Angel was another fan-favorite from creator Joss Whedon, and it was a spinoff of the global sensation Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996-2003). Over the course of five seasons, viewers got a glimpse into the life of the titular vampire (David Boreanaz), who was burdened with a soul and decided to strike out on his own in Los Angeles and work as a private detective.
Following Whedon’s prompting to either piss or get off the pot, network execs at The WB allegedly hesitated on renewing the acclaimed series for a sixth season, and after being told to either piss or get off the pot, the network axed the show, making it one of Whedon’s first canceled television shows, depriving fans of what would have been an even better season.
Despite receiving numerous honors and critical praise, including six Emmys, one Golden Globe, and two AFI awards, Fox’s Arrested Development was canceled mid-season three. The final Fox season aired just 13 episodes, compared to 22 in season 1. (Season 2 was also cut down to 18 episodes, which was ominous.) Despite having a respectable audience, Popular tv show lacked the numbers required for network television.
Arrested Development had a happy ending, as it was resurrected for a fourth and fifth season on Netflix seven years after its termination, with a new season and feature in the works. It’s a good thing, too, because audiences were clearly not done with the Bluths.
Geeks and Freaks
Judd Apatow’s first shelved TV program was centered on two distinct groups of high school outcasts, and it lived up to its moniker. With different degrees of accomplishment, the misfits together weathered the tumultuous transition from childhood to early adulthood. Freaks and Geeks delves into dark and troubling territory, such as sorrow, emotional abuse, and the search for identity, while still covering common issues like bullying and popularity.
The dramedy was unexpectedly terminated after season one, and Apatow has claimed that everything he’s done since is retaliation for NBC’s abrupt cancellation. Freak and Geeks was a strong season of television that gave a platform to practically every major character from the show, most notably James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel.
With its action, drama, and spooky elements, Sleepy Hollow checked a lot of boxes right away. The on-screen chemistry between show leads Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison lured the show’s audience for more of this unique horror/buddy comedy, which was a particularly wonderful bonus.
When the powers that be decided to fire show star Abbie Mills, this modern take on an old classic ended up lopping off its own head (Beharie). Ichabod Crane (Mison) appeared lost without her, and the show’s attraction with Abbie seemed to fade. In a statement, Beharie said, “I’m cheering for my co-stars and crew…” “But, most importantly, thank you, Sleepyheads, for all of your support — what an honor.” I’ll never be the same again. “Be on the lookout.” Despite her best desires, the show came to an end shortly after she left.
After only one season on the air, acclaimed creator Joss Whedon strikes again with Firefly, a western/sci-fi fusion that earned a hardcore fan base of Browncoats (the coat worn by show protagonist Nathan Fillion as Captain Malcolm Reynolds). “Two roads split in a wood, and I picked the less traveled road, and they CANCELED MY FRIKKIN’ SHOW,” Joss Whedon explained the cancellation. “I should’ve taken the road with all those people on it.” Damn.”
To give the film his complete concentration and passion, Whedon took a break from his debut series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While some fans were able to find closure with the 2005 spinoff picture Serenity, Browncoats are still waiting for a revival or follow-up film.
David E. Kelley’s Boston Legal, which won several prestigious awards, including Emmys for Outstanding Lead and Supporting Actor for series star James Spader and William Shatner, almost made it to five seasons before being canceled after a shortened 13-episode season, ended on a two-hour series finale.
Kelley told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “ABC didn’t want us back.” “That’s all there is to it.” They didn’t even want us to come back this year. It took a lot of effort to get back on track with 13. It’s not a product they’re interested in promoting.”
Constantine had a rocky start, but a fantastic second season after it gained its footing. It was more faithful to the comic book source material than the film that came before it. Instead of airing on The CW like the rest of the DC-verse shows (Arrow, The Flash), it aired on NBC for a limited time.
Despite its brief run, the sitcom inspired two distinct web spin-offs. Despite the show’s lack of popularity among the general public, die-hard fans have kept the show’s history alive. However, Matt Ryan’s character lives on in the form of guest appearances on Arrow and now as a series regular on Legends of Tomorrow.
Chappelle’s Show was a breakthrough example of racial sketch comedy success, with many of the routines still being remembered and loved today. Segments became instant classics; it’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t know what “I’m Rick James, b*tch!” means.
