The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows TV Programs

The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

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List Criteria: 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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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Stephen Lang, Jason O'Mara, Christine Adams

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    Minka Kelly, Karl Urban, Michael Ealy

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong

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    Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Sarah Jones

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    Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer, Julie Benz

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    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Ruth McDevitt

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    Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Segel

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    Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Roberts, Toby Hemingway

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    Terrence Mann, Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz

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    Jewel Staite, Ben Foster, Asia Vieira

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    Jason Isaacs, Wilmer Valderrama, B. D. Wong

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Lee Pace, Caroline Dhavernas, Diana Scarwid

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    Natasha Henstridge, Phoebe Tonkin, Britt Robertson

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    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana de la Garza, Judd Hirsch

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    Shannyn Sossamon, Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

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    Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, William Duell

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    Patrick Warburton, Liz Vassey, Nestor Carbonell

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    Lindsay Wagner, David Strathairn, Azita Ghanizada

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    Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson

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    Rachael Taylor, Vanessa L. Williams, Helena Mattsson

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    Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Dreama Walker

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    added by Umberhaven
    Jeff Doucette, James Greene, Jenny Gago

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    Shemar Moore, Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer

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    Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie

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    added by MarkandLetyKing
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Katie McGrath, Jessica De Gouw

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarkandLetyKing
    Peyton List, Mark Pellegrino, Robbie Amell

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    Andy Dick, Will Forte, Christa Miller

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    Olivia Wilde, Kate Mulgrew, Peter Greene

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    added by Switchdoctor
    Richard Belzer, John Wesley Shipp, Tim Thomerson

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, Kelly Clarkson

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    added by LanaYoshii
    John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    ranked low on reranks & added by AnneMorais
    Cobie Smulders, Eliza Dushku, Matt Bomer

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    - 521

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    Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps, Alyssa Diaz

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    added by Riot18
    Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MarkBerzek
    Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce

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    often listed & added by DannyPitt
    Danny Trejo, Chris Klein, Frances Fisher

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Dismalhead
    Matthew Perry, John Cho, Tyler James Williams

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    Moon Bloodgood, Kevin McKidd, John Noble

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    added by dinojsilva
    Malin Åkerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Bailee Madison

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    added by JoePonthier
    Diedrich Bader, Pippa Black, Rebecca Hazlewood

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    ranked low on reranks & added by MikkiDe
    John Lithgow, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews

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    added by dee123
    Sarah Paulson, Gary Cole, Lucas Black

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    Taylor Cole, Sarah Roemer, Hal Holbrook

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    added by shaebeer27
    Chyler Leigh, Brittany Daniel, Glenn Howerton

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    ranked low on reranks & added by DonLathrop
    Patrick Macnee, Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole, Maren Jensen

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    added by OrangePanda
    NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin, Mary Kay Place

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    James Morrison, Joel de la Fuente, Kristen Cloke

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