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!
That '70s Show - Season 8
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.
Roseanne - Season 9
Although Roseanne Barr is often the butt of many jokes, her sitcom Roseanne was a ratings hit, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RoseanneRoseanne 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.
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.
Gilmore Girls - Season 7
Gilmore Girls began to suffer once the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, left. Much of the whimsical, fast-paced dialogue that was a hallmark of the early seasons was gone, replaced with the stunted raport we expect of CW dramas. This season also includes the drawn-out rekindling of Christopher and Lorelai’s relationship, one that left Luke and Lorelai shippers in tears.