Sometimes people just aren’t ready for great TV. It comes along, is super awesome, and in spite of that, people just don’t watch it. Next thing you know, the show gets canceled, and suddenly, everyone realizes it was the best thing ever. That is how you know a TV show was ahead of its time. They say all good things must end, but some good things end way too early.
Freaks and Geeks
If this show was on now, with the star talent involved, everyone would watch it. I mean, come on? James Franco and Seth Rogen? On a weekly show? Yeah, this show was a bit too smart and too advanced for people to get behind it. Now it is a cult classic, but deserved to be so much more.
My So-Called Life
Another high school show that was just a bit too mature for the world. The thing is, everyone who watched it, loved it. Something about showing teens and thinking, feeling people just scares away the masses who want 90210 perfection.
I know it came back, but come on, that’s only because Netflix is brilliant. The reality is, no one watched this awesome show, and it got canceled well before it deserved to. Yes, we have it back, but I am still bitter. You don’t get over a loss that easily.
A surreal murder mystery from the greatest director of the surreal, David Lynch? Yeah, the world was clearly not ready. Now, years later, you can see the effect this show had on people, but at the time, everyone just called it weird. It did spawn a live action movie, but it didn’t quite tie up the show how people had hoped.
One of the funniest shows on 80’s TV, and yet, no one actually saw it. I swear, you could run this show now, exactly how it was in the 80’s, and it would be a certifiable hit. It’s Dirty Harry meets The Naked Gun, and was side splitting from start to finish. Of course, that finish came early because no one was watching it.
Okay, so those are my choices. What TV shows do you think were way ahead of their time? Take to the comments and let us know.
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