True Detective and 5 More Shows That Peaked in Season 1
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True Detective and 5 More Shows That Peaked in Season 1


After a first season that earned four Emmys and was nominated for seven more, True Detective seems to have lost its luster in its sophomore season, leading some to wonder if the first go-round was just a flash in the pan.


But the HBO drama isn’t the only show to squander its first-season glory. We polled the Wetpaint office and came up with five others. Here are our thoughts on those TV burnouts.

True Detective

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Perhaps Season 2 has too many lead characters, or the mystery is too complicated, or we need Matthew McConaughey’s philosophical musings, or we never should have left the ‘90s-era Louisiana bayou, but for whatever reason, Season 2 just isn’t the captivating saga Season 1 was.


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Glee had a show-stopping first season that really should have stopped the show — because subsequent seasons got a little pitchy, dawg. The once jubilant song-and-dance numbers lost their pizazz, continuity went out the window, and Ryan Murphy & Co. seemed to try out every storyline they could imagine.


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Season 1 in this Hamptons-set vengeance tale introduced us to Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp), a woman hellbent on punishing those who framed her father. We never stopped rooting for Em, but the second season lost momentum with a convoluted mythology... and far too few Sharpie X’s.


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After the commercial and critical success of the first season, Heroes quickly became villainous in viewers’ minds, introducing unlikable new characters while neglecting fan favorites and procrastinating on the show’s central conflict.

The O.C.

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The first season of this sun-drenched soap won buzz and accolades for its sharp writing and compelling characters, but the show experienced plenty of rough waters in Season 2, particularly because of misfired new characters Alex (Olivia Wilde) and Lindsay (Shannon Lucio), who were abruptly written out amid fan criticism.


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Girls is billed as a comedy and certainly started off as such, but the Season 1 laughs gave way to angsty drama in Season 2, especially when Hannah’s (Lena Dunham) OCD relapse culminates in a stomach-turning Q-tip accident.