Don't you just hate it when they cancel your favorite TV show? A show that has been a staple in your life for at least a couple of years? And every year you wait impatiently for its premiere day, marking it on your calendar months in advance, watching trailer after trailer of the upcoming season and possibly even sneaking a peek at the spoilers? And then, all of a sudden, the show comes to end; you hear the dreaded phrase "series finale," and think, "No! They can't do this! So what if the show has already been on for five plus years; what will I watch now?"
Well, this has certainly happened to me a couple of times, which is why I bring you: TV shows that should make a comeback.
Friends (Sitcom/Comedy): This hilarious show was on the air for ten years (possibly older than some of you), so it was obviously a huge success. But my guess is that the cast probably wanted to pursue new projects, both on screen and off, thus ending the show. However, did they realize they'd be leaving the public's Thursday night with a void of nothing to watch? I for one can say that I miss Chandler's sarcastic wisecracks, Monica's cleaning obsession, Rachel's comedic "realness," Ross' clumsy demeanor, Joey's goofball mentality, and Phoebe's innocent bluntness.
Seinfeld (Sitcom/Comedy): Frequently deemed one of the funniest shows to ever be on television, this show about "nothing'’ certainly gained praise quickly for it quirky characters and comedic performances. My favorite thing about this show are the real-life situations — I often find myself saying, "This is just like that one episode of Seinfeld."
MTV's Fanatic (Reality): Though this show doesn't make it into my top five or even ten favorite shows of all time, I always thought the premise of the show was sincere yet stimulating. The overall gist of MTV's Fanatic was to allow the ultimate fan to meet their all-time idol. The best part of the show was when the ultimate fan first saw their idol in person and either: cried, screamed, panicked, freaked out, jumped around, or practically tackled their idol.
Boston Public (Comedy/Drama): Only on the air for four years, Boston Public presented the story of ten faculty members at a high school in Boston, Massachusetts. The series followed them as they'd take on dealing with trouble-makers and having a personal life, all the while trying to maintain their sanity. This show forced suburban homes to see what it was really like to be a teacher in a rough part of town, bringing attention to the problems facing inner-city schools.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Action/Drama/Fantasy): Oh, how I miss this show. It provided me my weekly viewing of action, drama, and fantasy with a touch of comedy all rolled up into one hour. As mentioned in my entry on the Five Best Female Superheroes, Buffy Summers is a self-sufficient, take charge, mature, and butt-kicking superhero who not only never lets her down, but always manages to look good while fighting the forces of evil in Sunnydale.
Gilmore Girls (Drama/Comedy/Family): Out of all the television shows on my list, this would be by far the one show that I'd love to have back on the air the most. For me, it's the characters that made Gilmore Girls a one of kind show: there was the mother and daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, with their fast-talking natures and crazy food consumption habits. There were also the haughty yet amusing Richard and Emily Gilmore, the highly-driven yet over-stressed Paris Gellar, and the quirky townspeople of Stars Hollow. In addition to the unique characters, the writing took the show above and beyond its competitors, as obscure pop culture references were frequently thrown into the fast-paced dialogue, always leaving the viewer learning more about literature, history, music, and the arts.
So, how about you? Any of your favorite shows get the axe? Which ones would you like to see back on the air?
— Carly M., STACKS Staffer