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List Rules 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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
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
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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Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

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Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Alcatraz Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne

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The Finder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Dresden Files Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann

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No Ordinary Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
No Ordinary Family Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker

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Awake is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Awake Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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Forever is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Undeclared Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

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Flash Forward is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Flash Forward John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

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Wonderfalls is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Wonderfalls Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Alien Nation Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli

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The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Tomorrow People Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell

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The Black Donnellys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Black Donnellys Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde

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The Tick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Tick Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey

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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Moonlight Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring

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The Adventures of Briscoe Coun... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson

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Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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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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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Constantine Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

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Don't Trust the B---- in Apart... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Tru Calling Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
666 Park Avenue Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Dracula Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Battlestar Galactica Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene

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Birds of Prey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Birds of Prey Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten

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Clone High is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Clone High Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald

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Go On is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Go On Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Flash John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Desert

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Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley

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The Good Guys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Good Guys Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade

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The Nine Lives of Chloe King is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Nine Lives of Chloe King Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps, Ki Hong Lee

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The Crazy Ones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Crazy Ones Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Life on Mars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy

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John Doe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
John Doe Dominic Purcell, Jayne Brook, John Marshall Jones

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Outsourced is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Outsourced Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader

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Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Eerie, Indiana Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes

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Enlisted is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Enlisted Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Limitless Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper

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Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Journeyman Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood

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Gidget is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Gidget Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter

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The Grinder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Grinder Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis

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Trophy Wife is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Trophy Wife Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins

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The New Normal is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The New Normal Justin Bartha, Andrew Rannells, Georgia King