As I was randomly hopping around the internet, I came across this article, in which a bunch of people I don’t know lay down their picks for the top five cancelled TV series. Well, I figure I’m just as qualified to compile such as list as anyone, so here are my picks, in reverse order:
5. Probe (ABC, 1988) — 10 bucks says you’ve never even heard of this series, which only aired 7 episodes. This show was the brainchild of Isaac Asimov, in which a scientific genius and his secretary go around solving seemingly paranormal crimes–all of which turn out to have rational, scientifc explanations. Think The X-Files, but with no conspiracies, aliens, or supernatural beings.
4. Nowhere Man (UPN, 1995-1996) — Greatest conspiracy show ever. The first season featured Thomas Vail, whose life has been seemingly “erased” after he displays a disturbing photograph. The series chronicled his attempts to get his life back, while simultaneously helping the people who come across his way. Think The Prisoner combined with The Incredible Hulk–only with no psychedelic effects or green-skinned monsters. Also, it may have had the most mind-blowing season ending moment of all time. And we never got another episode.
3. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (Fox, 1993-1994) — Bruce Campbell in the Old West as a bounty hunter, with John Astin as his nutty scientist friend. What’s not to love?
2. The John Larroquette Show (NBC, 1993-1996) — The first season of The John Larroquette Show was one of the best sitcoms ever. It was dark, cynical, intelligent, witty, and hysterical. Although the show spanned four seasons, it was essentially cancelled after the first when network execs took out everything that made the show unique.
1. Firefly (Fox, 2002) — The best gorram space opera. Ever. Gone, but not dead yet–it’s currently #6 in DVD sales on Amazon, and the movie based on the show hits theaters on September 30. Mark your calendars, browncoats!
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Quantum Leap, Angel, Crusade, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Get a Life, Clerks: The Animated Series, and no doubt a host of others. What would you put on the list?