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Gone but not forgotten
Post your top five TV show's no longer on the air.
What do you miss? What shows have you been hankering for long after they left that electric talking box in your living room?
1. Arrested Development. An instant classic. THE BEST cast. The FUNNIEST dialog. PRICELESS cameos. Even down to Ron Howard's narration, I loved EVERYTHING about this show, especially that circular story-telling. As I look at the cast I can't even pick a favorite. I love them all so much. Buster is nearly my top pick, but I really love them all. I could quote this show all day.
I just hope the film version lives up to my extraordinarily high expectations.
2. Lost- but not the stuff that didn't make sense, the other stuff. The first couple of seasons. I could have watched that forever, but the way it fell apart at the end just didn't satisfy me at all.I want someone to remake it now, and make it make sense this time, please.
3. My So Called Life. Oh Claire Danes. How I loved you back in the day. I wanted to be you. Well, at least, I wanted to be you in the sense that I wanted to be near Jordan Catalano. All the time. You were so angsty and fussy in your teenage glory. It was fantastic, and such a nice counterpoint to the 90201 version of life. Real characters, strong teen voices, atypical plots (remember the homeless girl, wasn't it a musician, I'm thinking Juliana Hatfield played her, but I might have dreamed that).
This is the kind of show that I think in current times people would have used media campaigns to keep afloat. Alas, you were before your time My So Called Life. And you paid heavily for it.
4. Ed. I am not even sure I saw all of these, but the ones I saw I liked. I remember trying to find more and hearing it was gone already. A real bummer. I especially loved Michael Ian Black, who I still can't get enough of. There was something about the humor on this show, and also the chemistry of the cast that made it something special.
5. Hey Arnold. This is most like my current fave kid show Phineas and Ferb. I haven't seen it in years, but at the time it just seemed smarter and better than the other shows on the air. I used to watch it with the Tyler kids all the time when babysitting. My entire philosophy for buying gifts is based on their Christmas special (it had to be somewhere around 1996-1998). It was about Arnold's grandad's neighbor, the (as I remember) Vietnamese refugee, and how Arnold drew his name in the building's secret Santa and had to figure out what this guy could possible want for Christmas. It was magical.