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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They could do a better list of sci-fi shows that lasted too long. Plenty of those.
If the creators of “Star Trek Enterprise” really wanted to save the show, they could have gone right into the big war with the Romulans first referenced in the original series’ “Balance Of Terror”.
Yeah, I thought Journeyman was very very good.
The DB Cooper ep (I think) where he pops onto a 1970s airliner with everyone standing up, smoking, kids playing with cap guns mid-flight was very well done.
As were the storylines where he convinces his wife and brother that he really is time travelling ...
It was too expensive and it took too long to get to the dinosaurs
I would have liked to see a few shows have at least one more season-
The Dresden files
Alphas. The show ended on a cliff hanger and I really would liked to have seen where they would have gone with it.
The original 1960s “The Outer Limits” ...with the haunting music composed by Dominic Frontiere...
Most specifically the episodes : “The Man Who was Never Born” starring Martin Landau, and “The Architects of Fear” with Robert Culp, are standouts.....The music and script for both is stunning and contains beautiful prose. “The Sixth Finger” completes my list of the best from the first season..
This series ran only 2 years.. Many, inlcuding Steven Spielberg, feel it’s the best Science Fiction american television has every produced.
Firefly is excellent. Heartily recommend.
Not with a 10 mile pole
You do know that Heroes’ 2nd season was botched due to the writer’s strike? No-one, especially the writers wanted what you saw on your TV. Unfortunately, the writers’ even higher rpriority was union unity.
Hmmm, can’t agree with all these. Space Above and Beyond was terrible, should have never been green lit. Heroes started great but kept getting worse, probably canceled too late. Dark Angel was stupid. Dollhouse didn’t get interesting until it got canceled, Joss really buried the lead on that one. Terra Nova wasn’t that interesting, it was OK but don’t miss it. And Farscape just sucked, I’ll never figure out why so much of fandom loves that show. And a big miss from that list is Brisco County Jr, yeah it was a western with SF elements, but it was a blast.
Sounds the daily news. HA.
I remember a series called V back in the 80s. For some reason your post reminds me of that.
When they cancel a show, they should release synopses of the episodes of the season that wasn’t. I think that would be cool.
MAN AM I RED FACE! how could I forget ‘The Dresden Files’!!
Some shows, like Star Trek Enterprise, the writers tried hamfisting the political crap into it, and people walked away.
The producers refused to believe that was what happened, so they continued increasing the crap rather than tell a story.
So the best wasn’t Ray Bradbury Theater??
1. Firefly terrible, was like a space western
2. Space Above and Beyond - never heard of it
3. Jericho - boring
4. Journeyman - never heard of it
5. The 4400 - agree! THIS ended too soon, I actually bought the books so I could get some closure.
6. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - hm.. it was ok.
7. Heroes - OMG !!! I LOVED that show!
8. Dark Angel - never heard of it
9. Star Trek: Enterprise - it was ok, movies rock MUCH more.
10. SGU Stargate Universe SGU Stargate Universe - hm... ok
11. Invasion - never heard of it
12. V - ok
13. Caprica - ANOTHER GREAT SHOW! I didn’t even like the remake of Battlestar Galactica, but I was really into this show.
14. FlashForward - never heard of it
15. Dollhouse - sounds creepy, never heard of it
16. Threshold - never heard of it
17. Terra Nova - got bored
18. The Event - never seen it
19. Defying Gravity - never heard of it
20. Farscape - was pretty good, been a lot of years since I saw it. It seems like they did release a movie that sort of tied up most of the loose ends if I recall.
The original 1960s The Outer Limits
Best All Time Sci Fi
Well there is a book like that.
I really liked Lost Room but I didn’t really see where it had a TV show in it. Pretty much it was all about chasing “artifacts” finding out what they did, how they combined, and a nod to why it all happened. But as a show it would have gotten boring: group X steals a thing, our hero gets it back, a little more information about WTF but of course never actually solving it. Would have gotten very redundant very quickly.
All 13 episodes of Journeyman are available on Hulu
It would be nice if the creator/writer of these shows would release notes or synopsis of what would have come after.
original star trek, original twilight zone
...loved Fringe! I think it ended appropriately (although I would have continued to watch it for years). I just wish Max Headroom had gone on a little longer.
I personally liked QUARK, about an outer space garbage man. The show itself was not that great, but androids BETTY I and BETTY II were!
Firefly definitely number 1 on the list. It would have been interesting to see where they would have gone with it and if they could have kept it as clever and entertaining as it was.
I also really enjoyed Journeyman and though it could have been really good. I would easily trade in Farscape for another season of both Firefly and Journeyman.
‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’
In total PC nonsense they wussified John Conner and went over board with the two female leads.
Also it was dumb, 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. Take the thing on Oprah or something.
It’s not just the SCC, Sci-fi, Action/Adventure, Sword and Sandle, these genres have been totally ruined by the empowered fighting female cliche.
Over & over again in every movie/TV show now there’s no more Alpha males, instead we get the empowered fighting female!! Yep, that thin chick wearing tight leather and heals, who despite being only 89lbs can easily out perform and out fight her male counterparts.
All male (and especially white male) characters are now either wise cracking wusses or whiney Beeoctchs.
No Kirks, Mad Maxes, Steve Austins, Han Solos. We get Sarah Conner and Captain Janeway on steroids over & over.
That’s why Hollywood is losing money and many of these shows died, because once the “Wow! She is really hot, when is she going to be naked?” factor wears off, watching a 89lb waif beat up multiple 260+lbs guys gets pretty old, pretty fast
I don’t have to go to NY, I live in California, a state run by promoters of gender-bending madness. You know winter is coming when you see the leaves turn, and that the Apocalypse is close at hand when knuckle-heads run the earth.
I watched and enjoyed the Dresden Files.
Space hookers you say? I made 1.2 billion ISK running ghost sites and blew it all on strippers, Quaffe and blackjack in Jita.
The only one I did not mind seeing get the boot was Stargate: SGU. All the rest I thought were pretty well done.
You specified a Escape from New York back drop. ;-)
Harsh Realm should be on the list. I think it was only given about 5 episodes before it was yanked.
Like I said:
Space Above and Beyond Pilot
Yes, and I suppose I should have taken that into account and tried season 3, but I didn’t bother. Then again even season 1 had its issues. It was OK, but not great.
Will counter that B5 Crusade should have lasted more as well as B5 Legend of Rangers should have had a chance *with OUT the puching combat system :(
I thought it ended too soon - was crushed when it ended. Didn't see it coming. And I would have continued watching it for years as well.
The Bettys could be replicated today, but the screenplay writers wouldn't dare attempt that Gene/Jean character now.
Maybe San Francisco instead (nyuk, nyuk).
‘Firefly’ needs to be on there about five more times.
Farscape and Dollhouse had good multi-season runs.
I like Stargate Universe. I’d like to add Babylon 5 Crusade.
SGU really wasn’t going anywhere. It only would have been a matter of time before they ran into those effing Replicators again. When you run out of ideas, re-hash everything...
Same for ST:Enterprise.
I b'lieve you've got it surrounded, friend. Except for the 'terrible' part.
Wouldn’t you like to had found out what sins that Shepherd Book was paying penance for?
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