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Which television show doesn't (or didn't) get the love it deserves? Why do you think more people should know and love it as you do?

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  • Tru Calling! It was an interesting show, and the end of the last season was just beginning to show what kind of potential it had. Then it was taken off air. Boo. Also, although I know LOST does have a big fan base, I still think it should have more people loving on it! There is so much hidden between the lines that you can watch it a hundred times over and still find new things about it...
  • Ok. 2 shows I'm gonna talk about: 1. American Dreams. Aired on NBC. Was a TV drama about a family growing up in the 1960's. Brandy got me to watch it b/c Kelly Clarkson was on there. And I kept watching b/c I have an old hippie soul. I also love Brittany Snow. Dick Clark's (may he rest in peace) Band Stand was a big part of the show as well, and the show was produced by Dick Clark. The show aired for 3 seasons, and I was sad when it was cancelled. 2. V. Based on the movie, and short-lived 1980's series The visitors." About some half-human, half-lizard aliens who try to take over the world. I thought Morena Baccarin (who played the V High Commander Anna) was hot, and that got me hooked on the show. It only lasted 2 seasons. http://www.facebook.com/v I think both series deserve movies or final episodes, as both season finales were cliff-hangers. Same with "ALF" and "Out of this world." Yes, there are some sci-fi comedies I like. There's probably a lot more shows I could write about, but those are just a few.
  • *finds the tallest rooftop and screams* FRINGE. Our world is full of some incredible unsolved mysteries. Where did the heads on Easter Island come from? What really happened at Area 51? Who kidnapped Lindbergh’s baby? Where is Atlantis? WHY IS NO ONE WATCHING FRINGE? Well, not no one is watching Fringe. It averages millions of viewers a week. Most of these people unfortunately don’t belong to Nielsen households (another mystery in itself—why are networks still relying on this archaic data?), but still. The sad truth of the matter is that viewership has steadily declined since it’s widely-successful first season. I (along with every other fan) blame Fox for its decline, moving the show around to different nights and ultimately throwing it into the dreaded 9 PM Friday night slot, where shows are notoriously sent “to die.” It also didn’t help me much that they moved it to the same time slot as my other favorite show, Supernatural. (And really, if anyone is not watching Fringe because they are watching SPN, they are granted exemption from this argument. :P) It’s won awards here and there, but like SPN, it’s been unjustifiably ignored by the Emmys. So not only are people not tuning into Fringe but continuing to watch reality show drivel, but Fringe and its incredible cast do not get the accolades they deserve for the quality entertainment they bestow upon us. The only thing I can say to people who don’t watch Fringe: You’re missing out. Terribly. It’s so difficult to write about what makes Fringe as special as it is, so I’ll just be plainly succinct: It’s phenomenally written. It’s creative and clever. It surprises you at every turn. It has a cast you love and care about fiercely. It makes your brain hurt, but in a good way that leaves you craving for more. It sucks you in. It’s addicting. You will never ever want it to end. I’d like to provide an easy resolution for this problem and say: “Go watch it. Now.” But...I really can’t. See, the problem with Fringe is that the storyline is so advanced and complex and up to its ears in its own mythology that if you turned it on today, well into season four, you’d basically be all o_____O the entire hour. Maybe you’d laugh at one of Walter’s comments or be charmed by Josh Jackson or morbidly delight in some gory gunk pooling from some poor victim’s every cavity, but you’ll be confused. Definitely. The only way to enjoy Fringe is from the very start. It may take you a while (or not!) to catch up (and would you make it in time? D:) and I’d be insanely envious of anyone who has almost 100 unseen episodes of Fringe to take in, but it’s worth it far more than I can preach here. Fringe needs to get a fifth season. If only a 13-ep truncated conclusion. It pains me that the writers of the show proclaim they have seven seasons of material and there’s no way the entirety of that will come to pass. All I can ask for is a proper ending to the greatest show I’ve ever watched. And wonder, wistfully, if there will ever come a show that will fill the void this one will eventually leave. Over at TV-Line, who keeps track of renewal statuses and gut-feelings: Fringe: A long-shot. Could go either way. A safe bet. A sure thing. Look at that! The little show that could! ;_; Now we must all be extremely patient and await the news...according to some direct sources, it should be coming real soon...this is so nerve-wracking...I just heard that they filmed two different endings for the last episode of season 4....ahhhhhh. Bugging out completely. I can’t live without this show. /O\ I can’t even wait the seven more hours till tonight’s new episode. #AcrossTheUniverse :)
  • Cougar Town!! It is so hilarious, I feel bad for the people who don't have it in their lives. I think maybe that they're put off by the name - I mean, she started off as a cougar but now it's just a cute little comedy about the cul-de-sac crew :) Oh, and there's wine, lots of it.
  • The dollhouse was an AWESOME show. It only had two seasons and yeah I didn't know about it until after it was aired. I found it on Netflix but it was very well done and the acting was wonderful and very versatile. The actors and the plot had me hooked and I couldn't stop watching until I had finished both seasons and was left pretty satisfied with the untimely ending but wishing for more.
  • I missed this one as I was on a canal boat with no internet (in a snow storm) but I have to speak up for my beloved neglected shows.  Two great programmes that only got one season and should have been continued:  Odyssey 5 and Moonlight. Odyssey 5 was a great sci-fi/mystery story that encompassed humour, romance, supernatural, conspiracy and a few nods to Star Trek.  It had a knowing, tongue in cheek feel to it that made it fun to watch. Moonlight was an engaging mix of detective, vampire and romance story.  It was quite traditional in some ways but with a humorous twist that kept it from getting stodgy.  I particularly love the portrayal of the vampires as almost human (but not human) rather than the evil one-dimensional creatures of the old Hollywood movies.
