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62 Shows That Got Canceled Way Too Fucking Soon

Gone but never forgotten.

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about their favorite shows that got canceled after one or two seasons. Here are some of the series they believed were dropped wayyyy too soon:

1. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "I still cry on the inside at how soon it was taken from us. The show is about a lonely pie baker who can bring the dead back to life, and uses his gift to help solve murders. The quirky characters, awesome dialogue, and fairytale-like narration makes a typical forensic/murder show super interesting and different from all the other shows. Plus, who doesn’t love Kristin Chenoweth as a love-stricken waitress pining about her crush through musical numbers while baking drug laced pies??" —judyl4faae2cc8

*Pushing Daisies received the most submissions on our canceled shows community post.

2. The Mysteries of Laura (2014-2016)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "That show was funny and the cases were well written and interesting. It sucks that it got cut off so soon." —cryslibs

3. Happyland (2014)

MTV

Network: MTV

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was about a smart, no-nonsense teenage girl and her young mother. It followed them both working at a Disney-like theme park, but it was awesome because it had a Latina lead. I loved the fact that her 30-something mom was still playing a park princess and there was a plot unfolding about her getting close with the park owners' hot son, who may or may not be her half-brother. It was so good and so underrated. If you haven't seen it, look it up, and be miserable with me about the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger."

victoriaa440a6dfed

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4. Persons Unknown (2010)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was so good! A group of strangers wake up in a ghost town with no escape. It frustratingly ended on a giant cliffhanger. Every now and then I think about that cliffhanger and get angry all over again."

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5. Bunheads (2012-2013)

ABC Family

Network: ABC Family (now Freeform)

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "Sutton Foster is so talented and was born to entertain! The show was quirky, funny, and heartfelt, and was finally a show that displayed ballet in a positive, but realistic, light. It never really concluded and I literally sent a petition to ABC Family to try and at least get a conclusion, but obviously they did not respond. I'm still bitter! BUNHEADS DESERVED BETTER!!" —rebeccalynns40879b8d0

6. The Grinder (2015-2016)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "My god the writing is brilliant. That perfect combo of high-brow and low-brow comedy very, VERY rarely seen. Fred Savage and Rob Lowe had great chemistry and perfect timing." —tylerjoki

7. Tru Calling (2003-2005)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "Joss Whedon has had several shows canceled too soon. Tru Calling was SOOOO good, and was canceled after just 2 seasons (only 27 episodes). I mean, it starred Eliza Dushku as a young woman who took a job in a morgue working for Zach Galifianakis (he’s a sort of lovable nerd you just want to hug in this :). She gets asked for help by some dead people, and time rewinds, so that she can try to keep them from being murdered, etc. Jason Priestly plays a reaper, and he is constantly trying to stop her from succeeding. It also features a pre-Criminal Minds A.J. Cook. Anyone who likes iZombie will love this predecessor." —qpatti2

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8. Sense8 (2015-2017; 2018)

Netflix

Network: Netflix

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It was canceled after 2 seasons and I was so angry! This show was so incredibly diverse in its casting, and showed a loving relationship amongst its cast regardless of sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, social status, or decisions they made in their pasts. They're always there to help each other out, and when I found out the show was cancelled, I seriously cried my eyes out. I can't say enough about how amazing this show is! Thankfully Netflix commissioned a 2-hour special to wrap up some loose ends, so I'll have to be satisfied with that." –tashab216

9. The Finder (2012)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I️t was a funny, different crime show with great characters. I️t ended on a strange cliffhanger, but the character development easily could have been explored into more seasons."

ellieh4d57fea43

10. Eye Candy (2015)

MTV

Network: MTV

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It had Victoria Justice who was like super good with technology and her sister ended up being abducted so her technology skills were used to try to find her sister. To add to that, she was doing internet dating and she started to suspect that one of her dates was behind the kidnapping of her sister. I wish we got more episodes."

jenniferrr

11. Agent Carter (2015-2016)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "In my opinion, it was canceled way too soon! I mean Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter is the best and the fact that we only got 2 seasons of the show freaking sucks, considering (spoiler alert) she won’t be in anymore of the movies since Peggy is dead." —ajgartsy

