I struggle with where to place Firefly in the pantheon of all-time great TV shows for just one reason: the short run.
I, like most Browncoats, love every episode, the setting, the mythology, the unbelievable cast chemistry (and pure acting ability), the poetry of the writing, etc. Basically, everything you'd expect from an "all-time great" show.
But how much of that can be attributed to the fact that there are only 14 episodes to base a judgement on?
Would the show have suffered a sophomore writing slump like so many other shows? Would the cast chemistry have lasted for years or would people move on? Could it have held Joss' focus for years or would his creativity have needed a new outlet?
Unfortunately, we'll never know; fortunately, what were left with is a near-perfect show.
So, to some degree it seems unfair to me that great shows that lasted for years - and who suffered and overcame (some more than others) the potential pitfalls of television - get compared to such a short-lived show like Firefly.
On the other hand, when it comes to love, reason and rationality go out the window. And Firefly is the show I love the best... ever.
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