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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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.4,400753Did this ruin the show?
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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.3,763838Did this ruin the show?
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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.3,379794Did this ruin the show?
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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.2,355657Did this ruin the show?