Producing a TV show that's continuously satisfying is no easy feat, given that it requires showrunners and producers to deliver as many as two-dozen episodes per year to insatiable audiences.
It goes without saying that failures are near-inevitable, and practically every TV series in existence has episodes or even entire seasons that just fall a little short of the mark.
Sometimes these offences are egregious enough that those in charge actually attempt to deliver a thinly-veiled on-screen apology to loyal fans, whether course-correcting a wonky subplot, killing off a much-loathed character, or in more extreme instances, literally retconning dead characters back into existence.
It's always risky when a show blatantly draws attention to its own creative failings, but it can also serve as an olive branch to fans, to remind them that, yes, the people in charge are listening, and sometimes things just don't go as well as planned.
Whether or not these apologies actually pulled each series out of the doldrums, they nevertheless tried their damnedest to address creative issues which many viewers took major umbrage with...
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