Axed! 8 great tv shows that were gone too soon

They say it’s better to have loved and lost, but we still can’t get over these classic TV shows!
There’s nothing worse than sinking your teeth into a damn fine TV show, only to have a network decide it’s not worth the investment and snatch it from the programming schedule with barely a mention, much less a goodbye party. Here’s just a handful of axed shows we’re grieving.

Party Down (2009-2010)

It’s a show about a group of actors who move to LA with the hopes of making the big time… and end up working as caterers. This likeable comedy has co-creator Paul Rudd’s paws all over it and boasts a great cast, including Jane Lynch, Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan. But disappearing after two seasons? That’s just a tease. 


Hung (2009-2011)
It was a bit sexy, a bit naughty, a bit weird and a lot funny. Thomas Jane stars as the family man who resorts to prostitution to pay his bills – and it was actually as smart as it was entertaining. It scored a heap of award nominations, too, so fans were well and truly sad it had such a short run.


Flight of the Conchords (2007-2009)

Although we’re pretty sure Conchords never came back after 3 seasons because its comedian creators had other projects to go on to, we heartily wish someone had strapped them both into a chair and forced them to write another season. Or three. 


Carnivale (2006-2008)
The unique show about two characters with mysterious healing powers, and a battle between good and evil was set during the Great Depression and won five Emmys. It also reportedly cost a fortune to make and couldn’t maintain its initially high ratings, so it got the chop – leaving plotlines and fans high and dry.


Deadwood (2004-2006)
A rude, rough-round-the-edges Western set in 19th Century South Dakota, this brilliant series driven by a stellar ensemble cast that included Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant just never got its chance to play out. Shame.


Dark Angel (2000-2002)
We love a genetically-engineered superhero, and Max Guevara – played to perfection by Jessica Alba – was an ass-kicking delight. Sadly, it never really took off, but given time, we reckon it could have. 


Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)
This cult classic show about a group of high-school cliques was yanked off the air quicker than you can say “Disco Sucks.” Little did we know that creator (Judd Apatow) and main cast (James Franco, Seth Rogan and Jason Segal) would become, like, bigger than Ben Hur. All we have to say is, thank goodness for Netflix. 


The Comedy Company (1988-1990)
It was one of Australia’s most popular sketch shows, bringing us everyone from Kylie Mole to Con The Fruiterer, Uncle Arthur to Col’n Carpenter. It won awards, the characters appeared in spin-off shows and there were even catchphrase dolls available – and an appearance from a young Kylie Minogue. Some might say it ended on a high, but we wish it had stuck around for more than two years!

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