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In a perfect world, all TV shows would recognize when the end was nigh and smartly choose euthanasia, setting their own final seasons instead of suffering a long, lingering death. Lost wisely chose to end after six seasons in an almost unheard-of decision for a much-talked-about network show, and Breaking Bad perfectly faded to black last year at the height of its popularity. And lots of shows will follow suit in the next year or two: Sons of Anarchy (probably), Justified, True Blood, WilfredBoardwalk EmpireMad Men, and Glee are all currently walking toward the light at the end of the tunnel. There's even word that Game of Thrones might be calling it quits after seven seasons.

But for every show that takes care to make a graceful exit, there are several that just don't seem to realize that they've overstayed their welcome, hanging around the airwaves well after their expiration dates like a seven-year college senior. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other shows that, even though they're doing great, would benefit creatively from having an end date in mind. So with that said, we've compiled a quick list of five shows that fall into one of those two categories and should start looking for the exits. Don't get too comfortable, shows! And just so we're clear, the series below aren't necessarily bad, they just need to know when to say when.


1. Revenge


Revenge is a perfect example of, "Ehhh, maybe we should have made this into a miniseries." The show's premise—Emily is getting the R-word on a bunch of people who did her wrong in the past—is finite, and now that the series is three seasons deep, it's reached a point where the writers are struggling to come up with new stories that aren't about Emily getting back at the Graysons. That's why there are so many half-baked arcs (like the reveal about Conrad's first wife) polluting the current season, making us miss the good ol' days when Emily scrawled red Xs onto pictures of assholes; the show is just trying to fill time for as long as ABC is writing checks. 

Ironically, one of the worst things to happen to Revenge was its early success, because ABC now feels compelled to keep it around instead of playing the "wrap it up" music. Even series creator Mike Kelley foresaw this potential problem, and left the series after Season 2. 

Proposed end date: As soon as possible please! If it's too late to end the show with this season, let's give it 'til May 2015, so Emily can put her remaining targets down for good.


2. Person of Interest

We love this show! So why is it on this list? Why would we want it to end? Because the mythology that Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman have created would benefit from having a clear end point. What we don't want to see is Person of Interest run out of ideas and then fill in the many blanks with weaker standalone episodes where Reese and Finch chase down an antiquities thief or a sailor who's in town for Fleet Week. Let's get it out of here before Finch or Reese settles into a committed romantic relationship or CBS spins off Person of Interest: Los Angeles. There are still plenty of questions that need answers, and the Machine has lots of room to grow, but knowing when everything will shut down would dramatically increase the quality of the journey.

Proposed end date: Let it end on its own terms with a closed arc; we suggest shooting for May 2017, after six fantastic seasons.


3. Supernatural


Sam and Dean Winchester have died and come back to life many, many times, more than any mortals should, but that doesn't mean the show has to follow suit. Supernatural could have bowed to a standing ovation after its fantastic fifth season, when creator Eric Kripke departed, but The CW brought it back for a pretty painful Season 6 and Season 7 (remember the Leviathans AND Becky Rosen in the same run?). Now in its ninth go-round, the show has bounced back, and The CW has already ordered a tenth while also developing a spin-off. But it's time to start tapering so that Supernatural can go out on as high a note as possible... especially so we can see Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in something else! 

Proposed end date: Supernatural is good enough to get a farewell season, so let Season 10 be its last. That would end it in May 2015, at which point new CW superheroes will be free to take over the network. 


4. Pretty Little Liars


Pretty Little Liars' big mystery is "Who is A?" And at some point or another, pretty much every single character has either been A, suspected of being A, or worked with A in some capacity. The central Liars have become their own worst enemies, which is a lot less fun than watching them be terrorized by a mysterious one-letter villain, if he/she/they even still exists. With Season 4 coming to a close next week, it's getting harder and harder to believe that these girls shouldn't just go to the cops—or, hell, up and move to another city to avoid being murdered. Pretty Little Liars many "twists" have led it down a dangerous path where it's desperate to find new ways to one-up itself. Just because the books the show is based on keep coming, doesn't mean the show should continue; it's time to reveal A and close the curtains before Lucy Hale gets her AARP card. 

