Streampix Watch: Last Chance TV Classics

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Change is never easy, but if you’re prepared, it’s certainly better. As Streampix begins to ramp down some of its TV series from the collection, this is your last chance to catch up to some of the classics we’ve featured.  Here are our Top 10 titles which will be unavailable as of this Saturday (February 22), so hurry up and start binge-viewing.

Lost”: This groundbreaking series from creators J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof ran for six seasons from 2004-2010, bringing both metaphysics and big budget filmmaking gloss to its tale of a group of survivors trapped on a mysterious island. That the two were able to keep viewers guessing—and involved—for that long couldn’t even be ruined by an inconclusive ending. The show was nominated for a total of 25 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four, including Outstanding Drama Series (2005) as well as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series honors for Terry O’Quinn (2007) and Ben Emerson (2009). The series also took home a Golden Globe for Best Television Series Drama (2006).

Desperate Housewives”: Marc Cherry’s innovative primetime satirical soap opera comedy/drama made household names of its stars Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross and Eva Longoria during the course of its eight seasons from 2004 through May, 2012. The show deftly mixed elements of tragedy and humor and arguably spawned the whole “Real Housewives” series on Bravo. The show received a whopping 38 Primetime Emmy nominations, winning seven, including Huffman earning Outstanding Actress Comedy Series in 2005 over fellow nominees Cross and Hatcher, and two for next-door neighbor Kathryn Joosten as Outstanding Guest Actress—Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008. The show earned Golden Globe honors for Best Series—Musical or Comedy in 2004 and 2005, while Hatcher took home Best Actress—Musical or Comedy Series honors in 2005.

Felicity”: J.J. Abrams’ first TV series, which starred Keri Russell as a freshman at a New York college loosely based on NYU, was a landmark in many ways during its four seasons from 1998-2002. The program introduced a provocative love triangle with budding stars Scott Speedman and Scott Foley. The show, never a huge ratings winner, nevertheless garnered critical praise, with Time magazine calling it one of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time” in 2007, while Entertainment Weekly named Russell’s Felicity Porter one of the “100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years” in 2010. Russell earned a Golden Globe award in 1999 for Best Actress—Television Series Drama, while the series was nominated for Best Television Series—Drama.

My So-Called Life”: Long before Claire Danes was chasing spies in the Middle East as a CIA operative, she was carefully trying to avoid the land mines of high school romance in this critically acclaimed comedy-drama from “thirtysomething” writer Winnie Holzman and producers Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick.  The show helped introduce Oscar nominee Jared Leto’s brooding bad boy heartthrob Jordan Catalano and broke ground with Wilson Cruz’s out-of-the-closet gay student Rickie Vasquez. The series ran for but a single season of 19 episodes, from August ’94 to January ’95. Time magazine named it one of its “100 Best TV Shows of All Time,” while TV Guide ranked it #2 on its list of 60 shows that were “Cancelled Too Soon” last year.

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Grey’s Anatomy”: Shonda Rhimes’ medical drama is still going strong in its tenth season on the air, since debuting in 2005 and introducing the likes of McDreamy to the national vernacular in the person of Patrick Dempsey’s Dr. Derek Shepherd among the romantic merry-go-round of Seattle Grace hospital. After a month-long hiatus, the show will return to the air Feb. 27, so now’s a great time to get caught up. In 2007, the series spun off the show “Private Practice.” “Grey’s” has been nominated for 38 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning four, including Katherine Heigl for Outstanding Supporting Actress—Drama Series in 2007 and Loretta Devine for Outstanding Guest Actress—Drama Series in 2011. Sandra Oh took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress—Miniseries or TV Film in 2005, while the show won Best Series—Drama in 2006.

Brothers & Sisters”: This family chronicle, which harked back to such prime-time soap operas as “Dallas” and “Dynasty,” follows the adventures of a Pasadena clan after the death of its patriarch, as Sally Field headed a talented cast that also included Calista Flockhart, Ron Rifkin, Rachel Griffiths, Balthazar Getty, Dava Annable and Matthew Rhys as a gay lawyer. The show ran for five seasons, from 2006-2011, earning Field an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and a SAG award in 2009 for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. Yes, they liked her, they really, really liked her.

Scrubs”: This medical comedy/drama was notable for its stylistic forays that included an all-musical episode. The show ran for nine years, from October 2001 to March 2010 on NBC, then ABC. Zach Braff headed the cast of the hospital-set series, with Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn and Ken Jenkins. The series, which won a Peabody Award in 2006, was twice nominated for  Primetime Emmy as Outstanding Comedy Series in 2005 and 2006, with Braff receiving a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in ’05.

Ugly Betty”: This historic program, which ran for four seasons from 2006-2010, featured Mexican-American star America Ferrera in the title role as a fish-out-of-water girl-next-door working at a glitzy fashion magazine. Former Miss America and vocalist Vanessa Williams was also in the cast as a vindictive Creative Director who tries to thwart Betty’s progress. Ferrera earned a 2007 Golden Glob for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy Series, while the show itself earned Best Comedy. She also took home the Primetime Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series that same year.

Alias”: J.J. Abrams’ espionage thriller, which ran for five seasons from 2001-2006, starred Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow, an operative who battles shadowy intelligence agencies, along with some seriously eccentric family members. Garner received a Golden Globe Award in 2002 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. She also received four nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for four consecutive years, from 2002-2005.

Hannah Montana”: Miley Cyrus was the namesake in this Disney Channel series before she ever started sticking out her tongue and twerking. The series ran for four seasons, from 2006-2011, with Cyrus starring as the girl-next-door who hides her identity as a teenpop diva, with her real-life dad Billy Ray Cyrus playing her on-screen father.  It spawned four hit soundtracks and the Best of Both Worlds tour in 2007, which led to yet another smash soundtrack and a 3D movie. Cyrus won a slew of Teen Choice Awards along with her co-star Emily Osment.

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