Five TV shows that were canceled much too soon
Futurama has been canceled...again. Fans are keenly aware that the show was nuked back in 2003 by Fox, then brought back by Comedy Central after it bought the rights to the four movies in 2007. But this season will reportedly be the last one, with the series finale airing on September 4.
Yes, Futurama is yet another television show that has ended -- twice now -- before its time. It's unfortunate when any TV show with creative genius and plenty of potential gets smacked in the tubes before it should. Here are five more television shows that deserved a few more seasons. Apparently someone needs to explain closure to network executives.
5. Star Trek: Enterprise
Like most hard-core Trekkers, I heard that the prequel show to the original Star Trek would include some backstory, some interesting plot arcs -- and Scott Bakula. I wasn't wild about that last bit, but after watching the first few episodes, I thought the series represented the franchise well and almost all of the characters were growing on me. And after the first season, I decided that the show was adding to the Trek legacy as a whole, bridging the gap between the events of First Contact and the original TV series. So when the announcement came that the show would not be beamed up for a fourth season, I was genuinely disappointed -- because I was even on on the brink of accepting Scott Bakula...
Enterprise sucked asteroids in that last season, because every story arc ended abruptly, and the series finale was as absurd as it was rushed. If the show had been given at least one more season to keep the momentum going, it probably wouldn't have been zapped. And because of the final-season suckage, it hasn't picked up any steam in reruns, either. I target my impotent rage at Bakula, who would never have donned a Starfleet uniform and would still be doing Quantum Leap if I had my way.
4. Chappelle's Show
Dave Chappelle done lost his mind, and it's too bad he had to do it three episodes into the third season of Chappelle's Show, which was pants-peeing hilarious and extremely popular. Chappelle's sketch comedy is just as good as his standup, and the show spawned some serious classics like "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," "WacArnold's" and "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong," as well as an entire show where Wayne Brady is a deranged psycho. Chappelle's impressions of Prince and Rick James are downright cult classics. But then, with no warning, Dave Chappelle flew to South Africa, allegedly for psychiatric treatment -- a claim he denied -- and never finished the third season, citing reasons that included everything from stress to burnout to loss of creative control. It's one thing to quit while you are ahead, but Chappelle fucked over his own show before it had a chance to overtake his standup. That wasn't a smart move, and fucking over your fans isn't a competent business strategy, either.
3. My So-Called Life
There were very few TV shows in the '90s that I would pause my thriving social life to watch every week. But Claire Danes's quirky teen drama My So-Called Life was one of them, because it was as close to a reality-based show as a series got back then without being on MTV. Watching a fifteen-year-old girl from a broken home make shitty decisions and lust after a hot idiot made me feel better about my life, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who took oversized-flannel-shirt fashion tips directly from the show. It only ran for one season, with Danes reputed to have been put off by the show's rigorous shooting schedule, but it's hard to blame her, because as any '90s kid knows, getting up early in the morning is a total deal-breaker.
I think the show deserved a few more seasons, at least until she got to college, because we all know that the terrible, ill-advised choices we make in high school are nothing compared to the ones we make in college, and I've always regretted that we never got to see her OD at a frat party or have a lesbian stalker light her car on fire.
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