23 TV Shows That Got Canceled Way Too Soon

23 TV Shows That Got Canceled Way Too Soon

Because we deserved some closure too.

There isn't much that is comparable to when you're favorite television show is suddenly canceled. I still stay up at night sometimes wondering what happened to these characters...

1. Freaks and Geeks (1999- 2000)

Although it's single season is nothing short of perfect, who wouldn't take a million more seasons of Jud Apatow and Paul Feig's coming-of-age classic?

Starring: Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, Samm Levine, Becky Ann Baker, Martin Starr, Jason Segel, Busy Phillips, and Seth Rogen.

Streaming: Netflix, Amazon, iTunes

2. Maybe It's Me (2001-2002)

Literally, no one knows what I'm talking about when I bring up this one. Another one season, coming-of-age show about 15-year-old Molly and her huge crazy family.

Starring: Julia Sweeney, Reagan Dale Neis, Dabbs Greer, Fred Willard, and Ellen Albertini Dow.

Streaming: YouTube

3. My Name Is Earl (2005-2009)

Earl is just your average Piece of Sh*t, trying to right his past wrongs. While this show got four seasons, they didn't give us an ending and we deserved one!

Starring: Nadine Velazquez, Eddie Steeples, Ethan Suplee, Jason Lee, and Jaime Pressly.

Streaming: Amazon, iTunes, YouTube

4. Party Down (2009-2010)

Party Down follows a Los Angeles catering company full of trying-to-make-it actors and writers for employees. This show had an incredible cast but unfortunately had a hard time finding its audience and sadly got canceled after two seasons.

Starring: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Lizzy Caplan, Megan Mullaly, and Jane Lynch.

Streaming: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes, YouTube

5. Happy Endings (2011-2013)

With a hilarious ensemble cast, this Chicago-set sitcom about friends without boundaries is full of laughs and you even have three whole seasons to binge.

Starring: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Casey Wilson, and Damon Wayans Jr.

Streaming: Hulu, Amazon, YouTube, iTunes

6. Suburgatory (2011-2014)

Suburgatory follows Tessa, a teenager whose father has just forced her to move to suburban Connecticut from Manhattan.

Starring: Jane Levy, Jeremy Sisto, Carly Chaikin, Allie Grant, Alan Tudyk, Chris Parnell, Sheryl Hines, and Ana Gasteyer.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon

7. The Real O'Neal's (2016-2017)

This one follows Kenny O'Neal, and his journey to come out to his Irish Catholic family.

Starring: Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Matt Shively, Bebe Wood, Mary Hollis Inboden, Matt Oberg, and Martha Plimpton.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon

8. Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 (2012-2013)

Chloe is a New York party girl--who is actually the worst and enjoys stirring up a lot of shit for her smalltown roommate June, and her best friend James Van Der Beek, Dawson's Creek star.

Starring: Krysten Ritter, Dreama Walker, Michael Blaiklock, Ray Ford, Liza Lapira, Eric André, and James Van Der Beek.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

9. The Jim Gaffigan Show (2015-2016)

This autobiographical sitcom follows comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife as they try to navigate life and raise their five kids in a two-bedroom New York City apartment.

Starring: Jim Gaffigan, Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, Tongayi Chirisa, Vanessa Aspillaga, and Michael Ian Black.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

10. Playing House (2014-2017)

Playing House follows childhood best friends Maggie and Emma, who are about to embark on raising Maggie's new baby together.

Starring: Lennon Parham, Jessica St. Clair, Brad Morris, Lindsay Sloane, Zach Woods, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

11. Undeclared (2001-2003)

Judd Apatow and Paul Feig's next project after Freaks and Geeks. Undeclared follows Steve and his friends as they embark on their freshman year of college.

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Carla Gallo, Charlie Hunnam, Monica Keena, Timm Sharp, Jenna Fischer, Samm Levine, Busy Phillips, Kevin Hart, Fred Willard, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, Loudon Wainwright III, and Amy Poehler.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon

12. My So-Called Life (1994-1995)

The angsty trials and tribulations of 15-year-old Angela Chase.

Starring: Claire Danes, Jared Leto, and Bess Armstrong.

Streaming: Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

13. Firefly (2002-2003)

Set five hundred years in the future, this cult classic had such a following that the outpour of support when the show was canceled led to the film Serenity (2005) was made to tie up loose ends.

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

14. Grounded for Life (2001-2005)

Sean and Claudia are just your average 30-something Staten Island Irish Catholic parents dealing with their three kids and Sean's equally immature brother and father.

