View Full Version : Favorite shows that were cancelled

11th August 2005, 06:01 PM
There's a ton of shows out there that deserve to be on right now but for some reason, they're not. I think Fox tops that list cause they barely give shows a chance to succeed

My favorites:

-Firefly (I swear to god, rent this. It's a brilliant show and I hear the movie is going to be great)
-Andy Richter Controls the Universe
-Family Guy (yeah, they brought it back but it shouldn't have been cancelled in the first place)

Edit: Now that I think about it, Nickelodeon has screwed us over also so all those good shows that are gone is their fault

The Blue Avenger
11th August 2005, 09:15 PM
Invader ZIM tops my list, but Rocko's Modern Life and Dexter's Lab are close seconds.

11th August 2005, 10:27 PM
I second both Firefly and Titus.

Titus was absolutely superb, one of the best sitcoms of recent memory.

I recently purchased Firefly and it is excellent. I like how Joss Whedon threw in a Western touch to a SciFi. Even more impressive is how it's the counterweight to StarTrek in almost every way.

Earthworm Jim is also a cartoon that shouldn't have been cancelled. Additionally, does anyone remember the awesome Freakazoid?

12th August 2005, 08:03 PM
Invader ZIM tops my list, but Rocko's Modern Life and Dexter's Lab are close seconds.

I grew out of dexters lab as an age thing but I must say it was good for the first few years then really SUCKED which was OK though because that is the time I started growing out of it.

Master of Paradox
13th August 2005, 10:55 AM
Earthworm Jim is also a cartoon that shouldn't have been cancelled. Additionally, does anyone remember the awesome Freakazoid?

Freakazoid was utterly brilliant, but it was starting to spark out near the end, so its cancellation was probably a mercy. Earthworm Jim, however, deserved more.

Dead Last, a summer replacement series about a rock band that could see ghosts, deserved a full season. It didn't get one.

Chris Watarimono
13th August 2005, 11:57 AM
The Animaniacs deserve a mention too. Yacko, Wacko, and Dot were just plain awesume. =D

-Chris R.

14th August 2005, 08:56 PM
Freaks and Geeks - Wonderful show that really worked, yet no one watched it. WTF

Titans - Night time soap by Spelling that while was horrible compared to Dynasty, Dallas, Knots Landing etc it was still a grand old time.

Always Greener - Great Australian show that like disappeared. US viewers wouldn't like it, but clearly the aussies didn't either. OH well.

15th August 2005, 01:04 AM
Law & Order : Trial by Jury. It did not have a fair chance. Thank you, NBC.

Deus Mortuorum
15th August 2005, 07:16 PM
Histeria!. Short-lived show on WB. Made history funny.

15th August 2005, 08:12 PM
T_M_L: Yeah, I have to agree, Titus was a pretty funny show... I wish it would have gotten more of a chance.

The show that I really miss was Martial Law. For those that don't know about it, it was only on for 2 seasons on CBS, I think it ran from 1998-2000. It was a martial arts/police/comedy/drama starring Sammo Hung, and it was really good. The first season was a lot better though, they changed a lot of the characters and stuff during the second season. It used to be on syndication on TNN, but it was taken off of syndication a couple of years ago... I would really love to watch those episodes again!! One episode in particular really sticks in my mind... it featured a lot of people going crazy for "Cuttlebugs." The Cuttlebugs were small, colorful stuffed animals. There was one Cuttlebug in particular that was really popular, "Rainbow Sally," she was a stuffed multi-colored salamander. All of the kids wanted a Rainbow Sally, so people were doing all kinds of stuff to get them, Sammo even had to get one for his boss's daughter. This episode was made during the Beanie Baby craze, so it was obvious where the idea for Rainbow Sally and the Cuttlebugs came from. Of course, I am a huge Beanie Baby collector, so I really loved that episode.

16th August 2005, 09:39 PM
I disagree completely on Dexter's Lab. The show ended fine, but Cartoon Network decided they want to bigger pools so they dredged with up with completely different art and eventually voice actors. Horrible.

Nickeldeon is in league with Fox. Good shows die, but WE NEED MORE KSUPO-CLASKY SHIT.

With Rye
17th August 2005, 01:51 AM
I too loved Freaks and Geeks. It was the most realistic show about high school, in the words of a friend. I completely agree. The last episode left a swelling, vacuumy feeling inside my chest.

I am also glad they ended when they did. The injustice added a bit of mysticism and quiet grandeur to the show. It didn't have time to get popular and get tainted.

And yeah, Rocko ruled.

17th August 2005, 02:04 AM
Law & Order : Trial by Jury. It did not have a fair chance. Thank you, NBC.

Wait, Trial by Jury was cancelled? I thought they were just doing reruns because it was summer. It got completely axed? Crud...

