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Older and Wiser

What shows got better with age? EW critic Ken Tucker answers reader questions

Keri Russell, Felicity | SMART STUDENT ''Felicity'' still made the grade near the end of its run
Image credit: Felicity: John Seakwood
SMART STUDENT ''Felicity'' still made the grade near the end of its run

What shows got better with age?

Most TV shows seem to peter out creatively after four or five years. Can you think of any shows that significantly improved later in their runs? -- Eric Alan

Plots and characters tend to become repetitive even faster than you mention, Eric. But both the ''Dick Van Dyke Show'' and the ''Mary Tyler Moore Show'' held up well, as did the original ''Fugitive.'' ''Friends,'' to me, got funnier 10 years on. Among the shows of briefer life spans that I think got better are ''thirtysomething'' (which took a while to find its ''voice'') and ''Felicity'' (a series that could easily have become treacly but stayed sharp and witty).

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Originally posted Jul 16, 2004 Published in issue #774 Jul 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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