Over the years, hundreds of TV shows have come and gone — some of which ended too soon. We have been lucky enough to have some of those shows brought back to us through Netflix or the big screen (e.g. “Arrested Development” and “Veronica Mars”), but everyone has a show they wish still produced new episodes to look forward to. Here are some of the top TV shows that ended too soon.
1. “Legends of the Hidden Temple”
This classic Nickelodeon game show had every kid wanting to be a Red Jaguar, Blue Barracuda, Green Monkey, Orange Iguana, Purple Parrot or Silver Snake. Teams began by racing to be the one of the first four to cross the moat and move on to the next challenge — the Steps of Knowledge. Narrated by Olmec, the contestants were tested on their memory of a story told about the artifact featured on that episode. The final two teams competed in a series of Temple Games to earn Pendants of Life to be used by the final team in the Temple Run.
The show ran for three season in the early ’90s, with episodes rerun as recently as this year. Its popularity then and now makes it one of the top shows that should be reproduced.
“Seinfeld” ran for nine seasons throughout the ’90s before it ended just shy of its 200th episode. This “show about nothing” popularized catchphrases like “Not that there’s anything wrong with that” and “Yada, yada, yada.” This year, 15 years after the series finale aired, the show was named the second Best Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America and the third best TV series of all time by “Entertainment Weekly.”
“If it shouldn’t be brought back for its comedy, it certainly should be brought back for its historical value,” said Brian Appel, a psychology major from Portland, Ore. “The writing, comedic timing and line delivery is probably the best in the business, and ‘Seinfeld’ is arguably the greatest comedy or sitcom to ever be aired.”
3. “Even Stevens”
The show that made Shia LaBeouf a household name played a huge role in many of our young lives. We could all relate to the sibling rivalry between Louis and Ren in every episode. With best friends like Twitty and Tawny, Louis was the kid everybody wanted to be friends with.
But what made the show might have been the annoying next-door neighbor, Beans. This annoying boy, who was often the sidekick to Louis and Twitty’s antics, would barge into the Stevens’ home, make himself a plate of bacon, and refuse to leave.
“Even Stevens” ran for three seasons before wrapping with “The Even Stevens Movie” in 2003.
4. “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”
This show gave audiences much to laugh about and relate to as Sabrina coped with learning that she was a teenage witch. From the progression of her relationship with her soulmate, Harvey Kinkle, to her struggles in high school and into college, Sabrina was always going through something that hit close to home with viewers.
“I loved it then, and I love it now,” said Emilee Crowder, an elementary education major from North Potomac, Md. “As a little girl, I looked up to and loved Sabrina. As I watch old episodes now, I love how she is a clean, nice girl who I feel I can relate to, powers aside, as I am closer to her age.”
The show ran for seven seasons before being cancelled in the early 2000s. It is currently in syndication on TeenNick.
Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross are classic names for many who spent every Thursday night through the ’90s and into the 2000s with the group. We are at a time in our lives when our friends are our family, making this show and situations addressed in it relevant to our lives. Watching these characters grow, experience life and even find love among their friends is relatable for most students — all the more reason to revamp the series.
The show earned an impressive 63 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning six in its 10 season run. In 2013 the show was ranked 24th on the Writers Guild of America’s 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time list. It is currently in syndication.
These are just a few of the many shows that won our hearts as kids and young adults. Here’s to hoping that these shows will one day join the ranks of those that have been revamped for production.