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 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 7:26 PM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

Strictly speaking in terms of paranormal series, a great but virtually unsung here on this board would be the US series SUPERNATURAL.

The first season is more episodic and some rough going at times, but it soon found its footing and by season 3 the show is on a awesome roll. There are several things great about this series: The writing/dialogue is top notch. Sharp, witty and at times HILARIOUS one liners, mostly uttered by the older brother Dean. Sam, the younger, soon develops a serious "addiction" which is a great story arc in and of itself. The effects are good and effective, but are not the star of the show. The spark is the reparte and humor between the brothers and a friend or 2. And they bring up just about every spook, demon, monster, etc ever known and add their own creative spin. Its gloriously spooky, gory(for tv) and fun.

This years shows had the toughest rough patches at the years start and the writing and story line goes nowhere, but the 2nd half has regained its footing and creativity and spark and is fun again.


Overall this show has been great. Granted, sometimes it has lost it's "flow", but then it comes back with a vengeance.

If you loved the X FILES... and, let us face some facts, several of that show's creative force does work on this one. A moment of silence at the passing (a few years ago) of exec producer/director Kim Manners. He gave SUPERNATURAL it's visual flair which they have held on to through it all.

The chemistry between the two leads is terrific. And, if you own the box sets, the blooper reels are some of the funniest around.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2011 - 2:36 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Seen both THRESHOLD and INVASION (and SURFACE, for that matter) -- all series that were cut off way too early.

From the replies so far, it seems that SUPERNATURAL is the one recurrently mentioned series that I've missed out on.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2011 - 3:21 AM   
 By:   Rick15   (Member)

Watch Threshold, Thor. WATCH IT. smile My favorite show of all time, only lasted 13 episodes, but it was glorious, glorious, glorious.

I'm curious. But the idea of watching a series that is really involving and then is no more (a la Firefly) puts me off a bit.

Is it "Firefly" good?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2011 - 10:29 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

I'll also second LeHah's recommendation of MIRACLES. JERICHO isn't strictly sci-fi, but it's worth watching.
If you like humor, THE MIDDLEMAN and the live-action THE TICK (with Patrick Warburton) are worth your while.

If you can find it (not on DVD due to music rights issues, I suspect - but there are ways), NOW AND AGAIN is an underrated gem. It lasted one season in the mid-90's with Eric Close as a physically perfect, government created superhero, with the brain of an ordinary insurance salesman (John Goodman, in the pilot), whose brain is harvested due to an accident. It was a smart, funny and rueful take on the superhero genre, way ahead of its time, and it balanced humor and horror, to a degree, which Caron refined when he created MEDIUM. Great cast - Dennis Haysbert (as the scientist who creates Close), Margaret Colin, Heather Matrazzano, Gerrit Graham... it should have been given a chance to run at least 2 or 3 years. Again, not easy to find, but not too difficult either...

 
 Posted:   Mar 25, 2011 - 10:42 PM   
 By:   Storyteller   (Member)

The 4400 is also a favorite of mine. The show went down hill after season 3 due to losing over half it's regular cast members. So season 4 is very disappointing. However, it was still the smartest hour on television in a long time. Heroes didn't even hold a candle to it.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 1:54 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'll also second LeHah's recommendation of MIRACLES. JERICHO isn't strictly sci-fi, but it's worth watching.
If you like humor, THE MIDDLEMAN and the live-action THE TICK (with Patrick Warburton) are worth your while.


Oh, I definitely think JERICHO is a type of science fiction (the post-apocalyptic, which I love!). I saw most of the first season (was there a second?) and thought it was OK, but it didn't QUITE hook me, I'm afraid.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   LRobHubbard   (Member)

I'll also second LeHah's recommendation of MIRACLES. JERICHO isn't strictly sci-fi, but it's worth watching.
If you like humor, THE MIDDLEMAN and the live-action THE TICK (with Patrick Warburton) are worth your while.


Oh, I definitely think JERICHO is a type of science fiction (the post-apocalyptic, which I love!). I saw most of the first season (was there a second?) and thought it was OK, but it didn't QUITE hook me, I'm afraid.


There was a second season of JERICHO... it's a bit too truncated, but it does give the series an end.
If you're into the post-apocalyptic, have you seen or heard of JEREMIAH, with Luke Perry and Malcolm Jamal-Werner? It's based on a European comic, I believe, and was developed for American tv by the creator of BABYLON 5.

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 4:08 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Invasion (only one season)

I've been meaning to watch this, because it's from the creator of American Gothic.


For me this series was spot on in terms of tone and mood. I was absolutely hooked and loved the pacing of the show. Kari Matchett performance which provides the anchor and depth in the show. I couldnt keep my eyes off of her and she steals every scene.

Its preemptive cancellation still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, more than virtually any other great but cancelled way too early show. (followed closely by Journeyman)

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 5:16 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

If you like humor, THE MIDDLEMAN and the live-action THE TICK (with Patrick Warburton) are worth your while.

