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Six Shows That Have Gone Well Past Their Expiration Date

By Emily Cutler | Lists | March 22, 2017 |

By Emily Cutler | Lists | March 22, 2017 |

Even for the pop culture writer, there are some areas of entertainment with which we are unfamiliar. There are even more areas with which we have a passing familiarity, but wouldn’t consider ourselves experts on. And then there are the groups of entertainment where the only reaction is, “Wait, a minute. That’s still a thing?!”

Consider this:

Yep, that’s the trailer for the final, for real, totally serious, really real, series finale for Bones. I only add that many “reallys” because I would have sworn to god as of this morning that the show went off the air the same year as House. (That show is over, yes?) But according to this entry, not only is Bones still technically on the air, but it’s one of the longest-running scripted shows in TV history. Walk with me then, through the television wasteland of shows that have without question put out an astonishing level of too many shows.

Hawaii Five-0
Has: 162 episodes
Should Have Had: Let’s stick with a theme, and say five.


Modern Family
Has: 183 episodes
Should Have Had: Until Manny Reached Puberty


Big Bang Theory
Has: 225 Episodes
Should Have Had: Bazinga? Is that how this show works?


Has: 245 episodes
Should Have Had: Until Bones Gave Birth In A Literal Nativity Scene Because What The Fuck?


Grey’s Anatomy
Has: 284 episodes
Should Have Had: Who Here Thinks Miranda Bailey Should Get Her Own Show And Leave Behind All These Assholes?


Has: 324 episodes
Should Have Had: Honestly, I’ve never seen an episode of NCIS. The extent of my exposure to the show is the clips I used to see on The Soup. But let’s say the show should have gone off the air at some point between JAG and CSI. Or any other number of initials shows.

Speaking of, is this an NCIS?

Or this one?

Looks like Sam jumped into Ted Danson’s body. Oh boy.

And we’re back.

Wait, go back to that second photo. Is that Britta’s little-nippled boyfriend?
Fuck, yeah, it is.

Oh, right. The NCIS. Well, good job on being around so long. Sorry, I never got into it that much, Mark Harmon.