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You’ve been in denial for a very long time, but it’s time to move on. It’s time to call it quits with that long-lasting television series. At one point, I’m sure this show was a part of your weekly routine. Every Tuesday night at 8 o’clock, you had a date with your favorite TV show. I get it—  it’s hard to turn your back on something that you have been loyal to for so long. Let’s be realistic though, recently, this loyalty has felt more like an obligation or a chore than anything else. It’s time to cancel that “series recording” setting on your DVR. It’s getting pathetic.

Don’t get me wrong, most of these series haven’t always been bad. However, just like everything else, they have run their course. All good things must come to an end, and so must these series.

Here are just a few series that have definitely overstayed their welcome.

 

Grey’s Anatomy

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Grey’s Anatomy first aired in 2004 and quickly generated a cult-like following. It didn’t matter if you were “Team McDreamy” or “ Team McSteamy,” you loved indulging in this true medical drama. The show’s realistically flawed characters, perfect balance of humor and drama, and shocking twists and turns helped it generate a ton of positive press early on. During its first few years, it received a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Television series, multiple Emmy nominations, and climbed to the top of many magazine and critics’ top ten television shows.

Despite its many accolades early on, the series has definitely peaked. Entering its 13th season, Grey’s Anatomy is currently ABC’s longest running scripted prime time show (and this is not something to be proud of). How can producers continue to come up with new and interesting material?

The answer: They can’t.

The show is losing its authenticity. When it first aired, many were drawn to its “somewhat” realistic characters and life situations. We loved following the lives of the original clan of interns, the infamous “original five”,  Meredith, George, Izzy, Alex, and Christina, as they experienced the highs and lows of life. The young characters’ family-like dynamic was equally adorable and addicting. Unfortunately, in an effort to keep audiences interested, producers have killed off almost all of the OG fan favorites.

After 13 seasons of keeping audiences engaged and interested, the characters’ lives have not only become unrealistic, but completely exhausting to keep up with. For example, when main character Meredith Grey’s dog developed cancer and died, I couldn’t imagine life could get much worse for her. Little did I know, over the course of the show, she would then lose her unborn child, mother, half-sister, step-mother, and husband, along with countless friends and coworkers. On top of all of these losses, Meredith encounters enough lethal situations for the entire cast! Not only did she come back to life after drowning, but she survived a hospital shooting, a brutal attack, and a plane crash. She was literally blown up from a homemade explosive and still managed to survive! This is just not realistic and is most definitely not relatable!

Even the most devoted of Grey’s fans will admit that the show has lost its originality and its humor. Grey’s Anatomy has flat-lined. It is time to pull the plug.

 

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Teen Mom

Around 8 years ago, reality television gave birth to a whole new type of evil. MTV created the television series, 16 and Pregnant, that later spun off into the hit series, Teen Mom OG and Teen Mom 2.

The world watched as these awkward, brace-faced teens juggled the halls of high school and the world of parenthood. Thanks to the series, the girls, most of whom from small towns and lower income families, became instant celebrities— something most teens could only dream about.

Years later, the show still follows the now grown women and their daily lives. Many are in new relationships and have additional children. They are normal women raising their families. There is absolutely nothing fascinating or unusual about their lives.

In fact, the show is actually infuriating for many viewers to watch. A recent interview with Starcasm, Adam Lind revealed that his baby-mama, Teen Mom 2 Star, Chelsea Houska will make $300,000 next season from MTV alone. Let’s not even consider the money she made from other endorsement and sponsorship deals. At the young age of 25, it is safe to say that Chelsea is extremely successful, as her annual salary is more than six times that of the average American woman.

Without an education or marketable skills, thanks to the show, these young women now own nice houses, drive expensive vehicles, and wear trendy clothes. Their MTV salaries are published online and their endorsement deals overwhelm their social media accounts. And for what? Giving birth as a teenager! Newsflash—teen pregnancy should not become a life-long career opportunity. It’s time for both the girls and their fans to move on!

Biggest Loser

When Biggest Loser first aired, it appeared to be a show that was dedicated to producing positive results. Compared to many of its reality television counterparts, Biggest Loser was a breath of fresh air. The show really did have a focus on helping people and trying to help both the contestants and viewers live healthy lifestyles. Even if the contestants did not win the cash prize, most still lost tons of weight and were educated about combating obesity.

Through intense workouts, proper nutrition, team challenges, and personal breakthroughs, audiences watched as these formerly morbidly obese contestants morphed into well conditioned athletes. The show seemed to work miracles!

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In recent seasons, however, ratings have dropped tremendously. This is a direct reflection of the increasing amount of negative press that the show has been receiving. People were outraged when season 15 winner, Rachel Frederickson, weighed in at a unhealthily low 105 pounds. According to the National Institute of Health, at 5’4”, her weight of 105 pounds actually puts her at an unhealthy BMI. This caused many people, even NBC producers, to question the effectiveness of the show.

Rewarding weight loss with a cash prize could even give contestants the wrong motivation, ultimately putting their own health at risk. Because they are losing weight for the wrong reasons, once the competition is over, many of the contestants actually gain a lot of their weight back on. A government-backed study performed by the National Institutes of Health followed fourteen  former contestants and found that all but one gained back all of their weight!

The show’s format is also to blame for the contestants’ typical post-show weight gain. How healthy is it for these untrained, inactive, obese contestants to just be thrown into workouts and lose half of their body weights in such a short period of time?

The same study found that the show’s dynamic— where the contestants lose weight at a rapid pace through intense dieting and exercise, is blamed for “slow[ing] down contestants’ metabolic rates to the point that their metabolisms did not recover even years after their time on the show had ended”, according to this NIH study.

Once they get home from the “Biggest Loser Ranch,” contestants are literally set up to fail.

Because of all of this, as time goes on, more and more former contestants have come out and revealed many of the show’s secrets and unhealthy practices. Rumors of secret supplements and days of dehydration while on the ranch have caused many previous contestants to file suit against the show, demanding NBC to cancel the multi-decade long show.  If this isn’t enough to end a series, I don’t know what is!

It’s about time that these series show some self respect and come to an end before the bad gets worse!

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