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 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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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Jason O'Mara, Stephen Lang, Christine Adams

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

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    Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Sarah Jones

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    Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Segel

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    Jason Isaacs, Wilmer Valderrama, BD Wong

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    Terrence Mann, Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz

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    Lee Pace, Caroline Dhavernas, William Sadler

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    Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Sarah Paulson

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    Jeff Doucette, James Greene, Eric Pierpoint

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    Patrick Warburton, Nestor Carbonell, Liz Vassey

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    Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie

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    Shemar Moore, Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer

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    Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Peter Lupus

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    Shannyn Sossamon, Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

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    Olivia Wilde, Kate Mulgrew, Peter Greene

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    Richard Belzer, John Wesley Shipp, Tim Thomerson

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    Rebecca Gayheart, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy

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    Moon Bloodgood, Kevin McKidd, John Noble

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, Kelly Clarkson

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    Andy Dick, Christa Miller, Will Forte

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    Skyler Samuels, Amy Pietz, Grace Phipps

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    Danny Trejo, Chris Klein, Frances Fisher

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    Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Dreama Walker

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    Enlisted Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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    Taylor Cole, Sarah Roemer, Blair Underwood

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    Malin Åkerman, Marcia Gay Harden, Bailee Madison

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    Patrick McGoohan, Peter Swanwick, Angelo Muscat

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    Summer Glau, Mena Suvari, Vinnie Jones

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