There is a reason people invest so much time and effort into a television set. It holds the precious world of entertainment inside it. It’s a portal to fictional worlds that help us to escape the monotony of our every day lives. We can bask in the glow of an employee sticking it to his boss and walking out of his dead end job to go discover himself; rebellious characters do things we can only fantasize about. They can break the law and defy physics while we sit on our couches eating popcorn.
Then there are the shows that we are so over. You know, the ones that we have been watching for years and invested so much our emotions into only to feel let down season after season. We’ve seen new characters get unwarranted attention while our favorites take a back seat; writers squash any sort of good development for the characters; and see story arcs come into the picture only to realize halfway through the season that they will lead nowhere and there only to take up time. It’s devastating. After all you’re supposed to become attached to these fictional people and the world around them. Some shows degrade over time simply because they’re too popular to end and instead decide to be hollow shells of what could have been an epic series if only the show had ended on top. What started out as a passionate addiction slowly deteriorates and soon you see the newest episode has already aired but you completely forgot about it.
These four shows were once incredibly popular only to see the quality shift to the point where you actually hate the characters and revel in seeing them suffer. Poor things. They just didn’t know where to find good writers.