We all have the shows that we loved that were cancelled too soon. For whatever reason, they just never caught on with a large audience. I found the majority of these shows after they had already ended and I’m grateful that online streaming has made that possible, though I still would have loved to see more episodes. Here is my top 10 and I look forward to hearing some of your cancelled favorites!
Better off Ted If you are in the mood for a new comedy to watch, do yourself a favor and watch this on Netflix immediately. It is a workplace comedy that looks at and critiques the absurdity and lack of ethics of many large corporations. That pitch may not demonstrate it well, but it is also hilarious. It’s smart and is full of interesting characters. For those of you who enjoy random asides in your TV, most episodes feature a fake commercial for Veridian Dynamics (the company around which the show is based) highlighting one of their new products or developments and they are incredibly enjoyable and funny.
Sports Night I recently finished this show after it was recommended to me and I am so glad I watched it. It is definitely an Aaron Sorkin show. It is primarily about the relationships between the characters and it features his well known rapid dialogue and the “walk and talk”. The heart of the show really is in the characters, not in the sports show they work on. It features some great friendships, great mentorships, and a romance that I’m pretty sure I was always destined to love because I seem to love every character Joshua Malina plays. It’s standout episode is “The Six Southern Gentleman of Tennessebe” and that if you don’t watch anything else, I highly recommend you watch that one episode. It is truly great and stands up very well 15 years after airing.
Dollhouse This is an unpopular choice, but this is probably my second favorite Joss Whedon show. It starts off a little rough, but once it settles into its exploration of the morality of what the Dollhouse is doing and the characters find their own identities, it becomes truly special. The season one finale “Epitaph One” was one of those episodes of TV that just leaves me stunned after watching it. If Orphan Black is the only show about cloning or other related issues that you are interested in, Dollhouse features probably the only person as talented at creating distinct characters with the same face – Enver Gjokaj.
Best Friends Forever I have a lot of love for this adorable show that only lasted 6 episodes. Created by real-life best friends Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (who also created and star in USA’s current show Playing House), it really was just a show about two friends who would do anything to help each other when they need help or emotional support. It’s a celebration of friends and the bond that is shared as well as a look at how friendships like these work as we get older and get involved in serious romantic relationships. As is to be expected, everything about this show just feels like we are watching two actual friends navigate their crazy lives together. It’s a lot of fun to watch and well worth the very short time investment.
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Just like it was a great year for new TV, it was a great year for returning TV as well. Several shows did a fantastic job at reinventing themselves and proving their quality in a rapidly-growing TV world.
Breaking Bad I’ll admit, I haven’t seen the last two episodes of Breaking Bad (a problem that should be remedied this week) but the six episodes that preceded them were fantastic. From Walt and Hank’s confrontation in the garage to the scenes in the desert, the season was filled with tension and it brought out the best in all of the actors. While I know that not everyone was thrilled with the finale, there is no denying that the episodes leading up to it were among the best this show had to offer.
Game of Thrones This season brought 3 outstanding moments – the Dracarys scene, Jaime’s confession in the baths, and the Red Wedding. It also brought with it fantastic additions to the cast in Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister, Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell, and Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell. It was full of interesting connections between characters and some truly outstanding performances. This show continues to be one of the best.
The Good Wife I am so impressed with what this show has managed in its fifth season. The decision to split the cast into two different and competing firms has completely revitalized the show. There is a new energy and excitement to it and the quality is higher than ever. It’s hard enough to do even one episode like “Hitting the Fan” in a season but just a few weeks after that aired, we got “The Decision Tree” which was one of the best 100th episodes of a show that I’ve ever seen. For all those who think that nothing on network TV could ever compare to a cable drama, watch this show. It’ll prove you wrong.
Parks and Recreation Parks and Rec started out this year with one of its best episodes – “Two Parties”. More than almost any other, this episode summed up what this show is all about. It’s about good people doing doing things for each other. That theme carried through to “Leslie and Ben” as everyone important to Ben and Leslie pitched in to give them a perfect wedding. It’s been a year of love, friendship, and lots of laughter for this show and it never gets old.
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Television history is filled with shows that were canceled too soon – Firefly, Pushing Daisies, and Better Off Ted to name a few. Today, Bunheads joined that list.
Bunheads was undeniably an Amy Sherman-Palladino show. It was set in a small, quirky town, everybody spoke quickly, there were lots of pop culture references, and plenty of appearances from stars of Gilmore Girls.
More than just the comfort and familiarity of an Amy Sherman-Palladino show, there was something else that made this show stand out to me. It was a show about relationships between women. There was the relationship between the four young girls, the transition from jealousy and confusion to genuine (if somewhat veiled) affection between Trudy and Michelle, the complicated relationship between Fanny and Michelle that eventually grew into respect and genuine friendship, and of course, the highlight of the series, the mentoring friendship between Michelle and the girls. Those shows don’t come around too often, especially with as little relationship focus as this one had.
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