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2012-06-26 08:46:21 AM  
Put me down for Joan of Arcadia. It was advertised as a teen drama/paranormal thing, but it much, much smarter than that. Also Pushing Daisies, it seemed to just be hitting its stride when along came that rassin frassin writers' strike! BBC shows like Father Ted only seem to weant to go 3, maybe for seasons (yes, I know about Dermot Morgan). But if I hadn't found Father Ted I never would have looked for Graham Linehan's other shows like Black Books and The IT Crowd.

Th only show on right now that I'd be sorry to see go is Grimm. It has potential.
 
2012-06-26 08:53:07 AM  

KingKauff: No love for Mad About You?


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2012-06-26 08:57:37 AM  
Enterprise.
 
2012-06-26 08:58:09 AM  
Stargate Universe
Firefly
Rubicon
Caprica
 
2012-06-26 08:58:41 AM  
Glad that Outcasts was mentioned. I watched it recently on Netflix, better than Terra Nova in my opinion and has more interesting characters. Bonus, the President was also in Game of Thrones.
 
2012-06-26 09:00:13 AM  

kyleaugustus: Enterprise.


Enterprise's problem was that season 4 should have been season 1.

If the show had started out that good, it might have lasted Trek's usual 7 years.
 
2012-06-26 09:10:40 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: kyleaugustus: Enterprise.

Enterprise's problem was that season 4 should have been season 1.

If the show had started out that good, it might have lasted Trek's usual 7 years.


Exactly. And it was just finally getting good when UPN cancelled it.
 
2012-06-26 09:11:24 AM  
No love for Davis Rules? A perfectly fine sitcom made awesome by Jonathan Winters as Randy Quaid's zany dad. Part of the fun was watching him ad-lib while everyone else tried desperately not to lose their shiat. Fun stuff.
 
2012-06-26 09:12:42 AM  
An oldie - what about The Honeymooners? (only one season)

More recent - what about Flash Forward?
 
2012-06-26 09:14:38 AM  
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2012-06-26 09:14:52 AM  
The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer. That show had a remarkable laxative effect on me.
 
2012-06-26 09:17:27 AM  

karnal: An oldie - what about The Honeymooners? (only one season)



As long as you don't count the 4 years of Honeymooners sketches before the Classic 39, and the extra year after. There's over 50 hours of Honeymooners material out there besides the one season that's been driven into the ground in reruns.

/and that's not counting the color musical years.
 
2012-06-26 09:17:31 AM  
Kangaroo_Ralph

Loved Millennium....but at least they "kind of" tied everything together with that one X-Files episode.
 
2012-06-26 09:18:10 AM  

MrBallou: Dead like Me


I tried to like this show, but it turns out that a show whose premise is that the afterlife is boring turns out to be... boring.
 
2012-06-26 09:19:27 AM  
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2012-06-26 09:21:00 AM  

fatalvenom: yeomanfarmer: Any love for The Job? Nobody I know remembers it.

Seconded


I bought the Complete Series when it came out to DVD. Loved that show.
 
2012-06-26 09:22:34 AM  

tooeasy: Profit


www.payvand.com

Hell yes. At least a decade before its time, if not longer. They never even bothered to air half of the episodes they shot, because audiences couldn't handle how edgy it was.
 
2012-06-26 09:25:14 AM  
Here's my personal list:

M*A*S*H
Friends
Seinfeld
Gunsmoke
Dallas
Bonanza
ER
Lassie
 
2012-06-26 09:26:01 AM  
I love these lists because Freaks and Geeks will always be on them......Also Dirty Sexy Money, the first season of that show was awesome.
 
2012-06-26 09:29:13 AM  
Tower Prep.

It was the only Lost clone that was actually worth watching, and I still want to know what it was all about. Sadly, because it was on Cartoon Network, not a lot of people gave it a chance because it was a live-action show.
 
2012-06-26 09:30:36 AM  
No love for Glory Daze, one season on TBS. Funny show !
 
2012-06-26 09:31:45 AM  
Danger 5
:30 Seconds

Yes Minister will be back soon.
Better of Ted
Blake's 7
Soap
Futurama (4 times now or is it 5 yet?)

