History NeedsMoreLove / LiveActionTV

27th Apr '16 10:33:58 AM Berrenta
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** To elaborate: the show took a season to start GrowingTheBeard and become what ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' should have been: a rag-tag mix of military members, civilians, and [[spoiler:former terrorists]] stuck on a ship very far away from home, making do with what they have. While the show struggled to find the right balance to its various character and setting conflicts, the story caught up with the stunning visuals around Season 2. Unfortunately, ExecutiveMeddling switched the time slots several times and used the predictable ratings drop to axe the series, killing the entire franchise in the process. The finale left everything on a bittersweet yet hopeful note; if you're a fan of Stargate and the first season is turning you off, ItGetsBetter.

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** To elaborate: the show took a season to start GrowingTheBeard and become what ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' should have been: a rag-tag mix of military members, civilians, and [[spoiler:former terrorists]] stuck on a ship very far away from home, making do with what they have. While the show struggled to find the right balance to its various character and setting conflicts, the story caught up with the stunning visuals around Season 2. Unfortunately, ExecutiveMeddling switched the time slots several times and used the predictable ratings drop to axe the series, killing the entire franchise in the process. The finale left everything on a bittersweet yet hopeful note; if you're a fan of Stargate and the first season is turning you off, ItGetsBetter.[[SlowPacedBeginning fear not, for it does get better.]]
25th Apr '16 2:06:08 PM Berrenta
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is a show that seriously needs more love. Its incredible characters, writing and overarching plots are fairly well known in the sci-fi nerd community, but most people these days simply haven't heard of it, even with the rise of science fiction TV. While ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' are household names, and even ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' gained huge popularity as cult TV, ''Babylon 5'' seems to have been left in the dust. It really needs more exposure, because it's the sort of sci-fi even those who don't like the genre can enjoy - character development and epic stories over [[{{Fanservice}} fanservice]] and explosions. An [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness uncharacteristically bad]] [[ItGetsBetter first season]] doesn't help draw potential converts in much.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is a show that seriously needs more love. Its incredible characters, writing and overarching plots are fairly well known in the sci-fi nerd community, but most people these days simply haven't heard of it, even with the rise of science fiction TV. While ''Franchise/StarTrek'' and the ''Franchise/StargateVerse'' are household names, and even ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' gained huge popularity as cult TV, ''Babylon 5'' seems to have been left in the dust. It really needs more exposure, because it's the sort of sci-fi even those who don't like the genre can enjoy - character development and epic stories over [[{{Fanservice}} fanservice]] {{fanservice}} and explosions. An [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness uncharacteristically bad]] [[ItGetsBetter bad first season]] doesn't help draw potential converts in much.
22nd Apr '16 1:13:56 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Similarly, ''Series/MercyPoint'' was a hospital show set on a space station. Only lasted [[ShortRunners eight episodes]], but it's eight episodes with complex characters and TheVerse outside being learned of one tantalizing bit at a time. Also, [[HeyItsThatGuy it stars]] [[{{Series/Eureka}} Henry]].

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* Similarly, ''Series/MercyPoint'' was a hospital show set on a space station. Only lasted [[ShortRunners eight episodes]], but it's eight episodes with complex characters and TheVerse outside being learned of one tantalizing bit at a time. Also, [[HeyItsThatGuy it stars]] stars [[{{Series/Eureka}} Henry]].
21st Apr '16 8:51:07 AM Berrenta
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* To see it discussed by fans of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration, Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' redefines DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible and did nothing right, ever. But actually, it had a lot of interesting stories, inventive solutions to the problem of the week, and later on, hard decisions having to be made in the moment. And the ratings were quite high ''throughout'' the first season, not just when it was shiny and new -- it didn't fall off until it ''started'' having TNG-like stories in the early second season. (If you watched it in the first season and jumped ship around "A Night In Sickbay," skip to "Canamar" or thereabouts. [[ItGetsBetter It gets back on track]].)

