Film and TV

6 TV Shows That Never Should've Been Canceled

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Deadwood
Occupying a unique space between charming and gritty, Deadwood focused on a small Dakota mining village that was home to some of the most lovable, lawless sons of bitches in the Old West.

But the show ended rather unceremoniously after three seasons with its status up in the air. While actors and production staff seemed confident in returning, HBO never moved forward and plans for season four were dead in the water. But hope remained for a movie at the very least.

Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant were the best parts of this show, and both actors have enjoyed higher profiles due to their great roles. Olyphant recently wrapped a highly regarded run with Justified, and McShane has had starring turns in franchises Pirates of the Caribbean and Kung Fu Panda. With news that HBO gave the green light to series creator David Milch to write a film script earlier this year, maybe we can hold out hope to return to Deadwood one day.

Strangers with Candy
Amy Sedaris' classic collaboration with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello might go down as the actress/comedian’s definitive role, and it’s still regarded as a cult classic.

Despite three seasons and a movie, the show deserved a much broader audience and wider acclaim. Sedaris starred as Jerri Blank, a self-described boozer, user, and loser. Sedaris is a great physical comedian, and the role allowed her to transform physically and really dive into the character.


An anti-after-school special, Strangers with Candy documented Jerri as she manipulated classmates, teachers, and other adults to increase her social status and have a good time. Colbert further honed his persona as a powerful idiot as the high school history teacher, doling out inaccurate facts.

Strangers with Candy got a follow-up film that premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2005, but any further adventures at Flatpoint High seem highly unlikely.

Gilmore Girls
It got seven seasons, whatever. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, whatever. It’s been picked up for a revival on Netflix. WHATEVER.

Gilmore Girls deserves to be on this list because Gilmore Girls should have never been canceled. In a cruel world where we have 40 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy but only a fraction of Gilmore Girls episodes, this show belongs on the list.

Because Gilmore Girls is the fucking best.
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