5 Cancelled TV Shows That Should Be Brought Back

FREAKS AND GEEKS (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)
FREAKS AND GEEKS (Image Credit: NBCUniversal)

It’s happened to all of us: we start watching a new show, get insanely invested in it and then, out of nowhere, it ends. It doesn’t answer our questions. It doesn’t have a goodbye episode. It just ends. For a moment there, we kind of feel like our world just ended alongside it. I feel like I have to scream at the TV screen, “NO! How am I ever going to know if my favorite couple ended up together?” For all the people out there who have felt this frustration, this one is for you. Here is my list of the 5 cancelled TV shows that should be brought back. 

Freaks and Geeks

Seth Rogen, Jason Segal and James Franco all in one place… Please tell me why this show was taken off the air in the first place? NBC cancelled Freaks and Geeks in 2000 without finishing the entirety of the 18-episode season. However, I personally think that as far as comedic television goes, it doesn’t get much better. Granted, I was six when the series got cancelled and watched them much, much later. However, this leads me to believe that the humor was just made during the wrong time period. If brought back with today’s audience, I think this show has major LOL potential.

Freaks and Geeks

Which is probably why they cancelled this show. Well, just so you know, you blew it.

The Gates

Cancelled in 2010 due to low ratings, The Gates only saw one season, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why. It centered on a gated community (and when I say gated, I mean literally everything you need is inside the gates and no one else is allowed inside without specific permission) that is host to vampires, witches and werewolves. You can only imagine the kind of drama that can come from that sort of living arrangement. I watched the first season entranced and excited for more, and was disappointed to hear that it wouldn’t continue. It’s not too late, ABC! Bring it back!

The Gates

Oh, did I forget to mention Colton Haynes was in it? His distressed face is reason enough to bring it back, right?

The Secret Circle

The end to The Secret Circle was one of the biggest bummers for anyone who is a fan of author L.J. Smith, who also wrote The Vampire Diaries, which is still airing on the CW with a massive following. This makes me wonder why The Secret Circle didn’t hold the same success. The story had action, suspense, romance and drama: all the essential factors to create a good supernatural television show. It was cancelled in 2012 after a drop in ratings and alleged budgeting issues, but I think it had a lot more life left in it. If you’ve read the novels, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

Secret Circle

But can you be actually?


Firefly became a kind of cult classic in no amount of time whatsoever. Fox only aired 11 of the 14 episodes that it produced before cancelling the show in 2002. The cast and the fans have remained dedicated to the short-lived series after all this time, making me believe that Fox made a big mistake when they cancelled this show. Firefly has the potential to come back and come back with a bang. The Browncoats will make sure of it.



This is perhaps the happiest of the five, considering we’re getting what we wished for: Heroes is going to be brought back after being off air for four years. This show is one that maintained its following well after its end, prompting graphic novels, websites and other merchandise. Its fandom had never let go of the intrigue of the story, which has thus prompted the new miniseries that will premiere on NBC in 2015.



Dear NBC, the CW, ABC and Fox: I’m talking to you. Just bring these back for me, will you? Even if it’s just one more season to wrap up all the loose ends, I will be a happy camper. Okay, maybe I’ll still be a little mad that it’s over, but come on! You can’t just leave me with all these questions and expect me not to hate you.

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Brailey can always be found writing or designing spreads for her university magazine. Buy her a Naked Juice and a Tony Scott film and she’ll be your best friend. She is currently studying Journalism at High Point University.

One thought on “5 Cancelled TV Shows That Should Be Brought Back

  1. I wish they’d bring back Jane By Design. That was an awesome show, and I hate they cancelled it after one season.

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