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« on: August 15, 2009, 10:18:41 PM »

Name some of your lost loves!

Im going with The Adventures of Brisco County Jr



Just a way cool blend of western and Jules Verne. None other than Bruce Campbell played the titular hero. I dont think one episode was bad. A real shame it died so quickly. We'll never get Brisco back frown One season from 1993 to 1994 just was no where near enough. Hard to believe its been so long ago!! Good lord. Seems like maybe 6 or 7 years..but 16 years!!???
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 10:25:17 PM »

(insert required mention of Firefly here)

I also remember watching the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. Of course, with Lucas being as off his rocker as he has been over the last decade or so, I don't think I want to see that one come back.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2009, 10:56:45 PM »

I think we do this thread every couple of years. I'll say now what I always say: Freaks and Geeks.

Arrested Development, too, but at least we got 3 amazing seasons out of that one.
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2009, 11:06:05 PM »

Firefly, of course.

I'm probably in the minority, but I loved the Playmakers series that ESPN did a few years back.  Apparently it hit a little too close to home and the NFL made them shut it down.
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2009, 11:33:35 PM »

Agree with the choices above. Others would be:
Veronica Mars
Reaper
Ed
Sports Night
Space Above and Beyond
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 12:48:36 AM »

Pushing Daises
Dark Shadows (1990s)
Wizards and Warriors
Jericho
Dresden Files
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2009, 01:01:27 AM »

Ha my wife loves that Dark Shadows series.  Pretty much named them all in here already.  Though I might add Heroes as we all know it died after the first season but somehow keeps reanimating it's zombie self once a year but only to return with a little less of it's soul.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2009, 02:22:06 AM »

Firefly should be the poster child for this topic, as it was murdered after only one (awesome) season.

And speaking of Murder .... Murder One. An old show on ABC back in the 90's, which I really liked, was killed off quick too. Philly was another one that I liked.

I don't count Arrested Development, because even though I think it's arguably the best sitcom in U.S. TV history, it played out almost perfectly with it's 3 seasons. I think a lot of sitcoms run too long and lose their funny. AD was hilarious from start to finish.



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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2009, 02:30:54 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2009, 03:04:54 AM »

Obviously Firefly, but anyone ever watch On The Air?  It was a comedy that David Lynch launched at the height of his Twin Peaks power, and it was hysterical.  They only played like four episodes, but I died laughing.
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« Reply #10 on: August 16, 2009, 03:17:19 AM »

Not "amazingly good", maybe, but Sarah Conner Chronicles hit a pretty good stride before they whacked it.
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« Reply #11 on: August 16, 2009, 03:31:35 AM »

Deadwood and Carnivale, on HBO.

Carnivale was the most heartbreaking because though Season 1 started out slow, Season 2 was some of the best television I've ever seen. Then it just ended with no resolution whatsoever.
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« Reply #12 on: August 16, 2009, 03:36:17 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: August 16, 2009, 04:28:23 AM »

Firefly
Sarah Connor Chronicles
Carnivale
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« Reply #14 on: August 16, 2009, 06:44:20 AM »

I too was a huge fan of Space (and JUST found out about a week ago that the dvd came out recently? i had no clue and miiiiiiiight have to pick it up at some point)  i cant believe it was only on one season though - it seem much longer than that

just because it had giant sea monsters i liked surface, but i definitely didnt think it was a "good" show - but i wish it had been on longer

and what was wizards and warriors???
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2009, 08:17:03 AM »

Really...no-ones mentioned Millenium?

That, and Firefly, Space:A&B and Brisco County JR...
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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2009, 11:09:45 AM »

Firefly  &  Deadwood

I think it's cool that we do this every so often, but all it ends up doing is pissing me off that they are "gone".

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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2009, 11:14:39 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on August 15, 2009, 11:06:05 PM

Firefly, of course.

I'm probably in the minority, but I loved the Playmakers series that ESPN did a few years back.  Apparently it hit a little too close to home and the NFL made them shut it down.

Hell yeah, Playmakers and Tilt(I think that was the name of the poker show) were awesome. Sadly they both didnt last long because neither sport liked how it was portraying them.
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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2009, 12:14:37 PM »

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« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2009, 04:13:34 PM »

Lucky Louie
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« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2009, 06:37:40 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on August 16, 2009, 03:31:35 AM

Deadwood and Carnivale, on HBO.

Carnivale was the most heartbreaking because though Season 1 started out slow, Season 2 was some of the best television I've ever seen. Then it just ended with no resolution whatsoever.

Great, great choices. Both of those died too soon. I wasn't as fond of Carnivale season 2 as you were, but it definitely needed at least one more season to resolve.

Deadwood's "ending" was just an abortion -- and they failed to follow through on their plans for a 2-hour finale episode. Deadwood was just plain intense.
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2009, 06:54:26 PM »

Firefly of course.

And The Sketch Show with Kelsey Grammer was hilarious. I guess nobody in the world agreed with me though and they pulled it after 6 episodes. Quick-hitting, pun filled show.

Drew Carey's Green Screen Show was very good too. I'd take it or Whose Line any time. Whose Line was on for a good many years but I could never get enough of it.
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2009, 06:58:47 PM »

Nowhere Man, Bruce Greenwood was so good on that show.

