TV Seasons That Ruined Your Favorite Shows

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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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  • That '70s Show - Season 8
    Photo: Fox

    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.

    4,151 votes
  • Roseanne - Season 9
    Photo: ABC

     

    Although Roseanne Barr is often the butt of many jokes, her sitcom Roseanne was a ratings hit. The show 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.

     

    3,733 votes
  • True Blood - Season 7
    Photo: HBO

    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. 

    3,343 votes
  • Happy Days - Season 5
    Photo: ABC

    If you don't know, the phrase "jumping the shark" is a reference to the infamous scene in a Season 5 episode of Happy Days, in which everyone’s favorite biker with a heart-of-gold dons his leather jacket and water-skis over a confined shark. Sean Connelly, the man who coined the phrase, describes it as the “defining moment when you know that your favorite television program has reached its peak. That instant that you know from now on...it's all downhill.” The episode highlighted a growing trend within the series; Fonzie was becoming an infallible superhuman, and fans felt it wasn’t true to his character.

    2,468 votes
  • 5
    2,759 VOTES

    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.  

    2,759 votes
  • 6
    2,412 VOTES

    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.

    2,412 votes