Many of our cultural phenomenons on television have one thing in common: a great first season. That season sets the tone for the rest of the show, and each subsequent season is all about trying to fulfill the promise
of the first. Even though many shows remain popular, a number of them have diminishing returns and actually, the show gets worse. This list compiles a bunch of those series, and tries to identify the point in the show's history where things started going wrong.
Whether it's a full-on jumping of the shark (either figuratively or literally), or just a sense that at some point the series just ran out of ideas, there are many ways that a show can run out of steam. Much of this is subjective, but a lot of these TV shows
that got worse as time went on and always seemed like they, themselves didn't quite believe they would actually make another season or know what they would do if they got there.
There are also some shows that got worse simply because they lost a main actor, or took on one too many notes from the network, succumbing to external forces they couldn't quite control. So take a look at the list and vote for the good shows
you think went downhill the most! Collection Photo: HBO, CW, ABC, AMC, etc.