Favorite short-lived TV show? (1 Viewer)

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For me it was probably a short run (really short) series on Fox back in the mid 2000's called Drive. Starred Nathan Fillion and Emma Stone, among others. It was a serial series about a secret illegal cross-country road race where most of the "competitors" were regular folks who'd been enticed to take part because of the unknown "organizer's" blackmail threats, kidnapped family members, etc. Everyone's backstory was different and slowly told in an around the "race" action. I really enjoyed the first couple episodes and found the acting and plot interesting, but Fox killed the series after only four episodes (they had recorded a couple others that never aired, later released via on demand), but the series and storyline was just abandoned and never completed.

After that disappointment, I rarely ever watch a new TV series when it debuts. I'll set DVR timers and let them build up and see if the show makes it before I start watching.
 
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Freaks and geeks
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Went to the reunion in Austin tx


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OK, let's see how many remember (or even know about) this one (ya gotta be an old coot :) ) - 1979-80 show called "Paris" starring James Earl Jones as a police captain. While only lasting 13 episodes, of which only the first 11 were shown, it was the unofficial predecessor to "Hill Street Blues".
 

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Tough question. Recently, I'd say Timeless or Humans, both of which had 2 seasons and then got cut. Is that too long for the question? For long ago TV shows, I rather liked Starlost, which carried on valiantly for 16 episodes before being cancelled. It was created by Harlan Ellison who was so disgusted by the poor production values that he had his name removed and replaced with "Cordwainer Bird"! How about Earth 2? That had 1 season of 21 episodes. Had the hots for Rebecca Gayheart. :D

I would mention Farscape but it went on for 4 seasons. How about the opposite of the OP's question? What series went on for many seasons but nevertheless kept up the quality? The Simpsons comes to mind.
 
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Jericho on CBS. 2006-2008. 2 seasons totaling 29 episodes
Loved the first season. The resurrected shortened second season was extremely rushed and with the absence of some main and many secondary characters in various episodes to save on cost felt like a disservice. I'm a big fan of Gerald McRaney and Skeet Ulrich played a great role. And Lennie James had a fun mystique around him. Was he the good guy? Was he the bad guy? Was he undercover with a fake family. With this coming out only a handful of years after 9/11, the premise of Jericho felt very real. Still to this day I feel uncomfortable seeing the flag of the Allied States of America at the end of season 1.

Miracles on ABC. 2003. 1 season totaling 13 episodes.
The new show on CBS, Evil reminds me a lot of this. Skeet Ulrich plays an investigator for the Catholic Church, investigating claims of miracles and paranormal events. Hector Elizondo plays a priest, I think he's Ulrich's characters boss and Marisa Ramirez (Baez from Blue Bloods) plays a former police officer that helps Ulrich. Is it 'God is nowhere' or 'God is now here'?

Point Pleasant on FOX. 2005. 1 season totaling 13 episodes.
Kind of a teeny bopper show from the guy that did Buffy. Elisabeth Harnois (Morgan Brody in later seasons of CSI) played a girl who is rescued by a lifeguard and she has no idea who she is. Turns out she was the daughter of Satan. What actually got me interested in this show, was not the paranormal aspect, but the fact it stared and was the first time I saw my childhood TV crush in 10+ years. I grew up watching the live action TV series Adventures in Wonderland series on Disney Channel in the early '90s where Elisabeth played Alice. She grew up to be one beautiful woman.

Ghostwriter on PBS. 1992-1995. 3 seasons totaling 74 episodes.
The only PBS show I ever watched growing up, and to this day. And I didn't even watch it then, just saw a few episodes here and there. I watched it in reruns, much older than the targeted age on Noggin, when that channel first launched. It was basically about a group of middle school kids who were kid detectives in Brooklyn. The show was targeted to younger kids to teach them the importance and reading and writing. Samuel L Jackson was cast as the father of one of the main characters but as his career started to blow up he was replaced. A very young Julia Stiles played a gnarly computer hacker. While 74 episodes and a three year run may seem like a lot, you have to understand the show. Each case was a story arc that spanned four episodes, with two arcs being five episodes. There were only 18 story arcs in total and the third and final season was only three arcs. CBS did a reboot of the show in the late 90s but it sucked. Apple is doing another reboot of the show for their new streaming service. The original series got canceled due to lack of funding.

Good Behavior on TNT. 2016-2017. 2 seasons totaling 20 episodes
Bonnie and Clyde type show with Michelle Dockery. Dockery plays a thief and con artist who recently got released from prison. She breaks into a hotel room hoping for a quick score and is discovered by a hitman.
For me it was probably a short run (really short) series on Fox back in the mid 2000's called Drive. Starred Nathan Fillion and Emma Stone, among others. It was a serial series about a secret illegal cross-country road race where most of the "competitors" were regular folks who'd been enticed to take part because of the unknown "organizer's" blackmail threats, kidnapped family members, etc. Everyone's backstory was different and slowly told in an around the "race" action. I really enjoyed the first couple episodes and found the acting and plot interesting, but Fox killed the series after only four episodes (they had recorded a couple others that never aired, later released via on demand), but the series and storyline was just abandoned and never completed.

After that disappointment, I rarely ever watch a new TV series when it debuts. I'll set DVR timers and let them build up and see if the show makes it before I start watching.

Drive was awesome! I loved the concept. After it was put on 'hiatus' Fox put the final two episodes up on their website to stream. I don't remember Emma Stone being in it, but I just looked it up and you're correct. Also Amy Acker, the actress that played Root in Person of Interest was in Drive
 
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I like Drive, Space above and beyond. I got Jericho on dvd it was a great show writing fema even helped out. Drive had a cool challenger. I watch space above and beyond fox had some great shows.
 

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Ah, the Barnstable twins...

 
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The Glades... was running on A&E with Longmire. The Glades ended in a cliffhanger plus, and was canceled :( Longmire got picked up by Netflicks and continued :)
 
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