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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“Leapin’ Lizards” — The CSIs discover that several suspects in a woman’s murder are members of a bizarre UFO club who believe that shape-shifting reptile-like aliens have mated with humans for centuries as a means of conquering the human race, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, September 2 (originally broadcast May 3) the CBS Television Network. Meanwhile, Grissom (William Petersen) uses an evening at home to construct a miniature of his office. Photo: Michael Desmond/CBS ©2007 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
“Leapin’ Lizards” — The CSIs discover that several suspects in a woman’s murder are members of a bizarre UFO club who believe that shape-shifting reptile-like aliens have mated with humans for centuries as a means of conquering the human race, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, September 2 (originally broadcast May 3) the CBS Television Network. Meanwhile, Grissom (William Petersen) uses an evening at home to construct a miniature of his office. Photo: Michael Desmond/CBS ©2007 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The heart of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was Gil Grissom. He was the brains of the operation. His love of bugs helped in so many cases, and he was the one to bring a team of vastly different personalities together.

Then William Petersen decided to leave. Before that, we’d lost Gary Dourdan as Warwick Brown and Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle. It seemed like all our favorites were going. But losing Gil was the moment things went from bad to worse.

The writers tried to make it work. There were some great qualities to Laurence Fishburn’s Ray and Ted Danson’s Russell. They just couldn’t replace Gil.

Then Marg Helgenberger left as Catherine Willows. That was the moment it was clear the series had to come to an end.

One Tree Hill

Now, I will admit that I struggle to watch One Tree Hill now. Since the amazing ladies finally spoke out about Mark Schwahn’s actions, it’s hard to enjoy the show. But I didn’t know any of that when first watching the series. And yet, I still felt like this was one of the shows that got worse after the leads left.

For six seasons, Lucas Scott was the main character. He was the one we met the characters through. He was the one we wanted to root for from the beginning.

And we didn’t just lose Lucas. Not only did Chad Michael Murray choose to leave the series but Hilarie Burton also left as Peyton Sawyer. The two leaving together did mean that Lucas got the girl he’d been pining for since the beginning of the series, but their exits left a huge hole in the series.

While we still had many main characters from the earlier years, something just felt missing. It was hard not to wonder what Lucas and Peyton would do under the various situations the characters found themselves in or not wish that Peyton was there for Brooke during particularly difficult moments.