{TV} Ended too soon: TV series that should NOT have ended/been cancelled :-(

by SceneByScene | created - 30 Nov 2015 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

TV programmes that should NOT have ended/been cancelled . . .

Some of these TV series were perfect as they were, a few needed improvements/changes, but all were either a success already or were well on the road to being a hit . . .

Whether a series was ended by the producers' decision, or by the choice of the actor/s, or for some other reason, it was a sad loss. A case - for the viewers at least! - of the wrong judgement, or just a regrettable course of action.

The programmes were ended too soon, when they could easily have carried on to even greater things!

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1. A Gifted Man (2011–2012)

45 min | Drama, Fantasy

Centers on an ultra-competitive surgeon whose life is changed forever when his ex-wife dies and begins teaching him what life is all about from the here-after.

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Margo Martindale, Pablo Schreiber

Votes: 7,014

2. Hack (2002–2004)

60 min | Crime, Drama

When corruption charges strip him of his job, his family and his pride, former cop Mike Olshansky forges a new identity as a Philadelphia cab driver, patrolling the city as a roving vigilante who works with local police.

Stars: Andre Braugher, David Morse, Matthew Borish, George Dzundza

Votes: 801

3. FM (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

O'Dowd is Lindsay Carol, a DJ on a hip radio station Skin FM. Urbane and witty on air, off-air he's a shambles, as inept in love as he is trying to be cool. Along for the ride are his ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Kevin Bishop, Nina Sosanya, Ophelia Lovibond

Votes: 426

4. Melissa & Joey (2010–2015)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece and nephew, she hires a man named Joe to become the family's male nanny, or "manny".

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Joey Lawrence, Taylor Spreitler, Nick Robinson

Votes: 16,401

5. Monday Monday (2009– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A supermarket fallen on hard times moves its headquarters to Leeds.

Stars: Morven Christie, Holly Aird, Peter Wight, Fay Ripley

Votes: 273

6. Mr & Mrs Murder (2013)

44 min | Comedy, Mystery

The series follows the adventures of married couple Nicola and Charlie Buchanan, who run an industrial cleaning business while solving the most baffling murder mysteries.

Stars: Shaun Micallef, Kat Stewart, Jonny Pasvolsky, Lucy Honigman

Votes: 688

7. Silk (2011–2014)

60 min | Drama

A six-part series about life at the Bar, the dilemmas and problems that modern day barristers have to face, and what it means to become a silk.

Stars: Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke, Theo Barklem-Biggs

Votes: 3,689

8. The Closer (2005–2012)

TV-14 | 46 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson runs the Priority Homicide Division of the LAPD with an unorthodox style. Her innate ability to read people and obtain confessions helps her and her team solve the city's toughest, most sensitive cases.

Stars: Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett

Votes: 20,433

9. The Defenders (2010–2011)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Two flashy Las Vegas defense attorneys go to the mat for their clients.

Stars: Jim Belushi, Jerry O'Connell, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Tanya Fischer

Votes: 3,665

10. Touching Evil (1997–1999)

Not Rated | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Touching Evil is a crime drama following the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.

Stars: Robson Green, Nicola Walker, Shaun Dingwall, Michael Feast

Votes: 1,336

11. King (2011– )

Crime, Drama

Life of detective Jessica King does not run exactly smoothly. When she becomes the head of the Major Crime Task Force, she is eager to prove she is the best cop in town.

Stars: Amy Price-Francis, Alan Van Sprang, Gabriel Hogan, Tony Nardi

Votes: 1,144

12. Missing Persons (1993–1995)

120 min | Drama, Crime

Follows a special police department which deals with cases where people have disappeared.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Erik King, Juan Ramírez, Frederick Weller

Votes: 52

13. Boss (2011–2012)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama

Mayor Tom Kane, diagnosed with a dementia disorder, struggles to keep his grip on power in Chicago.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware, Jeff Hephner

Votes: 16,276

14. Back to You (2007–2008)

30 min | Comedy

A pair of star news anchors work together at a local TV station.

