13 shows that got worse after the lead left the show

THE OFFICE -- "Counseling" Episode 702 -- Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
THE OFFICE -- "Counseling" Episode 702 -- Pictured: Steve Carell as Michael Scott -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank /
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THE OFFICE — “Launch Party” Episode 3 — Aired 10/11/2007 — Pictured: (l-r) Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, Ed Helms as Andy Bernard, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Mindy Kaling as Kelly Kapoor, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin, Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton, and Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) /

The Office is one of the shows that got worse after the lead left

Which TV shows couldn’t cope when the main characters left? We’ve got 13 shows that got worse after the lead left.

When the leads of a TV show choose to leave, the showrunners have two choices. They can either bring that show to an end or they try to rework it. In some cases, reworking it is great and gives a new life to the series. In other cases, they get worse…a lot worse.

Sometimes, it’s because the lead was the heart of the series—the one everyone looked forward to seeing each week or the one that held all other characters together. In other cases, the writers don’t know how to bring in the new characters or it feels like the show loses its direction with the loss of the lead.

Here are the 13 shows that got worse after the lead left. Most of them ended a season or two later.

The Office

We have to start with The Office. The show was a major success with Steve Carell in the lead as Michael Scott. While there were times we’d scream at the ridiculous things he’d do, there was a heart to him and he certainly made us laugh.

After seven seasons, Carell decided to leave. Had the show prepared viewers for this, it might have worked, but the last two seasons involved a series of managers coming into the story for a few episodes at a time. None of them had the sam charisma as Michael Scott, despite the actors being excellent.

In the end, the show just couldn’t go on. Even the other characters who had all captured our hearts weren’t enough.