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"Looking Back: 5 Great Shows That Would’ve Been Even Better If The Writers’ Strike Never Happened"
Was The Black Donnellys during the strike too? Or was that simply NBC “NBC-ing” it up?
That show had potential.
MAN, I loved that show. It’s on Netflix, and still holds up (mostly) today.
Forgot about that show! It had such possibilities!
That was NBC’s “Fox” period, where they kept starting and cancelling good shows because they didn’t understand how to market things properly, ala what Fox did to Arrested Development and Firefly. See also: Kings, Studio 60, etc.
Haven’t seen that show in years, but I loved it when it was on air. I’m going to have to disagree with Studio 60 being a good show though.
Studio 60 was a piece of shit.
The WGA strike happened right after I graduated from college with a BA in broadcast communications, and completely wrecked my job prospects.
And yet Pushing Daisies’ demise is still the worst thing to come out of it.
As evidenced by your glorious avatar!
Out of curiosity, Patty, what did you end up doing?
My only trip to L.A. Ended up happening right before the strike and I was able to take a tour of the WB lot. I was the only One who said a show they wanted to visit so we visited the set of Pushing Daisies. I was able to see the Pie Shop up close.
After last weeks rave reviews of life I watched it. While good for an NBC show it stuck too much to the weekly plot and not enough to the one I was interested in.
I had a similar experience when I went through it. With every episode I watched, I assumed it was going to GET GOOD in the next one. But that never really happened. It was always just behind the corner around which it could be a good show.
Um, Friday Night Lights? Landry and Tyra murder some dude and get away with it? That might be the biggest writers strike disaster of them all.
did not see that second page… to be fair you did say 5
I think I might be the only person who didnt mind that plot. At least the Tyra and Landry as an item part.
I think Lyla as a born again Christian was more devastating.
I was going to comment and be like “well maybe Josh is like me and doesn’t acknowledge the existence of Season 2″ and then I read your reply, went to page 2 and now this reply is more useless than it was already going to be.
Heroes Amazing 1st season. Awful 2-4
Seconded. What the hell happened?
Bryan Fuller left after the first season and came back towards the end of the last season.
Definitely expected this one in the list. I don’t think the show ever recovered from the awkward job they did wrapping up the second season storylines.
The last ten minutes of season 1 happened. That mess of a season finale was the first step to Heroes’ steady decline.
Yup, even the first couple episodes of season 2 showed some promise.
Also Sylar was a villain without an agenda
You could see the signs in season 1 finale. What a fucking mess that was, and it just continue to get worse.
Some where towards the end it felt like the folks who read and enjoyed comic books left and were replaced by folks who thought they were just soap operas for nerds.
Man the last 2 seasons of Scrubs on NBC were a pile. The ABC season really impressed me as its quality was up there with Seasons 2 and 3. I still don’t consider Scrubs: The New Class or whatever as a season of Scrubs since it was always intended to be a spin-off show.
I agree with everything you wrote about Scrubs, but I’d like to say that while it sputtered on ABC, the finale was far and away 1,000 times better than the original finale on NBC. A fairy tale themed episode? Terrible and offered no closure to the characters.
That was because it wasn’t supposed to be the finale. It was the last episode because of the writers’ strike. Hence, Scrubs’ appearance on this list…
Writer’s strike or no writer’s strike, FNL’s second season would have still been awful. It’s not like it forced them to write the Landry Murders A Rapist plot or Street Goes To Mexico For Illegal Shark Blood Surgery plot. The network demanded more sensationalism, so that was the plan all along. The only thing that would have been improved was the abrupt end to the season. If anything, the writer’s strike helped the show in that it made it easier for the creator’s to just ditch most of the storylines in season 3 since they didn’t get a proper end in the first place. I bet if season 2 was a full 22 episode season that the show wouldn’t have rebounded the way it did.
But we all assume that Buddy Garrity straight up murdered Santiago in between seasons. Right?
Hahaha poor useless Santiago. This show really botched how to deal with the Latino culture in Texas. Which is kind of amazing considering they make up like 50% of the population there now.
Friday Night Lights Season 3 is the best retcon in the history of modern television.
This. FNL is probably the first and only show to be saved by a writer’s strike. Do over? Do over.
AMEN. FNL was saved by the shortened season 2. If we had had the full thing we’d never recover from the ZOMG A MURDER storyline. EVER. Peter Berg came in and was like.. ‘WTF DID YOU PEOPLE DO WHILE I WAS AWAY’ Oh god.. poor pooor useless Santiago.
Season 2 of Friday night lights fits perfectly with my theory that Todd from breaking bad is just Landry cuz college didn’t work out for him. Also that shark thing in Mexico fixed hercs legs so he decided to sell meth with Landry in ABQ
Pretty sure Herc is a con man. “Paralyzed” in Texas. “Killed” in Kentucky. And now he’s alive and well, walking around killing people in New Mexico.
“Oh well, they’re loss: NO HANNIBAL FOR THEM.”
They are loss?
