The 10 Best Short-Lived FOX Shows
From 'Firefly' to 'Wonderfalls' to 'Method & Red,' FOX has canceled some classics
No. 3 - 'Firefly'
Even if FOX hadn't given "Firefly" a dreadful time slot and opted not to air the original pilot in sequence and basically confused the world as to what, exactly, Joss Whedon's space-Western was, the series was probably always destined to be a cult curiosity, rather than a mainstream success. So really, FOX just accelerated an inevitable process. Thanks, FOX!
Unlike Whedon's other low-rated FOX drama, "Dollhouse," "Firefly" had its identity in place from the very beginning. And what a wonderful, strange identity it was, with its retro-future technology, genre-bending archetypes and dialogue that mixed Old West, Chinese and Whedon-specific neologisms.
And while Nathan Fillion may have been positioned as the star of "Firefly," he was surrounded by an ensemble of actors -- Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Stait, Sean Maher, Summer Glau and Ron Glass -- who so instantly and fully inhabited their roles that a decade later, they're all still basking in audience good-will that seems unlikely to fade.
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