For every show that sticks around for an interminable number of seasons, there always seems to be at least two wonderful shows that are cancelled well before their time. Sometimes itâ€™s because ratings have dropped, and the network canâ€™t justify the showâ€™s existence to their advertisers anymore, while other times key cast members or producers decide to move on and leave the show to flounder. All of these are valid reasons for a show being cancelled.
Although itâ€™s almost impossible to keep up with all the new TV series that are being introduced on primetime and via online streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there are some shows that make waves when networks announce their cancellation. Some, like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, even make enough of a splash that other networks pick them up and redeem them from cancellation.
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.