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Announcing the TV.com 2012 Summer of Rediscovery Club: Terriers, Wonderfalls, and Veronica Mars

Get ready to dust off the old DVD player, break into television studios and steal the master tapes, or harness the power of the internet (but don't tell the feds we said to, because we'll deny EVERYTHING) and join us in revisiting a trio of classic television shows this summer. Because otherwise we'll be stuck doing episodic coverage of summer garbage like Wipeout and The Choice.

Instead we'll look back at the last decade with three delightful series that you may have missed, would love to re-visit, or didn't get to watch because you weren't born yet when they first aired. We thought we'd give you the heads up today so that you could do what you need to do to watch along with us, and we'll get started with our discussions over the next week or so.

So what are we watching?



Terriers

Originally aired: September – December, 2010
What it was: The FX dramedy Terriers, considered by many to be one of the best series of 2010, starred Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as unlicensed investigators in San Diego and was gushed over by critics and an incredibly passionate (and unfortunately small) fan base. Unfortunately, the general public didn't watch with the same fervor and it was canceled after one season.
How it's available: This one is on Netflix Instant, as well as iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. However, it still isn't on DVD yet.
How we'll cove itr: It's a single season of 13 episodes, so we'll do two episodes per write-up, plus a single article devoted to the finale. That's seven weeks if you're doing the math. Look for a new story from Ryan Sandoval every Tuesday.



Wonderfalls

Originally aired: March – April 2004
What it was: The quirky Fox dramedy Wonderfalls lasted all of four episodes (even though all 13 that were originally ordered were produced); its cancellation is one of the greatest crimes in TV history. It starred the delightful Caroline Dhavernas as Jaye, a recent college grad who found work at the gift shop at Niagara Falls. Her drab life took a turn for the interesting when the tchotchkes in the shop started talking to her and telling her to do unusual things, tasks that often helped out people in town in a bizarre, circuitous way. But did this gift make her the blessed vessel of a benevolent god or a cute college girl on board the crazy train? Wonderfalls was created by Todd Holland and Bryan Fuller, who would also go on to create the similar cult hit Pushing Daisies.
How it's available: DVD is your best bet! But several episodes can also be stitched together on YouTube.
How we'll cover it: Again, we're looking at a single, 13-episode season. So two episodes per write-up plus one dedicated to the finale. Every Wednesday, I (Tim Surette) will post a new story.
Special note: Fox aired a few Wonderfalls episodes out of order, so I'll follow the order as laid out by the DVD set (the first four episodes will go like this: "Wax Lion," "Pink Flamingoes," "Karma Chameleon," and "Wound-Up Penguin").



Veronica Mars

Originally aired: September 2004 – May 2007
What it was: The cult-favorite WB and The CW series Veronica Mars followed teen detective Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell in her breakout role) as she solved cases in her hometown of Neptune, California. Its claim to fame was being a much smarter series than typical high-school dramas, and it also used elements of film noir to make it stand out from the rest of television. Veronica Mars was also a goldmine for young talent, so look for early work from Amanda Seyfriend, Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, and Leighton Meester.
How it's available: All three seasons are on DVD, plus you can find them on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. Certain episodes are also available for free on TheWB.com.
How we'll cover it: Price Peterson has already started his re-watch; we've linked the stories below so you can catch up. Starting this week, he'll cover four episodes per write-up. Look for the first Season 2 write-up on Friday.

The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 1-8
The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 9-16
The Veronica Mars Season 1 Dossier: Episodes 17-22


Unless your idea of quality television is watching people blow out their ACLs on giant obstacle courses or allowing themselves to be filmed while living in a glass house, it's probably a good decision to join us as we give these gems a second look. And feel free to list additional shows you'd like us to re-watch in the comments...if we have time, we just may add a couple more!


Ed. note: Longtime commenters may recall that we started a Summer DVD Club last summer, too, and then up and quit it halfway through. That won't happen this time; we promise!

