great tv shows that ended before their time

Favorite TV Shows That Ended Before Their Time

I don’t watch many tv shows but the ones that I watch, I really love. My favorites over the years have great tv shows that ended before their timebeen across the board but the one thing that’s
consistent is that I always hate when they come to an end. I realize they all have to end (unless it’s the Simpsons… I don’t thing that show will ever end) but I always hate when they do.

Since next weekend brings us the finale of one of my favorites (Desperate Housewives) I started thinking about the ones that I really hated to see go.

Guiding Light – I watched this show from the time I was a latch-key kid in the 3rd grade almost religiously, until it ended in 2009. I lived to see what the evil Spauldings were up to, loved the family moments of the Bauers, the sophistication of the Chamberlains and the crazy Cooper and Reardon families. I lost touch with the show during my working days but like any good soap opera, I could tune in at any given time and know exactly what was going on.  I thought they did a great job for the series finale when once again Josh and Reva were together for what we can only hope is forever. Fact: I got the chance to meet Kim Zimmer at what was then the GGO when I was in middle school. Yes… I was awe struck and she was gracious. Still miss that show.

Las Vegas – This was one of those tv shows that had very little redeaming qualities to it but then again – it is TVLand. Somehow though, it pulled you in and those of us who liked the show, really, really liked it. It had Josh Duhamel, James Caan, James Lesure, Vanessa Marcil, Josh Duhamel (wait.. already said him), Molly Sims and in the end the always endearing Tom Selleck (it’s a sin he still is as hot now as he was when he was Magnum). What ticked me off on this one is that it became a victim of the writers strike and they just ended it… no end the storyline of Danny and Delinda’s pregnancy. Nothing. Just zip. Done. I’m still bitter over that one.

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Brothers & Sisters – Speaking of being bitter. This was another one of those tv shows that didn’t get the end that it deserved. Just a nasty, unceremonious pull of the plug. This show was a definite sleeper that had a small but passionate audience. I mean – the maven of the family was Sally Field! How do you pull the plug on NORMA RAE?? Really? And while some aren’t fans of Calista Flockhart, she was amazing on this show. So unfair they didn’t give the Walker family a proper goodbye.

Beverly Hills, 90210 – Oh. My. God. Still one of my all time favorite tv shows. Heaven help me should I be flipping thru channels and come across a 90210 episode or worse – a marathon.  I guess because this show started just a couple of years after I graduated high school that it resonated with me and all of my friends but there wasn’t an episode that I didn’t love. From the Dylan and Brenda love saga to Kelly fighting to find her inner strength and self esteem to David and Donna committing to a relationship without sex (until THAT fateful night), in my opinion, it was the first show to show a true opinion of high school. Well, as true as it could be considering the zipcode. And I promise you, I tried to embrace the “new” 90210 but even with them adding original cast members to the show, I just couldn’t do it.

Desperate Housewives – This one ends next weekend and I am sad to see the women of Wisteria Lane go. This show started off strong in the beginning and then almost “jumped the shark” in seasons 3 and 4. Thankfully, Marc Cherry saw this and did one of those flash forward moves that took us 5 years into the future and the ladies were back.  The 4 main characters are as different as they come, but the one thing that they all held true to is their friendships to each other. I like how this last season has progressed and I have no doubt that next weekends finale will be fitting of the stories that have been woven over the past 8 years.

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24 – Sigh. How I miss this show. Not just because I adore Kiefer Sutherland but it really was a great show. Yes, the last couple of seasons weren’t as great as the first ones but how can you resist Jack Bauer? I mean really. Who can solve all the worlds problems without one single bathroom break. Kiefer’s got a new show now – which isn’t too bad – but I just can’t watch anything with him in it without waiting for him to shout “DAMMIT!” – even his voiceovers in the Bank of America ads. DAMMIT! Take your card from the ATM!

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June 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Late to the party here, but I just wanted to leave a comment. I am sad and happy about Desperate Housewives going off the air. It was sort of bittersweet for me! The show had really run its course, but that doesn’t mean I have to feel relieved that it’s gone. I’m gonna miss those ladies a lot.

Great list!
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    June 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t care if you’re late, I’m just glad you’re here! You’re right about DH and the way they ended it!! OMG it was like a regular season ending! It was the ultimate series ending cliff hanger! I thought they did a great job at wrapping up the story lines without cheating us – life does go on once the circle of friends starts to separate. And were you not even sadder last weekend when Kathryn Joosten finally passed away after “living” her cancers return this season?

    I definitely need to go check your blog out – I think we have some kindred spirits here!!

      June 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      Oh my gosh, yes! I honestly had no idea that the actress herself had cancer. That was very sad news.

      I kind of hoped the finale(s) would be more exciting throughout like I’ve come to expect from the show. They were still excellent and they definitely tied the loose ends up, no doubt about it. The cliff hanger was a really nice touch and left the fans feeling like Wisteria Lane would keep on keepin’ on even though the ladies left it.

      One thing that irritated me was that they didn’t address Gabby’s biological daughter. That’s one HUGE loose end they left flapping in the wind. I would have loved that.
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        June 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

        Oh that’s a very good point! I didn’t think about that but they should have looped her back in somehow.

        I’m glad it wasn’t a dramatic ending.. it really felt like a warm goodbye with a good friend and yes… in my head Wisteria Lane is alive and well with it’s newest round of Desperate Housewives!
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May 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’ve heard that about Deadwood. And the White House show (drawing a blank). I want/need to go back and watch Deadwood. I remember American Gothic!! I know I saw at least a few episodes of it so you weren’t the only one 😉
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Jennifer Filipowski
May 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Deadwood for sure. And I loved American Gothic – but it only lasted one season so I guess I was one of the only people who did.

May 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

Add me for Las Vegas as well! What a guilty pleasure that was. It seems like they kill off shows faster and faster these days–I was really getting into Falling Skies last year, and more recently, Bent, when they were unceremoniously yanked. What’s up with that?

May 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

I watched Guiding Light with friends at their house when I was around seven or eight, but lost track of it after a few years. What always made me laugh was seeing the soap opera guide in the supermarket checkout line featuring Bo and Hope YEARS after one or both of them had already been killed off and thinking to myself, “Seriously?”
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