Starring: Donal Logue, Megyn Price, Kevin Corrigan, and Richard Riehle.

Streaming: Amazon

15. Dollhouse (2009-2010)

A futuristic laboratory erases the memories of troubled youth and gives them new identities and gives them shady assignments in this sci-fi, female-driven series.

Starring: Eliza Dushku, and Harry Lennix.

Streaming: Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

16. Pushing Daisies (2007-2009)

A pie-maker, with the power to bring dead people back to life, solves murder mysteries with a little help.

Starring: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz, Field Cate, Sy Richardson, and Kristin Chenoweth.

Streaming: YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

17. Better Off Ted (2009-2010)

Ted is a manager at a scientific company who's having a very hard time keeping control of his scientists under the pressure of his shrewd boss.

Starring: Jay Harrington, Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett, Isabella Acres, and Portia de Rossi.

Streaming: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes

18. Dead Like Me (2003-2004)

After being killed a freak accident, a young woman becomes a grim reaper.

Starring: Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy, Cynthia Stevenson, Britt McKillip, Laura Harris, Christine Willes, and Mandy Patinkin.

Streaming: Hulu, Amazon, iTunes

19. Sense8 (2015-2018)

A diverse group of people around the world is suddenly linked mentally and now must survive while hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world's order. Upon being canceled, this sci-fi Netflix Original series had such an uproar from fans that Netflix is making a Sense8 movie to tie up loose ends.

Starring: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Terrence Mann, Daryl Hanna, and Naveen Andrews.

Streaming: Netflix

20. Sweet/Vicious (2016-2017)

Hell-bent on bringing justice to those who get away with abuse on their college campus, Jules and Ophelia take on double lives as wannabe vigilantes.

Starring: Eliza Bennett, Taylor Dearden, Brandon Mycal Smith, Nick Fink, Lindsay Chambers, Dylan McTee, and Aisha Dee.

Streaming: MTV App, YouTube, Amazon, iTunes

21. Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)

Bret and Jemaine are Flight of the Conchords, a folk-rock band from New Zealand living in New York City in search of stardom.

Starring: Jemaine Clemet, and Bret McKenzie.

Streaming: HBO Go, HBO Now, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube

22. The Get Down (2016-2017)

This 70s era musical series followed a ragtag group of kids running wild through the Bronx and pursue their passions--and the music is killer too! Another Netflix Original canceled way before its time; unfortunately no sign of any movie to wrap things up for this one.

Starring: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Brown Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Jaden Smith, Kevin Corrigan, and Jimmy Smits.

Streaming: Netflix

23. Veronica Mars (2004-2007)

After her best friend is murdered, and her father is removed as county Sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune, California. The last episode was filmed before the production got news of their cancellation, which was met with angry pitchforks from fans. A few years later, the show's creator Rob Thomas and the stars created a little Kickstarter video, and the Veronica Mars movie (2014) became the first major motion picture to be crowdfunded.

Starring: Kristen Bell, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Francis Capra, Teddy Dunn, Michael Muhney, Tina Majorino, Amanda Seyfried, and Enrico Colantoni.

Streaming: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon

Cover Image Credit: Pexels

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A Letter To My Dancers

Everything your dance teacher wants you to know.

When anyone (especially a child) chooses to invest their time, talent, and passion into dancing, it's nothing to take lightly. These kids spend more time with me at the studio than they do at home with their parents. Before long, they're my "kids," too. When I only have an hour to lead a warm-up, teach choreography, and rehearse a number, there isn't much time to express the thoughts and feelings I'd necessarily like to. Being a dance teacher is the most spectacular and rewarding job - and I want my students to know that. Between the great rehearsals and the frustrating ones, the competitions and recitals, and the endless hours we spend together each week, there are just a few reminders I need to share with them.

Dear Dancers,

Please love yourself and love what you do with every ounce of your being. Do it with so much passion that your heart wants to burst. Dance is the most special thing; it's something we are privileged and lucky to have, so don't take it for granted.

Please believe in yourself. You are worthy. You are talented. You are strong and capable of everything you set your mind to. Strive to be the best version of yourself every day, not the reflection of the girl next to you. Dance like you. Move like you. Experiment and find what makes you, you. Be an individual. Trust me when I say I don't want 20 carbon-copied robots. I want you.

Trust that I have your best interest in mind. Sometimes my choices and decisions won't make sense, you might be confused, hurt or frustrated, but keep the faith that I'm on your side. I don't want to see you fail, and I'll do everything in my power to help you find the success you're looking for.

