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  • Tom_Scavo
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    Normally shows don’t get better over the course of time. But every now and then there’s an exception.

    Parks and Recreation, each new season is better than the last one…
    Breaking Bad, the same goes for this show
    United States of Tara,
    the second and especially the third season have been the ones with the most depth

    and for shows with only a few aired seasons:
    Raising Hope, Hot in Cleveland and Episodes

    Which shows have actually gotten better over the course of their runs, in your opinion?

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    Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)
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    Everybody Loves Raymond got better during its run. So did The Big Bang Theory.

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    theproblemdog
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    New Girl and Community have both greatly improved since the first half of their first seasons. But of course NG is only halfway through the second season, and Community has yet to start its 4th. Breaking Bad I agree with to an extent. I’d order the seasons best to worst 4, 2, 5, 3, 1. But that’s just me. But I do agree that the depth of the characters has definitely increased greatly.

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    Carlo
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    Parenthood is the perfect example. It gets better and better.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Parks and Rec got better  ( not that i hated the 1st season or anything…. i love it. )   REMEMBER THE PIT IN SEASON 1 !!!!! HA!!

    Hot in Cleveland ( I believe it got better especially in the 2nd Season. But the 4th Season premieres tomorrow night at 10 and all of the previews that i have seen for it are really funny! )

    Downton Abbey ( 1st season was good, 2nd season was great, 3rd season was amazing (because mary was not the center of attention anymore…….. gosh i hate her character. ) I have grown to really like Edith though surprisingly.

    Game of Thrones ( only 2 seasons so far but each episode gets better and better! )

    Ellen ( Remember the 90’s with ellen….?? lol. The show got better especially in season 2-4 but season 1 and 5 were horrible in my opinion. )

    The Mary Tyler Moore Show ( I really liked the show much more in seasons 3/4 +  but seasons 1-3 were still pretty good!) It definitly felt more like an ensemble show in the later seasons when Betty White joined the show. But i was sad to see Rhoda go 🙁 well at least she got her own show! lol

    Just Shoot Me! ( Wendie Malick OWNED that show! I honestly believe that without her it would have been canceled. Not only was she good in the show but she made the whole episodes great! I love that her characters in Hot in Cleveland and Just shoot me are really similar. She’s really good at playing the self centered hilarious Diva. 🙂

    The simpsons ( Like any show that has been on for 25+ years the simpons had their good times and bad times, but they always seem to make me laugh 🙂

    Everybody loves raymond ( Not my favorite show but it had some great episodes )

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    It’s not amazing, but Private Practice has been better every season.

    The Good Wife was WAY better in season 2 and has continued the trend.

     

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    Icky
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    Only gonna talk about shows that are still on the air.

    Breaking Bad’s best seasons are two and four. That doesn’t really apply. Downton Abbey’s second season was near terrible, so no.

    Fringe stepped it up greatly in its third season. Nurse Jackie has gotten better every season. Parenthood.

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    Emmyfan
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    Designing Women got better each season up to season 5.  

    Roseanne got better each season up to season 6/season 7.

       

      

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    Anthony
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    The big Primetime Soaps of the 70s/80s all built up to better seasons as they progressed. 

    The only one that started off rather strong and sustained its level for some period of time was Falcon Crest, but that was also its liability because it always coasted under the radar….though it definitely took some gutsy writing moves.

    DYNASTY obviously started off with a very mixed 1st season that had some great moments but at times could be very boring. The 2nd season brought Joan Collins but also the characters of Matthew and Lindsay were gone which gave way to focus more on the Carringtons. Seasons 2-4, while not masterpieces, were pure camp and entertainment at its finest. Even Season 5 was good but on a steady decline which led to the Moldavian Massacre.

    DALLAS wasn’t bad in the beginning but it was paced VERY slow. It wasn’t until about Season 3 (if going by DVD count, the one that ends with JR getting shot) that it really took off. Now Season 4 tapered off and then 6-8 were strong. Then the Dream season caused a major drop off and despite the dream resolution the following season, it improved drastically but after Pam’s accident, it never fully recovered.

    My favorite was KNOTS LANDING, which had a good but slow start in its first year but then kept growing year by year where it reached its peak during Seasons 5-6, but it still maintained great seasons up to its 10th, which the decline began after Jill’s saga ended and Val got involved with Danny. The final 4 years were very mixed to negative.

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    Icky
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    Roseanne got better each season up to season 6/season 7.

    Though season five might be the funniest of the series, I would say seasons 3/4 was that show’s peak. A great mix of hilarity, great ensemble work and grounded realism.

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    While Buffy the Vampire Slayer did a pretty decent job at establishing its central characters throughout its initial episodes, the first season hasn’t exactly aged well. It wasn’t until Season 2, with the introduction of breakout characters Spike and Angelus, where the show really established a set of ethos that would help to define the angst present throughout the show’s run. Personally, Season 3 was the peak for me, as it was the last to keep the high school setting and featured one of the best Big Bads in the form of The Mayor. Season 5 was also quite an improvement over Season 4, overall.

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    It’s Always Sunny in Philidelphia
    Louie
    The Office (U.K.)
    Cougar Town
    The Thick of It
    Community  
    Wilfred 

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