“Enlisted” is without a doubt one of our three favorite network comedies from this past season; unfortunately, it also was one of those shows that was never given a chance to succeed. It premiered on a Friday after a low-rated show in “Raising Hope,” and never had a ton of promotion. Most of the hype it generated was just from people telling friends how good this show is.
Really, we feel like this could be the new “Freaks & Geeks” in the way that people will discover it years later after it has already been gone for a while … but it doesn’t necessarily have to be gone. The final episodes of the show have been scheduled, and the good news is that it’s not airing on a Friday night. Instead, the time is Sundays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern starting tomorrow. New episodes will air every week until the finale on June 22.
Creator Kevin Biegel penned a letter to fans urging them to check out the show, and also adding that it doesn’t necessarily have to be over just yet despite Fox’s cancellation:
“These are the best four episodes we did. The episode airing June 1, our first one back, is one of our funniest, and the finale is one of the best pieces of TV I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of … If we get even the slightest rating bump, it can help us live. This may seem like a fool’s errand, but even a little bit of hope is still hope. I love this show and believe in this show too much to give up.”
We want to feel the same way, given that this is the rare show that honors the Armed Forces without patronizing anyone. Even if you aren’t into stories related to the military, you’ll still laugh and get teary-eyed and relate to the characters. It feels like there are other homes out there (TBS, Amazon, Comedy Central, Netflix) where this show could thrive if given a proper chance.
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