Nominate: Best SciFi/Fantasy TV series that got cancelled too soon
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I was watching the scifi channel yesterday and was reminded of two scifi series I followed in the 1990s that got cancelled - Alien Nation and Earth 2. Which got me thinking of what we might have missed in terms of scifi sagas (pretty depressing) that got canned early! Some earned a conclusion more graceful than others, mind you...

On this list you can nominate your favourite scifi/fantasy TV series that got canned too soon. I have added a few of my own favourites to get you rolling.

Nominations end Sunday at 21 EST
. After that I will set up the first voting round. NOMINATION PERIOD OVER.

PLEASE VOTE HERE


WARNING: This list may cause nausea and depression

This list is listed in alphabetical order:
PAGE 1.
17th PRECINCT (1 pilot)
ADVENTURES OF BRISCO COUNTY JR., THE (27 episodes)
ALIEN NATION (22 episodes)
AMERICAN GOTHIC (22 episodes)
ANGEL (110 episodes)
AUTOMAN (13 episodes)
BABYLON FIELDS (1 pilot)
BETTER OFF TED (26 episodes)
BIRDS OF PREY (13 episodes)
BLAKE'S SEVEN (52 episodes)
BRIMSTONE (13 episodes)
CAPRICA (18 episodes)
CARNIVÀLE (24 episodes)
CENTURY CITY (9 episodes)
CHARLIE JADE (20 episodes)
CLEOPATRA 2525 (28 episodes)
CRUSADE (13 episodes)
DARK ANGEL (43 episodes)
DARK SKIES (20 episodes)
DAY BREAK (13 episodes)
DEAD LIKE ME (29 episodes)
DEFYING GRAVITY (13 episodes)
DOLLHOUSE (26 episodes)
DOORWAYS (1 pilot)
DRESDEN FILES (12 episodes)
PAGE 2

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS (cartoon)
EARTH 2 (22 episodes)
EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT (110 episodes)
ELEVENTH HOUR (4 episodes)
EUREKA (63 episodes)
FANTASY ISLAND (remake) (13 episodes)
FARSCAPE (88 episodes)
FIREFLY (14 episodes)
FLASH FORWARD (22 episodes)
FLASH GORDON (remake) (21 episodes)
FOREVER KNIGHT (70 episodes)
FUTURAMA (110 episodes)
G vs. E, aka Good versus Evil (22 episodes)
GILLIGAN'S ISLAND (98 episodes)
GLOBAL FREQUENCY (1 pilot)
INVADERS, THE (43 episodes)
INVASION (22 episodes)
INVISIBLE MAN, THE (46 episodes)
JEKYLL (6 episodes)
JERICHO (29 episodes)
JOAN OF ARCADIA (45 episodes)
JOHN DOE (21 episodes)
JOURNEYMAN (13 episodes)
KINDRED: THE EBRACE (8 episodes)
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KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER (22 episodes)
KRÖD MÄNDOON AND THE FLAMING SWORD OF FIRE (6 episodes)
LEGEND OF THE SEEKER (44 episodes)
LEXX (61 episodes)
LIFE ON MARS (US) (17 episodes)
LOCKE AND KEY (1 pilot)
LOGAN'S RUN (14 episodes)
LOST (121 episodes)
LOST ROOM, THE (3 episodes )
MANIMAL (8 episodes)
MAX HEADROOM (14 episodes)
MIDDLEMAN, THE (12 episodes)
MILLENNIUM (67 episodes)
MISFITS OF SCIENCE (16 episodes)
MOONLIGHT (16 episodes)
MULLHOLLAND DRIVE (1 pilot)
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 (198 episodes)
NOWHERE MAN (25 episodes)
ODYSSEY 5 (20 episodes)
OTHERWORLD (8 episodes)
OUTER LIMITS, THE (49 episodes)
PAULUS THE WOODGNOME (40 episodes)
PHOENIX, THE (26 episodes)
PRETENDER, THE (86 episodes)
PRISONER, THE (17 episodes)
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PROBE (7 episodes)
PUSHING DAISIES (22 episodes)
Q.E.D./aka THE MASTERMIND (6 episodes)
QUARK (8 episodes)
QUESTOR TAPES, THE (1 pilot)
REAPER (31 episodes)
SALVAGE 1 (20 episodes)
SARAH JANE ADVENTURES, THE (46 episodes)
SPACE ABOVE AND BEYOND (24 episodes)
SPACE: 1999 (48 episodes)
STAR TREK (79 episodes)
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE 9 (176 episodes)
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE (98 episodes)
STARGATE UNIVERSE (40 episodes)
STRANGE LUCK (17 episodes)
SUPERTRAIN (9 episodes)
SURFACE (15 episodes)
SURVIVORS (38 episodes)
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES (31 episodes)
THRESHOLD (13 episodes)
TRIPODS, THE (25 episodes)
TRU CALLING (26 episodes)
TWIN PEAKS (30 episodes)
UFO (26 episodes)
ULTRAVIOLET (6 episodes)
Page 5
V (2009) (22 episodes)
VR.5 (13 episdes)
VIRTUALITY (1 pilot)
WEREWOLF, THE (28 episodes)
WIZARD, THE (19 episodes)
WONDERFALLS (13 episodes)
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51. Board Game: StalkerQuest [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Kolchak: The Night Stalker

