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List Rules Top TV series canceled after one season

What are the best single season cancelled shows in television history? These shows were actually really great, but for whatever reason (usually ratings), they got the ax after just a handful of episodes. Without a doubt, many on this list of series canceled after one season deserved much longer runs and all these TV shows were canceled before their time. Vote for the shows you think didn't deserve just one season on the air and feel free to rerank this list your way, too.

It might surprise you to learn that despite their great successes, entertainment heavyweights like Judd Apatow and Joss Whedon didn't always come out on top. Whedon's Firefly remains one of the most unjust cancellations in TV history, as does Apatow's Freaks and Geeks (both are now among the all-time top cult TV shows). But this list also includes some more obscure shows.

Add any one season TV shows that might be missing because if *you* miss it, it qualifies. What single-season TV shows do you believe are the greatest ever? It's a safe bet that several of the 1 season TV shows listed here are also among the best TV shows in recent memory.
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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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1,854 697
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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1,167 932
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Terra Nova Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

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909 507
Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
AvilisSiliva added Almost Human Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly

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1,006 743
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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585 660
Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
bojanthebest added Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

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813 764
Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Alcatraz Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne

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572 458
The Finder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ShaunaTurner added The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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609 649
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Dresden Files Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann

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520 710
No Ordinary Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
KarynLake added No Ordinary Family Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker

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533 723
Awake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Awake Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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695 684
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MelissaKilderry added The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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336 128
Forever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
fastnotbulbous added Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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539 736
Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Undeclared Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

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710 663
Flash Forward is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ChangesDownClub added Flash Forward John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

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369 703
Wonderfalls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Wonderfalls Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso

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439 562
Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Umberhaven added Alien Nation Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli

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320 208
The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MarkandLetyKing added The Tomorrow People Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell

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222 360
The Black Donnellys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
redrunner911 added The Black Donnellys Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde

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388 361
The Tick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DonLathrop added The Tick Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey

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475 634
Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MelissaKilderry added Moonlight Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring

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365 310
The Adventures of Briscoe Coun... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DonLathrop added The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson

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428 479
Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Countermoon added Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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225 73
Constantine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Constantine Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

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427 627
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford

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267 183
Don't Trust the B---- in Apart... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
vale.laurito added Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock

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271 300
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MarkandLetyKing added Dracula Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

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335 443
Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
LanaYoshii added Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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463 688
666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
chantellebelle added 666 Park Avenue Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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229 162
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DonLathrop added Battlestar Galactica Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene

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177 92
Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
AnneMorais added Tru Calling Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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368 573
Birds of Prey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Birds of Prey Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten

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123 272
Clone High is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DanielGriego added Clone High Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald

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516 546
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Switchdoctor added The Flash John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Desert

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135 196
Go On is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Dismalhead added Go On Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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431 571
Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley

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230 452
The Good Guys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DannyPitt added The Good Guys Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade

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338 598
The Nine Lives of Chloe King is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ChangesDownClub added The Nine Lives of Chloe King Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps, Ki Hong Lee

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323 302
The Crazy Ones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Mbbk6214 added The Crazy Ones Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk

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82 95
Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
SpencerVerMeer added Life on Mars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy

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98 70
Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
CraigAlarm added Eerie, Indiana Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes

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121 97
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
AndrewWilkerson added John Doe Dominic Purcell, Jayne Brook, John Marshall Jones

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154 184
Outsourced is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
JoePonthier added Outsourced Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader

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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
LanaYoshii added Limitless Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper

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242 354
Enlisted is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Riot18 added Enlisted Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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238 570
Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ber718 added Journeyman Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood

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237 461
Gidget is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
SteveBerg added Gidget Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter

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76 66
The Grinder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Amy Boal added The Grinder Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis

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181 308
The New Normal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
OrangePanda added The New Normal Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King

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179 189
Trophy Wife is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
dinojsilva added Trophy Wife Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins