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8 TV Shows That Ended Before Their Time

Few things in life are worse than getting caught up in storylines and connecting with characters just to find out that the show you have been binge watching only has three seasons. Networks sometimes end appealing, well-written shows before they are able to run their full course, leaving a wake of disappointed fans wondering what could have been. Here is a list of eight incredible shows who were cut down in their youth and met an untimely demise.

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8. Undeclared

What do Jay Baruchel, Charlie Hunnam, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel, Kevin Hart, Busy Philipps, Jenna Fischer, Kyle Gass, Will Ferrell, Fred Willard, Ted Nugent, Ben Stiller, Simon Helberg, and Adam Sander have in common? They were all on this show you might not have even heard of. Just as its predecessor Freaks and Geeks, Undeclared was a show of comedic genius that didn’t get the credit it deserved. This brain child of Judd Apatow was critically acclaimed but didn’t make it past one season.

I’d love to see this show make a comeback but I believe that cast might be a little busy these days. Also, if Jay Baruchel’s character is still an undeclared undergraduate, well that’s just too sad.

7. Party Down

I’m going to be honest with this one. I was late to the Party. I did not watch Party Down when it came on air and watched it subsequently on Hulu. This show follows the story of want to be actors, screen writers, comedians, and Ron as they operate a catering service to pay the bills and keep their dreams afloat. This show, co-created by Paul Rudd only lasted two seasons and understandably left fans wanting more from the ragtag group. Now who will be the most mediocre catering service in all of LA?

There is no foreseeable reunion here since Adam Scott has moved on from being, “that one guy from that thing.” But we can all wonder what may have been.

6. Firefly

It is hard to believe that one of the most iconic shows to ever grace the Sci-Fi genre only lasted fourteen episodes. Directly after Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended, Josh Whedon’s Firefly hit the small screen. This futuristic western follows a group from the losing side of a civil war as they live on the outskirts of their society. The show was cancelled by Fox despite winning many awards and developing a strong following. Fan’s got a bit of a nod with the Serenity movie, but fans still long for their weekly fix of the Serenity Crew.

The show may have been cancelled, but it shall live on forever with its cult following.

5. Terra Nova

Dinosaurs, but in the future, but in the past. Terra Nova was an interesting show that focused on a dying culture from 2149 that sends a group back millions of years in order to start a colony and survive. This was an interesting concept that tied together the time travel segment and the dying civilization segment of the Sci-Fi genre. With shows like The 100 thriving, maybe Terra Nova was just a little before its time.

I was looking forward to this show developing and following the journey of these futuristic pilgrims in a prehistoric world. Also, who doesn’t want to see Stephen Lang fight dinosaurs? That guy must have a thing for adventuring to new worlds to occupy land. #trueamerican

4. Community

The Frankenstein’s monster of television, Community has been killed and revived more times than we’d like to discuss. This show brought wit, charm and lovable outcasts to the late night lineup. Unfortunately the show didn’t have the viewership NBC expected; or that is what they thought. Once Community was cancelled there was an uproar from fans who watched the show online and were not counted in viewership rankings. The show was revived and cancelled a few more times until it ended up in the hands of Yahoo with a seemingly $.35 budget. With each revival of the show viewers were left wishing for what once was.

To go back to a time where the NBC lineup was The Office, Parks and Rec and Community. Ah, the good ole’ days.

3. Chuck

We cannot forget about everyone’s most loved nerd/spy. Chuck was a breath of fresh air in its genre of comedy-action. A nerd who “downloads” government secrets and tactics into his brain and becomes America’s number one asset, Flynn Rider would be proud. Chuck spent a lot of time on the cancellation bubble and cause the writers and producers to question if there would be a next season. With this worry in the back of their minds they tied up loose ends at the end of every season which left some story lines underdeveloped. Finally, the cancellation came leaving Chuck fans wanting more action, more Morgan, and more Jeffster.

Maybe all we need is a Chuck reunion and a Jeffster Spotify page.

2. Arrested Development

BEES! BEADS?! Arrested Development was one of the cleverest comedies to be on television. Even the name has a double meaning. This star-studded look inside of a once wealthy, dysfunctional family was a wonderful escape from our own dysfunctional families. Arrested Development’s viewership declined causing the show to be cancelled and then picked back up for one season by Netflix. It wasn’t great. Fans everywhere were teased with a movie that never came to fruition and seemingly never will; we are simply stuck with the Netflix cliffhanger ending. Yay…

Hopefully the backlash from the cancellation and later the one Netflix season has left the creators and producers saying, “I’ve made a huge mistake.”

1. Happy Endings

My favorite of the list. Happy Endings was a well-written show with a phenomenal cast. A sitcom that didn’t take itself too seriously, but also wasn’t just ridiculous, this show was not afraid to laugh at itself or the sitcom genre as a whole. With a phenomenal backstory, ah-mah-zing character development, and clever dialogue, this show never failed to entertain. The season three ending was anything but happy.

Coach is no longer on New Girl, Peter has left The Mindy Project, Marry Me was a short lived show that didn’t make this list for good reason, Weird Loners was a good show but only lasted six episodes, and Eliza Coupe and Elisha Cuthbert aren’t TOO busy. It is time to bring this show back!

So there you have it. These are a few shows that were cut down in their prime. Can we just agree that the little box known as Nielson might not know as much as it thinks it does? If we can get networks to listen to us fans instead of a small box maybe we can see our favorite shows to the end. AND FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS THAT ARE HOLY BRING BACK HAPPY ENDINGS!

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