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12. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I’ve watched all of the episodes twice and I’m always sad when I remember that we’ll never know what happened to Lindsay, Nick, Daniel, Sam, etc.. The whole Lindsay and Kim going off to follow The Grateful Dead across the country just seems like such an abrupt ending to me."

jackj43a91e854

13. Enlightened (2011-2013)

HBO

Network: HBO

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "I feel like if this show came out now it'd go further because Laura Dern is even more recognizable with Big Little Lies and Star Wars. Laura Dern made the show really dazzle, though, and I don't understand for the life of me why it didn't go on for at least 1 or 2 more seasons."

carijayne

14. Ringer (2011-2012)

The CW

Network: The CW

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as an estranged twin who takes over her sister's identity (she's a billionaire) when she dies. It was really good and they were just getting to revealing the mystery when the show was canceled. I'm convinced I'm the only one who watched it."

megh43073fe6e

15. Manhattan Love Story (2014)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I will always believe it never got the shot it deserved. Charming characters who had such great chemistry (Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman are still together as a result of the show)! There were only in a few episodes, but I still find myself wishing there could have been more."

kirstenr4405e0ecf

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16. Notorious (2016)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was such a good show, but it only ran for half a season. It followed a tv producer and a high profile lawyer, who she used to get all her headlines from. They left on such a cliffhanger and we’ll never get to know what happened!" —sydneyoates

17. Moonlight (2007-2008)

Monty Brinton / CBS

Network: CBS

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "The show was just ahead of its time. It was JUST before the vampire craze had fully hit, plus it was a crime drama. It really teased out how difficult it would be to actually be a vampire. Plus, Alex O’Loughlin was the lead. I’m still angry because it ended on a cliffhanger!"

daniellerenees2

18. Rosewood (2015-2017)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It had characters who were part of the LGBTQ community and the characters were important to the storyline outside of their sexual orientation." —devant416660b39

19. Twisted (2013-2014)

ABC Family (Freeform)

Network: ABC Family (Freeform)

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It had such likable characters (plus I was a hardcore shipper of Danny and Jo), a very interesting premise, and it ended on a cliffhanger. I was devastated when I heard it got canceled."

chayden153

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20. Dead Like Me (2003-2004)

Showtime

Network: Showtime

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "I watched that show from the start, and a Showtime exec jumped the gun and canceled it, yammering about slow storyline and ratings. He was extremely wrong, so much so, it led to a mass Showtime exodus, myself included. They had so much demand they tried to make it right by making a movie to wrap it up. They couldn't get all the cast to play, and rushed that too. I was so let down, I didn't subscribe again until Shameless."

pugglyboo

21. Jane by Design (2012)

ABC Family (Freeform)

Network: ABC Family (Freeform)

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I was so frustrated when this show got canceled. It didn't even get a second season. Erica Dasher was a breath of fresh air and Andie Macdowell was fabulous as Gray. I wish the planned second season pushed through so that the viewers could have seen the loose ends tied up. That last episode was just too abrupt!" —marianrdt

22. Selfie (2014)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was a very cute comedy and it was nice to see an Asian male lead in such a cute interracial couple. Just as they were going to be a couple, ABC canceled the DAMN show." —s4bb472acb

23. You, Me, and the Apocalypse (2015)

NBC, Sky One

Network: NBC and Sky One

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was a brilliant show that had a (far) less than brilliant marketing team. Produced by British and American production companies, it aired in the UK almost a month before it did in the US, so of course it was pirated and their entire American audience had watched it before the US premiere, effectively destroying the ratings. Now I'll NEVER know who actually made it into the doomsday bunker!?" —elliep41c221b02

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24. Finding Carter (2014-2015)

MTV

Network: MTV

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "Although it did get kind of boring after the first season, it did seem like it was starting to pick up again in the season before it was canceled. Once again though, MTV strikes by ending on a cliff hanger and leaving the audience to only assume what likely happened." —tmjuly

25. Constantine (2014-2015)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was literally the only show I would tune in for every week. I loved how much detail was in every episode and the talent of the amazing actors. They couldn't even wrap everything up nicely. They canceled it after one season with a million cliffhangers and unanswered questions and it was infuriating."

jinxxed

26. Mercy Street (2016-2017)

PBS

Network: PBS

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It was one of the few non-British period pieces on the channel and it was crazy inclusive. The black actors weren’t just slaves. There were POC characters born free, freed by union soldiers, contrabands, slaves who escaped to freedom, and even freed slaves that stayed with the families they served. And they were brave; committed to helping the union, or teaching other freed people skills, or with medical knowledge that helped save the lives of soldiers.

