6. Glee

Network: Fox
Stars: Matthew Morrison, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Jayma Mays, Dianna Agron, Jane Lynch, Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz

The Glee love affair was bound to end at some point. When Fox’s song-and-dance dramedy premiered back in 2009, there was a certain charm about the show that set it apart from everything else on the air. The jokes, often clever and sharply written, came at a rapid clip, and the schmaltzy high school drama registered deeply thanks to the cast’s uniformly believable and game performances. Hell, we didn’t even mind having to fast-forward those borderline obnoxious renditions of Billboard’s Top 10 pop songs.

But when the conflicts never progress beyond stubborn parents, the now-unbearably annoying antics of the once funny Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), or one-dimensional characters stuck in narrative cruise control, co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk can’t expect finicky viewers to hang around for the long haul. Besides, Murphy and Falchuk gave us another reason to care less about Glee this year, in the form of FX’s wicked American Horror Story.