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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.
3rd Jul '16 8:10:55 AM CaellachTigerEye
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* ''{{Series/Revenge}}'' was considered to have a stellar freshman season which was followed by a rather sub-par second season - the biggest issue being the KudzuPlot that involved a GreaterScopeVillain, which not only took away the focus from Emily Thorne's quest for revenge on the Graysons but led to some rather blatant ArcFatigue that wore viewers down. It returned to form late in the season with a resurgence in quality, thanks to some well-timed CharacterDeath and finishing TheManBehindTheMan in time for Season 3. The third season revitalised interest with a new ongoing mystery in its opening episode and great character drama which helped make the Myth Stall less blatant, and concluded with some excellent plot resolutions and a last-episode twist that ended it on a high note - it is considered the second-best season by most. Season 4 created a BrokenBase due to its questionable execution, but is generally regarded as superior to the sophomore season, which was the show's weakest point.
26th Jun '16 7:50:28 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheDresdenFiles'' was kind of this way with ''Fool Moon''. It wasn't bad per se, it wasn't as good as ''Storm Front'', but the series certainly improves with ''Grave Peril''. Opinions vary, though.

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* ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' was kind of this way with ''Fool Moon''. ''Literature/FoolMoon''. It wasn't bad per se, it wasn't as good as ''Storm Front'', ''Literature/StormFront'', but the series certainly improves with ''Grave Peril''.''Literature/GravePeril''. Opinions vary, though.
20th Jun '16 4:13:29 PM AlanPalgut
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* Though it peaked at #1 in and scored a #1 hit with "I'm a Believer," ''More of Music/TheMonkees'' was basically a slapdash effort of outtakes from the group's first album (with a few other songs, "Believer" included, thrown in) to promote the group while they were touring and [[Series/TheMonkees working on the TV show]].

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* Though it peaked at #1 in ''Billboard'' and scored a #1 hit with "I'm a Believer," ''More of Music/TheMonkees'' was basically a slapdash effort of outtakes from the group's first album (with a few other songs, "Believer" included, thrown in) to promote the group while they were touring and [[Series/TheMonkees working on the TV show]].


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* Following the success of his first opera, ''Le villi'', Music/GiacomoPuccini suffered this with ''Edgar'', which remains one of his more obscure operas to this day.
16th Jun '16 3:01:29 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':The ''Series/DoctorWho'' revival:
16th Jun '16 3:01:07 PM nighttrainfm
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** Inverted with the 12th Doctor- his first series after the regeneration is a hot mess, but the second is arguably the best since the relaunch.

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** Inverted with the The 12th Doctor- Doctor seems to have avoided this, as his first series after the regeneration is a hot mess, but the second season is arguably the best since the relaunch.generally regarded to be as good as his first, if not better.
12th May '16 7:24:52 PM wyattte
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* Music/TheVines got huge press for their debut album, ''Highly Evolved,'' which went platinum in their native Australia and gold in the UK and America. Follow-up ''Winning Days'' had songs written around the time ''Highly Evolved'' was recorded, that didn't make that album. Critics noticed, and while the album went gold in Australia, it fizzled out everywhere else. Not helped by the fact that the frontman, Craig Nicholls, had struggles with UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome that caught up with him during the promotion of the album, resulting in an assault charge.
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