Sci-Fi TV Shows that you're pretty sure only you watched.

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Dale Sams, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

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    Shows only I watched: FreakyLinks. :(

    I watched Fantastic Journey. And I'm thinking about buying Quark, although I never watched it at the time.

    No, I watched that one, too.

    And I stuck with Heroes all the way through.
     
  2. Tosk

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  3. Christopher

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    Not really amazing, since the majority of shows in every genre get cancelled after one season or less. TV shows are like the offspring of wild animals -- a bunch of them are spawned, they struggle to survive in a harsh environment, most die young or in infancy, and only a lucky few survive to maturity.


    Space Cases, of course.
     
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  5. Chris3123

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    Oh, I just thought of another one that I never saw much talk about: Time Trax.

    I had a feeling you'd get it. ;)

    BTW, I can't recall if you've ever mentioned it, but do you know Peter David?
     
  6. C.E. Evans

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    Comedies (especially live-action) are Disney XD's bread and butter.
    It's been awhile, and I may be remembering it incorrectly, but I think there was a feeling by the producers that the original main arc parts either weren't working and/or they wanted to drop the show's original lead.
    I've always been a fan of B-movies and extremely campy stuff, and Black Scorpion was an utterly shameless example. Mind you, I frequently had it on with either the volume down or while listening to music through headphones while doing housework, but periodically I would look up to see something outrageously silly and just shake my head or laugh...
    I remember Relic Hunter, but at times it was hard for me to look past it as a live-action knockoff of the popular Tomb Raider video games at the time.
     
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  7. Greg Cox

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    I like campy stuff, too, and will defend Cleopatra 2525 to the day I die, but Black Scorpion just fell flat for me. It was a bad, lead-footed attempt at a campy guilty pleasure.

    Almost as bad: the short-lived CONAN THE BARBARIAN live-action series.

    Meanwhile, I actually thought RELIC HUNTER was more fun than the "official" TOMB RAIDER movies. The show had a nice sense of humor, never took itself too seriously, and was utterly shameless when it came to finding "plausible" excuses for Tia Carrere to take her clothes off.

    "Oh my! The lost temple is buried under a nudist colony!"

    That's sheer genius, I tell you . . . .
     
  8. Christopher

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    Yeah, that's one I've thought it would be nice to revisit (if for no other reason that that it featured the magnificent Mia Sara in a recurring role), but unfortunately it's not available on Netflix. Although apparently the first season set is available for manufacture-on-demand purchase.


    I've attended several Shore Leave conventions with him and we've been on some panels together, and at the most recent one I sat across from him at the writers' brunch on Sunday morning. So we're acquainted and have had some conversations. Nothing more than that, really.


    I think Cleo 2525's first season of half-hour episodes is very flawed -- these supposed resistance fighters or whatever seemed to spend most of their time hanging out at parties -- but the hourlong second season finally lived up to the potential the show had all along. Too bad the rushed, forced series finale was so weak -- and came so soon.

    I don't think I was able to get past the first few minutes of Black Scorpion.


    I vaguely remember that. I didn't think it was that bad. Not particularly good, but watchable.


    Hmm, I'm starting to regret not having watched that show. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be on Netflix.
     
  9. Dale Sams

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    I was trying to think of *any* sci-fi or horror shows from 75-80 that lasted more than one season. Without doing a through investigation, Buck Rogers was all I could think of.
     
  10. RAMA

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    The Phoenix-Ancient Aliens inspired series. Judson Scott was in it, and it lasted about as long as a gamer's attention span.
    Star Cops-BBC show shown in USA soon after it's airing in UK. Good drama.
    VR5- One of the best scifi shows of the 90s. Its one of the few FOX shows no one's ever heard of.
    Surface-Not a great show, but it was growing on me.
    Threshold-One of the best shows on here.
    Flash Forward-I could still murder the execs who cancelled this show.
    Max Headroom-A show that tried to be hip and actually was!
    Automan(way back when)-Tron's first sequel! 12 people watched it.
    Adventures of Jules Verne-Lots of fun, richly realized.
    Captain Power-Should never have been aimed at kids, and to sell toys.
    Hypernauts-By part of the B5 crew. Light years better kids scifi than Power Rangers, so of course no one watched it.
    Space Rangers-Not a great show but I watched all 6 or 7 episodes.
    Enterprise-Well its a ST show that got cancelled that's doesn't have miniskirts and beehive hairdos.
    Defying Gravity-A disclaimer...I didn't watch it in first run either. I am sure I'm one of about 1,000 people who've seen it though.
    Dr Who-Original (USA PBS) I thought I was the only person not answering phones on PBS who ever watched it at the time.
    Terra Nova-I watched the whole first season, no one else bothered.
    Phantom 2040-I'm certain I am the only one who has ever watched this show. Best version of Phantom ever. I have not seen it since the mid-90s though. Writing by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, designs by Peter Chung.
    http://www.reeves-stevens.com/phantom.html
     
  11. RAMA

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    Yup It's what most scifi was like before STNG...cheap and tongue in cheek. Unfortunately it aired around the same time as STNG's second season.
     
