The Most Shocking and Controversial Show Cancellations

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 it’s because ratings have dropped, and the network can’t justify the show’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.

Then, there are shows like these, which have all been cancelled for a variety of strange and mysterious reasons that we’ll reveal to you today.


The cancellation of the Roseanne reboot is pretty fresh in everyone’s minds, but just so we’re all clear. This show was cancelled because one person decided to tweet something horrifically ignorant and racist.

On May 29, 2018, a month after ABC greenlit the reboot’s second season, Roseanne Barr posted a raciest tweet about Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett. She later claimed that she was under the influence of sleeping pills at the time, but even her half-hearted apologies weren’t enough to stop ABC from pulling the plug on the show, officially sending the cast and crew back into retirement.

Well that was until ABC greenlit The Conners, a spinoff featuring everyone but Roseanne.