In today’s day and age in television there are a number of great stories where fans effectively saved shows. Remember way back in the day when Family Guy was cancelled? Remember how it landed on channels like Cartoon Network and Adult Swim? It was the show’s massive following on these channels and not FOX that got it back on FOX and you see just how successful it has become. How about the show Prison Break? If it weren’t for fans going crazy over the show on Netflix, a 5th season would have never been created. Sometimes producers out there have to pay attention to what people are watching.
It turns out one of the best stories of fans effectively saving and being responsible for a show and franchise resurgence is none other than Star Trek. Little do many people know that Star Trek TV episodes are unusual in that syndication prices rose over time instead of declining like most reruns because fans watched each episode dozens of times. Their enormous popularity led to the revival of the franchise after the series’ cancellation after only three seasons.
Think about that. If it weren’t for people becoming obsessed with the short lived show in syndication we’d have never seen a featured film and any sequels. We wouldn’t have Star Trek at trade shows. There’d be no “trekkies.” The show would practically be non existent in popular culture.
Just goes to show you the power of being a fan.