I actually liked Alphas.
I know it had a lot of flaws but David Strathairn was great and poorly used asset. I always felt like it could have been something more if someone had invested in it. And the finale cliff hanger was just cruel.
What are your favorites that got the cut?
My updated list:
My So-Called Life
Law and Order Los Angeles!
Corey Stoll had a nice fat tushy in that!
A Year in the Life
The Book of Daniel
Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Better Off Ted
I'll Fly Away
We Interrupt this Week
That Was the Week That Was
The Days and Nights of Mollie Dodd
I [italic]loved [/italic]A Year in the Life, R4. The episode with Wendy Phillips' birthday was my favorite birthday episode of any show ever. I had just gotten a TV when I saw it, so I didn't know how long the show had been on the air. And then poof, it was history.
I liked every Brand-Falsey show except Northern Exposure. Naturally, it's the one that was on for five or six seasons.
I wish I could get AYITL and I'll Fly Away on DVD, but they have never existed.
Green Lantern (animated series)
Young Justice (animated series)
The Borgias. Stupid Showtime.
WKRP in Cincinnati
Better Off Ted
Spartacus. Stupid Starz.
I would say Popular but it got really lame in its second season. They traded in good laughs for "heartwarming" bullshit.
All is Forgiven - 80s sitcom with Bess Armstrong as a soap producer
I am sure nobody here has hear of it, but I would add the British TV show Mulberry. The premise of the show was that the son of Death and Spring was to take a bitter old woman to her death, instead he stays and teaches her how to live life. It was planned as a three year series, but there were corporate changes and it was ended ofter series (season) two.
SOAP!!! I loved that show!
It is obvious but it has to be said: Firefly.
Such a great series ended early.
Wait, back up, OP: Alphas was cancelled?!
[Waited to find a link before hitting 'save post']
Better Off Ted
There are a few others I wish would have had a few more seasons, but these were bumped off so early it's an injustice.
ACTION starring Jay Mohr as a corrupt Hollywood producer was a great shot-lived show. When it was canceled they killed him off with a heart attack which he supposedly had in response to a botched take of a massively expensive shot in the film he was producing.
Better Off Ted
CBS' cancellation of "Frank's Place" years ago is in the Stupidity Hall of Fame.
Fox aired the episodes out of order, so the show didn't make much sense. Once they're seen in the intended order on the DVD, they're clearly great.
Does anyone remember 'John Doe' from 2002/03, starring Dominic Purcell? It was a fairly entertaining sci-fi show on Fox that was cancelled with an unresolved cliffhanger, and it's never stopped gnawing at me. I want to know what happened!
Dead Like Me (hadn't seen this one yet)
My So Called Life
R30, Why on earth would Fox air the episodes out of order?
[quote]Fox aired the episodes out of order, so the show didn't make much sense. Once they're seen in the intended order on the DVD, they're clearly great.
I never watched it on FOX. I bought the DVDs due to extremely good word of mouth and it still sucked. The Serenity movie was even worse. Both were huge failures yet they keep threatening to bring it back.
I even watched a special on Firefly a few weeks back. It was a roundtable with the actors. At one point they described a scene where the hooker girl was to be raped and abused by the Reavers(?) but she had injected something into her body that ended up killing them all. Then the Captain was to find her, naked and scared, surrounded by all the dead and then take her hand "just like he would a lady."
The cast was so drunk off of their own self-importance that the actually had to stop for a minute to compose themselves.
It was beyond ridiculous.
Sad about Alphas being cancelled, although not really surprising. The first season was great, but the second season quickly turned to shit. Still, I enjoyed its "X-Men with real world problems" approach.
I agree with R36. "Enlightened" was such emotionally rich genius. (A show that should have stopped after one season? "Revenge".)
Agree with OP about ALPHAS. The first season was mediocre, but began to improve in the last few episodes.
The second season had a surer footing, but clearly many fans were not keen on the single plot line and stopped watching.
I watched the show primarily for Strathairn, who did as much as he could with the part. His character became more interesting late in Season 2 as his obsession with the clief villain made him behave in ways he wouldn't.
I think the series would have continued to improve had it had the opportunity, but the creators took too long to figure out what kind of show they wanted to do.
I also wonder if having an older man as the central character was an issue, since SyFy Channel watchers probably skew fairly young.
Ringer. I wish they would have at least wrapped it up, but I think it got canceled after the season finale had been filmed.
The United States of Tara.
My So-Called Life
Freaks and Geeks
The Comeback (at least one more season would have been perfect)
The Lil Assistant
Second vote for The Comeback. Brilliant show.
Joan Of Arcadia, Invasion and Jericho
r37 and r39 have good points about Alphas. This show had an interesting arc about mental illnesses. They could have exploited lots of issues around that as well as other real-world problems that any minority body faces- but they wimped out.
I too had wondered about the older man issue, but I blame Hollywood's lack of investment for good writing. This show should have been more mature all around. There are plenty of shows that center on older characters and do just fine.
The only thing that bothered me about his character at first was his awkward feebleness, but then they admitted that he had a darker manipulative side and it got a little more interesting. But Alphas couldn't decide what they wanted the show to be— if it had been a bit more gritty and more nuanced it might have sailed. The last few episodes should have been more like 'breaking bad' meets Xmen - but it withered out.
I think if a show got at least three seasons it's had a fair run even if you wanted more.
Police Squad!, the show that inspired the Naked Gun movies. It only lasted about seven episodes. ABC basically said viewers were too slow to catch the rapid-fire jokes in each episode.
The Wonder Years - they never even covered Kevin's senior year in high school. I thought that was the point--watching the kid grow up. Adult Kevin's monologue at the end of the final episode--where we find out what happens to the main characters--is very moving, but feels tacked on.
[quote]I think if a show got at least three seasons it's had a fair run even if you wanted more.
I kinda agree with this. A show that ran for multiple seasons was clearly given a fair shot and their writers were given time to tell a real story.
It shows that were cancelled in their first season that actually got a short end of the stick.