In the animation department, I have to go with Static Shock. (CN may still be airing it, but if they are I'm certain they'd have to be far behind where the show left off.) The last episodes that I saw on Kids WB were intense incidents in which the heroes nearly lost their powers and the two main antagonists of the series got - unbelievable as it was - combined in a freak accident. I was looking forward to seeing how that last plot twist would play out, but that was the last episode that was ever aired to my knowledge.

17th August 2005, 05:24 AM
They finished dexters lab?! I didnt know this!!! How did it end.

Futurama definately one of my favourites that they cancelled :(

17th August 2005, 05:55 AM
Geez, Dexter's Lab ended several years ago. In a nutshell, Dexter was in a foreign exchange program for Japan, and wakes up an ancient monster. Despite his efforts, Monkey's, and the Justice Friends', the monster is still rampaging. Mandark tries as well, but only serves to make it stronger.

Thus, Dexter builds an even more powerful mech, the only problem is that it requires multiple pilots. This leads to him spilling the beans about his lab to his parents, and eventually (with the help of Monkey), they take down the monster.

The episode ends with Dexter wiping his parents memories of the event, and then Monkey wipes DEXTER'S memory after his mask falls off and Dexter sees his true identity.

Now, like I said before, the series was dug by Cartoon Network a few years later. But it was so different I never watched it much and couldn't care less how it ended.

Hmmm...one of these days I will watch Freaks & Geeks. But I am almost positive it'll be rampant hyperbole about High School.

17th August 2005, 05:59 AM
Thundercats? Bucky O'Hare? Those were great shows.

17th August 2005, 06:21 AM
Apparently Thundercats Season 1 is on DVD. When I heard about it being six discs, I was like "Wow, bonus features ahoy!". Sadly, reviews of the set have left me dissappointed.

17th August 2005, 08:43 AM
I saw the newish episodes of dexters lab and agree they werent very good.

Really had no idea that it had ended though :(

The Blue Avenger
17th August 2005, 09:16 AM
And they don't even run reruns of the older Dexter episodes. It's like they want to forget it ever existed.

Oh yeah, and the old All That. That needs to at least be on in reruns, instead of the crap they've got going now.

17th August 2005, 07:07 PM
I didn't realise people would be talking about cartoonsprogrammes that had several seasons. Naturally if that was the case I would have included lots more. But generally a cancelled show is something that has been on air for a season or two otherwise people could say Dynasty. Which was cancelled but after nine seasons or something.

Others I liked that were cancelled by my definition.

Eyes. Its just begun here and already I like it. Disappointing then that I have now heard its been cancelled in the US. Boston Public - While it was on air for three seasons, for some reason it still seems relatively short. Yes it was over the top and I really do not believe that is what US high schools are like, but it was also heartwarming. And I can't believe I didn't say this before but Twin Peaks. My god, what idiot cancelled that. I'm sure it still was rating better than half the product today. Thank god for the DVDs and Vhs series, which sadly I am yet to buy.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers - While I realise it had several seasons. Sadly some morons at the government owned tv station (tvnz) felt the need to stop showing the power rangers as such New Zealand children never got the chance to experience all of this series. The government owned TVNZ also stopped showing wrestling for about eight years. Bastards.

17th August 2005, 10:40 PM
-angry beavers :( best show ever.
-kenan and kel, the first non-cartoon show I fell in love with.
-johnny bravo :(
-zim was good, but I don't miss it that much, vasquez has better comics out there. though it was the last straw on me ever attempting to watch cartoon channels ever again. :|

someone mentioned histeria, I remember that, it came on right after pokemon in the mornings! :D big fat baby annoyed the shit out of me though.

edit: a little more recently, there was a show on the WB I think, called "do over". only lasted one season I think. it was cool, about some old guy who gets hit in the head with a baseball and wakes up as a kid in the 80s again. I dunno why, but I like watching it.

18th August 2005, 01:14 PM
Angry Beavers, yeah almost forgot about that one. One of my favorite shows back in the day.

Let's see...
Kenan and Kel
Hey Arnold (although I swear I keep seeing new episodes every now and then...)

There were also alot of shows on Nick that I liked but got axed after one or two seasons:

Space Cases
The Mysterey Files of Shelby Woo
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd

Just a few I could come up with off the top of my head, I'm sure there were more

18th August 2005, 05:47 PM
One just came to my head. The young ones. Now that was a kick ass show.

18th August 2005, 09:23 PM
Shows that I missed that were cancelled were Jim Henson's Dinosaurs (was well done) and Fraiser. I'll probably think of more later.

