Network: Fox
Air Dates: September 20, 2002 – December 20, 2002
Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Summer Glau, Sean Maher, Ron Glass

From TV impresario Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), this futuristic space Western is about a witty crew of smugglers that's big on multiculturalism and high-level prostitution. Fox cancelled Firefly after only 11 episodes, but it hit cult status with big DVD sales and a spinoff movie (Serenity). The fans who showed loyalty during the series' brief stint, meanwhile, continue to pledge allegiance—last year, the Science Channel's reunion special, Firefly: Browncoats Unite, scored 1.2 million viewers.

Whether network executives acknowledge it or not, there will always be room for Whedon's brand of snappy dialogue, lively characterization, and prone-to-cancellation sensibilities. Even if it's strictly on home video shelves. —MB