It should surprise precisely no one that Paris Hilton's low-rated The World According to Paris was canceled by Oxygen today. That's gotta hurt. The only thing more depressing than finding out you've been canceled by Oxygen, is finding out your show is going to air on Oxygen. We feel for you, Paris, and having not seen your show, we'll assume it was a benchmark of quality. But most likely, it was opposite of that.

Anyways, here is a list of shows that were canceled far before their time. Join us as we pour a sip out on our Plasma HD's for nine television shows that shouldn't have been canceled.

Clone High

Clone High was canceled by MTV halfway through its first season to make more room for Tila Tequila and Speidi and other things that suck. Too bad, though. The very original, animated comedy (from Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs writer/directors Phil Lord and Chri Miller) skewered teen dramas like Dawson's Creek by following the clones of historical figures as they navigated the social landscape on high school. It's perfect. Abraham Lincoln and Gandhi are re-envisioned as dorks, Cleopatra is the Queen Bee, JFK is the jock, and Joan of Arc is the angsty goth chick.


Yes. A project starring Jay Mohr is being referred to as brilliant. The late 90's Fox series starred Mohr as Peter Dragon, a Hollywood producer trying to bounce back after a box office failure. The series took shots at Hollywood, which is always a popular move in Hollywood. I wonder why it was canceled?

Freaks and Geeks

It truly is a shame that NBC pulled the plug on Freaks and Geeks during its freshmen year. The Judd Apatow-created series was the springboard for many of today's biggest stars and boasted a quality of writing and performance that you don't see nowadays. Outside of Judd Apatow movies of course.

Party Down

If you're a comedy nerd, Party Down was one of the best things ever. Starring Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Megan Mullally and written by Joh Enbom, Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars), Dan Etheridge, and Paul Rudd, it was a show six years in the making. Though fans were rabid supporters, the series failed to build an audience for Starz. Mostly because, Starz? You want me to pay for Starz??


Wonderfalls was admittedly a tough sell. The series centered on a young woman who worked in a gift shop and could have conversations with animal figurines that would speak to her and guide her to help people. It originally aired on Fox, which meant it was moved all around the dial with little promotion. Thus, audiences couldn't find it. The show was canceled after four episodes and later found a cult following when thirteen episodes were released on DVD. One of the show's creators is Bryan Fuller, who was also responsible for two other prematurely canceled series - Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. Which are, if nothing else, adequately named.

The Job

This was Denis Leary's testing ground before striking gold with Rescue Me. The Job was shot in the style of other police procedurals but followed the exploits of a squad of bumbling detectives, and often lampooned the bureaucracy of police work. Like the case above where it's discovered that a dead body was moved to their jurisdiction by another precinct who didn't want to solve the case. Often hysterical, it sometimes came across like a documentary of police work in New York City.


This canceled series has done the near-impossible, enjoyed success after cancellation. Not quite to the degree that Star Trek has enjoyed, this space western created by Joss Whedon was retired after eleven of its fourteen produced episodes aired in Fox's doomed-at-the-time Friday night death slot. Thanks to strong DVD sales, the series continued on the big screen with the film Serenity, which failed to make a dent at the box office.

The Dana Carvey Show

Riding high from his successes on SNL and the Wayne's World films, Dana Carvey wasn't quite ready for prime-time. The series opened with the sketch above featuring Bill Clinton breastfeeding via his multiple nipples. This proved to be a bad move as it scared off its mismatched lead-in audience from Home Improvement. It's too bad that ABC didn't realize what they had with a cast and writing staff that included Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Robert Smigel, Jon Glaser, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, and Spike Feresten.

Arrested Development

What can I say? Fox strikes again. Despite six Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, a cult following, critical praise from all over, and being listed by Time magazine as one of the "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME," the network still shuffled the program up and down the schedule and failed to promote. Thus, the beloved show didn't grow in the ratings. The temultuous relationship between the show and network ended bitterly when Fox aired the final four episodes in an unpromoted two-hour block opposite the opening of the 2006 Winter Games. Last I checked, the 2006 Winter Games aren't on everyone's movie adaptation wishlist. In the meantime, we wait.