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Posted: 3/20/2006 9:21:31 AM EDT
Hadn't seen a thread on this topic yet. If it's a dupe, I don't much care. I don't watch a lot of TV, mostly because every time I turn it on, there's nothing worth watching. It seems every once in a while they get a gem, and then cancel it, or wreck it. Perfect example was Firefly. Another good example, from 1999 was Freaks and Geeks (show about the early 80s that even won an Emmy). I remember the hot older babysitter when I was a kid loved Square Pegs. Another example, one I didn't like, was Family Guy. They tank it, then it sells a gillion DVD copies, so they bring it back.

I am not as interested in shows that ran for 4-5 seasons and petered out, but ones that you got a taste of, that had potential, and got killed young.

So, what are the best shows, or at least shows you liked and had promise, that the networks had and cancelled?

Firefly
Freaks and Geeks
Square Pegs
Family Guy
Nowhere Man (I think I got the name right - kind of a tinfoil hat show about a guy who gets his identity erased from the mid-90s - only saw a few shows but they were good)


Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:23:02 AM EDT
All of the shows you mentioned with the exception of Family Guy sucked, and deserved to be cancelled. For the children.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:23:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 9:31:04 AM EDT by Bama-Shooter]
Tour of Duty

ETA: Space: Above and Beyond
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:23:51 AM EDT
ST: Enterprise

Chappelles Show

Beavis and Butthead (cant remember if it was cancelled or just ended, but that show MADE mtv IMO)

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:24:28 AM EDT
Space: Above and Beyond

I'm a Sci-Fi guy... My one vice, I can't help it.
~Dg84
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:24:57 AM EDT
Firefly
Karen Sisco
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:25:49 AM EDT
Starved on FX I thought that show was great.
Futurama
Family guy
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:26:03 AM EDT
Firefly

Freaks and Geeks

Space: Above and Beyond

Simon & Simon

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:27:47 AM EDT
Firefly.

Salvage 1

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:28:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 9:29:01 AM EDT by mr0w1]
+1 to Firefly and Futurama (best cartoon ever)
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:28:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
ST: Enterprise

Chappelles Show

Beavis and Butthead (cant remember if it was cancelled or just ended, but that show MADE mtv IMO)




I read an interview with Mike Judge right after Beavis and Butthead stopped. He pretty much said he was burned out with it and wanted to pursue other projects and the show had run it's course at that time but that B & B may be back at some future point.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:29:12 AM EDT
Firefly
John Doe
Jake 2.0
Space: Above and Beyond
Millenium
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:29:12 AM EDT
Futurama
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:29:12 AM EDT
Earth 2

and

SeaQuest DSV

also come to mind.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:29:58 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 9:30:33 AM EDT by HardShell]
Firefly

John Doe

Millenium

The 5th Corner
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:30:43 AM EDT
fear factor, my kids loved it.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:31:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 9:32:17 AM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]
Futurama
Family Guy (but it's back, yeah!)
Aeon Flux
Spawn (the HBO animated series)
Police Squad
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:34:16 AM EDT
Lots of FOX shows, firefly, spave, above and beyond, john doe....


I also miss Now and Again with president palmer


Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:34:26 AM EDT
Tough Crowd
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:37:49 AM EDT
The lone Gunman, Special Unit 2


and Most of all

FARSCAPE
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:38:18 AM EDT
Firefly
My So Called Life
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:38:38 AM EDT
The Prisoner.....

1968?
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:38:57 AM EDT
Firefly... just finished my friend's DVDs of them and I am just plain dismayed that there will never be more.


- BG
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:42:09 AM EDT
I'm in agreement with a few of the above suggestions, but I'll also add Farscape. I was just starting to REALLY get into it when it got cancelled. I also can't figure out why in the hell UPN 86'd Enterprise. That was a fantastic show.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:42:34 AM EDT
I'll go with Titus on this one. That show was funny as hell. I think it lasted 3 seasons maybe? MJD
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:43:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By MaddMan:

Futurama



Big +1

That was one of the best shows on TV ever - and the stale old Simpson's went on forever!
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:43:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
Firefly... just finished my friend's DVDs of them and I am just plain dismayed that there will never be more.


- BG



Well, in the Serenity DVD, the director talks about making more movies. There still might be hope.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:43:36 AM EDT
+1 for Titus
Brimstone
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:43:36 AM EDT
The original 1966 Star Trek

To boldly go where no man has gone before

With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols.

NBC made a terrible mistake because the exec believed that the show was too techie.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:44:03 AM EDT
I know a lot of you guys didn't like it, but I enjoyed Over There.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:46:00 AM EDT
Futurama

FireFly

Space Above and Beyond

Earth 2
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:49:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By sixgunsblazing:
... I also miss Now and Again with president palmer






How could I forget that one?!?!? I loved that show and ranted like a lunatic when CBS cancelled it...
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:52:18 AM EDT
Third Watch
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:53:48 AM EDT
Arrested Development
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:55:46 AM EDT


Police Squad


Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:57:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:58:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By xdalfalkif:
Arrested Development



+1...Funniest show nobody watched.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:00:09 AM EDT
NightStalker w/ Darren McGavin
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:00:33 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:04:40 AM EDT
Greed.

The one where Jay Mohr was the Hollywood movie exec. That show was funny as hell.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:04:43 AM EDT
FIREFLY
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:05:21 AM EDT
Brimstone

If you don't know it ask
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:05:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Troy:

Originally Posted By RobarSR60:

Originally Posted By BUCC_Guy:
Firefly... just finished my friend's DVDs of them and I am just plain dismayed that there will never be more.


- BG



Well, in the Serenity DVD, the director talks about making more movies. There still might be hope.



Serenity needed to make 85 million, but only made about 35 million. It didn't have a simple-enough plot to work for many people who hadn't seen Firefly, and not nearly enough people knew about Firefly at all. Less than 20% of all households get SciFi, and few people remember a TV show that was cancelled 4-5 years ago (when it debuted on Fox).

Firefly was fantastic, but it worked far better as a TV show, when there was time to explore each character, than as a 2 hour movie.

-Troy



+1
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:07:05 AM EDT
perfect strangers
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:09:37 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:10:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 10:11:13 AM EDT by JIMBEAM]
News Radio

WKRP

Dream On

Sherman Oaks

Arlis (?)

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:11:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Tour of Duty

ETA: Space: Above and Beyond



Space: Above and Beyond was my first thought.

Firefly is a close second.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:13:21 AM EDT
Threat Matrix

Just Shoot Me (well, it was funny if not great)

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:14:41 AM EDT
Blind Justice
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:16:55 AM EDT
According to Billy West, who voiced Fry on Futurama, it's coming back for at least 26 episodes.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:17:02 AM EDT
I liked that Firefigther USA show last fall, but it disappeared without any warning. I dread the day there are no new Cops episodes.
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