Do television show writers really think their audiences are that dumb? Even shows that started off as something brilliant and beautiful can eventually turn into something ugly and ridiculous. Looking at you "Lost."
The worst offense was when "Glee" suddenly made Coach Beiste transgender. Her whole original character arc was that not being feminine doesn't make you any less of a woman, which they then completely contradicted for the sake of tokenism. They tried to make that show a pillar of progressivism with a new national controversy being taken on by high schoolers every week. Not needed.