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2012-12-30 06:28:00 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum:
Same with Burn Notice. Great concept, ran out of plot quite quickly.


Agreed. Once it stopped focusing on the client of the week and started being all about Michael's long battle against various shadowy spy agencies I stopped caring. The serial content was never really good, the episodic content is what made the show.
 
2012-12-30 06:35:10 PM

Adam West for President: lalolalona: Late to the thread, but can't believe noone has mentioned this little gem:

[tvoseries.com image 400x267]

I guess we were the only two that watched it. That explains it.


Make that 4 people who watched it - add me and my sister. We loved it!
 
2012-12-30 06:36:16 PM

NEPAman: FarScape
Space: Above and Beyond
Rome
The Event
Deadwood
Journeyman
Nowhere Man
House of Buggin'
Awake
Caprica
*And the fact we never got to see Day One
/Firefly gets automatic add to any such list.


Space: Above and Beyond!! Great show!!
 
2012-12-30 06:40:19 PM

shpritz: Agreed. Once it stopped focusing on the client of the week and started being all about Michael's long battle against various shadowy spy agencies I stopped caring. The serial content was never really good, the episodic content is what made the show.


Huh, I feel precisely the opposite about the episodic and serialized content. I feel like the serialized stuff is usually far more "grabbing", but they've taken peeling the onion layers to a ridiculous new extreme.

/as with most cool concept shows, probably would have done better as an eight episode miniseries
 
2012-12-30 06:42:59 PM

eaglepuss: Adam West for President: lalolalona: Late to the thread, but can't believe noone has mentioned this little gem:

[tvoseries.com image 400x267]

I guess we were the only two that watched it. That explains it.

Make that 4 people who watched it - add me and my sister. We loved it!


Those numbers would have been good enough for the CW.
 
2012-12-30 06:44:04 PM

lasercannon: OtherLittleGuy: Human Target and The Finder (RIP Michael Clarke Duncan).

For the latter, I want a Bones crossover wrapup episode where Booth punches the Gypsy Leader in the face. Repeatedly.

I wrote on imdb that they really need to do an episode of Bones where Walter, Booth and the gang team up to track down Willa so Walter can take her to Leo's funeral. Then later she learns that Leo left the bar to her. With the provision that Walter somewhat runs it for her until she turns 21. It would wrap up the storyline a bit for any fans of The Finder.

I could see Booth and Walter beating the hell out of Eric Roberts to protect Willa.


There isn't a AW HELLS YEAH loud enough for concurrance.
 
2012-12-30 06:47:46 PM
Back when we were a Neilsen house, we had "viewing parties" for The Tick and Lone Gunman. It didn't help, I had a sad.

We were like Neilsen poison, anything we watched got the worst possible bag over the head treatment.
 
2012-12-30 06:51:59 PM

Dilvias: Someone's at the door... Someone's at the door... Someone's at the door...


Shait, MrsOLG and I still quip that at a Sarah Paulson sighting.
 
2012-12-30 07:00:40 PM
Better top 10 list

Firefly
Better Off Ted
Deadwood
Terriers
The Good Guys
Dollhouse
Stargate Universe
Krod Mandoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire
The Unusuals
Jericho
 
2012-12-30 07:06:01 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: shpritz: cman: No "Chuck"? No "Kings"? No "Lone Gunmen"?

This list fails hard

Chuck was cancelled three seasons too late.

Same with Burn Notice. Great concept, ran out of plot quite quickly.

/Castle is in dangerous territory at this point.
//so is Glee


Burn Notice is so far out of ideas that they burned Michael AGAIN.

And Reboot did NOT get an ending. It ended with Megabyte coming back for one final showdown that apparently never got animated.
 
2012-12-30 07:13:36 PM

GAT_00: Fear_and_Loathing: What no Firefly?

Ugh, only five posts before one of you people.

What this list is actually missing is Better Off Ted.


Amen.

I loved that show. It was the last show I ever watched on tv and waited for new episodes.
 
2012-12-30 07:13:58 PM
210 comments, and no Arrested Development?

