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11 September 2009 @ 10:04 am
Yesterday's random discussion of so many of my favorite quirky shows being cancelled led me to ponder this poll:

Which of these bizarre shows have you seen and liked?

Pushing Daisies
Dead Like Me (going for a theme here)
Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles
Arrested Development
John Doe
Mysterious Ways (Hey, it was set in Portland)
Action ("You shame me! I have no more goats!")
American Gothic
Nowhere Man
Twin Peaks (before S2 got weird in a bad way)
The Days And Nights of Molly Dodd
Max Headroom

I could have put more up there-- Wolf Lake, for instance-- but I thought that was pretty fringy even amid all this other fringe stuff.

What shows have you loved and lost because they were "too weird for television?"

The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on September 11th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
You totally need to add Prison Break :) What do you say? It *didn't* get cancelled after one season? *lalallalala, I can't hear you* ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB slashhalfshellvenus on September 11th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Haha! I SHOULD have been cancelled after one season- or "concluded" at that point, anyway. My husband never tires of making that point, and considering where it all went afterward.. who can argue with that?

Though the SONA parts of S3 sure offered some great opportunities for writing crack!Fic. :0
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Deadbeat Nymph: sammy nosedeadbeat_nymph on September 11th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
A lot of the shows on your list I haven't seen, so I couldn't click them.

I did see the first few eps of Pushing Daisies. I was poised to like it, and I loved it aesthetically, but it just never clicked for me for some reason. I never thought it was bad, it just didn't have that thing, you know?
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on September 11th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
I feel the same way. It had some good ideas and execution, but in a lot of way it felt a bit too love with itself to be truly accessible to outsiders.

Personally, based on season 2, I would rather have watched a show about Emerson and his dog trainer girlfriend fighting crime with Ned and Chuck as guest stars and supporting characters at the most ;) And yes, that means I could have done without Olive and the cookie aunts alltogether.
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heliokleia: DEXTER IC - FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURheliokleia on September 11th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
OMG... you really remember Max Headroom, my dear Mme Venus?
- It must be ...nearly 20 years, if I remember right...^^
*drifts back to old memories*
Umm... I have to confess that I had a little crush on Matt Frewer, there...^^

And it also makes me smile that you've added American Gothic to your list. I loved that show!
Because since I watched Gary Cole in Midnight Caller, I've became a big fan of him. He's a really great actor and AG, created by Shaun Cassidy, was like made for him (IMHO)^^.

Finally, not to forget to mention MILLENIUM. The 1st season was great, really great and Lance Henriksen was perfect in his role.
Unfortunately - like in so many shows - at the 2nd season, the creator & his team started to drive nuts, and that's it!

The more I appreciate your poll about all this half-forgotten but temporarily great shows, my dear Mme Venus, and I have to thank you for bringing back all those wonderful memories to me.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 11th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're right, Max Headroom must have been about 20 years ago (even 21). I was watching it around the time I moved from Illinois to California, and it was the most fascinating thing on television. Which means it was, of course, doomed...

American Gothic was marvelous-- Gary Cole playing the Devil as a small-town sherrif was cracktastic. He was MADE for that role. And the fact that its dark humor came from the mind of Shaun Cassidy, of all people, only made it that much more interesting!

Nowhere Man came out the same year, and it has a wonderful surrealism that I really enjoyed. The main character is kind of a jerk, and he goes out for dinner one night with his wife and when he comes back from the bathroom she's gone, his identity is gone, and the universe is off to the beginning of kicking him in the ass! \o/

I loved S1 of Millenium, both for Lance Henriksen and for his tortured character. That was all I really needed, and when S2 started to introduce some meaningless mytharc about "Owls and Roosters" I was disappointed. And I'm sure that's what ultimately killed it, too. The only good thing about S2 (other than Terry O'Quinn being such a hotass in a way that I totally don't go for except when my hormones are louder than my brain), was C.C.H. Pounder as a Seattle coroner. I adore her, and that was the first major thing I'd seen her do after "Bagdad Cafe" (which had a different name in Europe). She was smart, authoritative, and marvelous in her 6 or so Millenium episodes. *sigh* Good times!
devon99 on September 11th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I LOVED Twin Peaks season one, loved it. Everyone at school watched it and we used to spend ages talking about it and drooling over Agent Cooper. I was disappointed in the way it ended and the direction the show took, but even amongst all that, there was still plenty to make it stand out for me against other shows.

I also loved American Gothic. The cast were all fabulous in that show and it was a shame that it was dropped. I used to sit down and watch with my mum, it was a show that we both enjoyed.

I also was a big fan of season one Millenium. It was unapologetically dark and bleak until it got weird and annoyed me, but I still watched. They show repeats of it here all the while.

