There are a great many losses we experience over our lifetimes. We can lose out on small things in our lives and just completely come undone. I once lost my favourite coral, MAC lip moisturizer, and shed many a tear. A waste of salty sobs? Probably.
But there’s one thing in this world, that may not seem like a big deal, but I never quite recover from: The loss of a favourite television show.
We are sometimes lucky enough to land upon a show that is just so in-tune with our sense of humour, or perhaps even our outlook on life, we come to consider it as an extension of ourselves. When I really like a t.v. show, I don’t just like it, I’m emphatic about its quality. Over the years, I’ve lost many a glorious show to the big broadcast companies, thanks to viewers being too daft to appreciate a good thing when it’s right in front of them, while they sit on their arses on a couch. I think today’s as good as any to feature an In Memorium of my most beloved, and forever lost, t.v. shows.
My So-Called Life, will forever live on in my memory as one of the most glorious syndications to hit the small screen. Featuring a dynamite cast, including Claire Danes and Jared Leto, and enough plaid to drive you mad (in love). The fashion truly was amazing, and is clearly still influencing the masses today in the way of grunge. Movies and shows have tried to capture teenage angst for decades, but no show did it quite as well as this one. Luckily I own the short, sweet, and solitary first (and only) season, so I can enjoy these moody brutes for years to come.
Much of my taste in television has to be credited to my parents, and their quirky sense of humour. Northern Exposure is one such show that they introduced me to. For those unfamiliar with this stroke of genius, the show was about an NYC doctor sent to practice in a small town in Alaska. The town was full of eccentric, but oh-so-loveable characters, INCLUDING the beautiful John Corbett (aka. Aidan Shaw from Sex and the City, aka. One Foxy S.O.B). Come to think of it, I never made it through the full 6 seasons, so perhaps the show wasn’t technically cancelled…meh.
Look at these beautiful tweens from the amazing show Freaks and Geeks, each one such a gem! Can you believe this phenomenal cast? Seth Rogen, Jason Segal, Linda Cardellini, Martin Starr…and FRANCO…YOUNG JAMES FRANCO. This show was similar to My So-Called Life in that it gave a look into teenage life that wasn’t corny or laced with parental advice, except for that it was MUCH less emotional and WAY more hilarious. This is not surprising considering it was produced by Judd Apatow and Created by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids). It truly boggles my mind that this show was cancelled after only 18 episodes. What goons WEREN’T watching this show when it aired? I’ll just never understand it.
The One That Got Away
Bored to Death: a perfect and truly hilarious HBO show, that was unjustly taken from us far too soon. Starring some absolute legends: Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and the ultimate silver fox, Ted Danson; this show was a true delight. In my mind, each episode was increasingly hilarious and the comedic timing flawless. It was so quirky and unique, an absolute treasure passed down from the HBO gods, but only for a brief 3 seasons. Here are a few of my favourite quotes:
- As a youthful bachelor, I live off white wine and avocados
- Been on a white wine regimen
- On caesars: You get your vitamins from the tomato juice, and the celery gives you your fibre. And the vodka helps you with your mood first thing in the morning. Which is healthy.
Okay, so yes, all those quotes involve alcohol, but my-god, there’s never been three more charming, functioning alcoholics than these gents.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge HBO fan, but seriously, they will forever be making up the loss of Bored to Death to me (HINT: They could always force Matthew McConaughey to do more shows of the detective variety, evidently it’s my favourite genre).
The only solace one can take in the unceremonious dumping of these beloved shows is that they never jumped the shark, and will therefore always be timeless and hold an untainted spot in our hearts.