The Five Biggest Letdowns of the Season

[Blogged by Jeremy Grayson]

[Intro]

I don’t watch bad television. Well, not much of it, anyway. I know people who watch bad shows as guilty pleasures, but I just don’t usually have the time for that. Once in a while, I’ll seek out a low-budget sci-fi show that’s become infamous for its poor characterizations and poorer special effects, and make it through one-and-a-half seasons before returning my attention to the works of Mutant Enemy. I actually like the occasional change of pace, as analyzing why a certain show sucks is a good way of flexing my analytical muscles. But it’s not a change of pace I can sustain for long.

So yeah, I’m not too proficient in bad television. Which is why you’ll never see me compile a “Worst Shows of the Year” list – I ignore current shows that get even marginally maligned by the critical community, because my brain cells are better used up watching the latest episode of The Americans then whatever Will Arnett-based comedy that’s currently sucking the life out of the networks. (Come to think of it, the first season of Snooki and Jwoww is on my watchlist. But I suspect that’s only because my brother has been trying to mess with my head by secretly writing new shows onto my watchlist. I shall delete it shortly.)

But although I don’t watch much bad TV, I watch a good deal of disappointing TV. Sometimes a show I like will have an off-season. Or maybe sometimes I’ll come into a new show with high expectations, only to have them dashed as thoroughly as Nick Andopolis’ guitar. Either way, I do not end the day as a happy little critic.

The 2014-15 season had some good surprises. There were new shows that were far better than I anticipated them to be (Better Call Saul). There were returning shows that featured pleasant resurgences of creative energy (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia). And there were plenty of shows that continued (or even improved on) their strong quality from the previous season. But because I very rarely get to flash the cynicism around here, let’s look back at some shows that were less-than-satisfying this time around.

One thing to keep in mind is that, once again, this is not a “Worst Shows” list. It’s a ranking of the shows that most distressed me with their lack of quality as compared to my expectations. (I’m not including a show like Orphan Black, for example, because Orphan Black was disappointing last year, and my expectations weren’t lofty enough to be affected by the continuing levels of disappointment it’s displayed this year.) These were the shows I believed in – the shows that let me down.

(P.S. I’ll avoid major spoilers, but I’ll be discussing some general plot details from each series, so be warned.)

 


[#5]

I’m giving this show the bottom spot not because it was the strongest of the five (it wasn’t), but because my disappointment with it was relatively lesser than that of the others. The Simpsons has become something of a communal punching bag over the last fifteen or so years, enduring many criticisms regarding its decline in quality compared to the golden years of the Nineties. I for one have been defensive over the recent seasons of the show, since around the airing of “Eternal Moonshine on the Simpson Mind”. Granted, The Simpsons is not the show it once was, nor will it ever be again, but recent years have seen such brilliant episodes as “How I Wet Your Mother” and “Holidays of Future Passed”, proving that the show can still breathe life into its yellow-skinned heroes when it’s ready to.

As I’m writing this, the series has just wrapped its 26th season. And it may well be one of the worst seasons it ever aired.

Start with the premiere, a climax to a year-ago buildup interview promising the death of a certain prominent character. The identity of the deceased was nothing short of anticlimactic, and the episode itself was forgettable. Add the slow fizzle of a Futurama crossover, a forgettable retread of “Homer’s Barbershop Quartet”, an in-universe episode featuring Kang and Kodos (!!!), an Elon Musk showcase, and a whole bunch of other half-baked ideas and wasted opportunities, all leading up to a head-scratching jugband finale. (On the plus side, Dennis Perkins of The AV Club had a field day criticizing the jugband.)

Any highlights? Well, there’s a Judd Apatow-penned episode that was written back in the days of Season One. (No, really.) Plus, the season features a sweet “Lisa’s First Word” follow-up and a pretty good “Treehouse of Horror”. There are also cameos by Sideshow Bob, Rick & Morty, and Jim Ignatowski (???), as well as a Game of Thrones parody involving beer. These are all almost enough for me to forgive the insulting and disturbing Family Guy crossover done last fall (which I’m not counting as part of the season, since it was technically a Family Guy episode).

But honestly? The Simpsons took a step backwards in quality this season. And I for one am hoping for a speedy recovery, in part because the show will likely still be around for another few decades, and I’d hate for the completist in me to have to sit through another three dozen lousy seasons.

