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10 TV Shows That Sucked After Their Stars Left

6. Lea Michele, Glee

Lea Michele singing as Rachel Berry on Glee GIF(via)

Alright, I’ll say it — the first season of this show was really great. And even halfway through the second had me hanging on, hoping it’d get better. But it’s unbelievable to me that it’s still on the air, especially since the main characters have all graduated. I think they realized they’d never have a viable show after Lea Michele left, so they keep it hobbling along with random, incongruous cameos.

7. Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey

Dan Stevens saying 'Crikey' as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey GIF(via)

I’m not even saying the show is ruined, because obviously I still obsess over it every Sunday like the rest of you — but I will never forgive Dan for derailing the plot like that because he just HAD to leave after season two to go see about a film career. Traitor.

8. Charlie Sheen, Two And A Half Men

Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men opening credits GIF(via)

In all fairness, this show probably shouldn’t be on the list, because it sucked before Charlie was fired by CBS for being a total loose cannon in the media in 2011, bragging about his drug use and disparaging the show. But it also sucked after, so it stays!

9. Mischa Barton, The O.C.

Mischa Barton in The O.C. GIF 'my life just doesn't work without you'(via)

Mischa started as Marissa Cooper on The O.C. in 2003 and her fame increased exponentially with every episode…until her character was killed off in a car crash at the end of season three so she could go try out movies, essentially dooming the show for its fourth and final season. But look at her now! One of the most A-List actresses in the whole…Coachella.

10. Zach Braff, Scrubs

Zach Braff in Scrubs GIF(via)

I’m sure the producers of Scrubs are very nice people, but did they really expect to replace pretty much the entire cast after season eight, including Zach Braff, and still have a viable show? Nice try.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    two and a half men…the o.c…they were just never the same post charlie and mischa.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      RIP.

  • Rachel

    The fourth season of the OC is actually the best, if you can accept it as more of a sequel than a fourth season.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I can think of at least one Mischa Barton who would probably disagree with you.

    • Amy

      Completely agree with you. It made Ryan Atwood likeable again thanks to some amazing interactions with one Miss Taylor Townsend, who they figured out how to use once Marissa was gone (Ben McKenzie actually has great comedic timing. I had forgotten that in the 3rd season). Marissa was the anchor that brought the show down in its third season with all of her plot lines . Plus, the 4th season had Chris Pratt playing bongos. So yeah.

  • Kay_Sue

    I agree with the vast majority of these. I have trouble watching SVU even with just Stabler missing, I don’t think I will make it past Benson being gone too.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I bailed out right after Stabler left. Couldn’t take it.

    • Kay_Sue

      I have really tried to give it a shot. After so many years, I kind of felt like I owed it to them. *sighs*

  • elle

    I….actually liked the last season of Scrubs. Idk, by the end of the original series I was so sick of JD, and I actually wished he wasn’t in as many episodes of the last season as he was. Maybe it’s my love if James Franco coming down onto Dave Franco but I liked it.

    • jenni268

      I, too, really enjoyed the last season. It was a completely different dynamic, but still a good one. I think if they would have taken a year off between the last two seasons and made the last season a separate entity it would have fared a lot better.

  • Kathy

    It’s great how some shows – a very few – know when it’s time to close. They get to go out with a bang, like Seinfeld, Friends, 30 Rock, and a few others. But most shows try to hang on too long, or some of the stars try to bail out too soon, and that’s what ruins it. That’s when we say “Enough already!” and stop watching.

  • BoredGirl

    I haven’t watched the show for a while, but i am pretty sure that lea michele stills have an important role on glee

  • sarahjp

    Lea Michelle is definitely still on Glee. The whole show is moving to New York to make her a bigger focus again. Besides that though, I agree with this list big time, especially The Office.

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  • MissA01

    Seeing that of all these shows I’ve only seen SVU and liked it cause there was no relationship or stupid sexual tensions between characters. NCIS sux for this very reason. I’ve not watched it in years cause denozo and that eddie munster lookalike woman’s relationship was sicken. If the LA version doesn’t stop with shaggy and the funny eyed woman, I’ll stop watching it too.

    • ღ ღ ღ

      Uh, surely you’re mistaken considering the SVU I watched (still begrudgingly watch) banked on viewership based on the sexual tension between the two leads Benson and Stabler to deflect from the harsh story lines for years. *scratches head*

  • Carla Sposito

    Disliked Stabler. Love Olivia. And while I’ll be seeing you Mariska. She does well in the eyes and heart.

  • Alyssa

    I think SVU got bad after Stabler left. Now it will just get worse. It’s had a pretty good run. They should just end things now.

  • Tracy

    Okay so maybe I’ve missed something, when did Mariska announce she wasn’t coming back? This would be pretty big news and yet I haven’t seen or heard anything about it. Until I hear it from her I’ll take it she’ll be back. I love SVU & have been a fan since the pilot. In my opinion its better now without Elliott. I felt the show was going downhill starting in season 10. 10-12 were very boring and it was also the Stabler family drama years. It amazes me that people get bent out of shape now because we see the characters having a life outside the precinct but it was perfectly fine to see Elliott’s home life. The show is more intense and exciting than its been in years.

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