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->''"...I thought ''WesternAnimation/{{Avatar|TheLastAirbender}}'' was so good that it was sure to be canceled. It seems a little too deep, a little too intelligent for the kind of cartoon I was used to. So I was really delighted when it found an audience and it showed that parents watch what their kids watch, and that a serious show that dealt with important issues could find an audience."''
-->-- '''Creator/MarkHamill''', [[http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1vvul8/mark_hamill_here_in_an_ama_far_far_away/cew94wc discussing]] his [[CelebrityVoiceActor work on]] an [[AvertedTrope Aversion]] of this trope.

An intelligent, well written show, usually a subtle blend of comedy and drama, beloved of a devoted [[{{Fandom}} group of fans and critics]]. So why did it never have a chance?

Either the mainstream isn't interested or the network never even gives it a chance to build an audience (usual [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1940-2 translation]]: it's on Creator/{{FOX}})... or it's created by Creator/TimMinear, Creator/JuddApatow, Creator/BryanFuller, or Creator/JossWhedon. Or the creator [[CreatorBreakdown buckles under the growing pressure to keep making high-quality installments.]] Sometimes, someone high up at the network takes a dislike to the show and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork does everything in his power to kill it]]. Other times [[NetworkDecay the network doesn't think it fits in]]. If the show is lucky enough to be shown on a cable network in reruns, it may build up a bigger following there than it ever had in its first run.

The observant reader will note that the vast majority of Too Good To Last shows are from the last 15-20 years. This is likely because of the increased emphasis on ratings above all else. On the other hand, the list might be biased toward the past decade because shows like this have an unfortunate tendency to fall off the face of the earth upon cancellation, so our ability to recall and report them is inversely proportional to how long ago they aired.

There's always been an emphasis on ratings in television, but it seems to have become much more pronounced since the early 1990s. It is widely commented upon that ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' was ''dead last'' in the ratings among all regular series in its first season (1982-83), and that a show doing that badly today would almost certainly be canceled within its first month or two. This isn't necessarily a new phenomenon, but some shows only survive by [[NetworkToTheRescue having a network president who is a fan.]]

Another theory is that the advent of the Internet and the explosion of cable channels has made it harder for these too-soon canceled shows to be forgotten.

For those shows that manage to pull out a few seasons with plenty of network problems before going under, check out the ''Exception'' section at the bottom of this page. The main entries are about shows that barely managed to get out a single season, if that. Incidentally, some shows end up canceled only to be UnCanceled by the network or do a ChannelHop.

Of the exceptions and shows that were UnCanceled, only a handful were aired on non-cable networks. A series that is Too Good To Last may have better chances on cable than on broadcast networks, in part because cable doesn't demand ratings as high in the first place for the show to be considered a success.

Unfortunately, the fans are only rarely told [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what would have happened next]], because the now unemployed/transferred writers will generally want to [[RecycledScript recycle their unused ideas into their next job]].

!!Related Tropes
* Contrast with:
** LongRunners, where a show can last for a long time
** BritishBrevity, where a show was always intended to have a short run.
** SeasonalRot, when the duration of the show has far overstayed its welcome
** FranchiseZombie, where the show goes past the time creators wanted to, and its quality may suffer as a result.
* Compare with:
** AwesomenessWithdrawal, a feeling often accompanying this.
** SecondSeasonDownfall, where a show ''is'' permitted to keep going but subsequently proves to have used up most of its potential in that first season.
** TheFireflyEffect, where viewers refuse to commit to a show out of the fear or assumption that its cancellation is imminent.
** TooCoolToLive, when this happens to ''people''.
* Possible causes:
** FridayNightDeathSlot
** ExecutiveMeddling
** TheyChangedItNowItSucks
** ScrewedByTheNetwork

Shows that are Too Good To Last can be ShortRunners, but sometimes they are longer.
!!Live Action TV and Western Animation


