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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'Friends'

"I take thee, Rachel..." (Season 4, Episode 24)
Ross saying Rachel's name during his wedding vows with Emily in London at the end of the Season Four cliffhanger was a giant, neon-light indicator that this must-see-TV show might continue to be your favorite for its remaining six years — but that it would never be something you could fully respect again. Sure, you'd still get lots of Chandler quips and Central Perk shenanigans before the show bowed out (it would still be therrrrre for yooooou), but that nuptial-ceremony snafu was the proverbial "shark" and point of no return; that Freudian slip is Friends essentially admitting that it would be always be as manipulative and back-and-forth-y with these beloved characters as it could be, forever. ZD

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