5 TV Shows That Have Been On for Way Too Long

Every year there are new TV shows that come out and pique our interest. Sometimes this means we forsake the shows that we once adored. But still, network stations, cable stations, and premium channels continue to produce and air their programming.

Perhaps they should take note here; sometimes overkill is as bad as a poorly written show. This is not a hard science and is subjective. In some cases, the shows are not bad — it may just be time to wrap it up. What follows are shows that are still on the air that have simply overstayed their welcome on our televisions (and laptops).

1. Supernatural

Supernatural - The CW

Source: The CW

Eric Kripke’s show first came on the air in 2005. It was first shown on The WB and then its successor, The CW. The show stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as hunters of ghosts, monsters, and more otherworldly creatures. Padalecki plays Sam Winchester and Ackles plays Dean Winchester, brothers who have, at this point, seen it all.

The pilot was viewed by about 5.69 million viewers. Kripke’s goal for the show was originally three seasons, but that was later expanded to five. After the fifth season, Kripke left the show. Sera Gamble and Jeremy Carver then became the showrunners. The 11th season of Supernatural premiered on October 15, 2015. It is officially the longest-running North American science-fiction series.

2. Grey’s Anatomy

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Source: ABC

The medical drama (ABC), created by Shonda Rhimes, is in its 12th season. The show follows certain medical professionals as they encounter workplace conflicts and conflicts in their personal lives. It is set in Seattle, Washington.

The main protagonist, Dr. Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), is originally accepted to work at Seattle Grace Hospital. There, she meets and interacts with characters such as: Dr. Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson), Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), Dr. George O’Malley (T.R. Knight), Dr. Izzie Stevens (Katherine Heigl), and Dr. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers). Eventually, O’Malley passes away and Stevens leaves. The hospital then merges with Mercy West. At this point, Grey comes in contact with the characters Dr. Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) and Dr. April Kepner (Sarah Drew).

There are plenty of other characters along the way — 12 years’ worth. In the surgical unit, Meredith finds Dr. Derek Shepherd (Patrick Dempsey). An entire new group of interns was introduced in the ninth season. In the 10th, they became series regulars.

Grey’s Anatomy has long been a demographic and critical success. It won a Golden Globe in 2007, and has been nominated for several Emmys. The 12th season premiered on September 24, 2015.

3. The Vampire Diaries

Source: The CW

Source: The CW

The supernatural drama has had seven seasons. It was created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. It is based on the books written by L.J. Smith. Vampire Diaries first came on the air in September 2009, on The CW.

Here’s a bit about the plot: It is set in Mystic Falls, Va., a fictional place filled with all sorts of mystical creatures, like vampires and werewolves. The main protagonist, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), falls for vampire Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Stefan’s brother Damon is also introduced as a love interest; he is played by Ian Somerhalder. Elena deals with a strange lookalike and the return of the Original Vampires.

The series’ pilot drew in a large audience for the network, and it remains a staple of The CW. Reception to the series has improved as it has gone on. The show’s been nominated for Teen Choice and People’s Choice awards.

The Vampire Diaries had its seventh season air in 2015.

4. Castle

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

Castle (ABC) has been on the air since March 2009. It was created by Andrew W. Marlowe, and has brought us some memorable characters, including Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a mystery novelist, and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a homicide detective. The two pair up and solve crimes in New York.

The show revolves around the romance between the two, which develops after an initial apprehension at working together. The show’s eighth season premiered on September 21, 2015.

5. Hawaii Five-0

Source: CBS

Source: CBS

The police procedural is a reboot of the series which ran on CBS from 1968-1980. By 1980, it was the longest-running cop show.

The contemporary version, created by Leonard Freeman, also airs on CBS, and premiered on September 20, 2010. It has had six seasons. (The sixth premiered on September 25, 2015.)

Hawaii Five-0 follows an elite state police task force in Hawaii. The show features Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin), Danny Williams (Scott Caan), Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park).

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