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R / April 10, 2011 10:39 PM

Even though I was rolling my eyes the entire time, I hung on to Big Love until it's bitter, oddly written end. That show was mostly terrible in its final seasons. I also had an intense love of Teen Mom but the new season is full of Jerry Springer one-offs, it's hard to watch.

My sister is positive that she was the only one watching The O.C. before it ended.

David / April 11, 2011 9:15 AM

It became clear around s4 or so that the writers of the X-Files were completely making it up as they went along and even Chris Carter had no idea how to dig out of the hole they had dragged the plot into.

Andrew Huff / April 11, 2011 10:16 AM

I wouldn't call it a favorite show, but I stopped watching "Grey's Anatomy" after one too many lover shuffles.

I was really into "Six Feet Under" for the first two seasons, but for some reason the Season 3 opener left me cold, and I never went back.

lmy / April 11, 2011 12:18 PM

The O.C. after Marissa died.

Mike D / April 11, 2011 1:44 PM

Prison Break, whne they entire group of inmates and guards wound up at the same prison in another country and they had to break out all over again? WTF?

BTW? This is basically a "jump the shark" question, right?

Mucky Fingers / April 11, 2011 2:21 PM

About two-thirds through Lost, I sensed most of the stories/mysteries would remain unresolved right through to the end. I was right.

bub / April 11, 2011 4:06 PM

The last season finale of True Blood was the end for me. I was into it when it was just vampires, but now there are werewolves and fairies and witches and werepanthers. I just can't do it anymore.

c / April 11, 2011 4:42 PM

i used to be a huge simpsons guy, but they fell off so long ago. i havent watched in years.

Tracie / April 11, 2011 5:02 PM

I dropped 3 shows because I was becoming a DVD slave. I was so excited to have it, I recorded everything, then got stressed about watching everything I recorded before I ran out of room. That was way too much television!

jill / April 11, 2011 5:11 PM

Agree with Mike on Prison Break. It just became stupid. Really stupid.

jill / April 11, 2011 5:14 PM

Agree with Mike on Prison Break. It just became stupid. Really stupid.

Andy / April 12, 2011 1:04 AM

I started to have doubts about Battlestar Galactica midway through the third (of four) seasons. I'm stubborn and kept watching, and was rewarded a year later with the worst ending in the history of science fiction.

JP / April 12, 2011 11:11 AM

I stopped watching ER when Julianna Margulies left. It continued on for many, many too many seasons after that.

flange / April 12, 2011 11:34 AM

the simpsons lost a lot while they were working on the movie, but it's rebounded considerably in the last couple of years. if all you want is 1993 simpsons, sure, just stick with the dvds. there's a lot to like about it now, if you're willing to accept the differences.

i'm actually old enough that i can say m*a*s*h when they got all preachy. a year or two after wayne rogers made a really stupid career move.

amyc / April 12, 2011 1:00 PM

The Logan Huntzberger years of "Gilmore Girls." Were we really supposed to root for Rory to end up with (essentially) George W. Bush?

PMan / April 12, 2011 5:02 PM

I did really like Weeds for the first 3 or so seasons, but found season 4 just too far out and nihilistic.

Mike / April 13, 2011 12:56 PM

Like all J.J Abrams shows, Alias overstayed its welcome. I can't pinpoint the exact moment (it was before they killed off Vaughn). I just remember that one day I really cared and watched the show religiously. Then a year later or so, I was flipping channels, saw Sidney Bristow running down a hallway with one of her crazy hairdos, and I thought, "meh."

bub / April 13, 2011 3:19 PM

@amyc I agree with you about Gilmore Girls and Logan. I did watch it until the end of the series but I don't know why.

Egbert / April 13, 2011 8:36 PM

I stopped watching...after Fonzi put on waterskiis and went flying above that stupid fish. Maybe it was a shark, maybe not. Didn't exactly grab me.

Amanda / April 13, 2011 9:09 PM

Buffy, after season 4. Too dark. Angel, after season 3. Too convoluted.

Cletus Warhol / April 15, 2011 1:15 PM

Here's an old one: I stopped watching Picket Fences after the Mayor of the town spontaneously combusted. It was such a transparently cheap way of avoiding the thorny ethical dilemma that had been raised by that episode (the details of which I don't even remember) that it broke the spell the show had put me under.

Spook / April 15, 2011 1:40 PM

Dead Like Me and DeadWood as soon as it was cancelled.

You can add The Wire to the list.

Well I guess I still love those shows, especially The Wire.

"A man has gotta have a cold" Omar Little

mike-ts / April 15, 2011 10:26 PM

Crime Story when it changed setting from Chicago to Las Vegas. I watched a couple of L.V. episodes, and they all became "Guido in the desert" caricatures and little plot.

Bozo's Circus when Bob Bell retired. I was already in my teens and was "getting" a lot of the inside jokes and double entendres that flew over my head as a kid, and wish I could get a DVD of older shows to see now. They had a show made for both the kids and the grown-ups; the new guy just had a kids' show. And to see all the moms and dads in the audience who seemed so old then who would look like young adults to me now...

Brandy / April 16, 2011 9:43 PM

Andrew - totally with you on Gray's Anatomy.

And S3 of SFU was brutal, but the rest of the run was so rewarding.

Law & Order when what's-her-face was fired at the end of an episode. Out of bleeding NOwhere she asks, "Is this because I'm a lesbian." But now when I find L&O on in hotel rooms it feels like an old friend.

Just this AM, in this Denver hotel room, that lesbian bombshell episode played. I still shook my head in disbelief.

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