“Firefly” Is TV’s Most Beloved Short-Lived Series

As part of a new study of the most-popular cult TV shows based on their IMDB scores, it comes as little surprise that Joss Whedon’s space western “Firefly” has been dubbed the most beloved short-lived series.

Writer Dan Kopf at Piceonomics considered over 500 American primetime shows that had been cancelled pre-2013 after less than four seasons. With over 190,000 ratings and an average score of 9.1/10, “Firefly” took the top spot with David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks” a close second with 8.9.

Others to make the shortlist included the HBO trifecta of “Rome” (8.8), “Deadwood” (8.7) and “Carnivale” (8.5), the Leslie Nielsen classic “Police Squad” (8.5) the Claire Danes & Jared Leto-led “My So-Called Life” (8.4), the Kristen Bell young detective drama “Veronica Mars” (8.4) and the Bryan Fuller double of “Pushing Daisies” (8.4) and “Wonderfalls” (8.3). The likes of “Dead Like Me,” “Party Down,” “Boss” and “Life” were also on there.

Sadly it appears some had too few votes to consider including “Now and Again” (8.3), the 90s “American Gothic” (8.2), “Journeyman” (8.1), “Jericho” (8.0), “John Doe” (7.9) & “Moonlight” (7.7).