[[folder:ABC (American)/ ABC Family]]
* ''Series/BestOfTheWest''. Parody of all things Western by the creators of "Taxi" and "Cheers".
%%* ''Series/TheBrendanLeonardShow''
* ''Series/CashmereMafia''. Made all the more painful by the fact that the similar, yet inferior, ''Series/LipstickJungle'' showed up later the same season...and returned for a second season -- it ''too'' got canceled after that.
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'', one of the worst examples of a show being ScrewedByTheNetwork (from the ''very'' beginning it had basically no real time slot). Six episodes were produced, but only two were aired.
%%* ''Series/CommanderInChief''
* ''Common Law'', Creator/GregGiraldo's SitComic based upon his time as a lawyer. Although it had a strong following among Latinos, it was canceled less than a month into its airing.
%%* ''Series/CompleteSavages''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic:'' Lasted for two seasons, one on ABC, and one on Fox, before being canceled. Poor Jay Sherman.
* ''Series/{{Cupid}}'': the Creator/{{ABC}} {{dramedy}}, not the Creator/{{CBS}} reality show. The remake was too good to last, as well.
* ''Series/TheDanaCarveyShow''. Apparently too edgy for Creator/{{ABC}} executives at the time, who canceled it after seven episodes (and an unaired eighth). A very, very good example of a show being ahead of its time... and why you shouldn't lead off your first episode with Bill Clinton breast-feeding puppies.
%%* ''Series/DayBreak''
* ''Series/DefyingGravity'' (co-developed by ABC, The BBC, CTV and ProSieben) had been canceled and its sets destroyed ''before all the episodes had even been aired''. That does not even consider that Creator/{{ABC}} had all summer to buy and advertise the show, but only purchased the show 3 weeks before the first episode aired.
* ''Series/DirtySexyMoney'', a sharp show that was caught in the crossfire of the 2007 writers' strike.
* ''Series/{{Duel}}'', a great quiz show that fell victim to the FridayNightDeathSlot.
* ''Series/EightSimpleRules''. In spite of John Ritter's untimely death, it still managed to pull in solid ratings (at least compared to the rest of the TGIF lineup), but ABC cancelled it anyways, citing its inability to sell it in syndication as a reason for its cancellation.
* ''Series/EliStone'', also a late casualty of the 2007 strike.
* ''Fridays'', an early 1980s sketch show that, at the time, was prepped to be ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'''s replacement as the latter show's quality was in the toilet with its notoriously awful sixth season. Sadly, ABC fell out of love with the show as quickly as they fell in love with it. It was canceled after the network tried to air the show on primetime after moving it from 11:30 PM to midnight.
* ''[[Series/FlashForward2009 Flash Forward]]'': despite its serious potential as a ''Series/{{Lost}}'' replacement.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/GetEd''
* ''Series/TheGoodeFamily'' picked up by Creator/ComedyCentral, and then canceled ''again''.
* ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' - A short intro season, a full second season, and a third cut in half, with four episodes never even aired until syndication. Was almost uncancelled as "The Greatest American Heroine", but that pilot was turned down.
%%* ''Series/HappyEndings''
%%* ''Series/HappyTown''
%%* ''{{Series/Homefront}}''
%%* ''Series/HotLBaltimore''
* ''Series/{{Huge}}'': Despite being acclaimed as novel and body-positive, it only lasted one short season.
%%* ''Series/HighIncident''
* ''Series/{{Invasion}}'': One season only, just when it was getting started. Such a shame...
%%* ''Series/JakeInProgress''
* ''Series/TheJob'': Which transmogrified into the more dramatic ''Series/RescueMe'' on the FX Network with much of the same cast.
%%* ''Series/TheKnightsOfProsperity''
* ''Series/LandOfTheLost1991'': Was very popular when it first aired on ABC, and ran for two seasons. A third season was planned; however, due to Disney's decision to run its own programming after their purchase of ABC, it never saw the light of day.
%%* ''Series/LifeAsWeKnowIt''
* ''Series/LifeOnMars'' (US version): The US version of the BBC hit was just finding its own voice and establishing its own mythos when ABC announced that its first season would be its only season.
%%* ''Series/MastersOfScienceFiction''
%%* ''Series/MaxHeadroom''
%%* ''Series/MenInTrees''
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'': a hilariously clever spoof on classic pulp superheroes. It was canceled after 12 episodes just as they were introducing the series arch-villain and his nefarious plan.
* ''Series/MightyOrbots'': A well animated and stylish Voltron-style cartoon that was canceled in its first season after an ironic lawsuit was filed by the makers of ''Gobots''.
%%* ''Series/{{Miracles}}''
* ''Series/TheMole'' had two great seasons, then two full CelebrityEdition seasons which brought its first demise. Years later, it was revived and promptly ScrewedByTheNetwork, when ABC did such a poor job of promoting it that die-hard fans of the series didn't know it had returned until midway through the season.
%%* ''Series/MrSunshine''
* ''Series/MySoCalledLife'': Slice-of-life teen angst drama that's a quintessential example of this trope: beloved, critically-acclaimed, gone after one season.
* ''[[Theatre/TheOddCouple The New Odd Couple]]'': Based on Neil Simon's play, specifically a ContinuityReboot of the 1970-75 series, only this time with an African-American cast. While a worthy successor series, an abundance of {{Recycled Script}}s and Ron Glass and Demond Wilson not being Tony Randall and Jack Klugman led the show to fail to find an audience, being canceled after 18 episodes.
* ''Series/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'': Though somewhat justified because the company thought it was declining in ratings, but fans tried to petition to bring it back.
* ''Series/NoOrdinaryFamily'': Well-written series that PlayedWith some of the SuperHero genre's most fundamental tropes, but was cancelled after one season and ended on a cliffhanger.
%%* ''Series/OnceAndAgain''
%%* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963''
* ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'': The terribly clever toon from the original One Saturday Morning lineup.
* ''Series/PoliceSquad'': The series was supposedly canceled because ''the viewer had to'' pay attention ''in order to appreciate it.''
** They were also running out of gags.
* ''Series/{{Prey}}'': Another good show that was canceled after one season and on a cliffhanger.
%%* ''Series/{{Probe}}''
%%* ''Series/{{Relativity}}''
* ''Series/PushingDaisies'': Its first season earned it 12 Emmy nominations for 9 episodes shown, but the 2007 writer's strike sapped its audience beyond recovery.
%%* ''Series/RubyAndTheRockits''
%%* ''Series/SamanthaWho''
%%* ''Series/TheSlapMaxwellStory''
%%* ''Series/SledgeHammer!''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sonic the Hedgehog]]'': Already took a bit of a ratings hit due to Fox scheduling ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' into the same time slot, but the death blow came when a new executive took over ABC and swiftly and abruptly canceled half of its shows - including ''Sonic'', which was about as popular as ever.
%%* ''Series/SportsNight''
%%* ''Series/TalesOfTheGoldMonkey''
* ''Series/TheNine'': Like the title invokes, it involves nine people who were stuck inside a bank during a 52-hour robbery. After one episode, it went from a tense Dog Day Afternoon-esque thriller into a slow burning psychological drama. It lost many viewers before the show REALLY started getting warmed up, mostly because of that abrupt GenreShift.
* ''Series/{{Traveler}}'': A show about two men on the run, with a smart conspiracy after them, that not only lacked padding, but did not treat the audience like idiots. Ended on a painful cliffhanger that was never resolved.
%%* ''Series/TwinPeaks''
%%* ''Series/TheUnusuals''
%%* ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited''
* ''Series/WhenThingsWereRotten'': 1975 Robin Hood farce created by Creator/MelBrooks (later inspiring his ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'').
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'': Two 26-episode seasons, wrapped up fairly well but they'd [[SequelHook set up for a third season]] and the comics gave them enough material to do at least five more seasons if they'd been able to.

