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Shot Down In the Prime of Their Lives

03/18/04 | by Sara [mail] | Categories: culture/news

1. My So-Called Life (1994-95, ABC)
Before Dawson's Creek. Before Freaks and Geeks. The teen drama that gave nerdy Brian Krakow a chance and Angela Chase (Claire Danes) a start. This one-season show was a work of art and stands alone as the one real depiction of teenage life that doesn't include unrealistic dialogue and over-the-top steamy situations. No repetitive love triangles. No "add-a-kids" or "very special episodes". I was seriously depressed when ABC cancelled this show, and I know I'm not alone. Luckily, I now own all 19 episodes in a box set. Thank you, Danny.

2. Homefront (1991-93, ABC)
This is actually the first show that came to my mind when Danny suggested this category. At its airtime, I was a freshman in high school--no job, no car, no life….I used to watch Sisters with my mom every Saturday night. So I thought maybe this was why I remembered it fondly. Then I went to jumptheshark and found out other people felt the same. Homefront is listed among their "never jumped" shows. Anyway, this show was a post-WWII drama starring Kyle Chandler (who I thought was really hot). Previously, Chandler was in the (CBS?) Vietnam drama Tour of Duty, which I regularly watched with my dad. We like our TV.

3. Cupid (1998, ABC)
Since I have already discussed this show in my Jeremy Piven post, I will not continue to bore you with my obsession. Let's just say ABC sucks.

4. Andy Richter Controls the Universe (2002-03, Fox)
Rupert Murdock, could you and your minions mess with my mind more, please? This show aired when Danny and I were finishing our college lives in Kirksville, MO. We only got two very fuzzy channels on our 13-inch TV, Fox being the most clear. So the promising commercials for this show sent us into elation--finally, something worth watching! So we watched, we liked, we were sad (they cancelled it). Then, a ray of hope: Fox brought it back. Hooray! For like three episodes. Then, nothing. Poor Andy. Guess you should have stayed with Conan and that obnoxious dog.

5. Win Ben Stein's Money (1997-2001, Comedy Central)
Every day after dinner in the illustrious Centennial Hall cafeteria, my friends and I would watch this hilarious show. Contestants would endure the constant harassment of announcer Jimmy Kimmel as they attempted to beat the "Bueller…Bueller" guy (who turned out to be very smart) in an off-beat trivia game resembling Jeopardy, with categories like "The Poison Ivy League" and "I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha."



Oh dude, Win Ben Stein’s Money was great. I think when Jimmy left the show kind of suffered though. My top 3 shows that got axed before their prime are My So Called Life, Freaks and Geeks, and Pete and Pete.

brendoman [Visitor]03/18/04 @ 22:55

I liked “Sisters” but liked Kyle Chandler in “Home Front” better. I would also add “Early Edition” (1996-99)in which Kyle would get the early edition paper and then have to prevent some catastrophe from happening. I also thought he was a hunk!

MeMe [Visitor]03/19/04 @ 19:38

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