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Now that there’s more TV than ever before, even more shows get canceled.

Some shows get canceled because both critics and audiences hate them. Some get canceled because audiences don’t care, even if critics do. And some get canceled for reasons we’ll likely never know.

There have been quite a few painful cancellations throughout TV history, and here we picked some of the ones that hurt the most.

From “Freaks and Geeks” to “Pushing Daisies,” here are the 14 most painful TV cancellations of all time.

*Note: we did not include shows that have since been rebooted or picked up for another season, like “Arrested Development,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “The Expanse.”

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“My So-Called Life” — ABC, canceled after one season (1994-1995)

This one-season teen drama perfectly captured teen angst in the 90s. And although it introduced us to the can of worms that is Jared Leto, it also introduced the world to Claire Danes, one of the most exceptional actors of the past few decades. Even though her performance earned her an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe win, ABC didn’t give the show a second season.

“Freaks and Geeks” — NBC, canceled after one season (1999-2000)

“Freaks and Geeks” wasn’t a painful cancellation at the time because most people who love it now weren’t even aware of its existence. But it gained popularity after it ended, particularly since every member of its cast has become successful: Jason Segel, Martin Starr, James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, Busy Phillips, and more.

“Firefly” — Fox, canceled after one season (2002-2003)

“Star Wars” is a space opera with some Western elements, while the short-lived “Firefly” is a Western that takes place in space. It’s just as funny as it is dramatic, mostly thanks to its talented cast including Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk, and its world is so detailed that you’re immersed in it immediately. It only lasted one season, but it’s had a lasting impact on creator Joss Whedon’s career, sci-fi, and the people who watched it.

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