Life After Cancellation: TV Shows Saved by Fans

These days, content is king. What with digital video services like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO GO, and Netflix, there’s never enough gripping TV-style entertainment to go around. But, obviously, this wasn’t always the case.

Before the digital renaissance, censorship dulled the blade of great comedy, reality TV slashed the budget for scripted content, and the best shows were forced to duke it out, coliseum style. The winners would be showered with advertising dollars, royalty checks, and prime-time interviews. The losers were fired.

But there were outliers. Shows that refused to die. Rather, they inspired the masses to spend a Saturday afternoon writing letters, trolling major networks on social media, and (most importantly) buying DVD box sets and Nathan Fillion action figures.

Today on Filthy Rich, we dissect the underdog, back-from-the-dead TV shows that have earned the love of the masses. Let’s go!

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks made quite the debut in 1990, pulling in an estimated 35-million viewers in it’s first showing. But a complicated plot and stiff competition resulted in a time shift and a cancellation before the second season even ended!

Fans sent letters, held rallies, and petitioned ABC to air the season’s final few episodes. The network relented, but ended up shelving the show after just two seasons. The show would return again, decades later for a final season with Showtime.

Image via Twin Peaks Wiki