Small-Screen Lives Cut Short

We all have those television shows that we absolutely loved. You know, the shows we waited all week for and would rush home just to watch. Whether they lasted for six months or six years, you know what they say — all good things must come to an end (whether we like it or not).

Here are 10 shows we wish would have stuck around:


7th Heaven (1996-2007)

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One of the longest-running dramas in television history, viewers cherished the impossibly perfect family of the hit show. Every week fans of all ages tuned in to watch the family of seven tackle issues such as teen pregnancy, racism, drug use and faith. For 11 seasons we watched Annie and Eric raise their kids, welcome grandkids and take in a few misguided heartthrobs. In 2007, the CW Television Network pulled the plug on the popular show.


Married... with Children (1987-1997)

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Married...with Children was a sitcom that every family could somehow relate to. During the show's time on the FOX Network, it managed to capture both female and male viewers with relevant story lines and unique humor. The show addressed issues like sex, poverty, family and working-class life. Pushing the boundaries of acceptable morality at the time, Married... with Children managed to become Fox's longest-running live-action sitcom ever. While it had a successful run, we were still sad to see the unique and very relatable family of four go.


The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996)

The sitcom was first introduced to us in the 1990s. We fell in love with then-rapper Will Smith as he made his first acting appearance, playing a street-smart teenager who was sent from Philadelphia to California to live with his aunt and uncle. The show was an instant hit, captivating audiences with hilarious dialogue and relatable stories. After six seasons, the show was canceled in 1996. Today, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air legacy continues to live on, with several networks still airing episodes.


Ugly Betty (2006-2010)

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Inspired by a Columbia telenovela, Ugly Betty is about a smart, but unpolished, girl who finds herself working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Mode Magazine, one of New York's top fashion magazines. Betty, played by America Ferrera, starts as an overlooked character who is struggling to fit in and is constantly fighting with her family. She eventually finds her way, accepting a new job in London. While Betty had a beautiful ending, we were sad to hear we weren't going to be able to follow her on her next adventure.


Boy Meets World (1993-2000)

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Who didn’t love Cory Matthews, Topanga Lawrence and the rest of the clan? The ABC hit sitcom wrapped humor, drama and excitement into each episode, addressing life's lessons in a way that was relatable to both teens and families. After watching the characters grow up and enduring season after season of wisdom from Mr. Feeny, we were sad to see this show go.


Saved by the Bell (1989-1993)

Zack, Screech, Kelly, A.C., Lisa and Jessie — we loved them all. From the breakups to makeups and everything in between, this high school gang taught us countless lessons about friendships, hardships, family and, of course — love. After four years of making us laugh and amusing us with big hair and acid wash jeans, NBC took the show off the air for good. We may not be able to catch any new episodes of the hit show, but the Bayside High School clan will forever be in our hearts.


Desperate Housewives (2004-2012)

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We were heartbroken when we found out the sassy women of Wisteria Lane weren't going to be returning to television after wrapping up their 2011-2012 season. Throughout the eight years Desperate Housewives was on-screen, we got to know the ladies and learn from their relationships, romance and heartache and were sad when producers called it quits back in 2012.


Gossip Girl (2007-2012)

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For six years, women everywhere tuned in every Monday night, waiting anxiously for the delivery of the latest drama from the Upper East Side, but in late 2012 that all ended. We said goodbye to an era, as Gossip Girl wrapped up its last season. While we won't be able to live vicariously through our favorite fictional family of elitists anymore, we will forever remember one thing that they taught us: Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.


Freaks and Geeks (1999)

It might be the best show about high school ever made. The sharp-witted comedy takes a look at high school life in the early '80s, focusing on siblings Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini) and younger brother Sam (John Francis Daley). Despite the show's so-so ratings, the show served as breakthrough roles for household names Jason Segel, James Franco and Seth Rogen, who starred as high school misfits in the show. Lasting only one season, we were sad to see this show go.


Sex and the City (1998-2012)

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Let’s just face it — women everywhere fell in love with Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda. Between their love affairs, fashion, friendships, power and success, the female family of four taught us a lot. But after six seasons and 94 episodes, fashionistas everywhere were saddened by the news that the show would be going off-air, for good. While the DVDs and reruns still linger today, we can't help but wonder what life would be like for the ladies had the show continued.

Television shows come and go. Lucky for us, fall is bringing a new batch of comedies, dramas, horror and sci-fi shows everyone will enjoy. Here are a few to look forward to:

  • ABC will introduce a new show called Betrayal, a sultry, high society romantic thriller.
  • CBS will introduce a new show called Mom, an edgy yet humorous sitcom.
  • Law & Order: SVU will be back on NBC for another surprising season.
  • NBC will introduce a new limited-series called Dracula, just in time for Halloween.

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Brian October 06, 2013 | 12:12 AM

If a show lasts for more than a decade, I don't see how it could count as being cut short.

Millagorilla October 03, 2013 | 11:59 PM

Any show with more than 4 seasons had plenty of time on the air. Pushing Daisies, Party Down, Arrested Development, Rome, Deadwood. These are shows that ended too soon.

Josh October 03, 2013 | 11:57 PM

I'm not sure if you know the definition of "too soon", given that more than half of the shows ended past their prime.

Troy October 01, 2013 | 1:23 PM

3rd Rock From the Sun

Monica October 01, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Firefly. Almost all of these shows listed lasted longer!

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