10 TV Shows That Should Have Run Forever

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Credit: 20th Century Fox

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Everyone has a secret bugbear that they carry with them through life. No, I’m not talking about some tragic heartbreak or the knowledge that you once killed a man- I’m talking about a TV show that was cancelled too quickly. There’s almost nothing more devastating than discovering that your favourite TV show has been lost before it’s time, and I’m here to salve your wounds (well, agree with you), and give you some more doomed programmes to obsess over. Any controversy over item five is your own fault. Enjoy!

 1. Firefly

I mean, because obviously. Joss Whedon’s space western was very probably his finest venture into the land of television-a little more grown-up than Buffy and Angel, a little more focused than Dollhouse, and featuring some barnstorming performances by Nathan Fillion et al as the ragtag crew of hunk o’ junk spaceship Serenity. Very nearly impossible to dislike, Firefly left thousands of fans embittered after it was cancelled after just one season- leaving countless loose ends and a whole universe left to explore. Luckily for them, we did at least get the follow-up movie Serenity, which helped to lay some of the plot points to bed. However, this is definitely the one TV show that you can’t mention to fans without expecting copious tears.

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  • $2704453

    Heroes was ruined the second the first episode of season 2 aired and it was discovered that thousands of people had powers.

    Train wreck.

    • AdamWL

      Well thousands of people would have powers, Duh, The whole scientific explanation of powers in Heroes is evolution. The world has 6.5 billion people so its not surprising that around a 1000 people have evolved to a point in human evolution when they can use powers.

      • $2704453

        Yeah, but as was painfully evident, it’s a little hard to find these people special when thousands are equally special.

        The word special sort of loses its significance.

        • Devin_MacGregor

          6.5 billion and that is with a b is a hell of a lot more than 1000. Special in no way loses its significance.

          • $2704453

            Dude, shut up. It’s a television show. They can’t feature 1,000 characters. People are crying that there are too many characters on Game of Thrones. Yeah, let’s have a tv show with 80 meta humans.

            Stupid.

          • Devin_MacGregor

            WOW, I always love jackasses online. What is stupid is to hide behind a computer and be rude to people. Now since the gloves are off suck a bag of dicks. We can also meet and discuss this in person.

            Of course it is a television show, AND? With a 1000 potential villains and heroes over a TEN YEAR period of TWENTY PLUS episodes PER season that is a lot of story line with major and minor villains/heroes of which some will die. This is WHY Lost had such an appeal was a wider range of characters but by season 4 and on they fucked it all up with going with a half season.

            What people are crying about Games of Thrones? It’s issue is more like Lost from seasons 4-6. GoT needs to do more episodes than its current 10. If they upped it to 13 like the author wanted there could be more meat to each story arc.

    • IntelligenceisAVirtue

      That show had much bigger problems than that. More people with powers meant more story-lines instead of the same characters and the same story-lines repeated.

  • Data1001

    Wish we’d seen a lot more seasons of Better Off Ted, for one.

    • rogerbinion

      I agree so much. ABC screwed up killing this super witty and great show.

  • rara

    The word is ‘season’… not ‘series’…

    • IntelligenceisAVirtue

      Not in England.

      • Devin_MacGregor

        So these were all British shows? And none of them premiered on US television? Why are we talking about them then? Who was the intended target audience?

        British “series” are also really short compared to US “season”. A typical US “season” is roughly three times that of a British “series”.

        • IntelligenceisAVirtue

          I can’t find a name, but I’m pretty sure the author of the article is British.

  • Sandra

    Farscape

    • Doug Underwood

      Farscape should’ve gone for at least ten seasons. Stupidity killed it. The Sci Fi network never could get things right.

      • Teleri

        Unfortunately, it was funding (lack of it) that killed FarScape. The German firm that underwrote the show went bankrupt suddenly & although the producers put forth a mighty effort to get replacement funding it all fell thru last moment (hence the HORRIBLE cliffhanger & huge fan movement to get Peacekeeper Wars made)

    • IntelligenceisAVirtue

      Easily one of the best Space Operas ever made, the aliens were done by the Jim Henson company for crying out loud.