Who are you, and what have you done to my Fark?
 
2012-12-30 07:18:58 PM
The Good Guys.

That actor has been awesome since his hunger for triscuits.
 
2012-12-30 07:20:32 PM

MisatoNERV: Space: Above and Beyond.

16 year old me is still angry about that. Ending on a cliffhanger too.


Cliffhanger? I don't remember a Cliffhanger. The suits told the producers the show was being cancelled so they quickly rewrote the last couple of episodes and turned it into a bloodbath where I believe all Dalhouse was killed.

It always seemed like a fitting 'fark you, we're going out on our own terms' to the suits to me.
 
2012-12-30 07:25:36 PM

cmunic8r99: 210 comments, and no Arrested Development?

Who are you, and what have you done to my Fark?


It went without saying.

I don't walk around saying hitler was bad or your mom is loose. These are known things.
 
2012-12-30 07:28:12 PM
I liked The Middleman and The Unusuals and I miss both of them greatly.
The Unusuals was just hilarious and dirty in a perfectly wonderful way.
 
2012-12-30 07:36:40 PM

Benalto: My vote is for The Good Guys. Absolutely hilarious. Don't know why it doesn't end up on lists like this. Dan Stark 4ever!


Forgot about that one. Good call. That show was so over the top it circled right back around to awesome.
 
2012-12-30 07:36:56 PM

PIP_the_TROLL: MisatoNERV: Space: Above and Beyond.

16 year old me is still angry about that. Ending on a cliffhanger too.

Cliffhanger? I don't remember a Cliffhanger. The suits told the producers the show was being cancelled so they quickly rewrote the last couple of episodes and turned it into a bloodbath where I believe all Dalhouse was killed.

It always seemed like a fitting 'fark you, we're going out on our own terms' to the suits to me.


It's been a long time, but I think Wang died, Vansen and Damphousse, who was seriously injured or dead, were captured or about to be, and McQueen had his leg blown off. Only West and Hawkes made back to the carrier. I seem to recall they had some season 2 plans, just in case, dealing with McQueen's rehab and the Wild Cards new female CO.
 
2012-12-30 07:41:12 PM

cmunic8r99: 210 comments, and no Arrested Development?

Who are you, and what have you done to my Fark?


It's coming back/uncancelled, I believe.
 
2012-12-30 07:41:13 PM
My "pissed they got cancelled" Top Ten list:

1. The 4400
2. V
3. No Ordinary Family
4. Kyle XY
5. Stroker & Hoop
6. Tower Prep
7. Code Monkeys
8. Megas XLR
9. Batman Beyond
10. CSI: Miami
 
2012-12-30 07:45:43 PM
I know they were trolling by excluding Arrested Development, and I love it.

That show was cancelled for a reason. I love everyone involved, but the show wasn't as great as it's preachers want you to believe.
 
2012-12-30 07:50:41 PM
Police Squad!
 
2012-12-30 07:52:09 PM
 
2012-12-30 07:52:32 PM

OtherLittleGuy: Human Target and The Finder (RIP Michael Clarke Duncan).

For the latter, I want a Bones crossover wrapup episode where Booth punches the Gypsy Leader in the face. Repeatedly.


Damn. I forgot about Human Target. Make that #11 on my list then.
 
2012-12-30 07:55:48 PM

namatad: eaglepuss: Dresden Files

started "meh" and was starting to get better
the books, ESP the later books, are among my favorite books of all time.
Changes, Ghost Story and Cold Days blew me away.
The Alera Codex is one of my all time favorite fantasy series.
I would love to see HBO-like treatment of the series.
The novels could be combined into longer story arcs and split where needed.
Short episodes only go so far.
Alas .... because of the stupid SF channel version we will probably never see anything done with this.


I'm a huge fan of the novels, and never loved The Dresden Files series, even though I watched them all. I'm not sure why. The source material is excellent. I thought the casting was good to great, and even the changes they made were meh (hockey stick/drumstick) or a great improvement (Bob the Skull). I think it might have been the direction or editing. I'm curious to get another fan's take on where it failed and where it succeeded.