 


[#4]

I mourned NBC’s cancellation of Community last spring as much as anyone, in part because the re-Harmon-izing (see what I did there?) of Season Five felt much like a return to the show’s classic days. So I was naturally overjoyed when Yahoo! picked up the series for another season, giving the show a chance to fulfill its “six seasons and a movie” mantra.

There’s been talk that the show will actually move past this mantra, and could potentially get picked up for additional seasons. My advice right now: Lay it to rest. Community has had its day, and while the sixth season hasn’t been as bad as some other NBC-originated sitcoms were by that point (say, The Office or Scrubs), it’s still the weakest non-gas leak year of the series.

The basic problem with Community by this point is twofold. It starts with the characters, and the sheer lack of investment I still have in any of them, save perhaps Britta. Between the wild and loony storytelling in Season Three, the fumbled character arcs in Season Four, and the hastily rewritten arcs and lack of linear storytelling in Season Five, these characters barely have any room left to develop. Every romantic relationship the show has tried out has fizzled (save for Abed and Brie Larson’s Rachel, although we haven’t seen her at all this season). And characters like Dean Pelton and Chang have been stretched far beyond their one-joke limits.

Then there’s the humor. Many Seinfeld fans have pinpointed that show’s drop in quality in its last two seasons to the departure of showrunner Larry David, but I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. By its eighth season, Seinfeld‘s weird and unnatural sense of humor had become not only popular, but ubiquitous, and the popularity had an influx on the mechanisms of the show itself. (Season Eight featured the self-parodic “Bizarro Jerry” episode, as well as “The Yada Yada”, an episode specifically engineered to turn a slogan into a national phrase.) The show’s sense of humor had become apparent, often formulaic, and the quality suffered from it.

So too with the current season of Community. There have been flashes of greatness here and there (often in the form of surreal episode tags) but too much of the season is built around jokes and situations we’ve seen already. Abed’s meta-references have grown stale, and so help me, if the show tries one more riff on “Cooperative Calligraphy”, I’m going to scream. The extra running time provided by Yahoo! has done the show no favors, causing episodes like “Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing” to simply drag on and on.

If this is indeed the last season of Community, so be it. I actually wouldn’t mind a movie by this point, perhaps as a final burst of energy to wrap up the series in stylistic fashion. Because honestly, I don’t know if I can muster up enough enthusiasm to spend another full season at Greendale.

 


[#3]

I’m not going to spend a huge deal of time on this one, since I already devoted a few paragraphs to Arrow in last week’s “Printed Page to Simple Screen” article. But we should at least take a minute to figure out where Arrow went wring this season, and how it can hopefully right itself in Season Four.

So let’s see. A good part of Arrow‘s third season was devoted to Team Arrow operating without Oliver. Some TV seasons introduce a theme and explore its many different aspects and permutations – Season Three of Arrow hits us with a single basic theme a good two or three separate times. We also had the uncompelling murder arc, a two-dimensional Big Bad, and some incredibly weak and forgettable flashbacks.

Oh, there was fun to be had. Some of it came in the form of Brandon Routh, whose Ray Palmer lent the season some much-needed refreshing humor. And the Brick storyline was pretty cool, too. But too many of the shafts fired this season missed the target, instead miring Arrow in dull and dreary storytelling with so little of the emotion and humor that made the first two seasons engaging.

I’m still an Arrow supporter, if only because the showrunners have proven adept at changing the show’s tone between seasons, and I can easily see them lightening things in Season Four. But this was an off-season for the best superhero series since the end of The Spectacular Spider-Man, and I only hope it can regain its footing by next fall.

 


[#2]

You have no idea how much it hurts to write this. But I’m pledged to be honest when it comes to television (and probably some other things, on occasion), so write it I must. A year ago, The Good Wife ended its best season, and I couldn’t be happier. But that happiness has now dissipated. It’s hard to sustain quality, I know, but it shouldn’t be this hard – and the show has immediately followed its best season with what may well be its worst.

The Good Wife is notorious for the way it strings viewers along with seemingly odd and inconsequential storylines that, sooner or later, prove to have satisfying results. It’s made very good use of the 22-episodes-per-season format, juggling numerous story threads at this point and that, and then dovetailing them into many of its finest episodes.

