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This week's edition presents the most notable shows in recent years to "jump the shark." In other words, those shows whose writers and runners took in absolutely insane directions. Whether to regain some ground in the ratings with a reboot, to keep up with modern themes in other shows, or simply because they got lost in their own storytelling, these series outstayed their welcome, and begged the question: "what happened?"
What a gem, Roseanne Barr. Her half-hour comedy set the (no pun intended) bar high for all other family-driven sitcoms of the 90s and aughts. It was great in the beginning, all the way through Becky 1.0, then came Becky 2.0, Becky 1.0 again, and then the Connors won the lottery in the last season. By then, everything had gone out the window. And the ending of this once-great show? Yeesh.
9) DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES
Desperate Housewives had a whole lot going for it in its earliest seasons. It was hilarious, a bit tongue-in-cheek, and put ABC back on the map in terms of its dramadies with a twist. I mean, the gals on Wistera Lane were capable of drawing in over 20 million viewers during the first couple of years. Once season four wrapped, the series jumped five years into the future. Many praised it. But looking back, the "reset" button didn't reset a whole lot. It felt like a desperate attempt for these housewives to regain some of their clout, after plotlines began to falter and spin.
8) LAW & ORDER: SVU
Well, the big moment when Law & Order jumped the shark was obviously when Detective Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni), the tough guy to Olivia Benson's passionate investigator, passed on his SVU beat. Now, 14 seasons in, the plots have become a bit whacky, contrite, and little more than rehashes. But hey, at least it's something to leave on in the background when you're, I don't know, folding laundry.
7) HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
For God's sake, who is the mother already? How long can these kids possibly sit on that couch, listening to Bob Saget Go On and on about a woman with an umbrella? This whole mystery should have been wrapped up years ago. The premise of How I Met Your Mother has become tired, and Ted Mosby and his pals, who were once charming and likeable, have become those obnoxious people at the bar who just won't go away.
6) GREY'S ANATOMY
We all know Shonda Rhimes' long-running medical drama hit the "jump the shark" point when Callie Torres (Sara Ramirez) flew through a windshield and everyone started singing. Sure, Ramirez is an absolute wonder with a ridiculous voice - but eventually, the "creative" ways in which to ruin these doctors' lives just reached that level of "blech."
Tyler is currently finishing his senior year of college in Chicago while working on the News Desk at BroadwayWorld. He has also worked in the public relations industry at Margie Korshak Inc., working on campaigns for Broadway In Chicago, including The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, and more.|