It’s been years, in some cases decades, but I still mourn them, my favorite TV shows that never had a chance to live, snuffed out by the networks that created them before they could gain a following. I might be biased, because these shows were among MY favorites, but the writing was excellent and the acting was superb. What made them stand out was that they offered something that was different.
These shows hooked me from the start then left me gaping when they were cancelled.
Do you remember these shows?
The Class (CBS) – Six friends who were in the third grade together reconnect twenty years later. FUNNY and irreverent. Jesse Tyler Ferguson who plays Mitchell on ABC’s Modern Family (one of my new favorites) was in this show. It lasted for only one season, 2006-2007.
Moonlight (CBS) – I’ve spoken about this show before. A vampire private eye watches over a woman internet reporter he’d once saved. Chemistry up the yin yang. I fell in love with vampires as a result of this show. It too, lasted only one season, 2007-2008.
Swingtown (CBS) – Is there a trend here with CBS? Set during the sexual revolution of the 1970s, a couple is introduced to the swinging lifestyle by their more worldly neighbors. When previews first aired, I remember thinking, “Whoa, that’s risqué for CBS.” I guess it was. I loved the mood and tone of this show, and the plotting…the way the inexperienced couple was seduced into swinging. I may have to write my own swinging tale one day as a result of this show. It aired in 2008.
Duet (Fox) – This romantic comedy followed the dating relationship of a young couple, starring Mary Page Keller. Well written. This was one of those shows that felt REAL and spoke to me at a time in my life when I was single and dating. LOVED this show. It lasted two seasons, 1987-1989.
The Reaper (CW) – Because his parents sold his soul to devil, on his 21st birthday, a young man is forced to work for Satan as a reaper, reclaiming souls who escaped from hell. Grim, yes. Irreverent, absolutely. And snort-through-your nose funny. The main character’s two buddies helped him on his assignments – it was a great friendship story. This show kept me on the edge of my seat. It ran 2007 – 2009.
The Mole (ABC) – The Mole remains one of my most favorite reality shows and the only one I could see myself going on. A group of people have challenges to complete to add to their pot of money. But one of them is a saboteur, whose goal is to prevent them from winning. There were only five shows, two them “celebrity” Mole episodes. 2001-02, 2003-04, 2008.
Did you have a favorite show that ended too soon?