Everybody has a favorite show that went the way of the dinosaurs, but we think these 12 shows never should have been canceled when they received the axe.
We're talking about shows featuring a teenaged private eye, a group of ah-mah-zing friends and one critically-acclaimed show featuring an angsty teen whose chin-acting is unparallelled.
Without further ado ...
"Veronica Mars" Canceled After Three Seasons In 2007
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: The adventures of "Veronica Mars" were just beginning! Sure, she solved her best friend's murder, but imagine what the show could have been like had: 1. The CW let it go more noir and/or 2. It had jumped into the future with VM as an FBI agent. Gone too soon, VMars. But hey, now we have the movie ... [GIF via]
"Happy Endings" Canceled After Three Seasons In 2013
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: We were just getting to know these six ah-mah-zing friends, with their cayute abbrevs. Now we'll never see Penny fall in love, or Alex finally get enough to eat.
"The Comeback" Canceled After One Season In 2005
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: The world was not ready for a spoof on all the many (still) reality shows following famous has-beens trying to make a comeback and, sadly, HBO viewers said "I don't want to see that!" -- and not in the hilarious way Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish meant it. [GIF via]
"Party Down" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2010
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: Are we having fun yet? Following the best-worst catering company in the business, "Party Down" featured some of comedy's funniest names, but had trouble finding a solid audience on then-fledgling network Starz. Maybe it was just ahead of its time ...
"Pushing Daisies" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2009
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: The delightfully heartwarming, quirky, tongue-twisting, alliteration-loving adventures of Ned, Chuck, Olive and Emerson were a rare bright spot on TV -- the show sounded and looked like nothing else out there, probably to its detriment. [GIF via]
"Freaks And Geeks" Canceled After One Season In 2000
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Busy Philipps all in one place!? Imagine if we got more of that action. Long live Lindsay Weir!
"Carnivale" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2005
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: It's never a good idea to halt the apocalyptic battle between good and evil before a victor has been declared, especially when the deliciously terrifying Clancy Brown was bringing the darkness. [GIF via]
“My So-Called Life” Canceled After One Season In 1995
Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled: Think about how many more hours we could have spent watching Claire Danes cry. Ugh, the drama was so real and so good. [GIF via]
"Huff" Canceled After Two Seasons In 2006
Why It Shouldn't Have Been Canceled: "Huff" was a short-lived Showtime series about a psychotherapist having a midlife crisis while dealing with his schizophrenic brother and family. It had an all-star TV cast: Hank Azaria led the way as "Huff," Paget Brewster played his wife and Anton Yelchin was his son. Oliver Platt and Blythe Danner rounded out the cast as the wacky best friend and wacky grandma, respectively (yes, they hooked up once). It had heart and plenty of laughs.
"Friday Night Lights” Canceled After Five Seasons In 2011
Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled: Because every single TV family now pales in comparison to the Taylors.
"Firefly" Canceled After One Season In 2002
Why It Shouldn’t Have Been Canceled: Because no matter how many good shows the cast stars in after, none are half as shiny as this. We'll always wonder what might have been on the small screen, despite the solid movie and ongoing comic books.[GIF via]
"Go On" Canceled After One Season In 2013
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The "Xena: Warrior Princess" star appeared in the Season 2 episode "Donut Run" as an FBI agent investigating the disappearance of Duncan Kane, who kidnapped the daughter he had with Meg. Lawless' FBI agent could come back to town to tackle the murder that brings Veronica Mars back.
Max Greenfield played the lovable Deputy Leo on 11 episodes of "Veronica Mars." A one-time love interest for the titular character, Leo could easily be in the film ... and will likely make an appearance! "Max is driving a hard bargain to reprise his role as Deputy Leo. His direct quote was that he'd take no pay and fly himself to set," <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/398514/veronica-mars-movie-scoop-rob-thomas-dishes-on-possibly-bringing-series-back-to-tv-max-greenfield-s-return" target="_blank">series creator Rob Thomas told E! Online</a>. "He'll be the Leo we've known and loved. We'll find him working as a detective for the San Diego Police Department."
