Now I know we’ve all got our own ideas, and I’m sure readers will see familiar names and say they got movies or whatever. Movies are great, they tell stories and generally wrap up a story that was started in the movie fairly well. However, this should really only happen after a TV show has had its full run, and if it hasn’t, a movie will just leave fans wanting more, either in between the series and the movie or after the movie. That being said, let’s get started. Here are 5 shows cancelled too quickly.
5. Almost Human, 2013
In a lot of ways, this isn’t just about the show Almost Human, it is also about how much FOX seems to hate sci-fi shows. The show Terra Nova also got the boot after a half season, and even though Fringe got 5 seasons, people still say it was too early for that show as well. I personally just enjoyed Almost Human the most among the shows FOX has recently put out and cancelled. The show was easy to follow and didn’t require you to necessarily tune in every week which is under-appreciated in a lot of television today.
The show follows a loose cannon detective John Kennex (Karl Urban) who dislikes androids but partners with one, Dorian (Michael Ealy). Yes, it is essentially the plot of I, Robot but there is a lot to flesh out in a story like that. There will always be racial undertones to address when creating a race of some kind, and in this case androids. There is always the buddy cop story, and whatever back story Kennex had. On top of this, the show had a build up to something called The Wall, and we really never get the pay off for that.
4. Arrested Development, 2003-2006
I’m well aware that it had a 4th season on Netflix, but did that really feel like Arrested Development? I would say no, I know the actors are all doing their own thing right now and that is why the season is made and shot the way it was. That is why I think the show was cancelled too early, and it is easy to say it would have been preferable for the show to have continued opposed to it being revived some years later. It isn’t bad by any means now, it just isn’t the Arrested Development fans fell in love with years back. Season 5 is also supposed to be happening at some point according to the creator of the show, and hopefully that’ll be more aligned with what we’re used to from Arrested Development.
3. Freaks and Geeks, 1999-2000
I’m currently watching this show for the first time, and am dreading the fact that it will only last for one season. Even though it is set in the 80’s, there was a lot to learn about life and growing up in that series. The series follows a group of geeks Sam Weir (John Francis Daley), Neil Schweiber (Sam Levine), and Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr). While it also followed a group of freaks (which in this case means slackers and burnouts) and the main character that was becoming friends with them, Lindsey Weir (Linda Cardellini), Nick Andopolis (Jason Segel), Daniel Desario (James Franco), Ken Miller (Seth Rogen), and Kim Kelly(Busy Philipps).
That’s quite the cast, and it is no coincidence that those are actors of numerous Judd Apatow films as he was the executive producer of Freaks. The show had a great balance of comedy and drama, while teaching characters and viewers about life, what it meant to recognize who you are and growing up.
That’s a pretty important life lesson. The show became a cult classic and obviously all of those actors went on to be pretty successful Hollywood actors, and since it has been gone for 14 years now, it’s unlikely to make any kind of return, but fans of the show will know that these actors constantly find screen time with each other in other shows and movies.
2. Young Justice, 2010-2013
Ah, the curve ball of the group. Young Justice was an animated series on Cartoon Network that followed the adventures of former sidekicks (don’t call them that though) as they formed their own team to take care of the business that the Justice League couldn’t, or wasn’t able to. It had a great voice cast led by Nolan North, Jesse McCartney (Yes, that Jesse McCartney), and Danica McKellar.
Essentially Young Justice was just another victim of Cartoon Network’s need to sell toys. The show had incredibly mature themes and very dark undertones, and apparently did not appeal to kids enough for them to purchase toys. However, the show had a great following from an older crowd and that crowd has tried numerous things to try and get the show back on the air. Including change.org petitions and crowdfunding. Both to no avail.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened with CN, they also cancelled Teen Titans on a cliffhanger as well. However, they did bring the titans back in a much more goofy manor with their current show Teen Titans! GO! Needless to say though, fans aren’t satisfied and are extremely upset with Cartoon Network still.
There are plenty of things running around the rumor mill about this show. It could possibly return as a live action show on the CW, a DC animated movie could always be in the works, and maybe CN finally grows a goddamn heart and brings back a show to at least tie up its loose ends.
1. Firefly, 2002-2003
There is a reason that the largest Comic-Con in the world still has a panel every single year for Brown Coats(fans of the show). There is a reason that when Joss Whedon was asked “what cast would you most like to reunite for a passion project, given infinite resources” during his Dark Horse q&a panel 2 years ago, he would pick the crew of the Serenity to bring back together. There is a reason that this show is referenced to in numerous forms of pop culture, ranging from The Big Bang Theory to Futurama. There is a reason that Nathan Fillion’s current show Castle has a crap ton of references and callbacks to Firefly.
For those that don’t know, Firefly was a sci-fi western about a rag tag group travelling the universe trying to make ends meet by doing odd jobs. They have various run-ins with authorities and the scum of the underworld, while also dealing with dangers that are far more scary and terrifying in Reavers. Firefly included numerous clever and new twists on sci-fi, such as Mandarin being the popular language.
The crew was littered with groundbreaking and interested characters. You had a companion(some would say whore), a mechanic that was the sweetest girl in the world, the over-the-top macho guy with a name more common for girls, the wisecracking badass captain, the super cool pilot who was married to this girl that was the captain’s right hand woman, a doctor who cared deeply for his sister and did everything to protect her, and the sister who had the craziest of secrets. How could you not already be in love?
Yes, I’m also well aware of Serenity, and I loved it, but the universe had so much more to find and offer that couldn’t have been fit in one single movie. The cast have all gone on to new projects including voice acting, new shows, movies, and video games. However, that doesn’t stop them from popping up in each other’s show here and there which makes every brown coat cry a single tear every time.
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