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 thoughts on “Monday Madness: What Canceled TV Show Should Return?”

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

    From the list I voted for “Firefly”.

  2. 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.

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

  4. october road

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

    1. 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!

  5. 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).

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

    1. 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!).

  11. 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.

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