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Zooey Deschanel and Jake Johnson can’t save Fox’s “New Girl.”

It’s not me, it’s you: TV shows to break up with

Even the most loyal of TV viewers can only take so much. Sometimes breaking up isn’t hard to do; it’s easy.

A TV series is not a movie. It’s not a finished product. It’s difficult – pretty much impossible – for every episode to be a gem. And, almost inevitably, the longer a show is on, the harder it is keep the quality up.

Sometimes that happens quickly. The cracks were showing in “Heroes” before the end of Season 1; it fell apart in Season 2.

Sometimes it takes longer. “How I Met Your Mother” produced eight good, sometimes great, seasons before the current self-indulgent snooze. (If you want to see how it ends, however, there are only another few episodes to go.)

The only thing harder than creating a good show in the first place is fixing a good show that’s gone bad. That almost never happens.

Here are a few shows that you can drop from your weekly rotation, if you haven’t already.

“Revolution” – It started off with an interesting concept, but it’s implausible and a giant bore.

“Two and a Half Men” – This show didn’t run out of gas because Charlie Sheen was fired; it was running on fumes long before that.

“Hot in Cleveland” – Love Betty White – love the entire cast – but this is a repetitive, unfunny half-hour.

“Glee” – This is a case study in how to take a good show and make it unwatchable, beginning with the atrocious writing.

“New Girl” – It still has its moments, but getting Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) together has pretty much ruined this once-funny sitcom.

“Grey’s Anatomy” – At this point, there’s pretty much nothing that happens on this show that doesn’t feel like something that’s already happened on this show.

“True Blood” – This used to be hugely fun to watch despite being borderline insane. Now it’s just a mess.

“Defiance” – Another science-fiction series that launched with a strong premise but faded. Heaven forbid Syfy should actually do a show about outer-space aliens that takes place in outer space.

“The Neighbors” – This show about fish-out-of-water aliens living in suburban New Jersey always seemed like it had a limited lifespan. And that’s expired.

“Witches of East End” – This series got off to a strong start, but turned into a bore in just a handful of episodes.