It isn't easy sustaining the quality of a television series, no matter its genre.
[bold]Is there any one series, from the past, that you followed right from when it premiered until its final episode?[/bold]
The narrator in the wheelchair got stale, and the final years had some ridic storylines. But the Beecher/Keller story arc held me.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under
[italic]I'll Fly Away[/italic]. It was only on for two seasons, but each episode was perfect.
I watched [italic]Homicide: Life on the Street[/italic] from beginning to end. It was perfect for four seasons, then NBC suits started the long, drawn-out process of killing [italic]Homicide[/italic] to death during season 5. To this day, I can't stand seeing Jon Seda in anything.
Mad Men so far. I watched it from the premier of the first episode before it became a big deal.
I also watched Sex and the City right from the start, again before it became a big deal, because I liked Sarah Jessica Parker in "Miami Rhapsody" and "LA Story".
The L Word...and boy did that take patience.
There are a lot of shows I followed til the end but they still had a huge drop off in quality.
Season 6 and 7 of Buffy were noticeably not as well written as Seasons 1-5.
Veronica Mars had an awesome first season, okay second, weak third.
So far Mad Men and Breaking Bad have been great the whole way through. Hopefully they end on top, it seems like Breaking Bad will.
Melrose Place. God help me.
The original 90210.
The Partridge Family
Keith Was Soooooo Cute
Six Feet Under, The L Word, The Wire, The Tudors and Carnivale.
Rome Moonlighting Big Love The West Wing Desperate Housewives
Lost and 24 even though both became increasingly convoluted.
Ditto Lost and 24.
I would add Six Feet Under, but I actually stopped watching for the rest of the 4th season after David was kidnapped. I rejoined the story in the 5th season.
The only show I've watched from beginning to end (well, not the end yet) as it aired live is Mad Men. I hardly ever watch shows when they first air. But I remember seeing an interview with Jon Hamm and falling quite in love with him. So I watched for him, was hooked, and haven't ever missed an ep.
I've seen TONS of shows from beginning to end on Netflix or DVD rental.
Newsradio. Pretty damn good from the beginning, and even managed to put together a respectable season after Phil Hartman was murdered.
Wiseguy. The first season was brilliant, one of the best cop dramas ever. The second was still pretty solid, things began to slide in the third, and the attempt at a fourth ended in euthanasia.
Enlightened here as well
I've stayed with many series from beginning to end... that doesn't mean they were good from beginning to end though, just that I stuck with them. Many weren't on very long, in spite of the fact that I loved them. So the list will be pretty long... and that's excluding those series that are still running that I know I'll stick with (like Game of Thrones)
This list is necessarily incomplete:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Six Feet Under
Better Off Ted
The West Wing
Battlestar Galactica (reboot)
Live on Mars
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
The Black Donnellys
I've seen every episode of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones so far.
Battlestar Galactica (original)
Scarecrow & Mrs. King
I bought the complete SyFy Battlestar Galactica re-boot on Blu-Ray and use it to motivate me to ride my exercise bike. Things did get a little monotonous towards the end of season 3. I'm now in the middle of season 4 and amazed at all the compelling story ideas they kept coming up with for what was essentially Gilligan's Island in space.
30 Rock (I barely watched the last season)
Six Feet Under
BSG on Netflix
Three's Company (I own all the seasons on DVD)
Fringe and Alias
Thanks for all the responses, so far!
I've watched lots of series start-to-finish on DVD (even once the series starting sucking) but almost nothing beginning-to-end as it aired. The only three I can think of are Carnivale, Terriers (cancelled after one season), and Caprica (also cancelled after one season -- so unfair.)
Queer as Folk US version
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Who's the Boss
Brothers & Sisters
Every episode of Shameless. It's in its 11th and final season now.
Easily the longest series I've ever watched from beginning to end, unless you count the Simpsons. Aren't they in season 24 now? Almost positive I've seen every episode of that so far too, despite being shit for a long time now.
Christ I'm old, Thornbirds, Dynasty, origianl "Family" on PBS and yes, OZ, 6Ft Under, Spartacus etc.
In future, read the OP's post before posting, R41.
Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters and Wonderfalls.
Desp. Housewives and Grey's Anatomy hadme for a fairly long stretch but I eventually gave up on both.
Your point,. R44?
The West Wing
And the ones that didn't make it:
Freaks & Geeks
Desperate Housewives, God help me.
Alias, Mad Men, Roseanne, Sex and the City, Once and Again
Just Shoot Me, Spin City
24, House, West Wing.
