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 canceled 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. 

Even recently canceled shows like The Grinder starring Rob Lowe can be found this list of good television programs that never made it. Fans will never understand why these shows got discontinued, but thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, we can watch them again and again. 

What are the best TV shows canceled before their time? What TV shows were canceled 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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    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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    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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    Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott, Gerald McRaney

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    Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

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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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    Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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    Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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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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    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

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    Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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    Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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    John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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    Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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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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    Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

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    Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies

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