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"I feel like Friends in Season Eight: Out of ideas and forcing Joey and Rachel together even though it made no sense."
Michael, The Good Place ("What We Owe to Each Other")

"They can't just cancel a show like Alphas. They have to help the viewers let go. Firefly did a movie to wrap things up, Buffy the Vampire Slayer continued on as a comic book, Heroes gradually lowered the quality season by season, 'til we were grateful it ended."
Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory ("The Closure Alternative")

"In Broadchurch 1, the mystery was, 'Who’s the murderer?' In Broadchurch 2, it's, 'What’s the point?'."

Web animation

"Variety is the spice of life and status quo is the starch. The star that shines brightest is all the more glorious for its brevity. Or, to bring the metaphor down to a broader cultural level, The Simpsons has been running for 21 seasons and hasn't been good since the fifth!"


Web Original

"Never thought it would come to an end," Trip reflects at one point. Reed responds, wryly, "All good things..." The next reference is a bit more galling, with Archer toasting, "Here’s to the next generation." This is not an episode about closing out the franchise, it is an episode about remembering how awesome everything was in 1994.
The M0vie Blog's review of Star Trek: Enterprise, "These Are the Voyages..."

When the series is written or talked about now, so much time is devoted to 'jump the shark' moments and the whole Fonzie phenomenon (they actually got Winkler to hold up a Mego doll version of himself this season—remarkable), that what gets lost are those beginning seasons, where Happy Days looked at nice-kid Richie Cunningham trying to grow up and make sense of his life... No Pinky Tuscadero or shark tanks or god help us Ted McGinley, or Richie with a bad comb-over and a mustache, or Fonzie with a pot belly and a beard hiding his double chin.

Should it continue to air, the show will rapidly degenerate into a frightful, shambling corpse — a mocking funhouse mirror reflection of what it once was, existing to ghoulishly maintain the careers/merchandising empire of its sinister creators. The characters are almost unrecognizable from their original incarnations, now merely grotesque, unthinking husks — their personalities long since removed for easier manipulation. Each season beyond the 7th cancels out the earlier good seasons in terms of the show's overall quality — 14 seasons or more rendering a show essentially undead.''

I should also, I suppose, briefly disclaim regarding the Colin Baker era, given that it is possibly the most contentious era of Doctor Who there is, save possibly the Sylvester Mccoy era. Actually, it's not even particularly contentious — almost everybody finds massive fault with it. It's more that there's an elaborate blame game, with all of the primary sources having massive axes to grind with the other primary sources and generally suggesting that the era would have been great if it weren't for X. (Generally X is either John Nathan-Turner or Eric Saward.) I tend to agree with the assessment that the Colin Baker years are deeply, deeply flawed. I think the problems are far, far deeper than what can be laid at the feet of one or even two particular creative forces.

Timelash is on the short list of serials broadly agreed to be 'the worst Doctor Who stories ever.' Given how prone science-fiction fans are to bickering about absolutely everything, and how impossible it is to find consensus, that’s really saying something. More than that, it ranks with quite a few Colin Baker stories among that list. I can’t help but wonder if part of the problem with Baker’s tenure isn’t a lack of classic episodes, but the batting average skewed by so many truly terrible stories... What’s really weird about Baker’s terrible episodes is the fact that they all seem to suffer from the same problems. There’s no attempt to learn from past mistakes or to rectify those problems.
Darren Mooney on Doctor Who, "Timelash"'s indicative of their current product: cheap, buggy, and the ones at the top are so out of touch they might as well be catering to Neptunians.
YouTube comment on WWE 2K20, the Jimquisition

Promoters have rarely been able to bring themselves to replace their bread-and-butter before it's too late. They see him making extraordinary amounts of money for the company, and they cannot fathom tinkering with the formula in any way. Wrestling promoters are notoriously shortsighted... Inevitably, they ride that horse until he's long past the point of drawing big money, and then, when things start to decline, they panic. The panic breeds inept and hotshot booking, the decline speeds up, and it finally gets to the point where the company is so cold that, in the eyes of the fans, it can do nothing right.
R. D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez, The Death of WCW

Isn’t this the season where Brannon Braga took a backseat so he could start planning Enterprise? I never thought I would say this but bring him back! Seasons five and six under his supervision might have had more bad episodes than you can shake a stick at but at least there were some good episodes tossed in just to make a change. Season seven to this point has literally been one underwritten nightmare after another and should give the audience a warning "Abandon hope all ye that enter here..."
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Voyager, "Inside Man"

They were taking something which had run well, and driving it without oil until the head blew. Now the car is just stopped, and we're waiting for the mechanic. Earlier this season, some kindly dude named Geoff stopped by, pushed the car ten or fifteen feet with the help of a few friends, but now here we are, sitting by the side of the road in the female 18-25 demographic.
Neal Bailey on Smallville

I spent an hour last week watching him argue with Megan and wondering to myself, “Wait, didn’t they already have this fight? Wasn’t this marriage over already? Why am I watching this shit again? There’s been a whole lot of again this season.
Drew Magary, "Jesus, Mad Men, Pull yourself Together"

Web Video

Ryan Reynolds (as Deadpool): Full of my signature fourth wall breaking, '90s pop culture references, and more dick jokes than you can shake a sack full of dicks at!
Bailey: In what feels like a really expensive longer episode of Family Guy!
Deadpool: ...Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait! Which season of Family Guy are we talking about?
Bailey: Let's say... Fourth?
Deadpool: Oh, okay... I can take that.note 


What can Chuck do at this point? Take his shirt off? Add a lovably irritating adopted 8-year-old to the cast? Wake up to find Sarah in his shower and the entire second season a dream? Or maybe Chuck should start wearing Sunglasses at Night and make semi-clever wisecracks about corpses he examines... Or maybe not.

Western Animation

"This show's been going downhill since season 3!"


I'm sorry, but to me (Season 5) had a lot of missed oppertunities. It had a lot of bad filler, a lot of plot holes, and more annoyances, even more so than Season 4. It had a real lack of vision.... SMB was ruined for me when they decided to extend it past Act II of the movie

So you either die as Firefly or live long enough to see yourself become The Simpsons?
Weaselwodger from a comment on this article.

One season of how to make a successful comic book-style television show, followed by three seasons of monstrous fuck ups.

Real Life

"I think it was a point where we were in the room and we were talking about bringing Geordi's mother in, and we all kind of looked at each other and we were like, 'This is sad. This is the best we can do? Is this the best we can do, is Geordi's mother?' It was such a 'who cares' idea that we were just sort of, 'Oh man… This show has got to end.'"


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