It's likely true that no television series is perfect. Some shows, however, have managed to be great enough to build a loyal following, and in turn they crush the followers that love them. This has happened many times over the years, many times involving a romantic pairing. Here are some examples of this. Beware of spoilers.
How I Met Your Mother
Full disclosure, I was never a big fan of this series. It could be funny at times, but often I found the humor overrated and Neil Patrick Harris' character to be one of the most unlikeable I've ever seen. Still, the series garnered a loyal group of viewers.
Many of the aforementioned viewers were not very pleased at all with how the show wrapped up. Most of the events of the final season were basically crammed into two days, the marriage between the popular couple of Barney and Robin fell apart, the mother that the whole series was based around died and the unpopular couple of Ted and Robin was reunited. No, not a very beloved ending at all.
This series began as wholesome drama following a minister and his family facing many tumultuous situations, but persevering with the power of faith and family. It was beloved by many. But then, somewhere along the way, everybody seemed to lose their ever-loving minds.
The beginning of the madness can possibly be pinpointed to when the oldest children started marrying off like they were in some kind of competition. Eldest child Matt wed a woman on the first date. Third child Lucy decided to marry an annoying guy that almost none of the fanbase really took to after knowing hardly anything about him. Second child Mary actually married someone viewers might have been familiar - he had appeared in one episode several years earlier and then suddenly (and creepily) showed up as the new in-law. The plot surrounding Lucy may sting particularly hard, seeing as it followed a popular storyline that featured she and her sister's ex falling in love that was abruptly dropped.
Storylines in later seasons often ranged from far-fetched to downright bizarre, perhaps culminating in the much-loathed musical episode. Even despite all this, it seemed like the series came to a dignified end when a surprisingly solid series finale aired as The WB was getting ready to become The CW. But then a sudden renewal by the new network seemed to catch all involved very off-guard, leading to another farewell season that closed with a whimper.
This mother-daughter comedy-drama has become renowned for things like its snappy wit and quick-paced dialogue. Viewers spent years watching daughter Rory navigate her way through an elite prep school and ultimately get into Yale and following whether or not mother Lorelai would get together with diner-owner Luke.
Well, right about the time Lorelai and Luke got together, the once innocent and humble Rory suddenly became an adulteress. Then a nearly mind-boggling amount of other things happened that ultimately included to Rory being arrested and dropping out of Yale and Lorelai eloping (not with Luke). Some wrongs were righted before the series' end, however, and a popular four-part reboot was launched on Netflix in 2016.
While many (like me) didn't love the unnecessarily graphic aspects of the show, something that is commonplace for an HBO original series, earlier seasons were of high quality and met with appropriate enthusiasm. Similar can be said about the series of books that it was based on.
As seasons went on, more characters were introduced, things got convoluted and the popular pairing of Sookie and Eric were ripped apart, seemingly as just an excuse to create angst. And things never really turned around. A similar path happened with the books, in some cases prompting terrible reactions from fans.
That 70s Show
Among the highlights of this series was that it was set in the great state that is Wisconsin, and it could also be pretty funny. Some downsides include its basically impossible timeline and its glorification of drug use.
For what would be the final season, a new writing team would take over and push on without two of the show's leads, Topher Grace and Ashton Kutcher. For much of time, the remaining cast seemed like they didn't quite know what to do with themselves sans their colleagues. To make it worse, the new writers decided to basically ignore the plot set-up by the old regime surrounding Hyde and Jackie (you probably guessed it, a popular pair), instead putting Jackie with Fez, a match that made many viewers feeling like they might vomit.
This show was a phenomenon when it first came out. Its first season has been considered among the finest television seasons of all-time. Its lightning-fast plots may have come back to haunt it as time went on, however, and things started to unravel.
It got really bad when one of its core characters, Marissa Cooper, was killed off and her spot on the show was filled by the obnoxious Taylor Townsend. Things actually got downright offensive when three characters particularly close to the deceased - her mother, the guy who was in love with her and her best friend since early childhood - were almost berated for not getting over her death in the span of a few weeks. It seemed like the series started to take grief more seriously when the best friend opted to seek counseling - only for it to be made out like she was all better in the course of one single session. Angry fans turned away in droves and the former phenomenon was quickly cancelled.
Brought to you by the same creative team as The O.C., this series was loosely based on the book series that shares the same name. In it, an anonymous blogger followed and ruthlessly published the most private details of New York's elite. Among the more endearing storylines of the series was that of enemies-turned-acquaintances-turned-best friends-turned-love interests Blair and Dan. Championed by stars Leighton Meester and Penn Badgley, the relationship featured many moments of witty banter and also many of great depth, including a memorable time where Dan took Blair to church after having a miscarriage.
Then as if someone who had not followed the show in at least two years was given the reins, all of this was largely wiped out. Blair was suddenly obsessed with Chuck again. Theirs was a relationship marked by emotional, mental and arguably even physical abuse. She eventually marries him as a ploy to not have to testify against him at a murder trial, and it was presented as a supposedly 'happy ever after'. Dan in turn suddenly began pining again over Serena, who over the course of the series had become his step-sister and it turned out they shared a sibling in common.
It also turned out that Dan was supposed to have been the blogger all along, something that defied the laws of physics and common sense. Apparently he thought that tormenting Serena and her friends (humiliating himself and his family along the way) would save her from the 'party girl' lifestyle she was living. The twist has been almost universally panned, including by Badgley.
With rumors abounding about a reunion and/or reboot happening, let us hope they wipe away the ridiculousness. Seeing as they pretty much wiped away the solid foundation that was Blair and Dan, it's not out of the question.
This one can still be saved. A spin-off of Arrow, the series based on the famous DC superhero has been heavily influenced by Smallville, the tv show that proved the point that fans of comic books are readily willing to go with alterations from source materials, provided that it's done right. The Flash became an instant hit. One of the changes from the comics was the relationship between the title character's alter ego Barry Allen and Caitlin Snow, who many might know as the real identity of the supervillain Killer Frost.
In this version Caitlin is Barry's dear friend and physician, although her struggles with her powers and not turning into a villain would become a major storyline. Earlier on in the series, there were apparent hints that the two would become more than friends, something cast members Grant Gustin and Danielle Panabaker have seemed eager to pursue. Since then, the plot idea has seemed all but forgotten, much to the annoyance of countless fans.
Instead Barry has been focused almost to the point of obsession at times with Iris West, his main love interest in the comic books. One problem is, though, that Barry and Iris were raised like siblings in the television adaptation. The background story actually works, but the issues with brother-sister romance should be obvious. And there is also a matter of chemistry. Gustin and Candice Patton play their roles very well and go well together as friends (or siblings), but it just doesn't seem to click as romantic partners, even if you can look past the pseudo-incest. It's almost maddening to some that a creative team that seems to have no problem making changes from the source material has chosen this aspect to cling to.
These things can still be fixed. Even if Barry and Iris get married on the show, it might possibly be handled responsibly with things like alternate universes and time travel, two staple aspects of the series. It might be redundant, but sometimes sacrifices must be made in order to correct a wrong.