I didn’t watch a lot of television before I got married. I had my soap opera and maybe a couple of favorites, but I really wasn’t that into T.V.. Boy, how things change! I will admit (but completely blame my husband for) to being hooked on the box. I get tempted to feel badly over my guilty pleasure, but I chalk it up as homework for the hit series that I will eventually write. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I’m a newbie to Netflix and as I eagerly went through their library, I thought about shows that I loved, but were taken off the air too soon. Here are my favorite science fiction shows that I wish were still being created:
John Doe: The drama featured Dominic Purcell as John Doe; a man who awoke on a mysterious island knowing about EVERYTHING except for who he was. He would help the local police station solve crimes as he attempted to figure out who he was and why a strange group called Phoenix kept chasing him. Set in the beautiful Seattle, there were sadly only 21 episodes.
The 4400: The premise of The 4400 was that in 2004, 4,400 people who had gone missing over a span of the last 58 years suddenly appear on the edge of a lake after a comet goes by. They haven’t aged, they don’t remember anything and we eventually learn that basically all of them have a new special gift. Starring Joel Gretsch, Peter Coyote, Billy Campbell and a host of others, we watch as they learn who they are, what their abilities are and how they deal with the world as others realize just how different they have become. There were books written that helped to end the show after it was cancelled, but I haven’t read them yet.
The Pretender: Jarod, played by Michael T. Weiss, was a genius raised at a place called The Centre. They used his gifts for evil and he was forced to run. He had the ability to become anyone that he needed to be while trying to hide from The Centre, always helping those in need as he came across them. The show was on for four seasons and spawned two T.V. movies, but still leaves the series unresolved. The creators insist that they have had an ending available, but have been unable to create it for one reason or another.
X-Files: This list would be incomplete without mentioning X-Files. The series ran from 1993 to 2002 and it still wasn’t long enough for those of us who were die-hard fans. Starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents, they worked unsolved cases that always included a touch of the paranormal. There were two subsequent movies, but in my humble opinion, they did not capture what was special about the show itself.
Eureka: Eureka just ended in July of this year after 5 seasons and my whole family was heartbroken. Starring Colin Ferguson as the Sheriff, we enjoy the quirky antics of a town made up of all scientific geniuses (except our loveable Sheriff). Most of the residents work for the Global Dynamics where there are always interesting accidents happening with their experiments. I was lucky enough to be able to see some of the cast in person at Dragon Con a few years back and they were as funny and charming off-screen as they were on-screen.
Well, that covers today’s trip down television memory lane. What shows have you really missed and wish they would bring back?
xoxo ~ Melissa