Spotlight On TV Shows That Have Outstayed Their Welcome - Featured

Television is one of the world's favorite entertainment pastimes, and every year dozens of networks try their best to win the viewer's hearts and their precious time.


The competition gets fierce in the fall when all the major shows come back, and everyone is always looking for the next big hit. In time, however, those shows that we once loved or thought so well of begin to show signs of age and wear. Sure we enjoyed their adventures for the first few seasons, but all good things must come to an end ... some of them sooner than others.


Here's a look at some of the shows that have outstayed their welcome and should seriously think of retiring before their memory is more annoying than nostalgic:


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Sep 29, 2009 9:12PM EDT

Scrubs already ended, and ended very well with last season's finale. This new show is much more like a spin-off than a continuation, they could actually give the new show a different name, or atleast a colon, "Scrubs: Welcome Back Coxer"
Heroes I never really watch to begin with but general concenus is that it is a poor verison of its original self so it can end quietly and go away
Entourage is Yes and No, yes based on what we have gotten recently it is a show that lost its luster, but I still think they have some untapped potential to be very good for a couple more years.
Smallville wasnt on that list, but it probably is on most people list. In my opinion the show as "Smallville" needs to end, but they need to continue it as Superman. Superman is the payoff for the Smallville plot that they have showed for 9 years, they need to finally give the fans what they have been watching the show for. They can keep the name, but for all intensive purposes, no more smallvillian type showlines. Turn him into superman and lets go, which is actually where the show is begining to go, albeit still a little too slowly.
Desperate Housewives and Grey Anatonmy are two show that, while still relatively young, are well beyond their "Best if sold buy" date. They will hold on for probably 4 or 5 more years of mediocrity.
I'll probably be yelled at for this one, but dispite the fact that its new season premiered with really good numbers, Family Guy is a show that has gone way down hill. Gone is its witty satire on pop-culture, now it seems more like a, "oh your expecting it so heres some random old tv shows we'll mention to get a laugh." I dont entirely want it to end, I'd just like to see it go back to its glory days
One tree hill, never liked the show, and now it seems they have stayed way too long, its a high school show that now has the cast actually playing their real ages, which is rarely without any real necessary plot for continuation.
Nip/Tuck, not even going to elaborate, its over, just let it go.

As for another category that I think should be coupled with this one, "Older Shows Who Are Still Bringing The Goods," there are still quite a few
Two and a half men is still as funny as ever, with Jake getting older and Charlie and Alan both in relationships, this show is still remains fresh and funny every week. Although I would like to see more interaction with Charlie teaching Jake the rope of teenage life a little more.
Its Always Sunny In Philadelphia, at the begining I guarantee no one thought this show would stay on for as long as it has, but here it is Season 5 and it is still one of the best written funniest comedies on TV. It was tagged as Seinfeld on crack at the very start and it has never disappointed. For anyone who is able to see past the language and some of its shock value, Its Always Sunny continues to be one of the smartet shows I've ever seen.
Rescue Me, it wobbled a little, but with this past season it came back in a big way and now that they announced on ly 19 episodes left, it can finish strong
Curb Your Enthusiaism, so sad to see it go after this season, but a Seinfeld reunion, what a way to go.
The Office, another one that you may be able to make a case for being in either category, but I still place it here because it remains funny week to week.

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Sep 29, 2009 9:48PM EDT

I agree with you on the Smallville front, because I've been watching the show since I was like 7 years old, and I've loved every minute of it. Which is probably due to the fact that I was a kid and the superman character was and still is my favorite character of all time. But I too think that the show is moving a little too slowly, both with the Lois and Clark love story, and him embracing his destiny and becoming superman. I'm a very enthusiastic fan of the show and unlike most people wouldn't mind if they actually brought the show to its tenth season, just to type of loose ends, and give us the fans what we have waited nine years to finally see. As for other shows that might have out stayed there welcome, I really don't have an opinion on them, because I don't really watch them with an exception to Family Guy; I haven't really seen any recent episodes lately so I wouldn't know whether or not if the humor has become dry and not funny.

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Sep 30, 2009 2:22AM EDT

Disagree with Entourage. Whilst the show has been undeniably flat the last few years, I think there is places the show could have gone instead. With the writers still free to explore those avenues I think that shows that they have not outstayed their welcome.
Nip/Tuck and Grey's Anatomy have definitely outstayed their welcome, even though they were two of my favorites.

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Sep 30, 2009 2:22AM EDT

I must admit that I stopped watching Smallville way back in the sixth season. In the beginning seasons the plots were just too similar. However, the plots began to become more interesting and complex coming into the fourth season for sure. But then it just went on......and on......and on. I ended up moving my fan-worship over to Supernatural, which has never yet failed to impress. One of the things that impresses me the most about Supernatural is that they set out a plan to have this series with five seasons and, despite the show's success, they are keeping to that plan instead of milking the show to death, like some of the other shows mentioned. It was created with a story line that would play out by the end of the fifth season, and they aren't pushing it. They are willing to let Supernatural bow out of the race while the fans still have stars in their eyes.
Scrubs has definitely been pushed above and beyond its limits. I'm hoping the new version of it brings back some of its old charm, because I have to admit that the last couple seasons left me wanting more. I loved JD in the first, like, six seasons, but his character is almost completely unrecognizable now.
As for Heroes, I must admit that I am a die-hard fan, if only for my love of Sylar. He is such a uniquely twisted character that I would probably be devastated if they canceled the series only because they would lose one of the most brilliantly crafted villains in years. Heroes has created some problems for itself in the later seasons by a) making the plots too convoluted and bringing in characters that were not really necessary, b) by creating a villain that people like more than the heroes, and c) by not killing off Nathan. Well, at least one of those problems was slightly remedied. Admittedly, a lot of issues with the story line of the second season arose from the season being cut short by about ten episodes. The direction that they had planned for the season was much more brilliant than what ended up happening. The Mexican character with the black death power had been set to play a much bigger role which made bringing her in in the first place make much more sense. And it seemed likely that the incredibly self-serving role of Nathan would just die out. Who knows, they may have even had a plan as to how to retrieve that poor Irish girl that got stuck in the plague-ridden future. However, the writers strike made it necessary for Heroes to cut back on its story, making the show suffer as a result. I will admit that the third season started off on a high note in regards to the story line, but seemed to lose wind as time went on. So far, however, the fourth season seems to have a solid strong hold into building up a season, and I have my fingers crossed that it will redeem itself in time. The show has so many infinite possibilities that its hard for me to write it off just yet.
And in response to the old shows that are still going strong, I would like to beg to differ on Two and a Half Men. In the beginning, it was such an original, sarcastic, machismo show that it drew people in. Now, the story lines have become circular, the jokes have been reduced to crude sex euphemisms and those regarding bodily functions, and the kid has lost both his adorable looks and his easy charm. Even Rose, who brought in her own brand of subtly insane humour, no longer holds the same foothold in comedy. I am at the point of praying that they let the show move on, before destroying what is left of its integrity.

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Oct 4, 2009 5:20PM EDT

To allisonpozzo above me, I'm not so sure that Supernatural will end after season five. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki are signed on for 6 seasons, even though Eric Kripke did say he wants the show to end at 5. Just saying, who knows. I hope they don't continue it though.

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Oct 6, 2009 8:36AM EDT

About JD changing, its only natural that in 9 years someone becomes hard to recognize.And smallville and heroes are starting to get good again ;)

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