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List Rules Top TV series canceled after one season

What are the best single season cancelled 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 canceled 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.

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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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1,906 715
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

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1,204 962
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Terra Nova Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

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944 527
Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
AvilisSiliva added Almost Human Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly

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1,033 761
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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607 676
Kolchak: The Night Stalker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
bojanthebest added Kolchak: The Night Stalker Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

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831 782
Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Alcatraz Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne

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607 475
The Finder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ShaunaTurner added The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason

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626 663
The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
The Dresden Files Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann

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531 726
No Ordinary Family is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
KarynLake added No Ordinary Family Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Kay Panabaker

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372 141
Forever is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
fastnotbulbous added Forever Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

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726 697
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MelissaKilderry added The Secret Circle Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin

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547 741
Awake is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Awake Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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551 750
Undeclared is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Undeclared Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam

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729 678
Flash Forward is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ChangesDownClub added Flash Forward John Cho^! Joseph Fiennes^! Jack Davenport

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458 575
Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Umberhaven added Alien Nation Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli

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406 375
The Tick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DonLathrop added The Tick Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey

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381 321
The Adventures of Briscoe Coun... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DonLathrop added The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson

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378 718
Wonderfalls is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Wonderfalls Caroline Dhavernas, Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso

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341 223
The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MarkandLetyKing added The Tomorrow People Robbie Amell, Peyton List, Luke Mitchell

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232 372
The Black Donnellys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
redrunner911 added The Black Donnellys Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde

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493 645
Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MelissaKilderry added Moonlight Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring

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251 88
Constantine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
JuanGabrielGomezAlvarado added Constantine Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford

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291 194
Don't Trust the B---- in Apart... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
vale.laurito added Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock

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438 492
Police Squad! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Countermoon added Police Squad! Leslie Nielsen, Alan North, Rex Hamilton

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535 558
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Switchdoctor added The Flash John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Desert

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196 103
Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
AnneMorais added Tru Calling Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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250 173
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DonLathrop added Battlestar Galactica Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene

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288 312
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
MarkandLetyKing added Dracula Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

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440 641
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Matthew Perry^! Amanda Peet^! Bradley Whitford

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350 455
Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
LanaYoshii added Life on Mars John Simm, Philip Glenister, Liz White

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480 700
666 Park Avenue is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
chantellebelle added 666 Park Avenue Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley

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134 110
John Doe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
AndrewWilkerson added John Doe Dominic Purcell, Jayne Brook, John Marshall Jones

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376 586
Birds of Prey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Birds of Prey Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten

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131 284
Clone High is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DanielGriego added Clone High Will Forte, Phil Lord, Michael McDonald

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147 210
Go On is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Dismalhead added Go On Matthew Perry, Laura Benanti, Julie White

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451 585
Pan Am is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Pan Am Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley

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175 66
Limitless is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
LanaYoshii added Limitless Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper

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340 316
The Crazy Ones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Mbbk6214 added The Crazy Ones Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Wolk

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241 464
The Good Guys is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
DannyPitt added The Good Guys Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade

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114 80
Eerie, Indiana is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
CraigAlarm added Eerie, Indiana Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes

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355 609
The Nine Lives of Chloe King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ChangesDownClub added The Nine Lives of Chloe King Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps, Ki Hong Lee

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96 105
Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
SpencerVerMeer added Life on Mars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy

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170 196
Outsourced is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
JoePonthier added Outsourced Ben Rappaport, Anisha Nagarajan, Diedrich Bader

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254 365
Enlisted is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Riot18 added Enlisted Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young

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85 75
The Grinder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Amy Boal added The Grinder Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis

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241 583
Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
ber718 added Journeyman Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood

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193 198
Trophy Wife is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
dinojsilva added Trophy Wife Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins

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270 372
American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
dee123 added American Gothic Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco

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87 66
Star-Crossed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Single Season Cancelled Shows
Mads added Star-Crossed Aimee Teegarden, Matt Lanter, Grey Damon