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Shows worth watching that got cancelled during or after their first season ...

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by gweempose, Oct 3, 2013.

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    gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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    There have been quite a few shows that never made it beyond the first season that I really enjoyed watching. Some got cancelled mid-season, while others simply didn't get renewed for a second season. I have watched many of these shows after the fact, knowing full well that the story would never be told to completion. Despite this, I found a lot of them to be well worth while.

    Some examples (in no particular order):

    New Amsterdam
    Journeyman
    Now and Again
    Life on Mars (US version)
    Freaks & Geeks
    My So-Called Life
    Day Break
    Grosse Pointe
    The Tick (live action version)
    Invasion
    Harsh Realm
    Wonderfalls
    Firefly (this one goes without saying)

    I'm always on the lookout for another rare gem that I may have missed. :)
     
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    TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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    Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    Life. But I can't remember if it got more than two seasons.
    Dollhouse Would have been much better with Dichen Lachman as Echo.

    I totally agree with Terriers and Wonderfalls.
     
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    nickels

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    This was a bad show and got cancelled, but I would love to know what would have happened if Persons Unknown continued on NBC past one season. Something about this train wreck had me hooked though.
     
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    Ment

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    Both Life and Dollhouse got two seasons and were excellent shows in their genre.

    Really can't think of any one season shows to recommend.

    Edit: I remember one. 'Kings' primarily because anything Ian McShane is watchable at least a few times. :)
     
  6. Oct 3, 2013 #6 of 119
    DavidJL

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    Firefly
    Terriers
    Life
    Kidnapped
    The Riches
    The Black Donnellys
    Kings
    Thief
    Caprica
     
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    Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    how about the show about russian Spies, The Americans, is it coming back or canceled?
     
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    Ment

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    Renewed, coming back in Jan.
     
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    gweempose

    gweempose Active Member

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    I heard this show was excellent.
     
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    Wil

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    Calucci's Department (1973)
    The Bob Newhart Show (1961)
     
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    jsmeeker

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    Firefly or sure. I didn't watch it unto after seeing Serenity, but I am glad I bought it on Amazon Streaming.


    I tried to give Wonderfalls a go. Slogged my way through 1 and a half DVDs. then just gave up. Just didn't do it for me.


    Freaks and Geeks is a great pick, too. I actually watched that from the get go. Great show.
     
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    Steveknj

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    This!! I'm still sad this one went.

    And talk about a show that started off slow and picked up steam as it went along!! And you didn't have to wait for S2 for it to get good either :D

    I agree with Wonderfalls and Life on Mars. Both excellent shows. I was going to say Pushing Daisies, but that got 2 years.
     
  13. Oct 3, 2013 #13 of 119
    scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    Why all the talk about shows that had two seasons when the OP was clear this is supposed to be about shows that didn't make it past their first season?
     
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    Gunnyman

    Gunnyman Just a boring dude

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    because I misread the OP
    Have you never done that?
     
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    MikeekiM

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    I remember liking "The Event"...but I don't remember enough about it to recommend watching it, knowing that there won't be a graceful end/close to the series...
     
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    unitron

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    At least Life got a wrap up.

    I wish Wonderfalls had lasted longer.

    Apparently Terriers invoved a stealth marketing campaign that involved never mentioning its existence, so it was gone before I ever heard about it.

    And without whatshername or someone of equal "weight" in the industry in the lead, Doll House probably wouldn't have gotten on the air, despite Ms. Lachman's acting talent.

    Whether the lead needed to be as "white", I honestly don't know, but Fox had already seen fan mail for her in the dead people talking to her show (which I wish had had a longer run as well).
     
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    unitron

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    An addition to that list that deserves a post all its own is King and Maxwell.
     
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    unitron

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    Of course I'm still waiting for the second season of Coronet Blue.
     
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    Beryl

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    Besides "Firefly" which came to mind immediately, "FlashForward" needed to be wrapped up.

    Edit: Just remembered another -- "Memphis Beat"
     
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    pteronaut

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    Did the US version of Life on Mars get canceled or did it run it's course? AFAIK, it ran for the same amount of episodes as the UK version did (albeit in one continuous run) and had an ending.
     

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