Nowadays, new TV shows are coming out every week. Although all of them are created with the intent of producing five or six seasons, the ideal amount of seasons for any show, drama or comedy, many shows are cancelled after just one season while some seem to never end. Right now, the longest running TV show is “The Simpsons”, which has been making new episodes since 1989 for 28 years, while still remaining relevant. Many shows can’t maintain this constant flow of content though because they eventually run out of ideas and must use a number of writing tactics to keep their shows alive.

A common example of this is bringing back characters who already died. Oftentimes, the fan favorite is killed off the show, leading many to stop watching. In hopes of keeping their show for another season, writers will bring back those dead characters. For example, the beloved talking dog in “Family Guy”, Brian, dies after getting run over by a car. After saying their goodbyes at his funeral, Brian makes his comeback when Stewie goes back in time to stop the car from killing his best friend. Initially, fans were outraged by his death but were eventually relieved when he made his return.