Top 10 Movie Franchises And TV Shows that Got Worse Over Time

Several Movie Franchises and TV shows have declined in quality over time. They usually start off with a promising future but eventually start to bore their audiences by keeping their low quality content running for too long. So this is a list of Movie Franchises and TV shows that severely declined in quality over time.

Vote for the movie franchise or TV series that disappointed you the most as time went by. Thank you.

The Top Ten

1 The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents The Fairly OddParents is an American animated television series created by Butch Hartman for Nickelodeon.

Unlike SpongeBob (which has been improving a lot) and Family Guy (which has quality all over the place as of Season 7, but overall mediocre compared to excellent first six seasons), it just kept getting worse and worse. - KalloFox34

Kept adding unnecessary characters until it finally got cancelled

2 Spongebob Squarepants Spongebob Squarepants SpongeBob SquarePants is an American animated television series created by marine biologist and animator the late Stephen Hillenburg for Nickelodeon. SpongeBob is currently the most popular show on Nickelodeon, as well as the longest running show, running for 20 years, and is beginning its 12th season. more.

What started off as a great show for kids, the writers turned to a more mean-spirited humor as they ran out of ideas when time passed by. And since season 3, every trivial concept seemed to get the full episode treatment. - Joeljohns249

Season 1-4 were fantastic. Season 5-8 were bad. Seasons 9-present are starting to get better, but not as good as the first 4 seasons. - RadioHead03

The first 4 seasons were amazing, but starting at season 5, the show went downhill. - HoldenFanatic

First 4 seasons - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

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3 The Simpsons The Simpsons The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening that originally started on April 19, 1987 as shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show. It got its own series on December 17, 1989 and is still running as of 2019, making it the longest running animated sitcom. It is about a man named Homer more.

What started off as a great show, it slowly started losing it's steam when it approached it's 10th season. The current writers are clearly experiencing a lack of ideas and the newer episodes seems to impersonate a failed imitation of its younger self. Every show needs to end at a certain period, and while this show fairly entertained a large amount of audience in it's hayday, it's high time that this show needs to call it a night and move on. - Joeljohns249

It's not as good as it was, but it's still good. - KalloFox34

4 Transformers

The only good one was Dark of the Moon. The rest was terrible (Revenge of the Fallen was alright in some parts but still) - darthvadern

The first movie and Dark Of The Moon were the only good movies. Revenge Of The Fallen and Age of Exctinction were not even that good and The Last Knight was just atrocious. - HoldenFanatic

You may say I have bad taste in movies. in my opinion, I like the first 3 movies. The 4th one was okay. And the 5th movie The Last Knight was terrible so don't get me started.

The original Transformers was actually one of the highlights of the summer of 2007. Little did we know the stark downward spiral the franchise would take two years later when Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen crash landed in theaters nationwide. It still had the jaw-dropping CGI of the original, but the human characters quickly became insufferable and the Transformers themselves curiously turned into racial caricatures. And if Revenge of the Fallen wasn't bad enough, 2011’s Dark of the Moon came out to similar disgust among the fan base. At last, Paramount hired Michael Bay again for yet another Transformers movie, bringing the grand total up to four movies in eight years. - Joeljohns249

5 Family Guy Family Guy Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter (Idiotic Dad) and Lois (Nagging Wife), their children Meg (Socially Awkward Daughter) Chris (Idiotic Son), and Stewie more.

While the first six seasons were great, its quality's been fluctuating since then. We have the more mediocre but passable seasons (Seasons 7, 8, 9 and 11), and then the really bad ones (Seasons 10, 12 and 13). - KalloFox34

It sucked since day 1. It ripped off the Simpsons. - TeamRocket747

6 The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the series, along with Steven Molaro, and also some wasted guest stars from time to time.

