Skip to comments.20 Sci-Fi Shows That Were Cancelled Too Soon
Posted on 12/04/2013 12:35:59 PM PST by Kartographer
1. Firefly 2. Space Above and Beyond 3. Jericho 4. Journeyman 5. The 4400 6. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 7. Heroes 8. Dark Angel 9. Star Trek: Enterprise 10. SGU Stargate Universe SGU Stargate Universe 11. Invasion 12. V 13. Caprica 14. FlashForward 15. Dollhouse 16. Threshold 17. Terra Nova 18. The Event 19. Defying Gravity 20. Farscape
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There was a sci-fi show called Surface I really thought was interesting that was cancelled way too soon in my opinion, and another called Threshold that I also liked a lot.
Mal: “Jayne, your mouth is talking. You might wanna look to that.”
Dresden was just getting good when they yanked it... I actually wrote a few letters protesting that one.
Jim Butcher had enough books to keep that series alive for at least two full seasons more.
And yeah, the books are better. They always are. But it’s still nice to see it on the screen.
Any continuation of the series would have to talk about what became of River Tam, though.
Ditto on “Fringe” and I’d like to add “Dead Like Me” - perhaps the best cable show ever cancelled.
Mal (to Jayne): “Well, my days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a middle.”
**** Sarah Conner would run around complaining nobody would believe her about the robots from the future, but every time she would kill one, she would destroy all evidence of it***
Remember THE INVADERS from around 1968-69? Every time Roy Thinnes killed one it immediately decomposed into cellulose fibers. You spotted an alien because they could not replicate properly the small finger on the hand.
I remember one episode in which Thinnes is trying to kill a beautiful girl as he believes she is an alien. Come to find out, her hand had been deformed in an accident.
Jayne: “Dear diary: Today I was pompous and my sister was crazy. Today we were kidnapped by hill folk, never to be seen again. It was the best day ever.”
10. SGU Stargate Universe
WE were fans of all those before that mess. Trying to push homosexual issues while having a cast of characters that each and every one had significant dislikeable traits made it a short run with us.
Spome of these were indeed cancelled too soon.
Others had simply run their course.
My favorites on the list (both types included): Jericho, Terra Nova, Sarah Connor, Star Gate Universe, V, and Caprica.
The Lost Room was cool. Particularly the guy who gouged out his eye and replaced it with the fake eyeball item that had the special power. Now that's a lust power!
only agree 1/2 way with one.
many of them should have been cancelled FASTER.
But you just know that all of the failures of that future dystopia would be blamed either on Republicans, Bush, Reagan, conservatives, Christians or white conservative Christians. Failing all of that - Hitler would be the last resort. Then of course there's always the evil twins -- the nuclear power industry or the oil companies which can be blamed for every social ill since the beginning of time.
It felt as if the writers were borrowed from a soap opera.
Legend and Briscoe County Junior were a hoot.
I never saw that one. What was the premise?
Enterprise was PROMISSED to be a dedicated non-politically correct agenda slave. It degenerated into a pc slave quickly and lost all credibility.
(then came to find out the vulcan first officer actress was married to a money man so it became the “his girlfriend is an actress” victim)
That alone is reason for a TV show.
The Vulcan first officer was the best actor on the show. lol
I liked the episode where she tells a story at dinner about a Vulcan crew shipwrecked on Earth in the 1950s.
Wow. Name two science fiction shows featuring Conrad Janis:
Mork and Mindy
The Lost Room is a 2006 science fiction television miniseries that aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. The series revolves around the titular room and some of the everyday items from that room which possess unusual powers. The show’s protagonist, Joe Miller, is searching for these objects to rescue his daughter, Anna, who has disappeared inside the Room. Once a typical room at a 1960s motel along U.S. Route 66, the Lost Room has existed outside of normal time and space since 1961, when what is referred to only as “the Event” took place.
The main character ends up with the key after an arrest. His daughter ends up vanishing in the room and the story in the miniseries is the gyrations he goes through to get her back.
‘Space Above and Beyond’ was my very favorite.
I’ve never even seen any of them.
and they never could tell if she was messing with them or not
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Dead Like Me was great, should have gone at least another season or so.
"Mission Genesis" aka "Deep Water Black" was a show with an identity crisis. They didn't know how to be serious and family friendly at the same time.
You can see clips of this goulash TV show on Youtube
I thought “The Sarah Conner Cronicles” was too whiney. I’m supposed to believe John Conner was a cry baby teen?
I didn’t like the concept of “Enterprise” from the beginning. Totally made up lore and history. Archer the first captain of a warp drive ship? No thanks. Didn’t buy it.
“Space 1999” was good but a BBC show that didn’t get much play in all American markets. Same producers of “UFO” which was pretty good. And of course they first did Thunderbirds! Gerry Anderson and his wife.
I loved “Alien Nation” as a series.
As long as it stayed along the lines of season 1. S2 was kind of sad.
LOL. Loved it at first. It’s completely unwatchable now. I got tired of the kids stories.
Robert Culp made that series.
I absolutely loved Firefly from the first moment I saw it, and that was *after* the Serenity movie came out. We stumbled across "Serenity" because the movie we went to the theater to see was sold out.
Although there were the usual SciFi logic-leaps (never stated but presumed faster than light travel), I liked that FireFly *tried* to keep many aspects plausible (no aliens, all life forms encountered traced their origin back to old earth, still using gunpowder and lead for personal weapons, etc).
And it had a sort of Cowboys in space vibe. Best SciFi series I have ever seen and and absolutely mind-boggling that Fox cancelled it in the middle of the first season.
UFO was good campy fun.
I loved Dresden as well.
A great satire.
“I loved Star Trek: Enterprise but it jumped the shark somewhere around season three and it was all downhill from there.”
The writers wrote themselves into a box, and then phoned the rest in, re-hashing old ST:TOS plots. It was pathetic, and drove the franchise itself into the dirt.
It had a catchy tune! :-)
Brisco was a Friday night favorite on its Fox run. The DVDs get pulled and watched some.
Yes, I liked Butcher’s books very much. The show was an interesting take on them. They never seem to get it quite right though.
The fact is these shows were cancelled because they did not have the advertisers and/or ratings to support them.
Even when shows come back on other networks it is usually at a lower budget (less cast, less special effects, less sets)
one example was the shoestrin of stargate universe. Their first season sets were all dark because they could not afford to build walls.
One thing that bothered me about Enterprise’s open if I remember right was during the open showing historical ships and the nuclear carrier not being in the montage.
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