I felt that "The Tick" was shamefully underrated. Funny and Patrick Warburton was perfectly cast.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

Invasion (only one season)

I've been meaning to watch this, because it's from the creator of American Gothic.


For me this series was spot on in terms of tone and mood. I was absolutely hooked and loved the pacing of the show. Kari Matchett performance which provides the anchor and depth in the show. I couldnt keep my eyes off of her and she steals every scene.

Its preemptive cancellation still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, more than virtually any other great but cancelled way too early show. (followed closely by Journeyman)


If you like Kari Matchett... I am sure you saw her in season 6 of 24??? She was excellent. Also a fan of her on the rather entertaining COVERT AFFAIRS on USA. She does steal every scene she is in. Beautiful, smart and can act... What more can you ask for?

 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2011 - 8:38 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Its preemptive cancellation still leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, more than virtually any other great but cancelled way too early show. (followed closely by Journeyman)

I too lamented the early demise of Journeyman, which was probably the best new show of its year. I don't think it even got a DVD release.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2011 - 6:54 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Have you seen the Dresden Files yet? Sadly, the show lasted only one season. Anyway, it is a fun supernatural series featuring a wizard for hire in modern Chicago. The main character is basically a private detective who solves cases that involve a supernatural component, and the show has a nice mix of action and humor. The show is based on a book series, but the producers took quite a few liberties when adapting the source material. Although I can be a bit of a purist when it comes to adaptations, and I enjoy the novels, the changes made for the show work very well on tv. It really is a pity the show never found an audience.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2011 - 6:57 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Wasn't Dresden Files one of those unfortunate shown out of production order shows, too? Or at least they never showed the pilot, and started with the weak bird episode?

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2011 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Wasn't Dresden Files one of those unfortunate shown out of production order shows, too? Or at least they never showed the pilot, and started with the weak bird episode?

I wasn't aware of that. I didn't discover the show until after it had been cancelled. I can see broadcasting the show out of order and without the pilot being a big problem.

 
 Posted:   Mar 27, 2011 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

For me this series was spot on in terms of tone and mood. I was absolutely hooked and loved the pacing of the show. Kari Matchett performance which provides the anchor and depth in the show. I couldnt keep my eyes off of her and she steals every scene.

If you like Kari Matchett... I am sure you saw her in season 6 of 24??? She was excellent. Also a fan of her on the rather entertaining COVERT AFFAIRS on USA. She does steal every scene she is in. Beautiful, smart and can act... What more can you ask for?


Don't forget her performance on season 14 of ER...not a huge role but a recurring role, and she was radiant and appealing as always.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2011 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I just wanted to say that I've started to see SUPERNATURAL (I'm 6 episodes into the first season), and I like what I'm getting so far! Quite spooky for a TV show, even though it obviously refers to familiar concepts.

Is this show still going on, by the way?

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2011 - 2:22 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Wasn't Dresden Files one of those unfortunate shown out of production order shows, too? Or at least they never showed the pilot, and started with the weak bird episode?

The two hour pilot was originally intended to serve as the premiere, but certain last minute developmental and casting changes delayed its completion. Episode three (in production order) was aired in its place. Along with the re-shooting of several scenes, the two hour pilot has been cut to an hour and was the eighth episode to air. The full version of the pilot was broadcast late at night on March 7, 2008 by SciFi Channel but did not adhere to later Television revised continuity.

Most notable in the re-edited version of the pilot was the fact that Bob, played by Terrance Mann in the series as a full apparition, was limited to only a disembodied voice who was centered around the familiar rune covered skull with animated lighting to symbolize the spirit within, more akin to the Bob of the novels. This re-editing was done later in the series as Mann did not join the series until after the original filming of the pilot had already been concluded. The full pilot version of "Storm Front" was not included in the original DVD release of the complete series.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files_(TV_series)

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2011 - 2:38 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I just wanted to say that I've started to see SUPERNATURAL (I'm 6 episodes into the first season), and I like what I'm getting so far! Quite spooky for a TV show, even though it obviously refers to familiar concepts.

Is this show still going on, by the way?


Yes. The original 5-season story ended last year. The 6th season should finish up in the next couple months. I'm not sure if it's been renewed for a 7th or not.

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2011 - 3:14 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

Thor, if you can, find the series "Journeyman",a wonderful take on the ""Quantum Leap" story. One of my favorite shows of the last 5 years. Sadly lasted only 1 season.

 
 Posted:   Apr 4, 2011 - 3:42 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Thor, if you can, find the series "Journeyman",a wonderful take on the ""Quantum Leap" story. One of my favorite shows of the last 5 years. Sadly lasted only 1 season.

Agreed. It starts mostly episodic but then begins to develop its story arc and really begins to kick into high gear, but sadly just before it was given the axe. Great show.

 
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