Sometimes, TV shows are cancelled before their time. Either due to low viewing figures, expense or just issues with the network, certain shows aren’t built to last.
While most cancelled shows are usually terrible and rightfully cancelled, a rare handful are actually pretty great. Occasionally, high quality plus continued interest from the fanbase can bring shows back; Futurama, Family Guy, Veronica Mars and, most recently, Brooklyn 99 all received this treatment.
However, things don’t always work this way. Most of the time, dead shows stay buried. Even then though, we can still admire the wonderful episodes they left behind. Just because these shows didn’t last long doesn’t mean they weren’t very good.
‘Not being very good’ is rarely that decisive a factor in cancellation, after all. Some terrible shows keep chugging along with just enough viewership to make them profitable. Likewise, these shows all put out some great episodes, but failed to survive on quality alone.
To qualify, a show must have only put out a paltry amount of episodes, have gone out while there was still more to give, and have a fanbase (however small some are) desperate to have received more from their beloved characters.