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The re-discovery club is a wonderful idea, hopefully it'll last a complete summer season. If the club remains a viable concept after its first season, I strongly suggest Boomtown season 1 as the opener in season 2. The first season is readily available on DVD. NBC produced six episodes for Boomtown's 2nd season, but canceled the series after only 2 episodes were initially broadcast. NBC hurriedly burned off the last 4 episodes over a weekend sometime later, but these episodes are not available on DVD, although they could have easily been added to the season 1 DVD set and are well worth viewing.
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After you are done with these three shows you should watch and review Samantha Who?, Better Off Ted, and The 10th Kingdom.
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If you are going to give Terriers a try (I would really recommend it, it's one of my favorites, right up there with Battlestar and Breaking Bad) I would encourage you to watch it on Netflix. There is a campaign going on right now to get Netflix to revive the show, and the campaign could really use your help. Here is an article describing the campaign and it provides support as to why Netflix might bring it back. http://netflixterriers.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/dear-netflix-were-watching-terriers-and-want-more/ Check it out.
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Thank you for Wonderfalls! If it hadn't been for you, I'd probably never heard of it, even though I know and love Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. Man, Fuller just doesn't have luck with networks executives, doesn't he?
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Veronica Mars was on UPN....even according to this website, so I'm slightly saddened that you would make that mistake.
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Never watched Wonderfalls. I'll have to check that one out. Not really interested in Terriers and Veronica Mars is AWESOME!
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Dead Like Me would be great to rewatch!
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I just finished watching the first and only season of Terriers... I loved it!! Why did you tell me to do that?! WHY?! Now I want more! It's firefly all over again...
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Terriers was really surprisingly entertaining. The writing and the cast were excellent. I'm definitely going to check wonderfalls out.

You guys should continue writing more about obscure/forgotten shows for us to discover.

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As long as you keep it up this time!! I will definitley watch Wonderfalls. An Irish station aired all the episodes here back in the day, but I didnt give it the attention it deserved. And, of course, Veronica Mars is amazeballs. :)
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Sports Night- Brilliant pre-West Wing Sorkin with an unbelievable cast.

Firefly - Joss Wheedon writes a Space Western with Nathan Fillion. Amazingness!

Undeclared- Jay Brushnel, Seth Rogan, and a host of other crazy talented people. Seriously, the recurring smothering boyfriend role played by Jason Segel is one of the funniest things on tv-EVER.

Dead Like Me- morbid, funny, and smart, the show focuses on the day to day work life of grim reapers. It constantly and touchingly deals with death, how people react to death, and how we as humans question what comes after. Plus, you know, Mandy Patinkin.

Lookwell, the passed on pilot made by Conan O'Brien and produced by Lorne Michels. Weird, funny, and meta it stars Adam West as an actor who once played a tv detective and has delusions of grandeur about his detective skills and the role his honorary badge allows him to play.
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this is a very good idea, love to discover or re-discover old series, you should do this every summer, Wonderfalls was one of my favorite growing up, cant believe they only aired 4 episodes, for some reason i feel like i've watched more than that, im currently watching veronica mars for the first time, right now im almost at the middle of season 2 and loving it. But unfortunatly i think ill pass on terriers, not my kind of show.



if you wish to expand on this classic series i sugest firefly, another cult favorite
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i miss moonlight, tru calling, melrose place, nash bridges, walker texas ranger, family matters, boy meets world, saved by the bell and my all time favorite diagnosis:murder with dick van dyke.
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I really like Veronica Mars. The last episode sucked though. Also, Piz was annoying. Saw the trailer for season 4. They took out all the cast, except Veronica and put her in the FBI. The five minute clip was a snooze-fest. I wouldn't have watched the 4'th season.
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yay! Wonderfalls!!!
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I thought Terriers was the best show on TV when it was on and I never missed Veronica Mars. Two great shows that I still miss, especially Terriors. I had forgotten all about Wonderfalls, but do remember thinking it was all right.



Other favorites mentioned by others: Dead Like Me (watched all episodes several times), Freaks and Geeks, Dark Angel
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Freaks and Geek definetly deserved a longer run. Awesome show. I watched the premiere of Wonderfalls back when it was on and I just didn't get into it.
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Let's not forget about the great comedy Action with Jay Mohr and Illeana Douglas, Better off Ted, Big day, Defying gravity, the good guys, tru calling and undeclared!
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Some other shows that fall into the "Cancelled Before Their Time" catgory are:

Karen Sisco: Carla Gugino in a tight dress - need I say more!