But… was there a single storyline this season that reached a satisfying conclusion? The election story began well as a good showcase for Alicia, and gave us the excellent bottle episode “Oppo Research”, but it ultimately accomplished little on a story or thematic level. The Lamont Bishop thread opened with an air of menace and intrigue, then slowly fizzled out as the writers became less and less sure of where to go with it. And so many characters were pushed to the sidelines – Cary became little more than a plot device, Diane barely registered for anything that didn’t involve the season’s increasingly confusing “firm swapping”, and Eli was barely given any substantial material at all. (Though daughter Marissa made a welcome return, and provided the season with many of its best moments.)

The most glaring issue with The Good Wife this season, regrettably, was the entire Alicia/Kalinda debacle. Once the show’s most intriguing character, Kalinda ceased to be an interesting presence a few years ago, and it’s only recently that fans have begun to figure out why. We many never know precisely what went down between Juliana Margulies and Archie Panjabi – other than the fact that if something didn’t go down, I’ll eat every hat in my closet – but the way the season handled the relationship between these two characters is nothing short of an embarrassment.

I need to move on now, before I get too depressed. My only hope for The Good Wife is that, if the next season truly is its last, the show can let loose a final burst of creative energy and send the show out on a high note. Then maybe we can retrospectively forget about the royal screw-ups of the sixth season, and celebrate the series for its better years.

 


[#1]

Okay, all of you folks who predicted that I would put The Last Man on Earth at #1, stop patting yourselves on the back. It wasn’t like this was a hard decision. At all.

When I first got word about The Last Man on Earth, I was excited. I mean, hugely excited. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were signed on as executive producers, and if you’ve watched The Lego Movie or Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (two of the best animated films of the past decade), you know that those two are experts at taking seemingly dumb ideas and spinning them into ingeniously entertaining stories. There was no reason to think that Last Man wouldn’t be wickedly entertaining, even if Lord and Miller were just second-level to creator/star Will Forte.

Last Man premiered in March, and for its first two or three episodes, it was an interesting and often amusing sitcom – perhaps network television’s response to the 30-minute comedies-in-name-only airing on premium cable. If Fox was abolishing its Sunday night Animation Domination block, at least they had this series (along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine) to keep things lively).

But as the 13-episode initial season of this new comedy progressed, we the viewers could only sit by and watch helplessly as The Last Man on Earth went completely off its rails. Exactly when it occurred is a matter of debate (although I hold it took place somewhere between the arrivals of January Jones and Mel Rodriguez), but the show went downhill quickly, and it continued this slide at a seemingly tireless rate, right up to its nauseating finale.

In the face of all the promise of its concept, Last Man squandered one opportunity after another in favor of pitching cheap sex jokes. These jokes were mildly funny when introduced in the fourth episode, irritating by the sixth, and excruciating by the ninth. I had given up hope for the series even before the finale aired, but something about the show’s trainwreck-like self-destruction compelled me to keep staring. I regret that now.

The fundamental problem with The Last Man on Earth – apart from the fact that it features shallow jokes, redundant developments, and a complete lack of good plot momentum – is that its main character is horrendously unlikable. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having an obnoxious sitcom protagonist, as classic examples like Archie Bunker and Alex Keaton can attest. The trick is to give that character an underlying level of charm beneath his gross exterior, and to surround him with a supporting cast that simultaneously brings out the best and worst of him. But Phil Miller (get it?) has no depth beyond wanting to “bang the hot chicks”, and none of the other characters are well-established enough to offer any introspection to his persona. They mostly exist as figures for him to project his obnoxious and increasingly awful feelings onto, and none of them develop in interesting enough ways for us to care about them as individuals.

There was potential for a good series – a great series, in fact – but it was squandered by genuinely bad writing and an overall sense of unpleasantness. The show has been renewed for a second season, but, in all frankness, I wouldn’t watch this series again if it were the last show on Earth.

Jeremy Grayson is a freelance writer and reviewer for Critically Touched. He plans to continue writing until they pry the keyboard from his cold, dead hands. Or until he gets a paying job. Whichever comes first.

 


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30 thoughts on “The Five Biggest Letdowns of the Season”

  1. [Note: buffyholic posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    I´m only on episode 10 of Arrow but boy, this season is a bit of a mess. Personally, I feel that its popularity has hurt the season and I kinda feel the show has dumbed down just to attract more viewers but unfortunately, it weakened its quality. Too many superheroes, too many storylines for my taste and the show lost its identity a bit. Also, I read that season 4 is gonna have a lighter tone. So, be prepared to adjust your expectations!

