A look back at some great SF and fantasy TV shows that died an all-too-early death, and some that deserved their early sonic shower
There’s a dusty closet in the corner of TV-land containing a cobwebby pile of shows chopped down in their youth. Not enough viewers… too expensive to produce… worried advertisers… the reasons are many, but the result is the same: another programme taken off our screens just as we were falling in love with it.
We thought we’d honour some of the soldiers that have fallen over the years with this list, all of them shows which were only gifted with one season and then cruelly yanked by the networks airing them. We mourn them all! Apart from the ones at the end of this feature, which we were glad to see the back of…
THE ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR
1993-4 • 27 Episodes • Created by: Jeffrey Boam and Carlton Cuse
This is was what the Will Smith movie Wild Wild West wanted to be when it grew up. True, there’s not much in the way of a budget and there certainly weren’t any “wiki-wiki wah-wahs” to be heard along the way but The Adventures Of Brisco County Jr had something else: Bruce Campbell. Never has an actor fitted so perfectly into a role as Campbell into his cowboy alter-ego Brisco, on the trail of the no-good gang who killed his Pa in a Wild West that’s half Blazing Saddles and half steampunk comedy.
Some of the episodes were a bit hit and miss, true, but this was a fun, frantic series which didn’t take itself too seriously and had some impressive guest turns (special kudos goes to Billy Drago as Brisco’s evil nemesis, John Bly).
Plus it was co-created by Lost’s Carlton Cuse… who also appeared in a couple of episodes. How’s that for a pedigree?
Still not sure? Check out the opening titles. The horse gets its own credit. What’s not to love?
Tags: Brimstone, Brisco County, Century City, Crime Traveller, Earth 2, Firefly, Flash Gordon, Galactica 1980, Manimal, Miracles, Moonlight, Odyssey 5, Sleepwalkers, The Middleman, Wonderfalls, Young Hercules