Chappelle’s Show delivered a wide range of social critique through comic gold, from True Hollywood Stories to racial slurs. Unfortunately, after season two, creator and star Dave Chappelle left the critically acclaimed show, leaving a $50 million deal on the table. But it all worked out in the end, as Netflix agreed to pay the comic $60 million for two stand-up specials.
NBC’s dark horror-thriller Hannibal elevated Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s (Mads Mikkelsen) connection with empathic profiler Will Graham to new heights, displaying Hannibal’s (Mads Mikkelsen) relationship with empathetic profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). The low ratings forced the conclusion of this exceptional summer series, which had received critical acclaim. For the time being.
Bryan Fuller, the show’s creator, and the actors, Dancy and Mikkelsen, have shown interest in a possible resurrection. “”There’s an intriguing next phase in Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter’s relationship that would be fascinating to investigate,” Fuller added. “I’ve told the gentlemen [Dancy and Mikkelsen] about it, and they’re both excited about it.””
Veronica Mars was about a once popular high school girl (Kristen Bell) who experiences personal growth via life traumas, eventually becoming a sardonic detective in the process, and was maybe the response to the vacuum left by the end of Buffy.
The show was not just well-received by the crowd. During its existence, the series was nominated for two Satellite Awards, four Saturn Awards, five Teen Choice Awards, and was included in AFI’s 2005 TV Programs of the Year. Despite the fact that it will be ending after three seasons, this cult show will be revived. The actors of Arrested Development will reunite for a new season on Hulu later this year, much like Arrested Development.
The Phoenix premiered in 1981 as a TV movie and lasted for five episodes in 1982. It was a science fiction film about an ancient alien who awoke in the twentieth century and embarked on a quest to find his spouse. The pilot lasted 90 minutes, followed by four-hour installments.
The show, like many others, didn’t get a chance to film all of the planned episodes. Eight episodes were produced in addition to the pilot. Only five of them were broadcast. Despite the fact that they were never filmed, four more episodes were written, ready to be used in the upcoming relaunch or feature film.
The canceled tv sci-fi series Otherworld garnered a tremendous cult following in its wake despite only having an eight-episode run. The Sterling family is forced into another realm on Earth in Otherworld, a spin-off of Lost in Space. Despite the fact that it was not quite mainstream, the show eventually become a cult classic. Despite the fact that it only aired for two seasons in the 1980s, a fan-run Facebook page was created to commemorate it.
The then-unique premise of inter-dimensional travel piqued consumers’ interest, but CBS didn’t think it was enough. The two-part premiere’s Nielsen ratings were low to begin with, and they proceeded to fall when the remaining episodes aired. The show was canceled before it could finish its first season, despite mainly positive reviews from reviewers.
Lucan is based on a made-for-TV film about a youngster raised by wolves who is absorbed into society while overcoming his animalistic impulses. The fact that it opened with a rather ambiguous declaration: “much of this story is based on fact, however we have also included an element of speculation” added to Lucan’s fascination.
Lucan aired for 11 episodes on ABC and is now available for purchase on DVD. There is an active Facebook page for the show for fans that are nostalgic. Given the idea and the popularity of Tarzan and Mowgli, this series has the potential to be revived in some way.
Quantum Leap was a canceled science fiction television series that followed Sam Beckett, a man who travels by “leaping” into the bodies of different individuals. The sitcom aired on NBC for five seasons and just missed the 100-episode mark, with only 97 episodes completed by the end of the run.
Quantum Leap is widely regarded as one of the greatest cult television series of all time. The critics agreed, and the show went on to win prizes at the Primetime Emmys and the Golden Globes. “I just finished scripting a Quantum Leap film,” creator Donald Bellisario said at the 2017 LA Comic-Con. I’m not sure what will happen to it, but I did compose it.” There has been a lot of discussion and anticipation for a revival or picture since then.
Misfits of Science
Misfits of Science was canceled by NBC after only one season in 1986. Misfits was about a group of young adults who fought crime and had “human abnormalities” (not to be confused with metas or mutants). Despite being eccentric and engaging, the show’s ratings were crushed by the juggernaut of Dallas.
The fact that the show’s final episode was not even shown before its termination is a source of disagreement among die-hard fans. Fortunately, in 2008, a DVD box set was published that includes the elusive final episode. It, like other cult shows, has a rabid fanbase that continues to this day. On the series, there’s even an oral history.
