Luckily, our fears were soothed when ABC insisted that the show hasn't been axed. At least, not yet. OK, so it's probably going to be dropped, despite ABC's protests that it's totally still in contention for a second season, honest. Well, we think the series deserves another run. But why?
It was never meant to be Mad Men
One of the biggest problems that Pan Am faced was that for some reason people assumed it would be Mad Men in the sky. That's a shame, because the show never tried to emulate everyone's favourite smoking-and-whisky-drinking series. Its crime was deciding to set the series in the 1960s. It's strange - no-one ever said Tipping The Velvet was the new Pride and Prejudice just because they were both set in the 19th century.
It's lazy to assume a show is aiming for something based solely on its choice of time period. If you say that, Breaking Bad and Two and a Half Men might as well be compared - they're both set in the present day, after all. And it seems much more unfair considering that Pan Am was produced in the same season as the execrable The Playboy Club, which was trying much harder to copy Mad Men - complete with Eddie Cibrian as Don Draper (yes, you can see why it was axed).
The point is, Pan Am is much more like Desperate Housewives with planes. It's a glossy, female-centric soap with ridiculous storylines and a lot of fluff. Sure, it's not the most mentally-challenging series on television. But it's candyfloss - escapist fun with not much substance. Sometimes you want candyfloss, and Pan Am is accomplished in that regard.
The cast can actually be pretty special
Describing the show as candyfloss is not, in any way, to disparage it. In fact, the cast of Pan Am can be really rather good indeed. My personal favourite has quickly become Karine Vanasse, the one who I didn't really know much about before the show. Her Colette - though criminally underused - has been one of the highlights throughout. Not only is she sexy and smart, but the moment in which she sang 'Deutschland Über Alles' was wonderful - grief, anger, sadness and defiance all rolled into one. And it wasn't like the episode completely sided with her, either - just showed her coming to terms with her loss.
So Vanasse is wonderful, but Christina Ricci, Kelli Garner and Margot Robbie have all been great fun in their roles, too. They're fallible characters, but there's a lot to love (I will even stick by Maggie, who some people seem to dislike tremendously. I think she's intriguing.) In fact, compared to other series on the air at the moment it's practically flying the flag for feminism. These are women with dreams, ambition and spark.
And that's not all - we've had some great guest stars as well. From Goran Visnjic to Friday Night Lights favourite Gaius Charles, there's been a lot to enjoy. And we're getting an arc from Twilight actress Ashley Greene, too. The actors certainly love Pan Am - just think who could show up in the future!
It's a lot of fun
Pan Am does have its emotional moments, but it's also just a riot. There's a lot of fun to be had in its silliness, and whether it's always intentional or not doesn't really matter. Take the story of Kate being a spy, for example. It's so absurd, but with just enough realism for us to agree to be pulled along with it. We've already had so much craziness, from Laura and Maggie getting arrested to Dean's affair with his boss.
There isn't a more ridiculous episode than the latest instalment (due to air in the UK on Sunday). Everything gets more and more bizarre as the hour continues, but you know what? It's awfully enjoyable. Not everything has to be worthy - sometimes all you want is a good ride.
It looks absolutely stunning
Call us shallow, but we like our television shows to be a bit pretty. Pan Am isn't just a bit pretty, either - it's gorgeous. The costumes, obviously, are divine, but it's more than that. The direction is all designed to make everything epic and huge - with pastel colours and sweeping shots. Yes, we know, looks aren't everything. But sometimes they can add a lot, and that's definitely the case with Pan Am.
So if we say please can we have a second season?
All the potential is there for Pan Am to be a wonderful, wonderful show. The cast are great, and could be pushed even further. The series looks wonderful. It's established itself well as fun, escapist television. And with a crew that includes ER exec Jack Orman and The West Wing director Thomas Schlamme, there's proven quality behind the series.
After all, it often takes a while for shows to find their feet. How many programmes do we talk about now that were rubbish when they began? Pan Am is the kind of series that we can imagine becoming something a little bit special, but it has to be given a chance. So yeah, ABC. How about season two?
Pan Am continues on Sunday at 10/9c on ABC in the US and on Saturday at 9.45pm on BBC Two in the UK.
What do you think of Pan Am? Do you think it deserves another season, or should it slip away quietly? Leave your comments below!