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10 Canceled TV Shows That Came Back

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'JAG'
The cast of the tenth season of "JAG" in 2002. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
The cast of the tenth season of "JAG" in 2002. CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

"JAG" made history for un-canceled programs. ABC axed the drama about the military legal system – Judge Advocate General – after its first season, which ran from 1995 to 1996. Before the news was officially announced, both NBC and CBS lobbied to pick the series up for its sophomore season. CBS won the tug of war. "JAG" found a new home there, lasting until 2005. About 10 million viewers tuned in weekly to watch lawyers deal with serious, realistic issues, including military tribunals, sexism, civilian shootings and prisoner abuse [source: Ryan]. The show wasn't canceled a second time due to poor ratings; it ended because lead actor David James Elliott wasn't returning for an 11th season.

"JAG" lives on in the spin-off series "NCIS," starring Mark Harmon. The action drama about the Naval Criminal Investigative Servicehas been on the air even longer than its parent. "NCIS" even produced spin-offs of its own based in New Orleans and Los Angeles – quite a legacy from a show that was originally given only one year to make its mark.