Television: Save This Show!

It was the year youth dramas flunked out. But three endangered standouts deserve promotion

All in all, 1999-2000 was a pretty good season to be a bitter old person, which is to say, as defined by TV advertisers and the Internet economy, anyone over 27. Not only did dotcom whippersnappers get spanked by the NASDAQ, but TV's youthquake--when networks unleashed a hot-bodied army of Dawson's Creek clones to capture young audiences--triggered an avalanche of zit fatigue. The teen cop (Ryan Caulfield), the earnest young politicos (D.C.), the sexy prepsters (the never-aired Manchester Prep)--all were dead on arrival, while older-skewing dramas thrived.

For much of the new crop, DOA was not a moment too soon. But...

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