A look back on some of our favourite shows that were wrongfully stopped short
We all know the feeling. Finding a good show is hard, but when you finally find the one, it’s like falling in love. But alas, soon comes the heartbreak as we hear our beloved series has been axed, destined to be a one-hit-wonder. Here, we explore some of our favourite heartbreaks.
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Freaks and Geeks
It feels best to start with the show that famously deserved another series. Ah, Freaks and Geeks, you defined my sixth form years. Set in 1980, I promptly became obsessed with all their end-of-the-era tastes: their music, their clothes, even their furniture. We’re thrown into high school life in Michigan, and the ordinariness of the everyday is what sets the perfect backdrop for the characters’ self-exploration.
Yes, it does, unfortunately, have James Franco, but it also has Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Linda Cardellini, so I think we can forgive them for that. I have to warn you, though, upon reaching the end of the painfully short season, you will enter a state of mourning, so make sure you watch it when you have time to properly enjoy and cherish the show, and say goodbye to it. I know this sounds overly dramatic, and perhaps it was just me, but this show really made me reevaluate my life. Happy viewing!
Zoe Kravitz plays the role of Rob in Hulu’s High Fidelity; the ultimate music fan who owns a record shop and backgrounds her life with Prince, Bob Dylan and Ann Peebles, among others. She knows everything that there is to know about music and by extension, about love. However, her personal relationships aren’t as successful as she, and the viewers, might want.
Rob breaks the fourth wall as she relates her experiences to music, and to the audience. Her story is our story. She serves as a sad, lonely protagonist whom the viewer can root for. She has a salty love life, good friends who are around, the occasional good looking person to distract her and, most importantly, the eventual desire to turn her life around. She struggles through a smoking addiction throughout the season; the old lady across her window, smoking and looking into her apartment serving as a crude look into the future.
There is so much that the show could have, and should have, explored. Whilst Rob catching up with her top five heartbreaks begins as a satisfying thing to watch, this disintegrates into emotional turmoil, as is typical for the show.
A potential second season could’ve given Rob the chance to be by herself, without the hold of a romantic partner, to explore and understand her own life as an individual. The show had the potential to show Kravitz’s versatility as an actor, and give her character the opportunity for deeper experiences. If nothing else, High Fidelity deserves a second series for its ability to broaden the audience’s music taste alone!
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Written and starring Desiree Akhavan, alongside Maxine Peake, The Bisexual is a beautiful, hilarious, drama-filled show that follows protagonist Leila as she leaves her long-term, lesbian relationship to explore her own, repressed, bisexuality.
What the show does best is its engagment with humour and irony to tackle contemporary stereotypes and prejudices held against the bisexual community, often by LGBT people themselves.
Leila, a self-proclaimed ‘gold star lesbian’, in the haze of the London art and party scene, struggles to accept her experimentation with men and battles through internalised biphobia, in an attempt to tell her friends of her newly discovered identity. The show refuses to shy away from the taboo, instead approaching it full-force; Akhavan’s characters are often out-spoken, problematic but above all, incredibly likeable, causing me to have an immediate attachment to the show.
Whilst it’s true that all good things must come to an end, the show’s failure to be picked up for a second series is heartbreaking; the show’s end after 6 episodes left so much room for further character development, making it hard to leave them behind.