Canceled Too Soon

Some TV shows last for years, others are canceled too soon! Professional critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold review television series that lasted only one season (or one episode) in this epic ongoing podcast.
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Welcome to Canceled Too Soon, the podcast that only reviews TV shows that lasted one season or less! Every week, your hosts William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold will guide you through television's strangest missteps, and decide once and for all if they were... canceled too soon!

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Mar 19, 2017

In the history of television, there are few shows that have a more embarrassing reputation than MANIMAL, an NBC series that ran for eight short episodes in 1983, and starred Simon MacCorkindale as a crimefighter who turns into a panther, a hawk, and any other animal the situation requires. Audiences balked, critics laughed, and MANIMAL became a pop culture punchline that endures to this very day.

But was MANIMAL... CANCELED TOO SOON? Film critics William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold are on the case! They're breaking down every absurd episode of MANIMAL and giving this infamous dud the critical attention it was always denied, asking the important questions about animal transformations that nobody ever asked (probably). Plus, they've also tracked down the episode of the long-forgotten superhero series NIGHTMAN which - fifteen years after the cancelation of MANIMAL - finally wrapped up the superhero's story... badly.

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  • almost three months ago
    Harikrishnan J
    Minor doubt. On this episode, there are multiple times you refer to Manimal turning into a 'panther'. The thing that confused me is that there is no actual animal called 'panther'. Panther, in mythology, means a large cat with a multi-colored hide. However, in real life, depending on where you are in the world the word 'panther' is used to refer to cougars/mountain lions, leopards and jaguars. Since Manimal can turn into ANY animal in the world... which version of the panther is he turning to? Leopard, cougar or jaguar? And does HE refer to the animal as a panther? No animal expert would do that, I think.