  • Supernatural! Duh!
  • Ringer is a favorite new show of mine, and I've read online that it will probably be cancelled due to low ratings. I'm so bummed! It's a classy show and I look forward to every episode. Those of you who have been selected by the Nielson Company -- would you please start watching it immediately to boost the ratings? Pleeeease?
  • Quantum Leap. It did and does have a cult following, but it deserves so much more love and attention than what it's gotten. This show changed my life. It was the very first obsession I had as a child, and it had a very big impact on me. It was the very first show I ever remember watching with my mother on a weekly basis. She was the one that got me into it, as a matter of fact. When the show first started, I remember her going on and on about this amazing program about a guy who travels through time and leaps into other people's lives. I was nine years old at the time, and I was just going to watch the show once out of curiosity. I was wondering how this "leaping" thing worked, but I really didn't think it would be something that would hold my interest since I was still so young. I don't even remember which episode it was that I saw first, but it was definitely something from the first season. I just remember loving it, and that was that. Every single week after that, my mother and I always tuned in together until the show was canceled five seasons later. Even after that, they continued to air reruns of the program for years. I was thirteen when it was canceled, but I kept on watching it regularly all through my teenage years. I didn't have a very clear memory of a lot of the episodes since I was so young when it started, and it was like watching a lot of the episodes for the first time. And now I'm at a point where I've watched them so many times, I have most of them memorized. It's pretty sad :P Around the time I went to college, I lost track of the show. I didn't have as much time to watch television, and by the time college was over, they had stopped showing ruruns. It was nowhere to be found, and I missed it for quite a while. They released the series on DVD about ten years ago, but I didn't get it. I figured I had already seen the episodes so many times, so what was the point? Yeah, I don't know what I was thinking. I think by that point, I had just simply forgotten what an amazing show this was and how much I loved it. And then just a couple months ago, I found out that it's airing once again, and on a video gaming network of all things. Go figure. It brought back so many memories for me and reminded me exactly why this show was so special to me. I finally gave in and bought the entire series on DVD, because I knew I'd be heartbroken when it disappears from the airwaves again. One of the show's biggest recurring themes was discrimination in a variety of situations, and it often put the main character, Sam on the receiving end of it. This show was honestly the first time I really ever encountered a lot of these issues. It touched on racism and sexism a lot, but it even included a few various physical and mental disabilities, and one episode even dealt with homosexuality. At the time, that was some shocking shit to me, but it really opened my eyes. Sam was the quintessential good guy. He always tried to do what was right, and he was open to everyone and everything, and you can't help but love him and want to be like him. Seeing him in the position of the being the target of discrimination made me realize that it isn't ever okay for any reason. One episode in particular that really stuck with me was Running for Honor, which dealt with homosexuality. Sam leaps into Tommy, a student at a Naval academy when it's discovered that his roommate is gay. The roommate is going to be the victim of a hate crime, which Sam has to prevent. There are rumors swirling around as to what Tommy's sexual orientation is as well. It's never clarified one way or the other, and at the end of the episode after Sam sets everything right, his friend Al asks, "One thing I can't figure out - was Tommy gay or not?" Sam replies with the last line of the episode, "Does it matter?" That line has stayed with me ever since, because no, it doesn't, and that's what Sam taught me. Not just where homosexuality is concerned, but with everything. Ever since the show was canceled, there have been rumors circulating about a movie, because the last episode ended on a very dissatisfying note. The producers were counting on being picked up for a sixth season, so they left it on a bit of a cliffhanger. When the show was unexpectedly canceled, the cliffhanger was what we got for the series finale. There are so many unanswered questions, and the producers have kicked around the idea of doing either a TV movie or a feature film to tie things up. At first, I was all for this. A movie based on my favorite show - hell yeah! Only now, since it's been nearly twenty years since the show ended, they don't want the original cast back. They're deemed "too old" now, and if this movie ever does get made (which I still highly doubt, because they've been talking about it forever!), it's going to be with completely new and younger actors playing the original roles. Um, no. The original cast was part of what made the show so memorable. The two original actors, Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell had so much chemistry together and they embodied their roles. No one else can be those two characters for me. I know Dean is getting on in years. He's 76 years old now and he hasn't worked since 2009, so I can see if wouldn't be able to do it, but Scott is only 57. That's about the same age that Dean was when the show ended, so it's utterly ridiculous to say he's too old. Moreover, Scott is still acting, and he's always said he would absolutely love to do the role of Sam again if the opportunity ever came up. To deprive him and the audience of that just because they've waited so long to make a damn movie really irritates me. It isn't out of the realm of possibility just to have the movie take place twenty years after the fact. I think it would be terribly fascinating to see what's become of the characters since we last left them. If Dean can't do the movie, they could explain his absence by just having the character pass away. It would be depressing as all hell, but I think it would make for a really interesting plot to see how Sam would handle that and what Project Quantum Leap would do without Al. ...And I don't need another idea to write a fanfiction about :P I don't think I could even fathom writing Sam without Al anyway. What a crazy idea! Speaking of which, this show was the very first thing I ever did write fanfiction about! I didn't know that was what it was called at the time, but I was in my early teens, and I started a bunch of different ones. I never finished a single story, which I never did back then. I actually recently came across one of the stories I started about it. It's called On Thin Ice, and god, is it bad. But seriously, if you ever do come across this show in reruns, give it a watch, because it's amazing <3
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