23 Shows That Started Off Bad But Became The Greatest Of All Time

23 Shows That Started Off Bad But Became The Greatest Of All Time

We asked the BuzzFeed Community which TV shows had mediocre starts but ultimately became great. Here's what they said:


Screenshot from "Superstore"

2.Breaking Bad

Screenshot from "Breaking Bad"

3.The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder in character as Damon Salvatore from "The Vampire Diaries," holding a glass

"Season 1 DRAGGED for the first half."


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4.It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Four characters from the TV show "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" are shown in a room looking towards the camera


Screenshot from "Grimm"

6.Bob's Burgers

Animated characters from "Bob's Burgers," including Bob, Linda, Tina, Gene, and Louise, in their living room


Dean, Castiel, and Sam from "Supernatural" in character, standing alert in a dimly lit wooden room


Four Friends cast members in Monica's kitchen having a discussion

9.The Office

Screenshot from "The Office"

10.Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Three characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer standing together; one male on the left, two females on the right

11.Star Trek: The Next Generation

Captain Picard in uniform beside a character in a bridal gown on the Star Trek set

12.Parks and Recreation

Screenshot from "Parks and Recreation"

13.Doctor Who

Screenshot from "Doctor Who"

14.American Dad

Animated characters Hayley, Steve, Stan, and Klaus from 'American Dad!' in a cluttered room

15.The Big Bang Theory

Amy and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory sitting on a couch, Sheldon in a relaxed pose with a smile

16.The Good Fight

Screenshot from "The Good Fight"

17.Schitt's Creek

Screenshot from "Schitt's Creek"

18.Stranger Things

Characters from the show 'Stranger Things' standing in front of Surfer Boy Pizza. They are dressed in 80s casual wear

19.The Middle

Screenshot from "The Middle"


Screenshot from "Seinfeld"

21.Cougar Town

Screenshot from "Cougar Town"


Clark Kent in a grey t-shirt and Lois Lane in a blue and yellow jacket standing in the Kent farm on Smallville

23.And finally, Night Court

Person at a desk with a gavel and a nameplate reading "Abigail Stone," with a sign saying "Great Job" behind them

Responses have been edited for length/clarity. 

So, did your favorites make the list? Let us know in the comments!