It's time to stop: 7 shows that have overstayed their welcome on our screens
Renae Barber reflects on the wretched state of our TV programming.
The cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine struck fear and sadness into many hearts across the globe, before it was swiftly picked up again by the NBC for a sixth season. Here, we revisit all the emotions we felt during that rollercoaster, as we discuss which TV shows need to die, and which we should revive in its place.
1. Axe: The Walking Dead (AMC)
The Walking Dead immediately comes to mind when thinking about shows that have long passed their best-before date. The show has just finished its eighth season, and has been renewed for it’s ninth, with talks of up to five more seasons coming. Enough is enough - we need no more.
Revive: Breaking Bad
In its place, I suggest ending The Walking Dead before it becomes purely unbearable, and bringing back Breaking Bad. Not just because of the show’s legendary status, but I do see potential for it to be done really well and slot right into our viewing program.
2. Axe: Supernatural (CW/11)
Another obvious contender; Tumblr's holy grail, Supernatural, aired its thirteenth season finale a few weeks ago, cementing its status as a painstakingly-long run of a show (Season One aired in 2005). In order to binge the entirety of Supernatural, you'd have to strap yourself in for a lengthy 11 days and 22 hours - and that's with no sleep. If this isn’t a sign for a show to be cut off, I don’t know what is.
The one-season show has been so heavily memorialised that it footed a 16,000 signature-strong petition for it’s return. The plot was later (essentially) borrowed by the sci-fi series Orphan Black, which aired its last episode in August 2017, leaving a twin-sized hole in our screens - and hearts.
3. Axe: American Horror Story (FX/11)
I’ll admit, the first few seasons of American Horror Story were essential viewing in my early teenage years, when Evan Peters was widely admitted as a bona fide god. However, while the show has been renewed for an eighth and ninth season, its prime has well and truly passed.
Revive: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Revamp of an old classic about a girl kicking paranormal butt? It’s a yes from me.
4. Axe: The Big Bang Theory (CBS/9)
The truth is, most people just don’t find The Big Bang Theory funny anymore. It was perhaps only watched as a result of limited choices on free-to-air television, but now we have Netflix and can make intelligent viewing decisions.
Instead: Silicon Valley
While this one isn’t quite dead yet, I’d recommend Silicon Valley for anyone into slightly more refined tech drama-comedies.
5. Axe: The OA (Netflix)
Widely-criticised for being insufferably boring, this one is still going - obviously slipping through the hands of Netflix’s tight scrutiny of viewer engagement metrics.
Revive: The Get Down
The OA is still running, yet there’s only one season of The Get Down? What is going on
6. Axe: Masterchef (Channel 10)
Quite frankly, it’s astounding that Masterchef is still in Channel 10’s programming. Now in its tenth season, the network’s attempt to revive the show is a little too far-fetched to bring it back into public appraisal. Amateur cooking shows have fallen far down on the list of priorities. Gone are the times where Celebrity MasterChef was an acceptable viewing choice. Now we watch strangers get married.
Revive: So You Think You Can Dance
Hear me out. Why watch a show about food you can’t eat when you can watch dancers and get the full sensory experience?
7. Axe: Catfish (MTV)
Catfish is one of my favourite reality shows. I’ve found catharsis in the simplistic structure of every episode, but, more often than not, I found myself skipping through the entire middle part of the show just because of how predictable it is. Unless there’s a big shake-up, there just won’t be anything new to see.
I strongly believe there is a place for Daria in our 21st-century world.
Renae Barber is a first-year Journalism & Digital and Social Media student. She likes doing too many things at once. She's frequently sighted at the local coffee shop, record store or op-shop.