When Veronica Mars was canceled in 2007, faithful fans demanded a movie... and seven years later, they got one. Unfortunately, many amazing TV shows have failed to garner the ratings or raise the money necessary to keep them from the chopping block. Other successful shows simply ended before writers had a chance to wrap up all the loose ends. From Gilmore Girls to Ugly Betty, here are 10 TV shows that deserve a movie:
1. Gilmore Girls
For seven seasons, viewers faithfully followed the triumphs (and missteps) of the Gilmore Girls. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel starred as the titular characters -- an unusual mom-and-daughter duo who shared a love of bad TV, fried food, and witty comebacks. After seven long years, the show ended with Rory embarking to start her dream job as an embedded reporter for the Obama presidential campaign but many questions were left unanswered: Do Lorelai and Luke get married? Does Rory end up with Jess after all? Or does she get back together with Logan? Give Rory Gilmore the finale she deserves, and bring back the gang for a feature film!
2. Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty enchanted viewers with its heartwarming storyline, witty writing, and loveable characters. Unfortunately, the show was jerked around from timeslot to timeslot before it was prematurely canceled after four seasons. Shortly after the series ended, fans and stars (including America Ferrera and Ana Ortiz) pushed for a movie to end the series. There's no movie yet, but fans haven't given up hope.
3. My So-Called Life
My So-Called Life ended in 1995, but never say never, right? The show, which starred Claire Danes and Wilson Cruz, followed the adventures of Angela Chase: a teenager struggling to come into her own. She also had a raging crush on Jordan Catalano, aka a super young (and super hot) Jared Leto. The show, sadly, lasted only one season. Here's a suggestion: how about a movie set at their 20-year high school reunion?
4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer survived for seven seasons, but fans are being greedy: they want more! The show ended when star Sarah Michelle Gellar decided to opt out of an eighth season. Fans received a spin-off (Angel) in return, but never got a movie. There were rumors that a remake with different actors was in the works, but faithful viewers want a feature film with Joss Whedon at the helm and the original cast starring. Personally, we'd love to see some of the Latina guest stars (like Dania Ramirez!) make an appearance.
Chuck survived cancellation once, when fans struck a deal with Subway to keep the show alive. The sandwich retailer agreed to finance most of the costs of the third season, but, unfortunately, it ended for good after its fifth season. As is the case with every show that ends too-soon, rumors persist that a Chuck movie is coming soon. Fans hope the rumblings are true -- if only to see Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, and Joshua Gomez back on screen.
6. The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed political drama The West Wing ended after an astonishing seven seasons on the air. The show ended after a dramatic turning point: President Matt Santos, played by Jimmy Smits took over the Oval Office, and the gang of characters all went their separate ways. It's been eight years since the series ended, and viewers would love to see how Josh Lyman, C.J. Cregg, Toby Ziegler, Sam Seaborn, and President Santos are doing these days.
Fans went nuts over this show. Literally, though. When CBS first tried to cancel Jericho, angry viewers banded together to bombard the offices with 20 tons of peanuts. The show was set in the town of Jericho, Kansas in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on the country. It was sadly cancelled after two seasons, although two more seasons were released in comic book form. It's time for Esai Morales and the rest of the cast to return to their roles for a feature filim.
Joss Whedon's epic space western Firefly was unjustly cancelled after just one short season. The show, which starred Latinas Gina Torres and Morena Baccarin, soon developed a diehard cult fanbase who demanded more episodes. Whedon heard their cries, and delivered a film: Serenity. But, seriously: who can get enough of Firefly? Faithful fans want another movie... or maybe even an entire trilogy.
Ringer marked Sarah Michelle Gellar's triumphant return to television. The thriller, which co-starred Nestor Carbonell as FBI agent Victor Machado, ended after just one season on The CW, leaving fans with many burning questions: What really happened to Malcolm? Will Siobhan try to get revenge? Guess we'll never know -- unless they make a movie!
10. Eli Stone
The quirky series followed the adventures of Eli Stone (Johnny Lee Miller), a lawyer who begins to have unsettling hallucinations. The show, which also starred Julie Gonzalo, ended after two seasons -- before reaching any sort of coherent conclusions. Viewers and critics alike loved the characters and unusual story, and cried for a satisfying ending when the show was cancelled.