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Fantastic first season, then a quick decline.

Series that shot their wads the first season.


Prison Break

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by Anonymousreply 26November 23, 2022 8:18 PM

Homeland had a great first season then the Carrie and Brody thing went on way too long for two seasons more. In how many episodes did Carrie scream ‘Brody!’…I lost count. I bailed after they killed off the Peter Quinn character. No idea what happened the last couple seasons after that.

by Anonymousreply 1November 23, 2022 11:44 AM

Just just clear this thread quickly. Every Ryan Murphy series.


by Anonymousreply 2November 23, 2022 12:57 PM

Two teen-appeal series of the early '00s: The O.C. and Everwood. Never as good after the respective first seasons.

Everwood's Hannah character (seemingly an author-insertion figure for the female showrunner of seasons 3 and 4) was like a Mary Sue cautionary exhibit. She ticked every box: tragic back story; "awkward" but brilliant and gifted; adored by all the other characters, who would talk about her when she wasn't in a scene. The actress went on to play Sal's wife on Mad Men.

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by Anonymousreply 4November 23, 2022 1:18 PM

Sherlock, BBC.

by Anonymousreply 5November 23, 2022 1:49 PM

OG Dynasty.

by Anonymousreply 6November 23, 2022 1:49 PM

West World owns this thread.

by Anonymousreply 7November 23, 2022 1:55 PM


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by Anonymousreply 9November 23, 2022 2:25 PM

Twin Peaks is the founder of this thread

by Anonymousreply 10November 23, 2022 2:28 PM

Resident Alien. The first season was fantastic, the second very uneven.

by Anonymousreply 11November 23, 2022 2:31 PM

Lost is a great pick. The questions were invariably more interesting than the answers on that show.

Disagree on Twin Peaks, though. Season 2 had a lot of terrible episodes in the middle, but began and ended strong. And The Return was awesome.

Oh! A place must be made for Desperate Housewives.

by Anonymousreply 12November 23, 2022 2:37 PM

Most of Ryan Murphy's oeuvre falls into this category going as far back as Popular.

by Anonymousreply 13November 23, 2022 2:40 PM

American Gods

by Anonymousreply 14November 23, 2022 2:44 PM

The first season of Revenge was good and fun. Dreck to follow.

by Anonymousreply 15November 23, 2022 2:45 PM

Mrs Maisel

by Anonymousreply 16November 23, 2022 2:46 PM

Downton Abbey.


by Anonymousreply 17November 23, 2022 2:47 PM

Ugly Betty.

by Anonymousreply 18November 23, 2022 2:50 PM

Desperate Housewives

by Anonymousreply 19November 23, 2022 2:55 PM

[quote] Disagree on Twin Peaks, though. Season 2 had a lot of terrible episodes in the middle

Still a decline.

by Anonymousreply 20November 23, 2022 3:02 PM

House of Cards Stranger Things Weeds Carnivale Damages The Affair

by Anonymousreply 21November 23, 2022 3:03 PM

Definitely Heroes. I adored Season 1, but hated the subsequent seasons.

by Anonymousreply 22November 23, 2022 3:07 PM

R21 very good list! (bad formatting 😵‍💫)

by Anonymousreply 23November 23, 2022 6:46 PM

The Affair and Stranger Things had nowhere to go. So expected. Damages could have sustained it.

by Anonymousreply 24November 23, 2022 6:47 PM

For the eldergays: Angie.

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by Anonymousreply 25November 23, 2022 8:00 PM

American Gods

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