I Blame Mr. Neilsen



So the story of my life, or rather my tv life, is my favorite shows being cancelled long before they got to really finish out their storylines. My first experience with this was My So-Called Life, which by the way still stings to think about, and that was only the beginning.

As a naive and innocense high school student I remember watching the last episode of My So-Called Life and being left excited for the new season. I think that was my first real series I ever fell in love with and the first couple I ever really shipped. You should know also that I was Angela and Brian all the way but then I usually pick the unrequited geek love.

My point is, after this dramatic cliff hanger there was never any resolution. It was like 250 years ago and we just have to assume that Angela went off with Jordan and Brian was left standing on the side of the road for all eternity. As a teenager I didn’t understand how it could have gotten cancelled because not enough people watched it because everyone I knew watched it.

Shows that I loved that got cancelled since were (in no particular order):

Dead Like Me – A show I found a while after it had been aired and cancelled but it was such a great show, really clever and great characters.

Veronica Mars – I only watched this recently and now can be added to the fans who are heartbroken that it was cancelled. I have yet to finish out the full series but I have a feeling the ending will only break my heart that much more. It had great writing, great characters and a ship that you just simply can’t get enough of.

Undeclared – I never watched all of this show when it aired and I don’t remember why. I do remember I loved it and intend to finish off watching it. I still think a proper college dark comedy show like this needs to be made.

Swingtown – I don’t know a single other person other than myself and Manly Man who watched this show. It’s hard to explain what was great about this show but

Dirt/The Riches – Both from FX and cancelled about the same time. Both dark and quirky. Both awesome and left with no resolution.

October Road – Silly little teenage drama-type show that had real promise I think and we will never know who the father was.

I want to add in Felicity but truth be told the show fell apart in the second season and only got worse. Hell, I never even watched the last 1/2 of season 3 out of sheer frustration with what the storyline was doing to Noel Crane.


  1. Grant

    September 23, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I’m just now getting into Firefly even though it was unceremoniously canceled in the middle of its first season. Fortunately Joss Whedon stayed dedicated to the cause and managed to give his fans some closure with a couple of graphic novels and the movie Serenity.

  2. Alissa

    September 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

    OMFG! I was listening to the MSCL soundtrack this morning. I think I actually almost cried when that went off the air. It was like real teenagers…not this gossip girl crap.

  3. Amanda

    September 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Well obviously Veronica Mars was the biggest tragedy of them all… But I was bummed about all those shows except for Dirt and the Riches (I don’t get FX) and Swingtown, which I didn’t really like.

  4. subwow

    September 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I heard that Firefly is definitely worth the watch. Thank you for reminding me Mr. Grant. I was really really sad when they killed Homicide. They sort of gave it an “ending” so I was not too traumatized. Now you know how I love Sports Night…

  5. Renee

    September 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

    My So-Called Life has got to remain the best show ever made, hands down. And I don’t just say that from nostalgia. I finally splurged and bought the series (ONLY season) on DVD last year and re-watched it. It’s been 16 years. I was 17 when it was on TV and I’m 33 now. It was just as good from the perspective of the adult with the teenage daughter as it was from the perspective of being the teenage daughter.

    So well-written, acted, directed. I kept wishing it could come back, but knew it wouldn’t be the same. 🙁

  6. jen

    September 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I loved My So Called Life. there was this other show I loved that got cancelled, Joan of Arcadia……..and recently Pushing Daisies!

  7. metalmom

    September 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, the Riches…..*sigh* I hate when that happens. I feel like the kiss of death. As soon as I speak the words, “I LOVE THIS SHOW!!” it gets yanked.

    In case I AM the kiss of death, I apologize to you all.

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