The TV saga "Deadwood" engaged audiences with its sober portrayal of the American West circa 1876. The series centered on the relationship of lawman, Seth Bullock, and saloon owner, Al Swearengen, and the lives they affected. Ian McShane's performance as Swearengen mesmerized loyal fans. Unhappy show devotees did not like how the series closed with loose ends and unanswered questions.
My So-Called Life
A series focused on the life and trials of teens, the show revolutionized how young people are portrayed on TV. It contrasted with "90210" by focusing on the pains of growing up in a middle-class high school. Claire Danes portrayed 15-year-old Angela with an air of indolence and frustration with the world. It encouraged similar shows to show the actual experiences of teen life.
"Pushing Daisies" is about a pie maker with the power to bring the dead back to life, beginning with his childhood sweetheart. The pie maker, his girlfriend, a detective, and a waitress solve weekly mysteries in whimsical settings like magician's castles and honey factories. "Pushing Daisies" even drew critical acclaim, including Emmy nominations.