Marc Bernardin
December 11, 2007 AT 10:05 PM EST

I need a castle, preferably someplace in Eastern Europe. Nice living quarters, natch. Central air is a must. But it absolutely needs a spiffy Frankensteinian electric rig in the attic — because I want to bring stuff back to life. (And I’d love it if said castle were in black and white. I’m a purist, what can I say?)

Specifically, I want to bring some long-dead TV shows back from the dead. But the electric mojo will only work on programs that were taken before their time, snuffed just as they were revealing their true potential. In a world where there’s no TCA press tour because there aren’t really gonna be any new shows, reaching into the abyss and yanking back some gems is a perfectly valid dream.

And, since it’s my dream, here are the shows I want back:

Firefly (pictured)  Easy call, I know. And given the fan machine behind Joss Whedon’s sci-fi Western, this one has had more life than most dead shows: a feature film, multiple comic series, essay collections, etc. But, still. To see where Capt. Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion, who I’ve got a wee bit of a man-crush on) and his motley crew would’ve gone…ah, that’s the stuff that geek dreams are made of.

Profit  A blue-black satire of corporate greed starring Adrian Pasdar (Heroes) as a sociopath raised—literally—by television who kills his way up the corporate ladder? Thank you, sir, may I have another? No? Bastards.

Nowhere Man  The criminally underused Bruce Greenwood (who was never better than as JFK in Thirteen Days) plays a photojournalist who snapped a war-zone picture that sends his life into a downward spiral into identity erasure. Like The Fugitive, it was about an innocent man — or so we’re led to believe — on the run, trying to get his life back. Would’ve loved to have seen where he ran to.

What about you? Which late, lamented TV shows would you want back from beyond?

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