The show started off great with a group of nerdy scientists with their dorky humor. However as seasons passed by this kind of humor was over-used and quiet frankly started getting bland and derivative. It just wasn't satisfying the average viewer anymore. Not to mention the over emphasis on romantic relationships between the characters that was prioritized above the humor factor. - Joeljohns249

Started off quite unique, if stereotyped. After a few seasons it became "Friends" with nerd jokes. It has never recovered. - truckturner

Friends with geek jokes - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

7 Two And a Half Men Two And a Half Men Two and a Half Men is an American television sitcom that began broadcast on CBS on September 22, 2003, and ended on February 19, 2015 after twelve seasons.

It started off as a great show highlighting Alan's miserable life with Charlie's excellent deadspan humor along with a some adorable quick-wits by the 10 yr old Jake. It continued this way until the end of the 8th season, where Sheen was fired off the set with a great animosity and they killed off the Charlie character. From there the show started going down the rails. While one might think Ashton Kutcher's arrival might save the show, he just wasn't able to replace the old Charlie. From then the show's humor got more evil and mean-spirited rather trying to be just funny. Apparently they thought turning the show's humor more grotesque will buy them new audiences. - Joeljohns249

Not until Charlie left, then...

8 Home Alone

One & two were brilliant, the 3rd one was disappointing to its prequels but still not bad. The 4th one was just a mess from top to bottom - Joeljohns249

Got way worse - Camaro6

9 Jaws

Jaws was never intended to be a franchise, but the desire from Universal to make a quick buck quickly bastardized the concept and led to serious overkill. In just 12 years, the series had gone from revolutionizing the entire movie business to delivering a cinematic turd that is still frequently mentioned as a contender for the title of worst movie ever made. - Joeljohns249

10 The Land Before Time

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11 Game of Thrones Game of Thrones Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.
12 The Terminator

While its self-titled debut was fairly entertaining & its sequel Rise of the Machines took it to another level with a standard blockbuster that had a great ending, Salvation took the 'future war' concept fans wanted to see and executed it terribly, while Genisys was just a mess from top to bottom. - Joeljohns249

Salvation wasn't bad but definitely the worst of the series - darthvadern

Good news, I just heard that not only has James Cameron got the Terminator franchise back, he has declared Terminator 3 - Genisys non-canon. - SailorSedna

13 Saw

When Saw first hit the screens in 2004, audiences had hardly seen anything like it before. The first installment of the Saw franchise made was praised for its psychological horror elements, with the Jigsaw Killer drawing comparisons to John Doe in Se7en.

The success of the first Saw movie was massive, making over $100 million against its comparatively low million dollar budget. The success of Saw resulted in an onslaught of sequels, with a new movie released annually for the next six years. The pressure of the franchise’s release schedule, however, resulted in steady decline in story quality. Fans and critics began to dismiss the series, no caring for the direcrion the series was taking. - Joeljohns249

14 How to Train Your Dragon

It was never good! - KalloFox34

The sequel was deplorable. - Synchronocity

It's just Game of Thrones for kids now.

15 Alien
16 Scream
17 Star Wars Star Wars Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving more.

Honestly don't agree, the franchise as gone up and done, the original was great, the prequels were ok, outside of episode three which was great, and the new trilogy was great/good/ok depending on the fan and the episode your talking about - germshep24

Disney was a mistake for Star Wars, they ended Lucasarts and messed up the canon by removing everything cool. or changing the cool stuff like Thrawn and messing him and his arc beyond recognition. - Stalin

Press F for lucasfilm
The only good Disney Star Wars was solo - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

18 American Idol American Idol

Downhill ever since Simon left in my opinion - Camaro6

19 Supernatural Supernatural This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious more.
20 Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean
21 The Matrix
22 Resident Evil

Many felt the movies were unnecessarily violent and that their storylines often fell apart due to unresolved cliffhanger endings and the complete abandonment of, what audiences assumed were, staple characters to the franchise. - Joeljohns249

23 Weeds Weeds Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan for Showtime. Its central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two boys who begins selling marijuana to support her family.
24 Superman Superman Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman. more.
25 Phineas and Ferb Phineas and Ferb Phineas and Ferb is an American animated comedy-musical television series. Originally broadcast as a one-episode preview on August 17, 2007 and again previewed on September 28, 2007, the series officially premiered on February 1, 2008 and ended on June 12, 2015 on Disney Channel, and follows Phineas more.

