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!
Heroes - Season 2
Season 2 of Heroes is widely regarded as a filler season with little to no character or plot development. The season rehashes storylines from the first season – Claire has to hide her powers, Peter needs to relearn his powers, and that’s about it. The 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike occurred half way through the production of the second season, which resulted in only 11 of 24 ordered episodes being produced. The shortened season is cited as one of the many problems with this particular season, as the writers unable to take the season’s arc to its intended climax.
How I Met Your Mother - Season 6
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.
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.
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.