Definitely not Sex and the City and Moonlighting jumped the shark their last season.
[quote]Your point,. [R44]?
Did anyone watch "Designing Women" (consistently or not) at the end?
I'd be surprised if even the cast and crew did. If they did they would've made up at least half of the viewers.
Lost, Battlestar Galactica reboot and X-Files are the favorites. Most of r30's list to a lesser extent.
Melrose Place (original and remake)
Without A Trace
Current Shows I Will Stick With Through the End
Once Upon A Time
Six Feet Under
I've watched many series in their entirety but I think the only show I watched from beginning to end as it aired was Star Trek Deep Space Nine. I watched from the time I was 10 until it ended. I think I watched TNG as well but I was only 4 when it started so I don't remember clearly.
I've watched each episode of the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Mad Men as they've aired so far as well.
OP, why is this important to you?
Gone are the days when I said to myself, "I have to be home tonight by 9 -- XXXXX is on TV."
Except for Mad Men.
Happy Days, Gimme A Break and Fraggle Rock
The Simple Life with Paris Jackson and Nicole Simpson. It was riveting from beginning to end.
I'm just getting through SNL from two weeks ago - the age of appointment tv is definitely over.
When I commit to a show, I commit for its life, which is which I keep the number of series limited. Recently, I've seen every Desperate Housewives and Lost during their original broadcast. A few shows that are still on, but well see where they go.
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Bones, but it is not that good anymore.
The Days and Nights of Mollie Dodd
We Interrupt This Week
That Was the Week That Was
An American Family
Does "I, Claudius" count? If so, "I, Claudius" and "The Glittering Prizes," which would could pursuant to the same rules.
The West Wing.
Ellen, believe it or not.
The Wonder Years
Good Times (definitely not saying it's a "quality" show, just that I followed it from beginning to end)
Mad Men (so far) is the only show that has continually held my interest since it aired and that I watch every week. Granted, I don't always watch it that night, but record and watch the next day, so as to skip the ads. I used to love Breaking Bad, but it's so intense and I have to be in the mood for it. Some people say that Mad Men has no likable characters but I find that to be true of BB, with the exception of Jesse. I keep saying I'm going to catch up on BB one of these days.
[quote]Bones, but it is not that good anymore.
Its' also not over yet. Only series that have ended qualify.
There were no shows that were good all the way through. Not any that went more than 5 seasons.
Which is it, R73? No shows at all? (I'd arguet that), or just no shows that went more than 5 seasons? (I can name a few that went five seasons and were always good, but your'e right I can't name any that lasted 6 or more off the top of my head, but I'm not sure there aren't any)
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
It stayed good throughout, but the spin-offs sucked.
[quote]I used to love Breaking Bad, but it's so intense and I have to be in the mood for it. Some people say that Mad Men has no likable characters but I find that to be true of BB, with the exception of Jesse. I keep saying I'm going to catch up on BB one of these days.
I've been watching BB on Netflix streaming (which I love because there are no commercials and no waiting a week), and I have had the same experience. It's so intense that I have to stop, sometimes partway through an episode. I agree that Jesse is the only likeable character.
I'm saying none that went over 5 years.
Dynasty, Cheers, Molly Dodd, Upstairs Downstairs, Taxi and Barney Miller
I will put forward Star Trek: The Next Generation as a show that was great throughout its run and it lasted for more than 6 seasons. TNG went 7 seasons and if anything was at its best in its final seasons. I remember the Pickard abduction episode (which dealt with terrorism and hostages) generating a lot of critical acclaim for Patrick Stewart and that episode was in the final season. The show could have easily gone on longer, but the creators decided to pull the plug and famously titled the final episode "All Good Things..."
Another fan of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
[quote]I will put forward Star Trek: The Next Generation as a show that was great throughout its run and it lasted for more than 6 seasons.
The first season was painful. The second season was so-so. It wasn't good until the third.
[quote] There were no shows that were good all the way through. Not any that went more than 5 seasons.
The Shield was excellent start to finish.
The West Wing. I was hooked from the premiere.
I've watched all seasons of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Justified, and Homeland so far, but I came late to the party (and lost several weekends with show-watching marathons). TWW was a week-to-week, every week, devotion for 7 years.
I want to watch Mary Hartman, Mary Hatman so badly, but can only find the first 25 episodes online. I know I can go to the Paley center, but that seems like an enormous hassle. Does anyone else know if there are more episodes lurking online somewhere?
I was born in the late 80s, but I think it's brilliant.
