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People who added this item 42 Average listal rating (25 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.5
This NBC midseason replacement did well enough in season 1 to get a season 2. But the ratings plummeted in the second season and it was pulled from the schedule before the second season even finished.
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People who added this item 240 Average listal rating (132 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
A prequel to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. saw Peggy Carter fighting Hydra in the 1950s. Sadly, there were not enough viewers to justify a season three.
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 5.9
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People who added this item 211 Average listal rating (124 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
This SyFy drama about people with special powers never found its audience, so a third season was not in the cards.
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This show may have been too weird for a broadcast network audience in 2002. FOX renewed it for a second season anyway, but pulled it off the air and cancelled it in the middle of season 2.
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Better Off Ted was created by Victor Fresco, the same man who created Andy Richter Controls the Universe. This show met the same fate as that one: two and done.
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Starz seems to make a habit of canceling shows after just two seasons. This comedy starring Patrick Stewart as an LA news anchor never saw a third season
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People who added this item 65 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
Another of Starz two season wonders, Boss ended its two season, 18-episode run in 2012.
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This FX crime drama based on the Scandinavian show of the same name, did not follow in the path of other FX shows such as Justified and Sons of Anarchy, and was cancelled after season 2.
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People who added this item 685 Average listal rating (350 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.5
Carnivàle'​‍s first episode set a new audience record for an HBO original series. But the ratings slowly diminished over two seasons and HBO called it quits.
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People who added this item 151 Average listal rating (60 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7
This Sex and the City prequel lasted for just two 13-episode seasons on The CW.
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
This series, based on the movie of the same name, aired on Starz. And like almost all series on Starz, it was cancelled after season 2.
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This Criminal Minds spin-off did not have the audience of the mother ship and came to an end after season 2.
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People who added this item 35 Average listal rating (19 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 5.4
The ratings for this CSI spin-off plummeted in season 2, and after 16 years, the entire CSI franchise came to an end.
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People who added this item 805 Average listal rating (527 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.4
The show that made Jessica Alba a star somehow could not manage to get a third season.
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People who added this item 1002 Average listal rating (580 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
This Showtime series  ran for 29 episodes over its two season run, but  also got a bonus  TV movie.
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People who added this item 740 Average listal rating (433 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7
This Joss Whedon sci-fi series did better than Firefly, but it still could not manage a season 3.
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ABC was very pleased with this comedy's first seasons ratings, but not so much with the second season. They pulled it off of the air with eight episodes remaining in Season 2.
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People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.7
Real life doctor-turned-actor Ken Jeong saw his based-on-my-life sitcom come to an end after two seasons on ABC.
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People who added this item 123 Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
This ABC series ran for 22 episodes, over two seasons in 2008 before getting the hook. ABC did air the remaining four episodes in the summer of 2009 but the series never got a satisfying conclusion.
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (39 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
This HBO critical darling ran for 18 episodes between 2011 and 2013 before the network cancelled it.
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (40 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
Summer shows don't seem to get a lot of respect. Even summer shows starring Halle Berry. CBS put this alien, artificial intelligence thriller out to pasture after a two season run.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (44 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.4
USA Network canceled this show starring Sarah Shahi on November 1, 2012, after two seasons, due to low ratings.
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
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This HBO show from New Zealand musical comedy duo Jemaine Celment and Bret McKenzie is on every list of shows that people want revived. 
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Galavant was the lowest rated scripted show on ABC during the 2014-15 season. But ABC programming chief Paul Lee loved the show, so it got a second season. The ratings went even lower in season 2, but since Lee had gotten fired mid-season, Galavant couldn't make it to season 3.
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People who added this item 28 Average listal rating (15 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.4
The world may not have been ready for this off-kilter comedy in which Chris Elliot played a 30-something paper boy who still lived at home with his parents. The then new FOX network gave it a second season, but it was not meant to be.
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Amazon announced the cancellation of this streaming series as they were wrapping up the storyline for season 2.
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SyFy's show about killer viruses that threatened to wipe out the entire world, got wiped out itself after the second season finale.
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How to Make It in America followed two enterprising twenty-somethings hustling their way through New York City's fashion scene. But the show's producers could not hustle a third season out of HBO.
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People who added this item 64 Average listal rating (37 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8
Two days before the second season finale, Showtime announced that this show would not be picked up for a third season, and several plotlines were left unresolved.
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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Impaster was part of TV Land's move to single camera comedies. But two seasons was all this con man poses as a gay pastor show could muster.
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Just before the final episode of this con-artist comedy's second season, Bravo announced this series would not see a third season and cancelled the show.
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People who added this item 191 Average listal rating (112 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.7
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People who added this item 639 Average listal rating (401 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 8
This low-rated CBS post-apocalyptic drama was cancelled after its first season and the show's fans revolted. The network took note of the fans online campaign to bring the show back, and renewed Jericho for a second season to debut mid-season. When the second season finally debuted, the ratings were even lower than season one. CBS cancelled the show for good, but the story line did continued in a comic book series.
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This CBS drama about a teenage girl who literally talks with God, saw the conversation cut short after just two seasons.
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The Friends spin off that nobody seemed to like was cancelled by NBC in the middle of its second season.
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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.8
CBS tried to recapture the magic they had with "King of Queens" by adding Leah Remini to the cast for the second season of this Kevin James sitcom. It didn't work.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The L.A. Complex was a Canadian series about Canucks trying to make it in the City of Angels that aired on MuchMusic in Canada and The CW in the United States. The show may have been done in by a botched marketing campaign that made it look like a cheap Melrose Place knock-off.
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This TNT crime drama featured Sean Bean as an FBI agent who worked on a new case each week. TNT then rebooted the show for season 2 and focused on Bean's character's identity and moved the show's setting from Los Angeles to Europe. None of this attracted any new viewers and the show was canceled after two seasons and 20 episodes.
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Australian comic Jim Jefferie's show debuted on FX in 2013 to low ratings. It got renewed for a second season since the network's new spin off channel, FXX, needed programming. The ratings went lower and the show was cancelled after two seasons.
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People who added this item 172 Average listal rating (100 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
This 2010 mid-season replacement on The CW seemed to be a return to the family shows that permeated the network during the old days of The WB. But alas, the magic wasn't there and it was cancelled after two low-rated seasons.
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People who added this item 219 Average listal rating (138 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.5
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Yet another Starz show that lasted only two seasons. Gangsters in Miami during the 1960s proved not to be as popular as ad men in New York in the 1960s.
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TV shows that were renewed after one season, only to be cancelled after two.

Many shows are rumored to be returning for a third season, but until they actually make it to air, they will remain on this list.

I did not include any British shows on this list because, quite honestly, I don't understand the British TV business model. (Six episodes this year, six episodes next year and . . . finished! Wait, what?)

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