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10 TV Shows That Should Have Been Canceled But Still Lumber On

When it comes to good television, there is possibly just one thing worse than a show getting canceled too soon. And that is a show not getting canceled soon enough. When a great series begins, it almost seems too good to be true. The writing is subtle and smart, the performances are seamless, and when an episode ends you can't wait for the next one to begin.

But sometimes, perhaps more often than we would like to admit, a show goes stale. The first few seasons are gems, and then it becomes clear that the writers are scrambling to come up with storylines that can rival that of the pilot season. Before we know it, Fonzie is soaring through the air in a leather jacket and water skis, jumping over a shark...

We dare you to disagree with any shows on the list below:

10. Homeland

This was actually based on an Israeli television show called Prisoners of War, and it started out with a bang. It was smart and quick, and the audience couldn't see the curveballs that the writers were throwing at us. And of course, Mandy Patinkin, legend of the stage and screen, was part of the extremely capable cast. But after Brody died, so did this show. All of a sudden, it is no longer about what it was when it started, and characters are routinely acting in ways that they previously wouldn't have. It seems as though everyone is searching for a good plotline but can't find one.

9. House of Cards

This was adapted from a BBC miniseries, and probably should have lasted about as long. The first season was almost too good to be true: Could Frank and Claire really be this manipulative? Could their marriage be so deranged that it actually works? Could Washington really be like this? And then they hit us with arguably the best season opener of all time when Frank pushes Zoe Barnes in front of a train at the beginning of Season 2. But slowly, Frank moves from majority whip to vice president, to stealing the presidency and so forth, and the show's interesting factor has become inversely proportional to Frank's success. Now we have to look forward to a sixth and final season with just Claire in charge.