I don't like to get involved in a new show, only to have it cancelled after a few shows. But, there were a few exceptions:
"GCB" Apparently I was one of the few who loved Annie Pots.
"The Closer" Brilliant writing, great character development.
"Harry's Law" Kathy Bates, what else is there to say? The first season dragged a bit, but the second season rocked!
R83, did the Shield end with Mackey going to jail for the rest of his life, or dead, or suffering some other well-deserved fate?
I had to stop watching it during season 3, I think it was. Too evil.
Six Million Dollar Man, Man from Atlantis, Flamingo Road
I've only followed 4 series from beginning to end:
- Strangers with Candy
- Arrested Development
- 30 Rock
- Spyder Games (a horrible MTV telenovela that was stupid yet addictive)
[quote] Did the Shield end with Mackey going to jail for the rest of his life, or dead, or suffering some other well-deserved fate?
I don't want to spoil it for anyone lucky enough to be watching it for the first time, but personally I consider the ending just about perfect. Anti-Mackey and Pro-Mackey fans were satisfied (well, for the most part.)
Hill Street Blues and Falcon Crest
May someone do to you what Mackey did to Danny Pino, R91. The show ended in 2008.
Will & Grace
Sex and the City
The L Word
Currently watching Voyager, in the middle of the 7th season. Some good episodes, some real crap.
I'm the only person on the planet who seemed to like Enterprise. Except for the finale, which is understandable as they cancelled the series at the end of the 4th season and the writers tried to wrap everything up in a nice little package and gave us more of Counselor Troi and fat Riker. They killed Trip! Egads, Connor Trineer is one handsome man. Loved the episode in the first season when he and T'Pol had to rub some sort of antibiotic ointment or something over each other, and he sports major wood.
The BSG reboot was awesome. I don't get the comment from R34. Gilligan's Island? Does that make Skipper and Gilligan the Adam and Eve of Biblical lore?
Sopranos, Six Feet Under, M*A*S*H, Mary Tyler Moore, The Brady Bunch (including the movies, the specials, even the Brady Variety Hour, God help me. Hate that bitch Cousin Oliver, he ruined everything). Currently running: Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad (presently in season 2 on Netflix, but agree, one intense episode at a time), Mad Men, and Homeland. I try not to watch too much TV that's currently running because as soon as I get into it, they either cancel it or ruin it. See: Fringe.
I got lost between seasons 4 and 5 of Fringe and don't understand what's happened. Maybe I missed an episode at the end of the 4th season or beginning of the 5th that explains it all.
'Lost'. And I heartily regret it. Three great seasons of mystery and setup. One half-decent season of action. A really stupid season of time travel that couldn't figure out its internal logic. And a final, extremely convoluted and boring season that went absolutely nowhere.
Big ole waste of time.
[quote] The show ended in 2008.
Yes, but there's been this wonderful invention called "DVDs" which allow people to watch shows that have already aired.
Boy Meets World
[quote]The Shield was excellent start to finish.
Completely agree, r83! I was going to post the same thing (after first complaining that there had been way too many posts for The Shield to not have not yet been mentioned).
No show I have ever seen was so consistently good from start to finish. Every single season was thrilling. I would almost go so far as to say that about every single episode.
It tops my list of greatest shows ever.
I watch a lot of tv on Netflix and DVD. I've watched Breaking Bad, Big Loce, Sopranos, 30 Rock, Life on Mars, Lark Rise to Candleford, Downton Abbey -- too many to name.
I watched all the 70s masterpiece theater shows from beginning to end. Upstairs Smdownstairs, I Claudius, Dutchess of Duke Street, Poldark, Familt at War, Danger UXB, and a whole lot of others.
Glenda Jackson IS Elizabeth R.
Has anyone mentioned "Soap". Even as a young kid, I had to watch it every week to find out what was going to happen to the characters, even toward the end when Jody turned into an old Jewish guy.
Now that I've finally watched the series finale of "Spartacus", I can add that one to the list.
Well...Community sucks now. It's going to be hard to hold on to the end with this show.
There were many--Buffy, X-Files, Gilmore Girls, Lost-- but I'm having a hard time finding shows these days to keep watching. I still love Mad Men, The Good Wife, and Parenthood, but I've given up on all the ABC dramas, Arrow, Vampire Diaries, and I'm not sure if I am going to keep watching Game of Thrones. I'm ready for True Blood to come back. It's trash but it is fun.
I limited this to dramas...I am usually loyal to sitcoms unless they really go off the rails.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The Soupy Sales Show.
Tour of Duty.
And a thousand more.