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  • uncreativename
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    This thread is dedicated to those series that you plow all the way through only to realize at the end of the series you wasted your time?

    For me it was Saving Grace — the first season was actually pretty good, the second was passable, the thread was a complete and utter mess that ruined any good view I had of the series before that. Basically tossed Hunter’s acting skills to the gutter and completely disregarded any of the characters’ previous motives/behaviors. I should have stopped while I was ahead.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Nip/Tuck. Season 1 was absolutely spectacular, and everything else that followed was crap. At least I tuned out after season 3.

     

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Totally agree with Nip/Tuck. It got really ridiculous. And speaking of….I wish I would’ve never bothered with Glee. I remember telling people about the Pilot when it aired that May after Idol, “you have to watch it, it was actually good…”. That’s just embarassing.

    Private Practice is another example. There were some pretty good moments here and there, but it’s just a waste of time, back then, now and until the end because again, I can’t give up, specially if it’s going to end after these next 13 episodes.

     

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    Kevin Jacobsen
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    Glee. Let’s not kid ourselves, even the first season, which is the only one I watched in full, wasn’t all that good.  I too remember being excited after seeing the Pilot, thinking it could become the next great generation-defining TV show.  Looking back I’m disappointed that it didn’t ever reach the level of excitement and quality of the Pilot.

    True Blood. How I made it through two and a half seasons of this is a mystery to me. I can recall being a HUGE fan of this show in its zeitgeist heyday but I began noticing the huge flaws in season 3 and just quit altogether. I see the occasional episode (usually the end while I’m waiting for the following show to start) and it’s just horrible. It’s meant to be campy, I understand that, but it’s ridiculous to me that so many people are still watching such a horribly written show.  And looking back, the writing of the first two seasons wasn’t all that sharp either.  Perhaps I was just distracted by all the attractive actors and actresses prancing around intricate sets to notice how it really is an empty show. The epitome of style over substance.

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    Laactingnyc
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    Glee
    Girls – even though i have only seen the pilot ( people say it gets better……idk )

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Yes! True Blood….BUT!…The thing with this show is that last season was almost kind of maybe sort of good and this season is off to a nice start. But I do remember being on the verge of giving up in season two with the ridiculous Maryann thing, so I totally understand. 

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    Alijah Purdy
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    I felt like giving up on Desperate Housewives when season 6 (which was WAAYYYYY worse than season 2), finished. That whole season when I look back on it just screams HORRIBLE!!!!! But I’m glad i stuck with it, because Season 7 and 8 were fantastic

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    Fishbiscuit
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    The Killing

    I Should’ve stopped after season 1.  

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    efficiency
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    Without a doubt….
    HEROES 

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    “Lost”. I sincerely regret watching it. Sure, it had a lot of thrilling moments and I enjoyed some episodes but ultimately they led nowhere. It ended up being a very frustrating experience. Now whenever I stumble on a repeat, I feel disgusted and immediately change the channel.

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    ashmores
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    Girls – even though i have only seen the pilot ( people say it gets better……idk )

    It gets a thousand times better.

    This question is tough because if a show is, at some point, great I definitely don’t/wouldn’t regret watching even if it goes off the rails.  I would regret not catching those seasons that were stellar.  That’s why I can’t list Nip/Tuck or a show like Rescue Me.  In regards to Nip/Tuck – the first, second and fifth seasons are spectacular.  With Rescue Me, Leary and company created a marvelous first two seasons that were like nothing else on television but, yes, it just became a complete shadow of itself from the third season on.  And how can anyone regret watching Lost?  That first season is one of the best on television and its chaotic quality was very good up until the series finale.

    I guess the closest answer to the question is Glee, because, like someone else said – even the first season wasn’t up to snuff because of the majority of the spring episodes that aired.  it turned to crap quite quickly.

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    Tom_Scavo
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    Hm… I don’t really regret to have watched a series. If a show gets worse, I just focus on the good parts, remember the earlier times and hope it’ll get better. I’ve never come so far that I’ve considered giving up on a series because I just like the characters too much and know what they’ve been through so I wonder what happens next even if it’s getting worse. I’ve stopped watching several shows after a few episodes because I didn’t like it or it didn’t really catch my eye (like Hung, Big Love, Awake, Nip/Tuck and many more) but don’t regret it because I’ve spent only a few hours with this show and realized that the other shows I’m watching are really good. A few thoughts:

    True Blood: I saw the first season a year ago, and couldn’t find the time to carry on watching because it didn’t catch my eye that much. 