And the white characters weren’t all villains or in line with the white savior trope. Some believed in an end to slavery, some just believed in preserving the Union while thinking little of the African race, Confederate sympathizers and spies, and so on.

It had romance, intrigue, and tragedy. I honestly can’t do it justice. It’s so upsetting it was canceled." —karaf44faa0b75

27. The Client List (2010)

Lifetime

Network: Lifetime

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "They were building up to so much stuff and were reaching the climax, and they just ended it just like that because Jennifer Love Hewitt wanted her character to end up with her character's husband...because they’re dating in real life, instead of Collin Egglesfield. Like have you seen him, he’s so f*ckin hot! SMH. Stupid ending to such a good show." —jessegill

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28. Good Girls Revolt (2015-2016)

Amazon

Network: Amazon

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "The plot line was great, the casting was spot on. Most importantly it takes a deep dive in the second wave of feminism and the sexual revolution!!" —chewypam

29. The Gates (2010)

buzzfeed.com

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was a show about a “normal” family who moved to a gated community filled with supernatural creatures like vampires and werewolves. It had an all-star cast before they were all stars. I remember being 16 and shook by the cliffhanger ending, and then it never came back...."

katea47f60d135

30. Eyewitness (2016)

USA

Network: USA

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "This show was only on for one season, but it was so amazing! It showed a gay couple in a happy relationship but also had all the drama of a crime show, and I loved it more than any other show on the planet."

kristinec4c2b59a57

31. Unnatural History (2010)

Cartoon Network

Network: Cartoon Network

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was the first show I ever religiously watched. The plot was amazing, and I waited for months for a second season. I cried when I found out it wasn't going to have a second season. At the age of ten, it was the most reliable thing in my life, until it floated away. Kind of like Sputnik. (you need to see the show to get this reference. Haha. "I don't get that reference." -Castiel, another amazing character from an amazing show)." —lejnocean

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32. Whodunnit? (2013)

Craig Sjodin / ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "My family and I had such a fun time watching it together and it got pretty popular too. It's such a shame it never got brought back for a second season, because now we have to resort to just rewatching the first season." —everslife15

33. Believe (2014)

Justin Stephens / NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I still haven’t recovered honestly. It was such a good, creative show and always kept me watching. The acting was so good too! I wish they just had made at least one more season or had at least made the 1st season longer." —sancian

34. October Road (2007-2008)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "I loved this show. It had a great cast and story lines. I don’t know why it didn’t get the ratings it deserved. They did film a 10-minute wrap-up video, but it just wasn’t enough." —ang11

35. Chicago Justice (2017)

buzzfeed.com

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "The show was the fourth in the #onechicago universe and NBC never gave it a chance to rise to the levels of the other three shows. I wish the network would bring it back and really invest in the show this time." —grizzly13

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36. Pitch (2016)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "As a lover of all things baseball, seeing a woman play in the MLB was incredible. It’s the only TV show to ever make me cry and it did it in episode one (you know why if you’ve seen the show). It was emotional, triumphant, and so empowering for women everywhere, so it was enjoyable even if you didn’t like baseball. Kylie Bunbury is one of my favorite actresses and Ginny Baker was one of her best roles." —sydglove13

38. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It's my favorite show of all time, but it only got one season. It’s an Aaron Sorkin show (The West Wing, The Newsroom) and it’s about the production and the network politics of an SNL-type show. I just started rewatching it and it just gets better every time. I’m so mad it didn't get a chance to be more." —oliviaf4afeb9f5b

39. Common Law (2012)

USA

Network: USA

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "The premise was slightly ridiculous (two detectives get sent to couples counseling), but the cast was phenomenal. It was The Odd Couple meets buddy cop shows and it deserved more than one season." —ginnygryffin

