Earlier this year fans of the short-lived TV show Wonderfalls celebrated the tenth anniversary of the first episode’s airing on Fox in 2004. The network had little confidence for the show, deciding its initial ratings were unremarkable, that the show was cancelled after four episodes (shown out of intended sequence – one of many comparisons that can be made to a fellow cult hit shunned by Fox, Firefly, only a year prior).
The show left a lasting impact, however.
Critics had been immediately optimistic about the potential of Wonderfalls, and a fan base immediately began to develop that still celebrates the show’s single season as a unique comedy-drama.
The show was an American production, created by Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Hannibal) and Todd Holland (The Larry Sanders Show, Malcolm in the Middle) – and even though the show was set on the US side of the border filming took place in Ontario using mostly Canadian actors. The premise of Wonderfalls centres around Jaye Tyler (played by Caroline Dhavernas), an unambitious college graduate working as a sales clerk in a Niagara Falls gift shop while living in a trailer. Her otherwise unremarkable life is changed when various animal objects begin talking to her and giving her instructions to carry out various tasks and good deeds on their behalf. Supporting cast members included Tyron Leitso, Katie Finneran, Lee Pace and William Sadler.
When the show was pulled there was an immediate reaction – the fan-created site savewonderfalls dot com, set up immediately upon news of the show’s cancellation, is still active today. Many of the show’s cast were vocal in their support of the show, and creators Fuller & Holland were relentless in seeking an alternate network to continue supporting the series. While digital network Logo aired the remainder of the series in 2005, there was no support for a second season. Fox released the DVD in 2005 and Wonderfalls became another show ‘cancelled too soon’ (as cited by TV Guide in a 2013 article). And yet, despite its short fun, the thirteen episode series continues to hold a dedicated series of fans and is slowly growing as an increasingly appreciated cult show.
Retrace the steps and shooting locations of Wonderfalls by staying at the 4-star, World Class Marriott on the Falls Niagara Falls Hotel during your next Niagara Falls Vacation.