10 Cult TV Hits That Originally Flopped



When it comes to the science-fiction genre, Joss Whedon of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Dollhouse" fame is one of television's heaviest hitters. Fresh from the successes of "Buffy" and "Angel," Whedon had high hopes for his new series, "Firefly," when it launched in 2002. Sadly, those hopes were dashed when this cult hit was canceled after only 11 of a planned 14 episodes aired.

Visually innovative and masterfully cast, "Firefly" follows a band of space pirates living aboard the transport ship Serenity. Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his first mate Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres) lead a ragtag band of space desperadoes as they embark upon dangerous supply missions and defend themselves against natives. "Firefly" is set in the post-apocalyptic world of the future, where a confederation called the Alliance governs a central body of planets. Those who refuse to submit to the Alliance's authority are forced to eke out a living on the outskirts of space. In much the same way that American pioneers once traversed the Wild West, the characters of "Firefly" must survive in harsh conditions and without creature comforts.

If "Firefly" represents the "space" side of the supernatural genre, our next pick celebrates the science experiment. Meet a kid with no belly button after the jump.