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TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

Updated January 11, 2021 528.3k votes 37.1k voters 646.7k views538 items

List RulesVote up the TV shows that were still in their prime or had not yet reached their peak at the time they were canceled.

This list of canceled TV shows that didn't deserve to die is ranked by TV fans around the world. From shows that ended too soon to shows that shouldn't have been taken off the air at all, these are the TV shows canceled well before their time was up. Popular shows on this list include more recent hits like Arrested Development and Party Down, but this list of the best canceled TV shows isn't only about comedies. Sadly (for fans), this list includes shows that have been pulled off the air in the past few years, 1990s TV shows, shows from the 80s and more. 

Canceled shows like The Grinder starring Rob Lowe can also be found on this list of good television programs that never made it. Fans will never understand why these shows got discontinued, but thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, we can watch them again and again. 

What are the best TV shows canceled before their time? What TV shows were canceled back when you were just coming into this world? What TV shows were canceled but came back? Vote on your favorite comedy shows, dramas, sci-fi series, and crossover TV programs, or add your own list of TV shows that should have been given a second chance.

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  • 1
    7,750
    2,962

    Firefly

    Jewel Staite, Adam Baldwin
    Firefly (Fox, 2002) is an American space western science fiction drama television series...  more
  • 2
    5,734
    2,820

    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio
    The show was originally canceled before its time after 4 seasons in 2003. It was brought back in 2006. 
    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and...  more
  • 3
    3,848
    2,129

    Animaniacs

    Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell
    Animaniacs is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television...  more
  • 4
    5,030
    3,136

    Freaks and Geeks

    John Francis Daley, James Franco
    Freaks and Geeks (NBC, 1999) is an American teen comedy-drama television series created by...  more
  • 5
    3,385
    2,087

    Quantum Leap

    Carolyn Seymour, Dennis Wolfberg
    Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons,...  more
  • 6
    4,171
    2,632

    My Name Is Earl

    Nadine Velazquez, Ethan Suplee
    My Name Is Earl is an American television comedy series created by Greg Garcia that aired on...  more
  • 7
    2,964
    1,521

    Pinky and the Brain

    Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen
    Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated...  more
  • 8
    3,948
    2,661

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    George Takei, Nichelle Nichols
    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that...  more
  • 9
    4,492
    3,524

    Arrested Development

    Tony Hale, Jason Bateman
    Arrested Development (Fox, 2003) is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz....  more
  • 10
    1,935
    1,307

    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz
    The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by...  more
  • 11
    2,803
    2,230

    Angel

    Andy Hallett, Amy Acker
    Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and...  more
  • 12
    2,300
    1,847

    Warehouse 13

    Aaron Ashmore, Joanne Kelly
    Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on...  more
  • 13
    3,406
    2,957

    Dead Like Me

    Callum Blue, Ellen Muth
    Dead Like Me (Showtime, 2003) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Bryan...  more
  • 14
    1,849
    993

    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter
    Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26,...  more
  • 15
    1,614
    1,304

    Daria

    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes
    Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn...  more
  • 16
    2,734
    2,229

    Fringe

    Kirk Acevedo, Lance Reddick
    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,...  more
  • 17
    837
    641

    Agent Carter

    Shea Whigham, Chad Michael Murray
    Marvel's Agent Carter, or simply Agent Carter, is an American television series created for...  more
  • 18
    1,739
    980

    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie
    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC, 1998-2007, The CW, 2013) is an American improvisational comedy...  more
  • 19
    2,057
    905

    DuckTales

    Alan Young, Russi Taylor
    DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation....  more
  • 20
    2,027
    1,825

    Chuck

    Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski
    Chuck (NBC, 2007) is an American action-comedy/spy-drama television series created by Josh...  more
  • 21
    3,405
    3,108

    Heroes

    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman
    Heroes is an American science fiction television drama series created by Tim Kring that...  more
  • 22
    2,797
    2,397

    Jericho

    Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott
    Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of...  more
  • 23
    2,241
    1,490

    Psych

    Kirsten Nelson, James Roday Rodriguez
    Psych (USA Network, 2007) is an American detective comedy-drama television series created by...  more
  • 24
    1,548
    1,289

    Burn Notice

    Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar
    Burn Notice (USA, 2007) is an American action crime drama television series created by Matt...  more
  • 25
    1,836
    1,596

    The Ren & Stimpy Show

    John Kricfalusi, Billy West
    The Ren & Stimpy Show, often simply referred to as Ren & Stimpy, is an American animated...  more