We’ve all been there: You see them for the first time, and everything is different. It’s love at first sight, and you can’t imagine going a week without seeing them. You look forward to every encounter, and you’re thinking about them constantly when they’re away. But then one day something changes.
Suddenly, you go a week without them, and then another. The time you do spend together is fraught with tension (and not the good kind). It’s tough, but it’s something every TV fan has done: fallen out of love with a favorite show. Below are some of the shows that the EW Community has loved and lost throughout the years.
Once Upon a Time
The Once Upon a Time pilot was everything I wanted it to be. It was Disney and magic and meta and fun. The first season is A+, and early season 2 was pretty great. But then the long arcs started, and the show started introducing truly random characters (Frankenstein anyone?) and ignoring fan favorites (I miss you, Ruby …). And as someone who’s not a big fan of Captain Hook or Captain Swan, the show can be truly hard to watch at times. I’m still watching—Snow and Charming are keeping it going for me—but Once has gone from “Must See TV” to “I’ll get to it when I get to it,” and 2011 Sam is pretty sad about it.–Samantha Swank
The 2004–2005 season kicked off an amazing age of television for ABC, giving us Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Desperate Housewives. While the former continues to be one of my all-time favorites, as the seasons of Housewives wore on, I found myself dreading how the episodes piled up on my DVR, and I finally gave up after the second-to-last season. What started out as a clever, stylish, and thrilling primetime soap that was also pretty funny, spiraled into unwatchable madness with babies being switched at birth, the attack of the Fairview Strangler, death by electrocution, and both a freak tornado and a plane crashing into Wisteria Lane.–Wendy Hathaway
When Grey’s Anatomy first came into my life, it was love at first sight. It was glorious: a hospital that treated sick people but, more importantly, provided a place for good-looking doctors to hook up between shifts. Not to mention elevators. Who knew the trip from one floor to another could be rife with so much sexual tension?! Shonda, that’s who.
The inaccuracies of residency life didn’t bother me, because the drama was so fun and intriguing. But then people started dying. Lots and lots and lots of people. There was no joy in it for me anymore. And when Dr. Altman’s husband died on Cristina’s operating table, our love affair was officially over.–Tamar Barbash
The gang at Greendale Community College was a lovable bunch of misfits. The chemistry was great and the storylines were goofy yet endearing. Honestly, Community produced some of the best contemporary television (see: “Modern Warfare” and “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”). But then backstage drama happened. Showrunner Dan Harmon left the show after season three, and while I didn’t hate his season-four absence, a shift occurred. I continued to watch through season five when Harmon returned—but it became a chore. Every episode was an event, and we lost the show’s heart. Once Community moved to Yahoo! TV, I was officially ready to break up with these human beings. One of these days, I may reconnect.–Joanna Skrabala
I love musicals, and was hooked on Glee from the beginning. When I was in college, Glee was a weekly ritual for my dorm. No matter what plans or homework we had on Tuesday night, it was all canceled so that at least 30 of us could gather around the TV and watch together. The music and the characters were addicting. But somewhere along the way, everyone lost interest. I don’t know if it was because the songs got cheesier or the storylines felt forced and kind of preachy, but we all just quit watching. I held on for as long as I could, but I didn’t even attempt to watch this last season. I think partly because Rachel Berry may be the most unlikable main character I’ve ever seen. And also because the show never found its voice once the original kids graduated, and we were split between an all new glee-club and the old kids. It was too much. Sometimes I go back and watch season 1: the good old days when I could never stop believing in the New Directions.–Cara Cooper
The Vampire Diaries
For Stelena fans, it was easy to fall out of love with The Vampire Diaries. It was a slow process as we saw Elena shift more toward Damon each episode, especially after becoming a vampire. But it was more than just losing a favorite couple. The show continued to try to pack in more and more supernatural storylines until they couldn’t see which way was up. The heart of the show is the magic we saw between a human girl falling in love with a vampire, and somewhere along the way, that was lost. Season 6 has tried to bring us back to the storylines we loved, but nothing will ever be what the first few seasons were, especially now as we see Elena leave the show. So for now, you can find me rewatching seasons 1–3 and wishing for those better days.–Emily Glover
The pilot of Modern Family was one of the best show pilots I had ever seen. As the show started, we quickly learned about the three major relationships on the show and how differences caused some disagreements between the couples. Then, the same disagreements kept happening. Phil was childish and Claire was controlling. Jay was grumpy and Gloria was temperamental. Cameron was flamboyant and Mitchell was embarrassed. Repeat, repeat.
After every show was about some sort of argument, it became a show about couples that actually hated each other, despite the silly antics they got themselves into. The one highlight of the show is the children, especially Manny, who seem wise beyond their years and roll their eyes at their parents. I was rolling my eyes, too. By the time Cam and Mitch’s wedding rolled around and they couldn’t stop fighting about it, you had to ask, “Should they even be getting married?”–Robin Hardwick
I watched when Dr. Romano lost his arm to a helicopter blade. I still watched when Dr. Romano lost his life to a falling helicopter. I watched as the original cast members left the show, and continued watching as many of the replacement cast members trickled away as well. But as the plots grew more and more ludicrous (the tank, need I say more), it became harder to remember the emotional connection that drew viewers to the show in the first place. By the time they resorted to a kidnapping/shooting cliffhanger for season 12, I checked out of the ER, returning only for the nostalgic series finale.–Karen Belgrad
Awkward started out great. It was the story of a teenage girl trying to deal with her sudden popularity, while maintaining her friendships and trying to navigate her romantic relationships. But somewhere along the way, Jenna’s journey of self-discovery took a wrong turn, and the show hasn’t been able to find its way back. Characters like Matty, Jake, and Tamara, who were once the mainstays of the series, seem to be channeling their worst qualities and behaving increasingly unlike themselves. In fact, toward the end of last season, Jenna and Tamara—the core friendship of the whole show—barely exchanged any words. Were it any other show, I’d probably quit watching at this point. But with half as season left, well, I’ll probably still watch it … awkward.–Nivea Serrao