Canceled TV Shows That Are Gone Forever
The competition is cutthroat in the Golden Age of television. In the streaming era, new TV shows come along every few weeks, and every one of them vies to be the must-watch show of the season. But not all of them make it. Some shows fail to generate buzz, or just get lost in the shuffle for the next great TV show. These shows will not live to see another season. Some have been around for years, and are bowing out gracefully, while others never caught on at all.
The Walking Dead
Once one of the biggest shows on TV, "The Walking Dead" premiered in 2010 and is ending its run this year. The show has spun-off two other shows, while a film is in the works starring Andrew Lincoln reprising his role as the series lead, Rick Grimes.
This fan-favorite ran for six seasons and garnered a lot of positive buzz for its feminist message of empowerment. There were a few crossover episodes with the larger CW DC universe, but the producers decided to end the show anyway and didn't give a specific reason for its cancellation.
Another CW show that has been axed, "Supernatural" was a consistent performer for the network. The Winchester brothers survived for fifteen seasons - even though it was supposed to last only five - but the network suspended filming because of the pandemic, and then went ahead and canceled it altogether.
This post-apocalyptic, sci-fi series also on the CW courted controversy a few years ago for killing off its one gay character, which prompted calls for it to be canceled then. The show was on the air for over ten seasons, and the creators felt it was the right time to pull the plug.
Grace and Frankie
This Netflix show about two friends who support each other after their respective spouses come out revived the career of its stars, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. While the show was lauded for its inclusivity, the network decided that after six seasons the show had run its course.
This show reimagined the Prince of Darkness as a suave, suit-wearing playboy who helps solve supernatural crimes in modern-day LA. It first got the ax from Fox after two seasons. Netflix picked it up and extended its run, but only for three seasons, the next of which will be its last.
Dear White People
This Netflix show started strong as it was a spin-off of the 2014 movie of the same name. The behind-the-scenes look at race relations on a university campus tried to tackle serious issues, but it got bogged down by its one-note message and is not coming back for a fifth season.
This Netflix animated show gained a loyal audience for its satirical imagining of a Hollywood populated by anthropomorphic characters, like its main character. While that was its conceit, the show delved deep into issues like depression, substance abuse, and self-loathing. After six seasons, though, the network put an end to BoJack's search for himself.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The supernatural cousin to Netflix's other show based on Archie comics, "Riverdale", "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" was highly anticipated when it came out. The show was picked up for a third season, before low interest and a muddled storyline made it disappear for good.
Another supernatural thriller from the streaming giant, "Dark" was often praised for its moody atmosphere and genuinely scary tone. It made a few appearances on "Best-of" lists, but after its third season, the network decided to turn off its lights. But its fans believe the series died from natural causes.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
This highly anticipated, live-action show featuring creations from the famed Henson Studios failed to find an audience, despite its all-star cast and distinguished pedigree. The show was a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film, but it barely made a dent in the public's consciousness.
The casualties keep mounting at Netflix as this figure-skating drama (?) barely made it out of the gate. Lifting its premise directly from a 1992 movie about a figure skater paired with a hockey player that was also seen by no one, "Spinning Out" failed to nail its landing and was canceled after only one season.
Dead to Me
This one caught a lot of people by surprise. This dark comedy garnered Emmy nominations for both its leads and is executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, but all the nominations in the world couldn't save it, as it will become dead to us after its third season.
All HBO shows benefit from the network's sheen of prestige, but even that advantage could not save this convoluted, confounding mess. A mish-mash of genres that could not decide what it was about, viewers and the network ultimately took the show's advice and ran.
This Blade Runner-esque series from Netflix was about as high concept as you can get. It survived its first season but replaced its lead, Joel Kinnaman, with Marvel alum Anthony Mackie, but even the addition of the Mack Attack could not save this series.
What shows were you most sad to see go? What are the shows that you think should get canceled? Let us know in the comments section below. TV shows are like relationships, it's hard to say goodbye, but sometimes you have to. And like a lot of relationships, you have a lot of good memories, but if things aren't going well, then you have to let go. There will be other shows; shows that will make you laugh, cry, and treat you well, but, when it comes to finding the right show for you, it's all a matter of persistence.