TV Gone Too Soon

by Melleny T.

Cancelled TV image

Since going cable-TV-free many years ago, I have saved a lot of money and avoided the zombie-like evenings of flipping through channels just to see what’s on. Of course, now with Netflix and Hulu and a bajillion other streaming subscription services, living without cable is much easier.

I know I can never go back because I have lost my patience with commercials, I resent having to wait a week between episodes, and I don’t like the network telling me when I get to watch something.

Recently, I’ve gotten into the habit of almost exclusively watching TV shows after the entire series has ended, for a few reasons. I know exactly how much commitment I’m dealing with, I don’t have my heart broken (too much) by the surprise of having a show I like cancelled, and the length of time I have to wait between episodes is limited only by my desire to have a life away from my television. It’s kind of like reading a book. I can read it one chapter at a time, or I can stay up all night and finish the whole thing.

While I very much enjoy both movies and television shows, the appeal of TV for me is the opportunity to really get to know the characters deeply and watch them develop. Great shows let me become a part of their world, laughing at inside jokes with the rest of them. Of course, show conclusions aren’t always satisfying, especially when a show is ended before its writers had planned, but it’s a risk I am usually willing to take.

Speaking of shows cancelled too soon, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite television series that only lasted one or two seasons. Sometimes this is long enough to tell a satisfyingly complete story, and sometimes the cancellation is a unsatisfying shock. Either way, I have already fallen in love with the characters and am sad to let them go.

I know there are countless shows that could be added to a list like this, but I am limiting myself to personal favorites, and to those that I found to be fun, quirky, and clever, with an eclectic and unforgettable cast of characters.


3 responses to “TV Gone Too Soon”

  1. Erin L. says:

    Firefly was the one that got me the most on your list. But at least I caught it after it ended and was prepared that it would only last a little while. Still didn’t help because I wanted so much more! Did you watch Castle with Nathan Fillion? There were some Firefly guests and in jokes! Shiny!

  2. Ginny says:

    I’d include here, Pitch and Bloodlines

  3. Kate says:

    Yes!! I was disappointed when Pan Am and Firefly ended abruptly. I would have loved to see more seasons from them.

    Some additional shows:

    “Spinning Out”

    “The OA”

    “American Vandal”

    “Anne with an E”

    “Freaks and Geeks”



    and a few more!

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