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 /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
2 of 7
Next
SUITS — “Quid Pro Quo” Episode 615 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross — (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network)
SUITS — “Quid Pro Quo” Episode 615 — Pictured: (l-r) Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter, Patrick J. Adams as Michael Ross — (Photo by: Shane Mahood/USA Network) /

Suits

For seven seasons, Suits made us laugh, cry, and hang on to the edge of our seats. Part of the brilliance of the show was that bond between Patrick J. Adams’s Mike Ross and Gabriel Macht’s Harvey Spector.

Then, at the end of season 7, Adams decided not to stick around. Meghan Markle also chose to leave, which did allow for Mike and Rachel to leave together, and that made us happy. The problem was we lost that banter between Mike and Harvey.

The show tried to salvage things with the other characters. However, it makes the list of shows that got worse after the lead left. It just wasn’t the same without Mike, even if he was a fully-fledged lawyer by this point.

The new characters didn’t quite win us over completely. Maybe it was the constant name changing of the firm that just became ridiculous in the end, but something just didn’t click for those last two seasons.

Two and a Half Men

I will start by saying that I’m not the biggest Charlie Sheen fan, but that doesn’t stop me from appreciating Two and a Half Men. It doesn’t stop me from feeling like the show just didn’t work without him.

On top of that, he wasn’t the only one to leave. Angus T. Jones also left. It was no longer Two and a Half Men but One Man and Ashton Kutcher.

The series tried to work with Ashton Kutcher’s character. It just wasn’t as funny anymore. The banter that we got between Sheen and Jon Cryer was gone. The growth we saw from Jones’s Jake was gone. Jokes fell flat and elements of the story felt odd.

To be honest, the show was starting to lose some of its heart before Charlie Sheen was fired. So, maybe it wasn’t just that. Whatever it was, Two and a Half Men didn’t’ work.