It willingly dives right into its waiting jaws!
Here are just a few examples of once-beloved shows that decided to linger at the party long after the fun had evaporated…
- ALL IN THE FAMILY (1971-1979)
- THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW (1960-1968)
- THE COSBY SHOW (1984-1992)
- DALLAS (1978 -1991)
- ROSEANNE (1988-1997)
And of course, the one that started it all…
- HAPPY DAYS (1974-1984)
Arthur Fonzarelli had no idea just how much damage he was inflicting upon the television landscape when he strapped on that pair of waterskis (and leather jacket!), but the echoes of that moment still reverberate today.
Of course, I’m referring to the new, and soon-to-be final, season of Two and a Half Men.
Until recently the spotlight has shone solely on Charlie Sheen and his oh-so-very-public meltdown. But the lawsuits have been put to rest and now that the dust has finally settled, both parties can move on with their lives. Sheen is actually starting to look relatively fit again.
The same can’t be said for the television family he left behind.
I don’t know who Ashton Kutcher has been sleeping with over at CBS (if the rumors are true, it’s apparently not Demi Moore!), but they it looks like they made a fatal error bringing him onboard a ship that was sailing fast and proud to the Land of High Ratings.
While the show’s ratings have remained higher than Sheen’s last season, longtime fans such as myself are already missing the drunken, womanizing, man-child and his keen sense of fashion. Kutcher’s Walden Schmidt is supposed to be an Internet whiz kid billionaire, but he behaves like a twelve-year-old suffering from Ritalin withdrawal. They even had his character make out with Alan’s ex-wife Judith, who is now remarried, something sure to enrage the show’s loyal fans even more.
I know it made me tune out for good, and I’ve stuck with the show through thick and thin. How many television viewers have felt the same over the years, I wonder?
Two and a Half Men mined the vast differences between its leads to produce comedy gold. Now, however, they have two leads who both appear to be lovable losers.
It’s time to strap on the waterskis, Men.