TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time


When you look back at the different television shows that shaped your childhood or even adult life, do you fill with sadness over the fact that most were canceled before they should have been? This is a universally shared feeling, as millions of people have been disappointed by their favorite shows being taken off of air too early or during their prime. The lingering questions, the plot holes that weren’t filled in and the constant wonder of “what could have happened” is enough to drive anyone mad. However, if you’re in the mood to reminisce, then look to the list below to re-visit the top shows that were zapped from television screens earlier than they should have been.

This list will remind you of shows you might want to watch again just to re-live their special moments and unique plot lines. You may even catch new things in episodes that you previously missed, and find something new to talk about with fellow fans! What’s even better is that you might find new shows you’re interested in watching, even though there’s no promise that they’ll come back again in the future (despite the demand by most fans).

We start our list with a show that had so much potential and left it’s fans begging fore more…

Firefly – 2002 – 2003 – 1 Season / 14 Episodes – Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin.

This science fiction television show, which was created by Joss Whedon (who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer), is still beloved by fans today. It’s set in the year 2517 with nine main cast members who live within a new solar system on a spaceship called Serenity. This group in particular fought in the civil war against planets called the Alliance, who wanted to reign over the entire solar system. The main members of the group include: Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds (played by Nathan Fillion), Hoban “Wash” Washburne (played by Alan Tudyk), Zoe Alleyne Washburne (played by Gina Torres), Jayne Cobb (played by Adam Baldwin), Inara Serra (played by Morena Baccarin), and Kaywinnet Lee “Kaylee” Frye (played by Jewel Staite). Unfortunately they were on the losing side of this war, and struggle to survive outside of Alliance’s control by working together and learning how to adapt to their surroundings.

Firefly was canceled in 2002 due to low ratings despite it having a loyal fanbase. Those adoring fans did push for another network to pick up the show by forming the ‘Firefly Immediate Assistance’ campaign, but ultimately failed as the show was looked over by all networks. However, Whedon did turn the unfilmed second season of Firefly into the film “Serenity”, which was released in 2005. The film won many awards, including the Nebula Award for Best Script and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. It can still be rented today by anyone interested in watching a twist on the original series.

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  1. Ed Murray

    December 7, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Proof read the Carnivale page. It reads it went off air after two episodes.

  2. Cathal

    January 29, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Battlestar Galactica lasted 4 seasons, not 1

    • Mitsi

      February 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      The article is talking about the original series not the re-imagined 2004 series…BSG was a one season show back in the 70’s

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