A Year at the Top
A Year at the Top was a sitcom about two musicians who strike a bargain with the Devil’s son in exchange for a year of fame. A Year at the Top, unfortunately, did not live up to its moniker. The series was canceled after only five episodes on CBS due to mixed reviews. Perhaps it would have fared better if the producers had agreed to a contract in exchange for high ratings.
Even so, it is treasured and remembered warmly by the followers it enthralled, as it highlights a flaw in the American dream. Paul Shaffer, the series’ star, ended up becoming David Letterman’s musical sidekick, thus he presumably considers himself fortunate that his prior series was a fiasco.
My So-Called Existence
My So-Called Life had a major impact on 90s youth and television, despite only having a 19-episode run. The sitcom struggled from established competition in its time slot from Mad About You, Friends, Martin, and Living Single, which followed the life of teen Angela Chase (Claire Danes).
Despite its early cancellation, the show garnered significant accolades, including a Golden Globe for Danes. Rickie Vasquez, portrayed by Wilson Cruz, was the first openly gay adolescent on television. “Every 14-year-old girl alive was broken by it, and its discontinuation at the height of its popularity was never completely explained,” writer Rachel Cavanaugh remarked.
The ABC satire of daytime soap operas aired for four seasons. Soap covered a wide array of bizarre narrative lines humorously, as you’d expect from a comedy mocking such a byzantine and melodramatic subject, allowing it to stand out from ordinary sitcoms. (It also featured a young Billy Crystal in the role of the family’s closeted gay son.)
Not everyone liked it. Several religious organizations, notably the Catholic church, were outraged by soap. This was mostly owing to the show’s sex and infidelity-related plotlines. As a result of the response, ABC reduced the cost of advertising during the show’s evening schedule.
Despite this, Time magazine named Soap as one of the top 100 TV shows of all time in 2007. Susan Harris created and wrote the comedy, which is still popular among fans today.
Get Christie Love!
Teresa Graves played as an undercover detective for the Los Angeles Police Department in Get Christie Love!, which used the line “You’re under arrest, sugah!” anytime she apprehended a suspect. The crime drama mingled with Blaxploitation for 23 episodes before being restricted owing to Graves’ religious convictions.
The show was eventually canceled as a result of this, as well as a tight budget. The show has been the subject of numerous rumors. There were rumors in 2017 that Vin Diesel may be engaged in an ABC remake of the series. However, it was later revealed that they had opted not to proceed with the project.
Best of the West
Sam Best, a wild west Marshal, former shopkeeper, and soldier, was the star of an ABC sitcom. It was a parody of popular Western shows such as Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and Rawhide. The show was well-received, and renowned guest stars such as Andy Griffith, Betty White, and Christopher Lloyd appeared on the show.
Despite this, the show only lasted one season and 22 episodes. After ABC dragged its feet in renewing the show for a second season, star Joel Higgins signed on for an NBC comedy called Silver Spoons. It’s amazing how much a day can change things.
The dramedy Moonlighting only lasted five seasons and only had 66 episodes. It has been listed on various lists, including Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.” It stars Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. This dramedy frequently broke the fourth wall and included fantasy elements.
Though it was well-received by critics and spectators at first, the show’s popularity waned over time, eventually resulting to its discontinuation in the fifth season. This is due to Bruce Willis’ desire to focus more on his acting career, as well as Cybill Shepherd’s exhaustion from the arduous work schedule that followed the birth of her twins.
Probe was a combination between a sci-fi and a mystery created by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov and Michael Wagner that placed a twist on buddy pairings with a science prodigy and his secretary. It was supposed to be a modernization of Tom Swift, and it was supposed to be a mid-season replacement.
The show has been compared to a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, with the use of science to solve cases. The series only lasted 8 episodes on ABC due to the 1988 writers strike. The series is available for free streaming [at the time this article was written] thanks to YouTube, a modern creation.
Quark was a science fiction sitcom that followed the exploits of an extraterrestrial garbage collector and his crew. Star Trek, Flash Gordon, and Lost in Space were among the sci-fi shows mocked in the presentation, which included the use of the show’s sound effects. After reading an article on the series in Variety, series star Richard Benjamin became aware of it.
Curiosity got the best of him, and he requested an audition. Benjamin actually took a wage reduction to work with Buck Henry, the creator of the series. The show was nominated for an Emmy for costume design. The NBC satire series was canceled after after 8 episodes.