Alyson Hannigan/Charisma Carpenter
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" veterans Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter both appeared on "Veronica Mars": Hannigan played Logan's sister, Trina, and Carpenter played Logan's former lover who was in with the Fitzpatrick gang family. Carpenter's character was left for dead ... but there's always the magic of TV.
Jonathan Taylor Thomas
"Veronica Mars" was one of Jonathan Taylor Thomas' few TV appearances since the end of "Home Improvement." He played an FBI agent undercover at the high school to thwart a bombing. His character could partner up with Lawless' and return to Neptune ...
Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain appeared in one episode of "Veronica Mars" in Season 1 as Veronica's pregnant neighbor Sarah. It's a stretch, but if Chastain wants in, Thomas could easily write a cameo.
Armie Hammer guest starred in the Season 3 episode of "Veronica Mars" titled "Wichita Linebacker" as Kurt, a football player who hired Veronica to find his missing playbook.
Amanda Seyfried auditioned for the role of Veronica Mars, but wound up playing her dead best friend Lilly Kane. The character's murder was at the center of Season 1. The show was big on flashbacks, making Seyfried's appearance more likely than Chastain's.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon guest starred as an employee of a rental car agency. Veronica Mars might need some wheels when she returns to Neptune ... "It was unfettered joy," <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/adambvary/joss-whedon-on-kickstarter-and-firefly" target="_blank">Whedon told Buzzfeed of his reaction to the "Veronica Mars" movie</a>. "A) I thought it was an awesome and ballsy move. B) I love V. Mars and want more of it. And C) It feels like a real game-changer. Like, not since Louis C.K. [selling his comedy special directly online]."
Adam Scott/Leighton Meester
Adam Scott played a teacher who is accused and later confirmed to have slept with and impregnanted students. In the Season 1 episode "Mars vs. Mars," Leighton Meester played his accuser. She later popped up as Carrie Bishop. Since the plot of the "Veronica Mars" movie involves the 10-year Neptune High reunion, Meester's appearance would be very easy to write in.
Before she was the "B---- in Apt. 23," Krysten Ritter played Gia Goodman, daughter to mayor/molester Woody Goodman and one of Veronica's Neptune High classmates. <a href="https://twitter.com/Krystenritter/status/313735974330986496" target="_blank">Ritter tweeted that she wants in </a>so maybe we'll see her at the reunion.
Michael Cera/Alia Shawkat
"Arrested Development" stars Michael Cera and Alia Shawkat both appeared in the Season 2 episode "Rapes of Graff" that served as the main case of the first part of "Veronica Mars" Season 3. Cera played an awkward tour guide and Shawkat a rape victim.
"Glee" star Dianna Agron played one of Veronica's college classmates. Maybe her character could've stuck around Neptune once she graduated college?
Aaron Ashmore (left) played Troy Vandergraf, one of Veronica's love interests who later tried to use her to smuggle drugs and run off with his girlfriend. She of course foiled his plans. With his twin brother on "The Following," we think the "Smallville" alum could revisit his TV roots too.
Jane Lynch appeared as a teacher at Neptune High before she starred in "Glee" and "Party Down." Hey, sometimes teachers attend the reunions ...
Ken Marino appeared in several episodes as scrupulous private eye Vinnie Van Lowe. In Season 3, his character ran against Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) for sheriff of Neptune. Keith lost the election and it's easy to believe Vinnie is still head of sheriff's department 10 years later.
Paris Hilton appeared in an early Season 1 episode as one of Veronica's high school classmates and Logan's girlfriend. Again, a 10-year reunion makes her appearance an easy one, especially since Hilton doesn't seem to be doing that much lately.
"The Following" star Valorie Curry played Jane, one of Wallace's girlfriends in Season 2 of "Veronica Mars." The 10-year reunion plot makes her appearance very doable.