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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William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher in SHAMELESS, “Gallavich!”. Photo Credit: Tony Rivetti Jr./SHOWTIME. /

Shameless

Shameless has always been an ensemble show. We’ve spent time getting to know all the characters. So when Emmy Rossum chose to leave after nine seasons, it shouldn’t have been too bad.

The problem was Rossum’s character Fiona had been the heart of the series. She was the one that acted as a mother to all her siblings. She was the one who sacrificed her own hopes and dreams for the others. And her mental health paid for that.

She only left because she thought her siblings were settled finally; that her work was done. The problem is her sister Debbie has taken over the void she left to keep the siblings on track. It means Fiona’s work wasn’t done and we need her now more than ever.

To make matters worse, because of COVID-19 regulations and filming schedules, we may not even get to see Fiona in the Shameless series finale.

That 70’s Show

Like so many other shows on this list, That 70’s Show was an ensemble cast, but we saw most of it through the eyes of one character. It was all about Eric Forman, played by Topher Grace.

Everything pretty much happened in Eric’s basement or house. That was where we saw most of the circle conversations. It was where the characters would all hangout. And it was where we’d see them interact with and get advice from adults the most.

So, when Grace left, the show didn’t work. It puts it on the list of the shows that got worse after the leads left.

There was no reason for the teenagers to hang out in Forman’s basement anymore. Even with Steven living there, the main connection was gone. Plus, we lost the nerdy character that most of us could relate to the most.