Five TV shows that were canceled much too soon

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2. Firefly
Joss Whedon's quirky, genre-mixing one-season wonder ends up at the tippity-top of everyone's lists of canceled TV shows that desperately needed to continue, and for damn good reasons. Firefly was something special: spaghetti Western, adventures in Chinatown and killer sci-fi action all mixed together with a healthy dose of fine comedic writing. Why this show only had one season is a topic that Whedon fans always fight about. Although his other shows, Angel and Dollhouse, got prematurely yanked as well, it's Firefly's grounding that really hurts the most. Firefly's one measly season brought fans such endearing catchphrases as "Shiny!" "Special hell" and "I'll be in my bunk...," and taught us that rednecks do have things to contribute to society -- as long as they have a spaceship.

It also proved that whores sometimes do have hearts of gold, and it introduced us to Christina Hendricks, one of the hottest redheads alive. This really needed a few more seasons but got bombed for being in a shitty time slot -- dorks need shows to be on later at night so they can watch while gaming -- and now Firefly has been catapulted into cult status by rabid, righteous fans who have had no trouble expressing their displeasure at its early demise in every imaginable media outlet. A chunk of the cast showed up at the San Diego Comic Con in 2012, and 10,000 fans lined up to see their panel. That's more fans than American Idol currently has.

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1. Futurama
Obviously there are enough Futurama fans out there in adult cartoon land to keep the show going for seven more seasons; otherwise, popular demand wouldn't have brought it back from the dead the first time. That first cancellation was rough -- Fox isn't known for making the best decisions about anything -- and out of the four Futurama movies, only two were actually any good. But there is just something about a cryogenically frozen delivery boy, a one-eyed mutant space captain, a klutzy Chinese student, a slovenly lobster, an anal-retentive Jamaican bureaucrat and a dotty old professor that people relate to. And, of course, there is Bender, the lovable rogue robot who drinks, smokes, gets busy and tells people to bite his shiny metal ass. Futurama deserves a few more seasons, because at some point since the creation of cartoon superheroes, it became less about doing the right thing and fighting battles for the power of good versus evil and more about a bunch of characters talking shit to each other and screwing things up. And Futurama proudly espouses this dynamic cultural shift with hints of lewdness and relevant, snarky social commentary thrown in for kicks.

We need Futurama, for the sake of our children who will come after us. What else will teach our kids disrespectful language and gestures, moral flexibility and how to smoke cigars? Besides public schools, anyway.





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24 comments
jtrenthacker
jtrenthacker

Freaks And Geeks should be number one. At the very least, it should be on this list.

biodredd
biodredd

Enterprise DID run four seasons. The only Trek incarnation to run less than seven seasons (after the original series run of only three seasons).

barb_meyer
barb_meyer

First show I thought of when I saw the title was FREAKS & GEEKS!  

Leigh Dericks
Leigh Dericks

How is it possible that Freaks and Geeks didn't make this list??

mini_d
mini_d

Freaks and Geeks. I was also one of the few who liked Flash Forward.

Stuart50
Stuart50

I know that I'm an old man but I really enjoyed Harry's Law. I was sorry to see it go considering all the other shit on NBC.

davelog
davelog

Sports Night. As Clark Gregg said (as the Quo Vadamis guy) in the final episode, 'If you can't make money with Sports Night, you need to get out of the money-making business.' A pointedly direct shot at ABC, which had just cancelled the show.

Smedley
Smedley

Upright Citizen's Brigade

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Deadwood ... The Wire ... MI-5 

Josh Nadler
Josh Nadler

Any Stargate. Would gladly trade the current Simpsons, Family Guy and Cleveland show to keep Futurama. Not that I watch Cleveland... that one just needs to go.

Dave Luckey
Dave Luckey

Stargate SG-1, Angel, Firefly, Eureka

Anthony Siraguse
Anthony Siraguse

Futurama should have never come back. People need to just learn to let go.

Christopher David
Christopher David

Love, love, love Futurama but I believe the quality went down when it moved to Comedy Central. As much as I love it, it might be time for it to die.

Ben Davis
Ben Davis

arrested development but it's coming back!

shmoo74
shmoo74

I'd like to seem some love for Enterprise that doesn't diss Scott Bakula. Frankly, I couldn't care less about Futurama. I'd rather see Firefly in the #1 spot.

ElToroSolo
ElToroSolo

I'd like to see a longer list so you could give some love to Caprica.

MadMac
MadMac topcommenter

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