30 Days of TV – Day 19

Day 19 – Best t.v show cast

I’ve noticed that a lot of people either go with sitcoms for Day 19, or shows that have expansive ensemble casts—namely Lost and Heroes, two of the largest ensemble casts in recent memory. Sitcoms specifically have to have tight casts, since the humor and setup usually comes from the characters’ relations (friend, family, or otherwise), and if sitcom characters don’t gel, the show probably won’t last one season.

Instead of all that I’m going with Firefly. Here’s a tightly-knit cast who almost immediately became tightly-knit real-life friends. Needless to say it translated well to a show where the characters have this “known each other for a long time” feel, something like a family… well, a dysfunctional family, considering Jayne’s greed, and the love-hate spats between Mal and Inara, but a family nonetheless. They may grate on each other—who really likes the people they work with—but at the same time, they’re enough of a family that none of them has chosen to cut and run yet.

The cast is a little on the medium-large side, but all the characters fit their roles to a T. We have the not-too-bright thug, who could turn on the others at a moment’s notice, but who generally follows the rules. There’s the ace pilot, who’s also a lovable doof who plays with dinosaur toys. There’s the master engineer with a heart of gold, who really wants to wipe the grime away and be a girly-girl. There’s not one but three mystery characters, all picked up in the first episode.

There’s a good dozen reasons why Firefly’s cancellation sucks… the great setting, visuals, dialogue. The characters rank pretty highly on my list: they’re all good characters, rounded, likable, and interesting. This actually felt like a crew, of real characters, with depth and flaws and a living relationship. It also says something when the cast was fighting as hard (if not harder) than the fans in the battle for the show’s return, and when some of them sneak Firefly references into their current shows.

Spoiler/Preview/Recap:
Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season) – Game of Thrones
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 05 – A show you hate – various micro-rants
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – The Oath/Blood on the Scales
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – Black Market
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch – Better Off Ted
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever – Out of Gas
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving – NCIS
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you – Heroes
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times – Robotech
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show – Talespin
Day 14 – Favorite male character – The Doctor
Day 15 – Favorite female character – Laura Roslin
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show – Top Gear
Day 17 – Favorite mini series – Band of Brothers
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence – Rescue Me
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast – Firefly
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death


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