The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows TV Programs
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The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

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. 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 re-rank 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 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 listed here are also among the best TV shows in recent memory.
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    Firefly

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    Misfits of Science

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    Enlisted

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    1600 Penn

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    The Middleman

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    Brimstone

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    Jane by Design

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    Dads

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