Genre: Sci Fi/Horror Mystery
Created by: Jeff Rice
Channel: ABC
Original run: Sep 1974-Aug 1975
No. of episodes: 22

In many ways, the inspiration for the X-Files. This classic show, cancelled after only one season, follows the eponymous journalist, Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) as he investigates mysterious crimes that turn out to have a supernatural or science-fictional explanation.
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52. Board Game: Sword of Fire [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Kröd Mandöön and the Flaming Sword of Fire



Way better than it had any right to be.
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53. Board Game: Fortune Seeker [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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LEGEND OF THE SEEKER

Genre: Fantasy
Created by Sam Raimi
Channel: ABC
Original run: September 20, 2002-December 20, 2002
No. of episodes: November 1, 2008 - May 22, 2010



Based on Terry Goodkind's literary series The Sword of Truth. Each season is based on one book, and as there are ten books (not counting a prequel), there might easily have been ten seasons.

I have just finished watching the first season. Past the clichés in the first couple of episodes, it's excellent fun with good writing, and it never gets boring or repetitive.
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54. Board Game: Lex-O-Grams [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Lexx

A really good non-us programme (which all the best sic-fi is). Had it's problems, like a 4 episode series then a full series, a half series and a final full series.

Guess it just had too much nudity for the prudes.



Very good show
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55. Board Game: BattleFleet Mars [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:7180]
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Life on Mars



From Wikipedia:

Life on Mars is a science fiction crime drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series of the same name produced by the BBC. Co-produced by Kudos Film & Television, 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios, it is about a New York City homicide detective who suddenly finds himself inexplicably transported from 2008 to 1973.

The series tells the story of New York City police detective Sam Tyler (played by Jason O'Mara), who, after being struck by a car in 2008, regains consciousness in 1973. Fringing between multiple genres, including thriller, science fiction and police procedural, the series remained ambiguous regarding its central plot, with the character himself unsure about his situation. The series also starred Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy, Michael Imperioli, and Gretchen Mol.

Life on Mars garnered critical praise for its premise, acting, and depiction of the 1970s but suffered from a declining viewership after its premiere and a two-month hiatus. ABC announced on March 2, 2009 that it would not be ordering a second season. A DVD set of the complete series was released on September 29, 2009.
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56. Board Game: Logan Stones [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:11238]
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Logan's Run.....series had so much potential, and great guest writers like Harlan Ellsion. First post-apocolyptic show that I remember. A few more seasons would have been awesome
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57. Board Game: Lost: The Game [Average Rating:3.66 Overall Rank:17155]
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It ended?!?
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58. Board Game: 39 Clues: Search for the Keys [Average Rating:4.73 Unranked]
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LOCKE AND KEY

Another pilot only that never got picked up. Adapted from Joe Hill's comic books, I find it hard to believe this couldn't have been a very good show given a chance. Again perhaps a bit to niche (read as 'good fantasy/sf') to appeal to a broader audience.

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59. Board Game: Meeting Room [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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The Room

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he Lost Room is a science fiction television miniseries that aired on the Sci Fi Channel in the United States. The series revolves around the titular room and some of the everyday items from that room which possess unusual powers. The show's protagonist, Joe Miller, is searching for these objects to rescue his daughter, Anna, who has disappeared inside the Room. Once a typical room at a 1960s motel along U.S. Route 66, the Lost Room exists outside of normal time and space since 1961, when what is only referred to as "the Event" took place.

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Why wasn't this made into a series? It was fantastic!

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60. Board Game: Transformation [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
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Here's one for the record books...Manimal.

This series aired in 1983 and lasted only 8 episodes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manimal

Okay, maybe it wasn't cancelled too soon. whistle
 
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61. Video Game: TV Manager [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Max Headroom (not to be mistaken with The Max Headroom Show [the music video spin-off show]

A crime against scifi geekness that no one has mentioned this yet! Definitely original and only entry here with Jeffrey Tambor!

Genre Science fiction/cyberpunk
Created by Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton,George Stone
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14
Original channel Cinemax, ABC
Original run March 31, 1987 - May 5, 1988

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62. Board Game: Middleman [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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The Middleman. Excellent series from Javier Grillo-Marxuach based on his comic. A sweet, funny, knowing little show that I miss quite a bit.