18th August 2005, 09:36 PM
Frasier wasn't cancelled. That show had a proper ending

I thought of one but I forgot what it was so I came up with another - Arena. It was on G4TV and had a great premise but it was cancelled. I want to see past seasons but they're only showing "Destination Vacation", which is getting pretty annoying

Crystal Mew
19th August 2005, 12:35 AM
lets see, shows I miss that were cancelled are:

- angry beavers
- rockos modern life
- doug
- hey arnold -although every once in awhile its on nick
- kenan and kel
- animaniacs
- tiny toons
- franklin (on nick jr :)
- johnny bravo
as told by ginger (as far as I know its never on anymore)

and I dunno what else.

but I'm getting extremely pissed off with the shows that come on now. like zoey 101. why take off a good show like rocko to make room for shows like that.


I would be so happy if I could watch all those shows again :(

19th August 2005, 05:51 PM
I didn't think Freakazoid was cancelled so much as they discontinued making new episodes due to the death of a key player.

I would to say that Futurama was a show that shouldn't have been cancelled. In my opinion, Matt needs to focus on something else and let the Simpsons go. Sure, it was funny, but, in my opinion, it was been stale for the past few seasons.

21st August 2005, 12:14 AM
Wait, Trial by Jury was cancelled? I thought they were just doing reruns because it was summer. It got completely axed? Crud...

Yes, it's been cancelled. NBC offered it to TNT. Turner thinking they're too good for it, I suppose. But yeah, it's done for. They still haven't aired Eros in the upper eighties.. hopefully someday they will. Or perhaps bring the show back next year in March once they see that E-Ring won't go anywhere. Or maybe have Bebe Neuwirth replace Sam Waterston on the original.. I just don't want it gone! Fuck NBC. :mad2:

Silver Ledian
21st August 2005, 06:19 PM
I agree with a lot of the above Nickelodeon ones.

My little 2p worth is Ducktales - absolutely loved that as a kid.

Anyone remember this Canadian teen show called Ready or Not? I loved that. And Hang Time, the show about the basketball team.

21st August 2005, 07:24 PM
Hmm, my favourite shows that were prematurely axed...gotaa be:

- Greg the Bunny
- FireFly
- Futurama(Better than Simpsons by miles)
- Titus
- Undeclared (It was showing on ITV at about 2am for a few wekks so I saw a few episodes and liked what I saw)
- Enterprise (Why? SEASON 4 WAS MINT!)
- Everybody Loves Raymond (So funny :<)
- Angel (Way better than Buffy, just awesome)
- Third Watch (It made interesting viewing before ER came on)

24th August 2005, 11:35 AM
I liked Point Pleasant....

Yeah, okay, most people didn't but Fox decided to screw it over. Damn them!

Heh, I also liked Freakzoid and the like as a kid, but I laughed because of his spazzy nature rather than the jokes...

24th August 2005, 01:04 PM
I came in here to say Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Titus and was horribly beaten by the OP.

Zak Hunter

26th August 2005, 02:32 PM
Angry Beavers I loved. same with rocko's modern life. i guess for one that hasn't been said yet..
anyone remember Roundhouse? on nickelodeon? man i just recently remembered that show, it was so nineties and nuts. not one of my favorites really but i thought it deserved a mention. i also miss Eureka's Castle =(.

29th August 2005, 01:59 AM
Harsh Realm
Star Trek: Enterprise

:patriot: never forget.

29th August 2005, 10:02 AM
Frasier wasn't cancelled. That show had a proper ending

I thought of one but I forgot what it was so I came up with another - Arena. It was on G4TV and had a great premise but it was cancelled. I want to see past seasons but they're only showing "Destination Vacation", which is getting pretty annoying

I've seen Team Kaizen kill like everyone about 11 times now. Attack of The Show is pretty much dead now without Kevin Rose.

29th August 2005, 10:52 AM
Enterprise was cancelled? Aw, peas. I loved that series!

Lately our networks have gone really nuts putting great shows on and off the air and switching timeslots so much that I have no idea what's been cancelled and what hasn't. Is Scrubs still on over there?

Lady Barbara
1st September 2005, 10:40 PM
I used to love watching Animaniacs and Freakazoid. But one show I wish was still on (at least there are DVDs) is the vastly underrated Due South. It lasted about three or four seasons, but it was great.

10th September 2005, 02:38 PM
I miss Invader ZIM :( *has a T-shirt and stuffs* Other than that, I can't say I really miss any other cancelled shows. Usually I lose interest before the cancellation occurs, so....

17th September 2005, 10:43 AM
Viva La Bam

17th September 2005, 03:30 PM
Viva La Bam

Viva La Bam hasn't been cancelled. Its new season is starting soon :rolleyes:

17th September 2005, 09:21 PM
Really, I thought season 5 Ep 8 was the last episode?

23rd September 2005, 01:37 PM
didn't sealab get cancelled off adult swim? i loved that show =(.

Master of Paradox
27th September 2005, 03:20 PM
didn't sealab get cancelled off adult swim? i loved that show =(.

