The Surprisingly Canceled TV Shows Quiz


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Dozens of new shows premiere every year, but only a select few live to see another season. Take our quiz to see how much you know about fan favorites and classic series that were canceled too soon.

How many seasons did "Veronica Mars" last?

Despite running for just three short seasons — from 2004 to 2007 — the teen noir managed to gather a loyal fan following.

What year was the "Veronica Mars" movie released?

It took seven years, but Marshmallows finally got their wish when the "Veronica Mars" movie premiered in 2014. Rob Thomas and company raised more than $6 million on Kickstarter to help finance the film.

What group was the star of "Party Down"?

"Party Down," a Rob Thomas drama which focused on a Hollywood catering crew, got the axe after just two seasons in 2010.

Which band did Lindsay plan to follow when "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled?

Lindsay left home to follow the Grateful Dead at the end of season one. Unfortunately, the show was canceled immediately after, so no one knows where her life went from there.

What was the name of the school in "Freaks and Geeks"?

If you weren't a jock or cheerleader at McKinley High, you fell firmly within the category of freaks and geeks.

What state is Deadwood located in?

Inspired by the real-life town of Deadwood, South Dakota, the TV series of the same name lasted just three seasons.

Which former friend stars in "The Comeback"?

Lisa Kudrow plays Valerie Cherish in "The Comeback." The show was canceled after just one season in 2005, but HBO brought the series back in 2014.

How many episodes did vampire-drama "Moonlight" last before it was canceled in 2007?

CBS canceled "Moonlight" after just four episodes. The next year, "Twilight" broke box-office records, making vampires a hot commodity.

What was the name of Claire Danes' character on "My So-Called Life"?

Danes played Angela Chase, with Jared Leto as Jordan Catalano in the teen angst drama.

How many seasons did "My So-Called Life" run?

Despite its lingering popularity, the series lasted just one short season. Its downfall could be due to its schedule — the show ran opposite "Friends" and "Mad About You."

What year did "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" premiere?

The show, which offered a peek behind the scenes of an Saturday Night Live-like production, premiered in 2006. Unfortunately, "30 Rock" came out the same year, pushing "Studio 60" off the air.

True or false: "Family Guy" premiered on a Wednesday, so few people actually saw it.

The crude animated sitcom premiered after the 1999 Super Bowl but failed to catch on despite the built-in audience.

What year did "Futurama" debut?

"Futurama" ran on Fox from 1999 to 2003. Comedy Central eventually picked it up for a series of TV movies and a few more seasons.

What job do the characters on "Futurama" have?

Fry, Leela and the gang work for Planet Express, an intergalactic delivery company.

How many seasons did "Pushing Daisies" last?

The Bryan Fuller drama made it just two seasons from 2007 to 2009. Another Fuller drama, "Wonderfalls," was canceled after just four episodes in 2005.

What is Ned's special skill in "Pushing Daisies"?

Ned is a baker with the ability to bring people back to life — for a little while, that is.

What year was "Sports Night" canceled?

"Sports Night," which gave a behind-the-scenes look at a sports news show, ran from 1998 to 2000.

What role does George take on in "Dead Like Me"?

Georgia Lass, better known as George, becomes the grim reaper after she dies in this Bryan Fuller drama.

What network pulled the plug on "Better Off Ted" after just 26 episodes?

"Better Off Ted," a sciencey version of "The Office," ran for just 26 episodes until ABC canceled the series.

How many episodes were made of "Grosse Pointe"?

"Grosse Pointe," which offered a behind-the-scenes look at a teen TV drama, consisted of just 17 episodes and ran from 2000 to 2001.

What canceled-too-soon series stars Michael Bluth?

Bluth is the main character in "Arrested Development," which Fox canceled after just three seasons in 2006.

Who brought "Arrested Development" back from the dead?

Seven years after the series was canceled, Netflix brought the show back for a fourth season in 2013.

What is the Bluth family's favorite fruit?

After their family real estate business tanked, the Bluths made a living with a series of frozen banana stands.

True or false: "The Michael J. Fox Show" was canceled after 15 episodes.

Despite a multinetwork bidding war for the show in 2012, NBC canceled the "The Michael J. Fox Show" after just 15 episodes.

How many seasons did cult hit "Firefly" run?

Sci-fi drama "Firefly" ran for a single season from 2002 to 2003 before Fox canceled it..

What is the name of the spaceship in "Firefly"?

The crew of the Serenity, a firefly-class space vessel, struggle to survive as they fight an oppressive regime in the short-lived series.

What canceled-too-soon show focused on the death of Laura Palmer?

In "Twin Peaks," which ran from 1990 to 1992, police tried to figure out who killed teen beauty queen Laura Palmer.

What network announced in 2015 that it will resurrect "Twin Peaks"?

In 2015, Showtime announced that it would bring back the cult favorite for a 2017 premiere.

What year did "Heroes" premiere?

"Heroes" ran from 2006 to 2010. A reboot, "Heroes Reborn," lasted a single season when it hit the airwaves in 2015.

How did fans convince CBS executives to renew "Jericho"?

Fans sent large quantities of peanuts to CBS executives to convince them to greenlight a second season of "Jericho." While the plan worked for a while, the Skeet Ulrich drama was axed after season two.

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