Our writers nominated My So-Called Life
and Utopia as the best shows killed before their time. Now, our readers share theirs
After our writers listed the best TV programmes cut down in their prime by foolish and short-sighted network bosses, our readers responded in kind.
Some of these shows lasted a few years, only to be cancelled just as they were beginning to make sense of their various narrative strands.Police
Squad! In Color.
Cancelled after a measly six episodes, it remains an utter joy, not just for its relentless stream of jokes but the absolutely straight face with which it was played by Leslie Nielsen
and Alan North
Great premise. Angels, flesh-eating ghosts and teenage shit. Dark, unsettling and beautifully comic. Leads all excellent and there was something special and sparkly about Daniel Kaluuya
from the off.
Then there was Carnivàle which ran for just two seasons 2003-2005 – first episode set a record for an original series – four more series were planned running from post depression America to the after effects of Hiroshima – too strong for the powers that were and so the show was cancelled. Check out Carnivàle and the American grotesque (2015).
Trevor's World of Sport. Fabulously witty writing from Andy Hamilton
and Guy Jenkins
Outcasts. First serious Sci-Fi attempt on the BBC in god knows how long, featuring a doomed Earth, religious cultists, and unknown alien presence, racism, and many other interesting plot threads and what did they do?
Well they changed the timeslot and even air date every bloody week and then cancelled it due to low viewers.Almost Human
- Karl Urban
as an amputee cop with a robot partner (Michael Ealy
). Featured Mackenzie Crook
as a tech boffin.Second Chance
- Rob Kazinsky
as a genetically "reborn" younger version of a murdered corrupt ex-sheriff.Farscape
. Great show that was supposed to run for five series but got binned at the end of series four. Fan complaints got a "miniseries" made to tie up the loose ends but it was a bit crap. A really good, weird, grown-up scfi show. With evil Muppets in it (it was made by Jim Henson
', which BBC cancelled in 2012, had huge potential and an excellent cast. Never understood why it stopped after 2 very good 'seasons' (awful Americanism). Romola Garia, Ben Wilshire, Dominic West
....it stood out as outstanding, thoughtful television.
Futurama. Better than the Simpsons and canned at exactly the wrong moment when the audience was about to be allowed the technology to start paying for it