Originally Posted by bellatrix
I love LOST, I really do. I fondly remember marathoning 3-4 weeks in a row (I would miss episodes as I had a newborn). But then... the 6th season happened and I felt cheated by the ending, such that even though the show was so brilliant in the first seasons, I can't recommend it anymore. Do you feel the same way or do you "forgive" the last season?
Neither, actually. For me, the final season, and especially the ending, was a huge reward for sticking with the show through some of the down parts (such as midway through Season 3). I feel that the final ten minutes of the series, for me, without exaggerating, is the greatest, most transcendent television I will ever see. If that makes me a rabid fanboy, so be it. (-:
I understand where you're coming from, though. It was always going to be a question of what the show was about, at its core. If the show was about the scientific mysteries of the Island, it was going to be a letdown. But if it was about the characters and the relationships between them, as I saw it, it was a masterpiece. I saw the fan base about evenly split on this, and it should be obvious which side I strongly fall on.
Also, +1 to Scrubs. It's super easy to watch 8 or 9 episodes in a row. It was my favorite sitcom until Community came along.
I should also mention Doctor Who, Buffy/Angel, and Veronica Mars as shows which were far better than I ever imagined. And Heroes had a good first few seasons, but rapidly degraded after that.