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* To see it discussed by fans of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration, Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' redefines DarthWiki/SoBadItsHorrible and did nothing right, ever. But actually, it had a lot of interesting stories, inventive solutions to the problem of the week, and later on, hard decisions having to be made in the moment. And the ratings were quite high ''throughout'' the first season, not just when it was shiny and new -- it didn't fall off until it ''started'' having TNG-like stories in the early second season. (If you watched it in the first season and jumped ship around "A Night In Sickbay," skip to "Canamar" or thereabouts. [[ItGetsBetter It gets back on track]].track.)
13th Apr '16 6:59:48 AM Piando
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* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury.'' Despite being seen as a breath of fresh air compared to the more loathed ''PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' it often gets overshadowed by it's EvenBetterSequel, ''RPM'' (read above). Casey is a great deconstruction of the RookieRedRanger trope, the characters are likable (especially RJ), the villains are decent, and it had the first [[EarWorm catchy theme song]] since ''PowerRangersSPD.''
* ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce.'' Much like ''Jungle Fury,'' it came out after a [[PowerRangersSamurai hated season]], but it still has its detractors. While it suffers from occasional StockFootageFailure and had a lot to [[ToughActToFollow live up to from]] [[KaizokuSentaiGokaiger half it's source material]], there are still some shining moments. Noah, Emma, Orion, and Robo Knight are well-developed, despite the accusations of the opposite, the villains are either badass (like Vrak) or entertaining (Prince Vekar), and unlike the Sentai counterpart, [[spoiler: it saved the big Legend War for the final episode]], making the cameos from past Rangers seem less glorified. The episodes written by [[PowerRangersJungleFury Jason Smith]] are some of the better written ones, possibly because he's a huge fan of SuperSentai.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury.'' Despite being seen as a breath of fresh air compared to the more loathed ''PowerRangersOperationOverdrive,'' it often gets overshadowed by it's EvenBetterSequel, ''RPM'' (read above). Casey is a great deconstruction of the RookieRedRanger trope, the characters are likable (especially RJ), the villains are decent, and it had the first [[EarWorm catchy theme song]] since ''PowerRangersSPD.''Series/PowerRangersSPD.''
* ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce.'' Much like ''Jungle Fury,'' it came out after a [[PowerRangersSamurai [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai hated season]], but it still has its detractors. While it suffers from occasional StockFootageFailure and had a lot to [[ToughActToFollow live up to from]] [[KaizokuSentaiGokaiger [[Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger half it's source material]], there are still some shining moments. Noah, Emma, Orion, and Robo Knight are well-developed, despite the accusations of the opposite, the villains are either badass (like Vrak) or entertaining (Prince Vekar), and unlike the Sentai counterpart, [[spoiler: it saved the big Legend War for the final episode]], making the cameos from past Rangers seem less glorified. The episodes written by [[PowerRangersJungleFury [[Series/PowerRangersJungleFury Jason Smith]] are some of the better written ones, possibly because he's a huge fan of SuperSentai.Franchise/SuperSentai.



* ''TheTenthKingdom'' miniseries. Insanely excellent fairy-tale deconstruction, including the tale to end all tales: RealLife! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming touching]], and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]], with a slew of tropes all played straight, subverted, inverted, invoked, and justified.
* ''{{Solstrom}}'', a 2003 Creator/CirqueDuSoleil-mounted show that managed to blend together a VarietyShow (circus/novelty acts from within and without the company), an anthology series (acts are used to tell whimsical fantasy stories), a {{Sitcom}} (comic characters tying the stories together), a silent film (no dialogue -- just narration) and a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover (characters and acts from all of the company's then-running shows turn up). Not surprisingly, it didn't get much attention. In Canada, CBC didn't air the final four episodes; U.S. outlet Bravo ran the whole show but gave it a weak time slot and little promotion, possibly because it arrived ''just'' in time for the NetworkDecay of that channel. It didn't even find love from Cirque's fanbase! But its creativity, charm, humor, and warmth make it a curiously lovely WidgetSeries, and perhaps the cleverest take on the VarietyShow since [[Series/TheMuppetShow Kermit the Frog and company's heyday]].

