We will never understand why some shows (*cough* Two and a Half Men *cough*) get twelve seasons, and other FAR superior shows only get one or two (We're looking at you, Fox…). In an attempt to balance the scales, here is our homage to five shows that got axed before their time.
5. My So Called Life
Jared Leto has literally made one good choice in his career, and it was Jordan Catalano. Let's all agree to live in a world where My So Called Life lived on and 30 Seconds to Mars never happened. And. Do. You. Re. Mem. Ber. His. Chokers?!?!?!?! If you don't (or if you do), (re)watch the one and only season of Angela Chase's angst-filled quest for identity, sexual awakening, and the perfect red bob, and Jordan Catalano's choker-strewn quest for more chokers.
For fans of: Degrassi, flannel, Dawson's Creek, 90s fashion, not 30 Seconds to Mars, Freaks and Geeks, Felicity
4. Witches of East End
THE ONLY GOOD SHOW TO EVER BE ON LIFETIME WE STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY IT GOT CANCELLED THIS MAKES NO SENSE YOU NEVER DO ANYTHING RIGHT LIFETIME!! It features Madchen Amick (Shelly from Twin Peaks), Jenna Dewan Tatum (the first star to Step It Up), and Julia Ormond that you'll recognize from things. Oh, and they're all witches! It's got a sexy animagus, a mega-hottie-love-triangle, sister-swapping, a seance-inspiring wardrobe, century-spanning soul mates, and oh yeah, they're all witches. It lasted two (UGH!!!) seasons and ends on a cliffhanger because OBVI YOU DIDN'T TELL THEM THEY WERE GETTING CANCELLED LIFETIME BECAUSE YOU'RE THE WORST, but regardless, you should still watch it immediately. Just…you know…guard your hearts more than we did.
For fans of: Charmed, covens, AHS: Coven, witches, magic, Sabrina the Teenage Witch
3. Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars is one of the most badass female characters to ever appear on screen. She's our generation's Nancy Drew, if Nancy Drew enjoyed tasing people and was quick with the quips. The show lasted three short seasons, and revolved around an ex-Sheriff-turned-P.I.'s daughter that had a knack for putting away murderers and dog-nappers and everyone in between. You know all those moments when you come up with the *perfect* comeback 5 minutes or two weeks too late? That NEVER happens to Veronica. Live out your Quick Comeback Fantasies with Veronica and her kooky band of misfit friends. Plus she tases people.
(And if you're worried about getting addicted, praise Kickstarter because there's a movie that ties up all the loose ends that we may or may not have seen about 22 times *and counting*.)
For fans of: tasing, Jessica Jones, Sherlock, spicy little firecracker Polly Pockets, justice
2. Freaks and Geeks
The only struggle you'll have with watching Freaks and Geeks is deciding who you love more: the freaks or the geeks. It centers on Lindsay & Sam Weir, a freak and geek (respectively) sibling duo and their friends. Most of the show's budget was spent on music, so just mull that over for a moment. The soundtrack alone is enough of a reason to watch the show, but let us give you a few more: It was the first time we as a nation met Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Martin Starr, and Busy Phillips. It was the TV baby of Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, who would not come together again until Bridesmaids. Each episode contained real life experiences from the writers, which makes it one of the most genuine shows ever to hit television. It was so genuine, in fact, that it got cancelled after one season because the station exec thought the characters didn't get enough "victories". Um...cue all of our high school experiences. Was he home schooled or...? Just like the girl in the cafeteria tells Lindsay that she wishes she had never heard American Beauty so she could listen to it again for the first time, we wish we could watch F&G again for the first time.
For fans of: My So Called Life, music, nostalgia, The Breakfast Club, love, Love, That 70s Show, the awkward fashion transition between the 70s and 80s
Hey Fox, next time you get handed one of the most brilliant shows ever, maybe air the episodes in order. Oh and hey Fox, when Joss Whedon creates a Sci Fi-Western hybrid that's as beautiful as Benedict Cumberbatch is INSIDE AND OUT, you don't just throw it in the garbage like Ross Gellar's Moistmaker sandwich. The theme song to the show states "You can't take the sky from me"...but clearly the writer of the song (Joss MF Whedon) had never met the Fox execs. It features outlaws, strong female characters, an interracial couple, and a dislike for a government prone to starting wars....so no wonder Fox sabotaged it. It's Joss's favorite of his creations, which is saying a lot coming from the man that brought us Buffy and The Avengers. Like Veronica Mars, the fans were loud enough that we got a movie to wrap up the loose ends: Serenity. Like Joss, there's no place we'd rather be than on board Serenity....but we'll settle for our couches marathoning (Yes Spell Check, "marathoning" is a word now) Firefly and Serenity...again...for days on end...again.
For fans of: Buffy, Star Trek, space, westerns, space westerns, Han Solo, rebels, not Fox, Quantum Leap