Nothing gold can stay, as the saying goes, and that certainly applies to TV series. There are a host of factors that contribute to diminishing returns of a once-popular show—showrunners changing, writers shifting, the show moving to a different channel, or losing one or even multiple beloved actors (such as the case with shows like “Scrubs” or “Once Upon a Time”). When you capture lightning in a bottle, it can be difficult to reclaim that same spark when one or more of the people most instrumental to its initial success are now gone. Changing hands or attempting to move on without these key players can be far too evident to avid fans, who turn away from the show to which they were once devoted.
Stacker chose 15 TV series across TV history that had lower IMDb ratings for seasons that took place after a star (or stars) left the show or was fired. Shows are organized alphabetically by title. Actors don’t always make or break the TV show, but, as evidenced by this list, sometimes shows are truly nothing without their stars.
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