TV Shows Done Too Soon

by kiraalt | created - 16 Jun 2012 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

TV shows that were prematurely cancelled that I feel deserved a chance. So much potential never realized. Yes, I still miss them. Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - I guess.

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1. Alcatraz (2012)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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In 1963, all the prisoners and guards mysteriously disappear from Alcatraz. In the present day, they resurface and a secret agency are tasked with re-capturing them.

Stars: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra

Votes: 36,578

Five years on now. I am still 100% gutted this was cancelled untimely. It is painful to even go back and watch past episodes (as good as they are!) because I just can't get over how it was left. Such incredible writing, acting and story telling. The love story between Emerson and Lucy. The mystery of HOW and WHY these 63's were returning. The HUGE cliffhanger at the end of S1 with zero chance of any resolution. Damn you Fox, Damn you all to hell. (goes to sob)

2. Terra Nova (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller

Votes: 73,960

3. Saved (2006– )

Drama

7.9
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A paramedic deals with his gambling addiction and troubled relationship with his girlfriend.

Stars: Tom Everett Scott, Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Reaser, Tracy Vilar

Votes: 589

4. The River (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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The crew of a research vessel are on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 15,315

5. The Inside (2005– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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A rookie FBI agent is recruited as the new violent crimes task force profiler to solve murder cases.

Stars: Rachel Nichols, Adam Baldwin, Katie Finneran, Nelsan Ellis

Votes: 1,055

This was similar to Criminal Minds but waaay better. Only a handful of episodes aired. Peter Coyote led the profilers.

6. The Jury (2004– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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New York is the setting for this courtroom drama about a jury of 12 different men and women delibrating various capital crime cases while under the supervision of the courthouse staff ... See full summary »

Stars: Adam Busch, Cote de Pablo, Jeff Hephner, Patrice O'Neal

Votes: 97

No picture IMDB? I love the way the show played out. You started with a jury deliberating. That is how you found out the crime and "procedural" elements. The jury rendered their verdict. Then, at the very end, after the verdict, it showed whether the jury was right or wrong.

7. SGU Stargate Universe (2009–2011)

Not Rated | 43 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light-years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth.

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque

Votes: 42,037

The only saving grace here is that Robert Carlyle is in Once Upon A Time.

8. Invasion (2005–2006)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.6
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In the aftermath of a hurricane, a Florida Park Ranger and his family deal with strange occurrences, including luminescent creatures in the water and people that somehow seem to have ... See full summary »

Stars: William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan

Votes: 10,852

9. New Amsterdam (2008)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A New York homicide detective is cursed with immortality.

Stars: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore, Stephen Henderson

Votes: 6,226

10. Journeyman (2007– )

45 min | Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi

8.1
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A man travels back in time to help people in trouble.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood, Reed Diamond

Votes: 8,497

11. Crusoe (2008–2009)

60 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Based on the novel written in 1719, this is said to be an action-packed period drama set in the 18th century, but with a contemporary take on race relations -- and a hero who will bear a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Neill, Philip Winchester, Tongayi Chirisa, Anna Walton

Votes: 2,166

12. Last Resort (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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A US sub picks up Navy SEALs and receives an order for a nuke launch. Due to the circumstances of the order, the Captain refuses to fire. After escaping an attack from another US sub, the crew and SEALs take refuge on a small island.

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Camille De Pazzis

Votes: 19,931

Very heartbroken to hear of its cancellation. Deserved a chance. Was just picking up steam. Really interesting plot and incredible cast. Love Andre Braugher.

13. Do No Harm (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

6.9
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Jason Cole, a brilliant neurosurgeon has to battle with his own alter-ego, Ian Price, in order to live a normal life in this modern take on Jekyll and Hyde.

Stars: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas

Votes: 2,968

The US Version on NBC. Cancelled after only 2 episodes. Ridiculous. Never even given a chance.

14. Zero Hour (2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

6.5
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Revolves around a bizarre twist of fate that pulls a man who's spent 20 years as the editor of a skeptics magazine into one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, Carmen Ejogo, Scott Michael Foster, Addison Timlin

Votes: 4,981

15. Alphas (2011–2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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Dr. Lee Rosen leads a team of "Alphas", (human beings with enhanced abilities) who investigate the death of a witness in a court case. They soon uncover more than they had bargained for.

Stars: David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada

Votes: 25,346

Was so good. Can't imagine what SyFy was thinking. Especially with the introduction of Sean Astin as Martin it was setting up for only better things.

