By Wallis Bell
Binging TV shows is all too easy these days. Even currently, my fiance and I are binging Law and Order:SVU as well as The Office US. With online streaming services being so readily available, it’s hard not to fall into the trap of getting through a 20 episode of 40 minutes series in no time at all. However, it can get tiresome sitting in one space for hours on end doing nothing but staring at a screen. Some shows seem endless. And yes, it was Law and Order: SVU that inspired this list. With that, here’s ten shows that need to just – stop.
What started with ‘Pop Idol’ will hopefully end with the long-running ‘talent’ show that is The X Factor. Running since 2004, the show has produced many a forgotten face, lost to chart history. However, The X Factor has also produced some great artists. For example, Matt Cardle, Little Mix – and of course One Direction took the world by storm in 2011 with their debut album Up All Night. This journalist was absolutely bloody enamored with them. I lost five years of my life to One Direction Infection. Yikes. Despite this, we should all be thankful for the time X Factor was on TV. Without the talent show taking over the airwaves yearly, getting us all excited for Christmas and the constant questioning of who would be number one for Christmas Day, we would never have had the absolute gem of Wagner. Did you forget about Wagner? How dare you.
2. Top Gear
A previous national favourite, Top Gear (in its original format) graced our screens on and off since 1977. The loved trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond graced our TVs every Sunday night as if extended family coming round after Sunday tea for a coffee. Well, maybe not Jeremy Clarkson but you get the idea. When Clarkson decided to allegedly physically assault a producer in previous years, he was sacked. As predicted, the other two followed. We were then presented with a new dawn in the world of Top Gear, with car-sick Chris Evans and Dr. Drake Ramoray himself, Matt LeBlanc. After one season, Chris Evans left. Now we have Matt LeBlanc, Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris. So, perhaps it is time we just, turned off the machine and let this show die. It’s for the best.
3. Doctor Who
Now, please, put down your pitchforks, Whovians. I know Jodie Whitaker is brilliant. I agree, and the female doctor is a long time coming. However, looking at the current series’ writing as well as ratings, it seems the slow drop off of viewers seems to be the most fitting time to call it a day. A long, long day. I mean, what would we lose? We’ve already been denied our annual Christmas special, and apparently it won’t return until 2020 now. Should it return? Maybe with a new writer, but how much longer are we really going to travel time and space? Although the possibilities are literally endless, The Doctor’s travels are becoming formulaic and tired.
4. Power Rangers
Okay, so let me tell you something. I grew up on and still very much love Power Rangers. Mighty Morphin’, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder. Hell, maybe even some Wild Force if I’m feeling adventurous. One thing I am not a fan of, however, is the thousands of bloody reincarnations we’ve been bombarded with. It should have just stopped after SPD (Space Patrol Delta). If I’m brutally honest, maybe even before then. The absolute horror I endured when I heard they were bringing out another one, another NINJA themed one “Super Ninja Steel” was rivaled only by the time I found out they were remaking the Mighty Morphin’ Movie. Seriously, what even was that? The stiff acting, cheesy one liners and bad special effects were the epitome of the 90’s and in today’s modern era you just can’t get away with that. Let it die, it deserves more respect than this.
5. The Simpsons
It’s been on for now 30 seasons and while that should be argument enough, I have a few more to convince you as to why it should be finished now. It’s not as funny, it’s aged, people keep over analyzing it and ruining it even more and I think it’s time it was gifted to history. By all means, give it the friends treatment and just consecutively place reruns over and over again but just stop making new episodes. It’s just surpassed Gunsmoke as American longest running series, let’s round it off at a nice 30 seasons and say goodbye.
6. Criminal Minds
Now in it’s 14 season, Criminal Minds is still following the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) around the US catching murderers and serial kiddie fiddlers.I zoned out after the mid season of season 8. Around the culmination of the Maeve story-line, I think. However, although my attention span is not very trustworthy, the loss of loved characters is. To begin, we have Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) who liked to disappear and reappear on a whim. She has entered and left the BAU numerous times, even dying once, the little rascal. Then we have the heated news of Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner) allegedly kicking a director and being ejected from the cast. This seemed to cause somewhat of a mass exodus of crew and cast, with fan favourite Shemar Moore (Derek Morgan) also leaving the show on an unrelated cause. There have also been a number of stars inserted to replace these loved cast members over the past few seasons, such as Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez. With all the chopping and changing, the loss of much loved fan-favs, it’s time to lay Criminal Minds to rest.
7. Big Brother
First staring as a social experiment, the fresh idea of bundling twelve people into one house for six weeks seemed to be asking for chaos. And it was. We had the infamous Fight Night, Bubbles breaking his leg as he fell over a chair, and that memorable sound of Coolio’s laugh as Tina Malone was well, ‘complimented’ by Michelle Heaton (remember Liberty X? She was in that). Michelle Heaton commented on Tina’s Juliet-inspired attire as she was to recreate a famous scene from Shakespeare’s classing, Romeo and Juliet with Verne Troyer. I can’t find a link currently, but if you can track one down, please watch it. You deserve it. Now, with every season littered with reality TV wannabes and Love Island rejects, it’s time to stop. It’s no longer a social experiment as it is exploiting the young, impressionable people who now watch it. It just needs to stop. Please, please.
The Scooby-Doo! franchise kind of went downhill after the death of William Hanna in 2001. Beginning with Scooby-Doo: Where Are You?! In 1969, the franchise boomed and became and international favourite, birthing many films and then a reboot and rebirth in 1989 with TV Movies and direct to video films. However, after the death of Hanna, Scooby-Doo was absorbed by Warner Bros and WB Kids, which made way from What’s New Scooby-Doo? A series that was one final hurrah for the legacy of Scoobert Doo. However, next came ‘Shaggy and Scooby Get A Clue’. Followed by ‘Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated!’ , ‘Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!’ And ‘Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?’. Don’t even make mention the WWE Crossovers. The horse is well and truly dead. The well is dry. The cow’s teat runneth dry.
Another case of scraping the bottom of the barrel. Sam and Dean’s crusade against the evil forces of the world is well and truly over. As most of us know (I swore I’d never refer to myself as a part of the SPNFamily again) the show was supposed to end with Season 5’s Swan Song. But fan demand was too strong, and money flowed, so the show continued. In its 14th season, Sam and Dean once again find themselves in a battle of Gods and Monsters, evil and good, angel versus devil. It’s grown samey, predictable and boring. Also, Dean has died (as of 2014) 117. One hundred and seventeen. Maybe it should be for good, as brilliant as ‘The Story So Far’ has been, it’s time to put this all to bed. Just let the world end, guys. Stop fighting it. It’s been a long time coming.
10. Family Guy
You all probably saw this coming. It just makes sense. Coming back the first time proved to be the smartest business move. But now they seem to try too hard to push the limits of the writing, see how far they can push it. It’s old. It doesn’t need much explaining. As soon as they tried to go to the desperate lengths of Brian dying we knew it was over. If you have to do that so drastically to generate some news then your show is dead, dude. And the desperate rush to bring him back after the slew of negative feedback from annoyed viewers seemed to confirm the whole thing was orchestrated to pull more viewers back, but failed, and made a mockery of how far the show has fallen. If we deserve one thing, it’s for Seth McFarlane to admit defeat and just stop.