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10 Cancelled Sci-Fi TV Shows Netflix Should Bring Back Before Terra Nova

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  1. Steve R.
    Member

    An old post now, but worth contemplating: 10 Cancelled Sci-Fi TV Shows Netflix Should Bring Back Before Terra Nova. My vote for continuing or concluding canceled series would go to Caprica and Stargate Universe. Capirca, I believe, was extremely underrated.

    Terra Nova would be an interesting series to continue or to conclude.

    Revolution would be worthy of a good conclusion. Unfortunately, the series progressively deteriorated as time went on and ended in a muddled mess.

    More Firefly would be great!! Lots of potential, however it can get progressively difficult to keep a story fresh. Sometime, it must end. As with "Indiana Jones", there is one final story to be told.

    Each of these continuations or conclusions could be accomplished through a limited min-series by Netflix. Netflix appears to be on the verge of "disrupting" the networks as the sole content producers. Netflix is already distributing content through the internet. So why not also create that content?

    Posted 5 years ago #
  2. geoffhart1962
    Member

    I'm right with you on Caprica and Firefly. Firefly in particular; there's lots of time and space between the last episode and the movie to fill in backstory. I also thought Dollhouse deserved more time to find its niche. I hope Joss Wedon sent autographed photocopies of the earning record from Avengers to every TV exec who cancelled one of his shows on the anniversary of cancelling the show. Sarah Connor chronicles also deserved more time.

    Most of the other recs seem good choices, though I haven't seen several of them and can't speak to personal experience.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  3. Steve R.
    Member

    In todays Washington Post: "‘Gilmore Girls’ is coming to Netflix: Here’s why that’s a big deal". The Post writes: "... allow us to explain why this is a big deal. In a nutshell: The show is finally available to the masses, which feels like a small but triumphant win for a brilliant show that never really got the recognition — or farewell — it deserved."

    While this may not be SF, Netflix's current proposed action with the Gilmore Girls demonstrates that there can be life after being dumped by a network. Hopefully SF can benefit from this nascent trend. There are many unfinished stories.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  4. Winks
    Member

    Lost in Space...

    Posted 5 years ago #
  5. Toast
    Member

    Sanford and Son

    Posted 5 years ago #
  6. robertbrown
    Member

    Max Headroom had some life left in it when it was axed, though I admit it would be hard to recreate it now. Its savvy cynicism doesn't save it from seeming shockingly naive after all we've seen over the last 25 years.

    Jeez...25 years. Really? A quarter of a century? I gotta stop remembering things.

    Posted 5 years ago #
  7. schatzfam
    Member

    Looking at this old post, Winks nailed it as Lost in Space has indeed been revived by Netflix and just finished its second season. I enjoy the show for what it is, but those with a more scientific background than me would probably have a harder time with it.

    My favorite Netflix SF show is called Travelers, which is somewhat reminiscent of Varley's Air Raid (turned into the movie Millennium). This Canadian show ran for 3 seasons and does a great job of exploring and expanding upon its premise.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  8. Steve R.
    Member

    Fortunately, the Expanse was saved by Amazon. Amazon has renewed The Expanse for a fifth season.

    PS: Since this thread started, five years ago, content streaming has really caught-on. An interesting aspect with HULU, you are no longer constrained to watching a show at the time it airs. It can be watched virtually anytime (after the show airs).

    Posted 1 month ago #
  9. Mark Pontin
    Member

    Robert Brown wrote: "Max Headroom ... Its savvy cynicism doesn't save it from seeming shockingly naive after all we've seen over the last 25 years ... Jeez...25 years. Really? A quarter of a century? I gotta stop remembering things."

    Sorry, chum, but what you're not remembering is that it's been _thirty-five_ years, not twenty-five.

    Max Headroom came out in 1984, appropriately enough. As did NEUROMANCER by W. Gibson.

    I agree, it's chastening to realize that. Ride with us again through those long-ago days when cyberpunk was yet young and so were we, and dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  10. Steve R.
    Member

    By coincidence, this story just popped-up: 6 Classic Sci-Fi TV Shows Netflix Should Remake After Lost In Space. I was very unimpressed by the offering. There are still a lot of SF stories that have not yet been made into movies, that could be. Would like to see more effort at getting new SF content made into films.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  11. schatzfam
    Member

    That was a weak list although I was a big Outer Limits fan and somewhat enjoyed Quantum Leap. I suppose a case can be made that it is better to remake shows that could be easily improved upon (e.g. Space: 1999), rather than classics like Star Trek.

    Posted 1 month ago #
  12. Steve R.
    Member

    Would like to see the following made into movies:

    1. Chalk Chalker's: Soul Rider Series
    2. C. J. Cherryh's: Cyteen
    3. A. Bertram Chandler: Rim Worlds series. A very pleasant sequence of books with interesting stories that would be excellent for a series.
    Posted 1 month ago #
  13. Ron
    Member

    I think a Sliders reboot has potential:

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112167/

    Posted 1 month ago #

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