7 TV Shows That Stayed Too Long

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We all have our favorite TV shows, and once we find one that piques our interest, we keep our fingers crossed that it won’t be cancelled. But sadly, every show must eventually come to an end — even the series that have the best characters and most intriguing plot lines. Sometimes, though, shows manage to overstay their welcome a little too long, creating unsatisfying endings, character swaps, and a decline in ratings. As much as we hate to say goodbye, sometimes it’s best to break up sooner rather than later. Here’s a look at seven shows that should have bid farewell a little bit sooner.

1. Scrubs

The comedy-drama was a show about a group of doctors and nurses who worked at Sacred Heart Hospital. The NBC hit saw instant ratings success and ran for seven seasons before moving to ABC for Season 8. According to The Richest, the final episode was titled “My Finale” and was thought to be the end of the series. The end of the “last” episode showed J.D. (the main character of the show, played by Zach Braff) leaving Sacred Heart Hospital, daydreaming about his future. But, the show’s title was misleading in the fact that it wasn’t the finale.

ABC decided to order a ninth season, with 13 more episodes. When the ninth season began airing, it brought on a group of new characters and had the older characters, such as J.D., return in supporting roles. When it finally came time for its actual finale to air, it was a somewhat disappointing end — J.D. wasn’t even in the final episode. The Richest writes: “The ninth season certainly has its moments but just felt like it was dragging on and avoiding the inevitable. No, I don’t want no Scrubs.”

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