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15th Sep '16 9:18:39 AM Monolaf317
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* ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' received a rather harsh reaction, due partly to its poor animation and lack of a central plot. Its shortcomings seem even more heinous when considering that it became sandwiched in between [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} a movie that saved Disney from bankruptcy]], and [[Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime one of Disney's best-reviewed direct-to-video sequels]].

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* ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' received a rather harsh reaction, due partly to its poor animation and lack of a central plot. Its shortcomings seem even more heinous when considering that [[MiddleChildSyndrome it became sandwiched in between in-between]] [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} a movie that saved Disney from bankruptcy]], and [[Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime one of Disney's best-reviewed direct-to-video sequels]].
10th Sep '16 7:02:18 AM Monolaf317
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Compare OddballInTheSeries, {{Sequelitis}}, and SeasonalRot. Could cause a BrokenBase if another portion of the fandom disagree with the opinion that the work is going through a Sophomore Slump. If it's inverted, see GrowingTheBeard, SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, or EvenBetterSequel. If it's a longer-running series that's consistently good, then bad, then good again, then bad again, then repeat, see the StarTrekMovieCurse. If there really ''are'' [[RuleOfThree only three installments]], it's basically the MiddleChildSyndrome for installments/series.

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Compare OddballInTheSeries, {{Sequelitis}}, and SeasonalRot. Could cause a BrokenBase if another portion of the fandom disagree with the opinion that the work is going through a Sophomore Slump. If it's inverted, see GrowingTheBeard, SurprisinglyImprovedSequel, or EvenBetterSequel. If it's a longer-running series that's consistently good, then bad, then good again, then bad again, then repeat, see the StarTrekMovieCurse. If there really ''are'' [[RuleOfThree only three installments]], it's basically the MiddleChildSyndrome for installments/series.
4th Sep '16 11:21:33 PM erforce
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* ''A Shot in the Dark'' could easily be seen in this light -- it's actually a good movie, but aside from starring Creator/PeterSellers as Inspector Clouseau, being directed by Blake Edwards and featuring music by Henry Mancini, it has very little in common with ''ThePinkPanther''. However, people usually see it as where the series actually started GrowingTheBeard.

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* ''A Shot in the Dark'' ''Film/AShotInTheDark'' could easily be seen in this light -- it's actually a good movie, but aside from starring Creator/PeterSellers as Inspector Clouseau, being directed by Blake Edwards Creator/BlakeEdwards and featuring music by Henry Mancini, Music/HenryMancini, it has very little in common with ''ThePinkPanther''.''Film/ThePinkPanther1963''. However, people usually see it as where the series actually started GrowingTheBeard.
5th Aug '16 7:51:21 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' did well in the ratings in the first season, but the producers and writers decided to {{retool}} the show to help it stand out more against other sitcoms. They decided [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] Kristin Baxter and amplify her GranolaGirl characteristics and [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome age her son up]]. They also made her son's father Ryan a much more prominent character, change him into a SoapboxSadie and go with an ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' political angle by contrasting the conservative Mike with Kristin and Ryan's ideals (the twist being that Mike's opinions generally tend to be more reasonable). The ratings managed to stay stable and warrant a third season but most of the changes were met with backlash by the show's fan base (aside from the introduction of EnsembleDarkhorse [[BlackBestFriend Chuck]] [[TheGadfly Larabee]]). The writers began fixing it in the third season by giving Kristin some much needed CharacterDevelopment to put her more in line with her season one characterization, reducing the number of appearances Ryan made, and toning down the political aspects so they became more of an undercurrent to the character relationships.

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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' did well in the ratings in the first season, but the producers and writers decided to {{retool}} the show to help it stand out more against other sitcoms. They decided [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] recasted]] Kristin Baxter and amplify amplified her GranolaGirl characteristics and [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome age aged her son up]]. They also made her son's father Ryan a much more prominent character, change changed him into a SoapboxSadie and go went with an ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' political angle by contrasting the conservative Mike with Kristin and Ryan's ideals (the twist being that Mike's opinions generally tend to be more reasonable). The ratings managed to stay stable and warrant a third season but most of the changes were met with backlash by the show's fan base (aside from the introduction of EnsembleDarkhorse [[BlackBestFriend Chuck]] [[TheGadfly Larabee]]). The writers began fixing it in the third season by giving Kristin some much needed CharacterDevelopment to put her more in line with her season one characterization, reducing the number of appearances Ryan made, and toning down the political aspects so they became more of an undercurrent to the character relationships.
30th Jul '16 7:58:18 AM Anddrix
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* ''Series/SleepyHollow'', after a popular first season, suffered from a rankings downturn during its second season that sidelined Ichabod and Abbie's relationship in favor of family drama and [[BaseBreaker base-breaking]] characters. The series was still renewed for a third season, but the ending of ''that'' season [[spoiler:killing off Abbie]] has led many viewers to permanently abandon the show.

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* ''Series/SleepyHollow'', after a popular first season, suffered from a rankings downturn during its second season that sidelined Ichabod and Abbie's relationship in favor of family drama and [[BaseBreaker base-breaking]] characters.{{Base Breaking Character}}s. The series was still renewed for a third season, but the ending of ''that'' season [[spoiler:killing off Abbie]] has led many viewers to permanently abandon the show.



* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Season 2 is disliked by a lot of fans for having less BlackComedy and focusing more on BaseBreaker Elise. Season 3 is considered an improvement, but there are still some fans who dislike it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Season 2 is disliked by a lot of fans for having less BlackComedy and focusing more on BaseBreaker Elise. Season 3 is considered an improvement, but there are still some fans who dislike it.
29th Jul '16 7:31:26 PM kquinn0830
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* ''Series/LastManStanding'' did well in the ratings in the first season, but the producers and writers decided to {{retool}} the show to help it stand out more against other sitcoms. They decided [[TheOtherDarrin recast]] Kristin Baxter and amplify her GranolaGirl characteristics and [[SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome age her son up]]. They also made her son's father Ryan a much more prominent character, change him into a SoapboxSadie and go with an ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' political angle by contrasting the conservative Mike with Kristin and Ryan's ideals (the twist being that Mike's opinions generally tend to be more reasonable). The ratings managed to stay stable and warrant a third season but most of the changes were met with backlash by the show's fan base (aside from the introduction of EnsembleDarkhorse [[BlackBestFriend Chuck]] [[TheGadfly Larabee]]). The writers began fixing it in the third season by giving Kristin some much needed CharacterDevelopment to put her more in line with her season one characterization, reducing the number of appearances Ryan made, and toning down the political aspects so they became more of an undercurrent to the character relationships.
12th Jul '16 2:03:52 AM Silverblade2
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* For the First Class, whose self-titled debut album featured the #4 hit "Beach Baby," their second album, ''[=SST=]'', doubled as both a SophomoreSlump and a CreatorKiller.



* ''Wilson Phillips'' had a celebrated first album that, despite some critical backlash, had two huge singles, "You're In Love" and "Hold On", turning the group into an instant success. Their second album, ''Shadows and Light'', flopped so badly that many don't even know they had a release past their first, and it led to a ten-year breakup. They never really recovered.
8th Jul '16 7:36:25 PM AlanPalgut
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* While it was actually the third book by Creator/DrSeuss, ''The King's Stilts'' suffered from poor sales compared to ''The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins'', his first book to obtain success with both critics and readers.



* Music/PinkFloyd's first album, ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'', is often regarded as a masterpiece of psychedelic rock. However, their second album, ''Music/ASaucerfulOfSecrets'', was at the time generally dismissed as an inferior imitation at best, partially [[TheBandMinusTheFace due to the departure of Music/SydBarrett]].[[note]]After the success of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ASOS was re-released as double album together with the first album and turned out to be more successful the second time around. While it's easy to tell that the band were struggling to cope without Barrett, the musical ideas that eventually made Pink Floyd great are clearly present.[[/note]]

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* Music/PinkFloyd's first album, ''Music/ThePiperAtTheGatesOfDawn'', is often regarded as a masterpiece of psychedelic rock. However, their second album, ''Music/ASaucerfulOfSecrets'', was at the time generally dismissed as an inferior imitation at best, partially [[TheBandMinusTheFace due to the departure of Music/SydBarrett]].of]] Music/SydBarrett.[[note]]After the success of ''Music/TheDarkSideOfTheMoon'', ASOS was re-released as double album together with the first album and turned out to be more successful the second time around. While it's easy to tell that the band were struggling to cope without Barrett, the musical ideas that eventually made Pink Floyd great are clearly present.[[/note]]



* ''Wilson Phillips'' had a celebrated first album that, despite some critical backlash, had two huge singles, "You're In Love" and "Hold On", turning the group into an instant success. Their second album, ''Shadows and Light'' flopped so badly that many don't even know they had a release past their first, and it let to a ten-year breakup. They never really recovered.

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* ''Wilson Phillips'' had a celebrated first album that, despite some critical backlash, had two huge singles, "You're In Love" and "Hold On", turning the group into an instant success. Their second album, ''Shadows and Light'' Light'', flopped so badly that many don't even know they had a release past their first, and it let led to a ten-year breakup. They never really recovered.
8th Jul '16 8:54:20 AM jmparker78
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* ''Wilson Phillips'' had a celebrated first album that, despite some critical backlash, had two huge singles, "You're In Love" and "Hold On", turning the group into an instant success. Their second album, ''Shadows and Light'' flopped so badly that many don't even know they had a release past their first, and it let to a ten-year breakup. They never really recovered.
8th Jul '16 8:39:40 AM jmparker78
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* Fans of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' endlessly bicker over which era represents the show's golden age, but one thing that brings everyone together in perfect harmony is the opinion that the early 1980's seasons were the show's nadir, producing only a tiny handful of breakout stars (one being Creator/EddieMurphy, granted) and practically no memorable or even especially funny sketches or characters. The quality would only pick up again in the latter half of the decade.

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* Fans of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' endlessly bicker has had numerous ups and downs over which the years, but if one considers it in terms of eras rather than seasons, the "new cast" era of the sixth season definitely represents a softmore slump. Gone was the show's golden age, but one thing that brings everyone together in perfect harmony is entire cast from the opinion that first five years, gone was show-runner Lorne Michaels, gone was the early 1980's seasons house band, heck, even the writers were mostly different. New producer Jean Doumanian, who had previously been responsible for booking musical guests, didn't know comedy at all, and the show's nadir, producing only a tiny handful of breakout stars (one being Creator/EddieMurphy, granted) new cast was uneven, some very talented and practically no memorable or even especially funny sketches or characters. The quality would only pick up again in some not so much, but unable to gel into a cohesive comedy unit like the latter half first cast. Instead of Dan Aykroyd or Bill Murray naturally rising to the decade.top, Charles Rocket was forced into the "star" role, and utterly failed to connect with audiences, while Eddie Murphy was shoved into the background, not experiencing his break-out status until the following year.
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