TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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List Criteria: TV shows that you believe were still in their prime or had not yet reached their peak at the time they were canceled. Most shows on this list should have been canceled before their fifth season.

This list of canceled TV shows that didn't deserve to die is ranked by TV fans around the world. From shows that ended too soon to shows that shouldn't have been taken off the air at all, these are the TV shows canceled well before their time was up. Popular shows on this list include more recent hits like "Arrested Development" and "Party Down", but this list of the best cancelled TV shows isn't only about recent comedies. Sadly (for fans), this list includes shows that have been pulled off the air in the past few years, 1990 tv shows, shows from the 80s and more. 

What are the best TV shows cancelled before their time? What TV shows were cancelled but came back? Vote on your favorite comedy shows, dramas, sci-fi series, and crossover TV programs, or add your own list of TV shows that should have been given a second chance.
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  1. 1
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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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

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    Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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    Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

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    Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Dead Like Me Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

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    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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    Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by SHEBANDIT
    Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal The show was originally canceled before its time after 4 seasons in 2003. It was brought back in 2006. 

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    Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

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    Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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    Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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    Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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    Heroes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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    Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by dkonigsbach
    Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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    Eureka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by nr1bacc
    Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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    Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by MarceeStewart
    Terra Nova Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

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    Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Dark Angel Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

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    Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by TheQuillyOne
    Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Jericho is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by LanaYoshii
    Jericho Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott, Gerald McRaney

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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by Carol Archer
    Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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    Reaper is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Reaper Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez

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    V is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    V Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes The show was contracted for 8 seasons, but Paramount ended it after 7. 

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    My So Called Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by SHEBANDIT
    My So Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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    Rome is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Farscape is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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    Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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    Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by flanigandaily
    Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell

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    Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Wkrp in Cinncina is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Wkrp in Cinncina Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Warehouse 13 Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

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    Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Tru Calling Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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    Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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    Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Leverage is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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    Chuck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

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    Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by Carol Archer
    Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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    Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Alcatraz Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne

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    Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    added by AnthonyBower
    Stargate Universe Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith Out of all the Stargate Series, I have to say this one was the most excieting. Great cast, Thrilling story, New twist. Absolutly loved it! I was so upset when I heard it was cancelled! If this series

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    Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    Life Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin

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    The Tick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    The Tick Mark Hamill, Micky Dolenz, Brad Garrett

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    Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Undeclared Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

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    FlashForward is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    FlashForward John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

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    Sports Night is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sports Night Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman

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    Carnivàle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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    Carnivàle Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Clancy Brown

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    The Finder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


    The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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