16. Human Target (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.8
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An unique bodyguard protects his clients by secretly infiltrating their lives in order to draw out and eliminate threats.

Stars: Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma

Votes: 16,114

It was very good the first season. Just the rag tag group of three guys bodyguarding and helping folks in sticky situations. They had little money so had to get very creative and resourceful. A fatal mistake was made bringing in Ms. Pucci as the new super rich owner and of course, she became Chase's love interest, too. That really ruined the entire dynamic of the show in Season 2. However, I think the showrunners COULD have turned it back around if there had been a S3 - either by writing Pucci out of the picture entirely or having her lose all her money - something. Mark Valley was great as Chance as ex assassin turned bodyguard/problem solver supreme. But the REAL love (for me) of the show was the enigmatic Jackie Earle Haley as Guererro - dude! They could've had a spinoff just with him.

17. Sinbad (2012–2013)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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A Persian prisoner sets out to find his dead brother with help from his misfit group.

Stars: Elliot Knight, Marama Corlett, Elliot Cowan, Junix Inocian

Votes: 3,203

18. Second Chance (2016)

42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A billionaire bioengineer brings a dead police officer back to life.

Stars: Robert Kazinsky, Dilshad Vadsaria, Adhir Kalyan, Ciara Bravo

Votes: 10,252

19. Agent Carter (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

Stars: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Chad Michael Murray

Votes: 59,490

20. Helix (2014–2015)

TV-PG | 40 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation when they arrive in the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be an outbreak of a strange disease in a secluded international research facility.

Stars: Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé, Jordan Hayes

Votes: 25,763

21. Defiance (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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In the year 2046, it's a new Earth - with new rules. Over thirty years after various alien races arrived on Earth, the landscape is completely altered, terraformed nearly beyond recognition... See full summary »

Stars: Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz, Graham Greene

Votes: 36,383

22. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (2013–2014)

TV-PG | 42 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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In Victorian England, the young and beautiful Alice tells a tale of a strange new land that exists on the other side of a rabbit hole.

Stars: Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby

Votes: 10,352

It was great! I don't know why it got cancelled. It was less about magic and dark ones (like orig OUAT). It was all about finding your true love/being reunited with your true love. Tons of storyline opportunity there. My dream for S2 would've been that Alice and Cyrus travel to Agrabah and it would all center around getting Aladdin and Jasmine together. I mean come on - S1 already had the genie and Jafar!! This spinoff worked and deserved better IMO. In many ways I feel this was superior to orig OUAT and what it has become now.

23. Legends (2014–2015)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a ... See full summary »

Stars: Sean Bean, Morris Chestnut, Ali Larter, Tina Majorino

Votes: 11,838

This was a travesty. Sean Bean was INCREDIBLE (as usual) in both seasons. Don't know if it just didn't find the right audience. There was a pretty big departure btwn S1 (more procedural) and S2 (more the long term story and him mostly on his own.) But they were both outstanding and feel there was much further they could've gone.

24. Constantine (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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A man struggling with his faith who is haunted by the sins of his past is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

Stars: Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford, Angélica Celaya

Votes: 41,987

25. Battle Creek (2015)

44 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Two detectives with different views on the world team up and using cynicism, guile and deception, they clean up the streets of Battle Creek.

Stars: Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr.

Votes: 7,156

26. Almost Human (2013–2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

8.1
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In a not-so-distant future, a human cop and an android partner up to protect and serve.

Stars: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook

Votes: 43,732

27. Siberia (2013– )

Adventure, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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In 1908, an unexplained event occurred deep in the remote Siberian territory of Tunguska. Now, 100+ years later, 16 reality-show participants descend on Tunguska unknowing of the land's ... See full summary »

Stars: Joyce Giraud, Johnny Wactor, Esther Anderson, Miljan Milosevic

Votes: 3,093

This was trippy. A drama based on a "survivor" like reality series in Siberia and was filmed that way. Mysterious things begin to happen to the crew and "contestants". The cast was great! Even started getting into Tesla and The Tunguska event. S1 ended with a huge cliffhanger (augh!) and it was sadly not renewed. Fascinating.

28. Incorporated (2016–2017)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.4
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A man attempts to thwart a giant corporation that seems to have unlimited power.

Stars: Sean Teale, Allison Miller, Eddie Ramos, Julia Ormond

Votes: 4,082

So sad to add this to this list. It was smart, so well done, timely, suspenseful. Just loved it. It may not have gotten the promotion it deserved. I know the odds are long but still kinda hoping someone else picks it up - but not optimistic. While much of the first season issues were resolved, had sooo much more story to tell.