I remember that year specifically, because sadly, that’s the year Robin Williams passed away. He starred in a new comedy show called The Crazy Ones, that too was cancelled after one season – although in this case, there was no way for them to return anyway. So obviously we’re not counting that show today. There’s still plenty to lament though – five top picks plus honourable mentions, so let’s get on with it.
One Season TV Shows
That Deserved Another Shot
Pan Am (ABC): a period drama that follows a group of stewardesses and pilots from the iconic american airline, starring Mike Vogel, Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie. Pan Am was nice, but kinda cheesy and cheap looking sometimes, so I understand the decision to cancel it. Still, it was an international success and I wish Amazon had indeed picked it up because, despite its flaws, I’m sure period drama fans were thoroughly entertained.
The Michael J. Fox Show (NBC): a sitcom starring Michael J. Fox as a an anchorman who goes back to work after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It was a novel concept, but ultimately the characters, particularly the supporting ones, weren’t strong enough. A couple more seasons could, maybe, fix that.
Hello Ladies (HBO) Stephen Merchant played an Englishman living in LA and looking for love – he’s awkward and not that likeable so hilarity ensues. Perhaps a little hard to digest for mass audiences, but if you enjoy Merchant’s humour, you’ll probably like it.
05. Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23 (ABC)
Kicking off this list is a show that technically had two seasons. I know it sounds like I’m cheating, but if a season doesn’t air, does it even exist? After its first season ended, Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23 had a chaotic comeback: there was a rerun of some episodes from season one and a few new ones actually airing – but quickly it was cancelled and taken off the air, before season two was complete. ABC put the remaining eight episodes on Hulu, which is the same as throwing them over a cliff.
Did it deserve a (full) second season? No doubt this wasn’t a great show, but it was good enough. Starring Jessica Jones’s Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker (Compliance) and James Van Der Beek as James Van Der Beek (hilarious), it was a fun and silly sitcom where good acting often compensated what was somewhat lazy writing. Not sure how long it could go on, but definitely for a while longer?? Eh. I promise we’re raising the bar next. A little bit.
04. Trophy Wife (ABC)
Number four is another sitcom (in fact they all are, fragile birds), that housed some really good actors. Malin Åkerman had the main role and was pretty funny as a party girl and latest wife of middle aged lawyer Pete, played by Bradley Whitford – whom I especially enjoy watching. Supporting cast included Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins as Pete’s ex-wives, and the plot derived mostly from the interactions between them all (plus his three kids).
Did it deserve a second season? It was well acted and written, but maybe its characters weren’t strong enough – especially when you look at comedy hits like Modern Family. Still, a couple more seasons would give it a shot to build upon what was a solid enough foundation, so I’m saying yes.
03. Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
Alright now we’re talking good shows. This short lived romantic comedy series starred Alaneigh Tipton (whom I love) and Jake McDorman, and was set in modern day New York. It aimed for a playful and clever take on the expectations and ways single men and women date/live nowadays – so it was fun, and cute, and tried to keep it real, but not so real you’d be depressed. Perhaps it lacked the bite of other shows that have same concept, or maybe it just wasn’t marketed enough. Either way, audiences didn’t take to it, and so ABC cut it before the season ended.
Did it deserve a second season? YES. Tiptown and McDorman had great chemistry and in my opinion were pretty believable as human beings. That should at least have granted the show a full season, but I’d go further than that and say a second season was in order. It was an open concept so all they really needed was a bit more of daring writing, and whole lot more buzz.
02. A to Z (NBC)
Oh, I’m still not over this one being cancelled. It’s another romantic comedy show, but starring an even more perfect pairing: cutest woman alive Cristin Milioti, and RDJ’s secret younger brother, Ben Feldman. And they were amazing together. Again, it was fun, and cute, and so charming. It wasn’t brilliant (well, to be honest, none of the previous shows were), but it was really nice. I guess there really is a growing dislike for rom-coms out there, isn’t it? But anyway. Every episode title began with a letter from the alphabet, relaying a chapter in their relationship. I don’t know what would happen after they hit Z, but NBC cancelled the show at letter M and that’s just mean.
Did it deserve a second season? Yes it did, can we still make it happen?? Imagine the babies.
01. Freaks and Geeks (NBC)
And that concludes our trip through the cancelled TV Shows of 2014. Now here is the reason why I didn’t want to skip this week’s theme, the true tv show that really should not have been cancelled after just one season: the cult favourite Freaks and Geeks. Let’s go back to 1999 and look at a little tv series about the outcasts of an american high school – the older slackers, and the younger nerds.
Between pot and Dungeons and Dragons, there was a cast of future hollywood stars such as James Franco, Seth Rogen, Busy Philips, Linda Cardellini, and Jason Segel. There’s also John Francis Daley (who was an adorable kid back then, same precious face) for all you Bones fans out there. He’s also a screenwriter and actually co-wrote Spider-Man: Homecoming (did not know that, wow). There were also smaller roles for people like Rashida Jones, Ben Stiller, Lizzy Caplan, Ben Foster, Jason Schwartzmann, Shia LaBeouf, Leslie Mann, Steve Higgins, and many more. It’s insane.
The show was set in the 80s so I’d imagine – given the 80s nostalgia we’re experiencing these days with shows like Stranger Things – that if you haven’t seen Freaks and Geeks, chances are you’ll love it. It’s fun and weird, but also endearing because the characters are so well written you’ll end up loving them all. Oh and if you’ve ever wondered why I’ve chosen such an ugly username like Carlos The Dwarf on tumblr, this is why.
Did it deserve a second season? What do you think. Creator Paul Feig says he has an idea for a Freaks and Geeks comeback, but it’s in the form a musical, which… is not what I expected? I’ll take what I can get though.