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truthbetold
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Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
We talk about endings a lot. We even talk about great pilots a lot. But let's talk about great shows or movies with bad beginnings.

Succession comes to mind as something that took about half a season to grab my attention. My first reaction was "god damn all these people suck". But then by the end of season 1, and all of season 2, that shite knocked it out of the park.


Pettifogger
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
This will be unpopular

But Breaking Bad is kind of a slog to get started in. Everyone is miserable, the setting is miserable, etc.


Salmon
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Parks and Rec

the 1st season was not good

also Black Sails, as the first couple of episodes are some of the cheesiest and worst episodes of the show
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kciDAtaE
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Black Mirror


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Cregg
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
The Leftovers


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wildtigercat93
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
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Succession comes to mind as something that took about half a season to grab my attention.


I don’t think this qualifies as being “bad”


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ksdolfan
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Seinfeld is doesn't hit it's stride until after the first season or two.


TigerAlumni2010
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Always Sunny definitely got a step up when they added Frank for season 2.


SpqrTiger
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Star Trek: TNG got off to an awkward start with a new set of characters, new ships, new enemies, and a new period of time. It was a lot for fans to absorb quickly.

It took at least half the season before things started feeling comfortable.

The show was really rocking by third season.


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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
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But Breaking Bad is kind of a slog to get started in. Everyone is miserable, the setting is miserable, etc.
has one of the best pilots of all time though


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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Black Sails

First few episodes are a slow plodding beginning, but the series turns out to be outstanding. One of the best written shows ever. The monologues and dialogue on the show were a masterclass in writing.


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kingbob
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Parks & Rec
Seinfeld
Community
Hot Fuzz
American Dad


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Tarpon08
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Seinfeld is the correct answer. I don't even think I cracked a smile the first time I saw the first season.


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OMLandshark
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
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Always Sunny definitely got a step up when they added Frank for season 2.


The first season is still really strong though.


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Bench McElroy
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Spartacus. The first few episodes were cheesy gorefests but then it toned down and got into a really nice groove and became a very good show by the end of the season.


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Jackie Daytona
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
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also Black Sails, as the first couple of episodes are some of the cheesiest and worst episodes of the show


Good to know. I didn’t watch past episode one, but I’d like to give it another shot.


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JoeNelson
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Peaky Blinders. I only say this because i stated and stopped watching 2-3 times before i actually got hooked. Subtitles saved it for me


A Menace to Sobriety
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
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This will be unpopular

But Breaking Bad is kind of a slog to get started in. Everyone is miserable, the setting is miserable, etc.


You know, that's actually a really good answer. Not necessarily bad, but I did find it slow compared to the middle and end. Have an upvote.


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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Cache is pretty boring at the beginning, you really have to fight to stick it out...doesn't get intriguing for awhile.

The Pledge has the distinction of having a bad beginning and a bad ending...only the middle parts are worth salvaging.



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WPBTiger
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re: Spinoff: Good movies and TV shows with bad beginnings
Seinfeld.


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