/Also enjoyed the Codex Alera
//Dead Beat needs to be a big-budget summer blockbuster. Sue would blow everyone away and guarantee a sequel.
 
2012-12-30 07:59:26 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Mid_mo_mad_man: The ending to Angel was just horrible.

There would have to have been an ending for it to be horrible. Instead, Angel felt like it ended with a cliffhanger episode.

/And Duckman and Sliders both have unresolved cliffhangers because of writers saying "Fark You" to USA/Siffy.


FeedTheCollapse: Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: KellyKellyKelly: No MST3K? Fark this list in the ear.

Screwed over by not one, but TWO networks, no less.

The damn station manager transitions made that possible at both Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel. The show ended up in the hands of two dumb farks who didn't know/care what to do with it.

you know, as much as I love MST3k, I can see it being a headache of a show to deal with in terms of securing rights/royalties...

Actually, no. Remember, Universal owns Siffy. The Universal vault was wide open to MST3K. Hell, that's why Season 8 was so damn difficult to bring to DVD until Shout did some smooth negotiating just recently... Siffy pretty much forced MST3K to use movies from the Universal vault for the majority of season 8. So securing rights to the vast myriad of Universal films was no problem at all for first run broadcast.


Dammit, dammit, dammit! I forgot about Duckman and Sliders. Looks like my Top Ten list is going to be a Top Twenty at this rate.

I consider the cancellation of Sliders as a mercy killing. The last season had none of the original cast except Rembrandt, and it completely abandoned the awesome "what if?" premise that the show was built on.
 
2012-12-30 08:06:40 PM

Jarhead_h: Seth'n'Spectrum: shpritz: cman: No "Chuck"? No "Kings"? No "Lone Gunmen"?

This list fails hard

Chuck was cancelled three seasons too late.

Same with Burn Notice. Great concept, ran out of plot quite quickly.

/Castle is in dangerous territory at this point.
//so is Glee

Burn Notice is so far out of ideas that they burned Michael AGAIN.

And Reboot did NOT get an ending. It ended with Megabyte coming back for one final showdown that apparently never got animated.


Mike wasn't burned again. He was on the run because he shot and killed his CIA boss. IIRC, everyone involved in his burning are either dead, in jail, or off the grid.
 
2012-12-30 08:07:46 PM

havocmike: I know they were trolling by excluding Arrested Development, and I love it.

That show was cancelled for a reason. I love everyone involved, but the show wasn't as great as it's preachers want you to believe.


It's not on the list because a new season is coming on Netflix in May 2013.
 
2012-12-30 08:13:37 PM
Pushing Daisies farking writers strike... sigh.. oh and you bet your butt Firefly.
 
2012-12-30 08:16:29 PM

EddieFC: PIP_the_TROLL: MisatoNERV: Space: Above and Beyond.

16 year old me is still angry about that. Ending on a cliffhanger too.

Cliffhanger? I don't remember a Cliffhanger. The suits told the producers the show was being cancelled so they quickly rewrote the last couple of episodes and turned it into a bloodbath where I believe all Dalhouse was killed.

It always seemed like a fitting 'fark you, we're going out on our own terms' to the suits to me.

It's been a long time, but I think Wang died, Vansen and Damphousse, who was seriously injured or dead, were captured or about to be, and McQueen had his leg blown off. Only West and Hawkes made back to the carrier. I seem to recall they had some season 2 plans, just in case, dealing with McQueen's rehab and the Wild Cards new female CO.


Been a long time too. I remember feeling like it could have continued and was really disappointed when I found out it wasn't coming back.

I think the cliffhanger feel was the possibly dead/MIA characters.
 
2012-12-30 08:19:42 PM
With luck and some help from Divine Providence, the show "Archer" will be on this list next year.
 
2012-12-30 08:20:47 PM
Human Target - Great series that should have lasted longer than two seasons. I didn't even mind the season two finale considering how Ilsa had changed (not just physically - she seemed very orange in the early episodes), especially with her almost getting killed. Guerrero was awesome and Ames was a total hottie. Chi McBride as Winston was a good voice of reason.

