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  • Criminal Minds on Random Long-Running TV Series That People Need To Stop Watching

    (#11) Criminal Minds

    • Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

    It's kind of amazing that Criminal Minds is still on the air, and that its viewership generally exceeds NCIS's. The show is best described as the CBS crime procedural that is neither CSI nor NCIS. It has been in decline for the past couple years, with Season 12 garnering the smallest viewing audience yet. When a show that already feels like a third wheel begins to lose viewership, that's a pretty good indication that it's time to start wrapping things up. But it's CBS, so it will probably run for another 10-15 years.

  • The Walking Dead on Random Long-Running TV Series That People Need To Stop Watching

    (#2) The Walking Dead

    • Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Michael Rooker, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Scott Wilson, Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Chad L. Coleman, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand

    By the time The Walking Dead put its eighth season in the ground, long-time fans were running away. The Season 8 premiere pulled the lowest ratings for a premiere since Season 3. To make matters worse, Season 3 actually saw an increase in ratings, as its premiere had more viewers than the previous two seasons' premieres. Generally, when shows start spawning other shows (Fear the Walking Dead in this case), it's a pretty good indication that the main event has gone on long enough. 

  • Arrow on Random Long-Running TV Series That People Need To Stop Watching

    (#8) Arrow

    • Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Susanna Thompson, Paul Blackthorne, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Manu Bennett, John Barrowman, Echo Kellum, Josh Segarra, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy

    Arrow is far from the longest running show of all time, but it's still about three seasons past its prime. From the moment Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) shows up at the beginning of Season 4, the show gets out of hand, and one could make the argument that it started to go downhill after Season 2. 

    After the second season, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score dropped out of the 90s to 73%, and Season four plummeted to 44%. While that was the definitive low-point for the show, it still hasn't climbed back above the 70s, whereas the first two seasons were in the high 80s and low 90s.

  • Homeland on Random Long-Running TV Series That People Need To Stop Watching

    (#3) Homeland

    • Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

    In 2018, Homeland began its seventh season, yet it's been dead in the water for some time. Ever since Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) survived longer than he should have (beyond the first season), the show has given viewers nothing but diminishing returns. 

     Robert Rorke of the New York Post ravaged the third season of the show, saying "Seldom in the history of cable TV has a series imploded as quickly as Showtime's Homeland... The show, in the middle of its third season, is now impossible to take seriously." Whether it was Season 1 or Season 3 where things went bad, the show is at least four seasons past its prime. 

  • Modern Family on Random Long-Running TV Series That People Need To Stop Watching

    (#4) Modern Family

    • Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Jeremy Maguire, Reid Ewing

    IMDB's synopsis of the episode "Pig Moon Rising" reads, "Mitchell [Jesse Tyler Ferguson] accidentally knocks over an urn containing the ashes of Cam's [Eric Stonestreet] beloved pet pig, Lilly; Cam tries to catch Mitchell in a lie." Quick, what season is that? If you said one or two, you'd be forgiven. It's actually Season 8, but Modern Family's comedy-of-errors format causes a lot of episodes bleed together. It's a formula that grows stale rather quickly, yet it's still being employed over a decade later.

    In pretty much every episode of this show, there's a scene in which two people have separate problems that they discuss with one another, without actually mentioning the subject. This leads each to believe that they were discussing their own personal issue, which only compounds the problems. They didn't invent this brand of humor, and while they really did utilize it successfully for a time, the gags had an expiration date from the get-go. 

  • NCIS on Random Long-Running TV Series That People Need To Stop Watching

    (#6) NCIS

    • Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

    NCIS is not only is it basically identical to its two spin-offs, it's virtually indistinguishable from the overcrowded genre of crime procedurals. The show's ratings aren't really trending downward (it peaked in season 10, but it's stayed relatively steady since), but that's because its audience replenishes itself.

    While the show regularly loses viewers to mortality, there are always plenty of new AARP members to take their place. Since the story has little continuity, NCIS is virtually immortal, like many of the genre's shows. Just because something can live forever doesn't mean it should.

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There are always longer TV series, the audiences run in watching the long-running dramas all their lives. It is hard to imagine The Guiding Light lasted 72 years after its first release in 1937, and the Guinness Book of Records called it the longest TV series in the world. In fact, there are still many TV series that have been continuously updated in recent years. People can't predict when these TV series will be the finale, maybe next year, maybe 10 years later.

Usually, these long-running TV series are great for the family, because their plots are mostly about family, friendship, and daily life. But we must be aware that when the total number of episodes of a TV dramas reaches 3 digits, it is impossible for every episode to be great. Here the random tool shows 15 long-running TV series that people should stop watching.

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