Television as we know it has been around since the 50s. Since then, viewers have watched thousands of shows. Some have run for a long, long time and passed into TV legend, but the Hall of Fame has a memorial wall for shows that ended before they got a chance to shine. Here are some of the more notable ones.
1. “Profit” (Fox, 1996)—Today considered a precursor to “Dexter,” “The Sopranos,” and similar series, Fox’s “Profit” was one of the first shows to feature a heroic villain as its protagonist. Viewers were invited to cheer Jim Profit on as he climbed the corporate ladder at Gracen & Gracen in his own unique way. Critics loved it, but many of Fox’s viewers apparently didn’t like rooting for the bad guy, and the show only got eight episodes, only four of which were broadcast.
2. “Century City” (CBS, 2004)—The “legal drama” was a fad of the late 90s and early 2000s, thanks to shows such as “The Practice” and “Ally McBeal.” CBS’s “Century City” differentiated itself by taking place in 2030. The cases were extrapolations of present-day technologies like stem-cell research and virtual reality. Viewers must have been utterly confused, because CBS pulled it after four episodes.
3. “Young Justice“ (Cartoon Network, 2011-2013)—This show, which followed the sidekicks of Batman, Aquaman, the Flash, and Green Arrow, lasted two seasons and won an Emmy. Produced by “Gargoyles” creator Greg Weisman, the show was a huge hit with fans, many of whom loudly proclaim that its two seasons were not enough.
4. “The Ghost Busters” (CBS, 1975)–”Who you gonna call?” Not the guys you’re thinking of. This show, produced by Filmation, had Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch from F-Troop chasing ghosts with their pet gorilla, Tracy (Bob Burns in an ape suit). Let it be known that it was actually pretty popular with college students, but Filmation ended production after fifteen episodes to work on other shows. It was mostly forgotten until a certain movie came out in 1984, and an animated sequel to the original show premiered in 1986.
5. “Masters of Science Fiction” (ABC, 2007)–An anthology series from the creators of “Masters of Horror,” this was a series of self-contained one-hour teleplays, each based on a story by a notable SF author and introduced by Stephen Hawking. Uniquely, it was only intended to be a six-episode run, but ABC only broadcast four episodes.
This list was complied and written by Guest Blogger Annabelle Smyth, stay posted weekly to read more from Annabelle!
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