    On Good Wife, I´ve read some similar comments to yours but I´m only in season 3.

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  2. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Well, Season Three is the other “Worst Good Wife Season” candidate. I think the troubles with Season Six are more glaring when taken in context, though, because S3 doesn’t really aim for huge stakes and drama, while S6 does, and fails to reach them.

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  3. [Note: Stake posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Gotta say, Arrow S3 was better than S1.

    The difference is that the first 10 episodes of S1 were terrible, so its rise to S3 quality in the backhalf was seen as the show triumphantly figuring itself out.

    S3, meanwhile, featured a return to backhalf S1 quality following a 24 episode stretch where Arrow was actually a good show, rather than just a fun/awesome one, so it’s viewed of a disappointment.

    Also, Daredevil is the best superhero series since Spectacular was cruelly ripped from the world, not Arrow.

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  4. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    The early Arrow episodes weren’t really terrible, just tonally different from what came later. The show was trying to be a dark and moody action show, but it also had trouble balancing the dark atmosphere against the show’s comic book roots.

    And S3 really wasn’t anywhere near the quality of the second half of S1. S1 had the freshness needed to propel the series in its early going (especially once it found its footing). S3 featured lots of helter-skelter storytelling that rarely added up cohesively or satisfyingly. I know people were upset about the season’s tone, but that was far from the only issue.

    Also, Arrow preceded Daredevil, so that comparison holds. The point is that the cancellation of TSSM pretty much scarred me for life.

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  5. [Note: StakeAndCheese posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    They were really, really bad, man. Worse than early SHIELD. Amell hadn’t learned how to act yet, Katie Cassidy was at her absolutely nadir, and they gave Willa Holland and Susanna Thompson absolutely nothing to work with.

    Tommy, Diggle and (eventually) Felicity were the only watchable characters on the show until the introduction of Slade, and only Tommy got major focus.

    And I really think that the perceptions of S1 and S3’s differing in quality come from the freshness and propulsion of S1. S1’s second half was an impressive step up for the show from being bad to being awesome and fun, S3 was a step down from being actually good to being awesome and fun.

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  6. [Note: buffyholic posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Sorry but “Draw back your Bow” is worse than all of the bad or just ok episodes of season 1.

    Season 1 took a while to find its footing but it has a focus while season 3 (I´m still in episode 10, though) does not have one, it has a lot of storylines that don´t help the season and the characters seem to be wandering without much purpose. It lost its identity,

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  7. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Yes, but S3 wasn’t fun. It was dour and depressing and took itself very, very seriously. It was trying so hard to be the antithesis of Flash that the writers avoided the aspects that made the first two seasons so thrilling.

    S3 hasn’t much forward momentum and features a truly uninvolving flashback story. There are parts that work, but they don’t click together.

    Early S1 wasn’t great, but it wasn’t near early SHIELD levels. Once you get past the rough acting, there’s some strong writing there. From the pilot, Arrow established a visible tone, gave its characters room to develop, and displayed a cogent knowledge of its source material. Early SHIELD did none of that.

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  8. [Note: Boscalyn posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Very, very saddened to hear that not only is Kalinda (who I love despite not ever really watching an episode of The Good Wife in my life) disappointing this year.

    But yes; The Last Man on Earth was almost bizarrely devoted to undermining everything that made the show interesting. So it completely abandons the only-survivor-of-the-apocalypse scenario two episodes into the show? Okay, as long as it means we get Kristen Schaal. But then the show introduces… a love triangle. Gag!!!

    And then it somehow gets WORSE!!! when Phil decides that he’s going to drive away from home and find other more attractive women to bone under the false pretenses that he’s still “The Last Man on Earth.” Gross!!! I would rather let the human race die than fuck Phil Miller.

    Funny– the more I think about it, the “we’re the last humans of our respective sex, we need to bone to keep humanity alive” trope is ripe for ethnic and/or feminist subversion; shame that the trope is all about manchildren having to choose which woman they’re going to stick their dick in.

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  9. [Note: StakeAndCheese posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    S3 was loads of fun! It was wall-to-wall soapy, batshit insanity. I had a blast, even though Ollie and Felicity didn’t work at all, because they just constantly went further over the top.