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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2009, 08:06:33 PM »

Ah, points for remembering Greg the Bunny, good addition. Thought of a couple more... Dark Angel and Dead Like Me.
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2009, 08:43:15 PM »

For me it would have been HBO's Rome loved that show, and Good v.s. Evil I can't believe no one mentioned that show

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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2009, 09:23:54 PM »

Firefly, Sports Night, Carnivale, and Strange Luck.
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« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2009, 11:01:17 PM »

I am absolutely shocked no one has mentioned Miracles.
I can still remember sitting there next to my wife, with my jaw hanging open at the end of the first episode.
I turned to her and said, "I give it three weeks, tops." It made it six I think.
We both knew it was too damned good and too intelligent for network tv.

Firefly and Nowhere Man already mentioned.
Young Indy and Brisco already mentioned.
that other pseudo western with John deLancie and MacGuyver
Crusade (he B5 spinoff that was completely screwed up by TNT)
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« Reply #28 on: August 17, 2009, 12:38:55 AM »

Firefly
Pushing Daisies
Dead Like Me
Carnivale
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« Reply #29 on: August 17, 2009, 02:35:24 AM »

Quote from: Ascendent on August 16, 2009, 08:43:15 PM

For me it would have been HBO's Rome loved that show, and Good v.s. Evil I can't believe no one mentioned that show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BsMzX9xOZI&feature=PlayList&p=F4434AA50218BFA1&index=6

Hahahahahahaha. I haven't seen an episode of "GvE' in years and I remember just being in stitches laughing whenever it aired. The interplay between the two bosses is what killed me the most. "You know that's the second time this week we've been mistaken for Mormons." This was a show that was pure gold in the first season, then sort of trailed off. "Manny Lewis is a savage!" though is the line I howled the longest at. I don't remember hearing the next 10 minutes of the episode because I couldn't stop laughing. Sort of like I'm doing now since I'm strolling down memory lane.

As for "Rome," I'm into the second/last season now and had this show gone the full five seasons as originally intended, I'd proclaim it the finest work of televised fiction ever. The first season is pure spectacle and majesty, and I could not believe that it was a full fledged TV show. It was powerful, griping, emotionally devastating and action packed. The acting is top notch, the sets perfect, and the rampant nudity and wild sex just incredible. The second season has, thus far, been a little bit tamer in terms of sex but has ramped up the violence. The last episode I watched ended at the slave camp, and fans will know exactly why I found myself cheering as the credits rolled. This show is unbelievably powerful. I looked up where they wanted to go in the next few seasons, and I would have been glued to my TV blowing through each season if there were more. As it stands, I'm drunk in love with this show and can't wait to see the rest.

Regarding other shows, the original airing of "Cupid" starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall was a great one. ABC killed it, of course, and creator Rob Thomas went on to Veronica Mars fame. But Piven was excellent as the pseudo god of love, and he was obviously passionate about the material. A great show that lasted around eight episodes. Ironically, I think it lasted longer than the revamp by Thomas on ABC lasted.
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« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2009, 02:36:27 AM »

I second on many of the shows posted above.

But I'd like to add Dead Man's Gun. Probably no one heard of it, it was a show that ran briefly on Showtime back in the late 1990's I think.
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« Reply #31 on: August 17, 2009, 04:00:46 AM »

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the Sci-Fi update of The Invisible Man.  What a great show with good special effects and interesting interaction between the characters.
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« Reply #32 on: August 17, 2009, 01:58:27 PM »

Quote from: Azhag on August 15, 2009, 11:33:35 PM

Agree with the choices above. Others would be:
Veronica Mars

Really? I thought conventional wisdom was that season 3 was one season too many.

I would say it's the best show that nobody seemed to be aware of. I've never talked with anybody IRL who has heard of it.
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« Reply #33 on: August 17, 2009, 03:45:33 PM »

The Simpsons.
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« Reply #34 on: August 17, 2009, 03:49:08 PM »

I'll go way back and say "Police Squad".  It needed way more than 6 episodes.
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« Reply #35 on: August 17, 2009, 03:51:14 PM »

Quote from: dfs on August 17, 2009, 01:58:27 PM

Quote from: Azhag on August 15, 2009, 11:33:35 PM

Veronica Mars

Really? I thought conventional wisdom was that season 3 was one season too many.

Season 3 was fine.  I actually thought the idea to go with three smaller mysteries instead of a season long mystery was pretty inspired even if it was clearly a directive of the network to make it more accessible to new viewers.  If may not have been quite as good as Seasons 1 & 2 but I would take VM Season 3 over most other things on TV.  
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« Reply #36 on: August 17, 2009, 04:36:35 PM »

Quote from: Dramatist on August 17, 2009, 03:49:08 PM

I'll go way back and say "Police Squad".  It needed way more than 6 episodes.

Let's say that Police Squad was canceled too early.

"Police Squad was canceled too early."

I love this show.
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« Reply #37 on: August 17, 2009, 04:58:45 PM »

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« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2009, 05:26:30 PM »

Space Above & Beyond was my favorite show at the time. I miss it so much. The characters were just amazing and the effects were damn good too. They ended it so horribly though. I cant believe its been so long ago since it was on. frown Im sad.
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« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2009, 05:51:49 PM »

I'm tempted to say Wonderfalls, but Pushing Daisies is its spiritual successor and a much better show overall.

I enjoyed Moonlight, but it was more of a guilty pleasure than a great show.
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