From Hits to Has-Beens: 24 Once-Popular TV Shows People Don’t Care About Anymore

Everyone has had that one TV show they were obsessed with, eagerly anticipating each new episode. But perhaps your interests shifted and you lost interest along the way. Check out the 24 shows people were once obsessed with that became memories of a bygone era.

1. Dexter (2006-2013)

Dexter Michael C. Hall
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This thrilling tale about an analyst living a secret double life as a serial killer hooked viewers for several seasons. Sadly, as the series progressed, mixed reviews and a controversial finale left fans feeling less invested in the show.

2. Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

Desperate Housewives Marcia Cross
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Desperate Housewives gathered a particular fan base that was rare in its time. The secrets, scandals, and dark humor of Wisteria Lane had viewers hooked for eight seasons. Although Desperate Housewives provided plenty of entertainment, its cultural impact gradually diminished.

3. Lost (2004-2010)

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For six seasons, Lost kept audiences on the edge of their seats, eager to unravel the mysteries of the mysterious island. While the show's finale divided some fans, there's no denying the cultural phenomenon Lost became during its run.

4. Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

Gossip Girl Blake Lively
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

This series showcased stunning fashion styles and soon became an obsession for fashion lovers. Set in the glamorous world of New York's elite, Gossip Girl had viewers hooked on the scandalous lives of its characters. Well, until the series lost its initial spark.

5. Heroes (2006-2010)

Heroes Adrian Pasdar, Milo Ventimiglia
Image Credit: NBC Universal Television Studio.

Heroes burst onto the scene, introducing a diverse group of individuals discovering their extraordinary abilities. As the seasons progressed, however, the show struggled to maintain its initial momentum, leading to a decline in fan interest.

6. Prison Break (2005-2009, 2017)

Prison Break Sarah Wayne Callies
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox Television.

One fan admitted they were “addicted to the suspense and intricate plot twists.” As the series progressed, however, this obsession started to fade. The Prison Break fandom soon fell flat following new releases that did not resonate well with its fans.

Although the show attempted a revival in 2017, the initial excitement of the original series did not revive with it.

7. The OC (2003-2007)

The O.C.
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The OC brought us the angst-filled lives of Ryan, Seth, Marissa, and Summer in the sunny world of Orange County. While the show remains a quintessential teen drama of its time, its popularity has waned over the years. Don't blame the fans; blame the disrespectful deviation from the plot.

8. Breaking Bad (2008-2013)

Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Television.

For quite a while, Breaking Bad was the trending series on every TV lover's lips. Breaking Bad took the television world by storm with its gripping storyline and compelling characters but, somehow, lost its spark. Despite its initial popularity, the show's conclusion marked the end of its reign as a pop culture sensation.

9. Friends (1994-2004)

Friends Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

Friends remains an iconic sitcom that captured the hearts of millions worldwide. The series was even well received by critics, gathering positive reviews.

Yes, the timeless humor and endearing friendships of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe may still resonate with audiences. Still, the intense obsession that once surrounded the show has gradually diminished.

10. Grey's Anatomy (2005-Present)

Grey's Anatomy Sandra Oh, Ellen Pompeo
Image Credit: ABC Signature.

Okay, Grey's Anatomy still airs today, but the big question is whether it still has the same viewership it had in the earliest days of its release. While the show may maintain a fanbase, the initial obsession has waned over its long run.

11. The Flash (2014-2023)

The Flash Grant Gustin
Image Credit: Warner Bros Television.

The Flash raced onto our screens, introducing us to the world of superheroes and metahumans. But now, while the show continues to have a fanbase, the initial hype has subsided, and viewers have turned their attention to newer superhero offerings.

12. The Walking Dead (2010-2020)

The Walking Dead Norman Reedus
Image Credit: AMC Studios.

The zombie apocalypse and the struggle for survival in The Walking Dead had fans eagerly tuning in each week. However, as the show continued, some fans felt that the plot became repetitive, leading to decreased interest.

