Who can predict how a TV show will fare two or three seasons out? Some shows only gain momentum after a dull first season, while others break out of the pack early on only to flounder or manage to remain consistently awesome.
Andrew Clark of PremierSoccerStats created these handy scatterplots of that process using data originally culled from the Global Episode Opinion Survey (GEOS), a web-based survey that allows GEOS members to rank more than 145 TV shows, from 24 to Twin Peaks to Nip/Tuck.
The graphs show the average ratings for a program over time. The intensity of the scatterplot changes based on how many people responded (The Simpsons had an average of 29 rankers.)
Rankings for some shows, like the 1985-1992 series MacGyver, vary fairly widely:
Other fan favorites stay essentially consistent over time, like HBO's Six Feet Under:
Fiddle with the interactive graphic here, and try not to be taken aback by how popular The Vampire Diaries actually is.
As awesome as a show is and surprising it maybe, all shows come with a theme and with time the theme repeats and the public eventually gets bored, because of the shows predictability.
I recently watched all 24 seasons of Simpsons because I had not previously seen 90% of them.
I had expected the older ones would seem outdated, but they didn't, they were great.
The thing is they didn't get any better on average either. I found the show to be consistent over all 25 seasons. The new ones were obviously fresher, but did not suck more or less than the old ones.
So from the point of view of someone who had not seen the show over the years I can say that The Simpsons has not descended into suckitude.
But after 24 seasons I just feel like watching something else now.
This may come as a shock to you but, I don't subscribe to Popular Science to get your opinion on TV shows.
If you're going to post 'articles' like this can you at least make it somewhat professional so PopSci isn't just a blog where you post cool things you found on the internet with some silly title and some made up word?
I did a Google search for "Mapping The Simpsons' Slow Descent Into Suckitude". I immediately found 10 other article with the same name 1 hour old. It seems plagiarism abounds.
Becareful of picking on this writer to much. She will remove you comments and block you quickly.
I Googled the title and it seems the internet loves this stuff. If this is the kind of thing the people want then I guess there is no point in complaining.
I just don't understand... It's unoriginal and uninspiring. The 'sharing' and 'reposting' of the internet world is just creating the most boring creative-less people.
Anybody remember the good old days of original investigative reporting?
Now it is just copy, paste and share and get paid for posting.
The Simpsons had an average of 29 rankers!
Wow, maybe this should have been titled "Geek graphs what a few others with no life are thinking"
I like old and new Simpsons, lol.
I do not need a graph.
This writer since her arrival I have not cared for so much, old and new. Again, no graph is necessary.
Average reviews seem to suggest that Star Trek: Voyager is better than Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation, The Original Series, and Firefly.
EVERYTHING I KNOW IS A LIE.
Next time you can write about Tom and Jerry!