  • William Mayfield

    Human Target and The Firm

    • rogerbinion

      Human Target was killed by overly feminizing the show. And I love female centric shows so it’s not sexism on my part.

      The introduction of the girl computer nerd and the rich woman running the show ruined it. It was a dark manly show before and then it wasn’t. Had Fox kept the original dark edgy stuff, I would agree. But honestly, I was not surprised it got the ax after the bad second season.

  • jrumor

    too many heartbreaks… other than a few sitcams, i now mostly watch shows on netflix, after they are already over. no commercials, no cliff-hangers, no surprise cancellations.

    • Teleri

      I have moved on to KDramas – no cancellations of shows mid season cause you always know they only run 16-25 episodes (& finish the story) – a lot like the old BBC shows used to be.

  • jrumor

    Strange Luck

  • Maria Ross

    I wish there was a second season of Moonlight. Just one more; for some closure. XD
    Also, I heard Fox was going to cancel Almost Human, which would be a horrible, horrible mistake; it’s one of the best most entertaining shows I’ve ever seen (plus Karl Urban guys!!!).

    • rogerbinion

      Almost Human has been cancelled. Bums me out as I really liked that show.

    • Kirk Tuttle

      Yes I heard this as well. I was really enjoying the show.

  • Brandon Roberts

    warehouse 13. it was way too soon to cancel it still had tons of potential.

    • Twiztid617

      When did they cancel Warehouse 13?

      • Brandon Roberts

        it was earlier this year. but the finale was a perfect finale

  • Kirk Tuttle

    There have been many Sci-fi shows run longer than Firefly that were not half as good. Sometimes I think Fox just randomly cancels shows for no reason.

    • IntelligenceisAVirtue

      It’s not random, if it’s good and sci-fi Fox will give it one season and then cancel it if it doesn’t make them an unreasonable amount of money.

  • Doug Underwood

    Firefly sucked from top to bottom and that’s why it was cancelled. I stuck with it and watched every episode and was sorry I did afterwards. The Serenity movie was not quite as bad, but had the stupidest villain of all time….a 98 pound weakling douchebag with an accent that thinks he’s a Ninja. Good Riddance!

    • IntelligenceisAVirtue

      Why, exactly did it suck? Or are you just deliberatly trying to make the entire internet hate you?

  • rayzee

    Amazing! I’ve never watched a single episode of ANY of these shows. I guess I won’t miss them. And, by the way, who writes this stuf?

  • Teleri

    Firefly – an INCREDIBLY good show that FOX deliberately sabotaged & scuttled. Doug, you give NO reasons for disliking this wonderful show & in fact I can’t actually picture the so-called villain you refer to (even tho I’ve seen all episodes of the show about 5 times & Serenity more than that – & own the DVDs of course). So that marks YOUR post as not relevant. Firefly had witty, clever, intelligent dialogue – engaging characters – fun universe. Serenity had River Tam on top of all that :D (not that she wasn’t in the show as well – but, you know if you’ve seen it)

  • rogerbinion

    Eureka on SciFi could have run a few more seasons. But, at least it did get a good send off.

    Someone else mentioned Warehouse 13 and I’ll agree with that as well.

    And to this very day I still miss Gilmore Girls. It could have run until they were both old and gray and sitting in a nursing home being snarky and I’d be happy.

  • freddawes

    Being human Firefly farscape

  • freddawes

    SGU

  • IndyGirl

    I will miss Breaking Bad soooo much!

  • tonton

    Absolutely Trophy Wife. The most intelligent, feminist leaning and hilarious family comedy I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it was saddled with the most counterproductive name imaginable (someone thought it would be ironic), so people who would have loved it refused to watch it on principle. Doh!

  • Twiztid617

    I really wish they would have finished TerraNova. Great show. Great story. ended on a cliff hanger

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