Stars: Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Josh Gad, Ty Burrell

Votes: 2,043

15. Samantha Who? (2007–2009)

22 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A woman suffers from amnesia and is forced to find out who she really is.

Stars: Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito, Kevin Dunn, Melissa McCarthy

Votes: 9,382

16. $#*! My Dad Says (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy

A middle aged son moves in with his old fashioned dad.

Stars: William Shatner, Jonathan Sadowski, Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso

Votes: 4,724

17. Never Mind the Buzzcocks (1996–2015)

30 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Music

Music-based comedy quiz show.

Stars: Phill Jupitus, Mark Lamarr, Bill Bailey, Sean Hughes

Votes: 4,741

18. They Think It's All Over (1995–2006)

Comedy, Game-Show, Sport

Comedy panel quiz show on the theme of sport.

Stars: Rory McGrath, Nick Hancock, Gary Lineker, David Gower

Votes: 877

19. Always and Everyone (1999–2002)

51 min | Drama

The hectic everyday lives of the doctors and nurses running the Accident and Emergency department of the large, busy city hospital, St. Victors.

Stars: Martin Shaw, Katie McEwen, Connor McIntyre, Niamh Cusack

Votes: 48

20. Better with You (2010–2011)

30 min | Comedy

Two sisters are at different stages in their respective relationships.

Stars: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Jennifer Finnigan, Josh Cooke, Jake Lacy

Votes: 3,097

21. Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

A free spirited yoga instructor finds true love in a conservative lawyer and they got married on the first date. Though they are polar opposites; her need of stability is fulfilled with him, his need of optimism is fulfilled with her.

Stars: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray, Mimi Kennedy

Votes: 25,954

22. Days Like These (1999– )

30 min | Comedy

British remake of the American series "That '70s Show."

Stars: Emma Pierson, Sara Stockbridge, Jamie Beck, Ann Bryson

Votes: 72

23. Me and Mrs Jones (2012– )

30 min | Comedy

Divorcee Gemma finds herself attracted to the roguish charm of Billy, a friend of her son. With her ex hanging around and showing off his new lady, can she resist?

Stars: Sarah Alexander, Neil Morrissey, Nathaniel Parker, Robert Sheehan

Votes: 792

24. Whites (2010– )

30 min | Comedy

The story of the executive chef at a country house hotel.

Stars: Alan Davies, Darren Boyd, Katherine Parkinson, Stephen Wight

Votes: 1,370

25. The Wright Way (I) (2013)

30 min | Comedy

Follows Council Officer Gerald Wright, a man dedicated to the minimization of risk, even where no actual risk exists. If only Gerald were able to control his own life with the same ... See full summary »

Stars: Mina Anwar, Beattie Edmondson, Luke Gell, David Haig

Votes: 282

26. Lead Balloon (2006–2011)

Comedy

Rick Spleen is a world-weary comedian who ends up doing far too many corporate jobs to pay the bills.

Stars: Jack Dee, Raquel Cassidy, Sean Power, Anna Crilly

Votes: 1,218

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: 37,437

28. Life of Riley (2009–2011)

30 min | Comedy

Sitcom about the dysfunctional lives of a newly married couple and the children each of them bring from a previous relationship.

Stars: Caroline Quentin, Neil Dudgeon, Lucinda Dryzek, Taylor Fawcett

Votes: 244

29. Sold (2007– )

Comedy, Drama

A comedy about the world of estate agents. Bryan Dick plays Danny, who goes out of his way to help buyers secure their dream homes. He has to work alongside money mad Matt, played by Kris ... See full summary »

Stars: Dan Johnston, Kris Marshall, Ella Smith, Bryan Dick

Votes: 109

30. Kingdom (2007–2009)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

Respected country solicitor Peter Kingdom, with the assistance of his apprentice Lyle and secretary Gloria, runs a small legal practice in Market Shipborough for the eccentric people of ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Fry, Karl Davies, Celia Imrie, Tony Slattery

Votes: 1,959

31. Crossing Jordan (2001–2007)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A "sexy, brilliant" Boston medical examiner. Despite a checkered career, Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh goes above and beyond to solve cases.