Proposed end date: End it after Season 5, sometime in March 2015.


5. Bones

After Bones debuted a decade ago, the will-they-won't-they tension sustained the romantic crime procedural until Seeley Booth and Temperance Brennan finally "did" with a kiss at the end of Season 5. Then they settled into relationship mode in Season 6. Then they had a kid in Season 7. And then they got married in Season 9. So what's left? Season 10 is on the way, and we're thinking the show had better hang it up before the eventual Season 17 becomes a live-action version of the opening of Up. And it looks like we might get our wish, as Season 10 has long been rumored to be the show's last, but still: Make it official, Fox.

Proposed end date: You get one more season, Bones. End it for good in May 2015, after Booth and Brennan get that house with the white picket fence and live happily ever after. 


Honorable mentions:

Homeland – No more Nicholas Brody means the show is now that much less interesting. But as long as the ratings are up (Season 3 hit series highs), Showtime will keep it going as long as it can.

Parks and Recreation – Another great comedy that's in danger of going the way of The Office in its later seasons. Go out on a high note, Pawnee!


What shows do YOU think should set an end date, and just as important, WHY?


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AIRED ON 5/10/2015

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The other one I would add is Hart Of Dixie ... also, I certainly hope that the producers of Revenge don't feel they need to kill off Amanda Clark
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They should have planned on making season 4 the last season for Revenge. Killing Daniel and Conrad are perfect things for a show's last season. Amanda has found her father -- what more is there?

As for Bones, I stopped watching it years ago. I got sick of the "will they or won't they" game. Ironic that David Boreanaz's show earlier in his career, Angel, got canceled way too soon and now Bones is running way too long. Angel is now a cult hit. Bones is just old and tired.
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Well there was fear of revenge ending on s4, but it's been updated and there are plans for s5. Was angry at this considering revenge has way more fans and views than Supernatural who are now on season 10 and planning more! Both shows are my favourite, without them, tv wouldn't be worth watching.
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Also, Person of Interest does not need to end.. It can go on for a long time. :) Till season 10.

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PLL does not need an end date!!!!!!!!

And Revenge could use a season five. Then it can end
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more Revenge! The show is too good for cancellation
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Hey! I want to see more Revenge! i think they should sell it to Netflix and let ppl binge on it the way they want to... watch all 24 episodes at once. Season five, I want it!
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Also disagree with POI and PLL.
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I don't see why Person Of Interest would be on the list. Of course. all shows must have and and POI should have it too, but it shouldn't be in the list now. I mean, the global story is going in very right direction and the show is becoming more and more intersting, probably it didnt even reach its culmination yet. So, it should appear in list like this after 7-8 seasons when there are no questions left, because now there are planty of them, and they are not going to get all answered in one season.
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I agree with Bones and Supernatural and several more mentioned, I think Person of Interest and Revenge can last another season, but regarding abc, I don't understand why they have continued producing these failing shows at the same time canceling the potential hit Betrayal. It makes no sense! I really would've loved to see more seasons, it had so many seeds planted I wanted to see it evolve.
Now the worst show I've suffered in a long time has aired, from the over creative Shonda Rhimes, How To Get Away With Murder, it's poorly cast, badly acted/directed and is shockingly tedious. I have noticed with Rhimes shows that a certain requirement is wpm-words per minute....while I long ago stopped watching Greys Anatomy, I do enjoy Scandal, but is incoherent rambling always necessary? Please
pray Getting Away With Murder ends as soon as possible, everything about it is stupifying and a boring cast can't save it.
Lok at the forums that beg for shows not to be cancelled-just a thought...


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I AM getting tired of Revenge too.
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Two and a Half Men should have called it long ago, after Kutcher's first season.
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Once Upon a Time.

Season 1 was great. Season 2 was decent, but since then things have gone to Frozen in a hand basket.

The plot is non-existent, they are constantly having to explain what is going on; there is no development. And the thing that ticks me off the most is still the fact that they threw the closest two males (Hook and Hood) at the two strong, intelligent, independent females core characters (Regina and Emma) and what is worse since they have been demoted to love interests their characters have done complete 108s personality wise.

Continuity...what continuity?
Plot holes...just watch 5 min, pick one - heck pick 3.
Fairy tales with a modern twist...it might have started out that way, now it's just joke.

Lana Parrilla and Jennifer Morrison need help in the PR department, and lessons on when and to what to *not* respond when it comes to social media interactions with fans, but this aside they are both above average actresses who can do much better.

In my opinion the writers did not plan beyond season 1 and have been making it up as they go ever since.
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Unfortunately, Once Upon a Time was dead long ago... Interesting idea, but poor story. I would advice you reading "Fables" comics if you are interested in the setting. Looks like they took idea from there, but wanted to make it suitable for 11 years old girls, so in the end we got this - neither good children's stroy, neither adult plot of Fables. Adding Elsa from Frozen looks like they are desperately trying to add some interest to the show.
Honestly, I lost the interest after 1st season and completely lost the point of the story after 2nd season
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yeah, I stopped watching end of season 2. Now I just enjoy Lily Sparks' weekly recaps - beyond hilarious.
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I have to disagree about Supernatural. The entire point of the story is the brothers and their continuing struggle to hunt monsters and the things they deal with. It's easy to complain about how often they have died and come back to life sure, I get that, but, that's just another part of the struggle they have to deal with in order to become who I believe God, in the show wants them to be. I feel like all this IS leading somewhere, season 8 we dealt with possibly shutting the gates of hell forever, season 9 the angels and Metatron, I feel like the developers do have a plan and we just need to hold out. Season 8 and 9 are the best seasons since 5. 6 and 7 were a little weak yes but I still liked them, especially the Leviathans who were creepy monsters. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are still interesting to watch together as well.
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I personally must say I'm a huge fan of PLL and Revenge. Ive watched both since their beginning of time and I'm still hooked. PLL has a HUGE fan base and whether or not it has been drug out I hope they wrap it it with a great finale.
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most reality shows. all talent spotting shows. any show with tom selleck. jock yak shows. local news pageants. that goddam insurance lizard. australian accent crap. melodramatic announcers of nba games. ted danson. i could go on, maybe later. these are just the tip of the mountain of tv drivel. they don't insult the intelligence of the audience, they mock it.
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For Gods sake kill of Revenge .Past it,s sell by date .
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NOOOOOOO OMG SOO WRONG!!!! Revenge is amazing and i never want it to end especially because her dad just came back(everyone thought he was dead!) And its getting sooo good! I love Pretty Little Liars soo much but i agree i think it should end soon because every episode its more or less the same it was really really good but i think its time to say bye to PLL.
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Bones is good don't end it
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I love Bones! Hope it lasts a lot longer. Love that 2 people are married and work well together
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I am a Bones fan, and with me it's not that I want it to end, it is that as a series junkie one of the less pleasant truths one has to face is that all show eventually end.
So now, every time I find a show that I really like what I hope for is that they just end it off on their terms. I would rather have a series run three or four seasons and they tell the story and end it off properly - then you can buy the dvds and watch them again and again, and again :)

What is HORRIBLE is when creators and writers try to drag a show out for as long as they possibly can simply to drag it out. That is when the show becomes gradually less interesting, the writers start not knowing what to do, and that is when a show gets cancelled and all we the fans have is six or seven or even eight seasons and a cliffhanger ending - that leaves a whole in your soul after you watch it and that grows every time you watch it.

I was burned by "The Pretender" in 2002 and have yet to completely recover, short and complete rather than long and incomplete, for me.
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Leave revenge alone it just got good her father is back
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Her father UNFORGIVABLY coming back turned Revenge from something I watched every episode to something that makes me change the channel as soon as it starts.

