Within the past two weeks, Showtime has announced that two of their long-running popular series are coming to a close. Weeds returns next Sunday July 1st for its eighth and final season. A few months back, their serial-killer drama Dexter was renewed for two more seasons. Now it seems that those two would be the show’s last seasons, putting the show at eight seasons as well.
As much as I enjoy film, their stories are limited to under three hours. On the other hand, there is something very rewarding and satisfying about watching a story unfold at a slower pace over the course of TV series’ episodes and seasons. Getting to know the inner workings of Don Draper’s mind for five+ years makes watching Mad Men that much more enjoyable. But, as we shall one day leave this mortal coil and pass through the glorious gates of Valhalla, so too must TV series come to an end.
Sometimes shows go too soon, others are the loveable brother that sleeps on your couch for way too long (I was that brother, by the way.) TV shows usually end two ways: A) The show is not bringing in the ratings the network wants and they pull the plug (Arrested Development, Deadwood) or B) After a long and healthy run, the show ends and is put out to pasture. And the thing about the latter option is that you can either make a graceful exit, by saying “we’ve told our story, it’s over,” (Lost, The Sopranos) or you can milk a franchise for all it’s worth and run it into the ground for an excessive amount of years (*cough cough* The Office.)
As much fun as Weeds once was, I had been praying to the TV gods that the drug-dealing mama would trade in the pot brownies for more traditional desserts for a while. Dexter might still have a chance at a well-deserved retirement however. Though many would argue that the show peaked two years ago with John Lithgow’s excellent performance as “The Trinity Killer,” the way season six wrapped up leaves potential for some interesting stories that could really give Dexter the shot in the arm it needs to be great again.
So here’s a question to my five readers out there: What show do you think has overstayed its welcome? Do you really still care how that guy met your mother? REALLY?