I want you to succeed, but for me to do that, you need to tell me what you need. Do you need the counts again? Do you need me to review the transition to floor one more time? If you understand, tell me. If you don't, tell me that, too. Be vocal, be present, be smart, and be prepared. Practice on the sides. Pay attention to the small details. Ask questions. Don't be late, and definitely don't forget your choreography. Take responsibility for your responsibilities and lead by example. Do you have any remote idea how many children look up to you? Who want to be just like you someday? Dance just like you? Kids watch, listen, and copy. Make sure the behaviors you're teaching them are behaviors you're proud of.

Make memories with your dance family while you still can. Cherish every 9 a.m. Saturday morning rehearsal, every competition you attend, every fundraising event, and every team sleepover. It'll be gone so fast. You're going to miss these days. Please, enjoy them.

Don't compare yourself to other dancers. You are you, and nobody can do "you" better than yourself. Don't wish away your abilities by secretly wishing you had Suzie's feet, Betsy's port de bras, or Charlie's center. The only thing you need to worry about is being a better version of yourself than you were the day before. You are your only competition, so don't be too hard on yourself. Be kind to your mind and body. You work day in and day out to perfect your craft and artistry. You work to mold and create yourself. You'll be rewarded with time if you keep fighting and don't give up. Usually when you want to throw in the towel, it's after you don't get the part you wanted or you don't make the team you hoped to. What you need to understand is the answer isn't "No," the answer is "Not yet." You know you're trying and working hard, and those efforts don't go unnoticed -- even if it seems they are.

Please, remember that it's not going to always be fair. You're going to be let down, and you're going to feel disappointed from time to time. You're not always going to win the trophy. You're not always going to get the featured solo part, and not everyone can be the front row and center dancer. This doesn't mean you're "bad" and this doesn't mean you're not "meant" to dance either.

Quite frankly, it's just how it works, you guys. It doesn't mean I don't like you, and it doesn't mean the dancer who does have the solo is my favorite. The dancer just might be more talented. Yeah, I said it. They might have better lines, straighter knees, or stronger stage presence, and that is entirely okay. You're going to run into this for the rest of your adult life. Someone is going to be smarter, more qualified, more desirable for a particular job or position. So instead of despising and resenting these dancers (and especially me), try to learn from them instead. You'll learn more from each other than you could imagine. But if you take away one thing from this, know that you are still worthy of my best training, my best analogies, my best choreography -- whether you are featured, in the third row, or even off-stage for the turn section.

As your teacher, it's my job to teach. Learning (and learning correctly) requires close attention to detail, incredible focus, and a plethora of corrections on my part. Yes, I will go out of my way to critique you, and I will continually tell you what needs fixing until it's fixed. I might have to tell you over and over and over again. And you know, I might even get frustrated with you once in awhile because of it, but here's what you need to understand: This doesn't make me mean or a bad teacher. This doesn't mean I hate you. What it does mean is that I see potential in you and I want to help. I just have to ask, do you see what I see in you? Do you see the talent and abilities I see?

Corrections are good. Success is an incredibly long and never ending process that takes time, but the corrections I give you are helping you get one step closer. So next time you catch yourself getting upset about receiving the same critique week after week or you want to complain about how mean I am, please remember that my intent is not malicious. I'm doing my job.

It's also my job to instill perseverance, dedication, discipline, trust, humility, confidence, creativity, bravery, and strong work ethic into you. I want to push your limits. Test you. Challenge you. I want to mold you into the person you want to be. Even though you probably don't even know who that person is, I do.

There are so many possibilities, opportunities, and challenges that are out there once you enter the world of adulthood. The dance world is so much bigger than your studio, competition routines, and conventions. At the end of the day, no one remembers or cares (especially your future employers) if you won a quadruple diamond platinum plus on your lyrical solo in 2016. They don't care about your first place overall at Showbiz. They don't care if you're Teen Miss Winner of the World. They don't care. What people do care about is your character, your heart, and how you made them feel.

Dancers, I will always support you. Whether you want to pursue a professional dance career in Los Angeles or New York City, in a company overseas, on your college dance team, I will support you. Whether you want to teach dance or choreograph locally in town, I will support you. Whether you don't want to dance at all and maybe be an engineer or a cosmetologist, I will support you. I will always fuel your dreams, goals, and desires, no matter where they'll take you.

I love you and I'm proud of you.


Your Dance Teacher

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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