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40. Best Friends Forever (2012)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "This show made me realize how much I love Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, and I love that they used their real life friendship to create a show about it. They made a new show, Playing House, with a similar concept, but something about BFF was the greatest. Queenetta made the show!" —sarah14

41. Chasing Life (2014-2015)

ABC Family (Freeform)

Network: ABC Family (Freeform)

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "The story was just too good and it was incredibly meaningful to the real life cancer community. And then to just leave it with April saying she wanted to stay in Italy and not have the bone marrow transplant that could've saved her? NOOO! After the cancellation came down, the E.P. said they tried to get Freeform (ABC Family at the time) to give them something—a very abbreviated third season, a TV movie, anything—to wrap things up, but they refused. And he also said they'd planned on saving April if they'd gotten a third season, but nope! She'll forever be frozen in time, living out her last days in Rome. That cancellation is one of the many reasons I refuse to watch that network anymore."

leslies22

42. The Get Down (2016-2017)

Netflix

Network: Netflix

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "Apparently it was really expensive to produce and wasn't as popular as other Netflix Originals, but I loved it AND it ended on a cliffhanger. So sad." —cassieannes

43. A to Z (2014-2015)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It was only on air for 13 episodes like 3 years ago but I LOVED it. It starred Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti who are both amazing. I just thought it was super clever and sweet and original. I was so bummed when it didn’t get picked up because I thought it could have had a really good run." —kaitlinr4f0397076

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44. Awake (2012)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It starred Jason Isaacs as a detective who gets into a car crash with his wife and son. He finds himself in two alternate worlds whenever he goes to sleep and wakes up. In one world his wife dies in the car crash but his son lives. In the other world his son dies in the crash and it's his wife who lives. The subplots in each world helps Isaacs with the other world, and while all this is going on he's trying to figure out which world is "real" and which one is a "dream". And the show even throws in the idea that maybe they're both real! It was SO good but then NBC canceled it after only one season, because apparently I was the only person who watched the show. I was so sad.

c493be083a

45. Feed the Beast (2016)

AMC

Network: AMC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "The first season was amazing and then it was canceled. It was great to see David Schwimmer not play his normal, whiney character, and it was also great to see a serious show about restaurant life."

knr8269

46. Clone High (2002-2003)

Teletoon, MTV

Network: Teletoon and MTV

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "This show was the best. It is so underrated and I was so bummed out when I found out it was canceled. Not only was the show hilarious, but it actually taught lessons and was relatable. The storyline was so unique and the characters were amazing. For people who haven’t seen it, it’s basically about clones of popular people (Abe Lincoln, JFK, Cleopatra, Joan of Ark, and Gandhi), who attend high school together. I really hoped they would bring it back, because it ended on a cliffhanger and I need to know what happens!!" —lonelycat

47. The Secret Circle (2011-2012)

The CW

Network: The CW

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I'm pretty sure me and this other girl in my class were the only ones who ever watched it, but it was pretty good! There are not enough shows about witches. It reminded me of Sabrina and Harry Potter, and just felt kind of 90s and nostalgic, even though it took place in the present.

It was based on a book series by the same author as Vampire Diaries. I read the books after I started watching the show, and they were really, REALLY different. I think the main problem with the show is it tried to do WAY too much in the first season...like there were 3 separate villains by the end of the season/series finale, where-as the books introduced them gradually. Also they kind of ruined the main evil object." —izabellad

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48. Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005)

Cliff Lipson / CBS

Network: CBS and CTV

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It managed to have all the drama of a teen show but also deal with real issues and talk about faith in God. Joan was only just becoming who God needed her to be when the show was canceled. Plus we had to deal with that awful cliffhanger between Joan and Wentworth Miller’s character. The show had so much potential."

greysfan220

49. Still Star-Crossed (2017)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "It had an amazing cast, beautiful wardrobe, and stunning scenery. Also, the story itself is set during the aftermath of Romeo and Juliet, which was so good. It only got one season and ended on a cliffhanger which was such BS, because I thought it was spectacular." —jennygump

