TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time TV Programs

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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    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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    Lena Headey, Summer Glau, Shirley Manson

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    Eliza Dushku, Amy Acker, Alan Tudyk

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    Hayden Panettiere, Kristen Bell, Ali Larter

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    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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    Bernadette Peters, Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille

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    Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Salli Richardson

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    Stephen Lang, Jason O'Mara, Christine Adams

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    Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott, Gerald McRaney

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    Jessica Alba, Jensen Ackles, Ashley Scott

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    Tim Roth, Jennifer Beals, Monica Raymund

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    Missy Peregrym, Jenny Wade, Bret Harrison

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

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    Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amy Acker

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    Laura Vandervoort, Morena Baccarin, Elizabeth Mitchell

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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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    Claudia Black, Gigi Edgley, Ben Browder

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    Claire Danes, Jared Leto, Bess Armstrong

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    Kevin McKidd, Ciarán Hinds, Ray Stevenson

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

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    Heather Graham, Sherilyn Fenn, Lara Flynn Boyle

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    Mark Hamill, Ben Stein, Rob Paulsen

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    Patrick Macnee, Lorne Greene ... Marshall Cole, Maren Jensen

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    Allison Scagliotti, Joanne Kelly, Jaime Murray

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    Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Howard Hesseman

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    John Barrowman, Lauren Ambrose, Bill Pullman

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    Andy Dick, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

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    Cobie Smulders, Eliza Dushku, Matt Bomer

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    Jeri Ryan, Elisabetta Canalis, Christian Kane

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    Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, Alan Hale

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    Yvonne Strahovski, Matt Bomer, Linda Hamilton

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    Ming-Na Wen, Robert Carlyle, Julia Benson 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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    Felicity Huffman, Peter Krause, Josh Charles

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    Seth Rogen, Charlie Hunnam, Jason Segel

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    Gabrielle Union, Peyton List, Joseph Fiennes

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    Michael Clarke Duncan, Eric Roberts, Toby Hemingway

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    Linda Hunt, Nick Stahl, Clancy Brown

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