season 7

True Blood - Season 7 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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For many fans, Season 7 of True Blood was horrific, and not in the way they were hoping. True Blood’s final season unceremoniously killed off several of its major characters, ones who deserved a better and more meaningful end. The season also overused new characters and unimportant side characters, like Tara's mother Lettie Mae, while giving some of the more interesting supporting characters, like Pam, little to do. The moronic finale was the final nail in the show's coffin. 

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How I Met Your Mother - Season 6

How I Met Your Mother - Season... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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To say the series finale of How I Met Your Mother pissed off a lot fans would be an understatement. Even were it not for the atrocious ending, many fans consider Season 6 the show's weakest. No one was on board with Ted’s new love interest, Zoey - the two never agreed on anything and fans found her manipulative and annoying.  

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5 people just voted on The Walking Dead - Season 6

Waking the Dead - Season 6 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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The Walking Dead has had its ups and downs, but Season 6 of the show rehashes tired plotlines, like finding a new safezone, and has inconsistent characterization where seasoned survivors make amateur mistakes for shock value and drama. The most egregious crime of this season is the finale’s cliffhanger, where the big bad, Negan, kills a major character, but the camera cuts to black before the viewers can see who is killed.

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Scrubs - Season 9

Scrubs - Season 9 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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According to Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, the ninth season of the show was meant to be a spinoff, but the network wanted to use Scrubs’s brand recognition to earn more viewers than would a spinoff. Lawrence credits his inability to market the show as a spinoff as one of the reasons this season wasn’t as successful as previous ones, but there were some other notable issues. The new main character was bland, and the show began recycling plot lines from previous seasons.  


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3 people just voted on Roseanne - Season 9

Roseanne - Season 9 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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Although Roseanne Barr is often the butt of many jokes, her sitcom Roseanne was a ratings hit,

Roseanne remained popular until the very last season, when the titular character and her working-class family won the lottery. What followed was a season-long parade of Roseanne attending fancy soirées and rubbing elbows with the rich and famous. However, in the season finale, viewers learn that all of the events of the season never happened. Roseanne never won the lottery. She made it all up to cope with her husband’s death. The shift in tone, the introduction of wacky gimmicks, and the retcon in the finale contribute to making this the weakest of the series.


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The Office - Season 8

The Office - Season 8 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows
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Some fans would argue that The Office became boring after Pam and Jim got together, but many cite the first season without Michael Scott as its weakest. While James Spader was great as Robert California, the character lacked the charm Steve Carell brought to Scott. The show became as directionless as Dunder Mifflin, and floundered through its final seasons. 

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