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Happy 4th!

Name 10 TV shows you loved that got axed before their time (also known as, for a few of them, why haven't they made it to DVD yet???):

1) Cupid This show was quirky, it was fun, it was well-acted and well-written, and they had a terrific setup. They also were on ABC on Friday night, and I may have been the only person in the world sitting at home watching it slavishly (although when it was cancelled, it was the first time I went on a "save our show" campaign online and found there were others as devoted as I). It didn't last very long, which may be why it's not on DVD, but I sure would welcome it.

2) Briscoe County, Jr. Bruce Campbell. Western SF. What more do you need to say? Plus, it ended on a killer cliffhanger. God, I loved that show.

3) Angel Most of us know from Angel. I'll really start missing it come next year.

4) Futurama Has a shelf life just as long as "The Simpsons" and deserved as much time. Of course, I still can't wrap my mind around the fact it had five seasons. Perhaps because of the erratic scheduling, it seemed MUCH shorter.

5) The Critic Okay, it's finally on DVD, so it maybe doesn't belong here, but I wish it had gotten more than two seasons. It was probably too highbrow for, well, most people.

6) Freakazoid He made my Saturday mornings. And in connection with ol' Freaky, there was the astonishingly weird Earthworm Jim.

7) Firefly I know a lot of people didn't care for it, but I liked it. Space westerns have been favorites of mine since my "Wild Wild West" days and I think it could have been incredible. Plus, I haven't been able to get the DVD set yet.

8) Sledge Hammer! Goofy, fun, amazingly silly, and again, ended on a cliffhanger. A big one.

9) Parker Lewis Can't Lose Heavily dated, I know -- pure 80's. And a very thinly veiled "Ferris Bueller." But much better than the attempt to make "Ferris" a TV series, and dang it, it was FUN. And silly. And many other things I love in television.

10) Soap Where is the Season Two DVD? As I recall, this one ended on a cliffhanger, too, but I haven't seen the final episode, I think, since it actually aired.

Two more days until Dale. :)

(Almost forgot Alien Nation. Maybe at #9, or tied with Futurama...)


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Jul. 4th, 2004 05:25 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I didn't think of Briscoe County, Jr. and Freakazoid!! There are entirely too many good shows out there that never got a fair lifespan.

Of course, when I was reading my list to rackham and explained the idea, the first thing he came up with was "Automan." I guess I should just be glad he didn't pick "Manimal."
Jul. 5th, 2004 10:29 am (UTC)
I happily don't even know what "Automan" was. :) What I had to do was find a list of almost every television show made and scrolled down it. There were a few I was a little ashamed to admit to, though, like "Caroline in the City." Okay, a lot ashamed. But I liked it. :D
Jul. 4th, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)
God, now you're making me remember more. Ditto on "Brisco County Jr," "Alien Nation", "Freakazoid," "Earthworm Jim", and "Parker Lewis".

Maybe it should have had room for twenty...
Jul. 5th, 2004 10:31 am (UTC)
I almost included "Babylon 5," too, because watching it again has made me miss it even more, but I realize the story had actually ended, so... But Briscoe, man, I want that one on DVD!
Jul. 5th, 2004 01:04 am (UTC)
BTW, season four of Angel is available for pre-order from Amazon.com. :-)

I do miss Alien Nation. Plus I think it's cruel that you showed me the first season of Soap when the next season isn't available! WAH!

Jul. 5th, 2004 01:07 am (UTC)
More Soap
Hey, according to Amazon.com, the second season of Soap comes out on DVD on July 20. :-)

Jul. 5th, 2004 10:32 am (UTC)
Re: More Soap
Yes, I'd heard about "Angel" season 4, but yay on Soap!!!

There were a bunch of others that really didn't get "cancelled too soon," but I still miss 'em, like "Forever Knight" and "Quantum Leap" -- fortunately, both are on DVD now... but FK is in the "friggin' expensive" department. :(
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