Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Series that Failed to Get a Second Season


I've been so busy writing the review for Infinity War (it will be on the blog tomorrow) that I completely forgot it was Thursday and therefore time for Thursday Movie Picks, the weekly series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. It's the last week of the month so instead of movies we are doing TV series, and this week we are picking those that never got a second season.

Constantine (2014)

It's about one of DC Comics characters, John Constantine, a British exorcist and occult detective who hunts supernatural entities. It was only 13 episodes but I struggled a lot to finish the series. I'm not surprised it was cancelled after only one season. 

The Get Down (2016)

It's about a group of teenagers running wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s. I enjoyed the first 6 episodes but for some reason, I never watched the other 5 which were released almost a year after. I'm not sure why Netflix did that.

Firefly (2002)

I have no idea what this one is about. I know that there's Nathan Fillion in it and many people love this show and they make it seem so cool which is why I always wanted to check it out but I was shocked when I found out it never got a second season. 

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  1. I have not seen any of the 3 mentioned here but I know of them. One day I want to see Firefly

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    1. Yeah, me too. I have the feeling that one is really good.

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  2. I never saw the first two but I was a devout Firefly fan. I own it on DVD and every now and again I'll binge watch it again followed by the film continuation Serenity. It just had such a great mix of humor and action plus the cast blended together so well.

    It's so frustrating when you find a show you really love and it only lasts a single season. It seems to happen to me a great deal so I'm always leery to make a point to watch series TV anymore. The only one I've had luck with in years is Brooklyn Nine-Nine for any kind of longevity, it certainly didn't happen with these three.

    Awake (2012)-LAPD Detective Michael Britten (Jason Isaacs) is involved in a serious car accident with his family and when he awakes finds himself in two different realities. In the first his wife Hannah has survived the crash, in the second his son Rex but Michael can’t tell which is his true waking life. To try and help him place himself he wears a red wristband in the first and a green in the second and consults a different therapist in each. They are the only ones aware of his problems which leads to issues with his team at work. But Michael has become extraordinarily good at solving crimes since he is able to use details and clues he gleans from both realities. Complex, sometimes disorienting (there are times where Michael is dreaming within a dream and so forth) series had a great performance by Isaacs in the lead but required an attention investment that might have been too much for viewers.

    Forever (2014)-In 1814 35 year old Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd) is killed while trying to free slaves from a slave ship but something happens whilst he’s in the water and he reemerges alive, unharmed, naked and immortal-a pattern that is repeated whenever he dies. Jump forward 200 years and Henry is now a New York City medical examiner who uses his centuries of accrued knowledge to help solve crimes while he searches for the key to his immorality. A widower he lives over an antique shop owned by his 80 year old “son” Abraham (Judd Hirsch) who he and his late wife rescued from a concentration camp as a child. But Henry has an enemy-Adam (Burn Gorman) a 2000 year old immortal who thinks he might have found an answer to releasing them from their plight and tries to force Henry to help him. Not as complicated as it sounds this was a fun show full of quirky characters and a fantastic team in Gruffudd and Hirsch who played off each other so well.

    Rake (2014)-Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) is a criminal defense lawyer and reprobate whose self-destructive behavior cause him no end of troubles leading to him battling wits and owing money to everyone he knows, including his ex-wife, judges, an assistant district attorney, his bookie, a brothel owner, and the IRS. His saving grace is that when he gets around to it he’s a very good attorney. Ramshackle comedy/drama was driven by the charismatic Kinnear who obviously was having a hell of a good time. Had the misfortune to air on Fox who moved it around too many times.

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    1. I haven't seen nor heard of any of your picks. But now I want to see Firefly even more.

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  3. Firefly is the only show in that list that I've seen as I loved it. It's a shame it was mistreated by that shitty network known as Fox.

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  4. I watched most of The Get Down. Need to go back and finish it, but yeah, Netflix botched that show with the way they handled it.

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  5. OOOOH CONSTANTINE!! Ughh, that one hurt so much that I completely forgot about it. ... I'll ignore what you said about it, I really liked it. :D

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    1. I'm not crazy about supernatural stuff, I guess that's the reason I didn't enjoy it.

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  6. My husband was mad about Firefly but I Have yet to watch it all the way through. I haven't seen any of your other picks either.

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    1. I guess that's the reason they were both cancelled, nobody watched them haha

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  7. I saw like 2 episodes of Constantine, not for me.
    I wanted to watch The Get Down, but I remember it not being well reviewed so it got pushed back way down my to watch list. My guess to why it did not get renewed is that it was reportedly very expensive to make, so perhaps the number of views it eventually got didn't justify a renewal.

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    1. Netflix releasing the season in two years didn't help either.

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