Best Cancelled TV Shows

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It’s happened to everybody:  You get into a show, find it funny, action-packed, dramatic, only for it to be cancelled by the network after a season or two with no resolution to all the major plot points.  With that in mind, I decided to put together a list of some of the best shows that just couldn’t convince the networks to keep them around.

Better Off Ted

Better Off Ted

ABC really dropped the ball on this one.  A great cast, hilarious writing, and funny characters made this sitcom instantly engaging.  While Better Off Ted did manage to make it to season 2, the final two episodes were never aired after this show was cancelled.

Family Guy

Family Guy

A lot of people forget that Family Guy was cancelled back in 2000 and again in 2002.  While it was finally brought back and is now a highly successful show, it just goes to show that networks should give more shows time to develop.

Futurama

Futurama

We’re going to be seeing a LOT of the FOX Network.  Futurama was the creation of Matt Groening (the same guy that made The Simpsons), but a lack of real support from FOX and sporting events pre-empting the show lead to it being cancelled in 2003.  While it’s now showing new episodes on Comedy Central, it was incredibly disappointing when we lost Futurama.

Pushing Daisies

Pushing Daisies



Shows with original ideas are rare, and Pushing Daisies was rare indeed.  Lasting just 2 seasons, the show was critically acclaimed, but never got the viewership needed for ABC (again) to keep it around.

Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks

NBC finally shows a screw-up.  What’s funny about Freaks and Geeks is that the cast is virtually all Hollywood stars now.  James Franco (Spider-Man film series), Linda Cardellini (ER), John Francis Daley (Bones), Seth Rogan (Knocked Up), Jason Segal (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Busy Philipps (White Chicks, Cougartown).  Oh, and the show was produced by Judd Apatow.  Yeah…that Judd Apatow.

Firefly

Firefly

You’d think after creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Joss Whedon would have gotten some leeway with Firefly, but the show only lasted one season before FOX (them again) cancelled the show.  While it came back for a film (Serenity), the stars of the show went on to other projects, notably Nathan Fillion in the show Castle and Adam Baldwin in Chuck.

Arrested Development

Arrested Development

And we have another FOX dropped ball.  Lasting three seasons, Arrested Development had a star cast and devoted fans…just not enough of them.  Fortunately for those fans, a script is in the works for a feature film and the main cast of the show is all set to reprise their roles.

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