13. Lost in Space (1965-1968)

Lost in Space
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The original Lost in Space and its modern reboot had six seconds of fame. One person nostalgically recalled, “I was obsessed with the original series as a kid, and the new version has its charm too.” Based on our investigation, the show no longer holds the same level of widespread obsession.

14. Heroes Reborn (2015-2016)

Heroes Reborn Danika Yarosh
Image Credit: Universal Television.

After the success of the original series, Heroes Reborn attempted to recapture the magic with a new set of characters and abilities. Many of us were excited and overjoyed for its return, but sadly, it fell flat.

15. Misfits (2009-2013)

Misfits Danny Sapani, Lauren Socha, Antonia Thomas, Iwan Rheon
Image Credit: E4.

Misfits introduced us to young offenders who gained superpowers in a freak storm. Indeed, the dark humor, compelling characters, and their attempts to navigate their newfound abilities can potentially leave one hooked forever.

But while the show garnered a cult following, its later seasons without its critical original cast members received mixed reviews.

16. The X-Files (1993-2018)

The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

For years, The X-Files delved into the mysterious and unexplained, captivating audiences with its blend of science fiction and paranormal investigations. Sadly, its later seasons started failing to recapture the magic of its earlier years. Many other fans think so, too.

17. Sex and the City (1998-2004)

Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth
Image Credit: HBO Entertainment.

This series offered a glimpse into the glamorous lives of four friends navigating relationships and careers in New York City. Even though the show remains a cultural icon, its influence and fan obsession have subsided over time.

18. The Office (2005-2013)

The Office Will Ferrell, Steve Carell
Image Credit: NBC Universal Television.

The Office brought the everyday humor and awkwardness of office life to our screens, spawning a wave of mockumentary-style comedies. I could relate to the hilarious antics of the employees at Dunder Mifflin, and it was one that I wanted to be a part of — what the passage of time can do to an obsession!

19. Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)

Sons of Anarchy Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Hunnam, David Labrava
Image Credit: FX Productions.

The gritty motorcycle club drama Sons of Anarchy hooked audiences with its complex characters and intense storytelling. The show had a dedicated following back then, but now, its impact has faded since its conclusion, sadly.

20. True Blood (2008-2014)

True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer
Image Credit: HBO Entertainment.

True Blood transported viewers into a world where vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures coexist. For some people, this felt real and very well done. However, the storyline veered off course as the series moved forward, leading to a decline in fan interest.

21. The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)

The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley
Image Credit: Warner Bros Television.

The Vampire Diaries enchanted audiences with its blend of supernatural romance and battles. While the show enjoyed a dedicated fanbase, its popularity has waned. People have forgotten about it and are tired of the spin-offs.

22. Downton Abbey (2010-2015)

Downton Abbey
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The period drama first transported viewers to the aristocratic world of the Crawley family, where both scary and pleasant things are revealed. While the show remains highly regarded, its cultural impact and fan obsession have diminished since its conclusion.

23. Lucifer (2016-2021)

Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

The release of this series was a major hit worldwide, quickly gathering fans from across the world. Lucifer brought the devil himself to the small screen, which captivated audiences. The audacity of the show was nothing like they had seen before.

Despite a passionate fanbase, the show's cancellation and subsequent revival on a streaming platform shifted the dynamics of fan interest.

24. 90210 (2008-2013)

Beverly Hills 90210
Image Credit: CBS Productions.

The reboot of the iconic teen drama 90210 aimed to capture a new generation of viewers with its high school drama and glamorous lifestyles. Everyone who saw the series can testify that it did to a large extent. But then, it started failing by not delivering the same level of intrigue as its predecessor due to its weaker ambiance. Gradually, the show faded from the collective consciousness of viewers.

Boloere Divine Seibidor, fondly called B.S., is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sights. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.