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Shows we've fallen out of love with

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

Captain Hook and Emma on 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

Desperate Housewives

Desperate Housewives

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

Grey’s Anatomy

Teddy and Henry on Grey

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

Stefan and Elena on 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

Modern Family

Modern Family

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

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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