Best TV Shows That Were Canceled After One Season

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5. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
> IMDb rating: 8.3 (24,175 votes)
> Series ended: 2007
> Cast: Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber

Hollywood veteran Aaron Sorkin takes viewers behind the scenes at a sketch-comedy show (à  la “Saturday Night Live”) in this NBC dramedy. It debuted the same year as network peer “30 Rock,” which took a far more comedic approach to a similar premise and lasted much longer.

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4. Terriers
> IMDb rating: 8.4 (10,814 votes)
> Series ended: 2010
> Cast: Donal Logue, Michael Raymond-James, Laura Allen, Kimberly Quinn

An ex-cop (Donal Logue) and a former criminal (Michael Raymond-James) open a private investigation business in this dramedy series. It was nominated for Outstanding New Program by the Television Critics Association and named the “Best New Series of 2010” by IGN. When those accolades didn’t equate to tenable ratings, FX gave it the ax.

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3. Wayne
> IMDb rating: 8.4 (14,966 votes)
> Series ended: 2019
> Cast: Mark McKenna, Ciara Bravo, Joshua J. Williams, Stephen Kearin

This comedy action series debuted on YouTube Premium and racked up over 10 million views with its first episode. The story follows noble teen rebel Wayne McCullough (Mark McKenna) and his crush Del (Ciara Bravo) as they embark on an action-packed road trip. Re-airings on Amazon Prime sparked rumors of a second season, but the show has yet to be renewed.

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2. My So-Called Life
> IMDb rating: 8.4 (20,642 votes)
> Series ended: 1995
> Cast: Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes, Jared Leto

A grounded counterpunch to hit shows like “Beverly Hills 90210,” this seminal drama garnered serious acclaim for its authentic depiction of teenage angst. It features breakthrough performances from Claire Danes and Jared Leto, whose characters come of age in a high school setting. Fans launched a major campaign to save it from cancellation but to no avail.

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1. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
> IMDb rating: 8.4 (24,461 votes)
> Series ended: 2019
> Cast: Neil Sterenberg, Beccy Henderson, Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton

A prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 cult classic “The Dark Crystal,” this fantasy series welcomes viewers back to the world of Thra. Advanced puppetry and sparing use of CGI bring each episode to life. Despite positive reviews and a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program, it was canceled after one season.

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