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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 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.

The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows TV Programs
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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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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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong

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    Minka Kelly, Karl Urban, Michael Ealy

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    Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Sarah Jones

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    Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Ruth McDevitt

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    Lucy Lawless, Tricia Helfer, Julie Benz

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    Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Segel

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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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    Terrence Mann, Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz

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    Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Roberts, Toby Hemingway

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    Lee Pace, Caroline Dhavernas, Diana Scarwid

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    Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, William Duell

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    Shannyn Sossamon, Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

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    Natasha Henstridge, Phoebe Tonkin, Britt Robertson

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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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    Patrick Warburton, Liz Vassey, Nestor Carbonell

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    Jeff Doucette, James Greene, Jenny Gago

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    Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie

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    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Katie McGrath, Jessica De Gouw

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    Shemar Moore, Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer

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    Richard Belzer, John Wesley Shipp, Tim Thomerson

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    Peyton List, Mark Pellegrino, Robbie Amell

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    Olivia Wilde, Kate Mulgrew, Peter Greene

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    Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Dreama Walker

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    John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    Andy Dick, Will Forte, Christa Miller

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, Kelly Clarkson

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    Lindsay Wagner, David Strathairn, Azita Ghanizada

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    Malin Åkerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Bailee Madison

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    Moon Bloodgood, Kevin McKidd, John Noble

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    Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps, Alyssa Diaz

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    Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce

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    Diedrich Bader, Pippa Black, Rebecca Hazlewood

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    Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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    Taylor Cole, Sarah Roemer, Hal Holbrook

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    Sarah Paulson, Gary Cole, Lucas Black

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    Danny Trejo, Chris Klein, Frances Fisher

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    John Lithgow, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews

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    Matthew Perry, John Cho, Tyler James Williams

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    Chyler Leigh, Brittany Daniel, Glenn Howerton

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    Patrick Macnee, Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole, Maren Jensen

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    Jackie Earle Haley, Janet Montgomery, Indira Varma

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    James Morrison, Joel de la Fuente, Kristen Cloke

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    Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat, Peter Swanwick

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    NeNe Leakes, Ellen Barkin, Mary Kay Place

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