I forgave a LOT of crap on that show but NOTHING can excuse a live David Clarke.
The whole premise of the show rested on his being dead.
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I found Revenge's premise to be so idiotic that before the series even premiered I kept questioning how long "revenge" could carry a show? It should have been a movie.
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How could you forgot about Grey's Anatomy? That show should be over like 4 seasons ago.
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Supernatural has moved so far away from its roots, that the show barely resembles what made it so great in the first place. It started its slide with the "Gates of Hell" dragging out every week to the Cas show, then the Crowley show and at that point, I stopped watching. Either get back to what made it great each week or let it go....my go to show now, is Grimm.
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CSI and Criminal Minds. Two shows I watch merely out of sense of obligation. And Criminal Minds have made some incredibly stupid casting and storyline decisions during the last couple of years, I just want it to end so I don't have to watch anymore.

I love Supernatural and some seasons have been better than others for sure, but as long as it's on, I will be watching.
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I think this should be the last season of Bones, I think they should just end it this year.

10 Seasons is enough for Supernatural, they seem to be running out of ideas and it's gotten pretty repetitive.
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the only which sucks and really should go to hell iz person of interest, it's terrible,, supernatural iz great but 10 seasonz r enough
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Some of these shows are much better than the reality TV drivel we get constantly on Aussie TV. If any shows on TV should end, it is most of the reality dreck we are bombarded with here in Australia.
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I came across this looking for something about OUAT. Now I agree with the ones of these shows I do watch. I love PLL but just because a book can work for 10 books doesn't mean a series can work for 10 years the target audience when it began lets say 16 or 17 is now five years older making them 21 and 22 IDK how many of them are still watching it just seems to have gotten a little dull.

Supernatural I used to see on TNT after Charmed where I thought it was a show that had already ended lol so I guess that said maybe it should have already ended.

Bones I am bored with they are married let them be happy!

Now Grey's Anatomy should be on this list and I love this show. In the beginning it was surprising what happened to poor little Meredith and that hospital, and now its like seriously???? How many things can happen to that hospital and I just cant feel sorry for Meredith anymore. Its been on for ten years and I think its been on too long it started to get a little "trying to hard to be dramatic" in season 6.
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Bones is already dead to me... It should be put out of its misery for good. Because, without Sweets, there's not a good enough reason to watch it.
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I hope that if this season of Bones is its last one then I hope that the show runners have been told in advance and are allowed to wrap up everything they want to wrap up during it, any show that has been on that long should have that.

As far as Person of Interest is concerned, as long as they continue to wrap things up to a certain extent each season, there is less of a need for them to have a final season and are fine to stick with this season-long arc approach.
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Get Revenge off of this list. I don't care how it happens, just focus on Emily getting revenge on everyone. Just do it... Just. Do. It.
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Revenge on TV.com by suggest a cancellation. We love our soup.. so back off!. xD
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Love the POI. Jut in case they are cancelled, they do seem to end each season with a wrap-up show where they quit the job. Clearly they don't consider themselves important enough to get to make that decision on their own.
Much the way that Leverage ended every season with the gang breaking up and going into hiding, only to be rebuilt the next year.

Hey is it too late to ask that LOST end it's run after two or three seasons?
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I had exactly the same thoughts as those in the article about Revenge last year, when I dumped it in the middle of the season. The writers had started making up such unbelievable stories that it was too much for me. The show should have been cancelled two years ago when it was still very good. It is rather sad for me when I read that the writers have come up with even greater nonsense.
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If Hollywood wouldn't steal from spec scripts, they wouldn't run into the issue of drawn out stories. Two of the mentioned shows, I personally know "borrowed" from spec scripts. They incorporate the spec scripts characters, general storyline, plot points, and even scenes and slightly rewritten dialogue then exclaim to the world, "Gee! Look what I did!" No they didn't - someone else did. So then not knowing how to develop real plot, they then have to take a 120-page script and add filler material to turn it into a series. So no wonder they become boring, especially considering that the people who wrote the scripts (the talent) aren't invited to participate.
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Don't care about the other show but I just want POI to end on its own term with an end which could surpass all the amazing high note which the show have touched in its various arc. And I have inkling makers won't drag the show. They have been pretty much clear how they have wanted to proceed with the lore of Northern Lights so I am pretty much sure how they have a clear ending on their mind.

