...or live long enough to see yourself become a villain. This quote from The Dark Knight has been echoing in my head lately as I think about all of my favorite shows and which ones last and which ones don't. I'm scared for the life of my current favorite show, Community, so I spend an awful lot of time researching ratings and likelihood of cancellation and the like. I really need to find some better hobbies, I think.
It's all lead me to a conclusion. Some shows need to be cancelled early because if they aren't, they'll spiral down into just absolute messes. Don't believe me? Cool. You don't have to. By the way, how's The Office lately? Any good?
And that's not to pick just on shows I don't particularly like. There were a few seasons of Scrubs where it was hit-or-miss and I couldn't even bring myself to finish the last season, so it happens with even my favorites. Maybe Arrested Development wouldn't have been quite so great in season 4. Who knows.
The point is, like George Costanza would say, to "leave 'em wanting more." Maybe the best shows, when they get cancelled before we think they should (Studio 60, Friday Night Lights, Dollhouse, Firefly, etc.) are really just sparing us from some god-awful episodes. They're so good in the beginning that we remember them as perfect because they never had time for a bad episode.
But maybe if all of them went 10 seasons, they would have. Maybe we would've gotten bored halfway through or found something else to watch in that timeslot or just had to force ourselves to finish it because we were fans. Maybe their Ross Gellars would have gotten just as goofy as the one on Friends did. Because he got weird midway through.
And maybe that's okay. I don't know. I just know that I don't want to see Community die, but I also don't want to see it watered down like every other sitcom. The charm of the show is that it isn't broad. There's something to say about entertainment that isn't meant for everyone.
The point is consistency. It's easy to have it when you only last 14 episodes. It's a little harder over hundreds.
Think I'm going to point out how that could apply to you? Yeah, yeah. I get it. I'm predictable.
Or is it consistent?
P.S. But really, save Community!