best shows ever canceled

a list of favorite shows of mine that got canned (or rush-ended) by the suits who do nothing but cower to the lowest common denominator for TV shows (*reality* TV). These shows are scripted, someone somewhere put some thought into it, bringing imagination to life... art. Dark, futuristic, edgy, unabashed, fantasy, skewed, introspective, warped, hilarious, provocative and kick you in the nuts.

In no particular order... and yes, a lot of sci-fi.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Farscape (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew. (50 mins.)
“ I really hated the Sci-Fi Channel for this. Almost didn't watch the new BSG. ” - jacob-barde
 
2.
Profit (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead... (90 mins.)
 
3.
The Flash (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash". (48 mins.)
 
4.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. (44 mins.)
“ Face it, Sci-Fi Channel forced them to end the series early. ” - jacob-barde
 
5.
Journeyman (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A man travels back in time to help people in trouble. (45 mins.)
 
6.
Life (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years. (45 mins.)
 
7.
V (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, only to slowly reveal their true machinations the more ingrained into society they become. (42 mins.)
 
8.
Strange Luck (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A photographer suffers from "strange luck," and is the victim of both good and bad coincidences that involve him in the problems of others. (60 mins.)
 
9.
John Doe (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A man who seems to know everything but his own name helps police solve crimes as he searches for his identity. (60 mins.)
 
10.
Harsh Realm (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Lt. Hobbes is sent into a VR wargame simulation where he is to terminate a renegade General who has taken control of the program. (45 mins.)
 
11.
Dollhouse (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A futuristic laboratory assigns different tasks to its various residents, who then have their memories erased upon the completion of their assignments. (44 mins.)
 
12.
Witchblade (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Based on the comic with the same title, this series follows the adventures of police detective Sara Pezzini... (60 mins.)
 
13.
Airwolf (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter. (60 mins.)
 
14.
The Lone Gunmen (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Spin-off of The X-Files featuring the trio of computer-hacking conspiracy geeks popularly known as The Lone Gunmen... (45 mins.)
 
15.
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets. (45 mins.)
 
16.
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. (44 mins.)
 
17.
War of the Worlds (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s. (45 mins.)
 
18.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
 
19.
Dead Like Me (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Meet Georgia Lass (who prefers to be called George). She is a young Seattle college dropout who is unhappy with life... (60 mins.)
 
20.
The Job (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
New York detective Mike McNeil is well-known for his unconventional approach of fighting crime. But it also takes a toll in his personal life complicated by his wife and girlfriend on the side. (30 mins.)
Director: Tucker Gates
 
21.
Day Break (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Today Detective Brett Hopper will be accused of shooting state attorney Alberto Garza. He will offer his rock solid alibi. He will realize he's been framed. And he will run. Then he will wake up and start the day over again. (60 mins.)
 
22.
Action (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A series that centers on Peter Dragon (played by Jay Mohr), a Hollywood executive. His last, massively expensive, movie bombed and he needs a hit. Will "Beverley Hills Gun Club" be it? (30 mins.)
 
23.
The Unit (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators. (60 mins.)
 
24.
Terra Nova (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization. (46 mins.)
 
25.
Alien Nation (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong... (60 mins.)
 
26.
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
“ how the hell did I forget about this one. ” - jacob-barde
 
27.
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation. (60 mins.)
“ Canceled, just when it found it's stride and was getting real good. ” - jacob-barde
 
28.
Almost Human (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. (60 mins.)
“ Yeah, I definitely do not like Fox Broadcast Network... they cancel too many Sci-Fi shows. ” - jacob-barde