As hard as it is to break up with a beloved TV series, we’ve had to do it over and over again over the past few years. — and not because the content of the programs in question had changed but because the scandals behind the scenes had made it impossible to tune in any longer without feeling disgusted, guilty, or both.
Will you ever be able to watch Cliff Huxtable dispense fatherly advice on The Cosby Show without remembering that Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault? Knowing the exact details of Joss Whedon’s ‘hostile and toxic work environments’ forever changed the way you look buffy and angel? Where to do you to draw the line when it comes to separating art from artist?
Sometimes a series is able to distance itself from its scandal and persevere (à la two and a half men, after trading a “dangerously self-destructive” Charlie Sheen for Ashton Kutcher). But, once cast, the shadow of wrongdoing never goes away, not completely. Take it in one of the series included in the list below. In the wake of behind-the-scenes scandals, their once-golden legacy has been tarnished forever.
Review the shows and the litany of sins that destroyed them below, then hit the comments: Do you still love any of these series like you used to?