7 TV Shows That Got Cancelled Too Soon

7 TV Shows That Got Cancelled Too Soon

It seems like some shows stay around forever, even ones that no one seem to like. And then there are shows that are canceled far too soon, leaving devoted fans devastated by their TV loss. Here's a look at 7 shows that were gone too soon.


Firefly

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Joss Whedon's Firefly was cancelled by FOX after only 11 episodes due to low ratings, leaving fans desperate and hungry for another hankering of the Serenity crew. Even still, the Western-influenced sci-fi show gained a large cult following that later stemmed a movie deal with Universal Pictures, a comic book, a board game, and countless Serenity spaceship tattoos.

Veronica Mars

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Though the third season of this UPN/CW show was disappointing to say the least, Veronica Mars is still heralded as a classic by fans of the show. This series, featuring a sassy teenaged junior sleuth, was, like may others on this list, cancelled due to low ratings in its third, and final, season. But in 2014 the creators and the original cast members of the series raised enough funds, through crowdsourcing platform Kickstarter, to make a feature film.

Dead Like Me

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Created and later abandoned by Bryan Fuller, Dead like me was a series about a college dropout turned grim reaper. The show featured pretty heavy content backed by a nice dose of comedy, and a highly original plot but was cancelled by Showtime after one season due to "a loss of quality and a sense the problems would continue".

Freaks and Geeks

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Freaks and Geeks is known as a series that kickstarted loads of successful comedy careers. This, Judd Apatow produced series was a teen centered comedy/drama that featured tons of now-famous guest stars. Sadly, it was cancelled by NBC after only one season due to low ratings.

Pushing Daisies

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This Bryan Fuller brain child was a brightly colored, fantastically whimsical comedy/drama about a pie maker who could bring people back from the dead. Even after a heavily watched pilot episode and favorable reviews from critics, ABC pulled the plug on Pushing Daisies after 2 seasons. This series, like many cancelled before its time, gained a passionate cult following. In 2007 a behind the scenes comic book was released and in 2012 creator Bryan Fuller discussed the possibility of a Broadway Musical featuring one of the show's stars, Kristin Chenoweth.

Dollhouse

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Dollhouse is another Joss Whedon project that was taken from us much too soon. This series was set in a dystopian future wherein humans could be rented out and programmed to fit the needs of their renters. Dollhouse received mixed reviews throughout the entire first season but was ultimately cancelled during the second one with loads of speculation as to why. The show didn't garner as large of a cult following as Firefly did but it did result in a series of comic books set in the same universe.

Chuck

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Unlike many others on this list Chuck was able to churn out 91 episodes over a full five seasons. Fans of the series were allowed real plot development and character insights before the show about an average IT expert turned super spy was eventually cancelled by NBC.


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