When the SciFi Channel launched on September 24, 1992 geeks around the world rejoiced. Finally there was a cable channel totally dedicated to science fiction. On that first day, the very first thing SciFi ever ran was Star Wars. Sure, the early years were dominated by re-runs of old series, but the channel was a great one-stop-shop series people hadnâ€™t seen in years.
Over its history the SciFi Channel has had a poisonous relationship with fans as they tend to cancel good shows and replace them with cheap to make reality shows that have nothing to do with science fiction. Simply put, the SyFy Channel now sucks and there are ten reasons why.
Before wrestling fans break their keyboards in anger over this, Iâ€™m a huge WWE fan and watch both Raw and Smackdown every week. But neither one has any place on the SyFy Channel. The Friday Smackdown block could be better used for original programming, but instead they show wrestling on a channel the originally showed things like Star Wars, Quantum Leap, and Lost in Space.
Ignoring the fact that the Ghost Hunters have been proven to be big fakers who stage their night vision haunting videos for the show, this franchise also has nothing to do with the SyFy Channel. If it was on Chill, or some other channel targeted more toward horror, I think it would fit better. But all of these Ghost Hunter shows fit SyFy as much as Smackdown does.
Stupid Reality Shows
Viral Video Showdown? Are your fracking kidding me? The SyFy Channel actually pays an intern to troll through YouTube, sort by â€œmost viewsâ€, and they turn that into a show? And thatâ€™s just one of the stupid reality shows they have on the channel. And donâ€™t even get me started on Scare Tactics.
SyFy Original Movies
SyFyâ€™s original movies are a joke and nothing more than a ploy to get ratings out of sheer audience curiosity at how terrible they are as opposed to actually being â€œgoodâ€ bad movies. If SyFy wants to air some scifi â€œBâ€ movies on Saturday nights, thereâ€™s a very large library available without having to produce shit movies that everyone rolls their eyes at. If SyFy would show movies like Battle Beyond the Stars or Cannibal the Musical (with the drunken Trey Parker and Matt Stone commentary track) on Saturday nights, I know Iâ€™d watch.
The whole reason they changed their name from the â€œSciFi Channelâ€ to â€œSyFyâ€ was money. â€œSciFiâ€ was a general term that they couldnâ€™t trademark, and thus control, so they changed the name to something stupid. As a result they seemed to decide that their programming could go beyond just scifi and into crap and stuff that has no business being on a science fiction channel.
Farscape was the beginning of the decline for the SciFi Channel. While itâ€™s true the series was expensive to produce, with the amazing work being done by the Creature Shop on it, the show was one of the most amazing science fiction programs on television, and SciFi cancelled the show before they could end the story. That forced the creators to wrap everything up in a short mini-series on another network. Farscape deserved to live as long as fans wanted it around.
Some shows need more than ten or thirteen episodes to find their footing, but SyFy cancelled the Battlestar Galactica prequel before it even completed its first full season. And what took Capricaâ€˜s place one the channel? Another cheap reality series and Ghost Hunters spin-off.
Ron Mooreâ€™s Battlestar Galactica is now regarded as a modern science fiction masterpiece. Thanks to SyFy shuffling it around the schedule and delaying premieres long after it aired in the UK and Canada, the series struggled for ratings in the US. Add to that the cost of the series, which was actually co-financed by other international networks besides SyFy, the series was always in danger of cancellation. Finally, the producers came to an agreement with SyFy to end the series after four years. The result was a fourth season that many fans still argue about in regards to its quality.
Anyone who pays attention to SyFy knows that they like to cancel shows after four or five seasons. After they cancelled Stargate: Atlantis after five seasons, they launched Stargate Universe. The problem was that the Stargate shows were sort of the light-hearted family-friendly, but still intelligent and moral, replacements for weekly Star Trek episodes. With Stargate Universe they tried to make it a dark replacement for Battlestar Galactica, and people really didnâ€™t tune in. So SyFy cancelled it after two seasons, leaving the story with a cliffhanger ending that likely wonâ€™t be resolved (since the TV/DVD movie was cancelled).
Why is SG-1 on this list? Didnâ€™t it last for ten years? Yes, but only five years on the SciFi Channel. The first five years were on Showtime, and then SciFi bought it. It nearly didnâ€™t even get a 10th season. The only reason they allowed the show to go for a fifth season on the network was for the marketing bullet point of being the longest-running North American scifi series as they had it go one more year than X-Files before canceling it.