TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time TV Programs
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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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    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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    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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    Jeffrey Jones, Timothy Olyphant, Sarah Paulson

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    Lena Headey, Summer Glau, Shirley Manson

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    Felicia Day, Salli Richardson, Erica Cerra

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    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    Bernadette Peters, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille

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    Tim Roth, Jennifer Beals, Monica Raymund

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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

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    Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell

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    Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Ciarán Hinds

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    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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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    Mark Hamill, Ben Stein, Rob Paulsen

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    Andy Dick, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

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    John Barrowman, Lauren Ambrose, Bill Pullman

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    Jeri Ryan, Elisabetta Canalis, Beth Riesgraf

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    Sarah Shahi, Damian Lewis, Brooke Langton

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    Felicity Huffman, Josh Charles, Robert Guillaume

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    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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    Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Segel

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