P.S - Not a Person Of Interest: Los Angeles but I would love to see a POI spin off about a team handling relevant list of threats, something similar to the part which introduced Shaw in the show.
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I don't care about the rest mentioned but Supernatural is awesome so far in season 10...and season 6 was one of my favs...hello french mistake...however completely agree the Leviathan and Becky were hard to watch. Game of Thrones might only stop at season 7 while waiting for the completion of G.R.R Martins books, they might stop and come back to it in a few years. I saw the first few episodes of Revenge and thought this is going to get monotonous...in order to stay inside instead of running wild a show needs to keep my attention..most don't.
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There is no way HBO will take Game of Thrones off the air for a few years. They will carry on without book material.
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Revenge had a bit of a rough patch but season 4 has had a great start. I'm more interested than ever. Supernatural has had a couple rough patches but the writers always find a way to make it interesting again for me, and personally I think season 10 is going to be great. They've come back with a bit more of a horror movie vibe, and Dean's a demon.. I mean who doesn't want to see what happens with that?! It is true that some shows are at times stretched too far to the point that they lose their grace or whatever flare they had that made them great in the first place. But you also have to acknowledge that any show is going to have rough patches after being on for so long, but just because it has a not so great season doesn't mean there aren't plenty people out there that sill watch it. Personally, I think way too many good shows get canceled too soon. However shows like pretty little liars that have literally been chasing the same idea around the track over and over again, I think it's time to call a quits. Person of interest and bones, I don't watch, so I don't know, but supernatural and revenge are keepers in my book.
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Out of all the shows mentioned, I only care about Bones. I have always wished FOX can end it with some dignity. Because when you end a show mid-season, it seems as if the show's not good enough to even get the chance to be ended gracefully. Bones's been on for 10 years, the least they can do is give it a nice farewell.
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This is what I want as well. I want them to write an ending for the show and to just have this be it before it goes any further down-hill.
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To me the only show that I really don't want it to end is Person of Interest. It's by far the best show I've seen in years and has I see it, it still has a lot to deliver. With Samaritan doing whatever it's doing (something tells me Samaritan won't simply obey but will try to conquer, a sort of Skynet if you will) and with so much of every characters past to still be revealed, there's no end in sight. At least not one that I wish for.
Has for the other series, I'll have to agree, they're way past they do date, in fact some are already in debt to the grimm reaper of shows.
Supernatural should have ended in season 8, season 10 is two seasons too many.
Pretty little liars, the same has Supernatural, there's simply nothing there.
Revenge and Bones I already stoped following, so to me, I don't really care either way.
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Supernatural lost its world saving and all long time ago, but it's like a nice soap opera b.w sam, dean and crowley. don't want to miss dean and cas's funny scenes though.
I strongly agree about revenge. All it takes is one single episode to end it (that's my feeling always).
you've given POI sufficient time though, It was awesome. It's okay for now in the 4th season.
Couldn't stand bones too long and stopped it after season 2.
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I have to agree with your choices of shows that need definitive end dates. I never did watch most of them but, with Bones, I stopped watching when they began to blatantly plug Toyota (eeewwww!!) during the show. The fact that Toyota is one of my very least favored vehicle manufacturers had absolutely nothing to do with it. (snicker).

Person of Interest was one of my favorites (Jim Caviezel is yummy!), but there's a time when all shows should end, and this one is close. I just want them to end it before it becomes redundant and mundane. Let it close with me still loving Reese and Finch.

As for Supernatural, Revenge and Pretty Little Liars..... well, they never did pique my interest so I never did watch any of them.

