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TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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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    the people's #1 & most listed Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Charlize Theron, Ron Howard, Portia de Rossi

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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    ranked low on reranks Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Stewart, Wil Wheaton The show was contracted for 8 seasons, but Paramount ended it after 7. 

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    Bernadette Peters, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Felicity Huffman, Josh Charles, Robert Guillaume

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    added by AnthonyBower Robert Carlyle, Ming-Na Wen, Lou Diamond Phillips 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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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Segel

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Shannyn Sossamon, Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles

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