6 Classic Shows (Besides The X-Files) That Should Come Back for One More Season to Answer All Your Questions
With The X-Files returning for a six-episode season to finally wrap up the alien conspiracy plotline… and Twin Peaks returning to satisfy the curiosity of the six remaining fans who haven’t given up on David Lynch altogether… the HNTP team is here to beg Hollywood to resurrect these other classic series that left too many unanswered questions.
6. Tru Calling
Sometimes new shows take a little while to find their voice and rhythm, and high concept supernatural/sci-fi shows tend to take longer than most. Since FOX is the most likely to greenlight these shows in the first place, FOX has developed a bit of a reputation for cancelling shows just when they get good, as the internet has noted a time or two. Even more than that show about lightning bugs or whatever, Tru Calling deserves someone to call it back from the dead and give it a second chance at survival.
Tru Calling was the promising 2003-2005 Elisha Dushku vehicle about an intrepid young mortician/medical student with the power to rewind the day and save the life of the corpses on her slab (but only if they ask nicely). In the second season, the series cleverly added more grist to its already intriguing mythology by casting Jason Priestly as the titular Tru’s nemesis…a man tasked with preventing Tru from saving the lives of her corpses, in order to maintain the Order of the Universe, no less. All the philosophical questions that left you chatting with your friends late into the night went unanswered. The universe is at stake, people! And we’ve barely scratched the surface of the supernatural causes and effects! Doesn’t that deserve one more season?!
FOX didn’t think so. In the series finale, Tru, who had already lost one beau to premature death, makes the decision to rewind time in order to save her current boyfriend, despite the fact that he never formally “asked” her to prevent his death. According to the series’ showrunners, had Tru Calling been picked up for a third season, it would have delved into the consequences of Tru’s impulsive choice, namely that it caused her slightly judgy and admittedly, at least up to this point in the series, extremely boring boyfriend to turn into a soulless, humanity-free serial killer. And, honestly, who wouldn’t want to watch a show about that?
– Julie Kushner
5. Lizzie McGuire
There’s been a brief frenzy of speculation about a Lizzie McGuire reunion after some magazine asked Hillary Duff if she’d be game and she said, and I quote, “Why not?” Chill out, rumor mags, one person saying she’d answer the phone if Disney called doesn’t mean Disney is calling.
And yet, I totally get the excitement. Lizzie McGuire carried me through my elementary school years and got me ready for the horrors of middle schooI. Curse you, Disney, for canceling plans to keep following Lizzie through high school. The show ended in 2004, and Disney Channel fan girls my age were left entirely in the dark about what high school was like until High School Musical came out two years later (and it was filled with lies!!!).
I know, I know. I shouldn’t complain since Lizzie did get a movie (and without any fan campaigning!), but it didn’t answer any of the questions I had: Did Lizzie and Gordo really get together? Did Lizzie and Kate become friends again? Why was Miranda missing so much in season 2? Why would she go to Mexico and instead of Rome and pass up the chance to meet Italian pop superstars? What kind of shenanigans would Lizzie get into high school?
It is Disney, so high school topics like drugs and sex would have to be G-rated. Plus, Lizzie McGuire would be out of place with Disney Channel’s increasingly high concept kidcoms, but we can still dream up some storylines. I mean we already had the drama with a training bra, but what would happen if Lizzie asked for a push-up bra?
– Susan Velazquez
Who cares if Joss Whedon personally produced the damn “Angel” comic books and called it “Season 6.” That shit doesn’t count, and not just because the comic book explanation of what happened after the series ended was all stupid can comic book-y in the worst sense of the word. It’s hokey, it’s preposterously contrived and convenient, and it’s straight out of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
The TV series ended on one of the most brilliant (if you’re judging it artistically) and infuriating (if you’re a fan who wants a satisfying conclusion) cliffhangers in TV history. OBVIOUSLY, they all died minutes after the closing credits, fighting the good fight, never relenting despite unwinnable odds. It’s UNDENIABLE because that’s the entire point of the episode. Except that it didn’t happen on camera, so it’s ENTIRELY DENIABLE. And, in fact, Joss Whedon himself denies it because he says the stupid comic book stuff is what happened, i.e., Angel didn’t slay the dragon as he heroically promised to, but instead made friends with it and used it to win the unwinnable battle.
