I was watching the scifi channel yesterday and was reminded of two scifi series I followed in the 1990s that got cancelled - Alien Nation and Earth 2. Which got me thinking of what we might have missed in terms of scifi sagas (pretty depressing) that got canned early! Some earned a conclusion more graceful than others, mind you...
On this list you can nominate your favourite scifi/fantasy TV series that got canned too soon. I have added a few of my own favourites to get you rolling. Nominations end Sunday at 21 EST. After that I will set up the first voting round. NOMINATION PERIOD OVER.
Genre: Sci Fi/Horror Mystery Created by: Jeff Rice Channel: ABC Original run: Sep 1974-Aug 1975 No. of episodes: 22
In many ways, the inspiration for the X-Files. This classic show, cancelled after only one season, follows the eponymous journalist, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) as he investigates mysterious crimes that turn out to have a supernatural or science-fictional explanation.
a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!
Life on Mars
Life on Mars is a science fiction crime drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series of the same name produced by the BBC. Co-produced by Kudos Film & Television, 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios, it is about a New York City homicide detective who suddenly finds himself inexplicably transported from 2008 to 1973.
The series tells the story of New York City police detective Sam Tyler (played by Jason O'Mara), who, after being struck by a car in 2008, regains consciousness in 1973. Fringing between multiple genres, including thriller, science fiction and police procedural, the series remained ambiguous regarding its central plot, with the character himself unsure about his situation. The series also starred Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy, Michael Imperioli, and Gretchen Mol.
Life on Mars garnered critical praise for its premise, acting, and depiction of the 1970s but suffered from a declining viewership after its premiere and a two-month hiatus. ABC announced on March 2, 2009 that it would not be ordering a second season. A DVD set of the complete series was released on September 29, 2009.
Another pilot only that never got picked up. Adapted from Joe Hill's comic books, I find it hard to believe this couldn't have been a very good show given a chance. Again perhaps a bit to niche (read as 'good fantasy/sf') to appeal to a broader audience.
Ring the bells that still can ring, Forget your perfect offering, There's a crack in everything, That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen
From Wikipedia: he Lost Room is a science fiction television miniseries that aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. The series revolves around the titular room and some of the everyday items from that room which possess unusual powers. The show's protagonist, Joe Miller, is searching for these objects to rescue his daughter, Anna, who has disappeared inside the Room. Once a typical room at a 1960s motel along U.S. Route 66, the Lost Room exists outside of normal time and space since 1961, when what is only referred to as "the Event" took place.
Why wasn't this made into a series? It was fantastic!
There should be a Word Games Subdomain, or at least a Word Games Forum!
Mystery Science Theater 3000 MST3K was a show that made fun of old, bad sci-fi, fantasy, horror, crime, and other movies. It was freaking hilarious! The later seasons with Mike instead of Joel weren't as good, but still pretty good.
Genre: Loose Sci-Fi/Government Conspiracy Created by: Larry Hertzog No. of series 1 No. of episodes: 25 Original channel: UPN Original run: 28 August 1995 - 20 May 1996
Nowhere Man is the tale of a photojournalist named Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood). After leaving to use the restroom while out to dinner with his wife, Tom returns to find that his life has been "erased." His wife does not recognize him and is living with another man. His ATM cards no longer work. His best friend turns up dead. His mother was previously recovering from a stroke, so she is incapable of confirming his existence. In the course of a single evening, every trace of Tom's identity has been erased.
Tom comes to believe his erasure is related to a photograph he took a year earlier called "Hidden Agenda." The photo depicts four men being hanged in South America by what appear to be US soldiers. The only shreds of evidence Tom has of his past are the negatives to that photograph. A mysterious "Organization" (as it is referred to throughout the series, since its name is unknown) covertly pursues Tom in search of the negatives. The series revolves around Veil's attempts to get his life back by trying to find out more about the Organization, while also trying to keep the negative safe
This was a great show that received high critial acclaim (including TV Guide's "Coolest Show of the Season"). Having a poor schedule and being on a relatively new network sealed it's doom and it lasted just a season.
This classic (and influential) black-and-white science fiction show (which is sometimes confused with The Twilight Zone) lasted less than two seasons (ABC, 1963-1964) and produced only 49 episodes.
Inconsistent, constrained by a tight budget, and plagued by low ratings, The Outer Limits nonetheless created some of the finest raw sci-fi (combined with elements of horror) TV episodes/moments ever during its brief run (and who can forget the Control Voice?).
Jarod, a boy genius with a special gift for "pretending", was kidnapped and held prisoner by a corporation that used him as a human simulator in their clandestine research. Escaping from The Centre more than 30 years later, Jarod now searches for clues to his true identity and family. He also uses his ability to quickly become an expert at anything to right wrongs and exact revenge on the wicked. All the while, Centre operatives led by Miss Parker work relentlessly to capture Jarod, and return him to The Centre.
This one lasted longer than many of my favorite shows, but was still dumped rather unceremoniously, leaving plot elements dangling in the wind.