7 Canceled Sci-Fi Shows That Need the Revival Treatment

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 1:10PM
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 1:10PM
7 Canceled Sci-Fi Shows That Need the Revival Treatment
For better and for worse, everyone wants in on the revival game. Everything from Twin Peaks to Voltron to Xena: Warrior Princess is making a comeback, and while the recent reboots have ranged from decent (The X-Files) to disappointing (Heroes Reborn) to complete and utter failures (Minority Report), there are still many shows we would love to see come back for a new season or miniseries. Here are seven canceled-too-soon sci-fi shows that we're clamoring to see back on our screens:

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles

Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles is deserving of a reboot on two important fronts: first, it's one of the best (and most underrated) sci-fi series of all time, and second, it ended on a huge, tantalizing cliffhanger. The show had a little bit of trouble finding its footing at first, but by the end of the second season, it was a well-written, exciting, and thoughtful chapter of the Terminator saga, featuring a better exploration of the philosophy of AI than the films ever managed, not to mention top-notch performances from Summer Glau, Brian Austin Green, and Garrett Dillahunt. It might be a little difficult to bring back, since Lena Headey is busy with Game of Thrones, but honestly, she was pretty miscast as Sarah Connor anyway.


If there's anything we've learned from the X-Files revival, it's that fans are willing to put up with a lot of creative missteps if the remarkable chemistry between the original cast members is still there. And if there's anything we can count on from a Firefly revival, it would be that. The cast is notorious for loving each other to death, so having them all back together (with Joss Whedon, of course) would be enough for us. Plus, Firefly is the ultimate cancelled-too-soon show, and there are still so many stories from that world left to tell, from River becoming pilot of Serenity to Inara's terminal illness to Jayne wearing that hat again. We would need to figure out a way to get Wash back, of course, but death is very negotiable in science fiction.


Dollhouse had more of a definitive ending than Firefly or TSCC, but it's still a vastly underrated show that would be more than worthy of a revival. It was by far Joss' most ambitious show, exploring the definition of humanity, the ethical implications of advancements in neuroscience, power dynamics within the patriarchy, and the compatibility (or lack thereof) of full knowledge of the human brain and the notion of a "soul." The show ended with the world in shambles, but we could easily watch a few more seasons about how they got there. 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Clone Wars was one of the best Star Wars properties out there, and although it softens the blow a little bit to have Clone Wars characters show up on Rebels, we're still missing so many years from the timeline. It's great to see Ahsoka again, but we really want to see what happened to her after she left the Jedi order, and now that we know that Dave Filoni had all of the future storylines mapped out, we're dying to see Boba Fett team up with Cad Bane and the planned arc about the Bad Batch clones. Make this happen, Disney!

Stargate: Atlantis

Stargate SG-1 was a classic, but it already had a good run. At ten seasons, it was the longest-running sci-fi show up to that point (and still is, depending on whether you count Smallville or Supernatural). But Atlantis was cancelled after five seasons, when the quality of its storytelling was still very high. It was never quite as popular as SG-1, but it had an equally charming cast (including Game of Thrones and the DCEU's Jason Momoa) and a scarier, better-developed villain in the Wraith. Its ending could be interpreted as either a cliffhanger or a finale, but we choose to think of it as a cliffhanger if it means there's a chance it will come back.

Battlestar Galactica

I'm hesitant to suggest Battlestar, just because it was a nearly perfect show, and it would be difficult to replicate that success without the entire cast and the original creators. But then again, we all hate that ending, so Battlestar is a perfect candidate to come back and redeem itself. It was recently announced that the proposed new Battlestar Galactica movie just moved a big step closer to reality, so perhaps the franchise will have to redeem itself on the big screen instead.


Jericho, like Firefly, TSCC, and many other shows on these types of lists, wasn't very popular when it first aired in 2006, but has since garnered a passionate cult following. It is also famous for being one of the only shows that was actually saved by a fan campaign (after the first season, and then was axed for good after the second). Fans would definitely show up in droves if Jericho were brought back, and now that Lennie James' profile has been raised by The Walking Dead, it should attract a few new viewers as well.

Odyssey 5

This one still hurts a little bit. This smart, innovative sci-fi series followed five space travelers who each had an opportunity to travel to the past and prevent the apocalypse, and was filled with mystery until the final few episodes. We finally started to get some answers as to what the hell was going on, and then the last episode ended on a huge cliffhanger and faded to black on the words "To be continued." It doesn't get worse than that for fans of a TV show, and we're desperate to get a real ending for this unsung show.
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