Firefly is probably the most shiny series to ever air on Television. It's a shame it had such a short run, as it had everything going for it: Joss Wheddon writing, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin & Summer Glau, space ships, space cannibals, etc, etc. The real reason it failed so horribly, from what I understand, is that Fox screwed up the episode order when it first aired and they showed the entire season all jumbled up, so almost no one understood what was happening at any given time. Still, it has quite a following and Serenity has become a cult classic to some.
All I can say is that I'm proud to be a Brown Coat.