2. "Second seasons seem to be the most crucial" In response to Reply # 0
just talking dramas.. make or break, and even if its not their best season it's where most of the better shows really find their feet.
there are exceptions. I think Snowfall was a middling to good show for 2.75 seasons, and in Season 4 is really turning that corner to something special
Better Call Saul is better than ever but that's a pretty unique situation.
Most of them though... Sopranos, The Shield, Breaking Bad, Succession, Justified, Homeland, Mad Men and a bunch of others i'm sure i left out either came into their own or really started to pop in their second seasons
Even a shitty show like Sons of Anarchy had a good second season.
4. "i feel like it takes two seasons for a show to fall off. " In response to Reply # 0
Like after a stellar season, it's quite possible to follow that up with a middling season that they can shrug off as a one off wack turn. And a series can learn from that and get back to form. But if the show continues in the wrong direction for 2 seasons then they don't know how to fix it and then you have them move to a new location and add a new character.
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