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Top 10 Shows We Hope to See End in 2019

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
Seriously, how is this still on? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Shows We Hope to See the End of in 2019. For this list, we’re taking a look at once-great shows that have gone downhill and long-running shows that were never that great to start with. Either way, we hope they finally call it quits in 2019.
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Seriously, how is this still on? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Shows We Hope to See the End of in 2019.



For this list, we’re taking a look at once-great shows that have gone downhill and long-running shows that were never that great to start with. Either way, we hope they finally call it quits in 2019.



#10: “Arrow” (2012-) & “The Flash” (2014-)




Where the DCEU got off to a rocky start, the Arrowverse hit two bullseyes right off the bat with these stellar superhero shows. Over time, however, both series started to dip in quality and in the ratings. “Arrow” missed the mark with several dull villains and at times frustrating romances. “The Flash,” meanwhile, has been running around in circles with nowhere to go. The Arrowverse itself doesn’t need to end since there’s plenty of potential for new characters and spinoffs. That being said, it’s probably time for Teams Arrow and Flash to let somebody else save the day. Of course, we wouldn’t mind if Oliver Queen and Barry Allen returned for the annual crossover events.



#9: “NCIS” (2003-)




The success of “NCIS” is baffling. We’re not saying the show is bad. As far as police procedurals go, it’s perfectly serviceable escapism. In a golden age of television, though, how did it become the most watched scripted series on TV for several years? For that matter, how is it still crushing it in the ratings after a decade and a half? Much like “Criminal Minds,” another long-running crime drama, “NCIS” is a show people rarely talk about anymore, but somehow glues audiences to the screen regardless. You know that a show has overstayed its welcome when even Abby is ready to leave.





#8: “Orange Is the New Black” (2013-)



For someone who was only sentenced to 15 months in prison, it feels like Piper Chapman has been behind bars for 5 years. Okay, we know that time flows differently in TV Land, but you get the idea. This show’s premise has been stretched long past its expiration date, relying on gimmicks to keep the story going and straying far away from the original source material. Much like “Weeds,” another comedy-drama created by Jenji Kohan, “Orange” has gone from one of the sharpest shows on television to a cash cow that’s being milked for every cent it’s worth. Since Season 6 ended with Piper finally getting released, there’s little reason for the show to continue.




#7: “Supernatural” (2005-)




Creator Eric Kripke left “Supernatural” after Season 5, which wrapped up the main storyline that had been initially conceived. Jump ahead 8 years and the Winchester brothers are still battling ghosts, demons, and other supernatural entities. To be fair, even in its 13th season, “Supernatural” is more creative and entertaining than a lot of other shows on TV. The series is like comfort food that’s always going to look appetizing on the surface. After eating the same food for so long, however, it’s bound to start tasting a little stale. We’re ready to say goodbye to Sam and Dean, but at this rate the show could have a lifespan longer than Scooby-Doo’s.





#6: “Teen Titans Go!” (2013-)




Some people say that “Teen Titans Go!” is a slap in the face to fans of the original series, betraying everything the titular heroes once stood for. Others say it’s an inoffensive kids’ show that’s not worth getting upset about. Either way, 200+ episodes seems like overkill. Despite receiving a mixed reception, the series was popular enough to make it to the big screen in “Teen Titans Go! To the Movies.” The film actually performed quite well with critics and at the box office. So whether you like the series or not, that seems like a solid note to end on, especially since the old Teen Titans might’ve “ . . . found a way back.”


#5: “The Simpsons” (1989-)




We all know that “The Simpsons” was revolutionary back in the day, but it really started to show its age around Season 10 and has since refused to bow out gracefully. As of 2018, it’s officially the longest-running American scripted series in the history of primetime, and the iconic cartoon will also celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2019. With so many milestones under its belt, now seems like as good a time as any to leave Springfield for good. It’s even been reported that another “Simpsons Movie” is in development, which would be a prime place to wrap things up. We just don’t want to see the show outlive its original creators and voice cast.






#4: “Grey’s Anatomy” (2005-)




When “Grey’s Anatomy” hit the airwaves back in 2005, it quickly became the most popular medical drama since “ER.” Like its long-running predecessor, however, “Grey’s Anatomy” has become harder to enjoy over the years, and is practically on life support at this point. Although the series remains a ratings success, pretty much all of the major characters are no longer around, from Cristina, to Izzie, to Derek. Of course, Meredith Grey is still onboard, and creator Shonda Rhimes claims the series won’t continue without Ellen Pompeo. Since Pompeo is under contract for Season 15 at least, we don’t expect ABC to pull the plug anytime soon. Not even a singing episode could kill it!





#3: “Family Guy” (1999-2003; 2005-) v



After being unceremoniously cancelled in the early 2000s, audiences pleaded with Fox to revive “Family Guy.” Now that it’s been back on the air for over ten years, viewers, ironically, want Seth MacFarlane’s animated series to just die already. Like the Simpsons, the Griffin family has become a pale imitation of their former selves, throwing character development out the window. Whereas “The Simpsons” is just bland, though, “Family Guy” has become excruciating, with mean-spirited, tasteless, and unpleasant moments that don’t even work on a shock value level. Occasionally we’ll get an episode that actually tries to be smart and ambitious, but that makes it even more disappointing when the show falls back into bad habits.





#2: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (2007-)




Everyone has taken a shot at the Kardashians, and to criticize them further would be like beating a dead horse. That being said, we can’t get over the fact that their infamous reality series has been around for over a decade, and is unfortunately showing no signs of going away. Some people call “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” a guilty pleasure, but even guilty pleasures need to have something of value. How can a show be pretty much universally despised while also being universally watched? Why is it that so many people loathe the Kardashians while also desperately want their lives, or at least to know everything about them? Why?





Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable, or in this dishonorable, mentions:



“Hawaii Five-0” (2010-)





“SpongeBob SquarePants” (1999-)




“American Dad!” (2005-)





#1: “The Walking Dead” (2010-)




There was a time when “The Walking Dead” was one of – if not the most – buzzworthy show on TV. Granted, the AMC drama is still very much in the public eye. Between the original series and its spinoff, though, keeping up with the walker apocalypse is starting to feel like a chore. In their search for a permanent sanctuary, Rick and his group keep repeating the same formula over and over again; also, the show has killed off several characters who were integral to the story. With Season 9 being Andrew Lincoln’s last, now’s the time for AMC to finally put it to rest… or for dedicated viewers to just give up.
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