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4th Feb '16 7:02:00 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]].
24th Jan '16 4:47:59 PM Erin582
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* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' is a fine example of this trope. After a powerful first season, the second season gave us the undoing of Lucas and Nathan's close relationship, two [[TheScrappy Scrappies]] in the form of [[JerkAss Felix]] and [[{{Wangst}} Anna]], little to no progression with the Brucas or Leyton ships, Haley becoming a rock star for no reason and Keith (once again) allowing himself to be screwed over by his younger brother. If not for the introduction of [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Chris Keller]] and Brooke's CharacterDevelopment, most people would consider the season a complete write off.
18th Jan '16 5:54:16 AM tommy1138
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** ''VideoGame/MegaManII'' for the Game Boy was very underwhelming due to its extremely easy level design, horrid soundtrack and a generally half-hearted feel. The following three Game Boy entries, however, got successively better.
17th Jan '16 11:35:21 AM SunriseWarrior
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It's not the sophomore slump in reverse if the second still ends up being worse than the first
A related term, used in computing, is the "second system effect." This is like the sophomore slump in reverse; freed of the tight schedule and budgetary demands of the first system, the programmers attempt to "correct" everything that "went wrong" the first time, usually with disastrous effects.
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A related term, used in computing, is the "second system effect." This is like the sophomore slump in reverse; freed of Freed from the tight schedule and budgetary demands of the first system, the programmers attempt to "correct" everything that "went wrong" the first time, usually with disastrous effects.
16th Jan '16 8:20:26 PM AlanPalgut
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* Cat Stevens' second album, ''New Masters'', fared so poorly that he wouldn't release his third album, ''Mona Bone Jakon'', until 1970 (although Stevens' three-year absence was due mainly to contracting tuberculosis). Then again, ''New Masters'' has one of his most famous songs, "The First Cut Is the Deepest."
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* Cat Stevens' second album, ''New Masters'', fared so poorly that he wouldn't release his third album, ''Mona Bone Jakon'', until 1970 (although Stevens' three-year absence was due mainly to contracting tuberculosis). Then again, ''New Masters'' has one of his most famous (and frequently CoveredUp) songs, "The First Cut Is the Deepest."

* ''Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin'' by Music/BobDylan, released as his ''third'' album, did not really please critics and listeners for the DarkerAndEdgier feel it had compared to his first two albums. The title track is the only highlight of the album and the only track from it that normally appears on his "best of" compilations.
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* Released as his third album, ''Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin'' by Music/BobDylan, released as his ''third'' album, Music/BobDylan did not really please critics and listeners for the DarkerAndEdgier feel it had compared to his first two albums.albums, even though it charted higher than both ''The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'' and ''Another Side of Bob Dylan''. The title track is the only highlight of the album and the only track from it that normally appears on his "best of" compilations.

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* ''Music/TheTimesTheyAreAChangin'' by Music/BobDylan, released After Music/GioachinoRossini established himself as a musician of both serious and comic operas, respectively, with ''Tancredi'' and ''L'italiana in Algeri'', he floundered in both genres with ''Aureliano in Palmira'', now rarely performed, and ''Il turco in Italia'', which has since been VindicatedByHistory. He continued to struggle with his ''third'' album, did not really please critics and listeners for the DarkerAndEdgier feel it had compared to his first two albums. The title track is the only highlight of the album and the only track from it that normally appears on his "best of" compilations.operas until ''Theatre/TheBarberOfSeville'' in 1816.
14th Jan '16 5:16:56 PM MegaMarioMan
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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.
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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. 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.
2nd Jan '16 5:36:43 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaAction'' was not well-received by fans of the [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland original series]], mainly due to ''massive'' amounts of {{Flanderization}}. Most of the afflicted characters SnapBack in the third season and it seems like the writers are trying very hard to pretend none of it ever happened (to the point of creating continuity errors in later seasons). * Season two of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is [[OldShame loathed]] by series creators Matt and Trey to the point that they have called it their Sophomore Slump. It is the only season they have never done commentary for.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaAction'' ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Action]]'' was not well-received by fans of the [[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland original series]], series, mainly due to ''massive'' amounts of {{Flanderization}}. Most of the afflicted characters SnapBack in the third season and it seems like the writers are trying very hard to pretend none of it ever happened (to the point of creating continuity errors in later seasons). * Season two 2 of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is [[OldShame loathed]] by series creators Matt and Trey to the point that they have called it their Sophomore Slump. It is the only season they have never done commentary for.
28th Dec '15 4:24:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Razorblade Suitcase'' by Bush. A highly commercial {{grunge}} band cashing in on the state of popular music at the time probably shouldn't have chosen SteveAlbini as a producer (a man who, given his history with unconventional acts, probably shouldn't have chosen Bush as a client).
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* ''Razorblade Suitcase'' by Bush. A highly commercial {{grunge}} band cashing in on the state of popular music at the time probably shouldn't have chosen SteveAlbini Music/SteveAlbini as a producer (a man who, given his history with unconventional acts, probably shouldn't have chosen Bush as a client).
19th Dec '15 8:25:10 AM Silverblade2
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the show has only two seasons. A Sophomore Slump requires an improved third season.
* The second season of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', while still entertaining, got some flak where it went back into the Universal Century formula and the [[RomanticPlotTumor romance between Saji and Louise]] overshadowed the rest of the characters.
9th Dec '15 2:15:28 PM BellosTheMighty
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** Inverted with the 12th Doctor- the first season after the regeneration is a hot mess, but the second is arguably the best since the relaunch.
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