August 28, 2017

5 Cancelled TV Shows You Should Binge Right Now

We are in a renaissance of astounding television content. High-budget productions are popping up everywhere, and starring in a hit TV series seems to be the new career-crown-jewel in Hollywood. Honestly, some of the shows they’re coming out with are down-right superb. And with the dawn of Netflix, HBO, and streaming, we’re now able to spend delicious time doing nothing but immersing ourselves in hours of visual storytelling.

But with every Game of Thrones or Stranger Things that breaks out, there is another show that deserves way more credit than it’s getting. Despite critical acclaim and cult fan followings, the shows either never get notoriety, or worse – they get the ax. Of course, those types of series attract me like a moth to a flame. So here are five cancelled shows that stole my heart and that you should binge.

Firefly

Firefly is the quintessential show-that-never-should-have-been-cancelled. It makes the list every year, which is why it makes the top of this list. Joss Whedon (of Buffy and Avengers fame) builds an exquisite futuristic setting, as well as a lovable, motley cast of characters. Think a space western with lots of humor, action, and a killer theme song. With only 15 episodes, Firefly is an easy binge that leaves you begging for more. The follow-up movie, Serenity, ties up some loose ends from the show, but not nearly enough. Even so, once you’ve boarded this vessel, I’m sure you’ll be singing, “You can’t take the sky from me.”

 

SYNOPSIS: Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them.

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon, Hulu

Chuck

This is my favorite show of all time. It’s cheesy, it’s adorable, and it’s delightfully nerdy. Full of heart, memorable characters, and the Buy More, this action/adventure/comedy/romance is just what the Nerd Herd ordered. In fact, when NBC wanted to cancel the show, fans rallied to keep it on the air for several more seasons (notice the uptick in Subway product placement as you watch). This was Zachary Levi’s debut, so if you liked Flynn Ryder from Tangled, you’ll love getting a chance to know him across five seasons as Chuck. Not to mention beautiful Sarah Walker and straight-coat Casey. It’s also about secret agents. Who doesn’t love secret agents?

 

SYNOPSIS: When a twenty-something computer geek inadvertently downloads critical government secrets into his brain, the C.I.A. and the N.S.A. assign two Agents to protect him, and exploit such knowledge, turning his life upside down.

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon

Galavant

When Dan Fogelman and Alan Menken (Disney Legend, anyone?) get together to write a hilariously witty musical TV show, I’m all in. Galavant is a critically acclaimed riot. With every type of humor imaginable, it is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The music is catchy, addictive, and now you can buy the whole soundtrack. The story is also fun, and once again just uproariously funny. I wish ABC would have given us many more years of King Richard, Tad Cooper, and Galavant, but I’ll be content with the fact that the story ends satisfactorily. Go watch it before it’s just a memory from “way back in days of old.”

 

SYNOPSIS: The adventures of Galavant, a dashing hero who is determined to reclaim his reputation and his “Happily Ever After” by going after the evil King Richard, who ruined it the moment he stole the love of Galavant’s life, Madalena.

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon, Netflix

No Tomorrow

After ABC squashed Galavant, I wanted to find another fun, quirky show. That’s when I noticed teasers on the CW for No Tomorrow, starring Galavant himself (Joshua Sasse). I wasn’t that interested until Netflix picked it up for streaming. I bowled through it in three days. It blew me away. The heart in this show, as well as its quirks, are simply perfect. There’s no other way to put it. I fell in love with all the characters, but they did a fabulous job on Evie and Xavier. They cancelled this show far too soon, and you definitely shouldn’t miss it. With only 13 episodes, you’ll end this binge with an Apocalyst of your own and a new appreciation for the time you’ve been given.

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SYNOPSIS: Evie, a risk-averse quality-control assessor, falls for free-spirited thrill seeker Xavier only to find out he lives his life that way because he believes the apocalypse is coming.

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon, Netflix

Friday Night Lights

This show holds a special place in my heart, since it’s the first show Spencer and I binged together. Wildly acclaimed by critics and fans alike, Friday Night Lights is the right kinda heart-drama you want out of a show, not to mention a stellar, stellar cast. You’ll be sucked right in, and in your own times of struggle and doubt, you’ll think back to the Panthers’ motto: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. And this show never does.

 

SYNOPSIS: The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

WHERE TO WATCH: Amazon


What are your favorite cancelled or underrated shows? Have you seen any of the ones listed here? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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