The first time I ever saw an episode of Firefly, it was the premiere. Well, I say premiere, but what was actually airing was the second episode, not the pilot which actually set the groundwork of exposition for the universe and characters. Having never seen a bit of Whedon-created fiction before, I didn’t really feel motivated to continue on with the series… until at least a year later when I sat with some friends to watch their unofficial DVD copies (since no official ones had been released yet) of the show. By then the show had long been cancelled. A couple years ago I had the bittersweet experience of creating yet another fan to be saddened by the tragic meta-story of the series, my own mother. “Wait,” she asked me after the first episode, “When did this get cancelled?”
About ten years ago, now. If you need a hug after this, perhaps you’d be interested in the video below where Captain Tightpants himself, Nathan Fillion, explains how to give a good one.
And for good measure here’s the blooper reel from the feature film Serenity: