Television

Netflix Instant TV Recs: Cancelled Gems

Everyone seems to be using Netflix Instant Streaming these days. With so many TV shows to choose from on the service now, we figured we’d chime in with some recommendations for what is worth your time. Today we are focusing on four great shows that got cancelled before they deserved to be. They are all only one or two seasons, so while they are high in quality they won’t take you too long to watch.

Sports Night

Sports Night

Matthew says: This show takes a look behind the scenes of a fictional SportsCenter competitor called Sports Night. The crew from the on-air talent to the producers to network heads all get some attention here as we look at their work and personal lives and all the madness that unfolds as they prepare to wrap up the night in sports. What I love so much about this show is how perfectly it mixes drama and comedy. Few shows I have ever seen balance these elements so well. My favorite character was always Dan Rydell, one of the hosts on the show within the show played by Josh Charles, but Sports Night features a talented cast and other great characters including Peter Krause who plays Dan’s best friend and popular co-host, Felicity Huffman as the show’s high strung producer and Robert Guillaume as the show’s managing editor. It also marks Aaron Sorkin’s first foray into television and features all of that quick, witty banter and classic walk and talk that you’d expect from one of his works. Sports Night stands as one of my favorite comedies and is worth adding to your queue immediately.

Day Break

Daybreak 2

Omarey says: This was supposed to be the answer to LOST. A new ABC drama that had beautiful people, an unusual concept and lots of action. I feel that Day Break delivered all of that with mystery and intrigue galore. Sadly the audience did not feel that way too. The story is based on a Groundhog Day scenario where Detective Brett Hopper (Taye Diggs) keeps living the same day over and over again until he gets it right. It also features Jonathan Banks, Moon Bloodgood, and Adam Baldwin. The show is action packed and it was neat to see how one action affects so many others, I like that it addresses that. It resolves the story in the end so there is no fear of a cliffhanger to curse. You should really give this show a try. The characters are engaging, the weekly stories are intriguing but there are also really cool overarching elements in every episode, and it is only 13 episodes. Day Break is part love story, part cop drama, part sci-fi adventure but 100% awesome. Check it out.

Lights Out

Lights Out

Matthew says: Lights Out focuses on former heavyweight boxing champion Patrick “Lights” Leary. It’s been five years since he lost his title in a controversial match and went into retirement. With money troubles weighing him down, we see Leary do whatever he can to not let his family down. Even comtemplating a return to the ring despite the toll the sport has already taken on both his body and his mind and the risk a step back into the ring might bring. While there is quite a bit of boxing involved,  I don’t think you have to be a fan of the sport to enjoy this show. Personally I loved the show’s focus on Leary’s relationships with his family from his sleazy manager brother (Pablo Schreiber) to his boxing trainer father (Stacy Keach) to his wife and kids. And I can’t say enough good things about Holt McCallany’s performance in the main role. He does a fantastic job as a man trying to do the best he can in a difficult spot. I really hope he gets another meaty role like this to show his talents again. Lights Out is a gripping, sometimes dark drama about boxing and family and it’s thirteen episodes are definitely worth your time.

Terriers

Terriers

Omarey says: Terriers is a fantastic show that is a little left of center. The show feels like a cop drama but it is a show about two private detectives, one of which used to be a cop. It stars the fantastic Donal Logue as Hank Dolworth and Michael Raymond-James as Britt Pollack, and Rockmond Dunbar, a personal favorite, as Detective Mark Gustafson. The duo has such a great rapport, they seem like old friends and that they have been together for years. There are so many storylines that are amazing. All of the episodes are self contained, procedural, case of the week episodes but they all contain overarching elements. These overarching elements and storylines are where the show really comes alive. Sadly it was cancelled after only 13 episodes, but that is fortunate for you because it is an easily digestable and entertaining experience. The show does end on a cliffhanger but google will help you out with that in a jiffy.

And there you have four shows to add to your queue next time you are looking for some quality television shows to check out on Netflix. And once you have checked them out, you can join us in our disappointment with their early demise. We’ll be sure to check in again soon with more suggestions for great television to digest via your favorite streaming device.

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