Keen Eddie: Mark Valley & Sienna Miller

Sports Night: Aaron Sorkin writing the scripts

Touching Evil: Jeffrey Donovan & Vera Farmiga
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Thanks Tim! Because of you, I've started re-watching Veronica Mars. I totally forgot that so many cast members from Party Down were actually in VM! I have to agree with recapping Party down and Men of a certain age but I would also add The Larry Sanders show, Arrested Development and Twin Peaks!
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Terriers is one of my favorite shows of the last 10 years and failed mostly because it was released at an odd time with a bad title and little publicity. The show was easily my favorite of that season. I've watched it the whole thing on Netflix a few times and each time I get mad at FX for not seeing the potential with this series. I don't know anyone that has actually taken the time to watch it that hasn't liked it. The only saving grace in ending it too soon is it made the one season incredibly strong. The series was broadcast with 2 6-7 episode half seasons so the first half sets up the characters and the second half completes the story.
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One of the many awesome things about Terriers was the theme song, Gunfight epiphany, by Rob Duncan. Hm, can I post links here? I guess I'll find out. Here it is:



http://youtu.be/BVHOn-S82ms
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Veronica Mars and Wonderfalls are two of my favourite television series. I guess I'll check out Terriers too, since you've put it in together with those two.

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Now, as for additional suggestions, I gotta say that Wonderfalls always makes me think of another favourite, Joan of Arcadia. Although I don't think the creators or actors are linked in any way, the common factor is obvious: messages from "the other side".

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In Joan's case she speaks to various people who are avatars for God. I tend to look at this from a couple of different perspectives... as far as I remember, nothing God tells her is something she couldn't have figured out for herself, like in the first episode she knows her parents are worried about her older brother and she could have figured out what effect her getting a job would have on him. So I tend to see her encounters with "God" as representations of Joan questioning the way things are and figuring things out.

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Secondly there's the conceptual awesomeness of the subtext in some of Joan's encounters with "God". Think metaphorically of the following: Joan plays a game of chess with God, stars in a play directed by God (don't we all?); meets God in many guises -- as a lunch lady, as a punk/goth; as a little girl ("you'd like to slap me woudn't you?" Joan had a chance to slap God in the face!) and more. Near the start of the second season there's a hilarious scene which is scripted like Joan is breaking up with God. Love it!

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Admittedly the quality of the episodes can be a little hit and miss, but the misses aren't too bad and hits are simply amazing.
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Fox is good about showing series out of order, look what they did to Firefly.
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Watched Terriers last Summer, then immediately hounded several friends to watch it. Fantastic show, might watch it again but it's still pretty fresh for me.



Wonderfalls I have not seen, so this is one I'll definitely watch this Summer. Dead Like Me is one of my faves of all time, and I just got a friend to watch it this month. Excited for this show.
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Not sure if anyone has already mentioned this but Soapnet is airing VM in syndication and is currently showing season 2. :)
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Oh and hey, while I'm adding shows, Men of a Certain Age could use another look. Vastly overlooked, in my opinion.
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AGHHH i LOVE that show.
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Wanna add a show? Add Party Down :) This list could use some short/sweet comedy.
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I love Veronica Mars and was devastated when it ended. Terriers was a good show, I was disappointed when it was cancelled. I've never seen Wonderfalls.
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Just checked out the first episodes of Terriers. It's a great show!!!! Shame they cancelled it...
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This just makes me sad all over again for the loss of Terriers ..... one of the dumbest moves FX ever made! There was nothing wrong about this show, every aspect of it was perfect!
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I will definitely look into Terriers as I've never heard of it. I LOVED Veronica Mars. I would reccommend two other shows that got cancelled way before their time: Freaks and Geeks, and Studio 60. Loved those as well.
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Terriers is an awesome show. It didn't deserve to get cancelled. Seriously, the writing and acting was amazing. Gone too soon for sure.
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LOVED Wonderfalls, and actually still do. Cancellation of this show was one of the greatest TV mistakes ever made IMO.
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Hopefully this won't exclude coverage of non-summer garbage like Leverage, Warehouse 13, and Alphas...
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Alphas is an awesome show! :)
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I do believe Alphas and Warehouse 13 will be covered... not sure about Leverage though!
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Looking forward to your Alpha's coverage Tim!
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Not a fan of Veronica Mars, but Terriers was great and deserved more. Wonderfalls was different from everything around at the time and it stood out from the other comedies. At least Pushing Daisies carried on the tradition.
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I'm on for Terriers and Wonderfalls, I haven't seen either yet. I might try and catch up to Price with V. Mars but I've seen it before and might not have time. (Can't say I remember seeing Kristen Ritter on the show, maybe I'll check it out just for that.)
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Veronica Mars is a great choice! I'm so jealous of people who get to watch it for the first time!
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I usually use the summer to watch/catch up on shows I missed and never checked out. I like these choices: Terriers and Veronica Mars are both fantastic and Wonderfalls is on my list of shows to check out...maybe this summer. Currently I started Parenthood, Revenge and Journeyman, Boss, and Dawson's Creek. I also have to finish watching season 2 of Game of Thrones. I LOVE TV!
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Terriers was amazing. too bad it didn't get a chance of a second season.



