Five Shows FOX Cancelled Before Their Prime


2) Alien Nation

Alien Nation was one of those few science fiction shows that truly embodied a major part of what science fiction truly is: a social study on race, bigotry, and morality with some of the characters who happen to be not of this world. Loosely based on the movie of the same name, Alien Nation is about a large group of extraterrestrial, dubbed as The Newcomers, immigrating to Los Angeles. The TV show is much lighter than the movie, and sadly, without Mandy Patinkin. The Newcomers stood in for various social issues, from racial to sexual discriminations, as well as invert certain gender expectations. The most prevailing example of the latter is when one of the male Newcomers, George, is pregnant.

Alien Nation itself received favorable critical success, but FOX just couldn’t get enough advertising income to keep the show, or any show, running. As a result, they cancelled all of their dramas during 90-91. It was a dark time for all television viewers. Unfortunately, the series ended on a cliffhanger, which wouldn’t be concluded for the next four years. Thankfully the series was concluded by the way of five made-for-TV movies.

Still it’s a shame the show itself ended, and being the age I was at the time, I didn’t even know there were movies until two years ago during a podcast I was recording.

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Christina Janke

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