Even the most loyal of TV viewers can only take so much. Sometimes breaking up isn’t hard to do; it’s easy.
A TV series is not a movie. It’s not a finished product. It’s difficult – pretty much impossible – for every episode to be a gem. And, almost inevitably, the longer a show is on, the harder it is keep the quality up.
Sometimes that happens quickly. The cracks were showing in Heroes before the end of Season 1; it fell apart in Season 2.
Sometimes it takes longer. How I Met Your Mother produced eight good, sometimes great, seasons before the current self-indulgent snooze. (If you want to see how it ends, however, there are only another few episodes to go.)
The only thing harder than creating a good show in the first place is fixing a good show that’s gone bad. That almost never happens.
Here are a few shows that you can drop from your weekly rotation, if you haven’t already.
Revolution – It started off with an interesting concept, but it’s implausible and a giant bore.
Two and a Half Men – This show didn’t run out of gas because Charlie Sheen was fired; it was running on fumes long before that.
Hot in Cleveland – Love Betty White – love the entire cast – but this is a repetitive, unfunny half-hour.
Glee – This is a case study in how to take a good show and make it unwatchable, beginning with the atrocious writing.
New Girl – It still has its moments, but getting Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) together has pretty much ruined this once-funny sitcom.
Grey’s Anatomy – At this point, there’s pretty much nothing that happens on this show that doesn’t feel like something that’s already happened on this show.
True Blood – This used to be hugely fun to watch despite being borderline insane. Now it’s just a mess.
Defiance – Another science-fiction series that launched with a strong premise but faded. Heaven forbid Syfy should actually do a show about outer-space aliens that takes place in outer space.
The Neighbors – This show about fish-out-of-water aliens living in suburban New Jersey always seemed like it had a limited lifespan. And that’s expired.
Witches of East End – This series got off to a strong start, but turned into a bore in just a handful of episodes.