16 TV shows that got cancelled way too soon

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There are so many fantastic TV shows out there: Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards... we could go on like this for hours.

There are obviously a lot of shows out there are not so great and that fail, disappearing somewhere into the abyss of unloved video and bad writing.

And then there's a handful of shows who are right in the middle - good, but somehow not getting the audience's or network's love. We're talking about these series that got cancelled way too soon.

  1. 1 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
    Source: NBC

    How many seasons? 1

    A sketch-comedy show where humour is in very short supply: one of the executive producers had a meltdown on the air, the control room is a mess, and the actors aren't much better off.

    If you mention this show pretty much around anyone who's seen it already, you're sure to get at least a 20-minute long rant about how it didn't deserve to be cancelled so soon.

    With only 22 episodes, this show became an instant classic. Creator Aaron Sorkin treated the world of entertainment just as seriously as he did the world of politics in The West Wing. This show was (and still is) extremely interesting and intriguing.

  2. 2 Pushing Daisies

    How many seasons? 2

    A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with his alive-again childhood sweetheart, a cynical private investigator, and a lovesick waitress.

    This show didn't deserve to die so soon. It was funny, it was heart-warming, but most importantly, it was visually stunning.

    Perhaps the dialogues were a little bit more wordy than usual, but the excellent acting and quirky storylines made it all work beautifully.

  3. 3 Veronica Mars

    How many seasons? 3

    After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune.

    Veronica was a total badass - she was smart, she was witty, and she always got what she wanted. This show still had a lot of potential and the season 4 pilot only proves this.

    But the biggest testament to the fact that the show was cancelled too soon was the fact that the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter, started by the show's creator Rob Thomas in 2013, hit $2m in just under 10 hours.

  4. 4 Dirt
    Source: FX

    How many seasons? 2

    Lucy Spiller is the editor of a glossy tabloid magazine DirtNow in Los Angeles. Overseeing a crack team of reporters and paparazzi, Lucy and a schizophrenic photographer Don Konkey are able to manipulate the lives of numerous celebrities.

    Courtney Cox played the ruthless, story-hungry bitch you'd come to love through the Scream film series she was also in. The show had an original, gritty, and hardcore plot. It's such a shame it got cancelled so soon.

  5. 5 Jericho
    Source: CBS

    How many seasons? 2

    A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

    This series was an excellent mix of mystery, drama, and science fiction. The two seasons that we were lucky to have never slowed down. And sure, it wasn't the most groundbreaking show out there, but it was definitely not a dead concept just yet. Another season or two would be warmly received, we're sure.

  6. 6 Parks and Recreation

    How many seasons? 7

    The absurd antics of an Indiana town's public officials as they pursue sundry projects to make their city a better place.

    'But Hexjam, this show had 7 seasons! Don't you think that's enough?,' you might say. To which we will obviously reply: 'No'.

    Parks and Rec was a show that was written perfectly, from start to finish. An extremely witty and very intelligent script provided very mature and smart entertainment.

    We know there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, but in the case of this series, we truly feel there a couple more seasons wouldn't hurt anyone.

  7. 7 Futurama

    How many seasons? 7

    Fry, a pizza guy, is accidentally frozen in 1999 and thawed out New Year's Eve 2999.

    Again, you could argue that seven seasons is enough. But the fact that the show was coming back on air several times, and four full-length films have been released, only proves there's still so much more of Fry, Bender and Zoidberg to see.

  8. 8 Pinky and the Brain
    Source: Cartoon Network

    How many seasons? 4

    A genius mouse and his stupid sidekick try to conquer the world each night.

    Hands down, this was one of the funniest cartoons of the '90s. The multi-level writing was hilarious and full of jokes for adults and kids alike. Even though the plot was the same every episode, Pinky and the Brain managed to be consistently fresh and funny.

    Let's hope they will revive this show at some point, just like they did with Powerpuff Girls.

  9. 9 Torchwood
    Source: BBC

    How many seasons? 4

    The members of the Torchwood Institute, a secret organization founded by the British Crown, fight to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats.

    Cardiff Bay still has a shrine to commemorate one of the characters, Ianto. Fans add new cards, drawings, and fan-fiction chapters to the wall almost every day. Enough said.

  10. 10 Daria

    How many seasons? 5

    A smart & cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic teens and condescending adults.

    No one was as sharp with their wit and as cynical as Daria. She taught us how to be a strong, independent woman and we can't thank her enough for.

    Unfortunately, the self-defeating world of MTV destroyed this show. They chose mass-produced garbage over originality and individuality. Such a shame.

  11. 11 Roswell
    Source: The WB

    How many seasons? 3

    Living among the citizens of the infamous New Mexico city of Roswell are some who are not there by choice. They are there to follow a destiny given to them by the members of their dying race, a race that they are someday destined to save.

    Unique shows like this do not fair well on television - during the three years it was on air, Roswell struggled to survive constantly. And, to be honest, we can't really understand why.

    The story of extraterrestrial alienation was a fascinating metaphor of teen angst and this show was much deeper than a simple Romeo and Juliet and aliens-type of plot line. It deserved at least one more season.

  12. 12 Outsourced
    Source: NBC

    How many seasons? 1

    A manager is sent to India to oversee a staff of customer service representatives.

    Based on a 2006 movie under the same name, Outsourced was an incredibly funny comedy about the pitfalls of culture shock and the ignorance of westeners towards foreign cultures.

    But most importantly, it was a show that didn't negatively stereotype Indian people - it celebrated them. Something that even now TV fails to do. We were absolutely crushed when it was taken off the air.

  13. 13 The O.C.

    Number of seasons? 4

    A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighbourhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

    After the fiasco of season three (that Volchok storyline - what even was that?), the show nicely recovered in season four by shifting its focus to Ryan and Taylor.

    And although we got a great finale, full of happy endings and tears, we can't shake the feeling there was still more stories to be told there.

  14. 14 Journeyman
    Source: NBC

    How many seasons? 1

    Commuting takes on a whole new meaning for San Francisco newspaper reporter Dan Vasser, who unexpectedly finds himself traveling through time to change people's lives.

    Journeyman was a prime example of a creative show that builds upon ideas and concepts that were established by shows before it. It was a series that felt polished, and held a unique style to it. With an IMDb rating of 8.1, it's really mystery why it didn't go past season one.

  15. 15 Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23

    How many seasons? 2

    Chloe is a New York party girl with the morals of a pirate who bullies and causes trouble for her naive small town roommate June.

    Sure, this series was nothing but a silly comedy, but still there was something about Krysten Ritter's character that made it difficult for us to look away. Maybe it was the dark sense of humour or maybe it was the high level of relatability the characters presented - we're not sure. But we're certain about one thing - DTTBIA23 (we know, it's a handful) was meant for a longer screen life.

  16. 16 Freaks and Geeks
    Source: NBC

    How many seasons? 1

    A high school mathlete starts hanging out with a group of burnouts while her younger brother navigates his freshman year.

    This is probably the most talked-about show when it comes to the subject of series that got cancelled too soon. There aren't many shows that are so obviously crafted with as much love as Freaks and Geeks is. The fact that it wasn't given a chance to make it is a sad testament to how network executives box in their viewers in favour of ratings and money. Rest in peace, dear child. Rest in peace.

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