Four Shows That Got Better Over Time

4 Shows that Got Better Most Improved TV shows

We’ve all been there before – we hear about a cool show. We get excited. We start watching it. And then we get more and more depressed as it just proves to be a load of crap.  Nothing is worse than when a good show is ruined with cliches and poor writing, but it happens all the time! We were all there when Netflix released Hemlock Grove. Or when Legends of Tomorrow proved less than legendary. It’s tragic. It’s sad. It’s all too common.

Yet there are times when a show somehow pulls up at the last minute and becomes good. We recognize these shows when we start suggesting them with the caveat of skipping through the first half of season one or whatever. These shows were able to stick around long enough to wipe away the crap that had originally covered it and are now some of the most improved TV shows.

This is my list of the four best television shows that came out of a nose dive.

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The 100 started out as your basic CW teenage show. What drew me to it was the premise that a bunch of kids got sent to an irradiated Earth to see if it was still inhabitable due to nuclear fallout. So, basically, it was Lord of the Flies with teen heartthrobs. On the ground, you got to see the kids make stupid decision after stupid decision, while in space you got to see the adults be caricatures of the worst caliber. For the first half of season one, it got stupider and stupider, and just as I was questioning why I even decided to sit down to watch this trash in the first place… bamph! If you want to really enjoy the show make sure you get a TV Buddy Antenna to receive signal with the best available quality and resolution.

About halfway through season one, the dialogue started making sense. People’s weird motivations were starting to be explained so they didn’t come off as mustache-twirling evil. The action picked up and the cinematography became amazing. And by the end of season one, you are left gaping and thirsting for more.

The 100 went on to have an amazing second season. And while some would say that the third season has tripped a little, I think it’s all starting to come together to make a fantastic exploration into a post-apocalyptic setting.  

The 100 is my favorite sci-fi show as of late. It has a feeling of Battlestar Galactica that many shows haven’t been able to capture yet. I highly recommend you watch it… just be prepared for a sub-par first half in season one.

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The Green Arrow has always been a favorite of mine. I loved his comics, I loved him in the Justice League cartoons, and when I heard he was coming to the CW, I was optimistic. I watched the first episode, and while it suffered from most things a pilot generally does, I was happy. Yet, that happiness was short lived as the show grew worse and worse.

I had actually given up on Arrow when Fandible’s Daniel told me to give it time. He said if I could make it to the last few episodes of season one, I would love season two. I didn’t believe him, didn’t listen to him, and for a year, I left Arrow on the wayside.

Yet I eventually got drunk one night and pulled it up. And the first season was horrible. God, it was bad. But by the last two episodes of season one, I suddenly found myself interested. It ended on a high note, and I was generally hopeful for season two.

And season two BLEW IT OUT OF THE WATER! Season two was amazing and everything I wanted in the series. And while Arrow has gone down in quality somewhat, it has still become a fairly decent show to watch. And even if you aren’t a fan, give the show some props. It was able to pull itself out of a nose dive long enough to prove to the executives that The Flash was a good idea.

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So, the Agents of SHIELD pilot was… well… pretty tame. It wasn’t bad nor was it good. It was neutral in every way. However, it started from that neutral position and just kept getting more and more boring as time went on. Ward was a poster board for dull. The stories were mediocre at best. And Skye was just… well… annoying, I suppose? So it was no surprise to Angela or me when we stopped watching Agents of SHIELD.

And then we saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I immediately began to wonder if Agents of SHIELD would follow through with the storyline, and I was so happy they did. Not only did the show’s stories get a million times more exciting – but Ward and Skye got the jolt of life they absolutely needed. Skye has become a fan favorite for the series, and I’ve enjoyed Ward quite a bit since his secret was exposed.

Make it through the first season of Agents of SHIELD, and I think you’ll find the show you were hoping for since the beginning.

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There are certain truths out there. All even numbered Star Trek movies are good. Patrick Stewart is actually Jean Luc Picard. And The Next Generation only became good when Riker got his beard.

Yes! For those that don’t know, TNG was not very good when it came out. At the time, it was great because it was one of the few sci-fi shows on network tv, but it wasn’t very exciting. Season one ended, people sort of shrugged, and when the next season happened, something was different. It seemed more powerful. Thicker. Stronger. Bolder. Make sure to get a Satellite TV Installation for Business to start watching these series. 

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I’m talking about Riker’s beard, clearly. But that seemed to be the shot of adrenaline the whole series needed! TNG became a beloved series, and due to its popularity, we got other Star Trek series such as Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.

So, what show started off badly but ended up pulling itself together before it was cancelled? Leave a comment below and let us know!

And yes, this is just me trying to find some series to watch so I can make it through the summertime slump.


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Billy started out his roots like many roleplayers - D&D. Playing it and then Vampire all through highschool and college, Billy picked it all up again when he made the move from Michigan to New York. Now working in publishing, Billy does what he can to view roleplaying games through a narrative's lens. Does that sound classy as balls? It should.

4 comments on “Four Shows That Got Better Over Time

  1. Warren says:

    (Agreed on the broad strokes of all of those)

    For me, Supernatural was this. It took seeing some of season 2 to convince me to fill in most of season 1. Nice trajectory to end of s5. (Up and down after that, but I’m too far gone to abandon it)

  2. Fabian says:

    You may have spoken too soon–people on the webz are saying Arrow is bad again, even though I’ve mostly liked the 4th season. Apparently there’s too much Olicity.

    You’re right about Legends, though. I’m still trying to figure out why the show exists, and the characters are possibly the worst time travelers ever. And why can’t a small army of superheroes with a space ship take down one guy whose only power is immortality? Still, the last episode was interesting and I do like Heatwave, even though his motives aren’t adding up.

  3. Hopeless says:

    Arrow’s biggest problem stems from having certain characters denied to them when they might reach the big screen.

    If the tv and movies don’t crossover why deny one instead of letting the audience decide?

    Gotham I feel really needed a Gray Ghost a figure to inspire Bruce as it did in the animated series, they might be able to do without but if you’re going to introduce Batman’s rogue gallery you shouldn’t turn Gordon into Batman 0.5 but develop the series to explain why and how Bruce will become the Bat lord knows if hear they’re introducing the Court of Owls!

  4. Basher Da Barsher says:

    DC’s decision to keep sitcom and movies separated is a HUGE mistake. I can see some logic behind it, but I dunno… I wish they’d cast the TV’s Flash in the upcoming movie. I just love that frickin’ guy.

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