Television Shows: To Air or Not to Air

Colleen Burke, Staff Writer

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Introducing Colleen Burke, one of Mirador’s new monthly columnists! Her articles are posted on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

There is always that one television show you stay up just a little bit later to watch or rush home from school to catch from the very beginning. However, sometimes our favorite shows stay on the air too long and make us forget why we are still putting in so much effort to follow them.

In many cases once a show is on for too many seasons, it loses the main point. However, the odd thing is that you can’t stop watching. After seeing each episode religiously, you need to see how it ends. It’s a vicious circle with no end in sight.

Throughout six seasons of Lost you see four women give birth multiple times, a “smoke monster” decides your fate, and a man never ages but evolves from Ricardo to Richard. The show somehow began with polar bears and smoke monsters, and if that wasn’t ridiculous enough, by the fifth season, the island had “disappeared” and time travel came into play. It is one thing to have a sci-fi show, but when there is that much insanity, it no longer makes sense. Plus, Lost killed off some of the most attractive actors first, which for the female population, is just downright cruel. Still, despite all the heartbreak and absurdity, you had to stick it out until the end. Of course, the ending of Lost just confused everyone more and left you wondering what you were doing with your life.

Scrubs, on the other hand, had an amazing first six seasons. However, it should have ended there. The season finale ended perfectly J.D. leaving the hospital with a heartwarming montage and  a look into the future with the song “Book of Love” playing in the background. A long-running sitcom couldn’t have asked for a better ending. For me, that was the REAL end. However, the show proceeded to go on for a haphazard ninth season which was set at a teaching hospital with almost all new characters. J.D. only appeared in the show twice. Big mistake. The show then ended abruptly, leaving devoted fans disappointed.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are some amazing, short-lived television series. These either knew when to end, or were canceled too early. Despite the pain of a show cut short, at least these shows still have happy viewers. There are no bad seasons that only serve as reminders of how good the show used to be, and there are no annoying plot lines to ruin your favorite characters. The only sad thing is that there are no new episodes to watch, but the tv gods did invent boxed discs for a reason.

Community, the popular NBC cult classic, was recently in danger of ending before its life was truly over. Due to its poor time slot, many viewers didn’t have the energy to tune into Community. In Community’s three short seasons, it has shown the potential to become even better than it already is.  As a comedy, it is one of the funniest shows on television today. Unfortunately it doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.

Each television show has their rightful channel and time slot based upon how high in esteem it’s held. Some are judged too harshly and are forced to end long before it’s time, while some never seem to end. Eventually, you have to wonder how much of your life you spend watching these shows.

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