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The Best Shows Canceled After a Single Season

Updated May 14, 2021 99.2k votes 13.1k voters 341.3k views312 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows you can't believe studios didn't renew for Season 2.

What are the best single season canceled shows in television history? These shows were actually really great, but for whatever reason (usually ratings), they got the ax after just a handful of episodes. Without a doubt, many on this list of series canceled after one season deserved much longer runs and all these TV shows were cancelled before their time. Vote for the shows you think didn't deserve just one season on the air and feel free to rerank this list your way, too.

It might surprise you to learn that despite their great successes, entertainment heavyweights like Judd Apatow and Joss Whedon didn't always come out on top. Whedon's Firefly remains one of the most unjust cancellations in TV history, as does Apatow's Freaks and Geeks (both are now among the all-time top cult TV shows). But this list also includes some more obscure shows. Even beloved stars like Matthew Perry and Jason Alexander couldn't get a second season on their own.

Add any one season TV shows that might be missing because if *you* miss it, it qualifies. What single-season TV shows do you believe are the greatest ever? It's a safe bet that several of the 1 season TV shows listed here are also among the best TV shows in recent memory.

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    Freaks and Geeks

    John Francis Daley, James Franco
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    Almost Human

    Mackenzie Crook, Minka Kelly
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    Joel David Moore, Alana De La Garza
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  • 5

    Terra Nova

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    My So-Called Life

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  • 7

    Battlestar Galactica

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    The Finder

    Geoff Stults, Michael Clarke Duncan
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    Tru Calling

    Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis
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    The Secret Circle

    Britt Robertson, Gale Harold
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    Matt Ryan, Charles Halford
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    The Tomorrow People

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    The Muppets

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    Eerie, Indiana

    Justin Shenkarow, Mary Margaret Hume
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    The Dresden Files

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    The Tick

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