Hey! I was watching that!: Short-Lived Series I Loved

by JasonDanielBaker | created - 14 Aug 2011 | updated - 27 Nov 2015 | Public

A list of shows that I liked that were cancelled after less than a season.

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1. Profit (1996– )

90 min | Drama

Jim Profit works for a multinational company, and isn't above using any means necessary to get ahead, and that includes bribery, blackmail, intimidation, extortion, and even murder. Now ... See full summary »

Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Lisa Darr, Lisa Blount, Jack Gwaltney

Votes: 1,823

White-collar evil raised in a cardboard box watching TV.

2. American Gothic (1995–1996)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A quiet and seemingly quaint small town is ruled over by its charming yet evil sheriff who uses his demonic powers to remove anyone who dares standing in his way. The only one he does fear is a young boy whom he fathered through rape.

Stars: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 3,908

A rare treat of a TV series - bold, inventive and darkly comic! Gary Cole rocks!

3. Drive (2007– )

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A drama about various people competing in an illegal cross-country road race.

Stars: Kristin Lehman, Emma Stone, Rochelle Aytes, Taryn Manning

Votes: 4,713

A darkly comic adventure thrillride that was fun for the very few episodes it lasted.

4. Karen Sisco (2003–2004)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Smart. Sexy. Tough. Karen Sisco is a United States Marshal on Miami's Gold Coast. In pursuit of dangerous fugitives, Karen must pick her way through the dark underbelly of South Beach ... See full summary »

Stars: Carla Gugino, Bill Duke, Robert Forster, Jeffrey De Serrano

Votes: 743

Carla Gugino as a tough cop. Loved it!

5. Traveler (2007)

45 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Jay and Tyler find themselves hunted by the FBI after a bombing of a museum. Their only lead is their best friend, Will Traveler, who disappeared after the bombing and is not in any record ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Bomer, Logan Marshall-Green, Aaron Stanford, Anthony Ruivivar

Votes: 4,460

This show had a ton of potential and insightful commentary about post-911 North America. Not sure why they shelved it.

6. The Black Donnellys (2007– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Four young Irish brothers are caught up in New York's underworld of organized crime.

Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush

Votes: 13,400

A chance to tell a crime story from the vantage of the criminal. It worked a lot more than it didn't

7. Hot Pursuit (1984– )

60 min | Drama

A young couple are fugitives pursued by both the law and a criminal assassin.

Stars: Eric Pierpoint, Dina Merrill, Kerrie Keane, Michael Preston

Votes: 33

Married couple version of The Fugitive. Terrific show with excellent performances.

8. It's Your Move (1984–1985)

30 min | Comedy

Enrapturing high school grifter Matt Burton may finally have met his match when his widowed mother begins dating their new apartment building neighbor Norman who's wise to Matt's schemes ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Bateman, Caren Kaye, Tricia Cast, Ernie Sabella

Votes: 525

Jason Bateman is and was always funny.

9. Wild Roses (2009– )

43 min | Drama, Romance

David McGregor's family owns an oil firm and the vast Rivercross estate in Alberta. His late father however donated the original land to the Henrys. The heiress and her all-female offspring... See full summary »

Stars: Steve Byers, Michelle Harrison, Gary Hudson, Kim Huffman

Votes: 206

Set in Alberta, Canada this interpretation of a night-time soap opera was a landmark in Canadian television. It broke my heart to see it cancelled. I hope that something like it comes along again.

10. The Powers That Be (1992–1993)

30 min | Comedy

The exploits of a clueless American senator and the eccentric, morally corrupt people who are closest to him.

Stars: John Forsythe, Holland Taylor, Eve Gordon, Peter MacNicol

Votes: 311

What an incredible cast!

11. Legmen (1984)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of two college students who moonlight as a bail bondsman's investigators.

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, John Terlesky, Don Calfa, Claude Akins

Votes: 26

Fun show! All six episodes of it.

12. Charlie's Angels (2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A cat burglar, a car thief, and a dirty cop get a chance to turn their lives around; fighting crime and working for the mysterious Charlie Townsend.

Stars: Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor, Ramon Rodriguez

Votes: 3,918

With action even more thrilling as the original series, a throughly appealing cast and engrossing adventures this brilliant remake deserved a lot better than critics gave it. I guess people today won't be happy until TV has nothing but stupid, garish and largely bogus "Reality shows". Thanks for nothing ABC!

13. Manimal (1983)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A man who can change himself into any animal fights crime.

Stars: Simon MacCorkindale, Melody Anderson, Reni Santoni, Michael D. Roberts

Votes: 1,481

Goofy But A Lot of Fun!

14. Otherworld (1985)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Thrown into another dimension, a family must keep ahead of a tyrannical state's hunters while searching for a way home.

Stars: Sam Groom, Gretchen Corbett, Tony O'Dell, Jonna Lee

Votes: 378

Funky family sci-fi with a satiric edge and social commentary.

15. Lottery! (1983–1984)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A lottery representative and his IRS partner meet various winners across the country to present the prizes and change their lives.

Stars: Marshall Colt, Ben Murphy, Brendon Boone, Joe Colligan

Votes: 147

Upbeat concept and likable leads.

