Perhaps the only thing the "CW" has ever done right. This heartwarming story of a family that relocated to a small Colorado town to start anew when mom dies in a car crash. Excellent writing and a modern day Brady Bunch feel made this one of the most underrated shows on television. Fans are probably still pissed about the way the show was hastily cancelled when instantly the season finale morphed into the series finale within one week. To further twist the knife, the show will probably never be released on DVD (past season one) because it is not lucrative enough for the powers that be. Sorry to say that this small-screen gem is probably gone forever.
Joan wound up being a fantastic show built around a teenage girl who had conversations with God. While sometimes quirky, Arcadia was able to delve into some great episodes built around faith and spirituality without coming off as preachy. Amber Tamblyn was the perfect middle man (or woman) for the almighty and it's shameful this show was cancelled especially since CBS essentially traded a girl who could talk to God with a girl who talks to Ghosts.
4. Joan of Arcadia
4. Joan of Arcadia
It's hard to believe it's been so long since this fantastic show was cancelled. There was something charming about this drama which focused on three returning veterans of World War II. It reminded Americans that while the greatest generation was seen as "a golden age" in American history it was certainly not without its problems. This is yet another small screen gem that has not been released on DVD.
It seems that HBO decided to pull the plug when this show was just hitting its stride in its second season, citing very high production costs. In retrospect this might not have been the best decision given the fact that Rome's cancellation coincided with the Series finales of The Sopranos. HBO has had difficulty generating any buzz with it's new lineup, while Showtime seems to be overtaking the network as the place to go for edgy original programming. Could the fall of Rome bring about the Dark Ages for Home Box Office, we'll wait and see?
1. My So Called Life
Was teenage angst ever done better? The show that launched Claire Danes into the stratosphere, even tho she has been lost in space since Terminator 3. Low ratings, ABC's unwillingness to promote the show, and Danes' ambition to make the jump to the big screen all factored into So Called Life's cancellation. Enraged fans took to the Internet in protest, but their voices were not heard.
Any shows you can think of missed the list? Fight for your show like a pack of rabid My So Called Life Fans to get it added.