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    Top 12 TV Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome
    Before you rip on ABC for renewing “Desperate Housewives” for another season and picking up “Scrubs” from NBC, take a lesson in television shark-jumping history — BWE.tv celebrates the 2008 tv renewal season with the following list of 12 TV Shows That Very Obviously Overstayed Their Welcome:

    12. That 70s Show Aired: 1998-2006
    Number Of Episodes: 200
    Wore Out Its Welcome: The show initially takes place in the year 1976 but stays on the air for eight years, meaning that at some point, the space-time continuum is slowed to keep the decade theme intact.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher both leave the cast in 2005, but the producers feel obligated to satisfactorily conclude the complex Red / Hyde subplot.
    On The Other Hand: I don’t care if it takes eight years, dag blastit, we’re gonna convince people that Laura Prepon is hot!
    11. Home Improvement Aired: 1991-1999
    Number Of Episodes: 204
    Wore Out Its Welcome: Jonathan Taylor Thomas leaves the cast for Hollywood to focus on turning Man of the House into a blockbuster franchise.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: In the show’s final season, the Mark character goes goth, and Brad (who is now 6′8″, 290) gets caught with pot, though the heavyhanded DUI episode is scrapped after Tim Allen gets a DUI in real life (no joke).
    On The Other Hand: Did you know this show was still on the air when “The Matrix” came out?
    10. NYPD Blue Aired: 1993-2005
    Number Of Episodes: 261
    Wore Out Its Welcome: Jimmy Smits’ character contracts a mysterious heart disease, receives a heart transplant, then dies when his body rejects his new heart. The series continues unfazed for seven more years.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: David Milch leaves his Executive Producer post in 2000 and goes on to create Deadwood; in the meantime, Jimmy Smits’ ghost returns as a ’spiritual guide’ to Sipowicz (and a harbinger of their inevitably nonexistant post-Blue careers).
    On The Other Hand: “Son of a bitch” was pretty edgy on tv in 1993.
    9. The Drew Carey Show Aired: 1995-2004
    Number Of Episodes: 233
    Wore Out Its Welcome: In Season Seven, Drew illegaly and zanily marries Kate and his old girlfriend Nicki at the same time; when Kate finds out, she marries a sailor and moves to Guam, leaving the cast in the eighth season.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: “Weird” Al rips on the show’s continuing gimmick episodes (”Drew Live,” “What’s Wrong With This Episode?”) by referring to a special “pig Latin episode of Drew Carey” in his song “Couch Potato,” a zany parody of “Lose Yourself.”
    On The Other Hand: Even when the absurdity grew tiresome, at least it wasn’t “Yes, Dear.” And it kept Drew Carey off “The Price Is Right” for as long as it could.
    8. Family Matters Aired: 1989-1997
    Number Of Episodes: 215
    Wore Out Its Welcome: In subsequent seasons, Urkel invents a cloning machine and makes his suave alter ego Stefan Urquelle into a permanent, separate character; also, his Urkelbot falls in love with Laura then becomes a police officer.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: For its 9th season, the show moves to CBS, which simply can’t handle its newfound in-your-face sci-fi edginess.
    On The Other Hand: The permanent damage Jaleel White suffered from contorting his vocal chords to make the Urkel voice at age 21 was surely worth the windfall of timeless catchphrases.
    7. Dallas Aired: 1978-1991
    Number of Episodes: 357
    Wore Out Its Welcome: The famed “Who Shot J.R.” cliffhanger episode aired in 1980, but the show still went on until 1991.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: The entire 1985-86 season in which Patrick Duffy’s character was killed turned out to be a dream, and the show still stayed on the air until nineteen-ninety-f*cking-one.
    On The Other Hand: It was the 80s, what else was TV gonna air? A “Max Headroom” spinoff?
    6. According To Jim Aired: 2001-Present
    Number Of Episodes: 164
    Wore Out Its Welcome: Finalization of cast, show title.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: “Arrested Development” is canceled in 2006 after 53 episodes. Interpet as you will.
    On The Other Hand: The show’s Neilsen ratings provide a numerical measure of how doomed the country is at any given point.
    5. Beverly Hills 90210 Aired: 1990-2000
    Number Of Episodes: 296
    Wore Out Its Welcome: After eight seasons and 244 episodes, a 30-year-old Jason Priestley finally drops out of the cast, though thankfully for the craft, he retains his Executive Producer credit.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: Melrose Place, the 90210 spinoff, was itself canceled after 226 episodes.
    On The Other Hand: The year 2000 might as well have just counted as the 90s, what with the computer paranoia and all. (And it’s comin’ back!)
    4. ER Aired: 1994-Present
    Number Of Episodes: 309
    Wore Out Its Welcome: George Clooney leaves the show (2000) to pursue Oscar-filled career, followed by Anthony Edwards and Eriq La Salle (2002), presumably for the same reason.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: John Stamos unironically joins the cast (2005).
    On The Other Hand: Allows parents to voyeuristically watch doctors f*cking one another and imagine the career their children could have chosen.
    3. Law & Order Aired: 1990-Present
    Number Of Episodes: 410
    Wore Out Its Welcome: Jerry Orbach sadly passes away in 2004, leaving his enormous, unfillable making-wisecrack-about-dead-body-before-cutting-to-opening-theme shoes vacant.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: Jerry Orbach is still dead. The show continues to air.
    On The Other Hand: The franchise has employed more aspiring New York actors than “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” and the Stardust Diner combined.
    2. America’s Funniest Home Videos Aired: 1990-Present
    Number of Episodes: 407
    Wore Out Its Welcome: Bob Saget left the program in 1997, robbing the show of its interestingly awkward “filthy comedian pandering to middle-American families” undercurrent.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: Theme song was re-recorded in 1998 with an instrumental ska theme reminiscent of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and has not been updated since. Lou Bega not available?
    On The Other Hand: People + Object + Nuts = Small Screen Platinum
    1. The Simpsons Aired: 1989-Present
    Number Of Episodes: 420
    Wore Out Its Welcome: In “Homer’s Enemy,” a funny but bizarre episode from Season 8, the character of Frank Grimes is introduced then eventually goes insane and accidentally kills himself after being unable to come to grips with Homer’s bumbling success. Producer George Meyer once (semi-jokingly, but correctly) speculated that this was when the series “lost its moral grounding.”
    Wore Out Its Welcome Again: In “The Principal and the Pauper,” Principal Skinner is revealed to be an imposter for the “real” Seymour Skinner voiced by celeb guest Martin Sheen, but the episode concludes with a judge granting the namesake to the false Skinner and decreeing that everything be “just like it was” before anyone found out. On the Season 9 DVD, Matt Groening admits this is one of his least favorite episodes.
    Wore Out Its Welcome Yet Again: The Simpsons travel to Japan, Brazil, Africa, England, Italy, and more, making Homer’s line “The Simpsons are going to Delaware!!!” seem less like a joke and more like an accurate encapsulation of the show’s understandably exhausted storylines.
    On The Other Hand: If The Beatles had stayed together for eight legendary years, then two or three ok years, then four flat-out worthless, anger-inducing years, before settling into a groove of half mediocre songs, half good songs that don’t sound anything like The Beatles, that would’ve been better than two of them dying, right? Right…???
    HONORABLE MENTIONS: Wings (172 episodes), Touched By An Angel (212 episodes), Girlfriends (172 episodes), The King of Queens (207 episodes), Saved By The Bell (200+ if you count “College Years” and “New Class,” which we DON’T)
    Also, we specifically omitted Saturday Night Live because it really hasn’t “overstayed” its welcome, it’s just been cyclically on and off for periods ever since its inception and remains popular and relevant, if admittedly terrible at times.






