Why do some of the best TV shows never stand a chance? Whether it’s because of impatient networks, poor ratings, or just a bad schedule – we’ve had too many casualties in our cause of GOOD TV! Go ahead and sift through the remains of some of my personal favorite TV shows that have disappeared. How many do you think we have in common?
Samantha Who? – We only got two seasons with Sam, but I loved every minute of it. It was a seriously underrated show that never got a chance. People did not realize how great it was. Christina Applegate really delivered her comedy and the rest of the ensemble cast was strong. Plus, the plot device of amnesia was fun and able to stay fresh. But the viewers weren’t there so the show got the axe.
Pushing Daisies – By the second season I wasn’t AS in love with the show, but I still never wished it dead. Make your punning jokes all you want. Pushing Daisies was magical and we wish it could be revived.
Prison Break – I only recently discovered the show this year, and I’ve already watched all three seasons of the show in mini DVD marathons. It’s somehow AMAZING even though it seems like nothing I would like. I feel bad for never giving it a chance before. Also, Wentworth Miller is incredibly gorgeous.
Kath & Kim – I KNOW I’m in the minority here, but I really liked this show. Or at least, I didn’t hate it. It was kind of a fun silly little filler show for Thursday nights on NBC. I’ve never seen the original Australian version, but Selma Blair and Molly Shannon didn’t let us down entirely. You couldn’t call it a favorite show, but you could count on it to give you a smile.
Arrested Development – What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
Firefly – It as the type of visionary show that wasn’t being done anywhere else (and still isn’t). I mean, who else but Joss Whedon COULD come up with space hookers and cowboys on the moon? The movie spin-off (hard won by fans), Serenity, showed there was so much more for the show to do. Browncoats forever!
Moonlight – Admittedly I never appreciated this show while on air, but it’s a guilty pleasure show with the added bonus of a very hot Jason Dohring.
Wonderfalls – This is also a show by the creator of Pushing Daisies – Bryan Fuller. It was really amazing and it makes me angry that it was canceled. I’m not sure how well it would have done with more seasons, but the first season of Wonderfalls was simply AMAZING. I am always recommending this show to people because no one has heard of it!
Dead Like Me – This is yet another show created by Bryan Fuller. I know, I know – he’s had a lot of chances. But all of Bryan Fuller’s shows have had such potential, they just aren’t watered down for the general public. (Many people simply opt for safer TV choices, or whatever has the most vocal buzz.) Dead Like Me was a great show that probably made people uncomfortable since it dealt with death in a comical way. They ended up doing a movie, but the movie lacked most of the original cast and it was frankly, awful. Sigh.
Joan of Arcadia – It was a show with a very ‘warm’ feeling, and it made you think. Why must we get rid of every good show out there? It aired on Friday nights so there was no way to get its’ numbers very good. This show should have been around longer. We needed this show.
Time of Your Life – Okay, yes I watched this. It was never going to be a ‘good’ show, and it meant that Bayley and Sara had to break up on Party of Five in the finale… but I still really wanted this Party of Five spin-off (starring Jennifer Love Hewitt) to work! I was a teen and I wanted to copy whatever hairstyles she had, you know?
Ally McBeal -Fun 90’s drama, come on! I don’t care how short her skirts were or weren’t – it had some snappy writing and kooky characters. Plus, Portia de Rossi, Jane Krakowski, Robert Downey Jr, Lucy Liu… And the music by Vonda Shepard was just so damn good.
Significant Others – Brought to us by the creators of Party of Five, this was a great show with Jennifer Garner (pre Alias fame! Note: she was also in Time of Your Life), Eion Bailey (ER), Michael Weatherly (Dark Angel), Scott Bairstow and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost). It even had Nicki Aycox from Supernatural. The DVD set only has two discs but they’re so worth watching. Jennifer Garner even went back and did a special interview for the DVD release (talk about a classy actress!).
Grosse Point -Such a fun mockumentary type of show. Much better than any reality TV show.
Angel – I never loved this show as much as Buffy, but it deserved more seasons. Season five was actually one of the strongest yet, and with James Marsters JUST added to the cast, did anyone see that cancellation coming? I think Joss Whedon knows it’s a hard knock life for him. And his new show, Dollhouse, may soon be canceled as well.
Miss Match – A show with Alicia Silverstone that, in hindsight, might not have been as great as I thought it was at the time. But still – it wasn’t a bad show. It was cute and fun like magenta nail polish!
Veronica Mars – This is the one show that really gets to me. It was so great and it should never have been canceled by the CW. AUGH. Fans are lobbying for a Veronica Mars movie so hard that they constantly try to get ‘veronica mars movie’ as a trending topic on twitter, and Kristen Bell answers the question about the movie on a daily basis. She’ll do it, Warner Brothers just has to say they’re in for it! We’re so enthusiastic that we’re chomping at the bit! Give us our VM movie. Please?
« Notes on November Sweeps (2009) | “Subtle Sexuality”... »