There’s a lot to be said about a great TV show with strong characters and a deep storyline. There are many times I wished life was more like the show I was watching. That’s the beauty and draw of a great show.
What about those amazing creations that no longer exist? I have particular shows that I long to see on television again. Stories and worlds I’d drop everything to watch again, should they ever grace the TV screen for another run at fame.
Starring Damian Lewis as Detective Charlie Crews, “Life” is one of my all-time favorite shows. Because Crews is one of the quirkiest, determined and interesting characters in television. It doesn’t hurt to have the devastating beauty of Sarah Shahi to grace the screen either, but I digress. Imagine being accused of something you didn’t do, being thrust through the justice system and then dumped into prison, for life.
An innocent cop in a penitentiary, living along side the very scum he placed there. Welcome to hell: Charlie gets beaten, stabbed and spends most of his time in solitary confinement or the prison hospital. Wait, it get’s worse. It lasts for twelve years.
But he hangs onto the fact that he’s innocent, until there’s a critical turn of events and he’s exonerated. Whew! Crews gets a rather substantial settlement and can live the high life if he chooses. What does Crews do? He goes back to work—making his new job position part of the settlement. Now he can do the job the right way, with a new perspective. Justice actually matters more than by-the-book cop protocol. Oh, and he can find out who screwed him over in the first place.
The Sad Truth:
Created by NBC, this show only went through two seasons before being pulled leaving fans upset. When 10,000 viewers voluntarily rate the show 8.2 stars out of 10, NBC might have made a mistake.
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“The Six Million Dollar Man” (1974 − 1978)
Some of you might not have been born early enough to grow up with this show, but most kids I know wanted to be Steve Austin. Now, granted, in today’s dollars, he’d be closer to The Six Hundred Million Dollar man, but hey—that’s inflation for you. Created at a time when Sci-Fi had a firm grip on the youth of the country, this is a story I wish would be revamped and aired for my own kids.
The story revolves around an astronaut who tests an experimental craft, which crashes. The government has the means to save Steve Austin, played by Lee Majors, but it’ll cost. The technology is called bionics, which will give him his life back, plus a bit more. Replacing his legs, right arm and his left eye, the Major is instantly endowed with remarkable powers. He can run up to 60 mph, has enhanced strength in his right arm, and has both telescopic and infra-red perks through his eye replacement. The cool part is—he looks completely normal. No psychotic cyborgs in this show.
The only catch is Uncle Sam doesn’t do anything without strings attached. Not only is Steve Austin a test subject for bionics, he is required to work for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent in exchange for his life.
The Sad Truth:
ABC did five seasons, with 99 episodes, six TV movies, and even spin off, “The Bionic Woman,” but there’s no replacing the original. The subject of bionics probably won’t turn the head of Network Exec’s, but come on guys…you did a remake of “The Bionic Woman!” Maybe we can convince the Major to wear a dress?
If I was forced to choose a single show to bring back, “Firefly” would be my pick, hands down. I know millions of cult fans would back me on this. As one of the best creations in television history, “Firefly” was robbed of a glorious lifespan. Its creator, Joss Whedon, intended the show to run for seven years, but FOX kept getting in the way and changing the original plans of the show.
Firefly gives you an experience never before seen—mixing humor, epic-scale danger, riveting characters with skewed backgrounds and the Wild West, all wrapped up in one show. Earth can’t support the population, so generational ships find a new solar system. Planets are either inhabited or terraformed so they can be. Of course, you know that government will always gain control from the locals—which is what happens in a system-wide “Unification War.” The series revolves around Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion, and his crew of brilliant misfits aboard his ship, Serenity.
This is a multi-cultural experience: rich and poor with a deep infusion of Chinese language and customs into daily dialect and traditions. What grabs your attention is the incredible story arcs that crisscross one another throughout the series.
The Sad Truth:
We only had the chance to see the two hour pilot and twelve episodes, all shown out of their original order . But it was more than enough time to fall in love with the characters and the worlds we experienced. You’d think with the ability to pull off “The Avengers,” one of the greatest box office hits in history—Whedon would have the clout to keep this diamond on the air.
Other Shows That Should Have Continued…Because They Could
There are also shows which were so fun and entertaining; I simply can’t understand why they had to end. The story lines were broad enough we could watch them until the actors died of old age. Here are my votes:
“Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” (1998 − 2004)
Based on the UK original, Drew Carey brought some of the biggest laughs to TV in this U.S. remake. The show aired for eight seasons with 220 episodes bursting with jokes, jabs and hysterical improv. Airing on ABC and with three Emmy’s under its belt, I have a hard time believing anyone got tired of this show.
“Star Trek, The Next Generation” (1987 − 1994)
This is the series that sparked spin-offs in every direction and inspired major motion pictures. I grew up watching the original, then watched this show with my dad—all 178 episodes and four films. However, this secondary series made Gene Roddenberry my undisputed Sci-Fi hero. How vast is space? It’s unlimited. So why didn’t we get that number of shows to match?!
“Frasier” (1993 − 2004)
The last show on my list revolves around the most dysfunctional group of misfits I’ve ever had the joy of watching. I’m a huge fan of “Cheers,” which needed to end, but its spin-off child was so much better. A clever, witty sitcom that will forever hold its own among the greats, “Frasier” has been missed. Eleven seasons with 264 episodes just wasn’t enough!
Do you have a particular show you miss more than any other? Wish the networks would put it back on air or do a revamp? leave a comment below and share them with us.
Dwayne Thomas works for Cable TV. He welcomes your feedback on Twitter @DwayneThomas15.