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  10. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Friday Night Lights S2 and The OC S3 were also wall-to-wall soapy, batty insanity, but they were also boring, ridiculous, and significantly lacking in fun.

    I’m hoping the Ollie/Felicity material pans out properly in S4, because apart from some good scenes with Ray and her own origin episode, Felicity was unfortunately sidelined for much of this season.

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  11. [Note: StakeAndCheese posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Yeah, but both of those shows had established much higher levels of expectation than Arrow, haha.

    I don’t watch Arrow for well-realized plots or crackling dialogue, or character arcs. I watch it because it’s awesome…and a large part of why it’s awesome is how batshit insane it is!

    The OC S3 was the show losing its ironic remove and slipping into melodrama. FNL S2 was the show losing its absolute dedication to grounded reality and slipping into melodrama.

    Arrow has always been a melodrama, and that’s not a bad thing. The term is often used disparagingly, but that’s incorrect. Melodramas can be great! They’re just about hitting the emotions as hard as they possibly can.

    Sometimes it leads to the operatic grandeur of S2, and sometimes it leads to the crapfest of early S1, but the Jekyll and Hyde act of glory and inanity of the second half of S1 or of S3 is perfectly enjoyable when taken on its own terms.

    I really think the backlash from this season comes from people wanting Arrow to be something it’s not, because the way that S2 succeeded so perfectly in its execution of melodrama gave the illusion that it was trying to be something like Buffy, when all it’s ever wanted to be is Spartacus.

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  12. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on June 1, 2015.]

    Oh, I agree that melodrama isn’t necessarily a bad thing, any more than soapiness or craziness is inherently bad. And Arrow usually pulls off enjoyable melodrama pretty well.

    I think the disagreement here stems from the fact that I think a show failing to meet previously reached expectations is a legitimate criticism. Arrow proved last season that it could hit genuinely good heights; why shouldn’t I call the show out if it fails to reach those heights this season?

    I don’t think the show is trying to be the next Buffy, but I think you’re giving it a loooong rope by saying that the show’s goal is to just be crazy, especially since it’s already proven last season that it can be crazy and also be good.

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  13. [Note: buffyholic posted this comment on June 2, 2015.]

    For me, the problem is not being too dark. The problem is that it didn´t have a focus. Season 1 had Oliver eliminating people from his list, season 2 had Slade Wilson and Sarah (the first half of the second season is freaking amazing and I totally love it) but this season, we have boring flashbacks, not boring but not very relevant, Sarah´s murder arc and various storylines and fillers who don´t really matter and Felicity who this season is nowhere close to the past two and she seems to cry a lot too. This season is all over the place and not as exciting and also, Arrow has accostumed us to a certain level and if that level isn´t reached, we´re bound to be a bit disappointed.

    btw, don´t ask me why but I had a dream about this discussion last night and as a result, I´m gonna start posting my thoughts on my S3 viewing on a new thread I´m gonna post. I´m still on episode 10 but this season has already proven that it´s weaker than the previous two.

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  14. [Note: Joe posted this comment on June 2, 2015.]

    I’m going to have to respectfully disagree with Community’s inclusion on this list. Sure, season 6 was the weakest of the real seasons, But it still contained some really great stuff. They dialed back on over use of concept episodes, and the new cast members fit in really well; shockingly well. It was more inconstant than previous seasons, the RV episode for example was actually kind of awful, but for the most part it was still quite funny. Besides, that series finale (Even if it’s renewed I will always treat it at the canon ending) was so perfect, it brought the season up a peg and a half.

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  15. [Note: buffyholic posted this comment on June 3, 2015.]

    I really think “The Simpsons” should end by now. It´s one of those shows that I like to watch every now and then but not in high doses.

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  16. [Note: Boscalyn posted this comment on September 28, 2015.]

    Jeremy, I know this sounds incredible, but I just watched the season 2 premiere of Last Man on Earth and it’s actually really good.

    Like, seriously– there’s like, one sex joke, and the rest of the episode is surprisingly gorgeous and funny. It’s what I thought the show would be. Of course, now they wanna go back to Tucson so it’s probably going to suck again but at the very least please watch the first episode of season two.

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  17. [Note: Boscalyn posted this comment on October 10, 2015.]

