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EW Community SOS: Save Our Shows

Last week, EW published a full report card examining how each network’s shows were faring at the midseason point. Here at the Community, we were bummed to find that some of our favorite series are at risk of being canceled. A world without Henry Morgan? Rayna James? Emily Thorne?! We could cry just thinking about it.

Here is a list of shows we’d like to see renewed—and our best arguments for why they should be!

Forever

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Since its premiere, ABC’s procedural about an immortal medical examiner has been steadily gaining ground in the ratings and with the fans. A show that could have easily adhered to a tired template, Forever has instead broken the mold and become much more. Many first tuned in for the (extremely) charming Ioan Gruffudd, but they have stayed because the show has true heart. Perhaps misplaced in its late-night slot, Forever explores beautifully complex relationships, both within the family and outside it, while also churning out exciting week-to-week cases. In its 13 episodes this season, we have only begun to scratch the surface of who these characters are. It would be a shame to miss the opportunity to continue learning more.

Tamar Barbash

Revenge

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There’s something special about the most horrific Nicholas Sparks novel ever written. I’m not here to say that Revenge is the best hour of drama that television has to offer, but there’s something to be said about any network show that has the power to last four seasons anymore.

Back in its heyday, Revenge was the [Emily Van] campy kind of drama that was your 10 p.m. guilty pleasure—way back in the time of red X’s over people’s faces. The show has drifted quite a bit, but at this point, it’s earned the right to see how it plays out. In a world where there are barely any original characters to kill off, Revenge deserves one more chance to bring it back home. At any rate, Madeleine Stowe hasn’t wavered one bit since the show’s inception, and even if it means that we lose our hero Amanda/Emily in the process, the die-hard fans deserve to see exactly who will fill those two graves mentioned in the first episode.

Justin Kirkland

The Mindy Project

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The Mindy Project is doing a lot of stuff right in season three. Mindy and Danny are together together, and the show is stronger for it. (Moonlighting curse be damned!) Mindy and Danny are making each other better, and their relationship struggles—Danny’s overbearing mom (Rhea Perlman), Mindy sharing intimate details with their coworkers, deciding whether or not to move in together or, gulp, get engaged—are making the show even more hilarious. Add that to a supporting cast that is knocking it out of the park (I’ll miss you, Adam Pally) and pop culture references that would make the Gilmore Girls proud, and The Mindy Project has earned every extra episode they were given this season. Plus, who doesn’t love a girl who simultaneously enters a Stanford OB-GYN fellowship program and makes Christmas decorations out of America’s Sweetheart, Reese Witherspoon?

Samantha Swank

Person of Interest

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While the fourth season of Person of Interest has been, in my opinion, the best one yet, I get the nagging feeling that creator Jonathan Nolan & Co., sensing the writing on the wall, are preparing to end its run. I’m always against a television show overstaying its welcome, but I definitely feel that there is more story to tell here, and would plead with CBS to renew it for a syndication-friendly fifth season. POI has always been the odd man out on a network surrounded by a sea of CSI and NCIS procedurals, and honoring it with one more year to wrap up an epic storyline would be the right thing to do. Not to mention that I love each and every character on this series and am not ready to say goodbye yet.

Shant Istamboulian

Constantine

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Constantine started under a bit of controversy when word got out that NBC wouldn’t allow John Constantine to be seen smoking, but no fear: John smokes. We just never see him inhale. It’s like that with everything about this show, and it’s become very clear that the creators and the actors themselves are pushing the envelope in every way possible. From the rituals to the feel of the show, the sets, the stories—there’s no holding back, and it makes every week that much better. This is a show that needs time to grow into itself and build the characters. It needs room to spread its wings. I’m pretty sure that once that happens, it’ll grab us by the throat in insanely glorious ways.

Geek Girl Diva

Agent Carter

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Agent Carter is one of the best shows on television right now, because it features a woman’s sensitivity and heroism front and center. There hasn’t been a leading lady this strong on television since Sydney Bristow. Each week, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) goes on incredible undercover missions. The time period of this show is fantastic, bringing fans of Captain America: The First Avenger right into the look, feel, and sounds of the classic ’40s! ABC should renew Agent Carter because we all deserve to see a woman kick ass, a British butler (James D’Arcy) serve tea (and attempt to save the day), and the groundwork laid for what will become S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus, who doesn’t want to see more awesome Marvel on television?

Lauren Gallaway

Nashville

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It wasn’t the arrival of Fox’s glossier Empire that landed the Grand Ole (Soap) Opry Nashville on EW’s endangered list. No, many viewers skedaddled with the dog and the pickup truck sometime during season 2, thanks to the paternity tests, car crashes, runaway brides, blackmail, mama drama, murder-suicides, mental breakdowns, and gay self-loathing (for the love of Dolly, how long is Will going to stay in the closet?!) But, to paraphrase Juliette Barnes, I wouldn’t put dirt on the show’s grave just yet. I think the ABC drama—once an enticing, behind-the-scenes look at the best and brightest of the country music capital—has a fighting chance if it keeps turning out catchy (and sometimes surprisingly raw and interesting) tunes and storylines just this side of implausibility.

Wendy Hathaway

Did your favorite make the list? What show are you hoping makes the cut?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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