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63. Video Game: Millennium: A New Hope [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Millennium

Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Created by: Chris Carter
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 67
Original run: October 25, 1996 - May 21, 1999
Originally aired on: FOX




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64. Board Game: Misfits [Average Rating:4.63 Unranked]
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Misfits of Science

Knight Rider meets Heroes. And yes that's Courtney Cox!

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65. Board Game: Vampire [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:5842]
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Moonlight

This one probably shouldn't be brought back as it's a pretty terrible riff on the old "vampire falls in love with mortal" storyline.

 
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66. Board Game: Hollywood Lives [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Mullholland Drive

Genre: ?/Fantasyweird
Creator: David Lynch
Episodes: Pilot
Aired: -
Developed for: ABC television

COmment: Lynch reworked the pilot into a fullenght movie after ABC canned it. ABC, I-hate-you


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67. Board Game: Mystery [Average Rating:4.63 Unranked]
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Mystery Science Theater 3000
MST3K was a show that made fun of old, bad sci-fi, fantasy, horror, crime, and other movies. It was freaking hilarious! The later seasons with Mike instead of Joel weren't as good, but still pretty good.

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68. Board Game: Nowheresville [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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Nowhere Man

Genre: Loose Sci-Fi/Government Conspiracy
Created by: Larry Hertzog
No. of series 1
No. of episodes: 25
Original channel: UPN
Original run: 28 August 1995 - 20 May 1996

Nowhere Man is the tale of a photojournalist named Thomas Veil (Bruce Greenwood). After leaving to use the restroom while out to dinner with his wife, Tom returns to find that his life has been "erased." His wife does not recognize him and is living with another man. His ATM cards no longer work. His best friend turns up dead. His mother was previously recovering from a stroke, so she is incapable of confirming his existence. In the course of a single evening, every trace of Tom's identity has been erased.

Tom comes to believe his erasure is related to a photograph he took a year earlier called "Hidden Agenda." The photo depicts four men being hanged in South America by what appear to be US soldiers. The only shreds of evidence Tom has of his past are the negatives to that photograph. A mysterious "Organization" (as it is referred to throughout the series, since its name is unknown) covertly pursues Tom in search of the negatives. The series revolves around Veil's attempts to get his life back by trying to find out more about the Organization, while also trying to keep the negative safe


This was a great show that received high critial acclaim (including TV Guide's "Coolest Show of the Season"). Having a poor schedule and being on a relatively new network sealed it's doom and it lasted just a season.

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69. Board Game: Odyssey [Average Rating:5.37 Unranked]
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I really loved this one, good plot average acting but they cancelled it just too soon.
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70. Board Game: Zone X [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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OTHERWORLDS

Really liked this as a kid but was too young when it aired to really follow the plot as every week they were in a completely different type of setting.

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71. Board Game: The Outer Limits [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
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This classic (and influential) black-and-white science fiction show (which is sometimes confused with The Twilight Zone) lasted less than two seasons (ABC, 1963-1964) and produced only 49 episodes.

Inconsistent, constrained by a tight budget, and plagued by low ratings, The Outer Limits nonetheless created some of the finest raw sci-fi (combined with elements of horror) TV episodes/moments ever during its brief run (and who can forget the Control Voice?).

What are some of your favorite episodes...?

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72. Board Game: Paulus 6th Army [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Kevin Lloyd
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Paulus the Woodgnome was a seriously weird childrens series from the 1960's. I remember watching it and being convinced someone had slipped me some dodgy mushrooms.

 
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73. Board Game: Phoenix [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:3289]
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Philadelphia
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I was intrigued by this as a kid, but it was gone after 10 episodes

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74. Board Game: Mimic [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:11266]
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The Pretender 1996-2000 NBC
 

Jarod, a boy genius with a special gift for "pretending", was kidnapped and held prisoner by a corporation that used him as a human simulator in their clandestine research. Escaping from The Centre more than 30 years later, Jarod now searches for clues to his true identity and family. He also uses his ability to quickly become an expert at anything to right wrongs and exact revenge on the wicked. All the while, Centre operatives led by Miss Parker work relentlessly to capture Jarod, and return him to The Centre.

This one lasted longer than many of my favorite shows, but was still dumped rather unceremoniously, leaving plot elements dangling in the wind.

Plus, Miss Parker is hot.
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75. RPG Item: GURPS The Prisoner [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:1279]
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The Prisoner

Genre: ?
Created by: Patrick McGoohan, George Markstein
No. of series 1
No. of episodes: 17
Original channel: ITV
Original run: 29 September 1967 - 1 February 1968

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