Surfing the Instant Queue: Now Defunct TV Shows


1. The X-Files [1993-2002] Born in the science fiction tradition of older shows like The Twilight Zone and Kolchak: The Night Stalker, the X-Files follows the investigative adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully. Mulder is an eccentric believer in paranormal activity and Scully a practical go-getter who tends to play by the rules (Until she meets Mulder…dun, dun, dun). They create a perfect television “couple”, who, in my opinion, are reminiscent of Booth and Bones from the show Bones. The X-Files is a perfect combination of sci-fi and drama, one minute you’re begging them to solve the case and figure out where that alien comes from, and the next you’re begging them to finally kiss. I suggest watching at 2am, under the covers and with the lights off for full effect.


2. Ally McBeal [1997-2002] This is one of those shows where while you’re watching it you’re constantly saying to yourself “Hey, that person looks familiar, they’re from blah blah show”. Coming a little bit before my time, its great to see the likes of Portia de Rossi, Jane Krakowski, Lucy Liu and Robert Downy, Jr. in their previous incarnations. Calista Flockhart (great name) plays a young lawyer who just joined a firm where her ex-college-sweetheart now works. Awkward conversations abound. I’m a fan of the voiceovers and funky special effects that illustrate Ally’s constant back and forth between self-deprecation and self-confidence.


3. The West Wing [1999-2006] Aaron Sorkin: the man, the legend. Fast dialogue, high pressure situations, and Martin Sheen as President Josiah Bartlet. The West Wing is a must for any self-professed pop-culture-nostalgia junkies. Highly addictive mostly because you become so attached to the characters; and oh, the character development <3.


4. Alias [2001-2006] If you don’t want to be Sydney Bristow, I don’t want to be your friend. The story of a bad-ass double agent, created by J.J. Abrams of Lost, Fringe, Felicity and soon to be of Star Wars “Episode VII.” Sydney breaks down doors, takes down men twice her size, and makes more costume changes in one episode than I do in a week. Equal parts heartbreak and grrrl power.


About Joanna Harkins

co-founder and editor-at-large of inconnu


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