Greatest Cancelled Shows
Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3745) 11 years ago
I'm going to devote a thread to those shows that never really got a chance to shine for one reason or another but are ones we sorely miss.

My favorite, and one of the reasons I started this thread stared Gerald McRaney (thanks Howdy) - JERICHO.

Jericho
http://en.wikipedia.org/w...TV_series)

I love this show and watched it religiously when it was on. The characters were great and the story was an interesting one as well. Unfortunately it suffered from low ratings and was pulled after a drastically shortened 2nd season. Once a few of the main characters were killed off I could see the end was coming. Still it's a great post-apocalyptic drama that I wish was still on.



[This message has been edited by Kyle L. Varnell (3/1/2010)]
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Posted by Dan Mowry (+1437) 11 years ago
Firefly.
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 11 years ago
Carnivale on HBO. Set during the dust bowl, this show was basically a story of the fight between good and evil. It was to run for 6 seasons, but due to production costs (4 million / episode) it was cancelled after the second season.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...iv%C3%A0le

I also liked The Book Of Danielle, which was cancelled after 4 episodes, due to pressure from the religious right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...TV_series)
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 11 years ago
Hart to Hart, Cagney and Lacey, Barney Miller, ...(I don't know that all these shows were cancelled or just retired after a few years)
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 11 years ago
darn...I hate when I typo...

The Book of Daniel. There.
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Posted by K.Duffy (+1807) 11 years ago
Yes, Kelly! Carnivale rocked It reminded me of the show that aired sometime before that on cable. It was about a boy who was (unknown to him) the son of an evil sheriff? The boy had some 'powers', (can't remember what he could do), but he had a strong southern accent. The trailer at the beginning of each episode, showed him repeating to his sister, "Don't open the door!" Anyone remember it? Probably early 90's..

Before that, there was Vengeance Unlimited.
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Posted by Chad (+1763) 11 years ago
MadTV was funny when SNL wasn't.

Perhaps as a counter to this thread we should start 'Shows that should be killed'- I'd nominate all reality (reality-really, NO REALLY?) TV.
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Posted by john newcomer (+299) 11 years ago
K.Duffy-American Gothic?
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Posted by Shu (+1794) 11 years ago
I absolutely LOVED Night Court. To me, that was the greatest "hidden treasure" sitcom ever made.
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Posted by TK (+1623) 11 years ago
Sisters
Golden Girls
Mash
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Posted by howdy (+4943) 11 years ago
I really used to love Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In...
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Posted by polar bear (+509) 11 years ago
The Torklesons and Joan of Arc.
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Posted by Dan Siegfried (+66) 11 years ago
If you're talking shows strictly canceled too early my votes:

Deadwood
Freaks & Geeks
Arrested Development
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Posted by K.Duffy (+1807) 11 years ago
Thank-you john newcomer! American Gothic it was!
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1905) 11 years ago
Smother's Brothers.
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Posted by Mary1 (+158) 11 years ago
I second Arrested Development. I hear they are making a movie that should come out later this year.
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Posted by Denny (+35) 11 years ago
Freaks and Geeks was a great show. Breaking Bad is a good show to if you have watched it from the first episode. Does anybody watch it!
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 11 years ago
My husband was a big fan of Breaking Bad but it was way too intense for me.

I second the motion of getting rid of the VAST majority of "reality" shows and game shows. Yeah, they are cheap but they are also awful!

[This message has been edited by Amorette Allison (3/1/2010)]
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Posted by atomicg (+1010) 11 years ago
Another vote for Arrested Development.
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Posted by Shu (+1794) 11 years ago
"Joan of Arcadia" was pretty good.
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Posted by RT&JenBo9 (+56) 11 years ago
Jericho, Deadwood and The Unit. My favorites all get replaced with some crappy reality show....
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Posted by Matt - Schmitz (+167) 11 years ago
I too thought "The Unit" was riveting TV. And I still miss "SOAP". Very much laugh out-loud TV.
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Posted by sloth (+65) 11 years ago
Simon and Simon
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 11 years ago
And I still miss "SOAP".


