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The following list looks at some interesting shows that unfortunately were canceled before their time, and not brought back. Unfortunately, some of the most beloved TV shows are not really known about until after their cancellation. This list focuses on 10 of the greatest canceled shows of the last 12 years.
10. Wonderfalls (2004)
Wonderfalls is a 14-episode quirky comedy/drama mixture about Jaye Tyler (played by Caroline Dhavernas), a college graduate who works at a souvenir shop in Niagara Falls. Everything is fine until some of the souvenirs begin talking to Jaye. Though the idea may seem odd, the writing, acting, and uniqueness of the show make it a hidden gem that Fox just didn’t understand.
9. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008-2009)
The show is set after the events of the Terminator 2 film and centers on Sarah and John Connor, and Cameron, a new Terminator that protects John. The show ran for two seasons on Fox.
8. Deadwood (2004-2006)
A Western set in the late 1800s, the show focuses on the various residents in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota. The HBO crime drama ran for three seasons.
7. Dead Like Me (2003-2004)
The show is about a young woman, Georgia "George" Lass, who dies and becomes a grim reaper. The Bryan Fuller show aired on Showtime for two seasons. The show also spawned a movie, Dead Like Me: Life After Death which came out in 2009.
6. Carnivàle (2003-2005)
The HBO show is set during the 1930s Dust Bowl and Great Depression and focuses on a traveling carnival. The show has a very eerily quality and focuses on the battle between good and evil. It lasted for two seasons on HBO.
5. Veronica Mars (2004-2007)
The teen show focuses on teen detective Veronica Mars (played by Kristen Bell) and wasn’t afraid to deal with some fairly disturbing material. The show lasted for three seasons on the CW.
4. Dollhouse (2009-2010)
The show focuses on a group of people, “Dolls” who are basically blank slates because their memories have been erased and saved. They are given new memories to become someone else for an assignment, when it’s finished the memories are erased. The Joss Whedon show only lasted for two seasons on Fox.
3. Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
The show looks at two groups of teens in high school during the 1980s, the freaks, and the geeks. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Linda Cardellini, went on to have great success after the show was canceled. The show aired on NBC and had a mere 18 episodes.
2. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)
The whimsical comedy focuses on Lee Pace's Ned, a pie-maker who can also bring the dead back to life. He uses his gift to help solve crimes, but his life becomes more complicated after his childhood sweetheart dies. The show aired for two seasons on ABC.
1. Firefly (2002 - 2003)
Joss Whedon’s Firefly is a space Western that focuses on a diverse crew of outlaws. The show ran on Fox, which was probably not the best idea. Fox aired the episodes in the wrong order and failed to promote the show correctly. Despite its short 14-episode run, the show is loved by many fans, who call themselves “Browncoats.” Whedon created a movie with the original cast in 2005 called Serenity and the Science Channel aired a special, “Firefly 10th Anniversary: Browncoats Unite” on November 11, 2012.