My Top 5 Cancelled TV Shows!
Every now and then you come across a TV series that you fall head over heels in love with and then for no reason it is whipped away and cancelled by the very network that first gave it life, this can be so incredibly frustrating, especially if the TV show is given a forced and ultimately rushed ending that by no means gives it the justice and send off it deserves, here is my list of my top 5 cancelled TV shows and why!
1) Joan of Arcadia
Back in 2003 this quirky TV series aired with Amber Tamblyn playing the titular character, 16 year old Joan Girardi, who starts seeing and conversing with God, God often appearing to Joan in the guise of regular every day people giving her tasks to complete that at the time seem inconsequential to Joan but often play a part in a overall larger scale plan.
The series plays out through Joan's eyes, she's just a regular teenager doing regular teenage things who is suddenly tasked with all sorts of things by God himself, often leading Joan into tricky situations, she keeps her conversations with God to herself and never shares the truth with her over bearing parents.
The series it's self was actually quite thought provoking but unfortunately was cancelled after it's 2nd series in 2005. No real ending was put in place and the finale had you scratching your head in frustration, however I'd still suggest checking it out, it's worth a watch I promise.
July 2006 saw the premier of A Town Called Eureka (later changed to Eureka) an often funny and quirky science fiction series set in the fictional American town of Eureka. Colin Ferguson plays Jack Carter a US Marshall who reluctantly becomes Sheriff of Eureka. Eureka isn't your average town, it is full to the brim of the worlds top scientific minds and cloaked by an Electromagnetic shield to stop outsiders from entering. The series was brilliant, it was humorous and action packed, often quite heart felt and full of characters that you actually cared about, it ran for 5 seasons, although the fifth and final season was shortened to just 13 episodes they did film a proper ending in which the characters story arcs where all tied up neatly.
It was such a shame that this series was cancelled, it crossed over with SyFy's other science fiction show Warehouse 13 and so many more stories could have been told, however 5 seasons isn't a bad run in all fairness and at least it got a suitable ending.
3) Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13 premiered on SyFy in 2009, the series centered around two US Secret Service Agents who get assigned to Warehouse 13, a secret base full of fantastical artifacts throughout history. The show was again often quirky and humourous with plenty of action and characters you actually cared about, each episode was pretty thrilling to be honest as the pair were racing around trying to get aritfacts out of the clutches of the wrong people. The partnership between the US Secret Service Agents Myka Bering and Pete Lattimer was often hilarious and natural. From season 2 onwards the fabulous Jaime Murray joined the cast as HG Wells,it's well worth watching for her outstandingly devilish performance. The series crossed over with Eureka and the two worked incredibly well side by side.
Unfortunately despite it's cult following Warehouse 13 was ultimately cancelled in 2014 after it's 6 episode fifth season. Thankfully SyFy did give it a beautifully written ending that tied it all up neatly in a bow. I advise you to binge watch this immediately!
Angel aired from 1999 to 2004, it was the spin off from cult clasic Buffy The Vampire Slayer and starred David Boreanaz as Angel, the brooding vampire with a soul. After the events of Buffy season 3 Angel moves to LA and sets up his own Private Investigator firm. Charisma Carpenter returns as Cordelia Chase from BTVS. Angel was by far a more grown up version of Buffy and saw Angel vow to 'Help the helpless, Defeat evil demons and to save the souls of those who have lost hope'. The show saw Angel not just dealing with the lost souls around him but also his own demonic nature. The show held so much potential and could have run for more than its five seasons, however the network decided to cancel Angel near the end of it's 5th season meaning Joss Whedon had to rethink the final episode in order to give it some form of conclusion. The episode ended on a deliberate cliffhanger with the gates to hell quite literally wide open and all sorts of dark spawn taking over LA,Angel and comrades are stood in the pouring rain, weapons ready and as the creatures descend Angel simply looks at the camera and smiling says "Lets go to work"
It's an epic finale for an all out epic show and definitely one to watch.
5) Tru Calling
Tru Calling stars Eliza Dushku as 22 year old Tru Davies, a trainee medical student who takes a job as a morgue assistant. Tru starts reliving days when the dead ask her to help them. The show revolves around Tru trying juggle her life around reliving days and helping the dead live again. It's an exciting show with soap opera elements here and there. However Eliza Dushku brings Tru to life and though she turned down a Faith spinoff from BTVS to star in this series I feel it ultimately paid off despite its short life. True calling aired for 2 seasons between 2003 and 2005. The 2nd and final season really upped the ante and saw Tru trying to figure out if what she was doing was the right thing when a man turns up claiming that she's messing with the natural order of life and it's his job to return things to how they should be...It's a brilliant show and has a lovely little cult following plus the incredibly talented Eliza Dushku, what more could you ask for...oh yeah and actual ending would be nice!
The series ends with more questions than answers and is a bit of a disappointment in all honesty, however don't let it deter you from watching this cool little show which by the way also has an absolutely banging theme tune called 'Somebody help me' by Full Blown Rose.
So, there we have it, my top 5 cancelled TV shows and my reasons why you should check them out...let me know what your top cancelled TV shows :)