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    #1 should have been Friends.
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    i agree with 'that 70's show'
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    I agree with Drew Carey; i saw a few of the early episodes and they were funny, then as it went on it just got worse.

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    Another one that got shitter as it went on. The finale was a huge letdown, imo.
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    This list is a joke. No Seventh Heaven. That show was pure crap. And I disagree on the Simpsons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    This list is a joke. No Seventh Heaven. That show was pure crap. And I disagree on the Simpsons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yanna View Post
    This list is a joke. No Seventh Heaven. That show was pure crap.
    I was wondering why 7th Heaven isn't listed... that's got to be one of the worst and longest shows ever.
    I agree with some of them, particularly The Simpsons, but that's probably because I can't stand those cartoons.
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    everybody loves raymond. every single episode was an episode too many. that show SUCKED ASS. ditto for king of queens.
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    ^^ just about any show that runs over 5 years could be on that list.. the actors get dull and the writers usually bail.

    Add the Gilmore Girls

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    the #1 spot is dead on. GO AWAY SIMPSONS.

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    7. Dallas
    The only one I disagree with. Every cheese-filled, ridiculous Dallas moment was worth it.
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    7th Heaven should have been number one.

    I stopped watching around the time Mary left and the Camden house apparently became the Glen Oak orphanage. They kick out their own daughter but take in every fuck-up in Glen Oak?? Every time I turned it on there was someone new living with them.

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    The 7th Heaven parents kicked a kid out? What did she do? Have sex?
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    I would like to say Charmed, even though I love the show, but it just wasn't the same after the first few seasons. Of course Friends, and Raymond should be up there shit. Lol, can we nominate a few soap operas, 24, and a few I can't think of.

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    i stopped watching ER religiously after they killed off my Dr. Greene
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