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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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    James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel

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    Kristin Chenoweth, Anna Friel, Lee Pace

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    ranked low on reranks William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Rebecca Gayheart, Mandy Patinkin, Jasmine Guy

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    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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    Kristen Bell, Amanda Seyfried, Alyson Hannigan

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    Lena Headey, Summer Glau, Shirley Manson

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    Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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    added by MarceeStewart Jason O'Mara, Stephen Lang, Christine Adams

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    Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Ali Larter

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dkonigsbach Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    added by nr1bacc Felicia Day, Salli Richardson, Erica Cerra

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    Jolene Blalock, Scott Bakula, Linda Park

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    Jessica Alba, Jensen Ackles, Michael Weatherly

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    added by TheQuillyOne Tim Roth, Jennifer Beals, Monica Raymund

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    Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell

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    added by Carol Archer Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    ranked low on reranks Bernadette Peters, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille

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    often listed Missy Peregrym, Jenny Wade, Rick Gonzalez

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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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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Wilson Cruz

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    Don Francks, John Leyton, Marino Masé

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    added by flanigandaily Jason Momoa, Jewel Staite, Amanda Tapping Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell

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    Lorne Greene, Maren Jensen, Patrick Macnee

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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    Joanne Kelly, Jaime Murray, Allison Scagliotti

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    added by susielqt Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Andy Dick, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Jim Backus

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    Claudia Black, Ben Browder, Raelee Hill

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    added by Juba Jeri Ryan, Elisabetta Canalis, Beth Riesgraf

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    ranked low on reranks Mark Hamill, Ben Stein, Rob Paulsen

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    Sarah Shahi, Damian Lewis, Brooke Langton

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

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    added by Carol Archer John Barrowman, Lauren Ambrose, Bill Pullman

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    Eliza Dushku, Cobie Smulders, Matt Bomer

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    Gabrielle Union, Peyton List, Joseph Fiennes

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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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