It's happened to all TV viewers. A series that had captured our attention over time loses a certain something.
Then, somehow, things turn around.
It might because of a different narrative direction. Or a new actor. Or a cast that just gels.
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You can't always put your finger on why. It somehow works again.
Check out the shows below and see if your most-improved series is here. If not, feel free to add it in the comments.
American Horror Story
It works for reality shows. So why not do a greatest-hits mashup for an anthology series? The last few seasons of AHS have been a roller coaster. Cult was mediocre at times and dull. Apocalypse made up for that lackluster season with the return of several amazing characters from Coven and Murder House. Sarah Paulson ended up playing three characters all by herself. The pacing picked up, the story was interesting again, and it breathed new life into the series.
Arrow Season 6 was probably one of the shows worst seasons the show had, so it's been such a fun surprise to see Arrow Season 7 thrive the way it has. It feels as if the show hit a reboot button almost because many elements that made Arrow so special in the beginning were brought back. Oliver's prison storyline was fantastic and the Felicity and Laurel dynamic has been a breath of fresh air.
Big Brother Season 20 made up for the complete and utter mess that was Big Brother Season 19. Instead of Coasters and Floaters that made up the BB19 cast, the batch of house guests in BB20 came to play and they were so likable/fun. Plus, the drama heightened week to week with blindside after blindside. Big Brother Season 20 was one of the best seasons of Big Brother to come along in five-plus years, and it got fans who gave up on the series to become invested again.
Black-ish Season 4 was too much dramedy. It got bogged down with the tensions between Andre and Bo which then got suddenly pulled back from the brink with her father's death. Maybe the writers were distracted by the grown-ish spinoff. Black-ish Season 5 has regained its pacing and Junior's "gap" year has been a hilarious storyline.
Daredevil Season 3 was by far the best one of the series. Daredevil Season 2 was the weakest and focused too much on Elektra and the Hand. Neither were as interesting as Wilson Fisk and bringing him back for Daredevil Season 3 was a great call. The story was gripping from beginning to end and the actors put in some of their best work. So why did Netflix cancel it, and will it return in another form?
After two subpar seasons, the series came back with a fantastic The Flash Season 5, rebooting a bit by having Barry and Iris's daughter Nora West-Allen come back from the future, and resurrecting its amazing The Flash Season 1 villain, with Tom Cavanaugh playing several versions of Harrison Wells. There was no Kid Flash, but Nora, Ralph Dibny and Cecile Horton all were promoted to series regulars, with the show benefitting from those changes.
Gotham, which returns for its final season Jan. 3 on Fox, regained its narrative momentum during Gotham Season 5. Circumstances led Bruce Wayne through his evolution toward the Dark Knight he will become. His future nemesis, the Joker, was revealed to be genius Jeremiah Valeska, not his nutjob brother Jerome as anticipated. Gotham had veered back to being comic fanboy nirvana.
How to Get Away with Murder
Well, at least Connor and Oliver successfully got married. But there was little other happiness to go around on HTGAWM. Bonnie and Nate lost their chances at happiness in one gory event, Annaliese had to beg for her job back, only to find out that Gabriel was Sam's son but not hers. But this series is at its best when the shocks keep coming.
NCIS: Los Angeles
Who's not in this photo? Hetty. But then neither is Mosley, so that's a plus. After a season of body blows for who knows what reason, the OSP has gotten its groove back, its camaraderie back on full display That's despite rotating leaders of the week in Ochoa, Rogers, and Kilbride during Hetty's unexplained absence. After a recuperated Linda Hunt returns, all will be right in this world.
NCIS: New Orleans
NCIS: New Orleans Season 4 was too largely spent setting up the unexpected departure of Sonja Percy, which got in the way of the latest Dwayne Pride-getting-framed storyline. New leader Hannah Khoury, shown with Christopher LaSalle, has been the perfect antidote to that upheaval. She takes charge when necessary, but steps back when Pride chooses to intrude, which happens with regularity. She's also still an international woman of mystery. It's an intriguing combination of new and old.
When it should be circling the drain, the veteran CBS procedural has been mounting a comeback in NCIS Season 16. Gibbs needs someone to call him on his shit, and Jack Sloane has been filling that role admirably. Despite the departure of Abby and an intermittent Ducky, Jimmy and Kasie have proven an interesting new forensics generation. And what's going on between Torres and Bishop? Is it friendship or something more?
On The Resident Season 2, this medical drama is continuing to grow. There are Mina and AJ, two arrogant surgeons who don't realize they should be a couple. Dr. Bell is still bringing the sleaze as medical director. But it's the new characters that are stirring the pot: Conrad's mogul father Marshall, drug rep Julian Lynn and star orthopedic surgeon Kitt Voss. Substituting them for former characters that weren't working have helped this series to shine.
The Black Hood storyline in Riverdale Season 2 fell flat for some. But Riverdale Season 3's introduction of the G&G storyline brought a new mystery to town, the biggest threat they've ever faced, elaborated on how dangerous Hiram Lodge is, and even gave the parents a real storyline. It's so ridiculous, it's ridiculously good, and it's hard to say how wild the ride is going to be.