12 Cancelled Shows That Fans Are Still Upset About

Sometimes a show being canceled can be completely gut-wrenching, especially when you’re really into a series! Here are the best answers to the question, “Which TV so cancellation are you still frustrated about?”

And let’s just say: there are so many relatable answers on this list!

Frustrating TV Show Cancellations That We Still Haven’t Gotten Over

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From cliffhangers to networks dropping the ball, all these TV show cancellations left viewers frustrated for one reason or another.

Happy Endings

Casey Wilson and Eliza Coupe in Happy Endings (2011).
Image Credit: American Broadcasting Companies.

“Cancelled due to low views, but that was a result of changing around its time slots, not viewers no longer having interest.” one user said.

That’s definitely frustrating! Thankfully this is less of an issue now that we have streaming services.

Almost Human

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy in Almost Human (2013).
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“It had such potential and never even finished its first season.” a fan complained.

Apparently, it was shown out of order, which made it impossible to watch. This one is on my list, too; it had so much potential!

Invader Zim

Invader Zim
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Invader Zim is one that came up a few times, especially since this animated show is still a cult classic with kids nowadays. It’s not all bad, though. Apparently, this cancellation prompted one of the show’s artists to team up with a friend and create the hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood).
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Based on the Douglas Adams novel by the same name, this series was canceled because a lot of people didn’t really care for the second season. Those that liked it, though, are very frustrated about the TV show’s cancellation.

My Name Is Earl

Jaime Pressly and Eddie Steeples in My Name Is Earl (2005).
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20th Century Fox Television.

This comedy series had a pretty good run (4 seasons), but the real reason fans are frustrated about its cancellation is that there was supposed to be a season 5 to wrap everything up since that didn’t happen, season 4 ended on a major cliffhanger that was never resolved. (Well, not until Raising Hope came out, anyway.)

Santa Clarita Diet

Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet Season 2
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Another victim of Netflix’s cancellations, Santa Clarita Diet, ended on a major cliffhanger and wasn’t renewed for another season. If that’s not enough to leave fans frustrated about a TV show cancellation, I don’t know what is.

“The cast was so [..] good. Cliffhanger ending, lots left to explore, yeah that hurt and I’m still mad about it.” according to a fan.

Dark Matter

Zoie Palmer in Dark Matter (2015).
Image Credit: SYFY.

I loved this Canadian-made sci-fi show, and I’m definitely not alone here. Sadly it was canceled after season 3, which is a shame because it seemed to be going places. Worse still, it was actually doing well, just not making enough money for the network.

Venture Brothers

The Venture Bros. (2003)
Image Credit: The Cartoon Network.

Go, team Venture! This is one of my personal favorites. It did get a decent run but was likely doomed to fail from the start because of the challenges between Cartoon Network and the show’s creators.


Adrienne Barbeau in Carnivàle (2003)
Image Credit: HBO.

Just when things were getting interesting, HBO pulled the plug on Carnivàle due to low ratings. This left the show, which was originally planned as a 6 season run, on a cruel cliffhanger.

Someone said, “The worst part, though is that the writer was on record saying he wanted to make a movie for the fans so that we weren’t left hanging but HBO refused to hand over the rights.”

I wonder if it’s true?

Lie to Me

Tim Roth and Ashton Holmes in Lie to Me (2009).
Image Credit: Fox Television.

Lie to Me started off strong but eventually went down in quality and ratings as it became less science focused. Apparently, this was due to the show’s star, Tim Roth, not wanting to talk about science. Such a shame.


Timothy Omundson and Joshua Sasse in Galavant (2015).
Image Credit: ABC.

When it came out, Galavant was like nothing else on TV at the time. The whole show was a musical! Unfortunately, that didn’t strike a chord with everyone (pun intended). But for the fans who loved it, the show’s cancellation was crushing.

“Years later, I still sing some of its tunes on a daily basis.” someone said.


Jennifer Carpenter in Limitless (2015).
Image Credit: CBS Broadcasting.

I’m including this one just for my own catharsis. Limitless was super interesting and gripping – definitely, a TV show that I’m still frustrated about being canceled. What’s worse, it cut off on a cliffhanger ending too.

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Hotel Rwanda (1)
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How many of these fan and critically acclaimed movies have you seen?

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Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet Season 2
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The worst part of having your favorite show canceled is that you never get to see the ending and never find out what happened to all the characters. If there was a good ending, the fans might not be upset!

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Outer Banks. Rudy Pankow as JJ in episode 303 of Outer Banks

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Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives. Sarma Melngailis in Bad Vegan: Fame. Fraud. Fugitives.
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Jonathan Bailey as Anthony Bridgerton in episode 205 of Bridgerton

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Everett has been writing about media, technology, and parenting since 2014. His work has been featured on MIT Technology Review, HuffPost, and various blogs. When not writing or binge watching TV shows, you'll find him playing video games or spending with with his kids.