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TV shows that shouldn't come back with revivals

These days, TV is all about the reboots. But here’s a novel idea: If a series ended, it was probably for good reason.

We’re taking a not-so-popular stance and arguing that certain shows -- yes, even some fan favorites -- shouldn’t hop on the revival trend anytime soon.

Some (“The O.C.,” “Pretty Little Liars,”) went on far too long as is. Others are just waiting to disappoint us with reboots that fizzle.

‘Pretty Little Liars’: The lackluster mystery

We've never been so ready to say goodbye
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We've never been so ready to say goodbye to a series. Aria, Emily, Alison, Hannah and Spencer dragged us through seven seasons of torture, giving us false clues as to who the face of the A team really was. The big season finale "reveals" began to lose their luster after year five. If Freeform decided to bring this group back 10 years in the future, we're not so sure we'd be convinced that A followed them through their 30s.

‘The O.C.’: The dragged-out drama

This former Fox drama lost its appeal by
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This former Fox drama lost its appeal by the end of its first season. Nevertheless, the show continued and we all got hooked. Then Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) died and we wondered, how could the show go on? The answer: It shouldn't have. Rachel Bilson, who played Summer in the Orange County-set series, recently told E! News she's down to bring the show back even though it would have to be without her longtime pal. "I don't know what it would look like with our characters being old now. We were riding skateboards on the pier; I don't know what they do now as 30-year-olds. But it would be nice to see everybody again," Bilson said on June 22. We're not down for another Chrismukkah.

‘Friends’: The looming disappointment

While it's every
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While it's every "Friends" fan's dream to see Joey, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler and Monica hanging out at Central Perk once again, it's time to come to terms with the reality that a reunion might not be the best bet for this group. Aside from the fact that none of the actors seem down for a reboot, bringing back "Friends" is just asking for trouble. Why ruin a good, err great, thing?

'Scrubs': The ideal ending

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"Scrubs" is proof that bringing a series back past its prime isn't always the right call. The last episode of season 8 was originally intended to be the series finale, or so it seemed to fans who thought they were saying goodbye to Sacred Heart. "Endings are never easy" as J.D. (Zach Braff) said to himself in the episode's last scene, and he was right. The series said goodbye the best way it could, with a typical montage allowing us to see all of our favorite characters one last time. But then, the series returned for an unexpected ninth season and fans weren't as pleased. "Scrubs" has most likely learned its lesson.

‘Rock of Love’: The reality dud

Remember this one? As far as dating shows
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Remember this one? As far as dating shows go, "Rock of Love" was an addicting flop. Poison frontman Bret Michaels was unable to successfully find love after round one with winner Jes Rickleff. When he was single again just a few months after the second season finale, it should have been a hint to producers to drop the gig. But it wasn't. The show went on for one more season (and almost had a fourth) before Michaels threw in the towel. In 2016, Michaels got engaged to his longtime on-again-off-again girlfriend Kristi Gibson, so the prospects of another "Rock of Love" are pretty slim.

‘One Tree Hill’: The expired high school saga

As beloved as it was, we could have
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As beloved as it was, we could have easily parted ways with this high school drama a few seasons before its 2012 series finale. "One Tree Hill" went a bit off the rails with the ninth season's kidnapping plotline and ended with a forward-flashing montage. We're OK with leaving the drama surrounding Brooke (Sophia Bush) and Peyton (Hilarie Burton) in the show's high school past.


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