The best TV shows offer intriguing characters, masterful performances, and solid storylines. As a result, shows can gain a cult following that endures even if the show's run is prematurely cancelled.
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.