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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]

by Anonymousreply 11104/18/2013


The narrator in the wheelchair got stale, and the final years had some ridic storylines. But the Beecher/Keller story arc held me.

by Anonymousreply 104/16/2013

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

by Anonymousreply 204/16/2013

Sopranos Six Feet Under

by Anonymousreply 304/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 404/16/2013

Six Feet Under


True Blood

by Anonymousreply 504/16/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 604/16/2013

The Wire

by Anonymousreply 704/16/2013

The Sopranos

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".

by Anonymousreply 804/16/2013

The L Word...and boy did that take patience.

by Anonymousreply 904/16/2013

Cop Rock

by Anonymousreply 1004/16/2013



Veronica Mars

Arrested Development

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by Anonymousreply 1204/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1304/16/2013

Melrose Place. God help me.

by Anonymousreply 1404/16/2013

Knots Landing

by Anonymousreply 1504/16/2013

The original 90210.

by Anonymousreply 1604/16/2013

The Partridge Family

by Anonymousreply 1704/16/2013

Six Feet Under, The L Word, The Wire, The Tudors and Carnivale.

by Anonymousreply 1804/16/2013

Rome Moonlighting Big Love The West Wing Desperate Housewives

by Anonymousreply 1904/16/2013

The Wire

by Anonymousreply 2004/16/2013

Lost and 24 even though both became increasingly convoluted.

by Anonymousreply 2104/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2204/16/2013

The Comeback

by Anonymousreply 2304/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2404/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 2504/16/2013

Newsradio. Pretty damn good from the beginning, and even managed to put together a respectable season after Phil Hartman was murdered.

by Anonymousreply 2604/16/2013

30 Rock

by Anonymousreply 2704/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2804/16/2013

Enlightened here as well

by Anonymousreply 2904/16/2013

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




Pushing Daisies

Eli Stone


Six Feet Under




News Radio

Better Off Ted

The West Wing




Harry's Law

The Finder

Terra Nova

The Cape


Battlestar Galactica (reboot)

The Event



Boston Legal

Live on Mars


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Frisky Dingo


The Black Donnellys

by Anonymousreply 3004/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 3104/16/2013

I've seen every episode of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones so far.

by Anonymousreply 3204/16/2013

China Beach


Battlestar Galactica (original)

Remington Steele

Scarecrow & Mrs. King

The Nanny

by Anonymousreply 3304/16/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 3404/16/2013


30 Rock (I barely watched the last season)

Six Feet Under

BSG on Netflix

by Anonymousreply 3504/16/2013

Three's Company (I own all the seasons on DVD)

by Anonymousreply 3604/16/2013

Fringe and Alias

by Anonymousreply 3704/16/2013

Thanks for all the responses, so far!

by Anonymousreply 3804/17/2013

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.)

by Anonymousreply 3904/17/2013

Queer as Folk US version

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



Who's the Boss


by Anonymousreply 4004/17/2013

V Designing Women China Beach Rosanne Desperate Housewives Brothers & Sisters The Comeback

by Anonymousreply 4104/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4204/17/2013

Christ I'm old, Thornbirds, Dynasty, origianl "Family" on PBS and yes, OZ, 6Ft Under, Spartacus etc.

by Anonymousreply 4304/17/2013

[quote]Designing Women

In future, read the OP's post before posting, R41.

by Anonymousreply 4404/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4504/17/2013

Your point,. R44?

by Anonymousreply 4604/17/2013

30 Rock

The West Wing

Knots Landing

by Anonymousreply 4704/17/2013


And the ones that didn't make it:

Freaks & Geeks Wonderfalls Pushing Daisies The Comeback

by Anonymousreply 4804/17/2013

Desperate Housewives, God help me.

by Anonymousreply 4904/17/2013

Alias, Mad Men, Roseanne, Sex and the City, Once and Again

by Anonymousreply 5004/17/2013

Dinner Ladies.

by Anonymousreply 5104/17/2013

Just Shoot Me, Spin City

by Anonymousreply 5204/17/2013

24, House, West Wing.

