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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  1. 1
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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    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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    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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    Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by AvilisSiliva
    Almost Human Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly

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    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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    Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows


    Alcatraz Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne

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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by bojanthebest
    Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

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    The Finder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by ShaunaTurner
    The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

  9. 9
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    No Ordinary Family is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by KarynLake
    No Ordinary Family Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker

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    Awake is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Awake Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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    The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks
    The Dresden Files Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann

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    Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Undeclared Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

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    Flash Forward is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub
    Flash Forward John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

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    Forever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by fastnotbulbous
    Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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    The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by MelissaKilderry
    The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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    Wonderfalls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Wonderfalls Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso

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    Alphas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by christinalnollie
    Alphas David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie

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    The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by MarkandLetyKing
    The Tomorrow People Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell

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    The Tick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by DonLathrop
    The Tick Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey

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    Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by Umberhaven
    Alien Nation Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli

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    Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by MelissaKilderry
    Moonlight Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring

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    Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by Countermoon
    Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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    Don't Trust the B---- in Apart... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by vale.laurito
    Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock

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    Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 24 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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    Go On is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by Dismalhead
    Go On Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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    Dracula is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by MarkandLetyKing
    Dracula Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

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    Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by LanaYoshii
    Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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    666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by ChantelleSilveira
    666 Park Avenue Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by Switchdoctor
    The Flash John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Desert

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    Birds of Prey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Birds of Prey Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten

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    Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

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    Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley

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    Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by AnneMorais
    Tru Calling Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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    The Adventures of Briscoe Coun... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by DonLathrop
    The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson

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    Clone High is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by DanielGriego
    Clone High Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald

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    The Crazy Ones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by Mbbk6214
    The Crazy Ones Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk

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    The Black Donnellys is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by redrunner911
    The Black Donnellys Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde

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    The Good Guys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by DannyPitt
    The Good Guys Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade

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    Constantine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado
    Constantine Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

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    The Nine Lives of Chloe King is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by ChangesDownClub
    The Nine Lives of Chloe King Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps, Ki Hong Lee

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    Outsourced is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by JoePonthier
    Outsourced Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by DonLathrop
    Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Enlisted is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by Riot18
    Enlisted Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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    The Michael J. Fox Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by MarkBerzek
    The Michael J. Fox Show Michael J. Fox, Betsy Brandt, Wendell Pierce

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    Trophy Wife is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by dinojsilva
    Trophy Wife Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins

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    Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by MikkiDe
    Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot

  46. 46
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    Gidget is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by SteveBerg
    Gidget Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter

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    The Grinder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by Amy Lindorff
    The Grinder Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis

  48. 48
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    American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    added by dee123
    American Gothic Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco

  49. 49
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    Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    often listed & added by ber718
    Journeyman Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood

  50. 50
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    Human Target is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows

    ranked low on reranks & added by OscarSosa
    Human Target Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley

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