10 Cult TV Hits That Originally Flopped



When 23 major U.S. cities are blasted by nuclear attacks, residents in the tiny, fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, are left to survive the aftermath. "Jericho" premiered on CBS in 2006 and aired the last of its 29 episodes in March 2008. It followed the story of prodigal son Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) and a group of Jericho townspeople through the hardships that followed in the wake of devastating nuclear attacks.

"Jericho" was one of a number of shows, such as "Flash Forward," "Heroes" and "Lost," that began with a cataclysmic event and took survivors on a roller-coaster ride of survival and subterfuge. In "Jericho," a secretive and mysterious newcomer, Robert Hawkins (Lennie James), eventually reveals that he was involved in a failed CIA mission to stop the nuclear attacks. Hawkins divulges that the attacks were masterminded not by terrorists but by a group of high-level U.S. government officials. As Hawkins' secrets come to light, a new government with dubious motives -- the Allied States of America -- imposes a police state. Throughout the second season, Green and Hawkins work to keep an undetonated nuclear device out of the hands of the ASA. As the series ends, it becomes clear a second American Civil War will be unavoidable.

Next, we travel back in time to revisit another action/adventure cult hit that lives on, despite the fact that it was canceled almost half a century ago. Read all about the 1960s secret agent drama "Danger Man" on the next page.