2.) Pushing Daisies  

Aired: 2007 - 2009 on ABC
Starred: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, Kristin Chenoweth, Chi McBride, Jim Dale,  

Dubbed a "forensic fairy tale", Pushing Daisies was an instant hit with its colorful style, quirky characters, and fast-paced dialogue. The main character, Ned (Lee Pace), is a nervous pie-maker with the mysterious ability to bring back the dead. This gift comes with some conditions though: if something is brought back for more than one minute, something else must die in its place. Furthermore, if Ned touches the revived thing a second time it dies again-this time permanently. The only person who knows about Ned's talent is Emerson Cod (Chi McBride), a crafty PI who uses Ned's talent to solve murders mysteries. In one such case, Ned ends up resurrecting his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte "Chuck" Charles (Anna Friel), and can't bring himself to touch her again.  

Thus began the oddball adventures of the three private detectives, and an awkward romance between the pie-maker and the girl named Chuck. With numerous fans and high ratings, Pushing Daisies seemed like a shoe-in for years of comedy gold, and then the Writer's Strike happened. With no way to continue the story, Pushing Daisies was brought to rather unceremonious end. However, recent rumors have surfaced that a mini-series may be in the works to help wrap up the show properly. We can only cross our fingers and hope for the best.

                

 

1.) Arrested Development  

Aired: 2003 - 2006 on FOX
Starred: Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Portia de Rossi, David Cross, Will Arnett, Alia Shawkat, Ron Howard,  

This is the story of a wealthy family who lost everything, and the millions of fans who enjoyed every minute of it. After his father is arrested for embezzlement, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) has no choice but to step in and keep the family together. This means dealing with his infantile brothers (Tony Hale and Will Arnett), his shallow sister and her delusional husband (Portia de Rossi and David Cross), and manipulative mother (Jessica Walter), while keeping the family's failing company afloat.  

Arrested Development takes the number one spot on our list for a couple of reasons. For starters, the series lasted longer than all the others on this list (a whopping three seasons), yet most would agree the show had only begun to scratch the surface of its potential. The misadventures of the dysfunctional Bluth family has included rampant arson, unintentional adoption, and treacherous deals with Saddam Hussein, but the series still felt like it was just getting started. The show ended when it failed to grow in ratings, but death seems only to have made it stronger.      

Secondly, even after its cancelation the show has retained an army of followers. DVDs of Arrested Development are still being sold at most retail stores, and Hulu recently folded the show into its Hulu plus package, forcing viewers into monthly payments if they want to watch episodes online.  

Finally, as we approach the six-year anniversary of its cancelation, fans are still whispering about the promised "movie" mentioned in the series' finale. Cast members have confirmed that a movie is indeed the making, though no release date has been set. With all this going for it, most would agree that despite its untimely cancelation, Arrested Development is still alive and well.      


Honorable Mentions
 
 

*Freaks and Geeks
*Better off Ted
*Heroes
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The Chicago Code
*Veronica Mars
*Sports Night

* This article first published 8/12/2011