How do the mighty fall? When it comes to television, it’s a combination of factors. Some television series — likeBreaking Bad and The Wire — managed to keep momentum going throughout their entire run. But many, if not most, become harder and harder to watch as the years drag on.
Sometimes, it’s a slow decline. Other times, series completely go off the rails, seemingly without warning. Crazy plot lines. A lack of originality. Characters that are killed off too soon — or not soon enough. All of these things can make a once-buzzed about series fall out of fans’ good graces. And while TV fans are notoriously devout when they find a show they like, even the most ardent fans will eventually give up on a series if its show runners make too many missteps. Here are five current TV series that went from “can’t miss” to “can’t watch.”
1. True Detective
True Detective | Source: HBO
When HBO announced they were teaming up with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to produce a gritty, serial crime drama, the idea sounded ambitious — some might even say crazy. And the first season of True Detective was crazy, in the best way possible. The series felt more like an experience than a television show — with first rate performances from a high-caliber cast, out-there characters, and cutting-edge storytelling. When the first season wrapped up in 2014, many fans eagerly awaited the next installment, which promised an entirely new story and cast.
Unfortunately, last year True Detective delivered on the new, but it was in no way improved. The second season was bogged down with dull and unlikable characters and a far less compelling storyline. By the end, a majority of fans — from the casual to the devout — completely abandoned ship. And HBO will have a hard time getting that core fan base back if they choose to continue True Detective in Season 3.