My opinion: if it's run its course, then it's time to throw in the towel. Too often do we see a movie franchise or a television series continue long after their titular actor has left; and more often than not, the movie or series tends to go downhill.
And usually I am so frustrated, I resort to screaming in anger as my favorite movie or show is slightly ruined.
Below is a list of shows or films that should have stopped while they were ahead.
Following Friday came Next Friday, Friday After Next, Last Friday, and even a cartoon called Friday: The Animated Series. Chris Tucker, who played the character Smokey, didn't appear in Next Friday and Friday After Next, which makes us think: why?
Why would you continue without Smokey? Chris Tucker provided such an incredible comedic performance that the next two just didn't hold up in the same way.
Those thick bangs! That adorable cleft chin! Kimberly J. Brown is the only person who could play the sweet witch Marnie Piper in Disney's Halloweentown series.
Besides the original, Brown also appeared in Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge and Halloweentown High. Return to Halloweentown was later released with actress Sara Paxton portraying Marnie Piper. But did they really think we wouldn't notice? There was just no need for that final film.
3. Full House
Michelle Tanner was most definitely the cutest part of Full House. She was sassy, she was sweet, and she loved her family.
Even though the house just wouldn't feel quite as full without Michelle, the story continues this year with Fuller House, a Netflix series that follows D.J., Stephanie, and Kimmy as they return to the Tanner house to raise D.J.'s three children.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen do not return for this show, and I just feel that despite all this '90s nostalgia we are all experiencing, this show is quite unnecessary.
4. Back to the Future
Marty McFly would be nothing without his lovely mother and father, Lorraine and George.
Following Back to the Future, the series continued with Back to the Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III. While actor Crispin Glover was replaced by Jeffrey Weissman due to salary disputes, it seemed strange for the story to continue with an entirely different actor. But I suppose the show had to go on.
5. The Office
As soon as Steve Carell, who played the pompous yet charming boss in The Office, bid the show adieu, my interest dimmed as well. I stopped watching the show, but decided to give the following episodes a chance years later.
While they exceeded my expectations (and featured such talented actors as James Spader, Catherine Tate, Kathy Bates, Will Ferrell, and more) I still felt like the entire show should have ended when Carell left. It seemed unnecessary to prolong the entire series when it wouldn't hold up as well without the annoyingly, beloved Michael Scott.
I am a person who likes consistency, but it's only because I am such huge fans of these shows and films and I don't want them to become ruined for any reason.
While these shows and movies lost a very important actor, I still enjoyed the sequels nonetheless.