Monday Madness: What Canceled TV Show Should Return?

Since so many people stopped by this site for March Madness, I wanted to continue the whole Madness thing, this time with actual polls (so if things go crazy like they did with Psych vs. Castle I won’t have to count up 600 votes!). More people seemed to stop by to vote on Mondays, no matter when the bracket match ended, so I decided to continue the “M” trend with weekly match-ups/polls/competitions, and dubbed them “Monday Madness.”

This very first Monday Madness focuses on those beloved shows that ended far too quickly. Sometimes it was a lack of viewers, sometimes schedule changes and episode rearrangement, sometimes poor promotion and network mismanagement. But all of the shows have a dedication group of fans who mourn the small amount of episodes available.

But which of those canceled shows deserves to be brought back? I know most of the cast has moved on to other projects, but if you could, which shows would you bring back?

You can choose up to 10 of the thirty shows below, and if I’ve missed any of your favorites, let me know by voting in the comments! I’ve limited this poll to shows that had 3 seasons or less – if a show gets to four seasons, that usually means syndication, and I don’t want this to be about shows that made it, but the underdogs that need a second chance at life.

You’ll notice that Arrested Development is missing from this poll, because that show has already beat incredible odds to garner another season, thanks to Netflix!

I’ll announce the top 10 canceled shows that should return next week, so be sure to vote and pass along the link so your favorite shows can make it! Again, if I’ve missed a show (canceled with 3 seasons or less), vote in the comments, and I’ll total up those votes against the poll leaderboard.

Update: This poll is closed, and I will be posting about the top 10 soon. But the Monday Madness isn’t over! Go vote for your favorite quirky character!

Which TV show would you bring back if you could? (you can select up to 10)

  • Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles (38%, 6,990 Votes)
  • The Cape (21%, 3,779 Votes)
  • Firefly (11%, 2,052 Votes)
  • V (4%, 730 Votes)
  • Dollhouse (3%, 638 Votes)
  • Pushing Daisies (2%, 414 Votes)
  • Veronica Mars (2%, 389 Votes)
  • Dead Like Me (2%, 307 Votes)
  • Freaks and Geeks (2%, 278 Votes)
  • Jericho (1%, 241 Votes)
  • Dark Angel (1%, 238 Votes)
  • Better Off Ted (1%, 230 Votes)
  • FlashForward (1%, 224 Votes)
  • Wonderfalls (1%, 182 Votes)
  • Deadwood (1%, 172 Votes)
  • Life (1%, 158 Votes)
  • Tru Calling (1%, 151 Votes)
  • Moonlight (1%, 147 Votes)
  • Roswell (1%, 127 Votes)
  • My So-Called Life (1%, 119 Votes)
  • No Ordinary Family (1%, 110 Votes)
  • Party Down (1%, 106 Votes)
  • Robin Hood (BBC) (1%, 105 Votes)
  • Outsourced (1%, 98 Votes)
  • Journeyman (1%, 96 Votes)
  • Kings (0%, 81 Votes)
  • Life on Mars (0%, 72 Votes)
  • Samantha Who? (0%, 71 Votes)
  • Undeclared (0%, 61 Votes)
  • Life Unexpected (0%, 45 Votes)

Total Voters: 9,043

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38 Responses to Monday Madness: What Canceled TV Show Should Return?

  1. Lope de Aguirre says:

    Ahh this list lacks my favorite show of all time, HBO’s “Carnivale”!

    From the list I voted for “Firefly”.

  2. Jen W. says:

    Blood Ties should have been on that list, too. Canceled way before its time…

  3. Command says:

    I would vote Caprica to be on that list.
    Excellent show and a season 2 looked very promising.
    It was just starting to find its stride.

  4. Joe Turner says:

    Rubicon on AMC. Lasted only 1 season. Pity.

  5. Pete says:


  6. Rick H. says:

    Sports Night should be on this list

  7. Becker says:

    Add this to the 8 I voted for. Miracles (Skeeter Ulrich) and Terriers (Donal Logue), two absolutely fantastic shows no one watched.

  8. christina g says:

    You left off Kyle XY! They had season 3 primed and ready when the plug was pulled.

  9. maranda says:

    and also Eastwick!!!

