9 TV Shows Canceled Too Soon

Network executives are the worst. Terrible shows seem to go on forever while truly innovative art is axed after three episodes. Thanks to streaming services, prematurely departed shows are finding life after death, but that doesn't make the cancellations any less frustrating. Here are SideReel's picks for the TV shows that were canceled way too soon.

9 TV Shows Canceled Too Soon

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Jul 20, 2016 6:46PM EDT

Limitless!

*sobs uncontrollably*

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UnknownfearContributor
Jul 20, 2016 6:55PM EDT

Every single Sidereel user would make a different list of shows they felt were canceled to soon.
I bet my Dad and I would have some of the same shows on our list, but for the most part, I'm pretty confident every single list would be different.

Off the top of my head, I'd say
Terra Nova
The Player
Flashforward
The Event
Human Target
Crisis
Believe
Moonlight
and
LIMITLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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Jul 20, 2016 9:03PM EDT

Firefly :( :( :(

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Jul 20, 2016 9:07PM EDT

And yet garbage like that 'new' cop show that jlo is in got renewed?! Blows my mind ...

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Jul 21, 2016 1:48AM EDT

Hindsight

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Jul 21, 2016 1:49AM EDT

and Pushing Daisies

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
Jul 21, 2016 3:23AM EDT

Happy Endings is group comedy perfection, cannot believe that it hasn't been resurrected by now. Also, LIMITLESS!

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Jul 21, 2016 4:48AM EDT

Can't get past the first two slides again so don't know what's on the whole list (have reported problem), but The Pretender should be there.

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jazeronContributor
Jul 21, 2016 4:53AM EDT

On point!! My heart melts for Samantha Who. Happy Endings will never be forgotten, though Perfect Couples is my second favorite group comedy cut far too soon.

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Jul 21, 2016 6:14AM EDT

Agent Carter

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Jul 21, 2016 7:25AM EDT

We loved The Pretender and Castle. And Melissa and Joey. They always cancel good clean and funny shows but keep crap like survivor and that stupid show big brother.

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Jul 21, 2016 8:36AM EDT

wonderfalls

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Jul 21, 2016 4:53PM EDT

Cracked and Forever should also be on this list :(

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Jul 22, 2016 1:52AM EDT

Limitless

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Jul 22, 2016 1:12PM EDT

I totally agree with Firefly and Samantha Who but will add as no one Limitless, also they should have given more time to Terra Nova, The Event, Manhattan, CSI Cyber, Forever, The Millers and Believe. These had a good run but would had watched more Castle, White Collar, Royal Pains, Hell on Wheels, The Mentalist, Da Vinci's Demos, The Borgias, Psych, Burn Notice and my good old friend Monk.

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Jul 22, 2016 3:55PM EDT

Agent Carter
Limitless
Forever

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UnknownfearContributor
Jul 23, 2016 1:55AM EDT

@Haldrey Wow. You watch even more TV than me. Considerably more, it would appear. I'll be honest. I did not think that was even remotely possible. You should consider applying to be a Sidereel Contributor.

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Jul 23, 2016 10:25AM EDT

It's funny that they have 'my so called life' on the slideshow yet you are unable to track it on Sidereel!

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Jul 23, 2016 9:51PM EDT

You forgot to add "Forever" to the list

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Jul 24, 2016 7:35AM EDT

About A Boy
The Carrie Diaries
Chasing Life
Don't Trust The B--- In Apartment 23 (!!!!!!)
Happy Endings
Hindsight
Marry Me
Mixology
Togetherness
Trophy Wife

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Jul 24, 2016 2:52PM EDT

@Unknownfear I do watch a lot, currently I am following some 130 active shows but as to becoming a contributor not yet. I am just starting to be more active in Sidereel and I am just getting to familiarize with it. I used to be very active in TV.Com but that site is going down the drain.

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Jul 24, 2016 2:20PM EDT

I second pushing daisies!

