With the 20th season of America’s Next Top Model set to premiere on August 2nd and the return of shows like Project Runway and America’s Got Talent, we’ve come to the realization that some of TV’s longest running shows are reality series. That’s right, most of these shows have lasted longer than Cheers, Friends, and M*A*S*H. But unlike those scripted programs, some of these have worn out their welcome.
1. America’s Got Talent
Number Of Seasons: 8
When It Jumped The Shark: Season 8, with the addition of Heidi Klum as judge. As much as we love Heidi, she’s not really a judge of talent (see Seal). Sharon Osbourne was the kind of spitfire the show needed, but now that she’s gone, there’s really no point.
Why We Still Watch: To find the next Susan Boyle. Everyone wants to see that unexpected, underdog performance or at least to be the first to share the YouTube video of it.
2. America’s Next Top Model
Number Of Seasons: 20 (including the the new season, Guys vs. Girls)
When It Jumped The Shark: Cycle 13, the “5′ 7″ or shorter” season that was the first to put a concept on the show other than being a regular modeling competition. Since then we’ve had British invasion, All-Stars, College Edition and, now, Guys vs. Girls.
Why We Still Watch: At the end of the day, the draw is Tyra. She knows how to create buzzworthy moments (i.e., her freakout) and honestly you never really know what she’s going to do next or what venture she’s going to promote. Here’s hoping she’s working on a sequel to Modelland.