  10. denise says:

    october road

    chuck!!!!! (even though it went to season 5 its still not enough, and there’s no real talk of syndication) 🙁

  11. Teag says:

    What about Terra Nova? The Event?

    • Andrew says:

      Oh Yes, Yes! Terra Nova just needs somebody to pick up right now! Y don’t they ever let us vote to kick a Sci-Fi show OFF THE AIR!

  12. bel says:

    i would love to have seen more “traffic light”

  13. Kim Colfer says:

    Stargate SGU
    Birds of Prey
    Blood Ties

  14. William says:

    Stargate: Universe
    The Event
    Flash Gordon

  15. Mikki says:

    Stargate Universe, Terra Nova should get votes too!

  16. Andrew says:

    What? No Stargate? I’d bring SG-1 back 4 another 10 and then vote it back again after that!

  17. chrisdvanne says:

    Terminator : The Sarah Connor Chronicles was an excellent show and it killed me how we were left with such a cliffhanger; i want more!

  18. Andrew says:

    I miss

    Bionic Women

  19. You guys forgot the show “Invasion” that was on ABC around 2004/2005/2006. The first season ended like there was going to be a second season (pretty much like V did) but then ABC suddenly cancelled it.. possibly due to the fact that the big hurricane that was in it reminded people of Hurricane Katrina (since the show aired around that time).

  20. Eternal Density says:

    SGU and Caprica.

  21. MojoResin says:

    Umm…..Stargate Universe?!?! Why is this not plastered all over? I demand proper wormhole appreciation (that’s what she said!)

  22. Teena says:

    Pushing Daisies was AWESOME, but it fell victim to the writer’s strike and with only 12? shows its first season it didn’t hook as many for the 2nd… Although I watched it each week. It was so original and unusual.

  23. Conachair says:

    Firefly is a no-brainer but were are Legend of the Seeker, SGU and Caprica?

  24. Lee Wilson says:

    Why isn’t Angel on that list?

  25. Diana Scrimger says:

    I found a few TV shows on the list that I would like to bring back. However, there were some that were not on the list. They include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Angel, The Ghost Whisperer.

    • Katie Hart says:

      I limited the poll to shows that only got 3 seasons or less – otherwise, it would have been insane trying to fit all the awesome shows that have ended.

  26. Kat says:

    It took a few years, but I’ve made my peace with the demise of “Firefly.” I still get mighty jittery when remembering that there’s no more TSCC, though…talk about an ending that begged for the next chapter!

    “Pushing Daisies” and “Dollhouse” both had enough time to wrap up a couple big things, but both introduced so many threads that they’ll always feel unfinished.

    And “Better Off Ted” was just a few years ahead of its time. Pity.

  27. Ivana says:

    I would’ve voted for Carnivale and Caprica if they were on the list.

  28. David R. says:

    Love Buffy and Angel, and more of them would be terrific, but they ran long enough to not qualify for this poll. I like that others are remembering Caprica; I agree, it was just starting to look like it was going to become something remarkable when its plug was pulled. Always heard Carnivale was enthralling; “Drew & Mike” listeners can attest to how much that show was talked up in SE Mich. What about The Office (UK), Katie? I’d have given it a vote if it’d been here. Although, maybe that show wasn’t canceled, technically, but was planned to run as short as it did…? – DR

    • Katie Hart says:

      I did think of adding the UK version of The Office, but most British shows tend to have a short lifespan. I debated not adding Robin Hood to this list for that reason (in hindsight, should have replaced it with Caprica and kept the list American). I knew there were bound to be some great shows I forgot, which is why I added the write-in option (little did I dream the thousands of votes this poll would get!).

  29. whim says:

    No Terriers? Disappoint.

  30. Lynn says:

    Interesting factoid: Summer Glau starred in all three shows currently in the top three spots, and had a recurring guest role on the show currently in 5th.

  31. Mary Beth says:

    Cupid — the original 1998 series with Jeremy Piven

  32. Mikay says:

    Kyle XY and heroes

  33. Yasmine17 says:

    Heroes, Kyle XY and Lie to me .

  34. Jason says:

    So many great shows canceled prematurely.

    My first picks are:

    – V
    – Stargate Universe

  35. Emmy says:

    Pushing Daisies, Freaks & Geeks, and Firefly were unrecognized genius. If only we had a time machine…

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