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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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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 1 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

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 2 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

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 3 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

Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 4 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

Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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House is listed (or ranked) 5 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 is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. The show's main character is Dr. Gregory House, a ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
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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) 8 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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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Chuck is listed (or ranked) 10 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

Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak. When a twenty-something computer geek (Zachary Levi) inadvertently downloads ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 11 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

Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

Pushing Daisies is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. The series stars Lee Pace as Ned, a ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 14 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

Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more

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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 16 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

Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 17 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

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
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Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Syfy, Nine Network

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Puppet

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Jericho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Drama, Adventure film, Action, + more

Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more

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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller, Adventure film, + more

Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
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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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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 22 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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24 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

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The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies
Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Historical fiction

The Borgias is an historical-fiction drama television series created by Neil Jordan; it debuted in 2011 and was canceled in 2013. The series is set around the turn of the 16th century and ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 25 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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