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Jul 24, 2016 5:32PM EDT

@Shivoncarla track away! http://www.sidereel.com/tv-shows/my-so-called-life

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Jul 25, 2016 12:16PM EDT

There are a whole bunch of shows that got canned too early ( at least when it comes to shows I like *sob*). There was a time when I started to get paranoid and almost believed the TV Companies wanted to see if they could drive a viewer (me) crazy. Just about every show that I watched got canned, or, concluded after 2 or 3 seasons ( which, you know, feels like it got canceled). Concluded just sounds like "Hey, man. Let's cancel this shit. Our writers are running out of imagination!" or "This show aint getting me closer to my new Villa fast enough! My wife is nagging my ears off!" Since I banned everything from my tracker that was canceled and reminded me of the shows I liked, I can only name a few that pop into my Head. So here goes:

Limitless!!! ( Why man?WHY???)
Firefly (carzy good and a very enjoyable show)
Terra Nova (it was just starting to get interesting)
Penny Dreadful ( I still believe they didnt have enough courage to keep up the good characters and their stories)
Agent Carter (I like the characters)
Wayward Pines ( They should have gotten some writers with less confusing storytelling. I still liked the show.)

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JilmaR
Jul 26, 2016 4:06AM EDT

Forever and Pushing Daisies!! I still don't understand why.

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Jul 26, 2016 8:33AM EDT

Jane By Design. I have signed many petitions *sob*
Limitless!!!

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Jul 27, 2016 11:22PM EDT

Firefly and The Black Donnellys http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805661/?ref_=nv_sr_1

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Jul 28, 2016 12:02PM EDT

This list is completely ridiculous!... I'll give them Firefly, but the rest of those shouldn't have been created in the first place & couldn't get cancelled soon enough!... A real list would include Angel, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Castle, Eastwick, Enterprise, Limitless, Minority Report, Person of Interest, & Witches of East End!

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Jul 29, 2016 8:02AM EDT

Definitely missing Surviving Jack in this list.

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UnknownfearContributor
Jul 29, 2016 11:52AM EDT

@13thGhost somebody likes those Charmed-esque witchy dramas. Didn't think anyone other than me has even heard of Eastwick. Surprised The Secret Circle isn't on your list. Agree about Minority report.

You do know Castle got like 9 seasons right? How is that being canceled too soon? :\

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Audrey BenedettoContributor
Jul 30, 2016 10:25AM EDT

Happy Endings was the best! Chemistry like that is so rare in ensemble comedies. I was also disappointed by Limitless and Faking It recently being canceled.

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Jul 30, 2016 10:26AM EDT

@13thGhost nobody's list is ridiculous, they are the personal choice of each one but as @Unknownfear I do agree with you about Minority Report and yes I have also watched Eastwick, it was fun but just for a short time.

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Jul 31, 2016 9:56PM EDT

Emily Owens, MD
Revolution
Body of Proof
Bunheads
Galavant
The Mysteries of Laura
Reckless
Sinbad (2013) WHY??!
Smash
Victorious (Never made sense to cancel it...to me)(Or any of the others on this list)(obviously)

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UnknownfearContributor
Aug 1, 2016 11:46AM EDT

@KrystalKennedy WTF Sinbad?!!!!!!! SINBAD?!!!! WHAT?! That show had a budget of like $10 and the acting skill of a troupe of high-schoolers. You're actually serious? o.o. Well, at least you didn't say Olympus.
I agree with out about Revolution, at least.

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Aug 1, 2016 1:57PM EDT

You didn't like Sinbad? Seriously? Great story-line that could've gone much further, I liked the cast's dynamics, and $10? It wasn't cheap looking. Olympus, ha! Revolution was pretty abruptly ended. They could've attempted to close it off. Somehow.

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Audrey BenedettoContributor
Aug 1, 2016 6:02PM EDT

@KrystalKennedy yes to Smash! Loved that show!!! (Be sure to check out Megan Hilty on BrainDead now!)

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zazerhContributor
Aug 1, 2016 6:52PM EDT

Ooooooh, Witches of East End, that broke my heart: http://www.sidereel.com/posts/329552-news-ill-miss-my-bitches-of-east-end

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Aug 1, 2016 8:27PM EDT

@AudreyBenedetto thanks! I will. I hope she sings in it.

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Aug 2, 2016 10:17AM EDT

@Krystal Kennedy I agree with you, I kind of liked Sinbad and it was cut short and as to Revolution although it had a good running with 47 episodes it needed at least three more to give it a proper ending.

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Aug 2, 2016 10:19AM EDT

Noto the editors: Sidereel should incorporate a 'like' and a 'replay to comments to make it a bit easier to establish conversations.

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zazerhContributor
Aug 2, 2016 12:19PM EDT

Hi Haldrey! We have a like already, it's the thumbs up! We can look into comment threading for the future.

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Aug 3, 2016 2:40PM EDT

@zazerh thanks.

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