After Harry Goz (Captain Murphy) died and they replaced the character with "Thunderbolt" Shanks, the show became a walking corpse. It needed to be cancelled (if it has).

Whatever happened to Megas XLR? Is it cancelled or not, and if it is, why?

Sarcastic Assassin
7th October 2005, 09:31 PM
Everybody Loves Raymond had its run. Leave it the fuck alone; it was good while it lasted.

I'm gonna cast my vote for 3 South, but that show would've seen its end soon enough even if MTV had picked it up for a second season. Also, Whose Line Is It Anyway could have continued extremely well, assuming they had found new, good talent (read: done the impossible). Personally, I wish Will and Grace and The Simpsons would end soon. Actually, I'm gonna give the Simpsons one more season before I finally decide it's just not worth it anymore. Will and Grace was fun for a short while, but ever since the whole Grace-Leo thing ended disappointingly (the wedding was horribly anti-climatic), along with the whose Grace-Will baby thing, I've felt eternally disgraced by that show. The fact that the premiere was live shows that they're desperate for ratings.

While I'm on my anti-TV rant I may as well mention Saturday Night Live has been depressingly abysmal for the past two years. The new talent (Fred Armisen) is being wasted on mediocre writing, and the old talent just feels like a gut you can't get rid of, glaring and bad looking and old. The problem, as I see it, is that they need a whole new cast of writers: lots and lots of good, fresh writers, to bring the show back to what it was: edgy comedy. Also, more Ambiguously Gay Duo. This whole thing could be a reaction to the amazing SNL cast I grew up with (ie, late 90's), but seriously, Lorne: pick up the slack and cut the fat.

8th October 2005, 08:25 AM
Firefly. It's on SciFi every Friday at 7:00PM.
Wonderfully done show. It just puts the two genres together so well, you can't tell if it weren't for the clothes they wore. Seriously, a great show that deserved a better chance, it might've stayed on for a while.

17th November 2005, 03:03 PM
I only started actually seeing Invader Zim recently on DVD. I never had cable, or at least when that show was on, so I never knew what all the excitement was about. I normally hate anything when I hear people talk about it so much before I see it, but it WAS pretty funny, especially considering it was a Nickelodeon cartoon. But I couldn't exactly expect garbage from the guy that wrote Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Anyway, I really miss the original Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic had four animated series' on TV overall, so most people confuse them. I'm talking about the one with the Freedom Fighters, with Sally, Rotor, Bunnie Rabot, and Antoine. I was raised with Sonic the Hedgehog, and I miss that original character who has lately been reduced to a pile of rubble, and a shallow, lame, marketting tool.

Kudos to the old Sonic!

20th November 2005, 10:30 AM
I thought this was concerts. Meh, Invader Zim was a peach.

22nd May 2006, 08:35 PM
I agree. Invader Zim was a hilarious and strangley enthralling show. The show wasn't very popular when it was on, but know a lot of people enjoy the merchandise, like me. If there was merchandise when the show was on, Invader Zim probably wouldn't cancelled.

23rd May 2006, 02:57 PM
The only thing I didn't want to see 'cancelled' was DBZ. You guys might have gotten tons of episodes of it but here it ended with the cell saga (wanted to see Buu and Uub so badly) so it kind off got cancelled. Same for yu-gi-oh. Ended after a couple of reruns always ending with the Battle City tournament. I just hope Dutch Nick doesn't screw me over and cancel Danny Phantom or Avatar -_-

23rd May 2006, 04:12 PM
Invader Zim. Best cartoon ever next to Ren & Stimpy.

Fuck you Nick.

25th May 2006, 09:57 AM
I really wish Firefly could have continued. It was such an amazing concept, if not an at least faily original one.

I wish Angel hadn't of gotten cancelled or at least had been given a decent ending. The fifth season was one of the best in my opinion, but they ended it on a cliffhanger and I hated that, though I suppose they were trying to avoid ending it like Buffy.

I'm probably the only one here who actually watched it, but I miss Queen of Swords. It wasn't a particulary well-done piece plot-wise, but it had potential. Most of the acting was to die for, and the character development made up for the weak story.

And I'm definitely with the crowd that misses Invader ZIM.

25th May 2006, 08:41 PM
I see that more than just a few of us miss Invader Zim. But now that DBZ was brought up, I have more to talk about. I'm going to have to say that Dragon Ball Z was my favorite show (After Pokemon). The beginning episodes with Goku's brother and then with Vegeta and Nappa... Wow. This show really got to me and to others too. Then Freiza came and then Cell and that is when I didn't watch it as much. Buu was good, and it was a creative plot in the story, but having Buu turn good?! That pushed it. The GT series was a failure in my opinion and the show wasn't as watched anymore by my household. So basically, the show was best in the early episodes and it was getting old by the end of Buu, so that is a reason of why it was canceled.