Do You Remember These TV Shows That Were Cancelled Too Soon?

By: Becky Stigall
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Some shows drone on and on, well past their best-by dates. Others are casualties of poor planning or budget issues. Can you name all of these gone-too-soon shows?

Which show follows the crew of the Serenity in 2517?

Sadly, "Firefly" didn't make it through one season. The show did better on DVD.

Kristen Bell starred as the title character on what axed show?

Viewers were only able to follow Veronica for three seasons. The show was axed in 2007.

What mother/daughter duo with the same name lit up the small town of Stars Hollow?

Although "Gilmore Girls" ran for seven seasons, diehard fans say it ended too soon. Netflix specials have done a bit to satisfy the demand for a reboot.

Angela Chase struggled with teen drama in what gone-too-soon show?

"My So-Called Life" was loved by viewers and critics alike. Claire Danes' character, Angela, may have been doomed as the show was pitted against fan favorites on other channels.

Ned the pie-maker has a magic touch in what show?

"Pushing Daisies" was cancelled after only two seasons. The show lives on for fans.

The Weir siblings lead the charge in what cancelled show?

"Freaks and Geeks" was cancelled before the end of the first season. Fan outrage forced the network to air the remaining episodes, but the show still hit the skids.

What show features the end of the world, as seen in Kansas?

Sadly, this cult favorite made it through only two seasons. Seasons three, four and five live on via comic books.

A university grad has a secret life with her gift shop "friends" in what show?

"Wonderfalls" made it through only one season. The show was listed as gone too soon by many sources.

What show features the "lives" of grim reapers?

There was some conflict about ratings with this one, with the networking claiming that the show got great ratings and that it got low ratings. Either way, this fan favorite made it through only two seasons.

What show highlights the problem with college: finding a major?

"Undeclared" lasted for only one season. The show remains a cult favorite.

On what show does FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper struggles with the murder of Laura Palmer?

"Twin Peaks" and the 2017 reboot are popular enough to be tagged cult classics. Fans want to see more.

During what show did a mining camp become a town?

This HBO classic ran for only three seasons and 36 episodes. The show was cancelled in 2006, much to the dismay of fans and critics.

What show detailed the trials and tribulations of Sarah Connor?

Fans loved this show, but despite fan outrage, it was cancelled after only two seasons. Fans are still working to revive the show.

Which show featured a hapless spy who worked at Best Buy?

Ok, so it wasn't actually Best Buy, but you got the picture. It was Buy More. Chuck was cancelled after five seasons, but its popularity makes fans want a reboot.

What show followed a group of caterers in Los Angeles?

"Party Down" lasted only two seasons. Headliners moved to other shows, and low ratings finally resulted in cancellation.

What comedy show was about a comedy show?

"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" was cancelled after only one season. Fan and critical blessings weren't enough to save the show.

What show featured friends in Chicago?

"Happy Endings" made it through three seasons. The demise of the show is thought to be due to poor scheduling rather than poor reception.

Eliza Dushku served the needs of her wealthy clients in what show?

Despite the original concept, the show got low ratings. The show was cancelled after only two seasons.

What show was set in the 1st century B.C.?

Starring Kevin McKidd of "Grey's Anatomy" fame, "Rome" was cancelled after only two seasons. The show was cancelled because it was too expensive to produce.

What show featured a Boston teenager struggling through adolescence?

"James at 15" was called "James at 16" as the character aged. Sadly, this show never made it to James at 17.

Which show featured the theme song, "Accentuate the Positive"?

Starring Kyle Chandler of "Friday Night Lights" fame, "Homefront" was axed after only two seasons. The show ran from 1991 to 1993.

What war followed the lives of Vietnam War nurses?

China Beach starred Dana Delany of "Desperate Housewives" fame and Marg Helgenberger of "CSI" fame. The show ran for four seasons and was a darling of the critics. Cancellation was due to low viewership.

Which show was about the awakening of 1970s suburban America?

"Swingtown" made it through one season. The show was declared a flop after only seven episodes.

What show features Detective Charlie Crews, who served 12 years for a crime he did not commit?

"Life" starred Damian Lewis of "Homeland" fame. The show was cancelled after only two seasons.

What show features character Dan Vasser as a time traveler?

"Journeyman" starred Kevin McKidd of "Grey's Anatomy" fame. The show bit the dust after one season.

What show featured the dysfunctional Bluth family?

Narrated by Ron Howard, this show was well received. But it was cancelled after only five seasons, to the dismay of fans and critics alike.

In what show does New York City detective Sam Tyler wake up in the 1970s?

"Life on Mars" was cancelled after only two seasons. The cancellation was due more to poor scheduling than lack of interest from viewers.

Which TV series highlighted conspiracies?

"Rubicon" was considered just an OK show. That's probably what led to the show's cancellation after only one season.

What show featured a therapist in therapy?

"In Treatment" was well received and starred Gabriel Byrne. The show lasted four seasons, but fans wanted more.

Which show followed the lives of Los Angeles police officers?

"Southland" was almost cancelled after the first season, on NBC. TNT finally axed the show after the fifth season.

What show featured three 40-something men struggling with life?

This show was Ray Romano's post-"Everybody Loves Raymond" job. The show was cancelled after only two seasons.

Which show featured first contact with aliens?

"Threshold" was relatively well received, but some critics absolutely panned it. The show never made it past the first season.

On what show does the whole world pass out at the same time?

This highly anticipated series was cancelled after only one season. The show was based on the book by Robert J. Sawyer.

What police drama was written by a former police reporter?

"The Wire" was a fan and reviewer favorite. The show ran for five seasons but fans wanted more.

In what show does a grieving husband and father live life in two different realities?

"Awake" was a critical success but a ratings failure. The show was cancelled after only one season.

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