"When The Shippers Won, Everybody Lost": 15 TV Shows That Were Ruined When They Became Too Popular

"When The Shippers Won, Everybody Lost": 15 TV Shows That Were Ruined When They Became Too Popular

Recently, I asked the BuzzFeed Community which TV shows they think were ruined once they became too popular.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

Here are 15 of their top responses:

1.Grey’s Anatomy

Ellen Pompeo, as Dr. Meredith Grey, speaks to someone off-camera in a scene. She is wearing a doctor's coat over patterned clothing

2.Stranger Things

Caleb McLaughlin, Priah Ferguson, Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown wear 'Hellfire Club' shirts in a scene from Stranger Things

3.The X-Files

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson walking hand-in-hand on a gravel path, wearing casual outfits, with a rustic building and tall grass in the background


Kerry Washington walks confidently in a tailored blazer down a hallway, with a serious expression

5.Gossip Girl

Blake Lively and Penn Badgley sitting and talking in a scene

6.Game of Thrones

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in a dark outfit from a scene in Game of Thrones, standing between two large, broken structures

7.Orange Is the New Black

Brook sitting next to Poussey with an arm around her

"Such a stellar cast of women, but once they killed off Poussey, it all went downhill."



8.The Umbrella Academy

Inside a lavish mansion, the cast of The Unbrella Academy face forward with serious expressions


KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, and Lili Reinhart sit in a classic diner booth, dressed in '50s clothing


A smiling James Ford with long hair wearing a leather jacket stands in front of a vending machine in a dimly lit room

11.Pretty Little Liars

Sasha Pieterse, wearing a dark outfit, speaks seriously while indoors


Alan Alda and Mike Farrell in military attire on the set of TV show M*A*S*H with cast members in the background

13.Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Actors Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D'Onofrio in a hospital scene


Michael C. Hall as Dexter is talking to Julie Benz's character Rita at a restaurant table in a scene from the TV show "Dexter"

"Popular opinion agrees that it just got terrible at the end, but it had already faded after Season 4."


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15.And finally: True Blood

Anna Paquin in a somber scene from "True Blood," wearing a patterned top and looking emotionally distressed in a dimly lit room

Which other TV shows do you think were ruined by becoming too popular? Why? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Note: Some responses have been edited for length/clarity.