The simpsons and married with children had their best episodes in the first few seasons.
But I feel that south park had its best episodes in the later early seasons (5-10, that range).
I’m not sure when the best episodes of Seinfeld were.
The early/mid 90s episodes of SNL sucked, but the modern show is a lot better IMO.
So I’ve seen shows where the good episodes were in the first seasons, shows where the best episodes were in the middle seasons, and shows where the best episodes are in the later seasons.
Anyway, is there any reliable formula for when the best episodes of a TV show are, or is it just user preference? I know people like to say the earlier episodes are better, but that could just be nostalgia (especially childhood nostalgia).
On one hand it’ll be hard to keep coming up with ideas the longer a show lasts, but at the same time you have more time to build the characters and learn how they relate to each other.