I've purchased the whole series on DVD. The show seems somewhat dated, but when you take into consideration when it was made, it was pretty avant guarde. My sister and I watched seasons 1 & 2 over the holidays. Funny as ever! Jessica always reminds me of a high school friend's mother.
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Posted by TK (+1623) 11 years ago
I forgot about The Torkelsons--that was good.
Also Anne of Avonlea and Road to Avonlea were good
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Posted by spacekace (+896) 11 years ago
Loved Deadwood!!!! Did anyone every watch Cane? It was only on for a short while, but I enjoyed it... And Vegas! I miss Vegas. What happened to it....
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Posted by Bridgier (+9194) 11 years ago
Babylon 5?
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Posted by Denise Selk (+1670) 11 years ago
Rome
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Posted by Levi Forman (+3712) 11 years ago
HBO canceling Deadwood when they did was a crime. I have still not forgiven them.
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Posted by Steve Sullivan (+1334) 11 years ago
My wife would say:
Dark Angel
Charmed
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I would say:
Night Gallery
Don Kirchner's Rock Concert
Cheers
Quantum Leap
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Posted by Bill N (+64) 11 years ago
Firefly and Arrested Development were both great, but Fox really dropped the ball when they cancelled The Tick.
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Posted by Ord Compton (+11) 11 years ago
The Adventures of Brisco County jr.
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Posted by dmbohlman (+23) 11 years ago
I agree with Arrested Development, Deadwood, Freaks and Geeks, and Carnivale.... All the good ones aren't understood until its too late....
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Posted by Kyle L. Varnell (+3745) 11 years ago
Has anybody said OZ yet?

Rome was an awesome series that ended wwwwwwwaaaaaaaayyyyyyy too soon. Hopefully the movie they're thinking of doing comes to fruition.
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Posted by OE (+39) 11 years ago
I agree with Deadwood and Freeks and Geeks.
It was a crying shame when HBO canceled Deadwood. I've watched every single episode again on DVD. And I never missed Freeks and Geeks when it was on...even though my dad loved to give me crap for watching what he called the "freeky geeky" show.

To add to the list I would have to say Ugly Betty. Still can't believe they're canceling it!
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 11 years ago
Freaks and Geeks, definitely. We just discovered it at the library a few months ago and had to watch the whole season. It was eerily close to my high school days.
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Posted by Christen LeBlanc Ramsey (+271) 11 years ago
futurama
dead like me
family guy (the first run was way funnier than what's on now. the resurrection is a stale zombie spewing putrescence.)
peep show (not at all what you're thinking; bbc america comedy like only the brits do.)
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Posted by Kelly (+2706) 11 years ago
Dead Like Me was an awesome show. I also have it on DVD. Great premise and very funny.

http://en.wikipedia.org/w...ad_Like_Me

The movie they made after it was cancelled wasn't so good though.

[This message has been edited by Kelly (3/2/2010)]
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Posted by Christen LeBlanc Ramsey (+271) 11 years ago
kelly,
i know! i watched it recently (last 6mos or so) and was saddened by how crappy it was- at least the original cast was all in attendance.
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Posted by Christen LeBlanc Ramsey (+271) 11 years ago
in err i stated peep show was canceled- per wikipedia its still on the air. i'm just an infrequent tv-er and only watch bbc america on monday evenings- top gear!!
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Posted by Bruce Helland (+586) 11 years ago
The Tick also The Prisoner (original series)
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Posted by Crash (+122) 11 years ago
Police Squad

Moonlighting

ER

Seinfeld
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Posted by Jill Olson (+19) 11 years ago
Tru Calling was my favorite along with Freaks and Geeks.
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Posted by Jeremy Orthman (+434) 11 years ago
I don't know if it was actually cancelled or they just stopped the series. The Wire was one of the greatest shows on TV and really undeerrated.
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Posted by Jeff Denton (+763) 11 years ago
I agree with howdy. "Laugh In" was the greatest. When you look back at it through recordings of Nick at Night's reruns, you see that were uncannily predicting the future. In a hilarious way.
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Posted by Kender Beeler (+66) 11 years ago
John Doe
New Amsterdam
Dead Like Me
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Posted by mikeh (+302) 11 years ago
The Black Donnellys
China Beach
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Posted by mikeh (+302) 11 years ago
...oh, and Sports Night.
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