Quote: Michael Monkhouse @ 1st November 2017, 10:26 AM
The Young Ones definitely stopped at the right time. Those last two episodes really are firing on all cylinders and they couldn't possibly top them. Future attempts to continue the style (Filthy... and even the much-adored Bottom) never hit it in the same way; Happy Families was great but a very different style. I may be misremembering but I think they killed the characters off at the end partly cos it was their cruel style of humour, partly to make it hard to do another series when they hit middle-age and fancied a bit of dough.
After the show went ballistic Rik said his next project would be radically different and enter new fields. Hence:
Young Ones, manic, ingratiating but gross Rik.
FRC: manic, ingratiating but gross Richie.
Bot: manic, ingratiating but gross Richie.
Apparently there was talk of a second series of Happy Families but it's so perfectly wound up at the end I've no idea how this would have worked.
The Office finishes beautifully to total satisfaction. The only way is down.
Fawlty Towers would have got worse too - they always do, even Porridge and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. I always thought there was huge dip in Hitchhiker's Guide after the second bout (second radio series i.e. first part of the second book) and I'm surprised no one else seemed to notice.
Blackadder should have finished in 1985.
Last Of The Summer Wine should have gone on much longer. There was so much more mileage in those characters.
Ever noticed how the best TV shows only have 2 seasons?
The Thin Blue Line springs to mind.