Okay, obviously I’m dealing with some anger issues over the comic. Let’s take the TV show on its own merits. The writing team barely found out there wouldn’t be a Season 6 in time to write a big show-ending finish for Season 5, and the utter lack of preparation shows. Even without the big cliffhanger, it was hasty and unsatisfying. A brand new super-major-overarching bad guy organization is introduced just so it can be eliminated, rather than wrapping up the five-season-long struggle against Wolfram & Hart we’d been watching all this time. Bring back our heroes; give them a definitive fate and a crowd-pleasing sendoff, destroying the menace they’ve been fighting since episode #1.
– Rick Lewis
3. Battlestar Galactica
First off, Admiral Adama has to wake up and realize the last three episodes of the series were nothing but a dream, right? We can safely assume there’ll be no argument from anyone, anywhere. Having cast aside that false ending, we can finally get around to answering all the questions and mysteries of the series with something other than “Because the Cylon God wanted it that way.”
Hell, the series’ most popular character simply vanished into thin air while no one was looking. Literally. Like, literally literally. She just stopped existing. That’s what’s in the script. That’s what they shot. That’s what they put on the air. No explanation is ever given. It’s the will of the Cylon God.
Who gives a damn what the Cylon God wants? That’s not one of the characters we’re following. Whether the Cylon God fulfills its mission or not is entirely secondary to us; it only matters in so far as it interferes with the goals and actions of the characters we do care about. That means we’re gonna be really, really pissed when all those characters suddenly become automatons fulfilling the roles laid out for them by the Cylon God rather than playing an active role in their own destiny. It’s a complete misstep and a horrific way to end a brilliant series.
We need one more season where all the characters become aware of the Cylon God’s plan and have to actively decide whether to participate or defy it. We were headed that way as the officers of the Galactica slowly became aware that a higher power was, in fact, actively manipulating them. Let’s see that play out, and while we’re at it, let’s find out what the Cylon God truly is. Why did civilization collapse on Kobol? Were the gods of Kobol real, and what was their relation to the Cylon God? There’s so much more to explore!
– Sara Hope
2. Freaks & Geeks
It’s hard to believe that the critically acclaimed, highly cult-followed television show that launched the careers of Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, and James Franco only lasted 15 episodes in its original run. Airing in 1999 but set in 1981, Freaks and Geeks was wry, witty, and surprisingly poignant character study of two siblings — the smart but rebellious Lindsay (and her friends, the titular freaks) and the earnest but painfully shy Sam (and his friends, the titular geeks).
Nearly fifteen years after the final episode, fans continue to flood the show’s still-active message boards. Is Lindsay going to regret ditching math camp to follow the Grateful Dead? Is Nick really into disco now or just trying to impress his new girlfriend Sara? Speaking of, is he truly over Lindsay? Is head freak Daniel going to keep playing Dungeons & Dragons with the geeks as Carlos the Dwarf? Will Sam will ditch the geeks now that he’s dated the head cheerleader? And how will Bill cope with the knowledge that his mother his dating his nemesis and gym teacher, Coach Fredericks?
With showrunners Paul Feig and Judd Apatow hinting that Season 2 would have seen Kim get pregnant and Bill become a jock, inquiring minds want to know (80s reference!) how said freaks and geeks would handle jelly bracelets, leggings, Madonna, and all the rest the 1980s had to offer. Or – seeing how the 90s are clearly the new 80s in terms of media nostalgia – how about one final season centered around Lindsay’s 10th or 15th year high school reunion. How many shameless 90s references could Apatow cram into a television event like that? Considering the combined star power of the original cast, a Freaks and Geeks revival would be the “We Are the World” (80s reference!) of resurrected TV shows.
– Julie Kushner & Susan Velazquez
1. My Mother the Car
One of the most famous TV lemons of all time, Jerry Van Dyke buys a dilapidated 1928 convertible only to discover the car is the reincarnation of his dead mother, who can talk to him through the radio. The brief-lived sitcom was actually a failed knockoff of Mr. Ed, which was popular at the time. But a car isn’t a horse, of course, of course, and everyone in North America unanimously hated it.
Why would anyone want to resurrect this clunker? Because the show was lightyears ahead of its time (and not just for the engine backfire/fart joke that censors demanded they remove). TV in the 1960s wasn’t ready to explore the twisted metaphysical implications of the show’s central conceit, but today’s audiences are all-too-willing to embrace the darkness.
What forbidden, sinister magic is going on in this family to deny the mother the peace of the grave and bind her spirit forever with a neglected, rusting automobile? Her backstory is undoubtedly filled with demonic horrors and secrets no sane mind can comprehend. We need one more season… mixing Arrested Development with American Horror Story… to give the Crabtree family one last desperate chance to destroy the portal to Hell they opened and end the mother’s nightmarish existence once and for all.
– Rick Lewis