As we’re nearing the end of the 2010-2011 season, it’s time to look back and judge our favorite shows. After all, this is Raked. All we do is judge. Heh.
Now I believe I’ve noticed a trend, and I’m curious whether you’ve noticed it, too. So here goes. Today’s open thread:
True or False: A show’s sophomore year can never live up to its freshman year.
Ok, that’s a pretty big statement? And maybe it’s less black and white. But at least this year, there are a few shows that really make me wonder whether this is true. I mean, let’s look at a couple.
Modern Family. Ok, I really like Modern Family. It’s one of those shows I make sure to tune into every week and one that I recommend to others. But is it as good as last year? No, it’s not. It doesn’t feel as fresh, and they’re even reusing storylines. Already. I mean, bringing back Fizzbo? Having Claire and Phil reenact their aliases from Valentine’s Day again? It’s still entertaining, sure, but it’s not the same.
And what about Vampire Diaries? Don’t get me wrong. I love me some Vampire Diaries, but this year, I can’t say I’m having the same reactions I did last year. The changes they’ve made — Caroline (!!), Tyler — those have been great. But the Originals storyline’s just not as powerful as last season’s, and even the Damon/Stefan rivalry has softened.
So what do you think? Sophomore slump for TV? Your call.