posted on Aug, 25 2009 @ 03:06 PM
One of my favorite shows "Reno: 911" was canceled after its sixth season. I think that was about right as the show started to show some signs of
aging. It also got me thinking about the many sitcoms that should of been canceled but ran way past their prime. I believe sitcoms should follow a
five year rule: leave the airway after five seasons. There are some that may be able to go longer, but five years is plenty to have and still go out
I think the main reason they stay on so long is that the stars make such huge paychecks for such easy work. It is hard to blame them, and the networks
like to make the money off them also. Here are some sitcoms that went on way too long:
"All in the Family": This show should have gone off the air when Sally Struthers and Rob Reiner left the show. It was running out of steam before
then, but the addition of a small child is always a death knell on a show. (I do not count "Archie Bunker's Place" as the same as "All in the
"M*A*S*H": This show should have left after five years. It started to wind down as Larry Linville left after the fifth season. It become known as
the Alan Alda show after that and not an ensemble show.
"Bewitched": After Dick York left because of chronic back pains and problems, the show should of left with him. Instead we were treated to Dick
Sargent's portrayal of Darren as a grumpy and downright mean person. The show also recycled many of its scripts for the next three seasons. If the
rerun has the second Darren, I will change the channel.
"The Beverly Hillbillies": This show was not very good to begin with, but its final seasons are extremely painful to watch. Miss Hathaway having the
hots for Jethro? That was a horror movie in the making!
There are many others, and I will list them as I think of them.