Definitely not Sex and the City and Moonlighting jumped the shark their last season.

by Anonymousreply 5304/17/2013

[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.

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by Anonymousreply 5504/17/2013

Lost, Battlestar Galactica reboot and X-Files are the favorites. Most of r30's list to a lesser extent.

by Anonymousreply 5604/17/2013

Melrose Place (original and remake) 90210 (remake) Desperate Housewives Ugly Betty The O.C. Without A Trace

Current Shows I Will Stick With Through the End Castle Downton Abbey Grimm Modern Family Revenge Once Upon A Time

by Anonymousreply 5704/17/2013

Arrested Development

by Anonymousreply 5804/17/2013

Six Feet Under

Ugly Betty

by Anonymousreply 5904/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6004/17/2013

OP, why is this important to you?

by Anonymousreply 6104/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6204/17/2013

Happy Days, Gimme A Break and Fraggle Rock

by Anonymousreply 6304/17/2013

The Simple Life with Paris Jackson and Nicole Simpson. It was riveting from beginning to end.

by Anonymousreply 6404/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6504/17/2013

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

by Anonymousreply 6604/17/2013

Bones, but it is not that good anymore.

by Anonymousreply 6704/17/2013

Pushing Daisies

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.

by Anonymousreply 6804/17/2013

The West Wing.

Ellen, believe it or not.

by Anonymousreply 6904/17/2013

The Wonder Years

Good Times (definitely not saying it's a "quality" show, just that I followed it from beginning to end)

by Anonymousreply 7004/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7104/17/2013

[quote]Bones, but it is not that good anymore.

Its' also not over yet. Only series that have ended qualify.

by Anonymousreply 7204/17/2013

There were no shows that were good all the way through. Not any that went more than 5 seasons.

by Anonymousreply 7304/17/2013

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)

by Anonymousreply 7404/17/2013

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.

It stayed good throughout, but the spin-offs sucked.

by Anonymousreply 7504/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 7604/17/2013

I'm saying none that went over 5 years.

by Anonymousreply 7704/17/2013

Dynasty, Cheers, Molly Dodd, Upstairs Downstairs, Taxi and Barney Miller

by Anonymousreply 7804/17/2013

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..."

by Anonymousreply 7904/17/2013

Another fan of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Laugh-In Twin Peaks Bette

by Anonymousreply 8004/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 8104/17/2013

Stargate SG-1.

by Anonymousreply 8204/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 8304/17/2013

R30=true American.

by Anonymousreply 8404/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8504/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8604/17/2013

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!

by Anonymousreply 8704/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8804/17/2013

Six Million Dollar Man, Man from Atlantis, Flamingo Road

by Anonymousreply 8904/17/2013

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)

by Anonymousreply 9004/17/2013

[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.)

by Anonymousreply 9104/17/2013

Hill Street Blues and Falcon Crest

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by Anonymousreply 9304/17/2013

May someone do to you what Mackey did to Danny Pino, R91. The show ended in 2008.

by Anonymousreply 9404/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 9504/17/2013


Will & Grace


Dawson's Creek


Sex and the City

Gilmore Girls

by Anonymousreply 9604/17/2013

The L Word

by Anonymousreply 9704/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 9804/17/2013

twin peaks

original 90210

family ties

knots landing

by Anonymousreply 9904/17/2013

'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.

by Anonymousreply 10004/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 10104/17/2013

Boy Meets World

by Anonymousreply 10204/17/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 10304/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 10404/17/2013

Glenda Jackson IS Elizabeth R.

by Anonymousreply 10504/17/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 10604/17/2013

Now that I've finally watched the series finale of "Spartacus", I can add that one to the list.

by Anonymousreply 10704/18/2013

Well...Community sucks now. It's going to be hard to hold on to the end with this show.

by Anonymousreply 10804/18/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 10904/18/2013

Peyton Place.

The Prisoner.

The Fugitive.

Mission: Impossible.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Soupy Sales Show.

Tour of Duty.


And a thousand more.

by Anonymousreply 11004/18/2013

How could I forget....


by Anonymousreply 11104/18/2013
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