10 Surprisingly Canceled TV Shows

Episode delays and shifts can mean a quick TV death for shows; such was the case for 'Firefly.' Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

"Firefly" never had a chance. The 2002 series about a crew of misfits traveling on the edges of uninhabited space was not beloved by Fox. The network wanted more drama and romance even though the spaceship's second in command, Zoe, was happily married to the pilot, and could never afford to hook up with the captain. Fox also didn't like the original pilot, so it aired the episodes out of order. Viewers had trouble finding the show because episodes were delayed and shifted. (Major League Baseball was the big draw.) And the show was often so dark. Fox canceled "Firefly" after 14 episodes were filmed, but only 11 were ever aired.

"Firefly" fans didn't give up. DVD sales were good and the series was popular at conventions. The creator, Joss Whedon, even continued the story with a comic series. Finally in 2005, a follow-up film, "Serenity," was released in theaters. Although this didn't re-boot the series as some devotees hoped, Whedon shook it off, carrying on with such projects as "The Avengers," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Much Ado About Nothing." Rest in peace, "Firefly."