Newhart started out kinda dull and boring, then they replaced the original maid with Stephanie VanderKellen (Julia Duffy) for Season 2. (Show lasted 8 seasons.)
Same with The Odd Couple. The show was so much better once they "changed apartments" (got a better set; the old one was just the same set they used in the movie version; from which the TV series was based on). They dropped all the poker buddies except for Murray the Cop, got the ex-wives in the mix and it was so much better. (Show lasted 5 seasons, which I consider "long-running", because it's still constantly shown in syndication.)
Post by Jay Carroll on Dec 25, 2010 13:22:14 GMT -5
Pretty sure Seinfeld would be on this list, although I never watched much of it myself. I've heard that it was pretty much up to be cancelled and was saved after the first season, then went on to be what it was.
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Post by Ronny Rayguns on Dec 25, 2010 13:27:33 GMT -5
I probably should have disclaimered this, the first season of most TV Shows were still pretty bland (EX: Seinfeld The Simpsons) Just because it takes a while for the writers and actors to get a grasp of who the characters are supposed to be
Post by Kevin's Thorn on Dec 25, 2010 16:33:31 GMT -5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Eureka Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (heh) Dragon Ball Z One Piece (and most long-running animes) 90210 (new series, even though it's only S3 now) Survivor: Samoa + Survivor: Heroes v Villains (thanks to RUSSELL HANTZ for saving Survivor's ratings altogether)
but then somehow ended up getting better and better?
The only show I can think of is Boy Meets World.
It started out as a pretty milk toast, bleh comedy but as the show progressed the style of humor got more goofy and self referential.
I actually liked the first couple of seasons of Boy Meets World the best, and felt it went really downhill around season 3 and I never watched it anymore.
Same with Supernatural, I liked it better when it was mainly just about Sam and Dean going on hunts. I really kinda hate the show's continuing mythology now and it's character overload, and wish it would go back to Sam and Dean hunting a different demon/monster/ghost every week.
Smallville. It started out by having a different meteor "freak of the week" and didn't really have much connection to Superman beyond the characters. As seasons went on, they ditched the freak of the week formula and have dug much deeper into the DC Comics mythology. A definite positive change.