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+) seasons
- A shorter time (6 or less) seasons
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The two best COMPLETE shows that I've watched were both planned with a full story arc: The Shield and Breaking Bad. In both cases, they knew how many seasons they wanted to make (7 in both cases), and they set up the writing to finish at the right time and close out the story properly, and that made those shows great.
Several other shows have either been cancelled WAY too early (Firefly, The Bridge) or went on too long until they sucked.
Some types of shows CAN go on a long time with much less risk: usually sitcoms, which have limited character development anyway. Two And A Half Men went for 12 seasons, including a main character change, and still did very well. It's far harder for a drama to do that, which is why NCIS's run is so impressive - the show had 13 seasons and has been renewed through Season 15, and it's still excellent and going strong. That's VERY unusual.