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List Rules Shows that were abruptly canceled and taken off the air before writers could wrap up the series

List of the best TV shows that never got a real finale, ranked by how much fans miss them. The greatest cancelled television shows of all time still live on in places like Netflix and Hulu, but there are few solutions for fixing their unsatisfactory finales - other than bringing the show back Arrested Development-style, or making a movie like Veronica Mars or Firefly. Too many great television series were taken from us by evil network and cable executives. This is a list of great TV shows that were canceled and yanked off the air before their writers had a chance to give the characters (and plotlines) a proper goodbye.

Some of you might be thinking, "Hey, The Sopranos, Seinfeld,  and Lost didn't get real finales if you ask me." Well, although the finales weren't very satisfying, they were the finales that the writers always had planned for years down the line. For the victims on this list of canceled TV shows, fans were robbed of what could have been awesome season five finales. Some of the shows, like Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords, ended due to creative differences rather than HBO laying down the law. However, a show like Strangers With Candy was victim to Comedy Central's wrath far too soon.

This list includes the best shows canceled after one season as well as many other shows cancelled too soon.
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale
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Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive producer, along with Tim Minear. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity. Whedon pitched the show as "nine people looking into the blackness of space and seeing nine different things". The show explores the lives of a group of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war and others who now make a ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale
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Deadwood


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, spanning three 12-episode seasons. The show is set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota, before and after the area's annexation by the Dakota Territory. The series charts Deadwood's growth from camp to town, incorporating themes ranging from the formation of communities to western capitalism. The show features a large ensemble cast, and many historical figures appear as characters—such as Seth Bullock, Al Swearengen, Wild Bill Hickok, Sol Star, Calamity Jane, Wyatt Earp, George Crook, E. B. Farnum, ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale
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Freaks and Geeks


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. Eighteen episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only twelve had aired. A fan-led campaign persuaded NBC to broadcast three more episodes in July 2000; the three remaining unaired episodes, for a total of 18, aired that September on the cable network Fox Family Channel. The complete series was later released on DVD, and is available in North America on Netflix. Freaks and Geeks has a cult following. The series appeared on Time magazine's 2007 "100 Greatest Shows of All Time" list, as well ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

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#65 on The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

#2 on TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

#82 on The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows That Never Got a Real Finale
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Twin Peaks


Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

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#98 on The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

#75 on The Best TV Shows to Rewatch

#29 on TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time

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