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* ''TheTenthKingdom'' ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' miniseries. Insanely excellent fairy-tale deconstruction, including the tale to end all tales: RealLife! [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Funny]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments touching]], and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]], with a slew of tropes all played straight, subverted, inverted, invoked, and justified.
* ''{{Solstrom}}'', ''Series/{{Solstrom}}'', a 2003 Creator/CirqueDuSoleil-mounted show that managed to blend together a VarietyShow (circus/novelty acts from within and without the company), an anthology series (acts are used to tell whimsical fantasy stories), a {{Sitcom}} (comic characters tying the stories together), a silent film (no dialogue -- just narration) and a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover (characters and acts from all of the company's then-running shows turn up). Not surprisingly, it didn't get much attention. In Canada, CBC didn't air the final four episodes; U.S. outlet Bravo ran the whole show but gave it a weak time slot and little promotion, possibly because it arrived ''just'' in time for the NetworkDecay of that channel. It didn't even find love from Cirque's fanbase! But its creativity, charm, humor, and warmth make it a curiously lovely WidgetSeries, and perhaps the cleverest take on the VarietyShow since [[Series/TheMuppetShow Kermit the Frog and company's heyday]].
9th Mar '16 12:39:59 PM Hossmeister
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* In 2006, ''Series/TheClass'' began its one season run. It was hilarious and had a great cast including [[{{BetterOffTed}} Andrea Anders]], [[Series/ModernFamily Jesse Tyler Ferguson]], SamHarris (playing the perfect CampStraight), and a witty and underappreciated actress named LizzyCaplan. It was criticized for having no minorities in the main cast, which may have contributed to its death. But it was simply the [[{{Series/Firefly}} second best one season show ever.]]

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* In 2006, ''Series/TheClass'' began its one season run. It was hilarious and had a great cast including [[{{BetterOffTed}} [[{{Series/BetterOffTed}} Andrea Anders]], [[Series/ModernFamily Jesse Tyler Ferguson]], SamHarris (playing the perfect CampStraight), and a witty and underappreciated actress named LizzyCaplan. It was criticized for having no minorities in the main cast, which may have contributed to its death. But it was simply the [[{{Series/Firefly}} second best one season show ever.]]



* ''Series/{{BetterOffTed}}.'' A satirical workplace sitcom focusing on Ted Crisp, head of a research and development department at the soulless conglomerate of Veridian Dynamics. The show had Ted frequently break the fourth wall to narrate events (and give viewers advice about how to survive in his world) as the show's on-camera narrator. Portrayed as the sole managerial figure with any morals whatsoever, the series focuses on his interactions with his calculating, emotionless supervisor, two bumbling, socially inept scientists with genius-level IQ, and Ted's love interest, a naive, morally conflicted subordinate. It started off with relatively low ratings that kept dropping as the show continued. Critics and those that did watch it loved it. Luckily, it's available both on DVD and Netflix.

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* ''Series/{{BetterOffTed}}.''Series/{{Series/BetterOffTed}}.'' A satirical workplace sitcom focusing on Ted Crisp, head of a research and development department at the soulless conglomerate of Veridian Dynamics. The show had Ted frequently break the fourth wall to narrate events (and give viewers advice about how to survive in his world) as the show's on-camera narrator. Portrayed as the sole managerial figure with any morals whatsoever, the series focuses on his interactions with his calculating, emotionless supervisor, two bumbling, socially inept scientists with genius-level IQ, and Ted's love interest, a naive, morally conflicted subordinate. It started off with relatively low ratings that kept dropping as the show continued. Critics and those that did watch it loved it. Luckily, it's available both on DVD and Netflix.
9th Mar '16 3:57:08 AM Adept
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* ''So [=NoTORIous=]'' was a LifeEmbellished sitcom created by Tori Spelling that aired on VH-1 in 2006. Critics, who typically use Tori as their favorite punching bag, frequently praised the series, both due to it being very well put together in terms of production, and because Spelling was more than willing to make fun of herself. Adding in some supporting performances from the likes of Loni Anderson and ZacharyQuinto, and its short 10-episode run is definitely worth a few hours of your time.

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* ''So [=NoTORIous=]'' was a LifeEmbellished sitcom created by Tori Spelling that aired on VH-1 in 2006. Critics, who typically use Tori as their favorite punching bag, frequently praised the series, both due to it being very well put together in terms of production, and because Spelling was more than willing to make fun of herself. Adding in some supporting performances from the likes of Loni Anderson and ZacharyQuinto, Creator/ZacharyQuinto, and its short 10-episode run is definitely worth a few hours of your time.
6th Mar '16 10:35:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Boomtown}}'' is your average crime drama taken UpToEleven by focusing on a core cast of characters who each tell the story from their point of view. There are cops, a reporter, a paramedic, a senator, and the guest stars who all have the camera to themselves. It's remarkable because each episode has one or two events that are shown from multiple vantage points, and the writers shone developing each character individually so that their moment in the spotlight is different simply because they are different.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' was cancelled after two seasons. Now, one shouldn't get too upset towards HBO. After all, they kept ''TheWire'' on long enough for the series to end. That said, the fact that this show was cancelled was after two of the six planned seasons is a goddamn travesty. Packed with the beautifully grotesque, macabre imagery, unique characters and stories, and one of the best depictions of the 1930s you'll ever see, you owe it to yourself to watch this unfinished masterpiece.