I've never heard of a few shows on this list. They probably never got picked up for broadcast over here.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 11th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, S1 of Twin Peaks... it was so utterly creepy that it bordered on giving me nightmares, and S2 was such an utter departure from the original mood. Agent Cooper cracked me up, though the Sherrif was more my type. ;)

American Gothic was my husband's favorite during its year (Nowhere Man was mine). Not only was Gary Cole fantastic in it (and the premise!), but it introduced us all to Lucas Black, who was an incredible child actor. "Sling Blade" came directly out of that.

I loved S1 Millenium too, but not so much S2 (other than CCH Pounder, as I've said, and if the "Demons at the Donut Shop" was S2, then that episode rocked!). The idea of someone having psychic powers, but them being good for nothing but to torture him, was all the show I needed. And Lance Henriksen was just wonderful.

For the other shows, most of them are on DVD now-- including "Action" and "Nowhere man" (both are in my Netflix Q to rewatch). Did you ever get "Wonderfalls"? That was the girl working at the Niagara Falls gift shop who suddenly finds inanimate objects talking to her, and all of them want to tell her something important... but always so cryptically that it's completely unhelpful! That's my kind of show. ;)
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Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on September 11th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I liked Wolf Lake. I'm in a fandom of one, like. but there you go.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 11th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I did too-- I have a weakness for Lou Diamond Phillips anyway, but I got a kick out of the show.

And the episode where they were holding a support group meeting for the Werewolf version of AA ("How to avoid eating people") was hilarious!
Chat Noir: brain trustmaster_chatnoir on September 12th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
Great poll. I'd add Harsh Realm to my list. A Fox show that didn't even make it thru the whole season. oy. But it had great slash potential!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 12th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I had to Google "Harsh Realm," so apparently I never watched it. Slash potential is always good, though. Houston Knights! One of the slashiest non-slash shows ever, after Starsky & Hutch and The Sentinel! \~/
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mercurybard on September 12th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
If I didn't click it, it was either one I'd never heard of (strict viewing rules in the household when I was growing up) or "John Doe", which just never grabbed me.

I need to watch "Dead Like Me"...I love "Pushing Daises" and "Wonderfalls". oracleazure recently told me in a meme that I remind her of the main character in "Dead Like Me".
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on September 12th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
I loved Dominic in "John Doe," of course, but also his awkwardness/savant combination, and that he so badly wanted to know who he really was. And he was gorgeous. ;)

"Dead Like Me" is so off-the-wall snarky and dry-- you should definitely see it! It's actually my favorite of the 3 Bryan Fuller shows, and I loved all of them. :D
happy is as happy does: Dude - SPNhappywriter06 on September 12th, 2009 05:04 am (UTC)
Of the ones listed, 'Action' and 'American Gothic'. Still kinda mad about AG. I forget which channel it was on but that network screwed that show over from what I can remember. It was always moving around. It wasn't the kind of show that you could pick up in the middle.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 12th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
God, for awhile there I was thinking that NO-ONE except me and my husband watched 'Action,' but I freakin' loved it. It's in my Netflix DVD queue to rewatch now (and I might pick up some of the episodes that never aired that way, because networks pull that crap all the time. What happened to the final episodes of S2 of Pushing Daisies, for instance?)

American Gothic was sly genius, and Gary Cole was just wonderful. My husband adored it, so we chased it around the TV schedule like bloodhounds to make sure we didn't miss it.
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colleenish: smirk!Arthur bycolleenish on September 12th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
American Gothic, with Gary Cole, YES! I had loved him in Midnight Caller, but I had no idea he could be that deliciously creepy.

I adored Wonderfalls.

S1 Twin Peaks - I still consider it some of the best television I have ever seen. Everyone I knew was into Agent Dale Cooper, but, me? Sheriff Harry S Truman was the bee's knees. Actually, Michael Ontkean was involved in my first inkling that I might, just possibly, find homoerotica appealing, when I saw him with Harry Hamlin in Making Love. Jeez, I'd forgotten about that.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 12th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Yes, it was Sheriff Truman who did it for me too. SO much more my type, and I also remember that movie with Harry Hamlin. MMmmmmmmmm-- slash. That and Twin Peaks are actually the ONLY things I remember him from. :0

I'm glad there are more than a couple of us who have seen "Action" too, though the low count shows why there was only part of one season. But mainly, I think it scared its own network, even though all the swear words were bleeped out (which was part of the point of that whole show!).

Do remember Sandra Bullock making an appearance in one of the early episodes? The Jay Mohr character was trying to turn it into "Yeah, she's into me" and I think she climbed over his desk and knocked him back onto the floor with "If you ever call me again, I'll have you arrested!" So awesome. :)
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