Quirky Characters Week: Quirktastic but Canceled

Many a quirky show gets canceled because it's a little too quirky to pull in the crowds, but so brilliantly quirky that it leaves behind many very sad fans.

In our Quirky Characters Week definition of quirky including characters that "have some sort of secret life or ability or just a big dose of oddness that sets them apart," there are some tragically canceled shows that were entirely hilarious and off the wall quirky or had those wonderful bizarre characters considered nutso because of their weird "secret life."

Here's our list of the most quirktastic, but tragically canceled shows!

Journeyman: This show was most certainly an under-appreciated dose of quirkiness as the main character, Dan Vasser, found himself time traveling, at often awkward or dangerous moments of his normal life, which led him to moments in time which he needed to alter to save someone or stop something from happening that would botch the future as it was supposed to be. Sure enough, the time traveling quirk of Dan's life caused him plenty of fascinating trouble - but also unfortunately, the trouble of getting canceled as well.

New Amsterdam: This show was not as amazing Journeyman, but it also included a fascinatingly quirky character, John Amsterdam, who back in the time of the American settlers, was made immortal when he was dying, so that he would live forever - until he found "the one." Weird. Now to wish to find the one to spend one lifetime with or the wish to live "forever" alone where you witness so much of the world, yet don't have someone to share it with? We'll never really know how things worked out for John, but it was quirkily intriguing while it lasted.

Arrested Development: If any show were to be next to the standard definition of "quirky" in the dictionary, Arrested Development would be it! These characters really had nothing special about them - besides total insanity. The Bluths are probably the funniest TV family ever with kissing cousins, a narcissistic sister married to a cat-like never-nude, an untalented magician, a rich papa in prison, and a "slow" mama's boy... and the ever so normal Michael and alcoholic mother. This was a misunderstood show that was so quirky, the characters even pleaded not to be canceled, but to no avail.

Firefly: Firefly can fall onto any form of tragically canceled list as it was a fun and quirky scifi show that was misunderstood and missed by many who would've been big fans if they'd just realized the awesome scifi aspect, or the utterly quirky and hilarious aspect. Oh, Firefly.

Family Guy: Yes, it was picked up again (twice) - hooray! But it should be noted on this list that many viewers didn't get or appreciate the quirkiness of Seth MacFarlane and his offensive, silly characters like Stewie the evil talking baby, Brian the talking alcoholic dog, Quagmire the sex-maniac neighbor, or even the mildly retarded star of it all, Peter Griffin. Thank heavens those Fox people came to their senses (twice) and put it back on the air - and here we are in the 7th season!

Futurama: This deserves a spot on this list as it's hard to get much quirkier than a pizza boy frozen in the year 2000 and waking up in the year 3000, only to take on a delivery job - but surrounded by some pretty ridiculous futuristic outcasts. It had a pretty good run, though on-again-off-again, until finally off for good.

Wonderfalls: Wonderfalls is among those great but short-lived and misunderstood shows. This quirk-ster featured a college grad in a dead-end job at a Niagara Falls gift shop, who talked to animal figurines who led her to people she was supposed to help. Sadly, it didn't get much viewership, and despite efforts to get this one on a different and more successful network, Wonderfalls did more falling than wondering as it was canceled after just 4 episodes.



Default avatar cat
Oct 16, 2008 8:52PM EDT

Don't forget Freaks and Geeks, i loved that show...

Default avatar cat
Nov 2, 2008 7:59PM EST

I miss Futurama :( the movies are fine but I want series back!

Default avatar cat
Nov 6, 2008 12:47PM EST

futurama?finished?what the hell? simpsons is still going right?futurama's better than the simpsons (or could be because simpsons always seems to be a repeat every episode)but still i love the drinking, smoking robot...reminds me of me.anyway there making 4 films and were just on the third now, don't ya think there maybe a little something else after?please don't anyone say yeah in the year 3000.futurama is the simpsons of today.i have to say also family guy is ok but is waaaaayyyy over-rated, south park kicks them in the balls oh and is also the best cartoon

Default avatar cat
Nov 18, 2008 6:22PM EST

oh man , i can's believe futurama's on this list. it may sound quirky in the very beginning but that's not what the show's all about. it is much smarter show than family guy. family guy should be canceled and futurama should be on. and i have to disagree with markyj because i think south part, too, is way over-rated... have you seen the recent episodes? it has lost it's shine about a year ago.

Default avatar cat
Feb 15, 2009 9:43PM EST

freaks and geeks and undeclared best shows ever

Default avatar cat
Apr 8, 2009 3:17PM EDT

hell yea penguin we can only hope judd apatow does more t.v work

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