  12. Greg Cox

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    Believe it or not, I once attended a convention that was pretty much entirely devoted to that show. The art show was full of amateur drawings and paintings of Judson Scott, the dealer's room was full of xeroxed "Phoenix" fanfic, etc.

    And Judson Scott was the Guest of Honor, of course.

    In my experience, no show is so obscure that it doesn't have some sort of fan following. Once, just to be polite, I made the mistake of signing a petition to bring back the short-lived STARMAN tv series and found myself on a STARMAN mailing list for years thereafter . . . . :)
     
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    The already forgotten Alphas...
    The unfairly forgotten Sanctuary...
    Earth: The Final Conflict, seasons two through three...
    Threshold...
    FlashForward...
    The 4400...
    Miracles...
    Brimstone...
    Strange Luck...
     
  14. RAMA

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    Wow. I was 11 or 12 when it was on and my sister and I were mesmerized by Judson Scott. When I saw Judson Scott in STII a few years later on tv I thought it was the Phoenix who reached home! :lol:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SASkqWyn40&feature=share

    That looks kinda cheap and cool at the same time..Where BSG failed, the Phoenix...um...failed worse. My 12 year old self thought it was pure awesomeness.
     
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  15. trekkiedane

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    Lexx - I thought I was the only one in this universe watching that show... then I registered on the Trek-BBS.

    7 Days - Same story. -Except, I still wait for someone to come forward and admit they watched it.

    Aeon Flux (the animated series) - Took me a while to figure out it actually had a bit of a cult-following.

    Karaoke and the sequel, Cold Lazarus - Brilliant Dennis Potter tv-serials.

    Earth; Final Conflict - ALL FIVE SEASONS!!!

    Moonbase 3 - Fantastic British SciFi series! - Well, fantastic is just the thing it wasn't; instead it was realistic -probably that's why it didn't last more than one series back in 1973. :rommie:

    Mysterious Ways - Has it been mentioned upthread?

    Paradox - Weird mashup of SciFi elements and police procedural. It's currently running around here :rommie:

    The Tripods - Too bad they never finished the story :(

    Ultraviolet - The only vampire-series I ever wanted to watch -and then they pulled it.
     
  16. Greg Cox

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    Ultraviolet was pretty great.
     
  17. stj

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    ^^^Forgot Ultraviolet. I think that was the first time I saw the murderer-from-tragic-necessity angstfest that has become so cliche. Ultraviolet did it rather well, so well that for me it pretty much drained the well of emo dry.;) At some level when I see that trope I'm thinking, "Ultraviolet did it so much better it makes your feeble efforts look like My Little Pony!" :guffaw:I don't dwell on Ultraviolet much because, let's face it, mastering the noble-killer-tormented-by-irrational-guilt is sort of like master the art of the dusty limerick. Impressive but it's not really something to look for.

    (Sorry, no real feelings there, but the thread was just crying out for a My Little Pony reference. How could the rest of you ignore those pitiful whimpers?)

    And it probably got Stephen Moyer his True Blood gig, too.
     
  18. Mr. Adventure

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    Anyone remember Wizards and Warriors? For years I thought I had imagined it. :)

    The later Land of the Lost series is another one.


    Good list, I've seen *most* of those. Loved Max Headroom as a kid. Saw a couple episodes of Hypernauts and Jules Verne. Never saw Phoenix though.
     
  19. sojourner

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    The Kindred, The Embraced series. I used to think the lead on the show was the spitting image of Dr.No era Sean Connery. Too bad he died.
     
  20. Christopher

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    The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Space: 1999, Mork and Mindy, Jason of Star Command, Project UFO, Salvage 1, and in England, Sapphire and Steel and two Terry Nation series, Blake's 7 and Survivors.


    Starman was a wonderful show. It's a shame it didn't catch on. Trivia: its lead actors, Robert Hays and Christopher Daniel Barnes, went on to play Iron Man and Spider-Man, respectively, in '90s animation, and had a reunion of sorts when Iron Man appeared on Spidey's show.


    I saw that once -- it was pretty interesting, a nice, grounded hard-SF drama from Doctor Who's Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks.