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5 ’90s Series That Got Cancelled Too Soon

The good ones never stay.
August 29, 2018
4 mins read

It used to be that everyone rushed home to catch their favorite programs on TV, but while nobody knew it then, that excitement wasn’t going to last long. Still, before high-speed internet connection came along and took everyone by a storm, television was everyone’s favorite choice of distraction, thanks to programs like “Jump Street.”

Indeed, some of the best shows of the ’90s just vanished without fans really ever discovering why. Why would a thrilling show stop production for good out of thin air? You could even ask the same thing about forgotten child stars like Jodie Sweeten and Abigail Breslin.

So, to figure out what happened to some of the most popular ‘90s shows that were cancelled too soon, it’s time to take a nosedive into nostalgia. Why was your favorite program in the pre-aughts canceled premarturely, and could there be a possibility of watching it again in the near future?

1. Mystery Science Theatre 300

After Comedy Central stopped airing “Mystery Science Theatre 300,” Syfy picked up production of the show only to drop it later because of the astronomical cost of its airing rights. Predicated on a group of misfits who were under the captive of villains and forced to watch horror movies, “Mystery Science” and its iconic image of a man sitting in between two robots in a movie theatre at the bottom of a TV screen is still clear in many minds.

After rumors of “MST3K” reboot started flying last year, it’s almost impossible to imagine how many hilarious memes the show would generate in the age of social media.

2. All-American Girl

After 19 episodes, “All-American Girl” vanished from TV screens after heavy criticism regarding the way it depicted culture clashes. The 1994 sitcom featured a Korean-American family and after its success, stand-up comedian Margaret Cho became a darling to the world.

Most of the critics were Asian-American viewers who were of the opinion that the show inaccurately represented their culture, especially when it came to matters of racism. Cho, however, managed to thrive even after the curtains dropped.

3. Legends of the Hidden Temple

With animated films now available practically everywhere because of streaming, if “Legend of the Hidden Temple” were released more recently, it would never would have gone off the air.

The show wasn’t without its drama, though. Rumors swirled that the production of a certain episode took over 18 hours, exhausting the young actors and the shooting crew. Despite these challenges, audiences loved watching the Nickelodeon competition that featured contestants searching for a hidden artifact inside a temple. But, the show’s cancellation shouldn’t stop a student who wants to buy essay in Australia for their Disney college program from pursuing a career in animated films, because the future of blockbuster productions is brighter than ever.

4. Freaks and Geeks

This iconic show began amassing something of a cult following during its runtime, despite the fact that it only lasted one season. In fact, it was actually cancelled before the season finished, so it technically didn’t even last one season.

Still, the cast included a roster of child actors that included future movie stars like James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen, which added heft to an otherwise typical story concept. The show has continued to grow in popularity even after its cancellation, largely because fans want to see how what their favorite celebrities were like in their early acting days. Netflix recently added the show, so the fanbase of “Freaks and Geeks” has never been stronger.

5. Married with Children

By portraying the grungy underbelly of modern suburbia, “Married with Children” helped change what kind of stories sitcoms could tell. The show followed the dysfunctional, miserable Bundy family as they navigated life in high-class society, an environment they were unaccustomed to.

The show went off air in 1997, but recently talks of a reboot have surfaced. According to TMZ, many of the original cast members have signed on, but Ed O’Neill, who played the patriarch of the family, Al Bundy, is still an integral part of the contemporary sitcom fixture “Modern Family.” If O’Neill can juggle the two families, then fans might see a reboot in the near future.

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