You've watched your favorite show for seasons...but it's just not the same anymore. The cast has changed. The stories aren't what they used to be. What once had you counting the hours awaiting a new episode has now become a weekly struggle to watch.
The magic is gone.
Should it be allowed to linger, limp along and suffer a slow an agonizing TV death or is it better to pull the plug and hope the writers can somehow pull it together to let that once amazing show go out on a high?
Here are 13 current shows where we think it might be better to let them go out gracefully than keep them going.
But you tell us...should these shows be canceled?
First they failed to give fans the big, happy, wedding they deserved and bogged season 7 down with a convoluted disappearance story that made little sense. Who would think it could get worse? No one…until season 8 when the show split up Rick and Kate for LokSat, a conspiracy that makes absolutely no sense! Castle, a show that touted itself as an epic love story between a Writer and his Detective Muse has completely lost its way. The characters have gone in such different directions that it is almost unrecognizable as the show most fans fell in love with. Our hope is that both stars re-sign and the show can reset itself and go back to the epic Caskett romance where our favorite couple works together to solve quirky crimes. If that isn’t possible, then it should be allowed to rest in peace.
Reign should be canceled because they dropped the ball telling the story when Francis was still alive, and now he's dead. Gaining steam again will be difficult enough as it is, and they're also trying to jam Queen Elizabeth down our throats. It seems as if the hope was being placed on the fans love for Mary, but in having Mary step out on Francis for much of Reign Season 2, it was love lost, making the battle between queens a lot less lustrous. Time to make way for new programming, and if pilots ordered are any indication, The CW has a lot out there.
The Good Wife
Alicia Florrick has been the good wife, the chated on wife, the cheating wife, and now the figure head wife. She’s been the new attorney, the renegade who started her own firm, the politician bogged down in scandal and now she’s back to starting her own firm once again. Her true love is dead and her marriage is a sham. Should Alicia now run for public office again? Finally divorce her husband? As much as we've loved the series, with the original showrunners on their way out, it may just be time to wrap up Alicia's story and move on.
The writers of NCIS managed to pull a rabbit out of their hat when Cote de Pablo left the series in NCIS Season 11 Episode 2. Ziva’s exit provoked some strong fresh plot writing, and the series seemed to pick up speed. The rest of the characters haven't evolved much, however. Gibbs remains taciturn and grumpy, Abby is an overgrown kid, Palmer continually fumbles, and McGee has gotten whiny. Bishop is still too new to the team.
With the news that Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo) is leaving at the end of NCIS Season 13, it's time to retire this series while they're still on a relatively high note with viewership numbers. Interest and the show's popularity will drop heavily once he's gone.
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries has been on the air a whopping seven seasons now, which is an impressive feat for sure. They even managed to keep the show going, and maintain (some of) the audience's interest, after the departure of female lead Nina Dobrev at the end of the sixth season. Unfortunately, the show is beginning to show signs of its age-- it is often repetitive and low-stakes. Characters die and are resurrected practically every other episode, and subsequent villains have never remotely measured up to early S2/S3 Klaus Mikaelson (though Kai, brief as his reign of terror was, came pretty close). It's time to retire this supernatural teen drama while it still has a little bit of life left in it, instead of running it into the ground.
How many times can you realistically cheat death? That's the question that's begun to plague Supernatural as it lumbers on into its 11th season. Isn't it better to let the iconic show try and go out with a bang than to let it continue to trail off halfheartedly especially if either of the two stars, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles decide that they want to move on. Perhaps the CW should wrap things up and give this show the proper spooky sendoff it deserves.
Once upon a time Family Guy was canceled and brought back, and rightfully so, but the once hilarious animated sitcom that brought Seth MacFarlane into the limelight now shines as an example of a show that has outlived its welcome. Wasn't faux killing off Brian as a ratings ploy proof enough that the creative juices have stopped flowing? Even the show creator himself admits the show is past its prime. FOX needs to make the tough call on this one and pull the plug for good.
Homeland's original premise hinged on Brody but with him dead, the show simply hasn't been able to reboot itself successfully. Quinn became the show's new punching bag and Carrie has morphed from a compelling character to more of a caricature of her former self. To top it off, the Homeland season 5 ending was an underwhelming hour of television. Perhaps it's time to really let Carrie really walk away from the CIA and close this operation down for good.
2 Broke Girls
That 2 Broke Girls has lasted this long must hinge on the likability of its cast because the show itself is frequently borderline offensive. The constant attempts at humor by using stereotyping, as with the short jokes targeted at Korean-American Han Lee, are lame and have never really been fun, yet they persist. This is a sitcom that's existence defies logic and we highly doubt it will be missed once it is gone.
Bones - We truly love this quirky crime procedural with its amazing cast of likable characters and we're thrilled that Booth and Brennan are finally a happy family but…how many serial killers can we watch them track down? How many Squinterns can be killed off or friends be in mortal danger before it all becomes too repetitive? With a lawsuit behind the scenes and the show's future possibly in jeopardy, we hope FOX at least gives it the proper sendoff it deserves.
Law & Order: SVU
Olivia Benson has been through it all. Kidnapped, almost raped, suspected of assault and murder after facing down her kidnapper, held hostage more times than we can remember, PTSD. How much can one person take and how long will viewers tune in to see it? So far, it appears that fans keep coming back for more. Does that mean Law & Order: SVU will outlast the iconic original Law & Order or do you think it should close up shop and finally give Olivia Benson some peace?
ABC says they can see Grey's Anatomy running for many years into the future…but should they keep it going? McDreamy was killed in a horrific car accident. Many from the original cast have moved on. We hear Meredith is about to be in peril. How much drama can one hospital staff take? How many times will viewers come back for more? Do you want to see Grey's Anatomy Season 13?
Pretty Little Liars
There have been times when Pretty Little Liars has felt like it was flying by the seat of its pants with no long term plan. It appeared as though every character eventually got marked with an A and blackmail, hallucinations, and murder were a weekly occurrence. But season 6 has given us somewhat of a reboot with a time jump five years into the future. Is that enough to hit the refresh button and have this series continue or is it time to bury it for good?