Soapbox: 10 Main Character Exits That Ended Amazing TV Shows (And 10 That Saved Them)

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Parting is such sweet sorrow (except when it isn’t)

When a main character leaves a TV series, that’s usually a bad sign that it’s not going to be long before it’s canceled. After all, a large part of a show’s appeal is its characters – and that’s especially the case where the protagonists are concerned.

With the hero gone, it can be hard for audiences to connect with the series on an emotional level. We grow so attached to these fictional people, it’s as if we’ve lost someone in real life!

Indeed, television history is littered with programs that experienced a fatal ratings drop in the wake of a lead character’s departure. And the thing is, it’s rarely the showrunners’ fault either – as it’s seldom their decision to show these characters the door.

No, more often than not, it’s actually the actors playing these roles who decide to move on, leaving the creative team to replace them, or wrap-up the series entirely.

Yet not every exit by a lead character ends in disaster. On the contrary, sometimes this kind of shake-up winds up making – rather than breaking – the show in question.

With this in mind, here are 10 Main Character Exits That Ended Amazing TV Shows (And 10 That Saved Them).

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Soapbox: 10 Main Character Exits That Ended Amazing TV Shows (And 10 That Saved Them)

Soapbox: 16 LOST Episodes Of Amazing TV Shows

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It’s official: these two shows have something in common!

A surprising number of TV shows have “lost episodes” – broadcasts that either never aired or were later misplaced after their initial broadcast.

In most instances, these episodes were lost due to the cost-cutting measures of TV studios who were less concerned with keeping a complete archive than they were with re-using available video tape.

Other times, it’s the case that an episode was actually aired, only to be later removed from future circulation due to viewer complaints and subsequently mislaid during the archiving process.

Then there are those occasions where an episode is filmed and has to be permanently shelved due to unintentional connections to real-world tragedies. In these scenarios, the episodes are not strictly speaking “lost” – but they’ll never see the light of day as originally planned.

And lastly, sometimes episodes are scripted but ultimately abandoned prior to filming. As they were never filmed, these are in some ways the most truly “lost episodes” – considering fans will never, ever get to see them!

Regardless the reason behind why an episode is lost, the end result is always the same: TV fans are left fascinated – or even frustrated – by the gaps left behind in their favorite shows.

In honor of these missing pieces of television history, we’ve pulled together this list of 16 TV Shows With Lost Episodes.

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Soapbox: 16 LOST Episodes Of Amazing TV Shows

Soapbox: Game Of Thrones – 15 Worst Decisions Jon Snow Has Ever Made

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In his defense, at least one of these decisions has since proven to be a good one!

The world of Game of Thrones has very few true heroes, but of the possible contenders, Jon Snow surely comes closest to fitting the bill.

The bastard of Winterfell – who is probably neither a Stark nor a bastard! – certainly possesses several traditional heroic traits. Jon is a brave and capable warrior, a loyal and compassionate friend and ally, and self-sacrificing.

Valiant or not, Jon doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record when it comes to decision-making. While his former flame Ygritte may have been overstating things when she said “You know nothing, Jon Snow”, it is fair to say that our guy doesn’t exactly have a great grasp of cause and effect.

Admittedly, many of the choices Jon has made were a case of making the best of a terrible situation outside his control. Others represent instances where the King in the North was prepared to accept negative consequences in the short term and banking on this paying dividends in the long term.

On the other hand, on more than a few occasions, the thought processes of the former Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch have been borderline bonkers, even resulting in his (quickly reversed) death!

With all of this in mind, here’s a round-up of the 15 Worst Decisions Jon Snow Has Made over the past 7 seasons of Game of Thrones!

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Soapbox: Game Of Thrones – 15 Worst Decisions Jon Snow Has Ever Made

Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

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I felt oddly guilty about cropping Maggie out of this image

When it comes to ranking the most important TV shows of all time, The Simpsons must surely be up there. Not only is it the longest-running sitcom in American history – animated or otherwise – it’s also racked up dozens of awards and left an unparalleled imprint on Western pop culture.

It’s no surprise, then, that when Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie – along with the rest of the town of Springfield – made the leap to the big screen back in 2007, the end result was a commercial and (mostly) critical success. By the time it had finished its theatrical run, The Simpsons Movie had amassed $527,068,706 in box office sales, and several award nods – including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature Film.

As you might expect with a film so long in the making – it spent nine years in development – based around such an influential TV series, The Simpsons Movie boasts some pretty interesting trivia. In honor of this flick’s 10th anniversary, we’ve filtered through the many fascinating factoids available, compiling the best in this list of 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie.

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Soapbox: 15 Things You Never Knew About The Simpsons Movie

Anatomy Lesson: “When You Walk Through The Garden…”

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If you always thought Jimmy McNulty was The Wire’s main character, you may be in for a bit of a shock…

This year marks the 15th anniversary of The Wire – creator David Simon’s blistering HBO crime drama widely (and rightly) regarded as one of the greatest TV shows of all time.

So much more than a mere police procedural or gangland soap opera, The Wire almost defies classification, continually growing in geographical, psychological and thematic scope, ultimately offering up a highly nuanced and well-realised discussion on – and indictment of – American society and its institutions.

It’s actually this dizzying level of complexity that has, to date, kept me from writing anything about the show, despite it being my all-time favourite TV drama – frankly, I’m just not sure I’m smart enough to do it justice.

Still, it seems criminal (sorry…) to let this milestone pass without making any comment, especially given how ripe The Wire is for analysis, so for this month’s Anatomy Lesson post, we’re going to take a look at the series finale, “–30–”, which provided the perfect send off to five of the most brilliant seasons to ever grace the small screen.

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