The Rise and Decline of Science Fiction TV Shows

Cracked has an infographic (selection above) illustrating how long-running TV shows rise, plateau, decline, and die a slow death over time. Scott Edelman at blastr thinks that it's particularly applicable to science fiction. I agree, and Stargate SG-1 springs immediately to mind. That show lingered on too long. But episode 200, which was explicitly fan service, made it all worthwhile.

Which science fiction shows do you think suffered particularly prolonged deaths?

Link via blastr

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@Vonskippy -- me, too. Sylar could have been the real hero of the series, if only he hadn't taken his time.

@GODOFTHUNDER -- Hah! I hadn't thought of it like that, but yes, Alan Moore was the best writer on that show.
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The first series of Heroes was good because the plot was stolen from the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore. He was the best writer not working on the team.

I hated what happened to X-Files.
If Mulder left and was replaced with the real Terminator 2 it might have been interesting.
Also after 9 years of cases involving aliens, psychics, scary monsters and a man who could squeeze through an opening as small as a butthole - Scully still didn't believe?WTF!!!
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