There are some series that may have started on the wrong foot, there’s no denying it. However, over the course of time (and plenty of episodes as well), some series have shown clear signs of improvements, now becoming major hits for their respective networks. And that’s what this week’s Seriesly Ranking is all about. Please, check out our Top Ten Improved Series Over Time in our gallery below!
8. Fear the Walking Dead
7. The Leftovers
6. Person of Interest
5. Game of Thrones
4. Jane The Virgin
3. Parks and Recreation
2. The 100
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
10. Sense88 strangers, suddenly linked together. Their experiences, their lives, forever changed. Sense8 has become one of the most culturally relevant series to date. Even though it started out as a soap opera with the 8 strangers coming to grips with their unique situation, Sense8 shifted gears when the sci-fi plot threw them into a conspiracy of global proportions. Not only that, but the series has given us plenty of moments that celebrates what it means to be human, no matter the skin color, gender, sexual orientation or circumstances of life.
9. SupernaturalFirst seasons tend to be underwhelming, as they are responsible for presenting viewers to the core concept. That same "curse" affected Supernatural's first season. Thankfully, that didn't stop there. Even after 13 seasons, the series is still going strong with witty characters, intriguing plots and, dare we say, some "out-of-this-world" episodes! But, the brotherly bond between Dean and Sam Winchester still remains strong and fresh, even after more than a decade of existence!
8. Fear the Walking DeadIsn't it ironic that this The Walking Dead companion series can be superior to its sister? We mean, sure, Fear the Walking Dead might have started on the wrong foot but, by the third season, the series became its own thing, free from any similatiries to the main series. Besides, bringing TWD's Morgan for the current season was a welcome boost to the series.
7. The LeftoversA post-apocalyptic series coming from one of the minds behind Lost? Well, considering how that series ended, we came through the series a bit on the defensive. True, the series took a while to reach its full potential. But once it reached it... oh boy, were we ready for a ride!
6. Person of InterestIf we're evaluating TV series at face value, then Person of Interest might have seemed like your typical cop procedural. And it sure looked like that for a big while. However, as the season went on, the series really picked up its pace. Wonderful characters, matched by their equally wonderful performers, plus an intriguing story, Person of Interest remains, to this day, one of the best sci-fi/procedural series yet!
5. Game of ThronesIt's safe to say that Game of Thrones has become that one series that everyone keeps talking about, whether people actually like it or not. However, there was a time that GoT was seem as a bit tame in terms of "the big picture". That soon changed when the body count started rising. Suddenly, no one in the series was truly safe from the cold hands of Death. We were brought to some magnificent performances by its leading actors (every fan has their favorite); even the newer additions tend to rival the veterans at this point. But it also gets better by its ever-evolving special effects, truly showing what the TV industry is really capable of.
4. Jane The VirginJane The Virgin looks a lot like your typical Mexican soap opera, with the titular Jane being torn between two sexy male love interests. Not to mention that she got pregnant by accident. But, as the episode went on, the story quickly outlived its title, bringing a new life to the series and granting us with even more passionate performances by its characters.
3. Parks and RecreationAt first glance, Parks and Recreation could have been seen as a copy of The Office (they did share the same network). The first season might have some deep flaws regarding its premisse and characters, but that soon changed when the second season premiere, giving our members of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department their unique personalities.
2. The 100On the surface, The CW's The 100 might have seem like a poor man's The Hunger Games rip-off. However, we often judge things based on face value alone, disregarding what's between the lines. That same philosophy can be applied to this series, which is currently on its fifth season filled with power plays, betrayals, a plot centered on the aspect of survival and wonderful performances from its young adult actors.
1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Well, ain't this a kick in the head!? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was that one series that no one really asked for. And the first half of the series certainly proved the nay-sayers right, falling into a somewhat formulaic approach. And then Captain America: The Winter Soldier came a-knockin', and the whole script was turned over. After that, the series quickly found its true calling. But don't take our words; take on Inhumans, HYDRA, LMD's, The Framework, Ghost Rider, space and time-travel for assurance. That and the fact that it has been renewed for a sixth season. Not bad for a series that started as a generic spy drama with a few hints of comedy!