Stars: Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine

Votes: 9,065

32. In Plain Sight (2008–2012)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness protection program while also managing rather dysfunctional family and her own personal life.

Stars: Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor, Nichole Hiltz

Votes: 9,142

33. Chef! (1993–1996)

30 min | Comedy

Famous chef Gareth Blackstock struggles with dividing time between wife Janice and the restaurant. It's a good thing he can let off steam with his remarks.

Stars: Lenny Henry, Roger Griffiths, Caroline Lee-Johnson, Claire Skinner

Votes: 1,005

34. The District (2000–2004)

44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Despite having over 30 law enforcement agencies, Washington DC still has the highest crime rate in the US. With politics and indifference being a large factor in this, the city hires Newark... See full summary »

Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Roger Aaron Brown, Sean Patrick Thomas, Elizabeth Marvel

Votes: 1,208

35. Sensitive Skin (2005–2007)

29 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A 61-year-old woman copes with her life's unexpected problems.

Stars: Joanna Lumley, Nicholas Jones, Oliver Cotton, James Lance

Votes: 270

36. Absolute Power (2003– )

29 min | Comedy

The inner workings of a successful PR firm - lying for a living.

Stars: Stephen Fry, John Bird, James Lance, Zoe Telford

Votes: 840

37. Maisie Raine (1998–1999)

50 min | Crime, Drama

A female detective inspector with a big attitude winds up her troops and her superiors, but gets good results. In addition to her work, she also has to cope with her ne'er-do-well kid brother.

Stars: Pauline Quirke, Ian McElhinney, Steve John Shepherd, Rakie Ayola

Votes: 55

39. Missing (2009–2010)

45 min | Drama

Drama set in a busy Missing Persons Unit.

Stars: Pauline Quirke, Felix Scott, Pooja Shah, Mark Wingett

Votes: 75

40. My Family (2000–2011)

50 min | Comedy

Ben Harper, a misanthropic dentist, has little time for most people, including his wife Susan and their children Nick, Janey and Michael.

Stars: Robert Lindsay, Zoë Wanamaker, Gabriel Thomson, Daniela Denby-Ashe

Votes: 7,753

41. Chicago Hope (1994–2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The lives and trials of the staff of a major hospital in Chicago.

Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin, Hector Elizondo, Peter Berg

Votes: 3,216

42. Murphy's Law (2003–2007)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As a maverick cop with a dark past, DS Tommy Murphy fails a psychiatric assessment but is given one last chance by his boss and given a dangerous undercover assignment.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Del Synnott, Sarah Berger, Michael Feast

Votes: 897

43. Rev. (2010–2014)

30 min | Comedy

The misadventures of an Anglican vicar, his wife, and a small but odd group of parishioners in London.

Stars: Tom Hollander, Olivia Colman, Steve Evets, Miles Jupp

Votes: 1,732

44. PhoneShop (2009– )

30 min | Comedy

The antics of the dysfunctional staff of Sutton branch of a mobile phone retailer.

Stars: Emma Fryer, Tom Bennett, Andrew Brooke, Javone Prince

Votes: 1,919

45. Body of Proof (2011–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Medical examiner Megan Hunt's unique approach to solving crimes puts her at odds with her superiors.

Stars: Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Geoffrey Arend, Windell Middlebrooks

Votes: 13,428

46. Breathless (2013)

Drama

A TV series set in early 1960s England and centered around the doctors and nurses in a gynecology ward.

Stars: Catherine Steadman, Zoe Boyle, Shaun Dingwall, Jack Davenport

Votes: 1,212

47. The Hour (2011–2012)

60 min | Drama

A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.

Stars: Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw, Dominic West, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 8,725

48. Coupling (2000–2004)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Six best friends talk about all aspects of sex and relationships on their never-ending quest to find true love.

Stars: Jack Davenport, Gina Bellman, Sarah Alexander, Kate Isitt

Votes: 39,159

49. Chasing Shadows (I) (2014)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A missing persons unit investigate serial killers who target the impressionable and vulnerable.

Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston, Don Warrington, Noel Clarke

Votes: 1,743

50. Cracker (1993–1996)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery