shows tend to be canceled quickly if they don't immediately garner
impressive ratings. Based on a very short broadcast exposure, network
programmers can misjudge the potential popularity of a show.
short, puzzling history of Firefly
is worth recalling.
introduced with much fanfare on Fox. But then it was aired at
unexpected times and in an unexpected chronological order. (The
two-hour introductory show was aired as the last show.)
meant people who were attracted to the show had a hard time finding it
in the schedule and understanding the story development.
after only eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired.
cast and crew all wanted to stay with the series and there seems to be
no question about the quality of the acting. There were no contract or
money disputes and most of the cast eventually ended up in hit series on
creative genius behind Firefly,
went on to produce more than one hit show on other networks, not to
mention the 2012 record-setting box office success, The
Avengers, which he wrote and
After Fox canceled Firefly,
DVD sales of the complete series reportedly jumped to the number one
spot on Amazon.com, reportedly selling 500,000 copies.
Some who bought
the set said, that the best episodes were never aired. The abbreviated
series developed a huge cult following with numerous U.S. and Canadian
full length theatrical film,
Serenity. (A feature film has
never followed a canceled TV series before.) To date, ten books have
been written on Firefly,
with the 11th in the works.
was reportedly voted as the best science fiction series of all time.
we are left with an obvious question:
with all the money spent on the series and the superior talent
involved, why didn't the network give the series a chance?