10 TV Series That Went On For Way Too Long, According To Reddit – Screen Rant

Even though some TV shows are amazing, it doesn’t mean they need to last forever. Series like Supernatural, Arrow, or Weeds should have ended sooner.
It was recently confirmed which characters from Grey's Anatomy are returning for its nineteenth season. In a TV show with so many cast changes over the years, fans are always eager to know which of their favorite characters are going to keep going. However, other fans believe Grey's Anatomy has been going for long enough, and that they should finish it already.
A lot of TV shows have had the same problem when networks don't know when to put a stop to some TV shows. The Walking Dead, for example, it's on its twelfth season, and people have been criticizing it for years for being too repetitive. Reddit brought the conversation over to discuss which TV shows lasted way longer than it was necessary.
One of the most widely watched TV shows from the 2000s, Dexter had a very compelling plot, which focused on a psychopath who worked as a forensic and who killed the criminals who got away because of technicalities. However, the viewers believe the show became repetitive, and the ending left a lot to be desired.
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Redditor KayseeP believes that "they [dragged] it out just long enough that you noticed the repetition and then threw out a limp-d*** of an ending. All the way through I was hoping him to actually get caught." Fortunately for this Redditor, Dexter actually gets caught in the 2021 revival of this series.
Weeds proposed an interesting and hilarious plot in the beginning, which was about a suburban mom who decides to start selling marijuana as a way to keep the comfortable lifestyle that she had gotten used to before her husband's death. However, soon enough the show loses track, and it becomes too chaotic to make sense of it.
After the first three seasons, the characters start changing locations and situations too fast to even be believable. Redditor AnkanThrowaway says, "I gave up on Weeds eventually…it was clear they had no idea where to go with the story." The show writers just kept making up more complex and strange scenarios and the show eventually lost its way.
One of the funniest sitcoms ever created, That '70s Show follows a group of friends in the 70s as they grow older. The emblematic characters combined with some of the most hilarious dialogues on television made this show the classic it is today. However, when Topher Grace, who played Eric, decided to move on with his career, the show was never the same.
In his place, they added a new character, Randy, but he couldn't replace Eric. As this Redditor says, "the dynamic was never the same after Randy was introduced. I get that the intention was to increase the feeling that the gang was getting older, but it really just ended up ruining the show." It would have been better if they had just finished the show in the seventh season.
The X-Files is one of the most famous TV shows from the 2000s, and through which Gillian Anderson became extremely famous. The viewers loved Scully and Mulder's dynamic and were thoroughly engaged in the cases these two agents had to resolve. The only problem was that David Duchovny had to leave the show, and it was not the same without agent Mulder.
Since the show started with Mulder's belief in the supernatural against everyone's skepticism, the series lost its magic once this character was gone, as Redditor Sexycornwitch explains, "the show opened under the context that Scully was there to police Mulder. So much of the show was about their personal pathos and dynamic that removing him turned it into a different show."
No one can deny The Big Bang Theory was a major success, and these characters were hilarious. However, the viewers believe the show should have ended after season 7 because the original plot of the story had already run its course. Once the characters stopped being as socially awkward and found good and comforting relationships the show stopped making sense.
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Of course, the audience also likes the new characters and seeing these characters progress in their relationships, but the original jokes were no longer present in the series. As Redditor IDontKnowWhyImHereXD comments, "story was ok, but it went on for too long."
Even though How I Met Your Mother kept its audience invested in the lives of its iconic characters, a lot of viewers feel like they kept the show going for too long. The series certainly kept the question about the children's mother open for a long time, to the point where it became tiresome. On top of that even though How I Met Your Mother was great, the last season was terrible.
Although the show tried to justify the long series with Ted wanting to go back with Robin, according to Redditor Nico777, "the last 2 seasons were too much. I didn't mind the ending per se, but they should've done it sooner. Or maybe let us get to know Tracy for a whole season, so the gut punch would've been harder." It makes sense that fans were disappointed about the ending since Ted had already built up so much about the mother.
Even though Glee is one of those TV shows people think is embarrassing to admit they like, this series had a lot of potential as a parody, and it quickly built up a huge fan base who strongly related to the main characters. Still, Glee's biggest problem was that the writers drastically changed the dynamic in season 4, adding a whole new set of characters while maintaining the old ones.
Redditor hashslingingslasher5 even thinks that "after season three the show went downhill." Ironically, Glee kept going until its sixth season, to which point most of the character's storylines didn't even make sense anymore, with Rachel even abandoning her Broadway dream to create her own TV show in Los Angeles.
Arrow was the first TV show from the Arrowverse, one of CW's most successful projects. Even though the audience loved this show and the following ones, fans still think this one lasted for too long. Some of these shows portray too many characters and storylines and lose sight of the main story. A problem that has affected The Flash as well for a while.
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Even though Oliver's death in Crisis was a major event, Redditor QwertytheCoolOne feels that "seasons 1 and 2 were amazing and 3 was pretty good but 4 was not great. Should have ended after 3 when they drove away," a major statement considering the show had five more seasons.
It's not uncommon for series to take a critical hit when they lose one of their most important cast members. Unfortunately for The Office, Steve Carell realized it was time for him to move on, so the World's Best Boss had to leave the show. Although the series brought Ed Helms to play Andy Bernard, this character didn't fill the Michael Scott void.
Redditor Timtom182 believes this happened because "with one of their main characters leaving, they then had to rely on underdeveloped supporting characters to pick up the slack which caused it to go downhill." Although The Office is one of the best sitcoms of all time, it should have ended with more dignity.
Even though viewers were completely engaged in the adventures of the Winchester brothers, sometimes the audience just wants the story to wrap up and give them a time-appropriate resolution. Supernatural lasted for fifteen seasons, and the fans think it was too much. Redditor SwisherUnsweet comments that "I wanted to stop watching but after devoting 6000 hours of my life to it, I had to finish strong."
Although fans love these characters, a lot of them feel like the show should have ended naturally in its fifth season. Since then, the show actively increased the number of characters, storylines, and plot twists, some maybe that's why the viewers feel it became excessive.
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Andrea is a Lists Writer for Screen Rant. She’s a major in English Literature and Linguistics, and she does academic research about Cultural Studies and fantasy literature, especially the intersection between Food Studies and world-building. She’s also worked teaching Linguistics in Spanish and as an editorial assistant. When she’s not writing for Screen Rant, Andrea spends most of her time watching TV shows, reading, and playing video games. She’s a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and she’s still mourning Natasha Romanoff’s death.

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