16. Good & Evil (1991– )

30 min | Comedy

Zany soap opera parody poking fun at everything. Denise Sandler, the evil-minded sister, stands to inherit her aging mother's cosmetic empire; the kind sister, Genevieve, is a fastidious ... See full summary »

Stars: Teri Garr, Margaret Whitton, Mark Blankfield, Lane Davies

Votes: 69

Teri Garr hamming it up as a villainess. Lane Davies' dry humor. It worked on so many different levels.

17. Easy Money (2008–2009)

Comedy, Drama

Dramedy about a family that runs a high-interest loan business.

Stars: Laurie Metcalf, Jeff Hephner, Jay R. Ferguson, Katie Lowes

Votes: 217

Fun series sending up an industry ripe for lampooning.

18. Last Resort (2012–2013)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A US sub picks up Navy SEALs and receives an order for a nuke launch. Due to the circumstances of the order, the Captain refuses to fire. After escaping an attack from another US sub, the crew and SEALs take refuge on a small island.

Stars: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Camille De Pazzis

Votes: 20,606

19. Wanted (2005– )

Crime, Drama, Thriller

An elite team of crime fighters from various federal and local law enforcement agencies track down the city's 100 most wanted fugitives.

Stars: Gary Cole, Ryan Hurst, Rashida Jones, Benjamín Benítez

Votes: 551

20. Kings (2009)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A modern day, alternate-reality drama about a hero who rises to become the King of his nation, based on the biblical story of King David.

Stars: Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson, Allison Miller

Votes: 7,924

21. 666 Park Avenue (2012–2013)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

If you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At 666 Park Avenue, all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even ... See full summary »

Stars: Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Robert Buckley, Samantha Logan

Votes: 16,886

Another fascinating and imaginative show that couldn't find an audience because people want to watch reality garbage. Just when I was hooked they pulled the plug. Thanks for nothing again ABC!

22. Skin (2003–2005)

60 min | Drama

Two mismatched teens fall in love with each other despite the family feud between their fathers, one a pornographer, the other a district attorney, trying to bring each other down.

Stars: Ron Silver, Kevin Anderson, Rachel Ticotin, Pamela Gidley

Votes: 202

District Attorney (Kevin Anderson) vs pornographer (Ron Silver). Network TV just wasn't ready.

23. Justice (2006–2007)

43 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A powerful Los Angeles law firm handles high-profile, media-circus cases.

Stars: Victor Garber, Kerr Smith, Rebecca Mader, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 1,538

Solid legal drama.

24. Playmakers (2003– )

TV-MA | 491 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

The series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level.

Stars: Tony Denison, Omar Gooding, Russell Hornsby, Jason Matthew Smith

Votes: 1,202

The dark side of pro football and ESPN's first attempt at a dramatic series was scuttled after only 11 episodes. The ratings were exceptional but external pressure from a certain sports league led to its being shelved.

25. Do No Harm (2013– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Jason Cole, a brilliant neurosurgeon has to battle with his own alter-ego, Ian Price, in order to live a normal life in this modern take on Jekyll and Hyde.

Stars: Steven Pasquale, Alana De La Garza, Michael Esper, Ruta Gedmintas

Votes: 3,036

Canned after just two episodes both of which I found fascinating.

26. Sword of Justice (1978–1979)

60 min | Adventure

The weekly adventures of wealthy playboy soldier-of-fortune Jack Cole.

Stars: Dack Rambo, Bert Rosario, Alex Courtney, Colby Chester

Votes: 57

Count of Monte Cristo modernized and softened for network TV. The perfect vehicle for Dack Rambo.

27. Shadow Chasers (1985–1986)

60 min | Fantasy, Mystery

A disparate duo investigates the paranormal.

Stars: Trevor Eve, Dennis Dugan, Nina Foch, Hermione Baddeley

Votes: 60

28. Girls Club (2002)

60 min | Drama

Three ambitious but naive young women work together at a prestigious San Francisco law firm and deal with everyday problems including sexist supervisors, stern bosses, back-stabbing co-workers, and cheating boyfriends.

Stars: Gretchen Mol, Kathleen Robertson, Chyler Leigh, Giancarlo Esposito

Votes: 80

FOX never gives anything but cartoons a chance.

29. Smith (2006–2007)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A drama about the lives of a crew of professional criminals.

Stars: Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Simon Baker, Jonny Lee Miller

Votes: 1,781

Great cast!

30. Roar (1997– )

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A young Irish chieftain fights against Roman encroachment.

Stars: Heath Ledger, Lisa Zane, Sebastian Roché, Vera Farmiga

Votes: 1,057

Fantasy fun with vivacious Lisa Zane.

31. Mind Games (2014)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

Centers on the complicated relationship between the Edwards brothers: Clark, a bipolar genius in human psychology, and Ross, a slick ex-con, who solve their clients' problems using the real science of human motivation and manipulation.

Stars: Christian Slater, Steve Zahn, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Gregory Marcel

Votes: 1,503

32. American Odyssey (2015)

60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Three families are torn apart when a stranded female soldier, a disillusioned corporate attorney and a disrespected political activist are pulled into the same shocking international military conspiracy.

Stars: Anna Friel, Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson, Omar Ghazaoui

Votes: 5,750

Explosive narrative!

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