Enterprise - I enjoyed it and it doesn't get the love it should. I didn't mind Bakula as the Captain. T'Pol was yummy, as was Linda Park as Sato.

The 4400 - Good series and interesting to see how people would change.
 
2012-12-30 08:21:34 PM

tillerman35: With luck and some help from Divine Providence, the show "Archer" will be on this list next year.

Arrow. I meant Arrow. (That's how bad it is- I can't even bring myself to name it in a post).
 
2012-12-30 08:31:43 PM

tillerman35: tillerman35: With luck and some help from Divine Providence, the show "Archer" will be on this list next year.
Arrow. I meant Arrow. (That's how bad it is- I can't even bring myself to name it in a post).


That's how to troll, folks.

Good fishing
 
2012-12-30 08:33:27 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Knight of the Woeful Countenance: The best part about Leverage was the scattered pop culture references throughout it.

You had to be sharp to pick a lot of 'em up, but they ranged from Community to Doctor Who to... pretty much anything you can think of.

YES!

I loved the episode where Hardison's in danger in a hospital and he pages for "Dr. Ralph O'Khan" (Wrath of Khan) to let Eliot know he needs help.

As a guy who loves pop culture-based humor, I ate that stuff up with a spoon and fork, man.


I think my absolute favorite was in I think the season four's season finale where they managed to both reference Doctor Who and Inspector Spacetime at the same time. I'd always enjoyed the show before, but that brought it to a whole other level for me after that.
 
2012-12-30 08:35:01 PM

tillerman35: tillerman35: With luck and some help from Divine Providence, the show "Archer" will be on this list next year.
Arrow. I meant Arrow. (That's how bad it is- I can't even bring myself to name it in a post).


Good thing you caught that. We'd have had to lock you in a room with a rabid ocelot.
 
2012-12-30 08:42:17 PM
Third Watch.
 
2012-12-30 09:04:12 PM

MrsGsboy: None of you will probably remember the show. But I really miss "I'm With Her." We got nine seasons of "According to Jim", but only 22 of this show. No wonder Network Television is in the shape it's in.


According to Jim is one of the least funny sitcoms I've ever seen and it went on for years and years. I used to watch it (in reruns) sometimes because it was sandwiched in between a couple of shows I enjoyed. Maybe one genuine laugh per episode. Jim Belushi should get down on his knees every day and thank FSM he was born the brother of John Belushi. Without John, he would NEVER have had a career in show biz in ANY capacity.
 
2012-12-30 09:15:16 PM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Mike Chewbacca: Freaks and Geeks

This. It had a lot of potential that wasn't fully realized.


I think the main thing that Freaks and Geeks had going for it is that they had assembled that amazing cast. Boy, did Apatow know how to pick em. The writing, acting, and the show itself was really good, but they had frickin James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, etc.

These guys are making millions in Hollywood now and those dumbasses cancelled their show.
 
2012-12-30 09:16:59 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Flint Ironstag: Fans of Gina Bellman from Leverage should watch Coupling. She's a hoot in that and it's a great show.

Duly and truly noted and quoted - thanks for the head's up!


FARKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
Gina was in Leverage??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

She was also in Jekyll ... quite good
 
2012-12-30 09:18:28 PM

Trollin4Colon: I heard SO many good things about Sports Night and I think I made it to the last 2 episodes of season 1 but just couldn't bring myself to care. Maybe if they didn't spend HALF the episode EVERY episode recapping what happened the week before I might have made it through but good lord.

Actually, thats just part of it. I think by halfway through season 1 I started to visibly hate ever character on that show. Im pretty sure its the writing more than anything thou.


season 2 picked up and season 3 was quite good
and is your SKIP button broken??
 
2012-12-30 09:22:15 PM

Doom On You: List absolutely fails without Carnivale, Dead Like Me and SGU.

I am still beyond bitter about Carnivale, in particular.


FARKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK
please dont remind me about the first two???
carnivale was the greatest series that no one watched. they should bring it back, it would do GREAT these days!!
Dead Like Me? best thing ever
I heard that they were going to do a DLM movie.
No, that thing they made wasnt DLM and whatever you do, DO NOT WATCH the movie they made.
TRUST ME
But if you dont want to trust me, I will sell you my copy for CHEAP.
 
2012-12-30 09:22:33 PM
Why don't they bring that Matlock fellow? He seems nice.
 
2012-12-30 09:23:07 PM
blogs.amctv.com

Also, Brotherhood was an amazing show - as good as, if not better than, the Sopranos - but Showtime never gave it the love (and promotion) it deserved. Rather, it focused on lesser shows like Dexter, Weeds and Californication. Damn ratings.

Someone upthread also mentioned WKRP, which was cancelled while it had cracked the top ten. Stupid.
 
2012-12-30 09:24:14 PM

RckPngn: I miss detective Briscoe. Law and order did get odd after he died and yes did revive itself with Jeremy Sisto. I record all the reruns, it is amazing watching it change from its first episode to the last.


The cops stopping to use "PAYPHONES" in the first couple seasons was amazing.
Hell, watching the computers and phones change over the decades was fun.
 
2012-12-30 09:26:38 PM

Keywork99: I miss Dollhouse. :(

Wouldn't consider myself a Whedonite... never really into anything he did. Except for Dollhouse. That I got pulled into immediately for some reason.


HAWT ASIAN CHICK
the premise that you could hire people as sex slaves

WHAT was there not to like about Dollhouse? other than it killed TSCC.
It really picked up season 2 ... so much potential.
 
2012-12-30 09:41:00 PM

This Face Left Blank: I'm a huge fan of the novels, and never loved The Dresden Files series, even though I watched them all. I'm not sure why. The source material is excellent. I thought the casting was good to great, and even the changes they made were meh (hockey stick/drumstick) or a great improvement (Bob the Skull).


They are my favorite books.
The series suffered from a couple of obvious flaws, esp not being given enough time to develop and enough advertising. The series probably would have been a MUCH bigger hit if it came out today, the dresden books are HUGE sellers these days.

The hockey stick and drumstick were "perfect."
How would you hide a wizard's staff in plain sight? Hockey stick worked fine.
How would you hide a wand (blasting rod) in plain sight? Drum stick worked fine.

the problem is that the books have become one 30 volume story arc and episodic morons at syfy have no clue how to do that.

"But how will new people watch the show??"
Well dumbasses, put them online, or cheap VOD, or cheap DL, or reruns ... How hard is that? You already dont have enough things to put on the air in the first place!!

Still .... Changes was great, Ghost Story knocked me on my ass, and Cold Days? Cold Days blew me away. HOW does an author continue to make each book in the series BETTER??

Pick up Summer Knight or Dead Beat if you have never read the series. DO NOT START with the first book. It was a book written while the author was in college and SUCKS. Read one of these two first.
If you like them enough, go back to the beginning. Seriously, trust me on this, you might miss out on a great series if you start with the first book and wont even know what you are missing out on.
 
2012-12-30 10:05:47 PM

cmunic8r99: 210 comments, and no Arrested Development?

Who are you, and what have you done to my Fark?


go to reddit
 
2012-12-30 10:12:05 PM

Soulcatcher: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Mike Chewbacca: Freaks and Geeks

This. It had a lot of potential that wasn't fully realized.

I think the main thing that Freaks and Geeks had going for it is that they had assembled that amazing cast. Boy, did Apatow know how to pick em. The writing, acting, and the show itself was really good, but they had frickin James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, etc.

These guys are making millions in Hollywood now and those dumbasses cancelled their show.


That's why I'm fine with Freaks & Geeks being cancelled. Paul Feig's a successful director, Apatow is doing way better than he deserves and a few of those kids got ridiculously famous.
 
2012-12-30 10:14:43 PM
America needs the wisdom of "Herman's Head" now, more than ever.
 
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