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Canceled Shows We'd Most Like to See as Movies

Updated August 30, 2020 158.7k votes 11.9k voters 115.6k views129 items

List RulesOnly 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
    5,776
    7,560

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action

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  • 2
    House
    3,143
    4,939

    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

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  • 3
    Charmed
    9,323
    8,504

    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Supernatural

    Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Quantum Leap
    1,965
    1,529

    Quantum Leap

    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

    Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    True Blood
    852
    582

    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Angel
    1,712
    1,914

    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

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

    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Xena: Warrior Princess
    4,846
    5,896

    Xena: Warrior Princess

    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor

    Premiered1995

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

    Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Breaking Bad
    1,924
    3,090

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller, Neo-western, Tragedy

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Nip/Tuck
    1,278
    2,161

    Nip/Tuck

    Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon

    Premiered2003

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, Thriller, Medical fiction

    Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Chuck
    4,728
    6,542

    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski

    Premiered2007

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

    Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Heroes
    3,367
    5,769

    Heroes

    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman

    Premiered2006

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

    Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Fringe
    3,636
    6,253

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Friends
    4,855
    6,708

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The X-Files
    1,650
    1,935

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Alphas
    1,513
    2,628

    Alphas

    David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright

    Premiered2011

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

    Alphas is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Zak Penn and... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Futurama
    1,475
    1,406

    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

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

    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    The Shield
    811
    655

    The Shield

    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action

    The Shield (FX, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan. Led... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Sons of Anarchy
    851
    636

    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-western

    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Justified
    847
    522

    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-Western

    Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Deadwood
    1,566
    2,768

    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Western, Period drama

    Deadwood (HBO, 2004) is an American Western television series created by David Milch. In 1870s... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Freaks and Geeks
    1,392
    1,685

    Freaks and Geeks

    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Comedy-drama

    Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Gilmore Girls
    3,422
    6,305

    Gilmore Girls

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    Gilmore Girls (The WB, 2000) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Amy... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Dead Like Me
    1,396
    2,744

    Dead Like Me

    Ellen Muth, Callum Blue

    Premiered2003

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

    Dead Like Me (Showtime, 2003) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Bryan... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Smallville
    1,209
    1,561

    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

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

    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Battlestar Galactica
    1,913
    3,657

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

    Genres (Tv)Space opera, Military science fiction

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series... more on Wikipedia

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