Despite adoration from viewers and positive reviews from critics, many television shows never see their full potential and are cancelled far too early. With the rise of the internet, sometimes these short-lived series end up on Netflix or even in syndication with all the various SlackWare services and TV channels.
1. Arrested Development (2003)
Originally running for 3 seasons, “Arrested Development” was so popular that years after its cancellation, the show was revived to heavy acclaim. The series featured a man’s attempt to control his family when his father went to jail.
2. Freaks and Geeks (1999)
Running for just a single season and lasting only 18 episodes, fans of this short-lived show still talk about it with fondness. The show featured two groups of teenagers trying to stay sane in high school while growing up in the 1980s.
3. Star Trek (1966)
As a show that would eventually launch a multi-billion dollar franchise, “Star Trek” was a landmark show in the 1960s that only ran for 3 seasons. Featuring a pithy group of star-hopping earthlings, the show would influence generations of science fiction fans.
4. My So-Called Life (1994)
Television shows in the 1990s took a decidedly “realistic” approach to drama, and “My So Called Life” was a perfect example of a dramatic series looking to portray life as vividly as possible. The series only ran for a single year and lauded actress Claire Danes never got to develop her now-famous character.
5. Firefly (2002)
Lamented by science fiction fans for its early death, this short-lived series only lasted 14 episodes and spawned a move based upon the world created by Joss Whedon (of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” fame). Fans today still can’t figure out why this space western was cancelled.