Not really, it was still good when it got cancelled. - KalloFox34

26 Teen Titans Go! Teen Titans Go! 'Teen Titans Go!' is an American animated television series produced by Cartoon Network. The show follows a superhero group called the Teen Titans, and shows what happens when they go home and have silly adventures. This show is Cartoon Network's revival of the popular 2003-2006 American animated television more.

This show sucks since day one

27 Scrubs Scrubs

Origin of the default dance so it must die - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

28 Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! Yu-Gi-Oh! was aired from 2000 to 2004 in Japan, and 2002 to 2006 in the US. It continues where the Toei Anime Left off. When 10th grader Yugi Muto solves the Millenium Puzzle, Yami Yugi emerges, taking control of him to help his friends. In Duel Monsters, they mostly played children's card games because more.
29 Winx Club Winx Club Winx Club is an Italian animated television series directed, created and produced by Iginio Straffi and his company Rainbow S.r.l.
30 Amityville Horror

Why can't they just burn down the stupid house already? - RadioHead03

Because then they would have to find a way to tell the story of how the house magically unburned down itself - germshep24

31 Total Drama Total Drama Total Drama is a Canadian animated comedy television series which is a homage and parody to the conventions commonly found in reality television.

The only good seasons were the first, third and fourth ones. The others were pretty bad. - KalloFox34

Once the third season ended this show got terrible. The new contestants weren't as good as the old ones and when they brought back the old contestants their personalities were changed so much they felt like lesser versions of themselves.

Some of the new characters had promise, but derailment caught up to them. - Synchronocity

32 The Flash The Flash The Flash is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW.
33 The X Files
34 That 70s Show That 70s Show That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in the fictional suburban town of Point Place, Wisconsin, from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.
35 Heroes
36 Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King and is loosely based on the novel series of the same name written by Sara Shepard.
37 Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns, residents and attending physicians, as they evolve into seasoned doctors while trying more.
38 How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally aired on CBS from September 19, 2005, to March 31, 2014. The series follows the main character, Ted Mosby, and his group of friends in Manhattan.
39 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha is a Japanese anime television series directed by Akiyuki Shinbo, with screenplay written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and produced by Seven Arcs.

Thank Olivie Sagebrecht for the movies and ViVid Strike! because the ViVid anime and (from what I've heard of) Force were so abysmally bad. - PerfectImpulseX

40 The Chronicles Of Narnia

Why is this one here? - Camaro6

41 Middle Earth
42 Shrek Shrek Shrek is a character debuting in the 2001 animated movie of the same name. The popular franchise has 4 films and the character himself has become recognizable to people of all ages. He has since spawned into what is most likely the most widely recognized internet meme to ever come into the world.
43 Die Hard

The first one was awesome
They got worse afterwards - Fat_Turtle_Gamez

44 Batman Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael more.

By this I'm referring to the original series that consisted of movies Batman, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. Not the other series that starred Christan Bale. - Joeljohns249

45 Rocky

The first 4 Rocky movies were simply brilliant. However the 5th and 6th film were disappointing and didn't live up to the expectations of it's prequels. Still it wasn't that much of a terrible movie and that's why I put this considerably low on this list - Joeljohns249

46 Friday the 13th

This serious started off meh, then got better to the fourth movie, then went done on 5, then back up at 6, then bad for 7. 8. and 9, then got campy fun 10 - germshep24

47 Indiana Jones Indiana Jones Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., often shortened to "Indy", is the title character of the Indiana Jones franchise.

The movies were all great, except the 4th which was ok, don't think this deserves to be on the list - germshep24

48 Spider-Man

While I did enjoy Spider-Man 3, it just didn't live up to the expectations of it's prequels - Joeljohns249

49 Madagascar
50 Pokemon Pokemon Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.

While the games are as good as ever, the anime got a LOT worse during Best Wishes. Why? Ash went from reasonably intelligent (in Diamond and Pearl) to full-on braindead, Iris picked on Ash for kicks, the rivals were either annoying or unlikable, and they stopped using Team Rocket for comic relief. - KalloFox34

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