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Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies 

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List Rules Only series that are no longer on the air that should be adapted into film

This list of canceled shows we'd like to see as movies includes a lot of huge cult favorites. Obviously this list isn't complete, so feel free to add any TV shows that aren't on the air anymore to it. Vote for your favorites and who knows? It just might happen someday!

A 'Freaks and Geeks' movie would be freakin' amazing (if you could get all of the show's original stars back together for long enough to film it). And while 'Firefly' does already have one movie ('Serenity'), why not more? Arguments can certainly be made that shows like 'Roswell,' 'Pushing Daisies' and 'Chuck' would also be interesting films.

While J.J. Abrams has a lot going on right now, what with the whole 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' stuff, he could take a break from ruling the universe long enough to get a 'Fringe' movie going. And, while we're discussing the sci-fi stuff, why not bring 'Battlestar Galactica' to the big screen, too?

Keep in mind: Movies are expensive. Some of the stars of these shows became famous *because* of these shows (Jennifer Garner, as Sydney Bristow on 'Alias' comes to mind). They'll want to be paid the big bucks in any movie adaptation. That's where you come in. If you could help to bankroll any canceled TV show you loved, which one would you pick? 
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 95

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 177

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Medical drama, Procedural drama, Drama, Mystery, + more

House (Fox, 2004) is an American television medical drama created by David Shore. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a pain medication-dependent, unconventional, misanthropic ...more

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Romance TV, Drama, + more

Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror Film, + more

Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more

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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
AndrewW.Curley added Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, + more

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more

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Heroes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Television drama series, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
beernbugs added Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 11

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Black comedy, + more

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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, + more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 140

Network: Comedy Central, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Western, Drama, Historical fiction

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Period piece, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 217

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

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Gilmore Girls is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 153

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 86

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction, Political drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, + more

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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Fantasy

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Burn Notice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 90

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, + more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
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Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction, + more

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
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Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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