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Were there any television shows that didn't overstay their welcome?

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Feb 4th, 2013 9:50 pm
It's safe to say Rome is likely the biggest budget show I've ever seen. But where Rome really shines is it's intricate storyline. Everything is woven together in a way that will leave your impression feeling complete. One thing that the annals conclude is that while the men held the power, it was the women who shaped the outcome of the empire. Rome follows this trend.

While James Purefoy (Mark Anthony) was likely the most convicted in his role, and Ciaran Hinds (Julius Caesar) was likely the most memorable, I think it was Polly Walker (Atia, niece of Caesar) who was the real star of the show. Like I said it was the women who shaped Rome, so pay attention to her role. You will LOVE to hate her, but you will always want her to win. Always. Rome is a masterpiece in this aspect. I could also talk about Max Pirkis (Octavian Caesar), but for me to praise his role would be to spoil a bit of the storyline. So... just watch the show, and be amazed.
I agree with your list. James Purefoy, Ciaran Hinds and Polly Walker were amazing. Ciaran Hinds' Caesar was so regal. has got to be the best Caesar ever portrayed. I've seen other Caesars in movies, documentaries, etc. but what Ciaran Hinds did with Caesar was magic. the man had a presence. he dominated the screen in any scene that he was in. and Purefoy's Antony was such a loveable rascal. you root for him even when you disapprove of his actions. he had great chemistry with Vorenus too. the kid who played the younger Octavian was also something.

but the one guy who I think got somewhat overlooked was Tobias Menzies aka Brutus. his character was supposed to be conflicted about everything he did. and Tobias captured that perfectly. it was a brilliant performance from him.

of course, the veteran actors who played Pompey, Cicero and Cato were also excellent.

the whole series was a masterpiece. I adore that show. amazing production in every way. imo, it was vastly superior to even Gladiator.
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Both Newhart shows and the finale of the second Newhart show might possibly be the best sitcom series ending of all time.
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AudiDude wrote:
Feb 5th, 2013 6:41 am
Spartacus was good because it followed a real story and it did end without dragging on.
I agree. There are only a few episodes left and I think the length of its run has been near-perfect. Just enough to keep you wanting more without going on and on.

My only question will be if they let the title character ride off into the sunset and live, or die on-screen with his compadres in the series finale.
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Great thread- I saw The Wire years ago week by week, going to get all seasons and watch it again; posts reminded me how good it was.

Never saw Rubicon, we enjoy the 24 and Homeland type series so I'll get that series also-too bad only 1 season.

My 3 series that ended too soon:
The Wire
Breaking Bad...hoping they reverse the decision to end after the next 8 episodes
Freaks & Geeks....hokey but the 1 season is great to watch with young teens; critics rate suprisingly high
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The Wire had to end where it did. The story was done and would absolutely have overstayed its welcome if it had lasted longer. Same with Breaking Bad. I don't want BB to go on forever, because it just can't. Look at how much longer Weeds went on than necessary and that show was absolutely in the toilet by the end. What else would you do with Walter White that hasn't been done already?
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Dec 13th, 2012 11:42 am
LOL what does project management have to do with project being over budget?
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Feb 15th, 2013 11:27 am
What else would you do with Walter White that hasn't been done already?
Put him on trial-convict him and have a season with him taking over the prison drug business? Plotting his escape, Feds offering deals if he'll help take down Jesse/Mexican drug cartel etc....I'm no writer but it seems a change of venue (prison) opens up a lot of storylines. Cancer comes back, Walter fears legal reprucusions less...
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Feb 15th, 2013 12:28 pm
Put him on trial-convict him and have a season with him taking over the prison drug business? Plotting his escape, Feds offering deals if he'll help take down Jesse/Mexican drug cartel etc....I'm no writer but it seems a change of venue (prison) opens up a lot of storylines. Cancer comes back, Walter fears legal reprucusions less...
I don't really see what value that would have at this point. The character has completed his arc of becoming exactly the thing he feared the most and was combatting at the beginning of the series. Prolonging this artificially with a simple change of setting wouldn't do much, if anything, in service of this character change and would dilute the impact of what has already happened to him.

Honestly, I'll be disappointed if the show ends with anything other than Walt dying. He's basically transformed himself into Gus and needs to suffer a similar fate.
vero95 wrote:
Dec 13th, 2012 11:42 am
LOL what does project management have to do with project being over budget?
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flashy_mcflash wrote:
Feb 15th, 2013 11:27 am
The Wire had to end where it did. The story was done and would absolutely have overstayed its welcome if it had lasted longer. Same with Breaking Bad. I don't want BB to go on forever, because it just can't. Look at how much longer Weeds went on than necessary and that show was absolutely in the toilet by the end. What else would you do with Walter White that hasn't been done already?
+1 to everything you said.
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flashy_mcflash wrote:
Feb 15th, 2013 12:42 pm
I don't really see what value that would have at this point. The character has completed his arc of becoming exactly the thing he feared the most and was combatting at the beginning of the series. Prolonging this artificially with a simple change of setting wouldn't do much, if anything, in service of this character change and would dilute the impact of what has already happened to him.

Honestly, I'll be disappointed if the show ends with anything other than Walt dying. He's basically transformed himself into Gus and needs to suffer a similar fate.
You make some good points; to me the series hasn't overstayed its welcome though but I guess the creators/director feel as you do.

It will make a great finale if Walt goes out in a blaze of glory, perhaps dying while doing something noble. Good chance we'll see the series wrap up with Walt's fate uncertain....not knowing if he's dead or not to allow for a movie in the future.
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Breaking Bad is doing well so far and there is no reason to believe the last episodes will dip significantly.
The Wire was quality TV. Very slight dip in the middle with season 3 but the way that season wrapped up was amazing.
BSG was great throughout (even if the final episode split fans)

Didn't last long enough:
Profit - Too advanced for its time and lasted only one season, still holds up, although the technology is hilarious since it is mid 90s

EDIT:
I just discovered Spartacus and started with season 3 and loving it so far!
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Feb 16th, 2013 8:05 am
I just discovered Spartacus and started with season 3 and loving it so far!
I started with Season 1 and stopped after that. The lead died of cancer and I just couldn't bring myself to keep watching the series, even though i hear his replacement did a good job.
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