While many TV shows linger and linger in programming blocks for years, others are cut short before they really have a chance to thrive. Which television shows should come back to TV?
Freaks and Geeks
” Freaks and Geeks ” left TV after just one season, back in 2000. Why was it canceled? Probably because it was just too good. With a cast that included the likes of James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen, how else can this be explained?
While 18 episode were ordered, NBC only aired 12. Fans campaigned to get 3 more, and you can see the entire season in syndication. The show was set in the 1980s, which could explain why it never hit with audiences. However, “Freaks and Geeks” still has a big cult following.
My So-Called Life
When ” My So-Called Life ” arrived in 1995, teenage girls everywhere breathed a sigh of relief — and then promptly fell in love with Jordan Catalano. Claire Danes lit up the small screen as Angela, so much so that she quickly graduated to movie roles and refused to continue the show. Since the first and only season ended on a cliffhanger, it’s an upsetting turn of events for fans who are still clamoring for more.
Is there any possibility that Danes and Jared Leto will reprise their roles to give us a “So-Called” reunion? Maybe in another 20 years.
” Ringer ” was Sarah Michelle Gellar’s triumphant return to the CW, her first TV series since “Buffy,” and it was fantastic. Chock-full of mystery, drama and juicy twists, “Ringer” kept fans hanging on until the bittersweet cliffhanger season finale. The show was well-received on iTunes, got good traffic on Twitter and earned decent ratings for a CW show. So why was it canceled? This is just another “Ringer” mystery we’ll never solve.
Honorable Mention: Star Trek
More than most television shows, “Star Trek” did get a chance — many, in fact. After a truncated 3-season stint that ended in 1969, an animated series was introduced for two short seasons in the 1970s. Then the show came back as “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
It ran for 7 seasons and spawned two spin-offs: “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” After “Voyager” ended its run in 2001, “Star Trek: Enterprise” was quickly introduced and ran for 5 seasons.
Clearly “Star Trek” is capable of coming back to TV, and clearly this world has something more to offer its loyal base of fans. If any show should come back, it’s this one.