I thought of this question because one of my all time favorite shows (Person of Interest on CBS) ended last week after 5 seasons and 100+ episodes, I wish it had gone on longer because the quality was still very good and the ratings were still solid, but it wasn't meant to be. But the more I think about it, I really liked every season, episode and was very satisfied by the final season and the finale, it wrapped up every nicely and went out on top. Unlike another favorite show of mine (Smallville on CW) which went on for 10 seasons and 200+ episodes, but I was very disappointed with the final seasons, especially the last one and the finale left me underwhelmed and wishing the show had ended sooner and on top.
I know that has been the case with many shows were the fans wished had lasted longer or had ended sooner. So I asked the question, do you want your favorite show to remain on the air for as long as possible or end with the quality of the show still great?
- Last a long time (6-10+) seasons56% (5)38% (3)47% (8)Vote
- A shorter time (6 or less) seasons44% (4)62% (5)53% (9)Vote
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I believe anything more than 6 seasons is ridiculous for any live action drama. Animated sitcoms can go on for years upon years, largely in my opinion because they are not to be taken so seriously at all. They can be a joke. So I'm cool with The Simpsons and South Park still being around, and these shows have evolved with the times too.
Especially South Park, it is certainly not as good as it once was and the greatest of great South Park episodes don't occur anymore they are all in the past. However, it has still evolved with the times tremendously well, and does a great job at being an entertaining social commentary of the times, very different from what it once was, still entertaining (not as much, but still is).
Even live action sitcoms I think shouldn't go on more than 8 to be honest. The Office and Parks and Recreation went on too long (and Parks and Rec. didn't even reach 8). Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory each became blatant cons, just going through the motions for huge bucks, lost touch with their roots and ultimately an embarrassing shameful joke in their later seasons.1