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Ten TV Shows that got Axed Before Their Time (gacked from most of my friendslist, who keep bopping back and forth between "cancelled" and "cancelled before their time." I'm going with "If I consider it cancelled, it probably was before the show's time, otherwise I'd just say it ended. Buffy ended; Angel was cancelled.")



Strange Luck

American Gothic

Blake's Seven (What? Yes, I know I wasn't watching it when it got cancelled; I was 8 and it wasn't even available in the States. It still ended before it should have.)

Doctor Who (*spits randomly in the direction of Michael Grade* We shall speak of more.)

The Pretender


Brimstone I get to count Forever Knight? Because I'm not sure whose idea the timing of the show's ending was, but it certainly ended before it could rise from the steaming pile of crap that was the final season...

Edit: No, because I'd much rather whine and wail about The Others, which ended on a fucking cliffhanger where they were all dead (ok, so did FK more or less, but the characters on The others were meant to come out of it) and the evil things (thought they) were winning! So ashamed that I didn't remember this til I saw it in djinnanna's list.

Edit 2: Wonderfalls! -- bastards cancelled it after I'd finally got the chance to catch my first episode-- saw it at ConneXions, loved it, came home and that very week, they annouced the cancellation.
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2004-07-03 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

How about "My So-Called Life" and "Freaks & Geeks'?


2004-07-04 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Didn't watch either of them, I'm afraid, though it seems like I would have liked them and missed their absence, if I had.

I think it was a combination of being on opposite something else I was watching (F&G) and being on a station that didn't come in very well, before we had cable (MSCL). I remember being in love with Claire Danes' hair (I caught about 1.5 eps, here and there, but not enough to keep up with it) but that's about it.

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2004-07-03 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes, Wonderfalls! I loved that short-lived show.


2004-07-04 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)

I never caught Miracles, but after seeing an amazing vid for the show, dearly wish I had.

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2004-07-04 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, I caught Haunted, for at least a few episodes -- because it was on right after Buffy!


2004-07-04 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

The Pretender. *sniff*


2004-07-04 10:25 am (UTC) (Link)

I almost listed Early Edition as well, given that those two shows were our dueling genre-shows, on at the same time and necessitating two VCRs being hooked up to catch both -- but EE had rather gone to the suck, the last few episodes I remember, so I don't think I was heartbroken when it got cancelled.


2004-07-04 10:30 am (UTC) (Link)

They were on at the same time in the States? That's not fair! American networks=evil. Yes, I'm just learning that now... ;p

Early Edition was great when it was great, but so very bad when it was bad. I mean, Kristy Swanson playing a recurring character?! Gah.

Points for the cat and Kyle Chandler's earnestness, though. And the best friends.

More points to the cat. 'cause. Kit-tee!


2004-07-04 09:02 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm afraid I disagree about Blake's Seven - as someone who watched it at the time, aged 20 - ish, in Thatcher's Britain, the ending was totally right for the series, and for the time.
After they lost the Liberator, there was no way on earth the bitchiest crew in space was going to defeat the Federation!
I didn't want it to end, but when the end came, it was gloriously true to the series as a whole.
But Dr Who? Right with you on that one.


2004-07-04 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)

I dunno though -- I mean I can't argue with you that the spirit of the ending probably embodied the way many people were feeling in the UK, but I don't think the political situation in the show was quite like that, at the end. The Federation wasn't monolithic anymore; it was fighting its way back from serious war-related setbacks and semi-successful revolutions. I think the crew's plans actually had a chance -- and the fact that it fell apart over yet another Must-Find-Blake trap was... I can't say it wasn't in character for Avon, but it left me unfulfilled for the series as a whole.

The lack of real explanation for what was going on, the lack of knowledge of who died and who didn't, and the producers coming right out and saying that they were hoping for another series and the ending was set up so that anyone who didn't want to return stayed dead, and anyone who was onboard for the next series would only be stunned/injured/etc... is what puts it in the 'cancelled ahead of its time' category for me. I don't think 'Blake' was a bad episode, or a horrible one to end the series on if the series had to end, but I don't buy it as the summation of everything the show was ever intended to be.


2004-07-04 11:16 am (UTC) (Link)

At the time, I didn't hear anything about the future plans or anything like that - I took it as the end, and never expected another series, so maybe hindsight and inside info. has made others hunger for more, were I had no such thoughts.
Yeah, Avon was strangely liable to being suckered like that over Blake, wasn't he? What was that all about???
You have to admit that Servalan WAS Maggie Thatcher, with a makeover!


2004-07-08 07:47 am (UTC) (Link)

What was that all about???

Teh Hot Welsh ManSex!

You have to admit that Servalan WAS Maggie Thatcher, with a makeover!

A really really hot good makeover. Yes.

Now and Again


2004-07-04 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Cliffhanger ending and all.

And after seeing it on Bravo: Keen Eddie.

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2004-07-08 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

I think I only managed to ever see one ep of Now and Again - it was on when I was in a kind of blah depressive "Nothing on tv can hold my interest" phase, if I remember rightly. I liked the concept, though.

I very much liked the few eps I caught of Keen Eddie while tuning in before or after QEFTSG.


2004-07-05 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Pretender and American Gothic


And guess what? Neither on out on DVD yet - what gives? We've got Profiler but not tP? :(


2004-07-05 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I would may *mucho* dinero for American Gothic on DVD. Pretender I could wait for, but AG... I would so pimpimppimp it all over the place. And make vids, ohyes.