veronica mars... still miss it. although season 1 was the best of all 3.
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Price is posting the Season 2 recaps starting THIS week?! Quietly panicking because I haven't seen the second and third season yet... (Time to run to JB Hi Fi and get them)
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Terriers was great. It was the second best new show of 2010, after Spartacus (January 2010), and it was the second best new show of the 2010-2011 TV season, after Game of Thrones (April 2011).



The crazy thing is, FX weren't even able to get people to watch the *first* episode, so the show never had a chance. It had already been cancelled when I first heard about it a few months later.



Wonderfalls and Veronica Mars were both OK, but I never considered either of them to be really good.
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I might watch both Wonderfalls and Terriers. I've already seen Veronica Mars a few too many times, so not going to watch that.
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Looking forward to Price's Veronica Mars season 2 recaps. And I've always wanted to watch Wonderfalls, so I'll definitely try to check it out.
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I've loved TERRIERS from the beginning, and was so sad when it got canceled. Its one of those shows that i still keep on my computer even though it ended.



VERONICA MARS, one of my favorite tv shows ever, i discovered it last Summer and finished it in two weeks



WONDERFALLS, i always wanted to watch it because of Bryan Fuller, its downloading and hopefully i like it.

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Veronica Mars has been my summer show for a few years. I usually get a new friend to watch it with me and fall in love with Veronica (read: Logan). I love hearing comments from someone who has never seen the show before. "Don't I know you from somewhere?" part is great!



This summer I'll be watching first season of Brothers & Sisters.



Other shows that ended too soon: The Net, Popular, Young Americans.
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Terriers and Veronica Mars are awesome shows! I haven't seen Wonderfalls, but I'll sure check it out.
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Veronica Mars was on the UPN not the WB.
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Actually, the first 2 years of VM were on UPN, and it finished up on UPN's successor, the CW. While not on the WB, it was produced by Warner Bros. Television.
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Never saw Terriers, but I did give the other two a good look (that's more than 1 or 2 episodes), and didn't care for either one. Sorry.
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You might still like Terriers. It doesn't have any supernatural elements like Wonderfalls, and isn't "teenagey" like Veronica Mars. It's just a show about a couple of unlicensed private investigators. There's actually nothing very remarkable about the idea behind the show. It's good because everyone involved did a really good job, except of course the marketing people who failed to get people to see the first episode.
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No kidding the marketing failed. I never even heard of Terriers until it popped up on Netflix.
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Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me were great shows and deserved much longer runs.
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Man, don't even bring up Dead Like Me. Just like with Firefly I get heartbroken every time the name is brought up.
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Terriers was the freshest and most intelligent detective drama in an absolute age and was a crying shame it never got the viewers it deserved. Any show that takes time to lay seeds of future events in early episodes, often off-hand comments and moments that meant nothing at the time, that payoff later just make for such rich TV and make rewatches highly enjoyable. I've watched the run 3 times already and loved it every time and still pray that somehow it would get a second chance.
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