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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not a huge show watcher. I’d rather watch movies but every now and then a show will catch my eye and I will check it out. One thing I have found is that it is tough to find a show that will keep me interested from episode one till the series finale.
There are different reasons for why I lose interest in a certain show: it becomes monotonous and boring, change of lead characters or I just don’t care about them, the show “jumping the shark”, etc. But one of the most frustrating reasons is how many shows are simply not able to maintain the same level of quality from beginning to end. There are very few that have been able to have a strong start and end just as strong or better. Honestly, how many TV shows can you think of that were just as good in the final season as they were in the first season?
Which leads me to my question. What TV show never dipped in quality?
We have seen shows like The Walking Dead, Heroes, True Blood, The Office, Dexter, and many others that captured the TV watching world by storm to end up not being able to maintain the standard it had set. Sadly, I watched all of those but had to leave TWD and True Blood before the end. There are very few shows that I have watched where I loved them from beginning to end. And no I am not talking about shows like Hannibal or Deadwood where they were cut short. The Shield, Breaking Bad, and Sons of Anarchy are a few where I never noticed that kind of dip but they were also shows the seemingly had their end in sight and stuck to it. Around five seasons seems to be the sweet spot for where we see that TV show either end strong or when we see that dip to take place even in great TV shows.
So what about you, folks? I’d really like to hear what you guys have to say about shows that were able to maintain their quality from beginning to end.
I’ll see you in the trenches.