Jumping the Shark: 10 Great TV Shows That Took a Turn for the Worse

From 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' to 'True Blood,' these were the moments when our favorite series started to take a nosedive

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'Downton Abbey'

Matthew Crawley meets a milk truck (Season 3, Christmas Special)
It was something the ratings gods never could have predicted: Americans were completely taken by a staunchly British show fueled by historical soapy intrigue, polite class warfare and the perfect deployment of an acidic Maggie Smith in a froufy hat. But as the show grew in viewership, Julian Fellowes seemed pressured to up the dramatic ante, and we had our concerns when Matthew's forgettable fiancé literally died of being emo in Season Two. But Downton could not recover from the laughably melodramatic demise of one of its main characters. (We get that it's 1921 and all, but who drives a car while staring up at the sky?) The show lost our trust with this Christmastime kicker involving Matthew, a milk truck and an abrupt exit, and then proceeded to lose our interest with a fourth season that veered between deadly dull and just plain awful. The upcoming Season Five may turn the tide, but we think it may be time to vacate the estate. JS

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