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20 Sci-Fi Shows That Were Cancelled Too Soon
IMDb ^ | 9/18/12 | Jinime

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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Ran across this and though I don't agree with about half, it still isn't a bad list. I do think the 'The Sarah Connor Chronicles' did a good arch and had a good finish. 'Star Trek: Enterprise' spent far to much time on time travel. I had forgotten 'Space Above and Beyond', which I thought to be very good. And lastly he left off two programs which I believe should have been on the list 'Brimestone' and 'Alien Nation.
1 posted on 12/04/2013 12:35:59 PM PST by Kartographer
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“Other World”... liked the concept. Half a season.


2 posted on 12/04/2013 12:38:05 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kartographer

Space 1999


3 posted on 12/04/2013 12:38:18 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Kartographer

I agree with you on “Alien Nation”. It was one of my favorites.


4 posted on 12/04/2013 12:38:25 PM PST by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Kartographer

Wow, I haven’t watched a single episode of any of these shows. I haven’t even heard of most of them. I’m afraid there are way more non-sci fi viewers like me than ardent fanatics to suit advertisers’ tastes.


5 posted on 12/04/2013 12:39:02 PM PST by NohSpinZone (First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers)
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To: Kartographer

I think the problem is that after a while the original idea played itself out and the series goes lukewarm. It would not be a bad idea to have limited series like they do in many countries, something like 16-20 episodes.


6 posted on 12/04/2013 12:39:23 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kartographer

Heroes ended about the right time. They couldn’t figure out how to end it.


7 posted on 12/04/2013 12:40:01 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Kartographer

#1 and #2 are certainly spot-on. I think everything else on the list can be argued one way or the other, but Firefly and S:AAB were two very good shows that died way too young.


8 posted on 12/04/2013 12:40:25 PM PST by kevkrom (It's not "immigration reform", it's an "amnesty bill". Take back the language!)
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To: Kartographer

Wow. Was the writer of this piece born in 1990, having no access to retro cable channels or UHF?

Well, I vote for “Logans Run”!


9 posted on 12/04/2013 12:41:36 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: Kartographer

Agree on “Space: Above and Beyond”. Gotta love a show with “Chiggy von Richtofen”.


10 posted on 12/04/2013 12:41:40 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: kevkrom
S:AAB seemed to want to become Space 90210, although it could have been so much better
11 posted on 12/04/2013 12:41:46 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Dr. Sivana

They made a “Logan’s Run” series? and why?


12 posted on 12/04/2013 12:42:46 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kartographer

Lots of shows take time for characters and plots to really develop but few viewers have the patience to let it happen.


13 posted on 12/04/2013 12:43:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kartographer

Firefly, Threshold and Farscape were fun and interesting.

Journeyman OTOH, had the most intriguing underlying premises, a fascinating storyline that really drew me in and characters you could care about.


14 posted on 12/04/2013 12:43:39 PM PST by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: Kartographer

Or maybe not soon enough!


15 posted on 12/04/2013 12:43:45 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Kartographer

Stargate Universe sucked due to it focusing on being a soap opera with political issues crammed into the script.
It was a mercy kill.
By the time the writers started writing sci fi and not soap opera crap, it was far too late, and even then they STILL refused to give up the soap opera crap.

Jericho?
Another show that had left leaning agitprop.
See the nuke episodes.


16 posted on 12/04/2013 12:43:45 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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Stargate: Universe could have been so much better without the communication stones to make so many Earth episodes and without the homo propaganda
17 posted on 12/04/2013 12:43:56 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kartographer
One series that deserves the list was The Lost Room. It was aborted after the pilot miniseries, probably because it was faaaar too "cerebral" for the average TV viewing dolt.
18 posted on 12/04/2013 12:44:04 PM PST by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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“They made a “Logan’s Run” series? and why?”

Why not? It was the 70’s and there was an excess of spandex.


19 posted on 12/04/2013 12:44:08 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Kartographer

Eight of twenty, I can agree with. (2, 4, 7, 10, 14, 15, 18, 20). However, V (12), is one where I thought it was on too long (partly because it was kept in place of a better show on this list as cut too soon.)


20 posted on 12/04/2013 12:44:10 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Kartographer

Although borderline sci-fi, I’d add “Legend,” starring Richard Dean Anderson. It was a hoot, but cancelled to make way for a show with a video games conceit that I think got cancelled even faster. Still, it did free him up for “Stargate SG-1.”


21 posted on 12/04/2013 12:44:14 PM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Kartographer

I thought they were doing well on “V”... until they rushed the last of the series :/


22 posted on 12/04/2013 12:44:17 PM PST by Bikkuri
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To: Kartographer

For me, Fringe should be on that list.


