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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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong

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    Krysten Ritter, James Van Der Beek, Dreama Walker

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    Ashley Greene, Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie

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    Andy Dick, Will Forte, Christa Miller

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    Peyton List, Mark Pellegrino, Robbie Amell

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    Olivia Wilde, Kate Mulgrew, Peter Greene

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, Kelly Clarkson

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    Richard Belzer, John Wesley Shipp, Tim Thomerson

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    Matthew Perry, John Cho, Tyler James Williams

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

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    Danny Trejo, Chris Klein, Frances Fisher

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    Cobie Smulders, Eliza Dushku, Matt Bomer

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    John Lithgow, Emma Rigby, Naveen Andrews

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    Sarah Paulson, Gary Cole, Lucas Black

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    Taylor Cole, Sarah Roemer, Hal Holbrook

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    Chyler Leigh, Brittany Daniel, Glenn Howerton

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