We look at TV long-lasters as OSN airs Rescue Me season 7
For most TV shows, the TV-viewer relationship is one that is inevitably temporary. But on the other hand, there are those series that, for whatever reason, seem to have more staying power than Neighbours. Next week, one such show, Rescue Me, will air its seventh and final season on OSN Network. Here we take a closer look at this popular drama, as well as several other series that just keep on giving.
Desperate Housewives: eight seasons When the pilot episode of this neighbourhood drama aired in 2004, viewers were intrigued by the edgy content that began with the suicide of a seemingly happy housewife in Wysteria Lane. Since then, the plots have become increasingly far-fetched: we get the feeling that the producers are struggling to come up with new material, so it’s probably just as well that ABC decided to call it a day with the eighth season, which is set to end in 2012. Even so, the series has propelled its cast to stardom: Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross are now household names. Season four airs on Thursdays at 8pm on OSN
Entourage: eight seasons This Mark Wahlberg-produced series, which chronicles an aspiring actor’s rise to fame, and the rock-star life, and wealth he shares with his childhood friends, aired its eighth and final season in September 2011. Although fans of the show are devastated, leaving at the height of the party has been HBO’s smartest call yet. Starring Adrien Grenier as young A-list movie star Vince Chase, and Jeremy Piven as hot-headed agent Ari Gold, the series allows viewers a never-before-seen insight into the world of showbiz. Season seven airs on Thursdays at 11.30pm on OSN
Law & Order: 20 seasons This NYC-based legal drama hung up its hat in 2010 following its 20th season, yet the franchise has spawned a handful of spin-offs, including Law & Order Criminal Intent. The formula allows the writers to focus less on the characters and more on the cases, which are inspired by real-life events. In one episode from season 12, a girl is found dead and police discover clues that suggest her mother and therapist initiated a ‘rebirthing’ procedure. From Dhs1,650 for the complete series (20 seasons) at www.amazon.com
The Simpsons: 23 seasons Based on the colourful lives of the Simpson family, Matt Groening’s tongue-in-cheek animation is now on its 23rd season, making it the longest-running US sitcom. One of the reasons for its worldwide success is the ingenious nature of animation: Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie haven’t aged a day in 22 years, while we’ve had to grow up and get real jobs. From Dhs80 for season 20 at www.amazon.co.uk
Rescue Me: seven seasons First aired in 2004, this drama, set in post 9/11 Manhattan, revolves around a troubled firefighter (Dennis Leary) and his colleagues as they come to terms with the loved ones they lost in the attacks. Recurring guests have included Susan Sarandon, Marisa Tomei and Michael J Fox. Season seven airs on Thursdays at 11pm on OSN