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    People Shared The Shows They Began Watching But Couldn't Finish And, In A Word, Yikes

    Breaking up is hard to do...especially when you're already a season in.

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What's one TV series that you started but never finished, and why?" and — WHEW BUDDY — they did not hold back. Here are just a few TV series that people NOPED the heck out of before the series finale:

    1. Breaking Bad

    AMC

    "I know that everyone loves it, but I couldn’t make it through. I even gave it three full seasons."

    ericasmithman

    2. You

    Netflix

    "I’m pretty sure I made it halfway through the first season and just couldn’t stand the way it made me feel. 'Almost traumatizing' just about sums it up. When the second season came out and everyone was gushing over it, I still refused to try to watch it again."

    pampamela23

    3. Mad Men

    AMC

    "I saw the first few episodes and it was good! I love Jon Hamm, John Slattery, and adore Kiernan Shipka. It’s just not at the top of my list. I might finish it one day, but so many other shows came before it that I might end up watching it on my deathbed."

    ginnyk4a98f54ae

    4. Once Upon A Time

    ABC

    "I watched all the way up until the last season. Once most of the main characters were gone and everything changed, I just couldn’t watch it anymore."

    jessicanicole7794

    5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    Netflix

    "I only made it a few episodes in. All of the characters were kind of annoying and I didn’t get the hype."

    tessabean621

    6. Dexter

    Showtime

    "The funny thing is that I actually love that show and will rewatch every season up until the last one. I started watching the series late, so I knew how the series ended, and instead of watching the end and being disappointed, I end it where I liked it. So in my head, it had a better ending!"

    abigailf4ca0c04ba

    7. Riverdale

    CW

    "I watched the entire first season and then a couple episodes of season 2, then it just got way too wild and unrealistic for me."

    andreas4d285ede9

    8. This Is Us

    NBC

    "I started this because everyone was talking about it. I know it’s a drama, but it was WAY too much. All of the main characters were so self-centered. They claimed they loved their family more than anything, but they can’t seem to get over things that happened decades ago and the littlest things seem to tear them apart. I was still curious about how Jack died, so I just googled it and called it a day."

    bethanymeyer89

    9. The Office

    NBC

    "I watched the first three seasons hoping it would get better, but it never did. All of my friends love it so much, but I couldn’t stand how obnoxious the characters were. I found it really mean-spirited and annoying."

    delbee

    10. Gossip Girl

    CW

    "I tried so hard. I watched a few seasons, but it just irritated me. I don't understand why so many people love it — everyone is absolutely horrible. And what high school is actually like that?"

    hayesgabby19

    11. Pretty Little Liars

    ABC Family

    "It went on and on and on and I was just like, 'Jesus, just tell me who A is ffs!'”

    note-to-note05

    12. How to Get Away with Murder

    ABC

    "I was ALL IN for the first season, which was SO good, but as the show went on, it got so convoluted. I could never keep up with who was good, who was bad, who was conspiring together, who hated who, etc. I struggled through four seasons before finally realizing I no longer cared and stopped watching."

    tomkat41

    13. Glee

    Fox

    "I watched the first few seasons religiously, but the show went downhill after the main characters graduated. Then after Cory Monteith died, it just made me too sad."

    fleurdelis123

    14. Parks and Recreation

    NBC

    "I heard so many people talking about it that I thought I’d give it a go, but I couldn’t stand the camera movements. It was making me motion sick."

    almahodzicv

    15. Grey's Anatomy

    ABC

    "I couldn’t even make it through the first season. After reading about the last few seasons, I’m glad I never got into it. It sounds like way too much emotional manipulation."

    julie-annah

    16. The Good Place

    NBC

    "People raved about it and the premise was interesting so I gave it a shot and gave up three episodes after. I just didn't get the hype. Just not my cup of tea, I guess."

    ravenbard

    17. Orange Is The New Black

    Netflix

    "**Spoilers ahead** I was so mad when Poussey died. The show felt so forced and ridiculous after that. I also just couldn't stand Piper, and I'm shocked I made it as far as I did."

    lana-bahama16

    18. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Netflix

    "I mean, the first season was fun and interesting and there were cool plot points. But then the second season was SO terrible. By the time the third season was released, I was so over it."

    meghanakiran

    19. Arrested Development

    Fox

    "I couldn't even finish the first season. I think it's funny some of the time, but the humor relies on secondhand embarrassment too much for me to handle."

    m490a92642

    20. American Horror Story

    FX

    "I started Episode 1, and it was the most boring thing I’d ever seen. I never went back to it. I’ve seen much better television than that, and I was frankly disappointed given how many positive reviews I heard of it before I tried watching it."

    folivora

    21. Friends

    NBC

    "I get that — if you watched it in the '90s — you maybe weren’t aware of how horrible it was and are now nostalgic over it, but I couldn’t get very far in before the incredibly insulting and anti-gay jokes were way too much for me. Every single character is awful, and not in the 'it’s funny how awful they are way.' They're just genuinely awful. I don’t understand why it’s had a resurgence, because it should stay in the past where it belongs."

    allisonh4f5a181b3

    22. And finally, Tiger King

    Netflix

    "I watched the first four episodes and totally regret it. The way the series glorifies the owning of exotic animals and does nothing to expose the problems of non-accredited zoo’s is disgusting. People will watch this and either think owning a tiger is cool, or think any captive animal is terrible full-stop — which is a huge problem for all the accredited zoo’s and sanctuaries worldwide that are actually trying to help these creatures."

    jenniferp4b30a0234

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

    Now it's your turn! Share the TV series you started but just couldn't finish, and a little bit about why...or, heck, defend one of the above shows! Why not?! Share all your deepest thoughts in the comments below!

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