Last week, on Seriesly Ranking, we covered our Top Ten Improved Series Over Time (you can check it right here). However, for every bad series that found some sort of redemption over an undisclosed period of time, the opposite also happened, as we have watched quite a few promising series, which found a resemblance of quality at the beginning, but fell to the ground as time went by. And that’s what we’ll be covering in this week’s Seriesly Ranking, with our Top Ten Series That Got Worse Over Time! You can check our picks below!
8. The Big Bang Theory
7. How I Met Your Mother
6. The Last Man on Earth
5. Once Upon a Time
4. American Horror Story
3. Prison Break
1. The Walking Dead
10. QuanticoThis FOX thriller series wasn't exactly brilliant, but it was a guilty pleasure to watch on a weekly basis. And having Priyanka Chopra as the charismatic leader didn't hurt either. Nevertheless, the series could really take off if it really knew the direction it wanted to go. Sadly, we won't be able to see that path, as the series was cancelled after three seasons.
9. EmpireWhen it first premiered, Empire was viewed as a family drama within the music industry. For a while, it was a pleasant series to watch, filled with complex characters, musical guest stars and great musical numbers. Too bad it has become more of the same over the last few seasons.
8. The Big Bang TheoryAnother series that has gone for too long. When it first premiered, The Big Bang Theory was a breath of fresh air, as it put the geek culture front and center. However, despite having some powerful emotional moments (one of the most recent is Sheldon and Amy's wedding), the series is really showing signs that it should cap off more than 10 years of plots, characters, twists and guest appearances.
7. How I Met Your MotherWhen Friends came to an emotional end, there was a hole that was in need of filling. How I Met Your Mother was the big substitute that CBS could find. And for the most part, it hit the right points regarding that je-ne-sais-quoi, not to mention making its own identity. But doing the same thing over and over again has its expiration date; while it was a pleasant series to watch for a time, it quickly ran out of worthy stories to tell.
6. The Last Man on EarthAnother great example of a series outliving its purpose. The Last Man on Earth was once this strange comedy, lead by Will Forte and a cast of well-known and unknown actors alike, trying to make due in a world that is impossible to live in. Sadly, like most comedy series, The Last Man on Earth lost itself along the way. The humor was lost completely, once quirky characters became annoying stereotypes,... you name it!
5. Once Upon a TimeFairy tale characters living among us? A series of diabolical plans that promise to end the world as we know it? There was no way that Once Upon a Time wouldn't catch anyone's attention. And for the most part, it was successful in offering a great journey. But there's only so much that a series can hang on; and OUTA quickly showed signs of needing to end a lot earlier than it was supposed to.
4. American Horror StoryThe advantage of an anthology series is that its main theme can be changed on a seasonal or episodic basis. And American Horror Story has truly left its mark. That being said, over the years the seasons have become a bit "hit or miss", to the point that they've become less scarier than previous seasons, despite the stronger character moments we've witnessed so far.
3. Prison BreakIn all due seriousness, there's only so much that a title of a series can do. And to be fair, the title quickly summarizes the first season, filled with thrills and twists and wonderful character moments. Too bad that, in later seasons, that same magic was quickly lost. And not even the recent revival series couldn't bring the nostalgia back.
2. ArrowChristopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy came and made its mark in the superhero genre on the big screen. So, it was not a big surprise when the folks at The CW tried the same formula - a gritty, grounded, realistic superhero tale - on the small screen. And thus, Arrow was born. Granted, the first seasons remain the strongest of the series. A shame, because, nowaways, the series is set to go to its seventh season. By now, and after a few detours that made us question the realism of the series, it tried hard to recover that lost mojo. With a few less than desired results.
1. The Walking DeadOh, The Walking Dead. What happened to you??? At the beginning, the trademark AMC series was viewed as one way for the network to find stability after the end of another flagship series, Breaking Bad. And to be fair, the initial seasons were a raw depiction of a group of people trying to find resemblance of peace in a world filled with walkers (because they can't say the Z-word, for some reason). But, what was once a brutal story of survival in which no one is truly safe, became a soap opera, with characters that fail to hit the right marks and plenty of fake-outs that take all the surprises we want and need!