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List Rules TV shows that you believe were still in their prime or had not yet reached their peak at the time they were canceled. Most shows on this list should have been canceled before their fifth season.

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 recent comedies. Sadly (for fans), this list includes shows that have been pulled off the air in the past few years, 1990 tv shows, shows from the 80s and more. 

Even recently canceled shows like The Grinder starring Rob Lowe can be found 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 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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7,621 2,112
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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4,496 2,770
Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Arrested Development Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

3
4,244 2,408
Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

4
3,146 2,548
Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Pushing Daisies Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

5
3,161 2,306
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Dead Like Me Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

6
3,807 1,923
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

7
4,298 2,233
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
SHEBANDIT added Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal - The show was originally canceled before its time after 4 seasons in 2003. It was brought back in 2006. 

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2,742 2,379
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Veronica Mars Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring

9
2,973 1,893
My Name Is Earl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
My Name Is Earl Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly

10
2,690 2,186
Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

11
2,741 2,285
Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

12
2,388 2,282
Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

13
3,137 2,522
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

14
2,540 1,376
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
dkonigsbach added Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

15
2,516 1,504
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Animaniacs Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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2,315 1,721
Eureka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
nr1bacc added Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

17
2,756 2,133
Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
MarceeStewart added Terra Nova Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

18
2,543 1,812
Jericho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
LanaYoshii added Jericho Skeet Ulrich, Ashley Scott, Gerald McRaney

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2,212 2,082
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Dark Angel Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

20
2,153 1,541
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Carol Archer added Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

21
2,105 1,791
Lie to Me is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
TheQuillyOne added Lie to Me Tim Roth, Kelli Williams, Brendan Hines

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2,128 1,560
Angel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Angel David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

23
1,910 2,098
Reaper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Reaper Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez

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2,495 1,925
Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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2,131 1,959
V is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
V Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

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2,436 1,644
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes - The show was contracted for 8 seasons, but Paramount ended it after 7. 

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1,912 1,846
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
SHEBANDIT added My So Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

28
1,701 1,855
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

29
1,376 1,465
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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1,929 1,948
Rome is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Rome Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker

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1,890 1,758
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
flanigandaily added Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett - Joe Flanigan, David Hewlett, Jason Momoa, Rachel Luttrell

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1,534 856
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Pinky and the Brain Maurice LaMarche, Rob Paulsen, Tress MacNeille

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1,829 1,636
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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1,521 1,104
Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Warehouse 13 Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

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401 94
Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Michael Nadin added Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

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1,341 1,159
WKRP in Cincinnati is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
RyanMcMillan added Wkrp in Cinncina Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Howard Hesseman

37
1,244 1,026
Chuck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
gtf93 added Chuck Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez

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1,376 1,289
Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Carol Archer added Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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1,401 1,726
NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
NewsRadio Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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1,251 1,699
Tru Calling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Tru Calling Eliza Dushku, Shawn Reaves, Zach Galifianakis

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1,479 1,329
Leverage is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Leverage Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane

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1,250 1,062
Gilligan's Island is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus

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1,317 1,482
Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
AnthonyBower added Stargate Universe Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith - Out of all the Stargate Series, I have to say this one was the most excieting. Great cast, Thrilling story, New twist. Absolutly loved it! I was so upset when I heard it was cancelled! If this series had been brought to TV 10 ...

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1,271 1,782
Life is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Life Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin

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1,347 1,621
The Tick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
joekoomen added The Tick Mark Hamill, Micky Dolenz, Brad Garrett

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1,347 1,515
Alcatraz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Alcatraz Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne

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723 401
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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1,198 836
Psych is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
Psych James Roday, Dulé Hill, Timothy Omundson

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1,274 1,627
FlashForward is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
FlashForward John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

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1,367 1,560
The Finder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time
The Finder Geoff Stults, Maddie Hasson, Mercedes Mason