Best TV Show Cancelled Too Soon

It's time for another wildly contentious debate over the endlessly pointless topic of television. Now, I know you all think you've pretty well got me figured out by now, and that this topic can only be a chance for me to further bemoan the cancellation of Firefly. Well, yeah, I am irked by that, but the 'Best' televsion show to be cancelled too soon isn't Firefly.

It was Sports Night.

Having revisited the Sports Night Complete Series DVDs, I am once again amazed at what a witty, well paced, and poignant comedy series Sports Night was. Produced and written by the same team that brings you The West Wing, though not as mired in political liberal controversy, Sports Night was probably the best written sitcom to hit airwaves in quite some time, in a league both in humor and social relevance with All In The Family. If you've never seen the show, sign up for Netflix and rent the series. It's outstanding.

Good one. I really enjoyed that show.

I can''t remember the name of the one I''m trying to think of. It was a legal drama thing, but the whole season was just one case. Bald headed guy was the lead attorney and the ''villian'' (if you will) was Stanley Tucci (sp).

Ring any bells?

Oh, and I really enjoyed Above and Beyond ( I think it was?) The future war against aliens?

I can''t remember the name of the one I''m trying to think of. It was a legal drama thing, but the whole season was just one case. Bald headed guy was the lead attorney and the ''villian'' (if you will) was Stanley Tucci (sp).

Ring any bells?

I think it was called ""Murder One"" and it lasted a couple seasons didn''t it?

It was at least 2 if not 3 seasons.

Murder One tried to dominate the same time slot as ER. I thought it was doing well.

It just dissappeared so I guess not.

Get a Life gets my vote. Admittedly the episodes just got stranger and stranger (like Spewey and Me), but I guess people just don''t ""get"" Chris Elliott. I did see him on a fairly recent episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

"Sway" wrote:

Get a Life gets my vote. Admittedly the episodes just got stranger and stranger (like Spewey and Me), but I guess people just don''t ""get"" Chris Elliott. I did see him on a fairly recent episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

I loved that show! Wow, I had completely forgotten about it. Twas good times.

"Certis" wrote:

I think it was called ""Murder One"" and it lasted a couple seasons didn''t it?

Thats the one! And no, it was 1 season only. One case.

Got to give props to Fox, kings of cancelling great shows.

Firefly anyone? How bout Lone Gunmen? The Tick? Family Guy? etc...

"Sinatar" wrote:

Got to give props to Fox, kings of cancelling great shows.

Firefly anyone? How bout Lone Gunmen? The Tick? Family Guy? etc...

Ahhh! Of course, The Tick!! Glad I put those on video tape (god bless you Tivo).

You should give credit to FOX for at least trying them.

What other network has done the same?

ABC? sitcom, sitcom, sitcom, the practice, sitcom

NBC? sitcom, law and order, sitcom, ER, sitcom

CBS? does anyone care what they run on this network?

Oh i guess Survivor and CSI and Im sure they have sitcoms somewhere...

"Yomm" wrote:

Good one. I really enjoyed that show.
Oh, and I really enjoyed Above and Beyond ( I think it was?) The future war against aliens?

It was called Space: Above and Beyond, and it was a great show, I agree. It was a little ahead of it''s time I think though. It was surprisingly intelligent compared to most sci-fi shows. I really hope they release a DVD set of the whole series some day. I''d buy it.

Gotta agree, that was one awesome show. Well written, well acted, and VERY enjoyable to watch.

I.....well......God..... No I can''t, I can''t I am just too mad!

"Kriegshund" wrote:
"Yomm" wrote:

Good one. I really enjoyed that show.
Oh, and I really enjoyed Above and Beyond ( I think it was?) The future war against aliens?

It was called Space: Above and Beyond, and it was a great show, I agree. It was a little ahead of it''s time I think though. It was surprisingly intelligent compared to most sci-fi shows. I really hope they release a DVD set of the whole series some day. I''d buy it.

Oh yeah I liked that, but it just up and vaporized.

Well, it had a fair run but IMO could have gone on longer:

Quantum Leap.

""Dr. Samuel Beckett never returned home"" is etched in my mind forever!

I still name every computer I get ""Ziggy"".

"Pulse" wrote:

Quantum Leap.

""Dr. Samuel Beckett never returned home""

That and ""Sci Fi Channel would like to thank the cast and crew of Farscape"" rank up there as the worst send-offs/kiss-offs by a network...evar.

Didn''t Sports Night ditch the laugh track?

Yes it did. No laugh track. It was a good idea.
I never liked any of the actors tho.

"Rat Boy" wrote:
"Pulse" wrote:

Quantum Leap.

""Dr. Samuel Beckett never returned home""

That and ""Sci Fi Channel would like to thank the cast and crew of Farscape"" rank up there as the worst send-offs/kiss-offs by a network...evar.

And they didn''t have the decency to cut out the last 2 minutes, so that it had a happy ending. No we had to leave thinking theyre all dead. Yippie.

It was my impression that the laugh track was forced on them.

"Elysium" wrote:

It was my impression that the laugh track was forced on them.

After grilling my friend, master of all things Sports Night, check out the 6th paragraph here

Gotta say that I also loved Space: Above and Beyond. At least they actually ended that one rather than let it slip off into oblivion. I keep meaning to buy the entire series at some point.

Ulairi, we''re going to have to talk about that new sig of yours ...

"Elysium" wrote:

Ulairi, we''re going to have to talk about that new sig of yours ... :wink:

Funny thing, Ive been waiting for Ulairi to say something like ""I agree"" for a while, just so I could put it in my sig. Ive been doing that for like 3 weeks now.

You could always state an opinion about the X-Men and take him out of context.

"Yomm" wrote:
"Certis" wrote:

I think it was called ""Murder One"" and it lasted a couple seasons didn''t it?

Thats the one! And no, it was 1 season only. One case.

In those rare instances where I''m wrong, I like to try and correct it. It would seem Murder One lasted for two seasons, rather than one.

"Rat Boy" wrote:

You could always state an opinion about the X-Men and take him out of context.

As much as it pains me to give Blatherboy any props, especially when insulting my boy, that was pretty damn funny.