The Bionic Woman
The Bionic Woman was an action-adventure drama about the world’s first female cyborg spy. It hopped from ABC to NBC to CBS for three seasons and 58 episodes, with the third season eventually coming to an end. Jamie Somers was ranked number 19 on TV Guide’s list of the 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends in 2004.
The series was eventually relaunched in numerous forms, including three television movies and a reinvented remake on NBC in 2007 that lasted eight episodes. It attracted 14 million viewers at its premiere, but that number dropped to six million as the show progressed (which is fine for cable, but not network television).
Hell Town, a crime thriller about a priest who is roughed up by his surroundings, premiered on NBC in the fall of 1985. Robert Blake was previously considered for the character of David Addison on Moonlighting, but instead pushed to get the pilot for this program made, as well as battling with NBC to increase the order from six to twelve episodes. He was able to get another four.
As a pilot, the show aired a television movie. Its victory over Dynasty, combined with Blake’s unwavering commitment to the show’s success as star and producer, gave the project the green light. However, the series’ triumph was short-lived, as it only lasted for eight episodes. “Hell Town was the greatest contribution I’ve ever made as a human being,” Blake added.
Crime Story was a two-season TV drama that premiered with a two-hour TV movie pilot and drew over 30 million viewers. The 1960s-set historical drama would go on to influence arc-driven dramas including the Martin Scorsese feature Casino. Co-creator Chuck Adamson and lead actor Dennis Farina, both experienced Chicago cops, added grit and realism to the series, and John Santucci (Pauli Taglia) was an actual former thief.
Some of the crimes shown in the episode were inspired by Santucci’s activities, such as burglaries, hijackings, and heists. Despite a strong start, the figures quickly plummeted into “failure” territory. Despite cast members’ efforts to preserve the show with a five-city tour led by lead Farina, the production was eventually cancelled.
Alien Nation was a science fiction/police procedural hybrid. An LA cop teams up with an alien who has been developed to be exceptionally powerful and intelligent. The metaphor of coping with racism and other social concerns was established by this couple. This show was recognized in TV Guide’s “Canceled Too Soon” list. It was supposed to be restarted in 2009, but that went through, and another attempt was attempted in 2015.
Jeff Nichols was supposed to develop and direct a reboot of the show for Fox, according to Deadline in 2016. Since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, things have moved around a bit, so the timeline is a little hazy. Nichols, on the other hand, expressed confidence about his participation in the remake in the fall of 2018. “It’s colossal.” It’s the biggest canvas I’ve ever painted on, but it feels like something out of a Jeff Nichols film… It’s set in Arkansas because I poured so much of myself into it. “It has a lot of myself in it.”
The War of the Worlds
The action-thriller drama The War of the Worlds continued where The War of the Worlds left off in 1953. In the pilot episode, excerpts from the film were combined with narration to illustrate some of the modifications. So that the aliens weren’t actually dead, the alterations involved some shuffling and retconning (as was stated in the film). Extraterrestrials rise again to take over the planet decades after their defeat.
The show was terminated after two seasons, but its influence was noticed in subsequent sci-fi series such as Dark Skies and The X-Files. Originally, the series was supposed to be a remake of the film, directed by George A. Romero.
Freddy’s Nightmares, a horror anthology offshoot from the Nightmare on Elm Street movie starring Freddy Krueger, existed long before American Horror Story. Freddy, who lived in Springwood, would tell stories about death and, of course, nightmares. Due to “controversy” and poorly timed airings, the show was eventually terminated.
“What happened with us on that was that we were promised a late night show all over the country,” star Robert Englund told IGN. “It was late at night, and we could be pretty vicious, just like Tales from the Crypt.” What occurred was that we were scheduled to appear at 6 p.m. in the Bible Belt and were afterwards canceled. We had excellent ratings for the first six months when we were only on at night.”
Voyagers is a sci-fi adventure for the whole family. Followed Phineas Bogg (Jon-Erik Hexum) and his youthful protege Jeffrey Jones (Meeno Peluce) as they traveled back hundreds of years in time, resolving historical events. Following a successful first season, executives decided to cancel the show and replace it with a news program in order to compete with 60 Minutes.
Given the series’ popularity, NBC should have shifted it to a different time period. The venture failed, indicating that Voyagers! deserved a second season at the very least. It’s available to view on Amazon Prime for those who are nostalgic.