There's a common saying in my house: "Of course it's a great show, they cancelled it". Yes, I am referring to television shows that have ended or been taken off the air and really shouldn't have because us devoted fans loved them so tenderly. And what calls for this post? As alerted to me by the darling Trisha, some astounding women are hosting the Gone But Not Forgotten Blogfest, where the participants are to list our top five favourite TV shows which are no longer running but which reside in a special place in our hearts, specifically, the Taken-Off-The-Air-And-So-I-Tried-To-Assassinate-The-Producers-But-Failed-Dismally place. So, let's kick it off with an obvious one (and these are in no particular order).
1 FIREFLY: "The hero of Canton, the man they call Jayne" is still my alternative to singing the school song at assemblies. I cannot believe that they cancelled this show. Pardon my French, but what the fuck? Don't producers know they have a good thing when they actually have it? Christ almighty. And to just farewell it with that stupid film? Well, at least I can honestly say that if I ever see Nathan Fillion in the street, I'll dip my head and say "Cap'n".
2 DARK ANGEL: Yes, my pretties, that is indeed Miss Jessica and Sir Dean Winchester in a boxing ring. (Hint: She kicks him in the cobblers.) I regret never watching this show right through again, I loved it dearly. James Cameron (Yes, as in Titanic) created this show starring Alba as Max, an escaped genetic experiment, Michael Weatherly as a paraplegic genius, not to mention Sir Ackles as her brotherly Manticore-cellmate Alec. It was amazing, and could've gone for at least another two seasons, and I still think James Patterson ripped it off almost entirely to create his MAXIMUM RIDE series about birdkids who escaped from their military facility captors, or whatever.
3 STARGATE ATLANTIS: It is so incredibly nerdy of me, my friends have told me this already. And I am aware that they were able to actually bring this to some kind of close when they cancelled it, but still. I actually hated SG1 and Universe, but this I loved. I can't actually convey how much I clung to each episode, McKay's inadvertent funniness, Sheppard's lone-slinger act, Ronan's Ronan-ness, the odd humour in the middle of another galaxy. So, these guys find Atlantis, as a city in the Pegasus Galaxy and they go there through the Stargate (You know the stargate, that movie with James Spader in it?) and madness ensues.
4 TERMINATOR - THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES: I explicitly remember watching the last episode of this show's second season, knowing that this was the end. When the credits appeared, the was most definitely a loud "What the fuck?" on my end. Most definitely. This show was the shit, man. Summer Glau, Thomas Dekker and Terminators - not to mention time travel? This show being cancelled just proves that producers will just turf something that will develop a fanbase and constant love and attention in light of a movie with Christian Bale and Sam Worthington that will get press for a few months before dying in the arse because low and behold: Avatar.
5 GILMORE GIRLS: Oh, the wit! The fantastic wit! My, my. I tried very hard to be best friends with my Mum after watching this show. I also blame it for a lot of other things: my talking speed, my constant film referencing (which, I discovered, is not understood as often as it is in this show), my expectations of gentlemen suitors. Oh my. I don't think there will ever be another Gilmore Girls, not in my heart. Why did they cancel this show? WHY? And what have the actors done lately? Starred in a couple CSI episodes or done a straight-to-DVD film? I mean, come on. Rory and Lorelai were Gods in my mind - the epitome of caffeinated fun, the reward of studying for a solid three hours. It made me want to go to Yale, to fall for my own Jess, my own Logan. And I miss it so much. If anyone had any sense, they would have never cancelled this show. Alternatively, they better make a kick-ass movie farewell or so help me God...
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Life, Numb3rs, Veronica Mars
So, what shows do you miss like hell?