Over the years, I’ve witnessed the unbearable finales of some of my favourite American TV shows 😦
Until making this list, I didn’t realise just how much TV I used to watch (I’ve toned it down a bit, seriously!) so I’ve had to omit animated shows such as The Powerpuff Girls and Mona the Vampire.
11. Malcolm in the Middle (2000-2006)
This was the show that we always watched during tea time. The only problem was that I never actually realised they’d stopped making it because of the number of re-runs on Channel 5!
10. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996-2001)
There was just something so oddly satisfying about watching a group of aliens trying to adjust to modern-day America.
9. Everwood (2002-2006)
Before ‘Revenge’ and ‘Parks and Rec’, Emily VanCamp and Chris Pratt were already famous to the thousands of fans who tuned in to watch Everwood each week. Highlights included Amy/Ephram’s on/off/sort of back on again/definitely off relationship and the Jake/Andy battle for Nina’s affections. Plus, Bright was hilarious.
8. Charmed (1998-2006)
This was such a good programme that really improved with each new series. I’m glad they finally let Phoebe find a husband after years of failed relationships and a dodgy affair with a certain Source of all Evil.
7. Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
I thank the people behind 5* for the constant loop of Gilmore Girls episodes shown during the week (sadly, I can only watch them during school holidays, but I know what happens anyway!) because I only started watching this a few years ago, and managed to get through the whole first series with two weeks.
6. Smallville (2001-2011)
I fear I may be alone in wanting Jimmy to come back to life and get back together with Chloe…
5. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)
Apart from replacing the mum*, I don’t think this show had any failed attempts at keeping the audience enraptured in the daily lives of people who couldn’t be more different. From Carlton’s dance to Jazz’s constant rejections while trying to woo Hilary, this show was a definite hit.
*the new actress was very good, but she just didn’t have the sass that the first mum brought to the role.
4. Frasier (1993-2004)
How Frasier always managed to get himself in such sticky situations I’ll never know, but it certainly was entertaining. Grouped with Niles’ obsessive-compulsive tendencies, Roz’s wit and Martin’s leisurely take on life and they hit a winning formula that deserved all the recognition it got.
3. Scrubs (2001-2010)
The JD/Turk bromance, the over-emotional Elliot, the divorced-but-still-together Dr Cox/Jordan relationship…I miss Scrubs 😦 They changed it up a bit for series 9, but it would never be the same unless they brought back all the characters. However, I am very excited to hear that they’re making a musical to carry on where the show left off…
2. One Tree Hill (2003-2012)
Series 4 will always be my favourite, and I am really impressed with how the characters and storylines developed from introductions in series one to the closure and revelations in series 9. I think Naley (Nathan + Haley) played a part in keeping the show going for so long because fans weren’t ready to say goodbye to them.
1. F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (1994-2004)
An obvious choice, I know, but there’s a reason it features on many ‘top shows of the 90’s’ lists – it’s AMAZING! It was funny, dramatic, had some of the best and frequently quoted lines (We were on a break!) and never fails to entertain. Whatever your mood, there’s always a FRIENDS episode to match.
Are there any American TV shows you miss?