15 Popular TV Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome

Ever notice how some TV shows seem to hang around a bit too long, losing the spark that made them special in the first place? From declining viewership to plotlines going off the rails, here are 15 shows that went on longer than they should have.

1. Happy Days

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As the series that the term “jump the shark” was coined after the infamous episode, Happy Days is a series that many felt strayed far away from its roots towards the end. This shift from relatable to implausible plots marked a departure from its original vintage charm.

2. The Facts of Life

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The show struggled to keep the narrative fresh, often recycling plotlines across its nine-season run. After a highly successful run, the show finally ended with the girls maturing, graduating, and going their separate ways.

3. Grey’s Anatomy

GREY’S ANATOMY – “Ready to Run” – Richard and Teddy make an exciting announcement. Jules and Blue butt heads over Maxine’s care while Lucas helps an artist decide on a risky procedure. Jo and Mika tend to Sam as Simone faces a life-changing decision. THURSDAY, MAY 11 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless)KIM RAVER, JAMES PICKENS JR.
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Having been on air since 2005, Grey’s Anatomy has ventured into nearly every conceivable medical and personal drama, sometimes stretching believability thin. The series has leaned heavily on tragedy and shocking developments, leading to viewer fatigue.

4. South Park

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Since its inception, South Park has sparked debates about its balance between edgy, dark humor and meaningful commentary. While some think the show’s social commentary is as sharp as ever, others feel the show is a relic of the 90s and is running out of steam.

5. Law & Order: SVU

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Originally focusing on sexual crimes, later seasons occasionally veered into overly dramatic territory. Some storylines have been critiqued for straining credibility, moving away from the show’s procedural roots.

6. Drawn Together

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Initially known for its satirical take on reality TV, the show later relied on shock humor, losing the clever commentary that made it distinctive. The reliance on edgy, over-the-top humor left others feeling the show went too far.

7. Saturday Night Live

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As a staple of American comedy, SNL has faced periods where the comedy and sketches lacked originality. The reliance on guest stars and political satire sometimes overshadowed its comedic essence.

8. Family Guy

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Famous for its cutaway gags and controversial humor, this formula has led to criticisms of repetitiveness. One of the more popular criticisms is that over-reliance on these elements has overshadowed character development and coherent storytelling.

9. The Waltons

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Once celebrated for its heartfelt family depiction, the show faced challenges maintaining its authenticity in later seasons. Storylines often felt contrived, moving away from the initial appeal.

10. The Simpsons

THE SIMPSONS: When a plague of insects shuts down Springfield, the Simpsons face their greatest challenge yet...spending time in lockdown with each other in the "The Very Hungry Caterpillars".
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As a cultural phenomenon, later seasons of The Simpsons have been critiqued for lacking the humor and heart of the golden era. The show has been seen as formulaic, losing much of its original humor and depth.

11. Supernatural

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As Supernatural went on over the seasons, some fans felt the plotlines began to wear thin, leading to repetitive cycles of death and resurrection for the Winchester brothers. This pattern lessened the stakes and impact of the show’s plot with many thinking the show had extended past its natural conclusion.

12. The Big Bang Theory

Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch, and Kunal Nayyar in The Big Bang Theory (2007).
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Despite high viewership, the show has been criticized for stagnant character development and humor. The formula, once successful, felt stale to some viewers as the series progressed. While the cast grew, the jokes felt stale as the seasons went on.

13. Spongebob Squarepants

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A beloved children’s show, SpongeBob SquarePants has faced scrutiny over whether its newer episodes maintain the creative spark of its early seasons. The storytelling quality and humor have been perceived as declining over the years.

14. This Is Us

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Known for its emotional depth, the series has been critiqued for overextending dramatic plotlines, leading to narrative credibility concerns. The approach, initially compelling, has led to discussions about manipulating viewer emotions.

15. The Walking Dead

Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee - The Walking Dead: Dead City _ Season 1.
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The intense portrayal of survival amidst a zombie apocalypse initially captivated viewers, but the series has faced criticism for story arcs that went on way too long. Along with the spin-offs and the oversaturation of zombie media, some feel the show and its derivatives overstayed their welcome.

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Its depth of original programming has yet to be matched, and while TV series, documentaries, and standup comedy specials make up a large portion of the service, its feature film library continues to grow.

Many Netflix films are now considered modern cinematic masterpieces.

In this list we will look at 25 of the most popular movies on Netflix and why subscribers should add them to their watch later list next time they fire up the app!

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Yeah, those. But here’s the kicker- sometimes, they turn out to be total duds.

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