Can you name a TV show that was canceled way too early? Some TV shows are immediately embraced by the masses for the magic that they are and run for five seasons or more, being allowed to complete their story arcs (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural, How I Met Your Mother, etc). And then there are shows that are well made, clever, and yet get pulled from the air prematurely. Sometimes it’s due to a lack of ratings, sometimes a network sets them up to fail (Fox, we’re looking at you). Here’s a list of 25 Of The Best TV Shows That Were Canceled Too Early.
Firefly (2002). Firefly was a pretty clever show about cowboys in space. With nifty one liners and good character development, Firefly could have been the next Buffy, but it fell prey to Fox changing it's schedule around sports, and airing episodes out of order. Not sure what you thought would happen there, Fox.
Pushing Daisies (2007-2009) was a show about a Ned (played be Lee Pace), who made pies, and also could bring dead things back to life by touching them. If he touched them again, they would die and stay dead. He brought back a girl, and fell in love with her. Oops. It was heartwarming, clever, and quaint and super saturated with dream like color, so of course it was cancelled. Worth watching, if only for Lee Pace's eyebrows and Kristin Chenoweth's...everything. What killed this amazing show? Basically, the writer's strike. Thanks guys!
Oh and IT WON SEVEN EMMYS. Argh! It’s so good…*snif*
My So-Called Life (1994-1995) was a show about a 15 year old girl dealing with being 15. Young Claire Danes and Jared Leto are amazing, and if you've ever missed the 90s', a few episodes will satisfy that nostalgia craving.
About A Boy (2014-2015) was a show based on the movie starring Hugh Grant which was based on a book of the same name (which was a reference to a Nirvana song). The show starred David Walton as a songwritter/playboy and Minnie Driver as the single mother who moves in next door with her son.
Dead Like Me (2003-2004) was about a girl who died and became a reaper. The show dealt with death via comedy, and did it so well that five years after cancellation, there was a direct to dvd movie made for fans to tie up loose ends.
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Veronica Mars (2004-2007) was so popular among fans that a kickstarter was launched to raise funds for a movie and the goal was met within 10 hours. Set in a fictional town in California, the show stared Kristen Bell and followed the life of Veronica through high school and college as she worked as a private investigator. The Veronica Mars movie was released in 2014.
The Brady Brides (1981) was exactly what it sounded like - Marsha and Jan grew up and got married, but were too poor to each afford their own house, so Marsha, Jan, and their husbands lived together! Wacky hijinks ensued! It was awful. But it was the kind of nostalgic awful you wanted more of. *coughcoughfullerhousecough*
Selfie (2014) was a newer spin on the classic My Fair Lady tale, and it had some majorly talented star power - Karen Gillian and Cho - but ultimately suffered from, well, a really terrible name that failed to inspire any interest whatsoever.
Witches of East End (2013-2014) was a show about beautiful, powerful, dark haired women who had a bunch of family drama and also did magic. It was totally addictive, and left us way too soon.
Apparently casting Lee Pace in a show created by Bryan Fuller unleashes a curse, and that curse is that there will be an amazing show that is a bit too intelligent or weird for the masses, and thus it will end way too soon. Such was the case with Pushing Daisies, such was the case with it's predecessor, Wonderfalls (2004). Pace didn't star in Wonderfalls, he was in a supporting role. Caroline Dhavernas starred as a sarcastic, frustrated 20 something girl who uses her Ivy League degree to work in a souvenir shop in Niagara Falls when fake (plastic) animals start talking to her.
Deadwood (2004) was an HBO show that was cancelled as it was about to go into production for it's 4th season, and it left a LOT of loose ends hanging. Fans of the western had hoped that those ends would be tied up in 1 or 2 made for tv movies, but those dreams never came to fruition.
It’s hard to believe that HBO would cancel Deadwood, but the most shocking show cancellation is yet to come.
Moonlight (2007) was campy vampire soap-opera-esque prime time mystery at it's greatest, and sadly, it was not appreciated for what it was - a show about a sexy vampire private detective and the cute blond he falls for under the moonlight in LA. It was cancelled, but we somehow got like sixteen Twilight movies, and those vampires hated themselves and sparkled. Thanks Hollywood.
V (2009-2011) was a remake, sort of. In the mid 1980s' there were two miniseries, and a short lived show, and in 2009 the new show was an attempt to take that story - earth's first meeting with extra terrestrials, who are super advanced and come in peace but (shock!) not really - and remake it. It worked for two seasons and then was cancelled due to low ratings.
Terra Nova (2011) was about Time Travel and Dinosaurs, and we're still not quite sure how it all ended up going so very, very wrong (yes we are. It cost a fortune to make) . Definitely a situation where if a show had been given another season to really find it's groove, it could've been something truly special.
Undeclared (2001-2002) was a show brought to us by Judd Apatow, who also brought us "Freaks and Geeks". The show was about college freshman, and the recently divorced dad of one who decides to hang out with them. It received much critical acclaim, but suffered from poor ratings.
Better Off Ted was a show in the same vein as The Office, but darker and definitely a sit-com as opposed to a documentary style. It was hilarious, particularly to those who have survived the grind of corporate America. Worth watching for Portia de Rossi alone.
Terriers (2010) somehow managed to be one of the lowest rated shows in FX's history, but received a Metascore of 75 and got a 94% on the Tomatometer at rotten tomatoes. What that basically means is that nearly everyone who saw the show loved it, just...not a lot of people saw it. A former cop/recovering alcoholic and his ex-con best friend start up an unlicensed detective agency and generally attempt to avoid other adult responsibilities.
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