    Weeds: I found season 5 and season 7 pretty boring, but I stuck with the show because it would really bother me if I didn’t know what’s gonna happen with the Botwins. But I never considered giving up.

    Glee: I loved both, season 1 and season 2. But season 3 was a mess. Mostly because the show isn’t that deep anymore (what happened to Kurt? In season 2 he was such an interesting character!) and there are WAY too many characters. I wonder what’s gonna happen in season 4 because there are two possibilities: The show could get really really bad because of the split New York/High School thing and because there are gonna be even more characters or they geniously create a way to take the show back where it once was. But I’m gonna give up on the show if it’s gonna be an even bigger mess.

    The Office: I just finished watching season 5 and even though it isn’t as good as it was, I’ll stick with it. I’m kinda worried if I’ll like the show after Carell’s departure because he’s the main reason I watch it. 

    The Walking Dead: I really disliked the first half of the second season. I’m glad it got better in the second half… 

    Brothers And Sisters: I just LOVED season 1, 2, 3 and 4. I really thought they were equally good. And then came season 5… what the hell happened with this show? First, it was a huge fail to first let go Balthazar Getty, then Sarah Jane Morris, then Rob Lowe, then Emily VanCamp and finally Patricia Wettig. I hated most of season 5 and I’m still angry with ABC for treating the show the way they did. I’m also still irresolutely about the end: I mostly hate the way it ended because and on the other hand I’m uncertain if the sixth season would have been better. 

    Desperate Housewives:  Even some seasons and episodes have been worse than others I NEVER thought about giving it up because DH is the TV-love of my life 

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    EmmyLoser
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    I really can’t think of many shows that I’ve regretted watching altogether.  Even shows that I’ve given up on or wished I’d given up on sooner, like Desperate Housewives or Heroes or even 90210, had parts of them that I really enjoyed.  That’s why I watched them in the first place.  The only show that comes to mind as one I might regret watching entirely is the new Melrose Place.  It was never really good, but I was always waiting for it to get better.

    But really, I kind of don’t get some of these answers.  I have a similar outlook to Aurel_Graf.  How many episodes of a show can you watch before you realize you don’t like it?  And if you know you don’t like it, why not just stop watching it?  And if you DO like it, or DID like it and then stopped, why do you regret ever watching it in the first place?  I regret watching the ninth season of American Idol, but that’s why I didn’t watch the tenth season.  I’m still glad for the eight seasons I enjoyed before that.

    The show with which this especially baffles me is Lost.  I loved loved loved Lost and enjoyed the finale, which I realize a lot of people did not.  But how can you watch a show for six seasons, over a hundred episodes, and have your opinion of it as a whole determined by the last two hours?  Even if you hated the whole last season, what about the five before that? 

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    Brothers And Sisters: I just LOVED season 1, 2, 3 and 4. I really thought they were equally good. And then came season 5… what the hell happened with this show? First, it was a huge fail to first let go Balthazar Getty, then Sarah Jane Morris, then Rob Lowe, then Emily VanCamp and finally Patricia Wettig. I hated most of season 5 and I’m still angry with ABC for treating the show the way they did. I’m also still irresolutely about the end: I mostly hate the way it ended because and on the other hand I’m uncertain if the sixth season would have been better. 

    Season 1 was absolutely spectacular. Flockhart and Field were absolutely stunning. While Field didn’t get great material in subsequent seasons, Flockhart continued to be the highlight (it’s shocking she never got an Emmy nom for the show, let alone a win), but yeah, the show totally fell apart by the end of season 4.  The destruction of Rachel Griffiths’ character once she shacked up with the French guy was absolutely dreadful. She became a shadow of her strong self.

    And season 5, who’s terrible idea was it to give Patricia Wettig’s character amnesia? That was terrible. I love that they basically abandoned her having amnesia for her last episode. Once Flockhart abandoned the show in the second half of season 5, you could tell the show was done. Kitty had gone from being a strong political personality to romancing a young barista. Flockhart was right to want out and killing the show subsequently.
     

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    Glee, I even went to the concert, so when it took a turn down crap avenue I looked like an idiot. It pains me to say this but The Office from season 8, it had a good episode or two but it just ruined my perception of the show, I should have not watched that season the way I didn’t watch season 9 of Scrubs! True Blood & The Killing were both so meh for me that I watched the whole of their first seasons except for the last episode (stupid I know – but they should have been better!).

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