Ugh it was a typo; he meant to say They are losT.
It still hurts!
Seriously. It could have completely changed the ending of the show.
While a lot of people are going to disagree with me on the “great” part, I’d add The Sarah Connor Chronicles to that list. The strike killed all the whacky Terminator-goes-to-High School hijinks they were building up, and while I thought the second season’s overall arc was great, it meandered badly in the middle.
Count me among the disagree-ers. All that show’s success could’ve done is make it so we would have a less appealing Cersei Lannister.
Also, David Silver.
I have hated that actress in everything she has done simply because she was a godawful Sarah Connor. That may not be fair, but it is what it is.
I just blame all the cancelled shows that I like on the writers strike.
I would add “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” I think that could have been Matthew Perry’s breaking of the “Friends” curse.
Pretty sure that one just flat cancelled, probably because it was that or 30 Rock and 30 Rock was cheaper, but had nothing to do with the strike.
I loved that show though and wished it could have stuck around. That was my favorite Matthew Perry character.
Studio 60 was cancelled because it got super preachy about religion and didn’t focus enough on the show within a show (which was never funny). Sorkin wanted it to revolve too much around the entire network and not enough around the late night show.
Wait so Sorkins show got too preachy and decided to double down on boring people interacting with each other? Man… where have I seen this before… Side note am i missing anything on Newsroom? I havnt watched it at all this season.
Awww man I miss Pushing Daisies. The others, not so much.
(i liked BSG but it ended as a slow painful turd)
I would argue that the writer’s strike helped Friday Night Lights, since it abruptly ended that terrible second season. There were virtually no storylines of relevance in it that were good. The only exception that comes to mind was Smash’s college recruiting. You could probably just skip that season entirely, and with a 30 second synopsis go strait into the 3rd season without missing a beat. The synopsis would just say, “Smash got hurt, Sarasan got dumped, Coach is back coaching, and Riggings/Lyla are still in high school even though they were supposed to be seniors two years ago.”
God, I had forgotten how terrible that season was. Remember Carlotta? Although, I always did wonder what the fuck happened to Santiago.
OH GOD….Carlotta… I’m rewatching that train wreck now… amazed I managed to push through it.
Totally agree on “Life.” The fact they had to get Charlie sprinting to the finish line on that first shorter season ramped everything up–I don’t think there is a single episode of any tv show I have watched more times than the first season ender of “Life!” I do mourn the fact that they stripped the awesome original music tracks out fro the DVD and streaming versions though–Gram Rabbit, John Doe, Yeah Yeah Yeahs…damn! The music on that show was close to as wonderful as it is on “Breaking Bad!”
Ah the writer’s strike. This was when the CW sitcom Girlfriends was in its 8th season…and the later half of the season was never made. No final episode. That was a sad time for me.
Kinda sounds like the strike saved a lot of shows from themselves (except Battlestar. That last episode is still one of the worst things I’ve ever seen).
In defence of Scrubs, Bill Lawrence has explicitly stated the last few seasons existed in order to serve the crew, who were struggling to find work in the mess around the writer’s strike – they had families, essentially, and would be pretty broke otherwise.
In that context, they were actually amazingly successful final seasons.
BSG one of televisions best? In what world?
Heroes was killed by the writers strike. A great first season turned into crap
I honestly wanted to stop watching the show after the first season finale. It was such an anticlimactic pile of shit. Then, the second season happened and I just gave up on it.
I’ve always felt that The Riches was just taking off and could have been something worth while if it was given a little more time.
“Heroes” was a beautiful show until the strike. And then it was most certainly UNbeautiful.
24 lost a season coming off their best. Never quite recovered after…
uh…. are you saying season 6 was it’s best?
because… that is literally the exact opposite of true.
My bad ‘dissident’. Season 5 was the best. Just remembered that the strike did cost us a season of ’24′. Thanks for the correction…
i had a feeling you were talking about season 5.
season 6 was so boring and terrible.
24 always seemed like they need 2 years to drum up some creative storylines. The odd numbered seasons were always good, where the even numbered ones were often terrible.
I personally liked 4, mainly because the torture, body count, and graphic violence was at it’s series high and it was basically at the point of parody. I thought it was hilarious.
Seriously over-rated show.
What a contribution!
The worst stuff in 4 was the whole storyline with the new CTU heads daughter being suicidal. 24 was a show that really struggled finding interesting storylines for characters other than Jack Bauer. This started to become a bigger issue after the 3rd season when David Palmer was no longer a major character.
I don’t think I’ve ever watched a full season of 24. I would always try and then around halfway through I just found it exhausting.
I know it’s not a TV show, but since its’ source material was on TV, I believe the strike also caused problems for the 2nd X-Files movie.
You say THE writer’s strike like the recent one was the only one. A really good example is the shitfest that was season 1-2 of Star Trek TNG, where they had to dust off unused 20-year old scripts, cross out “Nurse Chapel” and replace it with “Counselor Troi,” etc. Very nearly killed TNG in its infancy.
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