Written by Meg Massey

It’s what any TV junkie dreads: the announcement of cancelled shows. Some are justified, but it always seems like a few series are cancelled too prematurely – and never given their chance to shine.

ABC cancelled a list of short-lived series, including Thursday night’s comedy Better With You, Matthew Perry’s latest venture Mr. Sunshine, the superhero-sized No Ordinary Family and the maybe-peaceful, maybe-not alien invasion story that was V. Also cancelled was fan-favorite drama Brothers and Sisters, after five seasons. The Gates, a summer series, was also removed from the network’s schedule.

CBS cancelled $#*! My Dad Says, the book-based comedy starring William Shatner. Also on the chopping block were Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and The Defenders. After saving Medium from cancellation by NBC after five seasons, CBS axed the series after it failed to deliver high ratings.

NBC also removed a number of shows, including the suspenseful drama, The Event. Also gone are Chase, an action series that never seemed to resonate with viewers on Monday nights, sitcom Perfect Couples, the spy-centric Undercovers, and controversial comedy Outsourced. And after five seasons, Friday Night Lights also ended. Law & Order: Los Angeles, which was reviewed here at Luxury Reading every week, ended shortly after it began.

On the air for 20 years, Fox cancelled America’s Most Wanted, but announced that the show will continue to air in the form of quarterly 2-hour specials. After three years on the air, Lie to Me is over, and newer shows like Human Target, The Chicago Code, The Good Guys, and Running Wilde were cancelled after failing to capture large audiences.

The CW’s Life Unexpected was cut short when the studio decided not to order a full second season due to lackluster ratings. ABC Family’s Greek endured a similar fate. While narrowly avoiding cancellation, the series creators pulled together a series finale for season four, effectively ending the series.

Long-time soap watchers mourned the loss of longtime favorites including ABC’s All My Children and One Life to Live. Several reality shows also slipped into oblivion, including America’s Next Great Restaurant, Dating in the Dark, Last Comic Standing, and Skating with the Stars.

Which shows will you miss? Which cancellations do you agree with? Sound off in the comment section!

Visit the TV IV for a full list of this year’s cancelled shows.