best shows ever canceled

by jacob-barde | created - 13 Apr 2011 | updated - 11 Oct 2014 | Public

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.

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1. Farscape (1999–2003)

TV-14 | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu

Votes: 29,317

I really hated the Sci-Fi Channel for this. Almost didn't watch the new BSG.

2. Profit (1996– )

90 min | Drama

Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead, and that includes bribery, blackmail, intimidation, extortion, and even murder. Now ... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Lisa Darr, Lisa Blount, Jack Gwaltney

Votes: 1,752

3. The Flash (1990–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".

Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Vito D'Ambrosio

Votes: 5,303

4. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 134,512

Face it, Sci-Fi Channel forced them to end the series early.

5. Journeyman (2007– )

45 min | Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man travels back in time to help people in trouble.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond

Votes: 8,545

6. Life (I) (2007–2009)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A former police officer returns to the force after having been wrongly imprisoned for years.

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sarah Shahi, Adam Arkin, Brent Sexton

Votes: 30,851

7. V (2009–2011)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An extraterrestrial race arrives on Earth with seemingly good intentions, only to slowly reveal their true machinations the more ingrained into society they become.

Stars: Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch, Logan Huffman

Votes: 49,386

8. Strange Luck (1995–1996)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A photographer suffers from "strange luck," and is the victim of both good and bad coincidences that involve him in the problems of others.

Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Pamela Gidley, Cynthia Martells, Frances Fisher

Votes: 420

9. John Doe (2002–2003)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man who seems to know everything but his own name helps police solve crimes as he searches for his identity.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Jayne Brook, John Marshall Jones, William Forsythe

Votes: 7,115

10. Harsh Realm (1999–2000)

45 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Lt. Hobbes is sent into a VR wargame simulation where he is to terminate a renegade General who has taken control of the program.

Stars: Scott Bairstow, D.B. Sweeney, Terry O'Quinn, Rachel Hayward

Votes: 890

11. Dollhouse (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A futuristic laboratory has erased the identities of lost young people, and now imprints them with the temporary identities they need to fulfill assignments for clients.

Stars: Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz, Tahmoh Penikett

Votes: 42,741

12. Witchblade (2001–2002)

60 min | Fantasy, Action

Based on the comic with the same title, this series follows the adventures of police detective Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the Witchblade. The Witchblade is a powerful gauntlet-like weapon ... See full summary »

Stars: Yancy Butler, David Chokachi, Anthony Cistaro, Will Yun Lee

Votes: 1,908

13. Airwolf (1984–1986)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Alex Cord, Ernest Borgnine, Jean Bruce Scott

Votes: 7,767

14. The Lone Gunmen (2001– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

The X-Files' Lone Gunmen, their action-loving man-childish sidekick and patron, Jimmy Bond, and their sexy master thief frienemy, Yves, investigate crimes and conspiracies, often in a silly, comedic and over the top fashion.

Stars: Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Zuleikha Robinson

Votes: 4,371

15. The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993–1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Western

A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson, Comet

Votes: 6,859

16. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 213,269

17. War of the Worlds (1988–1990)

45 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s.

Stars: Jared Martin, Lynda Mason Green, Philip Akin, Richard Chaves

Votes: 943

18. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 132,186

19. Dead Like Me (2003–2004)

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

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: 36,710

20. The Job (2001–2002)

30 min | Comedy, Crime

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.

Stars: Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Diane Farr, Bill Nunn

Votes: 1,656

21. Day Break (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Taye Diggs, Moon Bloodgood, Victoria Pratt, Meta Golding

Votes: 7,276

22. Action (1999–2000)

Not Rated | 30 min | Comedy, Drama

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?

Stars: Jay Mohr, Illeana Douglas, Jarrad Paul, Jack Plotnick

Votes: 1,271

23. The Unit (2006–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators.

Stars: Dennis Haysbert, Regina Taylor, Audrey Marie Anderson, Robert Patrick

Votes: 18,035

24. Terra Nova (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller

Votes: 74,741

25. Alien Nation (1989–1990)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland

Votes: 4,203

26. Star Trek (1966–1969)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.

Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Votes: 61,687

how the hell did I forget about this one.

27. Star Trek: Enterprise (2001–2005)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Stars: Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock, Dominic Keating

Votes: 36,251

Canceled, just when it found it's stride and was getting real good.

28. Almost Human (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook

Votes: 44,160

Yeah, I definitely do not like Fox Broadcast Network... they cancel too many Sci-Fi shows.