Aspiring writer (particularly in film & music). Pop culture enthusiast.
Published December 19th 2011
When you look back on all the great television series that have come and gone, it's not hard to get nostalgic for the ones that will never air new episodes again due to being cancelled before their time was up. If you've never seen the following shows before then you are definitely missing out on some brilliant television, but part of me doesn't want you to start the show because you'll only be disappointed when it ends abruptly.
1. Veronica Mars
Where do I begin to explain Veronica Mars? She's short, she's feisty, she's your regular smart mouthed badass. Veronicas Dad was the county sheriff but after her best friend was murdered he was removed from the force. Veronica spends her High School years trying to solve the mystery of her best friend, and other strange things that happen in the small town of Neptune. I don't understand why this only lasted three seasons? It didn't end properly either, so I just like to think of my own scenarios for how the show really ended. It helps me get through the lonely nights when I remember that there will never be a new Veronica Mars episode.
2. Freaks & Geeks Freaks & Geeks is pure genius. One of the greatest high school shows that have ever been made. The casting was impeccable. James Franco, Jason Segal, Busy Phillips, Seth Rogen and not to mention that it was created by Judd Apatow.
3. Firefly Joss Whedon is spectacular. He created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse and much more. He's brilliant. Firefly is a cult classic that people still complain about it not being on the air. It's based five hundred years into the future. A renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft and do what they can to try to survive as they travel through the galaxy and hide from The Alliance.
4. Arrested Development If you've never seen an episode of Arrested Development, you are missing out. Big time. The show follows the life of Michael Bluth as he takes over his families problems after his father has gone to prison. His family are completely dysfunctional and he feels he's the one who has to keep it all together. I don't want to give anything anyway, this show is hilarious. The less you know going in, the better it is.
5. My So-Called Life/Party Down I really couldn't choose between these two shows. In fact I even had another list of shows that could easily fit into this list, but less is more.
Party Down is brilliant. That's all I'm going to say. Two seasons was not enough.
My So-Called Life is based on the life of a 15 year old girl called Angela Chase. The episodes take you back to when you were in High School dealing with boys, friendships, peer pressure and parents. Unfortunately it only lasted or one season. In fact it was a half season. Nineteen episodes doesn't count, especially when it ended abruptly.