John From Cincinnati is not the most creative TV show of all-time
by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2008 8:04AM
Sometimes you come across a line in a column, an opinion, an observation, that is so mindblowingly wrong-headed that it leaves your mouth hanging open for a full 30 seconds. That's what happened to me when I read this list of the Shows That Died Too Young (great one season shows that shouldn't have been canceled) over at The New York Post. Talking about HBO's John From Cincinnati, the writer says this:
John [From Cincinnati] was not only the most creative program in the medium's sixty year history, but also some of the most mysterious.
Now, the second half of that quote is grammatically baffling, but we get the idea: JFC was the most creative show that has been on television in its 60 year history. Well, what do you think of that?
Even if you believe that JFC was a good show (and there are many people who would argue with you about that), was it really that good? Why is every show that is really weird seen as "creative," and the people who don't get it just aren't smart enough to understand the genius of its weirdness? Does "creative" mean "confusing?" Or "badly written?"
But there are some good choices on the list. I'm very impressed they picked Otherworld and Nichols, and any list like this that includes Freaks and Geeks, Cupid, and The Flash isn't all bad.