Even though The Sopranos and Breaking Bad are still popular years after they ended, other shows haven’t held up as well. From classic sitcoms like Friends to sci-fi/fantasy epics like Lost, there were many reasons why people stopped watching shows they used to love. With so many old shows to choose from, Ranker users voted for the ones they thought had held up the worst over time.
Even though Friends is considered one of the best sitcoms of all time, it has some problems when seen through the eyes of today. The show is about six young people who live in the same building and try to live their lives in New York City.
Home Improvement (1991-1999)
Most show fans fondly remember Tim “the Toolman” Taylor’s antics, but Home Improvement doesn’t hold up when it’s watched repeatedly. The show is about a man who has his home improvement show and tries to balance his life as a TV host with the hard life of being a parent.
The Legendary Journeys of Hercules (1995-1999)
Sci-fi and fantasy show often look the worst in hindsight, and shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys are so bad that they make you want to laugh out loud. In the series, Hercules, a demi-god, travels around the country looking for adventures.
Heroes tried to tell interesting superhero stories on TV before Marvel and DC turned their attention to the small screen. The show is about a group of different people from all over the world who suddenly find out they have superpowers.
Walker, Texas Ranger (1993-2001)
Walker, Texas Ranger was never more than filler TV. The show is about Cordell Walker, a Texas Ranger who is as tough as nails and will do anything to stop crime.
People often watch sitcoms to have fun, but sometimes a show gets a chance to do more.
Family Things (1989-1998)
Some shows become known for a tiny part of the bigger picture because they are so popular. Family Matters is about the Winslow family and how they deal with everyday problems and their neighbor Steve Urkel’s strange behavior.
Just fire away! (1997-2003)
Most shows that people remember fondly will always have some audience, and fans often go back to watch old episodes they liked. On the other hand, some do the exact opposite and disappear almost as soon as they air. In Just Shoot Me!, a young woman tries to get into her father’s business by working at a high-end fashion magazine.
Lost is often said to have changed the way people watch TV, which is mostly true. But that hasn’t stopped the show from getting worse over time. A fatal accident leaves a group of people stranded on a strange island in the series.
No one was fooling themselves when they watched Baywatch when it first came out, and the things that made it famous in the ’90s are the things that have made it age badly. The show is about a group of professional lifeguards who save people from drowning and try to figure out their complicated social lives.