Television shows often become beloved companions, providing us with entertainment, escapism, and a sense of connection to fictional characters and their stories. Yet, not all great shows are fortunate enough to receive the recognition and support they deserve, leading to their untimely cancellation.
A user asked on a forum “What is a good show that got canceled for no good reason.”
Here are some responses he got
“It was canceled right as it was becoming interesting Especially because I had a five-season plan going in complete with character and story arcs (which is why we were always able to set up and pay off so much as the show went along). But, since you asked, this is what went down…”
“When we were first pitching the show, the pilot script went to Syfy’s Acquisition division in New York. They picked up the show. But as it turns out, the script had also been sent to Syfy’s Originals division in L.A. – who hated it and passed. And when they found out that the Acquisitions department in NY had picked up a project they had passed on, I heard they were decidedly Unhappy.”
ROME ON HBO
“Rome HBO canceled it because they considered it too expensive”
“It was insanely expensive. The only reason it got made was because it was a BBC joint production. 100 million a season in 2007 dollars. Even for a flagship show, which this wasn’t, that’s a ton of money.”
BETTER OFF TED
“Veridian Dynamics. Doing the right thing. It’s important. What does it mean in business? We have no idea. We know what is wrong. Actually, no, we don’t. Because we’re a successful company, not some boring ethics professor. Veridian Dynamics. Right and Wrong. It means something. We just don’t know what.”
“Got to say Mindhunter. Really seemed like one of the only shows that Netflix actually dragged their feet on canceling, seeming to hope Fincher would return to it”
KING OF THE HILL
“It was canceled not because of low ratings or controversy, but because Fox wanted to make room for the new and upcoming comedy…The Cleveland Show (that’s not a joke, by the way, that’s actually the reason KotH was canceled).”
“This is true, but hindsight is 20/20. At the time, King of the Hill had a significant ratings drop from previous seasons, and both Family Guy and American Dad were pulling in great numbers. To Fox, it just made sense to change shows.”
”The last 3 books are the best of the series and include a satisfying ending. There is a time jump of 30 years in the books but really for the show they could have made it like 5 for the sake of the cast. Not seeing the TV show be fully finished is heartbreaking.”
“I don’t even understand why Arrested Development was canceled, it was one of the greatest comedies ever. Then they brought it back many years later and almost ruined its legacy.”
“From a retrospective, I watched on the show I believe the cancellation was because despite being critically adored at the time of release, it wasn’t actually doing so great numbers-wise – it was basically kept alive because it was winning awards and prestige for the studio behind it”
“The network couldn’t be bothered to show the episodes in the correct order. Various factors, including network mismanagement and scheduling issues, led to its abrupt cancellation, leaving behind a devoted fan base yearning for more.”
TERRA NOVA BY FOX
“It was canceled after one season due to budget concerns. The show was about a dystopian future, where the government basically monitored everyone’s every move– there was population control enacted by a one (or two) child per family rule, bad air quality, rampant sickness, and a housing crisis. Some scientists figured out a way to go back in time, where people can ‘start over’ and hopefully build a better future. But once you go back in time, you can’t go forward. The show centers around one family’s journey to the past, and new life in terra nova.”
“Show was doing great in the ratings. Every season, the studio had been around with the actors’ contracts. Even when it was successful they wouldn’t renew the contracts until the last second, basically forcing the actors to sit and wait, nervously.”
“There were so many terrific performances and the story had just launched into being really exciting when it ended.”
“It was a slow burner. This was just after SciFi changed to SyFy and was bringing all sorts of non-science-fiction content in, like WWE. The audience they were trying to attract was looking for the instant gratification shows that were entirely episodic, reality TV, and other shock entertainment.”
“I know it was crazy expensive, but the artistry at every level was nothing short of magnificent. Hell of a show, with stunning puppets, puppetry, voice performance, sets, world-building… I could go on and on. I’m heartbroken that the plug got pulled.”
“Such a funny show. My wife and I are rewatching it now that it is on Netflix. We were baffled when it got canceled. Two really strong funny seasons. Maybe it wasn’t getting ratings? IDK. I remember Kaitlin Olson was furiously posting on IG for a couple of days after it happened”
“I honestly can’t fathom why it got canceled, that was one of the funniest new cartoons of the last decade.”Centaur World also for exactly the same reasons, and canceled by the same people.”
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