Wonderful TV Shows that were canceled too soon

by MalibuMidnight | created - 22 Apr 2011 | updated - 22 Apr 2011 | Public

Basically, the title says it all. I've been watching tons of movies and television shows lately, and the ones I've liked the most (TV Shows) end way too quickly. Sit back and think of YOUR favorite show. How long did it last? Did the finale please you? These shows were brilliant, but unfortunately didn't have enough viewers to remain alive. Sad, but true. They are in no particular order, for the record.

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1. Ugly Betty (2006–2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A young, smart and wise woman named Betty Suarez goes on a journey to find her inner beauty. The only problem is that it's hard for a slightly less attractive woman to find her beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz

Votes: 36,496

4 seasons and the finale left you wanting more. Do Betty and Daniel end up together, after he suggests dinner in London? I know that love can move mountains and honestly--To travel across the world, just to be with your assistant? Is it love? Is it that bond of friendship they had? Could it be both? We'll never know. But from what I've read from other Betty lovers, you don't just quit your job, the company you own, to move across the country and hang out with your co-worker. You let me know what you think. I also know that most of us Betty fans, are hoping and praying for a movie. There is no talk yet, but the actors on the show said they'd be in, if it were created.

2. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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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.

Stars: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale

Votes: 49,289

Yet another one that was gone too soon. Only 2 seasons, by the same creator of another show I shall list after this one-Dead like Me. It seemed that after the network found out the show was going to be canceled, they wrapped it up so quickly, our heads spun. Personally, the narrator spoke so swiftly on how everything ended, he sounded like an auctioneer. It all came clear to us how the series ended, within a minute. I loved this show. I watched every episode, as I do with all of the shows I'm listing. Was it too weird? Quirky? Dark? Everyone on this show, pulled their own weight. Some went on to play small roles in movies, others just disappeared, like the show did. Why have all of these Court Dramas, Cop Shows, and Medical shows? There are far too many. Some of them are amazing, I've watched them. But leave some room for weird. Everyone has a little bit of "odd", in themselves.

3. Dead Like Me (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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After being hit on the head by a toilet seat, a young temp clerk becomes a grim reaper in death.

Stars: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy, Mandy Patinkin

Votes: 36,584

Number 3 on my list of shows that ended way too soon. Why? I know that the real reason, is that the ratings went down. This show had some serious potential. They even made a movie, after the show was over. It never hit the theaters, but it also didn't have the original cast. Rube was replaced, which disturbed me, and guess what? I haven't even watched it, yet. Research however, told me what it was about. (Not to mention, Mandy was not even credited) What is so wrong with the darker shows? We have True Blood on right now. It's all about Vampires, and no, I have not watched it yet. Am I interested? Sure. Let's see how long that one lasts, since it's not about Cops, Lawyers or Doctors. Too sad for my taste. I guess I'm the odd one out. This one was left in the gutter. Another with only 2 seasons AND, a movie. I've seen the reviews on the movie and they weren't great. But I will sit and watch it, one of these days. I'm sure it won't lead up to the hype the show had, but something needs to be done to seal my closure of losing yet, another great show that ended too soon.

4. Scrubs (2001–2010)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, Drama

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In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship, and life.

Stars: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley

Votes: 212,914

Here's my trickster. 9 seasons. They even attempted to make a web show, about the interns. It didn't fly. 9 seasons is quite long, for a 20 minute television episode. I'm going to compare this to the show, Friends, simply because they lasted 10 seasons. Why couldn't Scrubs? Oh wait, I remember. It was canceled! Again, I have no idea why. Ratings? What's wrong with you people? Honestly? The show was so funny, I laughed during every episode. Even at the same jokes that came flying at you, over and over again. Dr. Cox calling J.D. girlie names. Not showing him the respect. Ignoring just about everyone around him. Whatever happened to Jordan? She's not in season 9, nor does he even mention her. Elliott marries J.D. It's quite clear in the first episode of the final season. She appears in a few episodes and then poof. She's gone too. Carla? She's not in any, at all, yet Turk still talks about her. They showed Turk and Carla's wedding. Why not J.D. and Elliott's? They were really the show. They were the Ross and Rachel of Scrubs. It was mentioned numerous times in the show, itself. Then you hit season 9, hoping to get a glimpse of some of the originals. Yeah, sure. You see a few here and there. Even some of the interns who went on to become residents. But it's mainly about them now, as the ones who we loved through 8 seasons, went on to become doctors. I didn't even come close to liking any of the new characters. The acting was good, but the show was extremely missing it's spunk. It may not have ended too soon, for most, since it did last a while. But for me, it left my soul dry. After I was finished with Scrubs, I went onto Ugly Betty with very low expectations. I was so terribly wrong, that I got hooked. I couldn't go a night without watching a few episodes. Then, I realized that show, as I stated in #1, ended way too soon. Scrubs, I adored you! Betty, only 4 seasons? Really? I know, I use a lot of question marks. I'm kind of hoping I'm raising some eyebrows as to why shows that are so wonderful, just diminish. If anyone else is with me, please feel free to share your thoughts. You can call me odd, weird, quirky, but you don't know the real me. What I can tell you, is that these shows, made my night. I looked forward to watching them. I cried when they ended. Then, I move onto something new, like right now. I'm watching Ally McBeal. That will be listed at a later date, since I'm only in season 2, at the moment. I'm not pleased with what's going to happen on it, but I will follow through with watching the entire series. Then, I shall add it to the list, since it only had 5 seasons. I know a lot of you out there are going to disagree with me about how the jokes stopped being funny. To me, they never did. I couldn't stop laughing sometimes, I'd have to pause it, just to compose myself. I didn't want to miss a second of what might be said, next. The characters were loveable. Zach Braff went on to make a lot of movies. He's very talented. Think about this though. Have you watched Scrubs and then a Zach movie, without imagining him as J.D.?

5. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 139,992

Another one of our 2 season shows, that was canceled way too early. I know they had two movies before the show actually came out, but one, in my opinion, was way too raunchy. The other, was just how it all began. A lot of the actors from this show, went on to do more shows, movies, etc. I thought it was fantastic. Very original storyline, with oddball characters and David Lynch has a great sense of direction. He just fell short, here. I've watched this show, quite a few times from beginning, to end. My mother, adores it and heard rumors about it returning. I'm hoping that's true, but you know how those rumors start. They recently did a tribute to Twin Peaks, on the show, Psych. It was incredible to see the cast together again, minus a few leading actors. The cast themselves, said it was a wonderful, little reunion and they were all very happy to be working together again, even for one episode of a new, hip show. I love Psych. I also love Twin Peaks. I've seen a lot of Lynch's films and they don't even compare to this television series. The ending, kind of left you wanting more, as usual. I know there are a TON of TP fans out there. Where are you? Voice your opinions. Bring this wonderful show back, even though everyone is older. I'm sure Lynch can come up with something. After all, he did play Gordon and no one even realized it until the end. Which reminds me. The man who played Laura Palmer's father, in Twin Peaks, went on to do another new, unique show called Reaper. Slightly similar to Dead like Me, with a comedy twist. That too, only received 2 seasons and then was canceled. So, Laura Palmer's father, who was really possessed in Twin Peaks, played the Devil, in Reaper. Was it that far fetched? He's a great actor, give him a little more credit, and cut him a bit more slack. I'm still in the process of watching Reaper with my husband. We've made it through 3 episodes, since they're 40 minutes long. We enjoy it though, because everyone knows why. It's unique. Instead, people tune into NCIS or CSI or Royal Pains (Which I do like). I'm not even going to get into Boston Legal, which had potential, but was unfortunately by the same creator, David E. Kelly, of Ally McBeal. I can only imagine if I started turning my short stories, into possible television shows. Would they make it? Probably not. Simply because they're just too_weird. The minds of the special ones. The ones who will actually make you think about what's happening, hoping that more comes. You can't stop watching. That doesn't happen with any of the shows I'm listing. If that were the case, they would have never been canceled. Cooper, smashing his head into a mirror, after being possessed by Bob. That's how they end Twin Peaks? Come on, Mr. Lynch. Another quick wrap-up? More than likely, when he found out his show was canceled. Too far fetched, not much reality. Which is another issue with the shows of today. Reality Television. I'm throwing that in with all of the Cop, Lawyer and Medical shows. Bah.

6. Dark Shadows (1991)

45 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

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Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.

Stars: Ben Cross, Barbara Blackburn, Jim Fyfe, Joanna Going

Votes: 1,495

2 seasons, and not as great as the original. But, I thought it was great. I believe when this show first came out, I was only 11. My mother used to sit and watch it, every week, since she loved the original series and the new one was well....Unique. The cast, well supported. Ben Cross as Barnabus Collins was great. You wanted him to be cured. You were rooting for the "bad guy". Now, Tim Burton is making his own adaptation of the show, with Johnny Depp as the lead, and Helene as the Doctor. Sounds like it could go somewhere, but everyone else they've casted so far, aren't as complete as this series was. Sure, it only had 12 episodes and then it was gone. We own it now, we watch it whenever we can, even from the beginning. No one really gave it a shot. I thought it was more intense than the original, personally. Burton, don't let us down.