Ending shows early can screw them up so bad even when they are extended as with Babylon 5

There were some that ended too early but could not continue.
The Sarah Jane Adventures (RIP ES)
 
2012-06-26 09:40:55 AM  

Hetfield: List fails without Friends.


I remember that show. I think they cancelled it to focus on the spin-off, "Ross and Rachel's Repetitive Soap Opera," right?
 
2012-06-26 09:45:12 AM  
I still miss Harsh Realm. Still.
 
2012-06-26 09:49:31 AM  

soporific: Tower Prep.

It was the only Lost clone that was actually worth watching, and I still want to know what it was all about. Sadly, because it was on Cartoon Network, not a lot of people gave it a chance because it was a live-action show.


This.


And soon The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
 
2012-06-26 09:54:11 AM  
The Muppet Show
Fraggle Rock
 
2012-06-26 09:54:59 AM  
Better Off Ted
Pushing Daisies
Newsradio
Greg the Bunny
Sports Night

And I don't care how bad it was, I would have liked another season of The Cape. Mainly because it's fun to get drunk and yell at stupid people on the tv. Seriously, we threw parties.
 
2012-06-26 09:55:54 AM  
images.buddytv.com
 
2012-06-26 09:56:11 AM  
Space: above and beyond

Enterprise (it was just getting good...)

The Tick
 
2012-06-26 09:58:10 AM  
Space: Above and Beyond. They ended it right as they discovered what the enemy really looked like.

Saw Quark...how about Best of the West?

I loved Northern Exposure but when Rob Morrow left...it was done.
 
2012-06-26 10:00:04 AM  
I see a lot of mention of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Dirty Sexy Money. Both of those were great shows that were basically killed by the writers strike because the strike forced them to go into hiatus in the middle of great story lines. When they came back they just completely dropped the story lines and the shows never really recovered from there.

Another good show was Saving Grace. It did have an finale, but the production company rushed to end the show and combined the last two season, getting rid of a lot of the story that explained the ending, to get to it.
 
2012-06-26 10:00:44 AM  
I never got My So-Called Life. It came off as more wish fulfillment by someone who graduated in the early '80s and then turned their Mary Sue fiction into scripts. Outside of Claire Danes being at her hottest, the show was just boring as all fark.
 
2012-06-26 10:01:36 AM  
Serious Black

Here's my personal list:

M*A*S*H
Friends
Seinfeld
Gunsmoke
Dallas
Bonanza
ER
Lassie



I believe you are suppose to list TV shows that were cancelled too early - not TV shows that lasted way past their prime.
 
2012-06-26 10:03:25 AM  
Was disappoint when Carnivale got canned: It was just starting to get good.

I think Flash Forward had potential, but they had no clue what direction they wanted to go in and had too many story lines they tried to maintain.

But, the show that still makes me cry when I recall hearing it was cancelled, and think of what it could been was 'The Comeback.' Lisa Kudrow was phenomenal, and it was a comedy that was both bitingly funny and painful to watch. (And there is no way anyone could convince me that Valerie Cherish isn't 100% based on Shelly Long. And I'll bet Shelly Long thought the show was a tribute to her.)
 
2012-06-26 10:03:41 AM  
Yeah, definitely Sledgehammer and Dead Like Me
Farscape - though it had a pretty good run
Blake's 7
Starmaidens (awful and great at the same time)
Star Trek TOS
Firefly
Titus
Time Tunnel
The Prisoner
Trailer Park Boys
Tales of Tomorrow (including the ads for Masland carpeting and Kreisler watch bands)
 
2012-06-26 10:08:00 AM  

Guntram Shatterhand: I never got My So-Called Life. It came off as more wish fulfillment by someone who graduated in the early '80s and then turned their Mary Sue fiction into scripts. Outside of Claire Danes being at her hottest, the show was just boring as all fark.


Exactly. I was just out of high school when that came out and I can assure you that nobody I knew watched it except for the emo like kids at the time. It was a bunch of teens constantly whining.
 