23 posted on 12/04/2013 12:44:17 PM PST by scripter
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Any list that puts “Firefly” at number one has lost me. Can’t stand Firefly fanatics. The show wasn’t bad, but the obsession of the fanatics has made me hate anything associated with it by now. Kind of like Ron Paul.


24 posted on 12/04/2013 12:45:07 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Kartographer

25 posted on 12/04/2013 12:45:22 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Noumenon

I don’t think I even heard of “Journeyman” and I am a scifi guy


26 posted on 12/04/2013 12:45:30 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 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

Better to end an episode too soon than an episode too late. IMO all of these ran out of ideas before they ran out of episodes (with the exception of Firefly).

27 posted on 12/04/2013 12:45:40 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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I watched Survivors and Outcasts (both BBC series)on Netflix. Survivors was kind of like Lost.


28 posted on 12/04/2013 12:45:44 PM PST by gattaca ("If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." Mark Twain)
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To: Darksheare

I agree. I wish they could have had a better ending though.


29 posted on 12/04/2013 12:46:10 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: ShadowAce

Actually I would say Heroes carried on past the expiration date. It really dropped off every season past the first.

Personally I’d say most of the things on the list which I’m familiar with are poor choices. Sure Firefly didn’t deserve the boot, but Enterprise? Farscape? Heroes? SG: Universe? None of those were particularly worthy to be honest, and all managed to run into quality issues which made their earn their cancellation.

Also the list suffers from the classic ‘last decade’ syndrome in that none of the shows are particularly old. I don’t think any of them were older than 15 years. TV has been around for over 60 years now after all.

Heck, one could argue that ST:TOS is worthy of inclusion. It did only survive three seasons after all.


30 posted on 12/04/2013 12:46:32 PM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Kartographer

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I agree.


31 posted on 12/04/2013 12:47:04 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Spirochete

The Lost Room is (IMO) the best thing that Scfi Channel did. The thought that had to go into following along was worth the price of admission.


32 posted on 12/04/2013 12:47:20 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: GeronL

Would have needed writers that could write for a better ending to occur.


33 posted on 12/04/2013 12:47:52 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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If Enterprise’s fourth/last season had been it’s second it would have lasted the usual seven years of post-TOS Trek shows. But by the time it cast off the baggage from seasons 2 and 3 and really started to hum it had permanently lost too much of it’s audience.


34 posted on 12/04/2013 12:47:57 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: gattaca
I did like Survivors
35 posted on 12/04/2013 12:48:01 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Journeyman wasn’t on long, about a guy (and gal) and perhaps others that traveled through time and came back to current time all without any control. One time he went back and found D.B. Cooper (or his money?). Kinda funny at times.


36 posted on 12/04/2013 12:48:02 PM PST by scripter
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To: Noumenon
"Firefly..."

nuff said...

37 posted on 12/04/2013 12:49:11 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: GeronL

I’d like to see a series set in the future about the certain global economic collapse that leftist policies will bring about. It’ll have it all—kooks with nukes, wierd science, gender-bending madness, hybrid monstrocities, jihadis gone wild—all set in an Escape from NY backdrop.


38 posted on 12/04/2013 12:49:15 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: scripter

When he flashed off the plane in flight and had the run in with TSA, that was a moment to be treasured.


39 posted on 12/04/2013 12:49:31 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Darksheare

true


40 posted on 12/04/2013 12:49:34 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Who cares why? It got Heather Menzies in this outfit to my TV once a week just when I needed it.


41 posted on 12/04/2013 12:49:48 PM PST by Wolfie
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To: Kartographer

I loved Star Trek: Enterprise but it jumped the shark somewhere around season three and it was all downhill from there.


42 posted on 12/04/2013 12:50:02 PM PST by PeteB570 ( Islam is the sea in which the Terrorist Shark swims. The deeper the sea the larger the shark.)
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To: Kartographer

I like the early 1970s British Show “UFO”.


43 posted on 12/04/2013 12:50:04 PM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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That sounds like it could be good, for a while.


44 posted on 12/04/2013 12:50:25 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Ingtar

I forgot about that part. I thought his brother (the cop) was over the top at times.


45 posted on 12/04/2013 12:51:01 PM PST by scripter
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did it have a Quantum Leap/Sliders feel to it?


46 posted on 12/04/2013 12:51:12 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Kartographer

Uh... Star Trek: TOS, the poster child of premature cancellations?


47 posted on 12/04/2013 12:51:23 PM PST by dangus
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To: GeronL

Until we start to actually live it, which I think will be all too soon.


48 posted on 12/04/2013 12:51:40 PM PST by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Kartographer

LOVED Terra Nova! Great cast, and the CG stuff was very tastefully done.

Sadly the budget was massive, as is the case with most Spielberg stuff.


49 posted on 12/04/2013 12:51:48 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: GeronL
Decent Wikipedia article on the Journeyman series.
50 posted on 12/04/2013 12:52:07 PM PST by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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