Okay. I feel better now that I've had my say. What say you, my fellow tv.com enthusiasts?
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You're kidding, right ? You stopped watching a show, because one of their sponsors is Toyota ?
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No, Leslie.. I stopped watching because they were doing Toyota commercials in the dialogue of the show itself, not just during commercial breaks. That and the ridiculous dialogue itself. They've made "Bones" herself look stupid and the acting pretty much stinks. Just IMHO. I know everyone has one, etc. etc. But just wanted to clarify why I quit watching.
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I know what GrandmotherOwl is talking about: it's not that the show was (merely) sponsored by Toyota, it's that the actual characters started to shill for the car *during the show*. The product placement for the car became part of the plot with the most clunky, clunky dialogue imaginable! Example: Angela and Hodgins were arrested and thrown in jail (where he proposes to her) because he was showing her the way his new Toyota corrected for drift and the local sheriff noticed the odd driving going on and assumed Hodgins was drunk (and Angela had an outstanding warrant when they ran her name). It would just come out of nowhere; characters would get in their car and start doing a commercial for it, it was positively cringe-making to watch.
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totally disagree with ending supernatural, person of interest and bones, if they renew the people who like the shows will carry on watching.

revenge has passed its sell by date and I agree it should come to an end.
The problem with tv shows now is that they make a season too long, instead of having lots of fill in episodes why don't they reduce the amount of episodes a series has then it will keep fresh for longer.
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I love Supernatural, and adore PoI. But yes, I agree that they need to go out on a high note - I was nearing despair when Supernatural struggled through the two first seasons after their EPIC and AWESOME five season story arc, wishing that they'd gone out with a bang, not a whimper. Happily, they managed to regain their footing, although the subsequent seasons have never quite approached their heyday.
The worst case scenarios would be slow death by suffocation - an endlessly prolonged series of pitiful storylines leaving the actors embarassed and the audience indifferent - or sudden cancellation; after 10 seasons, we deserve more than a sudden, cliffhanger ending.
No, give us a dignified, kick-ass, bittersweet ending as befitting such an epic show.

PoI is still going strong, but I agree that it might benefit from a clear endgame, going out with a bang rather than the aforementioned whimper.
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I love Pretty Little liars. A tad long but I love it anyhow. Good news on the 6th and 7th seasons. I stopped supernatural after season 5. Never saw the others.

Speaking of ending the simpsons needs to end. 24 seasons is enough.
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Thanks for mentioning The Simpsons; I think it should have been cancelled years ago.
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totally agree and Family guy for that matter...
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Yes, definitely Family Guy should also have been gone.
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I should've read the post date before responding to people :S Oops
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I completely disagree about PoI and Supernatural. I don't watch Bones anymore. But Revenge (once you get revenge, stop milking the cow) and PLL (this could've been a 2-3 season limited show, but they're REALLY stretched it out) are just like *Prison Break*. By the 3rd season, it was just horrible.
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this reviewer needs an end date, revenge isn't going nowhere, it's the best show available, PLL is already renewed for 6 and 7th seasons
supernatural is also awesome, person of interest should've ended after 1 season, just finish that bs already, hate those hideous faces
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POI is the best show for me along with Game of Thrones. Hideous faces?!!? Really?
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yep. not only male leading role and that accomplice creature suck but also their acting's terrible. and the other two cops one of which died totally looked like side rolez . which appear for 1 min in other showz........ seriously u've to admit that,,, plus the story waz ok
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Why isn't Grey's Anatomy on here? Scandal is on the verge, no surprise it's the same writer as Grey's. Revenge Season 2 already got cray and weird. I DO miss the red ex days. It's Gossip Girl meets Scandal.
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OMG Greys Anatomy needs to GO!!!
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Please, let Person of Interest end in dignity. Please, please, please, please, pleaaaaaase ;-)
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Add The mentalist and make it 6
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Too late for that show
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Although I do love SPN, I do agree it'd be great if season 10 was their last season and they ended it off on a good note. I'd love to see Jensen and Jared in other shows/movies.
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Demon Dean is friggen awesome!!!!
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