2012-06-26 10:10:39 AM  

Botkin of the Yard: Keen Eddie only got one season. One of Fox's greatest crimes.


THIS.

/How do you like me so far?
 
2012-06-26 10:12:10 AM  
Night Court was axed when it was still high in the ratings. They should have at least been given a "good-bye" episode.
 
2012-06-26 10:16:33 AM  
I came for Space Above and Beyond and Journeyman, got nothing else to add.
 
2012-06-26 10:16:44 AM  

KingKauff: Mad About


Seven seasons is nothing to sneeze at, it was hardly taken from us too early. Personally I didn't like the show until the last couple of seasons when it became more comedy-oriented, even slapstick. I particularly liked the "Paul Takes Viagra" episode where he runs around Manahattan with a huge erection. Seinfeld's cameo is gold, Jerry, GOLD!

Paul: Jerry Seinfeld! I'm, like, your biggest fan!
Jerry: Uh, yeah, I can see that.
 
2012-06-26 10:17:47 AM  

Botkin of the Yard: Keen Eddie only got one season. One of Fox's greatest crimes.


This. Feckin' incredible series when played in the correct order. Another case of Fox showing a series out of order and confusing the progression of the characters. Instead of Fiona starting out hating Eddie and eventually falling for him she appeared bipolar. One epsode, they're friendly and almost congenial and the next she would be throwing things at him the whole show. I figured it out watching the show when it aired because I would pay attention to how many matchbooks he pinned to the map and one week, he had 3, the next he had 7, and the next he had 4. When the DVD season came out, I figured out the right order and watched them in order and it really made the show shine. No idea why the hell they did that. And the Scottish/American Bar was genius.

The Tick. The episode with the Immortal made me laugh like nothing else. The whole show, but especially the twin scorch marks on the ceiling of Captain Liberty's bedroom just made me chortle. That and The Tick launching the corpse up to the balcony and missing.

Back on the Mark Valley kick, Loved the first season of Human Target. Didn't care for the plot progression in the second season with the rich heiress/love interest coming into it, but the characters were great and made the rest worth forgiving. Guerrero was so over the top, it was hilarious. I do think they canceled it right when it was starting to take off.
 
2012-06-26 10:20:01 AM  
Joey
Good Morning, Miami
Caroline In the City
The Single Man
 
2012-06-26 10:21:39 AM  
Just to mention shows no one else has...

Krod Mandoon
Wizards and Warriors
San Pedro Beach Bums

Yes, none of these were popular...
 
2012-06-26 10:22:07 AM  
ctrl+f "firefly" 0 of 0 found alt f4
 
2012-06-26 10:24:11 AM  
This far in and no mention of Strange Luck? Such a well-written show.
 
2012-06-26 10:29:14 AM  

roothog: MrBallou: Dead like Me

I tried to like this show, but it turns out that a show whose premise is that the afterlife is boring turns out to be... boring.


I liked the way they portrayed the Grim Reaper(s) as a bunch of fark ups. Made the whole randomness of life and death make more sense.
 
2012-06-26 10:30:07 AM  

karnal: Serious Black

Here's my personal list:

M*A*S*H
Friends
Seinfeld
Gunsmoke
Dallas
Bonanza
ER
Lassie


I believe you are suppose to list TV shows that were cancelled too early - not TV shows that lasted way past their prime.


media.skateboard.com.au
 
2012-06-26 10:30:29 AM  

Serious Black: Here's my personal list:

M*A*S*H
Friends
Seinfeld
Gunsmoke
Dallas
Bonanza
ER
Lassie


This is supposed to a list of shows that ended too early, not shows that went on forever past the point of relevance.
 
2012-06-26 10:32:30 AM  
Charlie Hoover
Life's Work
Profiler
Tru Calling
The American Embassy (working title was "Emma Brody)
Off Centre
Mysterious Ways
Lucky Louie
 
2012-06-26 10:33:12 AM  

Normal Bean: Just to mention shows no one else has...

Krod Mandoon
Wizards and Warriors
San Pedro Beach Bums

Yes, none of these were popular...



Can't believe someone beat me to it. Football, you bet.
 
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