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Old 08-20-2017, 01:43 PM
 
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What made them go through a bad period

I will start

Waterloo Road - losing decent characters and replacing them with terrible characters
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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What does "lose the plot" mean? Is that your version of jumping the shark?
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Old 08-20-2017, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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Perhaps the OP is asking when the show lost sight of the premise, or departed from the original intent of the show. Of course that's just a guess on my part.

If that's the case, I submit Empty Nest, a sitcom that seemingly departed from its premise by the end of the first season. The show was supposed to be centered around Dr. Harry Weston (Richard Mulligan) as he faces life as a widower. His three adult daughters had moved out, leaving the "empty nest" at home (except for his adorable dog, Dreyfuss). The lyrics of the theme tune spoke of him finding ways to fill the time and the opening credits showed him walking the dog. The supporting characters were only briefly shown in the credits in "boxes"/photos superimposed over his dog-walking, reinforcing that feeling they "drop in" and then disappear from his life.

While his youngest daughter Emily was away at college and only spoken about in that period, his eldest daughter Carol (Dinah Manoff) and middle daughter Barbara (Kristy McNichol) were supporting characters who visited the house for a scene or two, then went back to their homes. It really seemed in the opening episodes that Mulligan would be carrying the majority of the show. At some point the writers must have realized it would become increasingly hard to come up with excuses for the two daughters to see/interact with their dad, so they came up with excuses (mostly financial) for both Carol and Barbara to move back home with 'daddy'. While moving the girls back home was the best solution for increasing their interactions with their father, it made the show's title and premise a bit ironic.

I often thought they could get away with renaming if Empty Nest?!
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Old 11-14-2017, 10:18 PM
 
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The Office in season 7

Buffy in season 6

Scrubs....i cant remember which season but the entire last season shouldnt have been made

Greys Anatomy roughly around season 9 or 10

The Walking Dead - any season after the prison
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:09 AM
 
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Every single comedy show that goes from stories about singles dating each other to marriage/babies, IMO. That's when they start tanking. And I'm not against comedy shows about families, on the contrary, but then they usually start with family dynamics. If a singles show changes into a family show, the premise for comic banter changes so dramatically that the audience sometimes experience the same let-down as when their own single friends get married and stop hanging out. Whenever I see that a popular comedy series has added babies to the plot, I start the "cancellation countdown" in my head...
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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There are a lot of them that lost me usually between the 3rd and 4th season. They become so redundant or start adding a bunch of politics.
Also... when a really good show is on and then they start focusing too much on the drama with the characters rather than the crime cases or medical dilemmas... they lose me (re: Blue Bloods...Donnie Wahlberg character).

Loved House until they just pushed it until his character was nothing but a continual PITA.
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Old 11-17-2017, 09:19 AM
 
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Scrubs....i cant remember which season but the entire last season shouldnt have been made
Yup. Agreed.


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The Walking Dead - any season after the prison
Right again.

I'll add:

ALIAS, Seasons 1-2 was great action/adventure TV. The Season 2 finale was stunning. Then Season 3, episode 1 took a big dump all over it and the show never recovered.

THE OFFICE should have ended when Steve Carell left. They still managed to put out some funny episodes, but the whole Robert California saga was all kinds of creepy.

GAME OF THRONES started showing some cracks in seasons 5 and 6. Season 7 the show fell apart entirely.

VERONICA MARS Season 3 was a big stepdown from seasons 1 and 2. Largely due to network interference.

I don't remember exactly when LOST went off the rails. The final few seasons were all so meandering and confusing that I can't keep it all straight.

HEROES Season 1 was a lot of fun, even if it often made no sense. Every season after was a mess.
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Old 11-17-2017, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I was never a committed viewer, but when The X-Files went from episodes about investigating a bunch of weird stuff (with some conspiracy mixed in) to being just about all conspiracy all the time I really wasn't interested.


I had a similar reaction to Person of Interest, but we stuck with that.
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Old 11-17-2017, 01:52 PM
 
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Lost. The first couple of seasons were good, then it went all over the place in a bad way.
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Old 11-17-2017, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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I was never a committed viewer, but when The X-Files went from episodes about investigating a bunch of weird stuff (with some conspiracy mixed in) to being just about all conspiracy all the time I really wasn't interested.


I had a similar reaction to Person of Interest, but we stuck with that.
Same here. I loved the X-Files when they were stand alone creepy episodes. I couldn't take all the alien story... cigarette guy....Dana's baby, etc.

And pretty much the same thing with Person of Interest. Loved it at first but then the ongoing conspiracy left me not caring anymore.
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