[10:15 Saturday Night] alexandros (not entirely comprehensive) list of underappreciated TV-shows
Without further ado, here's the list:
10. Sliders- (especially the later seasons) Some really great storylines, that move really outside the parralel-universe-of-the-week-schtick you come to expect.
9. Seaquest DSV- Great sci-fi-show, which tries to hard to be "hip" and "kewl", introducing aliens and genetic mutants later on.
8. Rocko's Modern Life- Absolutely love the humor. The Simsons (and all their imitators) have nothing on this anarchistic piece of nerdiness.
7. Young Indiana Jones- a bit of a departure from the movies, less pulpy, more thoughtful and (most importantly) more historically exact, but still this show still has what it takes, to stand in its own right.
6. La Femme Nikita- the series has the advantage over the film, that it has way more time to really build up the main character and suceeds well at this task (i swear I was close to tears at the end of season1- which was as much as I got to see of this show on german TV back then).
5. Dark Skies- Ah, the B5 that wasn't supposed to happen. Check out the last episode for hints an how the story was panning out. Great stuff.
4. Earth2- THE "hard sci-fi" show to watch. Still my main inspiration for Traveller (more than the often-cited "Firefly" show).
3. Pretender- Genius-level intellect. Check. A main character, who is using this intellect to maximum advantage. Check. Writers who are intelligent enough to bring the protagonists plans to the viewer. Check. Heck, they should have called the show "Ozymandias- the Series", its that good.
2. Adventures of Sinbad- just got pulled off the air again, as I'm writing this. While riding on the Hercules and Xena craze, this show really surpasses them in my humble opinion. Most importantly, the characters are a group with diverse abilities (like a roleplaying party), who apply those abilities to solve variety of situations (as opposed to, say, the A-Team, where every character has a certain 'niché' where he can shin and doesn't do much outside his speciality). Also I like 1001 Nights themed settings (and will certainly check out the upcoming "Legend of the Burning Sands" game by AEG).
1. The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.- yeah, thats Deadlands. Any questions? Even the humor is spot-on.
Honorable mentions: Millenium, Roswell, American Gothic & Dark Angel (all awesome and entertaining shows, though not quite as obscure as the Top 10).