“All good things must come to an end,” a common phrase applied to all little joys in life, except television where networks would rather beat the audience over the head with crappy plots and crumbling characters until they can’t handle it any longer and jump ship.
While yes, there are few less devastating things than seeing your favorite show get canceled, at the same time it’s so much better than eventually resenting it because of crappy content. It seems that until a show isn’t making money any more, the networks are going to drag it as long as possible in the hopes of squeezing out a few more dimes. It is not only embarrassing but cheapens the show. I can think of more than one once good shows that have suffered from this phenomenon and they just need to be put down.
Don’t get me wrong. I ADORE this show, and am so happy to have the seasons I do but it is flawed and even the most die-hard fans are shocked that it is coming back for yet another season. This show is going down the same path that Smallville and One Tree Hill did. Milking it until it’s dead and its fans learn to resent it. The end of this past season seemed rushed and forced and it is just time.
I’m fairly certain that there are only two people who still watch this show and they are my parents. Never once, out of anyone’s mouths but theirs have I heard “Did you watch last nights Idol?” in the past three years (and that’s being generous). Make. It. Stop. Hell even Simon, whose baby this show was has jumped ship probably out of pure boredom. End it.
Laugh. Laugh all you want that this show has made it to the list but then think about it. If you, like me, woke up early every morning for middle school to watch Pokemon, and are now graduating college, that’s a long time. Just let that sink in. That show is still on! How have they not caught them all yet? How are there more to catch? Do you not like that there are more than the original 150? Too bad! Because they are going to keep pumping out crappy reproductions of your childhood until they can’t anymore.
I am applauding this show for recognizing, finally, that their time is up and that next season is the last. But Have we learned nothing from Boy Meets World and Sabrina? Once your core cast goes to college you’re donzo. It just breaks up the flow of the show and the replacement characters never quite fit in just right. That and Glee has turned into musical Degrassi. I found myself singing after every episode “Glee, It goes there.”
Speaking of Degrassi, it’s on it’s 13th season. I’m just leaving it at that.
Pretty Little Liars
Oh my poor poor guilty pleasure show. This show honestly just needs to end. You can only have four chicks running around in circles going “A?” “A?” “A?” for so long before you want to actually just kill them too. Half of the last season felt like the writers were vamping for time while they came up with more ideas. The episodes are so lacking in content that they spend the entire hour focusing on one detail or clue that just gets forgotten two episodes later (The parrot anyone? That was a whole episode…). It’s a mystery show. Every mystery needs to be solved eventually. End it.
Once a legend now a shadow of what it once was. Just put it out to pasture.
Don’t get me wrong. All of these shows have their redeeming qualities. I would just as a fan much rather have a really good contained story that keeps me interested than at the end be watching only because I’ve devoted so much time to it already. It gets boring and it ruins the show.