Everybody has a favorite show that went the way of the dinosaurs, but we think these 12 shows never should have been canceled when they received the axe.
We're talking about shows featuring a teenaged private eye, a group of ah-mah-zing friends and one critically-acclaimed show featuring an angsty teen whose chin-acting is unparallelled.
Without further ado ...
"Veronica Mars" Canceled After Three Seasons In 2007
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: The adventures of "Veronica Mars" were just beginning! Sure, she solved her best friend's murder, but imagine what the show could have been like had: 1. The CW let it go more noir and/or 2. It had jumped into the future with VM as an FBI agent. Gone too soon, VMars. But hey, now we have the movie ... [GIF via]
"Happy Endings" Canceled After Three Seasons In 2013
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: We were just getting to know these six ah-mah-zing friends, with their cayute abbrevs. Now we'll never see Penny fall in love, or Alex finally get enough to eat.
"The Comeback" Canceled After One Season In 2005
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: The world was not ready for a spoof on all the many (still) reality shows following famous has-beens trying to make a comeback and, sadly, HBO viewers said "I don't want to see that!" -- and not in the hilarious way Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish meant it. [GIF via]
"Party Down" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2010
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: Are we having fun yet? Following the best-worst catering company in the business, "Party Down" featured some of comedy's funniest names, but had trouble finding a solid audience on then-fledgling network Starz. Maybe it was just ahead of its time ...
"Pushing Daisies" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2009
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: The delightfully heartwarming, quirky, tongue-twisting, alliteration-loving adventures of Ned, Chuck, Olive and Emerson were a rare bright spot on TV -- the show sounded and looked like nothing else out there, probably to its detriment. [GIF via]
"Freaks And Geeks" Canceled After One Season In 2000
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Busy Philipps all in one place!? Imagine if we got more of that action. Long live Lindsay Weir!
"Carnivale" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2005
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: It's never a good idea to halt the apocalyptic battle between good and evil before a victor has been declared, especially when the deliciously terrifying Clancy Brown was bringing the darkness. [GIF via]
“My So-Called Life” Canceled After One Season In 1995
Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled: Think about how many more hours we could have spent watching Claire Danes cry. Ugh, the drama was so real and so good. [GIF via]
"Huff" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2006
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: "Huff" was a short-lived Showtime series about a psychotherapist having a midlife crisis while dealing with his schizophrenic brother and family. It had an all-star TV cast: Hank Azaria led the way as "Huff," Paget Brewster played his wife and Anton Yelchin was his son. Oliver Platt and Blythe Danner rounded out the cast as the wacky best friend and wacky grandma, respectively (yes, they hooked up once). It had heart and plenty of laughs.
"Friday Night Lights” Canceled After Five Seasons In 2011
Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled: Because every single TV family now pales in comparison to the Taylors.
"Firefly" Canceled After One Season In 2002
Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled: Because no matter how many good shows the cast stars in after, none are half as shiny as this. We'll always wonder what might have been on the small screen, despite the solid movie and ongoing comic books.[GIF via]
"Go On" Canceled After One Season In 2013