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Spinoff - Obscure or short-lived but awesome tv shows!

spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
Name some really good tv shows that just never got the credit or enjoyed the longevity they should have. Describe what they were about and roughly what years they aired.

Throb - It was a short-lived sitcome on NBC in the late 80s starring Jane Leeves (who later became Daphne of Frasier) about a bunch of twenty-somethings who worked at a record label.

Double Trouble - A sitcom that aired for two seasons in the mid 80s starring Jean and Liz Sagal ("Peg Bundy's" younger twin sisters) about twin sisters who wanted to be a dancer and a fashion designer who lived in Iowa the first season and moved to NYC the second season.

True Colors - An African American man and a European American woman who both already have kids get married and they live with the wife's racist mother. Kind of a hokey premise but it was actually funny. The White daughter had curly hair.

The Mole - One of the earlier reality tv show contests, maybe 2002, where a group of people have to compete in challenges against each other and one member of the group is secretly trying to sabotage them. Lasted only one season...IDK why. I think it was Anderson Cooper's big break.

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  • greenjumpergreenjumper Posts: 891Registered Users
    Great idea!


    Will Traveler- Sometime around 2006-ish, ran during the summer season. It was about middle-upper class best friends and one friend sets up the other two in a bank/robbery and bombing. It was pretty cool because it seemed like everyone was in on them being set up and all the pieces fit together nicely. One season.

    Firefly- One season. Sci-fi space cowboys. One season. They made a movie called Serenity to give the series closure. It plays on the Syfy channel all the time.

    Flashforward Around 2010. One season. Another Sci-fi about the whole world blacking out for a about 30-ish seconds and seeing their futures (3 months later). One of the main characters doesn't see anything and it is assumed that he may be dead in the future. Another character sees something very suspicious. It's all about following or overcoming your "fate". There are also come cool bad guys and some love triangles.
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Pushing Daisies. **** you, ABC!
    Sweet, funny, quirky, visually stunning, sometimes dark, sad, all-around lovely show about a man who can bring things back to life.

    The Spectacular Spider-Man. **** you, Disney!
    Better than any of the movies and better than any previous versions of the show.

    Cupid. The original version, not the one they did years later. A man thinks he's Cupid and his actions throughout the show leave you wondering if he really is, though his psychiatrist is also very convincing.
    The chemistry between the leads is great, the dialogue is wonderful. It's a really funny yet touching show at various points.

    Posh Nosh. They really should have done more episodes. Posh Nosh was BRILLIANT! It's a satirical cooking show with the snobbiest, most comically mismatched marriage as hosts. Tons of clever jokes hidden throughout.
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    The Tick: live action version of the cartoon. Very, very funny and weird.
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    My So-Called Life

    Freaks and Geeks

    Arrested Development (yea they had 2.5 seasons but that wasn't enough!)
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    Journeyman--A man gets sent back in time to fix situations that have caused problems in the present. The writer's strike killed this show in the first season.

    I'm willing to admit that I watched this show for Lucius Vore...uh, I mean Kevin McKidd. I'll have to watch it again...maybe it was crap.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,494Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    i agree with Pushing Daisies and Cupid... also Eli Stone and Cop Rock.

    what can i say... i like musicals and the musical episode of Eli Stone was great!

    :D

    legends, i liked Journeyman too!

    oh, and they've cancelled Unforgettable after one season and i really like it! :(
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    I agree with The Tick (live-action) and Firefly. Loved them both.

    Invasion. Aliens invade the waters of Florida and take over some residents. It was awesome. Left on a huge cliffhanger and never returned :(
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Invasion. Aliens invade the waters of Florida and take over some residents. It was awesome. Left on a huge cliffhanger and never returned :(

    buwahahahaha that sucks! LOLOL

  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    I agree with Flash Forward.

    Six Degrees. 2006-07. It was about how people can be connected via 6 people. There 3-4 main characters but you see how they have impact on one another through other people. Hard to explain but I loved it.

    Mercy. Hospital show but the people all had a lot of baggage but in a real way to me. Maybe lasted 2 seasons. 2010-11??


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  • moodydovemoodydove Posts: 1,721Registered Users
    Bob and Rose. It was a British drama about a gay man who falls in love with a woman. Same people who wrote Queer as Folk. I think it aired in 2001.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,494Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    New Amsterdam was another time-travelling type of show with a cop who was supposedly immortal and how he used his knowledge of the past to solve crimes in the present. one of the characters was his son, who was 65, while the father stayed at 35.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    Definitely Pushing Daisies. There was a show in the mid-90s called Bakersfield PD that was great.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    Invasion. Aliens invade the waters of Florida and take over some residents. It was awesome. Left on a huge cliffhanger and never returned :(

    buwahahahaha that sucks! LOLOL
    Totally. I watched it when it was out in '05 I think. After SO and I met I kept telling him about it. We watched it together 2 years ago and he;s still mad at me because he loved it too. I just needed someone to share in my pain :toothy3:
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  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users
    Name some really good tv shows that just never got the credit or enjoyed the longevity they should have. Describe what they were about and roughly what years they aired.

    Throb - It was a short-lived sitcome on NBC in the late 80s starring Jane Leeves (who later became Daphne of Frasier) about a bunch of twenty-somethings who worked at a record label.

    Double Trouble - A sitcom that aired for two seasons in the mid 80s starring Jean and Liz Sagal ("Peg Bundy's" younger twin sisters) about twin sisters who wanted to be a dancer and a fashion designer who lived in Iowa the first season and moved to NYC the second season.
    .

    Ha, I totally remember both Throb (wasn't Jane Leeves' character named 'Blue'?) and Double Trouble. I also used to love Jennifer Slept Here which was on around the same time Double Trouble was on.

