You start watching a programme; you’re half way through the first, perhaps even the second series and then you find out that said programme is being cancelled. You let out a slow motion ‘nooooo’ and proceed to weep quietly in the corner. If you’re lucky they’ll develop some make-shift ending, but sometimes they don’t even finish the season. They just leave you hanging. Lost, confused, hurt. Life, as you know it, is ruined.
These are programmes that were cut short, leaving a gaping hole in many peoples lives…never to be filled again.
Named after the iconic Pan America World Airways, Pan Am was an American period drama based on the pilots and stewardesses of the airline in the 1960s.
Featuring a strong female cast including the brilliant Christina Ricci, it was a nostalgic take on the world of air-travel at the beginning of the commercial ‘jet age’.
Cancelled during season 1 after just 14 episodes.
Ran from September 25, 2011 – February 19, 2012.
The beloved American sci-fi drama about average, every-day people who had superhuman abilities. With a plot that was similar to comic book stories, Heroes told the story of the characters and their abilities, and how the super powers effected their lives.
It featured a highly popular main cast (Kristen Bell, Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto) & gripping story-lines, which developed a large fan base.
Cancelled after 4 seasons and 78 episodes.
It ran from September 25, 2006 – February 8, 2010.
Adapted from the science-fiction novel of the same name by Robert J. Sawyer, Flashforward centred on the lives of several people after the world had a ‘blackout’, causing everyone to lose consciousness for 2 minutes and 17 seconds. During this short time people had visions of their lives in the future.
A mysterious, intriguing and high-concept narrative that simply wasn’t given the time to develop.
Cancelled after season 1 and 22 episodes.
Ran from September 24, 2009 – May 27, 2010.
Produced by Marti Noxon (writer and producer of Buffy), Point Pleasant revolved around a young girl named Christina who mysteriously washed up on the shore near Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. It followed Christina as she tried to discover her past, which revealed that she was actually the ‘child of darkness’; the antichrist.
Dark and sinister, with glimpses of what could have been an exciting programme.
Cancelled during season 1, after 13 episodes.
Ran from January 19 – June 10, 2005.
When college dropout Georgia ‘George’ died before her time, she was recruited to become a grim reaper. Alongside the other reapers George’s job was to collect peoples souls and help them pass over into the afterlife. It was a comedy drama that had a lot of heart; it managed to be dark and lighthearted at the same time. With a meaningful plot and genuinely interesting and likeable characters.
Cancelled after 2 seasons and 29 episodes.
Ran from June 27, 2003 – October 31, 2004.
Firefly was a space western, sci-fi programme which followed the action and adventures of the unruly crew of the spaceship ‘Serenity’ (a ‘Firefly-class’ ship). From the acclaimed and brilliant Joss Whedon, who has since gone on to direct ‘The Avengers’ movie, it had outstanding special and visual effects and a contemporary feel for the genre.
Cancelled during season 1, after 14 episodes.
Ran from September 20 – December 20, 2002.
Another show from an acclaimed creator, this time it was J.J.Abrams, who bought us Alias. It followed the story of CIA agent Sydney Bristow, who carried out her missions under numerous aliases, whilst trying to hide her life from her friends and family. An action show that naturally slipped into the science-fiction genre. Whilst it had a good run, it could have gone on for much longer!
Cancelled after 5 seasons and 105 episodes.
Ran from September 30, 2001 – May 22, 2006.
V was an American sci-fi programme and a remake of the 1983 miniseries. It chronicled a technologically advanced alien species, who landed on earth with apparent peaceful motives, but inevitably had more sinister plans. A well-made and surprisingly unique programme, with a first rate cast including Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost). Sadly the ratings just weren’t there.
Cancelled during season 2, after 22 episodes.
Ran from November 3, 2009 – March 25, 2011.
Set in the fictional town of Neptune, California, Veronica Mars was a feisty and intelligent high-school student who spent her time moonlighting as a private investigator, whilst simultaneously helping her detective father at his investigation agency. A smart and sharp series, with the captivating Kristen Bell at the helm.
Cancelled after 3 seasons and 64 episodes.
Ran from September 22, 2004 – May 22, 2007.
The most recent show to appear on this list, Ringer starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters Bridget and Siobhan. Bridget was on the run from the mob, so she posed as her wealthy sister, unbeknown to her that Siobhan was also in big trouble. A programme that revolved around secrets and lies, it always left you wanting more. Sadly now we’ll always be left with that feeling.
Cancelled after 1 season and 22 episodes.
Ran from September 13, 2011 – April 17, 2012.