Friday, December 16, 2011

TV Series of the Month – Wonderfalls

This month’s TV series is Wonderfalls (2004).

The show is about Jane Tyler, a highly educated but utterly disinterested and procrastinating girl who works at a souvenir store in Niagara. Then one day something magical happens to her, inanimate objects start talking to her, giving her instructions that she must carryout in order to help people. The series was created by Todd Holland and Bryan Fuller (one of the best and most creative writers  in TV – also created Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me, and was a principal writer of season one of Heroes), and executively produced by Tim Minear (coming off Firefly and Angel). The cast is brilliant with Caroline Dhavernas (who is fantastic on the show and should be a TV star), Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso, William Sadler, Diana Scarwid, Lee Pace, Tracie Thoms, and Jewel Straite (who featured in a small arc after Firefly was cancelled). Despite the show being completely original and loved by critics, it was way too quirky for network TV and Fox (of course) canceled it during its first season. Not only is it considered one of the best shows cancelled too soon, but also one of the best shows of the decade. While this is an odd series and probably not for everyone, it has such charm, creativeness and interesting characters that it is something well worth checking out. It is just different than anything else on TV. It is a must for fans of Bryan Fuller’s work. Check out the episode one.

Available on DVD

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