How I Met Your Mother is to return for a ninth season. Ninth! This is despite the back it hasn’t been funny for the last 5 seasons and has become increasingly cartoony and has essentially jumped the shark.
It is just another example of milking a beloved series for absolutely all it’s worth and until there is zero credibility left in the franchise. I for one dread to think how they are going to stretch this out for another series given it is all pretty much wrapped up quite nicely to end this year. By which, I mean pretty much all the character arcs have run their course.
I can’t say much though, because I still watch it just because I have committed too much time over the years so want to see it through to the end.
It happens with far too many shows.
Friends didn’t need ten seasons. It could quite happily have stopped after season seven and left a wonderful collection of comedy, rather than the bloated mass it eventually became.
The X-Files certainly didn’t need two seasons without Mulder and Scully. What were they thinking?!
Even the brilliant 30 Rock has gone on too far. Kenneth became a bit too weird and Tracy Jordan completed his character arc years ago and they’ve been struggling to find things for him to do ever since.
And don’t even get me started on The Big Bang Theory, which has been in terminal decline since the end of season two as the geeky humour that made it so great was gradually replaced with broader jokes more in line with it’s expanding fan base. Ker-ching!
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In fact the only show I can think of that has run for such a long time without a decline in quality is The Office. Despite running for nine seasons and the loss of its main character, it has managed to revitalise itself sufficiently to keep things fresh without alienating the old fans or letting the show become a caricature of itself.