10 TV Shows That Should Never Have Been Canceled

Can you think of a show that left the air too soon? If you ask any TV buff, there are too many to count. Why? Because new shows are popping up anywhere and everywhere, whether they be on major networks or streaming services. Unfortunately, every show with a pilot can't make the cut, so that means that good shows have to go. Here are 10 of the best TV dramas that should never have been canceled. All of the shows below were canceled after three seasons or less. 

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Freaks and Geeks (NBC)

Freaks and Geeks
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Freaks and Geeks begins when a high school mathlete starts hanging with strange burnout crowd. Meanwhile her younger brother is just trying to survive his freshman year. This short-lived teen dramedy, created by Paul Feig with executive producer Judd Apatow, was given the dreaded Saturday night spot on NBC, and it only lasted for one season in 2000. A show with talent like Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini and Busy Phillips should NEVER have been canceled. This show was probably ahead of its time, using the camera as more of an observer and creating a true sense of reality in ‘80s Michigan; nevertheless, losing Lindsey Weir from television was tragic. Thankfully, you can still witness the magic of the first and only season on Netflix

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Firefly (FOX)

Firefly
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Firefly is set 500 years in the future and follows a crew on a small spacecraft attempting to make it through different parts of the galaxy. The Joss Whedon-created sci-fi wonder only lasted for 14 episodes on Fox in 2002. When the former Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman was asked why the show was canceled, she said that the show was expensive and the ratings just weren’t matching up. But could it have been the decision to air the episodes out of order that really caused its cancellation? 

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Deadwood (HBO)

Deadwood
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Deadwood is set in 1800s Deadwood, S.D., a place where the characters run into some serious crime. The David Milch-created western drama series, which began in 2006, lasted for three seasons on HBO. The show, starring Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, John Hawkes and more, was not "technically" cancelled, but the actors options weren't picked up, and they were free to pursue other things. However, according to Variety, HBO confirmed that they've been discussing a movie. So maybe Deadwood isn't dead after all. 

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My So-Called Life (ABC)

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ABC’s 1994 drama My So-Called Life examines a 15-year-old girl and the ultimate struggle of being a teenager. The Winnie Holzman-created series stars Homeland’s Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong, Jared Leto and more. Although an online fan campaign was put together to try and reverse the show’s cancellation, the actors had a hard time balancing their real teenage lives and their on-screen teenage lives. Holzman said that when she realized that Claire Danes didn’t want to be involved in the series anymore, her heart just wasn’t in it. But of course, the show's ratings were low, ultimately causes its end.

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Ringer (The CW)

The CW's 'Ringer'
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Ringer zeroes in on a woman running from the mob who decides to pose as her twin sister in hopes of getting away from trouble; little did she know, she'd be in trouble in her sister's shoes too. Buffy the Vampire Slayer'Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in the show for just one season on The CW in 2011. It is a bit of a mystery why Ringer didn't last, especially with the ever-so-popular Gellar on board, but its cancellation came down to ratings. Could it have been too many story lines? Could it have been too confusing for first-time viewers? 

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Veronica Mars (The CW)

Veronica Mars
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Veronica Mars dives into the complicated life of Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) and her quest to crack the mystery of her best friend's death and others' in the town of Neptune. The Rob Thomas-created crime drama series ended in 2007, after three seasons on The CW. Although Veronica solved the mystery of her best friend's murder, everyone is wondering what would have happened had the network jumped ahead so that viewers could see her in the future. Of course, fans were given a movie in 2014!

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Terriers (FX)

FX's 'Terriers'
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Terriers follows the lives of a recovering alcoholic and ex-cop Hank Dolworth and his partner, ex-criminal, Britt Pollack. The pair, played by Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James, runs an unlicensed private investigation business. FX's Ted Griffin-created series stayed on the air in 2010 for one season before it was removed. Although the cast and acting were phenomenal, the audience just didn't grow enough to keep it on TV. However, critics raved about the series, and it landed on several lists of top TV shows in 2010. 

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Rubicon

AMC's 'Rubicon'
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 AMC's Rubicon looks at a group of intelligence analysts in New York and stars James Badge Dale, Miranda Richardson, the late Christopher Evan Welch, Jessica Collins, Michael Cristofer and Dallas Roberts. The Jason Horwitch-created series lasted on the successful network for one season in 2010. Unfortunately, it hit screens when huge shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men were on AMC. When it comes to network dramas, you have to capture your audience quickly to keep it. This show's dense plot and slow pacing made it hard to maintain an audience. However, if you stuck with it, you saw how great that plot was. 

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Wonderfalls

FOX's 'Wonderfalls'
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Wonderfalls follows Jake Tyler, a college graduate residing in Niagara Falls, working as retail clerk at a gift shop and living in a trailer park. Hannibal's Bryan Fuller and Todd Holland made their debut with the dramedy, but it only lasted on FOX for one season in 2004. Its intelligence and humor created a quirky series that needed a second chance. Unfortunately, four episodes aired on Friday nights; that's a tough night for TV. It just couldn't keep the ratings up. 

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Bunheads (ABC Family)

'Bunheads'
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Bunheads follows a former Las Vegas showgirl (Sutton Foster) who rushes into a marriage that leads to a ballet teaching job alongside her mother-in-law (Kelly Bishop). Any Gilmore Girls fan would recognize the show's charm and quick wit as the work of the creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. This show, full of intriguing relationships, was adored by critics, but audiences didn't feel the same. ABC Family canceled the show after its first season premiered in 2012.