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Plots That Absolutely Ruined A TV Show For People

"Reddit user rayray1010 asked: 'What single plot decision ruined a good television series?'"

Who doesn't love a great television show?

Truly great storytelling has come from that little home entertainment box.

But there is something to be said about staying too long at the party.

Too many fabulous shows have had their legacies tainted by not bowing out sooner.

Staying on the air too long tends to lead to ludicrous plots that ruin everything.

And so many shows have tanked by ludicrous plot twists that just ruin everything.

Maddie and David shagging on 'Moonlighting.'

Bobby Ewing's death a dream on 'Dallas.'

All of 'ER' after Clooney's departure.

The list of grievances is endless.

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We all have our favorite movie stars, whose presence alone is what leads us to see certain films.

However, even the greatest actors aren't immune to delivering some sub-par performances.

Particularly, when they found themselves in roles for which they were less than ideally suited.

Indeed, Kevin Coster is anything but authentically English in Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, nor do Leonardo DiCaprio or Cameron Diaz sound convincingly Irish in Gangs of New York.

Mickey Rooney playing a Japanese man in full yellow-face, hitting every racist stereotype possible in Breakfast at Tiffany's being among the most infamous examples of miscasting.

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TV enthusiasts could argue that shows on television are a more compelling and superior form for media entertainment.

A story arc can be played out to its fullest potential without shortchanging the audience with a two-and-a-half hour duration of a film.

While movies are in their own category, TV shows–including short miniseries–can engage an audience over a span of seasons as long as there is more stories to tell.

Some TV shows break away from the formula and can feature anthology–or standalone–episodes that are impressive in their own right.

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If one were to really think about it, the villains might be the true hero of any story.

Of course, their actions remain indefensible and their behavior appalling, nor should we ever be rooting for them to succeed.

However, without the villains, where would any story go?

It's the villains who create conflict in our favorite books, films, and television series, and ultimately draw us into the story and keep our attention.

Even if we don't find ourselves sympathizing with villains portrayed by certain actors, it's hard not to find ourselves fascinated by them!

Sometimes, it's hard to even take our eyes off them.

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On the third episode of the fifth season of the classic sitcom Happy Days, Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzerelli memorably jumped over a shark while water skiing, still wearing his iconic leather jacket over his swimming trunks.

While the episode in question, "Hollywood: Part 3", is not considered one of the series' best, it was nonetheless a defining moment in the history of television.

As it inadvertently coined the phrase "jumping the shark", signifying when a once beloved television series has seen a serious decline in quality.

More often than not, most shows find themselves suffering this fate, namely when they've run out of ideas and should have gotten out while the getting was good.

Did anyone think the final season of Once Upon A Time made any sense?

However, thanks to intrepid writers and dedicated actors, certain shows manage to avoid shark-infested waters, and remain flawless, at least in the eyes of some fans, from beginning to end.

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