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Best shows NEVER to be given a shot :(


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#1 of 102 Larry Seno Jr.

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Posted March 05 2002 - 11:58 AM

The theme from American High just came up on my Mp3 play list and it made me nostalgic. A GREAT show which just never found an audience (Thanks to Fox assuredly) and I think could have been so much more. My ALL time favorite show of all time was Freaks and Geeks on NBC, a critical FAVORITE and it was yanked with barely a chance.

What are some of YOUR favorite shows which NEVER got a chance? Let's NOT use to thread to rag on the shows people loved (There are PLENTY of shows on TV I could rag on now that people on here LOVE enough to have a thread devoted to them)

#2 of 102 Richard Travale

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Posted March 05 2002 - 12:48 PM

Beverly Hills 90210, I mean c'mon, only seven years? Posted Image

Seriously, I agree with freaks and Geeks.

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#3 of 102 Joseph S

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Posted March 05 2002 - 12:56 PM

"Get A Life"

The documentary/interview on the latest DVD volume (Vol.2) details just how much FOX wanted to get the show off the air from the start. Chris Elliot is a genius. Okay, maybe just a step below, but he's really funny. Posted Image

#4 of 102 Robert Ringwald

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Posted March 05 2002 - 01:08 PM

Gilmore Girls was for a long time not being noticed, but WB held on, and now it's doing good. That would have been a case if it was pulled.

I agree with Freak and Geeks.

#5 of 102 DaveF

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Posted March 05 2002 - 01:08 PM

Sliders -- I guess this reappeared on cable, but I didn't have cable then, so to me it vanished (and right when it was really good good! Posted Image

Strange Luck -- a fun show, with a clever premise, killed in its prime. Later reincarnated by the lesser Daily Edition

I discovered Freaks and Geeks when they showed the "lost" episodes, just before killing the show. I was surprised by how good it was!

#6 of 102 Scott De

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Posted March 05 2002 - 02:03 PM

EZ Streets had the potential to be a mainstream Sopranos long before there was a Sopranos.

Nowhere Man was another show that never had the chance to fulfill its' promise.

#7 of 102 Malcolm R

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Posted March 05 2002 - 02:08 PM

"American Gothic"
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#8 of 102 Ray Gutnick

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Posted March 05 2002 - 02:12 PM

One of the shows that I thought had potential was Action.

#9 of 102 Greg Morse

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Posted March 05 2002 - 02:21 PM

I was going to say Action also.

I remember thinking "Profit" was one of the coolest ideas for a show in a while, but they never let that one get off the ground. Then again, I'm one of those people who always roots for the bad guy in movies.

#10 of 102 Matt Stone

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Posted March 05 2002 - 02:35 PM

Definitely Freeks and Geeks...one of my all-time favorites (where's the DVD release dammit!)...and Twin Peaks to a certain extent wasn't given a chance. After ratings started dropping in season two, ABC moved it to Saturday night (aka the graveyard).
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#11 of 102 Paul D Young

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Posted March 05 2002 - 04:16 PM

Freaks and Geeks is my #1 choice also.

There was another show in 1993 called Bakersfield P.D. It had Giancarlo Esposito on it and it was set in a small town police station (Does anybody remember this show?) I remember seeing it only once and really liking it and then never seeing it again.

Also, pretty much any 1/2 hour show without a laugh track barely ever gets a chance. That's why I know two of my favorite shows, The Job and Undeclared, will disappear sooner than later. I'm already pissed and it hasn't happened yet.

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#12 of 102 Jeff Kleist

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Posted March 05 2002 - 04:19 PM

You didn't want to see the Sci-Fi Channel seasons of SLiders, trust me Posted Image

Tick, Lone Gunman, Space: Above & Beyond (Space 2063), Earth 2, Alien Nation, Battlestar Galactica, Sledge Hammer, Police Squad, I'm sure there's at least a dozen more Posted Image

#13 of 102 Mike Tondreault

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Posted March 05 2002 - 05:07 PM

Giddeon's Crossing

#14 of 102 Mike St.Louis

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Posted March 05 2002 - 06:42 PM

"VR 5" was a cool show that was always pretty interesting and had an ongoing arc. I would have liked to see how it ended.

For a while FOX was having a run of interesting science fiction shows with the success of X-Files.

I also liked Starman from several years ago. It only lasted a season.

#15 of 102 Arkady Kleiner

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Posted March 05 2002 - 07:33 PM

'Good vs Evil' (or 'G vs E')

Funny as hell show, but too "out there" for the casual viewer.

And i'm still mad at FOX for "Space: Above and Beyond" Posted Image.

#16 of 102 rutger_s

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Posted March 05 2002 - 08:12 PM

Beyond Belief

Okay, Fox tried giving it a shot a few times but barely promoted it during the "second" and "third" chances. This was a really fun show to watch. Especially to see if those "urban legends" were true.

#17 of 102 Scooter

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Posted March 05 2002 - 10:50 PM

Cracker!!!! Quirky show with appealing characters with some significant personality flaws!

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The show with Ed O'neil on CBS about cops and FBI working together...lasted 4 episodes.

#18 of 102 Jay H

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Posted March 05 2002 - 11:28 PM

The Tick (animated version), The Family Guy, Futurama, Stressed Eric, The Lone Gunman...

Most of them suffered from crappy programming schedules or unrealistic expectations. Damm you Fox for putting on good shows and then ritually killing them off one by one...Arrgh..

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#19 of 102 todd s

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Posted March 06 2002 - 01:55 AM

-Battlestar Galactica
-The Flash
-Space: Above & Beyond
-Harsh Realm
-The Strip (Vegas detective show w/Sean Patrick Flanery)
-The Others
-Sliders (well it was given a second chance. But, they completely changed the show around and it sucked.)
-Vengeance Unlimited w/Michael Madsen (If anyone has them on tape and can make me a copy. Let me know??)
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#20 of 102 Steven K

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Posted March 06 2002 - 02:18 AM

I agree with Sliders... when it was on Fox it kicked much ass. The Sci-Fi channel version sucked.

Also:
SeaQuest DSV
Boston Common (comedy on USA)
Undeclared
Brisco County, Jr.