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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    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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    Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

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    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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    Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

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    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott, Gerald McRaney

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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    Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

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    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes The show was contracted for 8 seasons, but Paramount ended it after 7. 

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    Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell

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    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

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    Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

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    Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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    Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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    Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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    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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    Mark Hamill, Micky Dolenz, Brad Garrett

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    Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

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    John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

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    Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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