    The second episode was also surprisingly good. Will Ferrell’s in it! But like, not in a bad way.

    I don’t know if it’s good television but it’s definitely not afraid to be totally desolate which gives it high marks in my estimation.

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  18. [Note: Ben Edlund posted this comment on May 18, 2016.]

    If we’re talking terrible cancellations, I will never, ever, stop being bitter about the cancellation of Firefly and Angel. Firefly at least was given a quick death, but it’s still bewildering. Angel, on the other hand, veered right back on course after the mixed bag of season 4, with a fantastic season of television, so it was cancelled in its prime. Spectacular Spider-Man never should have been cancelled, but of course Ultimate Spider-man gets renewed. Ugh.

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  19. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on May 18, 2016.]

    Most people I’ve talked to don’t seem to mind the cancellation of Angel very much, since that show had a long run and managed to go out on a high note.

    As ever, I still miss Freaks and Geeks.

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  20. [Note: Boscalyn posted this comment on May 18, 2016.]

    Also

    My only hope for The Good Wife is that, if the next season truly is its last, the show can let loose a final burst of creative energy and send the show out on a high note.

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

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  21. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on May 18, 2016.]

    No. I was merely poking fun at Bosc for some earlier comments she made about the series.

    (SHIELD, incidentally, is produced by Mutant Enemy, so it’s technically a Joss Whedon show, in the same way that Doogie Howser is a Steven Bochco show, or Person of Interest is a JJ Abrams show.)

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  22. [Note: J.C. posted this comment on May 18, 2016.]

    Oh, I got all of that. It’s just, one of the reasons I can justify not watching that show, beyond simply not being interested in it, is that Joss isn’t anywhere near as hands-on with it as his previous TV projects.

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  23. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on May 19, 2016.]

    Yeah, Joss is even less involved with Agents of SHIELD than he was with Roseanne.

    (And that, friends, is why Agents of SHIELD is not as good as Roseanne.)

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  24. [Note: Flamepillar112 posted this comment on August 5, 2016.]

    You are so so wrong about Dean Pelton.

    “Well, you can’t make me NOT cry!” Also I disagree with your criticisms of season six in general. I think it was one of the strongest seasons of the show, behind the first two seasons and maybe behind season three as well, by just a tad. Aside from a midseason slump, I laughed pretty consistently hard at the season, the new characters worked great, and the finale rivals parks and rec’s “One Last Ride”. I wouldn’t be averse to a seventh season, but I wouldn’t complain either because it’s been a damn great run. Every season besides 4 is a strong sitcom season, and each has some of the best sitcom episodes ever produced-Season one has modern warfare, season two has too many to name, season three has remedial chaos theory, season five has cooperative polygraphy, and season six has emotional consequences of broadcast television.

    Also replying to my earlier post as Ben Edlund, angel season six had so much potential. The fact that it went out on a high note just angers me more. They didn’t cancel the show when it jumped the shark hard in season four, they instead cancel it just when it’s getting back to its creative peak? Poppycock. And the fact that they canceled it because of a simple misunderstanding…..GGGRRRAAAHHHH!!!!!

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  25. [Note: Jeremy G. posted this comment on August 5, 2016.]

    I posted this article before the Community finale aired (and I think I had fallen behind a couple of episodes at the time). In retrospect, the last few episodes of the season were certainly the best, but even there, I had simply grown fatigued.

    I don’t think it’s the worst season, and would probably rank it above Season Four. The difference is that I had faith in Season Six, whereas I really didn’t with Season Four.

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  26. [Note: Flamepillar112 posted this comment on August 5, 2016.]

    I noticed that, but they were great moments in the first part of the season as well. The episode where everybody starts drinking, the one where Chang is Mr. Myagi, the paintball episode, the one with the attack ad, the outstanding finale, and I personally really enjoyed the RV episode. About the characters, I agree, but with all the insane shit in Season 4 and cast member departures, I think they did the best with what they had. There are also great meta jokes in season six, particularly Chang’s “frankly, I haven’t been well utilized since!”, and Dan Harmon’s monologue at the end.

    My opinions on the seasons are as follows: 2 is downright phenomenal, 1 and 3 are great, 5 and six are very good, with some truly great episodes in there, and 4 is mediocre up until the finale, which is fucking awful, and kind of ruins the season. Still not as bad as the office season eight.

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