Have you ever discovered a TV show too late to save it from cancelation?
Image Credit: Andrew Eccles/The WBIf you follow me on Twitter, you already know that I spent my entire weekend marathon-ing episodes of the WB’s ill-fated show Jack & Bobby. Please, don’t judge me.
For the past month, I had been watching an episode a week, testing my interest and keeping in mind that it only lasted one season. If I ended up enjoying it, I wanted to prolong the joy as much as possible.
The series, as you might recall, told the story of two teenage brothers, one of which would grow up to be president. It took me a while to get into the show, but I soldiered on because my weakness for good-looking men rendered me unable to do otherwise (Hello, Matt Long). By the time I wrapped up the fourth episode last week, I was invested in the characters, the actors, and the story in a way that transcended Jack’s good looks. From Grace’s love affair with her TA (played by Bradley Cooper) to the never-ending high school drama that Jack and Bobby encountered, I was hooked. Soon after, I decided slow-mo TV watching was for someone much more patient than I and set off on my ambitious quest to finish the series in a weekend. Destination: Hermitville.
I watched the remaining 20 episodes on Fancast in a marathon that left me bleary-eyed, lacking sleep, and completely devastated. How could I not be? [If you need a spoiler alert for a show that’s been off the air for five years, here it is. But, seriously, come on now.] Bobby had found a father figure in Peter Benedict (John Slattery). We finally saw Jack get together with Courtney and found out that he had died young after being shot in a robbery, which was ironic because (as we also found out in the end) the boys’ father was in prison for killing a man during a robbery. Heartbreaking!
Despite my haggard appearance, I was totally content with having spent an entire weekend consuming damn good TV. Then it set in: I’d just wasted an awesome show. In my television gluttony, I had blown through a great series. And not just any series, one that was long gone with absolutely no hope of revival.
I’m still pretty upset about it. Had I known about this show in 2004, perhaps I could have done something to save it. Where was I in 2004 when it was slipping through the cracks during a highly competitive premiere season that bore the fruit of Lost and Veronica Mars? I was a stupid senior in high school wasting my life on some other show that I can’t even remember now. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you when you needed me, Jack & Bobby. Sigh. I guess I’ll just watch Long on Mad Men this season [three happy claps].
What about you, PopWatchers? Which shows did you discover too late to save from the TV graveyard? Memorialize them below.