50. Young Justice (2010-2013)

Cartoon Network

Network: Cartoon Network

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It was canceled after ending season 2 on the biggest cliffhanger ever. It had such good characters (especially badass females) and extremely interesting and detailed plot lines. I will testify to this day it was the best show of all time on Cartoon Network. However, last year the creators announced that they were making a season 3, so thank God for that!"

leadiane

51. The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014)

The CW

Network: The CW

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It delivered looks and storylines I haven't seen in other tv shows. Characters were diverse and not just divided by "good" or "bad." Everyone made their own mistakes and that's what I loved about it. I wish they gave it another season at least to finish some interesting stories."

n423704101

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52. Roadies (2016)

Showtime

Network: Showtime

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I LOVED that show! Great actors with compelling story lines, not to mention the amazing music! I found new bands weekly through that show. Miss it!" —jordinb4da79084f

53. Revolution (2012-2014)

NBC

Network: NBC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "They canceled the show so suddenly, the series finale was the group basically preventing the death of a large crowd of people. So many questions were left unanswered, like do the pendants still work? Or why didn’t Aaron save Cynthia? And then we were tainted with a possible relocation of the show, but a comic series was released instead and the show never returned." —crisg48972d5a8

54. Scream Queens (2015-2016)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It was so funny and original, and it being given only two seasons is tragic especially considering how many American Horror Story has!" —hollyk471147cbb

55. Jericho (2006-2008)

CBS

Network: CBS

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It had such a rabid fan base they actually got it back for an unexpected (and shortened) second season. Although I could never find confirmation, it seemed loosely based on "Alas Babylon" by Pat Frank and it really captured the zeitgeist of what 21st century, post-Cold War nuclear fear felt like and how society would carry on afterwards.

It was before its time, if the success of The Walking Dead is any indication (which has a similar plot arc and premiered 4 years after Jericho). It even starred Lennie James in a similar role to his role in The Walking Dead.

I think the series still carries on in graphic novel form, but nothing will ever top that first amazing season on CBS." —kluttsjd

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56. Rome (2005-2007)

HBO, BBC, Rai Fiction

Network: HBO, BBC, and Rai Fiction

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "The second season could have been two or three seasons' worth of material! But HBO and BBC couldn't afford to keep the show going, so the second half of the second season had huge plot dumps. Great show and it deserved better. But I guess we can say that the greatest thing to come out of it was that HBO and BBC learned how to budget a big show like that better when they made Game of Thrones. But still, I would have been happy with at least one more season." —c493be083a

57. Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (2012-2013)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "The first season and second season (right up to the point where it got canceled) are on Netflix, but it was so funny and so relatable. Like, I wish Hulu would have picked it up, or Netflix. It was just such a good time. I’m pissed!" —miker4524dbb87

58. Sweet/Vicious (2016-2017)

MTV

Network: MTV

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "I was abso-fucking-lutely PISSED OFF when I found out it wasn’t coming back for a second season! Everything about that show was fucking amazing and relevant as shit, and clearly I’M STILL A LITTLE WORKED UP ABOUT IT." —montserrats2

59. The Nine Lives of Chloe King (2011)

ABC Family (Freeform)

Network: ABC Family (Freeform)

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "Like wtf what happened to Jasmine?!?? What's gonna happen to Chloe's Mom!??! Is Brian Fucking DEAD??!?! And the saddest thing Chloe and Alek didn't get an endgame!!??? #bringchloekingback"

andreamartires27

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60. Mixology (2014)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: I loved how the storyline throughout the season was all in one night. I loved it so much and was so sad that it only lasted one season.

lyndsaycrowder

61. Galavant (2015-2016)

ABC

Network: ABC

Seasons: Two

Why it should still be around: "It was a musical comedy with knights and kings with music written by Alan Menkin (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, etc)! Everyone is beautiful and it’s a diverse cast. Plus, Magnitude from Community is in it, pop pop!" —serenaf440dbc95a

62. Firefly (2002)

Fox

Network: Fox

Seasons: One

Why it should still be around: "Without question! Mr. Whedon is a master story teller. Firefly had an interesting premise and fantastic characters. Space pirates met a crazy girl and they end up protecting her! Firefly had/has such an amazing following that we got a movie after just one season." —jbishop1101

*Firefly had the second highest amount of nominations on our community canceled shows post.

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