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* ''{{Boomtown}}'' ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'' is your average crime drama taken UpToEleven by focusing on a core cast of characters who each tell the story from their point of view. There are cops, a reporter, a paramedic, a senator, and the guest stars who all have the camera to themselves. It's remarkable because each episode has one or two events that are shown from multiple vantage points, and the writers shone developing each character individually so that their moment in the spotlight is different simply because they are different.
* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' was cancelled after two seasons. Now, one shouldn't get too upset towards HBO. After all, they kept ''TheWire'' ''Series/TheWire'' on long enough for the series to end. That said, the fact that this show was cancelled was after two of the six planned seasons is a goddamn travesty. Packed with the beautifully grotesque, macabre imagery, unique characters and stories, and one of the best depictions of the 1930s you'll ever see, you owe it to yourself to watch this unfinished masterpiece.
3rd Mar '16 1:07:32 PM twilicorn
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* ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' is extremely unconventional even for a Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} show, with a format never attempted before or since. It's a standard SketchComedy interspersed with song, dance, and a FramingDevice involving the (mis)adventures of a NuclearFamily. Every pop-culture reference is well-done, the storylines are brilliantly written and acted, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the music is unlike anything ever heard on a kids' show before it]], the cast members are among the best triple-threats to never break into the mainstream, and the whole show in general is jam-packed with content and with RapidFireComedy in full effect. Despite all this, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the show only lasted four seasons, with plans for a live tour and soundtrack album going into limbo]]. It hasn't been released on DVD or even reran on TV for over a decade, not even on ''Series/The90sAreAllThat'' (even being replaced by ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' during the block's celebration of Creator/{{SNICK}} in which nearly all of that block's original lineup was shown). However, ''Roundhouse'' retains a small yet devoted fanbase to this day.
* ''Series/SoWeird'', a paranormal mystery/drama series produced by Disney in the '90s [[SpiritualSuccessor not incomparable with today's]] ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', was pretty successful and popular while it aired, but when Disney nixed the plot of the third season in favor of a LighterAndSofter alternative its popularity took a nose dive. Despite having two impressive seasons and being one of the most well-written shows on Disney at the time, it seems to have been mostly forgotten.

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* ''{{Series/Roundhouse}}'' is extremely unconventional even for a Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} show, with a format never attempted before or since. It's a standard SketchComedy interspersed with song, dance, and a FramingDevice involving the (mis)adventures of a NuclearFamily. Every pop-culture reference is well-done, the storylines are brilliantly written and acted, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the music is unlike anything ever heard on a kids' show before it]], the cast members are among the best triple-threats to never break into the mainstream, and the whole show in general is jam-packed with content and with RapidFireComedy in full effect. Despite all this, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the show only lasted four seasons, with plans for a live tour and soundtrack album going into limbo]]. It hasn't been released on DVD or even reran DVD, and was never rerun on TV for over a decade, not even on ''Series/The90sAreAllThat'' (even being replaced by ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' during the block's celebration of Creator/{{SNICK}} in which nearly all of that block's original lineup was shown).shown), before it started to show up occasionally on that block's successor, The Splat. However, ''Roundhouse'' retains a small yet devoted fanbase to this day.
* ''Series/SoWeird'', a paranormal mystery/drama series produced by Disney in the '90s [[SpiritualSuccessor not incomparable with today's]] the same channel's]] ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', was pretty successful and popular while it aired, but when Disney nixed the plot of the third season in favor of a LighterAndSofter alternative its popularity took a nose dive. Despite having two impressive seasons and being one of the most well-written shows on Disney at the time, it seems to have been mostly forgotten.
7th Feb '16 7:26:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/TheLeague'' might be the funniest show on FX, with every episode full of quote worthy, laugh-out-loud moments but it tends to be overshadowed by its neighbors Archer and ItsAlwaysSunnyinPhiladelphia. The fantasy football concept may be scaring people off but enjoyment of the show is not dependent on understanding the sport at all.

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* ''Series/TheLeague'' might be the funniest show on FX, with every episode full of quote worthy, laugh-out-loud moments but it tends to be overshadowed by its neighbors Archer and ItsAlwaysSunnyinPhiladelphia.''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyinPhiladelphia''. The fantasy football concept may be scaring people off but enjoyment of the show is not dependent on understanding the sport at all.
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