24 Retired TV Shows Viewers Want Renewed Besides '24'
Though it's not yet official, it looks like Jack Bauer will be heading back to television in the not-too-distant future.
This nearly-confirmed report came only weeks after rumors claimed that Friends, NBC's biggest sitcom, would be given a brand-new season. That rumor turned out to be false, but many fans still wish that Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Rachel and Joey would return for another round of comedy.
Friends is just one of many shows -- one of 24, in fact -- that viewers want renewed besides 24.
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As Matthew Perry's first hit comedy since Friends, Go On gave the star a chance to be someone other than Chandler Bing. Unfortunately for Perry (and the few remaining loyal fans), Go On's ratings went from 18 million to less than three million in only eight months.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Chuck was an endangered show for its entire run on TV. It still got five seasons, thanks to devoted fan campaigns, a unique partnership with Subway, and network executives who valued the show.
Even so, Chuck’s fans want more – a movie, a mini-series, a Webisode, etc. They’d take anything, and if Zachary Levi has his way, there will be more Chuck in the not-too-distant future.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Aside from The Practice and Boston Legal, David E. Kelley is most famous for creating great dramas that end before their time. Boston Public had four seasons, which is more than most. But it (along with Harry’s Law, Ally McBeal and Picket Fences) ended without a proper conclusion.
Fans of the HBO drama were outraged when the show was cancelled. They fought hard to save it, launching online campaigns and other initiatives to get the network to provide additional episodes – and most of all a solid conclusion to the show’s most popular storylines.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Before the dimension-bending world of Awake, viewers were enamored with Journeyman. This promising time-traveling drama had tons of potential, but after enduring weeks of low ratings, NBC pulled the plug.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
For all intents and purposes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer received an ending -- and a spin-off. But fans have repeatedly argued that there was more that could have been done, particularly after the saga continued via the long-running comic book.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The hit NBC comedy received an unofficial reunion via a brand-new story – and several minutes of fresh footage – during a 2009 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Millions of people still watch the reruns on cable and local TV stations and would love nothing more than to see these characters come together for another hilarious saga.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Now that a movie is finally on its way, fans are hoping that there could be more in store for this cult hit.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Alec Baldwin tried to save the once-popular comedy from extinction by offering to take a pay cut in order to keep the show in production. NBC denied his request and cancelled the show anyway, leaving three million loyal viewers to long for additional episodes that never came.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
In this sitcom, Christina Applegate played a character with amnesia. Unfortunately, viewers forgot to tune in on a regular basis – but ABC did not forget to cancel the show.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Important Things With Demetri Martin
His standup tours are great, but there was something truly special about Demetri Martin's first sketch comedy show.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Several years ago, filmmakers used a simple technique – fading to black – to conclude a scene. The Sopranos decided to use a variation by ending the entire series by cutting to static. Viewers have been complaining (and asking for a better conclusion) ever since.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
One of the most talked about shows of all time (on the Internet, at least), Firefly will forever be known as the greatest short-lived sci-fi drama ever created – and the show that launched Nathan Fillion’s career.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Flight of the Conchords
Quirky, hilarious and hard to forget, Flight of the Conchords was almost too good for TV. Its fans will forever long for a continuation, but it seems that dream may never come true.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The buzz around a possible reunion, movie or a brand-new season of the hit comedy has never been bigger. However, it seems that Friends fans will have to keep dreaming. While James Michael Tyler (who played Gunther) once swore that a Friends film was coming, the show’s former creators and head writers swear that it is not going to happen.
There’s a very good reason for that: no one wants to tarnish the show’s legacy with a less-than-perfect follow-up.
If there’s any consolation, it’s that Friends fans can always tune into the one and only deleted storyline that never aired on TV but is on YouTube and recently made it onto the show’s Blu-ray boxed set.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The X-Files constantly reminded viewers that the “truth is out there.” For Roswell, the show was cancelled before the truth could ever come out.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Bored to Death
Another HBO gem that died of low ratings, Bored to Death became a cult classic after its premature conclusion. This is primarily due to the growth of the HBO Go app, which could have feasibly saved the show if it had been made sooner.
Thankfully, HBO is making a movie to continue (or perhaps conclude) the show’s hilarious story.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
This David E. Kelley legal drama earned an average of eight million viewers during its first and second seasons. There were times when its ratings actually topped a couple of popular CBS shows, including Hawaii Five-O and The Good Wife.
Unfortunately, the ratings did not matter because Harry’s Law skewed to an older market than the 18- to 49-year-old demographic that advertisers crave. Thus, NBC cancelled a show that had twice the number of viewers of nearly every show on the program outside of The Voice.
Better Off Ted
Offbeat comedies are a hard sell in primetime TV. Nonetheless, millions of viewers were disappointed in 2010 when they heard that Ted was dead.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Better than True Blood? Don't worry -- HBO will never know. ABC cancelled it too soon for most people to find out.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Freaks and Geeks
The geeks are all grown up now, but the show’s diehard fans are still stuck in 1999 when the show first aired. They’d love for nothing more than the show to continue in some form – a high school reunion special, perhaps?
As amusing as that would be (a drugged out, Judd Apatow-style comedy could be great), the cast has moved on to bigger and better things. For better or worse, the Freaks and Geeks ship has sailed away and is unlikely to ever come back.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Fans have argued that this is the best MTV show ever created, but the network was too busy building its reality TV empire to notice.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
The first season finale (which ultimately turned out to be the series finale) was so brilliant, so powerful and so beautifully conclusive that it is almost painful to imagine how badly the showrunners might have screwed things up had Awake continued.
Nonetheless, its cancellation was heartbreaking for the few million viewers who tuned in every week.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons