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    22 Good TV Shows That Turned Bad Because They Went On Too Long

    You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em.

    Last week, redditor @crackedmebackmate asked people what show went on too long and there were some OPINIONS. Here were the most interesting answers:

    1. Riverdale

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    The first season was tolerable, but now... It makes me shudder just thinking about it. — last_second_cramming

    2. 13 Reasons Why


    The fact that they turned a short YA novel into a four-season show is laughable in its self. — Muffin0511

    3. Scrubs


    Season 9 should never have happened. — ArthurOfVandelay

    4. Spongebob


    After the original storyboard writers left, everything went downhill. — PhantomSenpai77

    5. Supernatural

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    I went from super-obsessed fangirl, (went to conventions, location tour, etc.) to rage-quitting midway through Season 8. To me, the show had five seasons and the rest is fan fiction. And like fan fiction, there are some really good episodes, but the quality overall dropped dramatically. Most shows should not continue after the natural conclusion. It rarely goes well when it comes to quality. — HappyChaosOfTheNorth

    6. Two and a Half Men


    That show died when Charlie left. — nofatchics

    7. The Simpsons


    I remember when I was a kid and I would catch reruns of prime Simpsons and they were great. Then I would try watching the new episodes on first airing and they were mediocre at best... That was 15 years ago. — 2gig

    8. Pretty Little Liars

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    They really dragged it out unnecessarily. Should've stopped when they moved on to college and work. — vizualdesperada

    9. Suits

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    I’m a massive fan, but they could’ve ended at the exact moment they changed the premise of the show. — markjlast83

    10. The Walking Dead


    The main character's actor even knew when to hang it up. — Jcsbeatpage

    11. Killing Eve

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    I know it's early, but Killing Eve. Season 1 was amazing. Everything after? Rudkckvjdmxkckuff. Season 1 is so good though — you sit through everything else just hoping it returns to form... It never does. — Soulger11

    12. Weeds

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    The Season 3 finale was a great time to wrap it up. The next couple of seasons weren’t terrible, but it wasn’t the same show at all, and then the last couple of seasons became a chore to watch. — BrokenArmsFrigidMom

    13. NCIS


    After Ziva and Tony left, the show lost all the chemistry. And dear Lord, after 15 years under Gibbs, Tim should have had his own team. — worf1973

    14. Archer


    The first couple of seasons are funny, then it’s just the same jokes recycled over and over...and over...and over. Haha, yes the phrasing is so funny. We get it! — spicyqueefjerky

    15. Grey's Anatomy

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    After everyone started dying, shit went down the drain. — TheKnees95

    16. Game of Thrones


    I’m not going to lie, that last season felt like the writers just sat down and wrote down whatever, then mashed it together as the final season. Daenerys's character felt like a different person at the end. Jon’s character seemed like a shadow of his former self. Nothing fit. — crackedmebackmate

    17. Bones


    Bones went on for 12 seasons. The lead couple should have hooked up at the end of S4 or during the 100th episode, but they kept stringing it out more and more. They ended up doing some weird "they got together offscreen" thing toward the end of S6 to explain Emily Deschanel's pregnancy, but it always felt like too little too late by that point. ... When the couple finally got together it didn't feel worth the wait, and I say that as a former stan. — thunderbirbthor

    18. Community

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    I loved that show so much but when the original cast started leaving, it should have finished on a high. — etchuchoter

    19. Money Heist


    It was camp and over the top, but not silly enough to make you think too hard about what was happening. It was surprisingly fun to watch. Now the plot is so over the top that it's reached the point of sheer ridiculousness. Trying too hard to recreate what made it fun the first time around has caused it to feel silly instead of enjoyable. — FUTFUTFUTFUTFUTFUT

    20. The Big Bang Theory


    In the beginning, it was good and funny. However, later seasons were so bad. I couldn’t even watch it. — Kandyqueenn1

    21. Once Upon a Time

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    I mean I love the show to bits, but did it really need Season 7? Like plot lines had been real hit or miss since Season 4, with the already well-beloved cast on the very beloved set. And yet, they decide, “Hey, maybe they’ll like a 15-year time jump, an almost completely new set of characters, and a complete change of scenery?” Like at that rate, just save the ideas for a new show. — Morosoro

    22. The Office

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    It should have ended it when Michael left. The last two seasons went way downhill. — Psyduck-is-the-best

    Do you agree or disagree that these TV shows went on too long? Is there a show that should've ended sooner that's not on the list? Tell us in the comments!

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