Every now and then a show comes a long that you really really like and then THEY take it away from you! I don’t exactly know who they are, probably the suits somewhere in the room who never actually watch the show but just follow the numbers which tend to be reflected wrongly onto paper in various cases. Some shows have high marks yet they still were cancelled or just simply not picked up again. And for a TV-show fanatic, this is absolutely frustrating, I know the feeling oh too well and when my friend recommended me to make a list about it, I thought, excellent idea! Since it isn’t a competition of which show that ended too soon is better than the other, the list is put up randomly.
PS: Next week, a list of “TV-shows that should have ended already” is also on its way.
Special: These shows had a good run, Chuck with 5 seasons and Friends with 10! Still, the main reason I wanted to add them here wasn’t because of their open ends or short airing time but because I miss the cast. Yes, these two are the créme de la créme of shows that have ended and have had an amazing cast. Surely, there are others but Chuck ending still hurts while Friends ending hurts probably forever.
This was one of my favorite new comers back in 2009 because I was so glad to see Jenna Elfman back on screen. The character she played, Billie was representing the world of us, meaning, she was a movie critic! Needless to say, I was super happy to see that on the screen together with some cougar type of action and a pregnancy on top of everything. When the show wasn’t picked up for a second season and Cougar Town did (both premiered in 2009) I was quite mad. This show had a lot more to offer and it didn’t feel forced. I miss it and I think I will re-watch it soon.
To be honest, I wasn’t very impressed by Veronica Mars and its third and final season, but yet, I still was very sad when everything ended. Too soon for sure, especially since the favorite love-story-line didn’t play out and it’s frustrating for a fangirl to not get her happy ending. I also miss seeing a strong and an independent teenage girl with a nerdy side on the screen, there were some back in the day (like 4 to 5 years ago) but now it seems kind of sad.
Being a big One Tree Hill and its first four seasons fan, I loved Bryan Greenberg. Scratch that, I still love him! Seeing him in October Road was great, he was on his own and he was doing his thing, yet, we didn’t get to see the show past its second season and with only 19 episodes, I felt everything was rushed in the end due to its cancellation. Favorite character was, despite my love for Greenberg, actually Eddie who was brought on screen by Geoff Stults. Also, it reminded me of Everwood and Gilmore Girls, that kind of a small town home vibe – I liked it.
Yes, that is again a show Bryan Greenberg was in and I’m telling you, either he has really bad luck or the whole damn world is upside down when it comes to the shows he is in. Though, How To Make It In America is a bit better from October Road (still both quality but in different genres), it seems that the world is upside because How To Make… got cancelled. It ran on HBO and well, that channel has many great shows running and it’s sad to see this raw and artistic one getting the thumbs down after the second season. I for sure miss it and Greenberg, of course.
A little bit of sci-fi mystery was on air for two season (really seems like a breaking point for many shows) and Tru Calling was on top of my list to watch when it was airing in 2003-2005. It was about a woman who could re-live the day and save people who weren’t supposed to die that day. And well, although it seems like a shortly lived plot, I am pretty sure they could have squeezed out at least one more season or two. I mean, at least for Eliza Dushku and the skinny guy on the right who is, yes, you guessed it, Zach Galifianakis.
This show had four good seasons, out of which two were probably amazing and other two were just pure entertainment. I felt that it ended too soon because I needed to see more, yet, a lot of the story lines were finished off and given closure. But it’s like Chuck and Friends, you just miss the show because the people in it were so affectionate and every time when I see the tall guy who played Beaver playing a small role in a TV-show, I remember Greek and how fun it was. Plus, a show about young adults has good life lessons that I really miss right about now.
Although it was not as addictive as The Vampire Diaries nor did it have the charm of Charmed (see what I did there?), The Secret Circle still wasn’t the worst in the bunch. Especially considering the new shows that took its place on CW including the Beauty and the Beast. That is why I can’t even imagine why the suits would do such a thing. It had Gale Harold who has turned into an actor I appreciate but I guess it didn’t have enough viewers to support the money that went into it. Still, like I said, it was not the worst and I would have liked to see more.
Spin-off to Bones, since the character Geoff Stults portrayed was also in Bones, the series only lasted for 13 episodes and it did come as a shock that this was cancelled because I thought it really had an interesting twist of crime solving to it, at least enough to last for an entire season. It still makes me sad to consider this as Michael Clarke Duncan’s last TV role which is kind of the reason why I would have wanted to see more episodes of The Finder. But I guess it wouldn’t have been the same without Duncan anyway.
Same sadness of sudden deaths applies to 8 Simple Rules, John Ritter who played the father died suddenly and left the show in a place that was really difficult. The episode that featured the family members dealing with his loss was not just sad because of the characters but I felt the sadness of the actors as well. The show did carry on into the third season but I guess it never felt right after Ritter’s sudden absence, yet, I can’t help to wonder if it still ended too soon.
Of all the shows in this list, Kyle XY exited in a way that was just unacceptable. Ending with a cliffhanger, ending with leaving everything open and not explaining it at all, is a really bad thing for a person that actually liked the show a lot. I was so hooked, mostly because it was sci-fi and really entertaining with just a right amount of humor. I miss this show, at least to a point where I still want to know what happened and where their lives ended up at after that forever hanging cliffhanger.
So that was it, I did not mention Firefly which my friend insisted I put in but it didn’t feel right to add something I haven’t yet watched. I know, I’ve been off my TV-show game with all these shows that I have missed and the ones I have fallen behind with. That being said, what are shows that ended too soon for you? Let me know in the comments and stay tuned for more lists on Wednesdays!