Top 5 TV Shows That Went Before Their Time
I’m not in so much of a political mood these days. Sorry. But, anyway, here’s something maybe interesting; my favorite TV shows that bit the bullet WAY too early. Sadly, I seem to have a taste for these shows, so they stick out.
5. Star Trek- Ok, maybe this should be higher up, but here’s the thing. I tend to think that 3 years is a pretty good run for a show. Not always perfect, but pretty good. It’s a rare show that can maintain quality past, say, the 4th season. Buffy managed it. A few sitcomy things managed it, since you don’t need a huge thru plotline; Seinfeld for instance. But most shows decrease in quality even before the 4th season. So, while I think that Star Trek probably had another good year or two in it, it would have probably reached the end of the awesomeness road sooner than the other shows on this list.
4. Wonderfalls- Ivy League girl who comes to work in…a Niagra Falls gift shop. She’s nicely sarcastic and quirky. Oh, and bonus: plastic animals talk to her. It got less than a season (like 13 episodes), but was a really unique and intriguing show. I was tempted to put a more recent Brian Fuller creation here: Pushing Daisies. The guy’s a genius and Pushing Daisies, at it’s best, was better than Wonderfalls. But, I’d actually stopped watching Pushing Daisies a few episodes before it went off air. No particular reason. It wasn’t conscious. The whole conceit just kind of wore itself out. So maybe…good cancel? I’m pretty sure Wonderfalls had some steam left in it.
3. Firefly- Joss Whedon at his second best. Much better than Dollhouse. Better than Angel by virtue of not having David Borealis. And tragically doomed. At first, I resisted Firefly. I didn’t like the inside joke culture it had among the folks who watched it. I was too good for that. I was stupid. I don’t think it’s the greatest show ever or anything like that, and I’ll still never be a part of that set, but it was high quality stuff that vanished way too soon.
2. Popular- Follows two girls from different worlds who are suddenly thrust together when their parents get involved. I loved this show; the characters were snarky, smart, over the top, but still recognizable and real. Does liking a show called “Popular”, make me a girl? Don’t care. Yes, it was uneven. Ok, it had real potential to go off the rails- these types of shows almost always do, since their natural audience (young teenage girls) don’t necessarily have the patience for all quirk all the time. Still, I think, of all the shows on this list (including the next one) this is the one I enjoyed the most…when it worked. Two seasons wasn’t enough.
1. Joan of Arcadia- Thought I was going to say Arrested Development…right? Well, I’m not a hipster. Usually. Mostly. Joan of Arcadia was a terrific show with family-oriented, religious themes, which was hitting a kind of high when it was canceled. The story follows a girl named Joan who can talk to God. She lives in Arcadia. Aka, Joan of Arcadia. I honestly believe this could have been one of the lucky few to churn out more than 4 quality seasons. Sadly, it only had two.
Honorable Mention: Tru Calling- Ok, cheating I know, but I thought up a 6th show just after I finished the original list, so you’ll have to bear it. In this show, foxy Eliza Dushku gets to relive each day…after she comes in contact with a murdered corpse. She can then try to save them. This was actually a surprisingly good show which I stumbled upon the morning after my one and only hangover. There was some kind of marathon going on and I watched like 6 episodes in a row while I convalesced. Sadly, it had been cancelled for like 5 years at that point. After less than two seasons.