June 19, 2013 at 7:19 pm #281837
Have there been any shows that sustained its quality from the beginning until the end?
This year, we saw the end of two once stellar comedies, 30 Rock and The Office, that have, in a way, lost their quality. And the more I think, I cannot think of many shows that were acclaimed at the beginning that ended with critics or audiences feeling the series ended with the same quality.
Thouughts?June 19, 2013 at 7:31 pm #281839
FNL (not counting season 2), The ShieldJune 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm #281840
I will definitely agree about The Shield. It is a shame that the show did not get the proper recognition that it deserved (i.e. Emmy wins for CCH Pounder and Walton Goggins).
Cheers might be a possibility.
Sex & The City
June 19, 2013 at 7:55 pm #281841
The Sopranos, The Wire, BigLoveJune 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm #281842
I think that quite a few comedies from the 60s-80s could be considered. Some others may need to pipe in to correct me or back me up on that, because I’ve only managed to watch a handful of episodes from every series.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
Everybody Loves Raymond
The Larry Sanders Show
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (pretty much wrote the playbook for great series finales)
M*A*S*H (Debatable, though I could enjoy an episode from just about any season. Probably depends on how much you might get turned off by the preachiness of the latter few years.)
Taxi (I think. Haven’t seen too many Season 5 episodes, but it was probably cancelled before it could really take a dip in quality).
WKRP in Cincinnati
June 19, 2013 at 8:32 pm #281843
30 Rock’s legacy in a way was saved by its final season, which imo was its best since the second.
Cheers is the first show that comes to mind. Nine seasons and season eight was its only iffy one.Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantJune 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm #281844
The Wire, The Shield, Friday Night Lights, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, etc.June 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm #281845
The Golden Girls
The Mary Tyler Moore Show (based on what I heard)June 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm #281846
Sex and the City
Roseanne, excluding the final season.June 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm #281848
[quote=”Eeeekk”]Cheers is the first show that comes to mind. Nine seasons and season eight was its only iffy one.
Cheers ran for 11 seasons (all nominated for Best Comedy Series).[/quote]
I know. I spent too much time trying to figure out what was the season I didn’t like then quickly typed the post.
On another note, when I think of a show that had sustained quality throughout the years I think of a show where every season was at least good. The Shield had iffy bookend seasons. I can’t pretend that FNL’s second season doesn’t exist. The Wire’s final season was disappointing.June 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm #281849
Seinfeld’s quality was sustained. But the last two episodes, The Puerto Rican Day and The Finale, are pretty bad.June 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm #281850
This is the third thread in one day that I’m going to have to mention watching The Sopranos recently. The whole show was just great. I remember back when it aired hearing stuff about season 5 and the first half of season 6, but those were minor issues when you consider other brilliant shows that failed to sustain quality once they reached their final seasons.
Sex and the City got better and better as it went along, they had some issues, mainly season five thanks to SJPs pregnancy, but other than that, the quality was sustained.
Seinfeld, I have to agree that it’s a great example. You can watch almost any episode and still see glimpses of how brilliant it was before, during or after that episode, even the finale.
I see somebody mentioned Everybody Loves Raymond and I also have to agree. While not many people’s favorite, and certainly not as brilliant or groundbreaking or legendary, it was a show that still found a way to stay the same and it’s a show that could’ve gone for more seasons too.June 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm #281851
Season five is probably my favorite season of The Sopranos, though season one is the best. There was some talk of there not being enough “action” in season five, but it was the first season to win the series Emmy for a reason (other than The West Wing beginning to suck).