    I second Arrested Development, Flash Forward and Pushing Daisies and I'll add Rubicon (devastated when AMC canceled after one season) and Undeclared. Those of you who liked Freaks & Geeks should definitely rent Undeclared.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    Better Off Ted - it was such a hilarious and awesome show! I'm still sad it was cancelled. It had two seasons, but it definitely wasn't enough!

    The Unusuals - I'm on episode 8 of 9 right now... I'm not usually a "cop show" person, but it's really good!

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    And of course, I have to agree about Arrested Development, too!

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  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    Arrested Development is coming back ya'll know?!?!
  • ursulaursula Posts: 1,461Registered Users
    More plaudits for Cupid (even though--if it's the "Cupid" you're talking about, Saria--Jeremy Piven played Cupid and he's gross now).

    I also loved Jennifer Slept Here and Double Trouble, but I doubt I'd consider them good now!

    I agree about Arrested Development and Freaks and Geeks, of course.

    One show I remember really liking was The Powers that Be. IMDB tells me it was on from 1992-93. Amazing cast: John Forsythe, Holland Taylor, David Hyde Pierce, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Valerie Mahaffey, Peter MacNichol, etc.
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Yeah, but he was great as Trevor.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    rileyb wrote: »
    Name some really good tv shows that just never got the credit or enjoyed the longevity they should have. Describe what they were about and roughly what years they aired.

    Throb - It was a short-lived sitcome on NBC in the late 80s starring Jane Leeves (who later became Daphne of Frasier) about a bunch of twenty-somethings who worked at a record label.

    Double Trouble - A sitcom that aired for two seasons in the mid 80s starring Jean and Liz Sagal ("Peg Bundy's" younger twin sisters) about twin sisters who wanted to be a dancer and a fashion designer who lived in Iowa the first season and moved to NYC the second season.
    .

    Ha, I totally remember both Throb (wasn't Jane Leeves' character named 'Blue'?) and Double Trouble. I also used to love Jennifer Slept Here which was on around the same time Double Trouble was on.


    OMG, yes, it was Blue. And she wore these super long wavy hair extensions and these tiny miniskirts.

  • ttlollattlolla Posts: 948Registered Users
    Dirty sexy money :sad4:
  • theliothelio Posts: 5,374Registered Users
    I will never understand how good, awessome shows gets cancelled but then crappy shows seems to stay araound for ever. Will never understand.
  • legendslegends Posts: 3,073Registered Users
    ttlolla wrote: »
    Dirty sexy money :sad4:


    Oh that was a fantastic show. I think it was another victim of the strike.

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  • irociroc Posts: 7,890Registered Users
    I agree with The Tick (live-action) and Firefly. Loved them both.

    Invasion. Aliens invade the waters of Florida and take over some residents. It was awesome. Left on a huge cliffhanger and never returned :(

    I watched that show!!!!

    And the one that was on before it with that sea monster - that ended with a cliffhanger and never returned either.

    What About Brian did the same thing to me. I was so sad.

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  • AndreaAndrea Posts: 279Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    I agree with The Tick (live-action) and Firefly. Loved them both.

    Invasion. Aliens invade the waters of Florida and take over some residents. It was awesome. Left on a huge cliffhanger and never returned :(

    I watched that show!!!!

    And the one that was on before it with that sea monster - that ended with a cliffhangerman and never returned either.

    What About Brian did the same thing to me. I was so sad.

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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I forgot about Freaks and Geeks.

    That show had unusually good character development, and a great soundtrack. Remember the guidance counselor? Or the time Ben Stiller played a bodyguard for some politician?

    Sigh.
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  • Jess the MessJess the Mess Posts: 5,844Registered Users
    iroc wrote: »
    I agree with The Tick (live-action) and Firefly. Loved them both.

    Invasion. Aliens invade the waters of Florida and take over some residents. It was awesome. Left on a huge cliffhanger and never returned :(

    I watched that show!!!!

    And the one that was on before it with that sea monster - that ended with a cliffhangerman and never returned either.

    What About Brian did the same thing to me. I was so sad.

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    It was such a cliffhanger too! Ugh. I also watched Point Pleasant (a kid of the devil series) and liked it. I think they got pushed out by shows like Lost, 24, and Alias (all popular that year).
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  • redlipstickredlipstick Posts: 213Registered Users
    Another +1 for Pushing Daisies, and another one ABC slept on - the Middleman with Natalie Morales and Matt Keeslar. It aired on ABC Family for one season.
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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    Ooh thought of an oldie I loved. It was called A Year in the Life. It was an ensemble cast of a family (kinda like Parenthood or Brothers and Sisters).

    It starred a young Sarah Jessica Parker, Adam Arkin, oh and that blonde girl from Can't Buy me Love.
  • kaybkayb Posts: 5,054Registered Users
    ttlolla wrote: »
    Dirty sexy money :sad4:


    Starts doing holy dance!

    I think the writer's strike really did ABC in.

    Add me to the list for Pushing Daisies and Dirty Sexy Money.

    I also miss, Freaky Links....no one knows this TV show, and now, Awake. Yeah, they wrapped it up but I wished I could have seen where they would take it.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Count me in for Pushing Daisies (loved), My So Called Life, and Flash Forward.

    I'll also add The United States of Tara which aired on Showtime 09'-11'. It starred Toni Collette and focused around her character having dissociative identity disorder. I was in awe of this show. Utterly amazing.

    The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, HBO, 2009. This started Jill Scott and focused around her starting a detective agency in Botswana. It was based on a novel. I found it delightful, but apparently not many others did.

    Oh- and Dirt, FX, 2009 maybe. 2 seasons, Courteney Cox. Centered around a sleazy tabloid rag and had too many crazy story lines.

    Lipstick Jungle. Can't remember the network or year.
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