%%* ''Series/AmericanGothic1995''
* ''Series/{{Arnie}}'': This satirical early-'70s comedy starred Herschel Bernardi as a loading-dock foreman who suddenly and unexpectedly found himself promoted to corporate management. Poor ratings doomed it after two seasons despite critical acclaim.
* ''Series/{{Bob}}'': Creator/BobNewhart's third sitcom, starring Newhart as a greeting card artist/writer who jumps at the chance when Ace Comics offers to revive a comic book character he created a few decades earlier. The show withered in a bad Friday night timeslot.
* ''Series/BridgetLovesBernie'': This 1972 sitcom about the marriage of a Jewish cabdriver and an upper-class Irish Catholic actually got decent ratings, but CBS canceled it after one season anyway after both Jewish and Catholic groups [[ValuesDissonance objected to the premise]]. (The show did, however, lead to RomanceOnTheSet and eventual marriage between stars David Birney and Meredith Baxter.)
%%* ''Series/BrooklynBridge''
%%* ''Series/CenturyCity''
%%* ''Christy''
* ''Series/{{CHAOS}}'': A spy comedy-drama about a small group of loose-cannon CIA agents, which basically tried to be a lighter, more tongue-in-cheek version of gritty modern-day espionage series like ''Series/{{Homeland}}'' [[note]]which is not to say that it was inspired by ''Homeland'', seeing as it predated it by six months[[/note]]. Only 13 episodes were made, and they were shown out of order by the network.
* ''Series/CitizenBaines'': moved slowly for many viewers but had a great cast headed by James Cromwell.
* ''Series/CloseToHome'' was a crime drama based around Annabeth Chase, a criminal prosecutor and showed her trying to balance her work and family life (The first episode is basically Annabeth coming back from maternity leave). The show's two lead characters were both female, something not often seen on [[Series/CriminalMinds CBS]] [[Series/{{CSI}} crime]] [[Series/{{NCIS}} dramas]]. [[spoiler:The balancing act only got harder after Annabeth's husband was killed in the season 1 finale]]. The show was cancelled after 2 seasons.
* ''Series/EastSideWestSide'' was about a social worker who focused on the problems of the inner city and was probably the first American series to seriously address racism. It managed to win an Emmy, but is largely forgotten today.
* ''Series/EZStreets'': too raw for CBS, this mob drama from Paul Haggis might have succeeded on cable.
* ''Series/TheFamousTeddyZ'': Created by ''[[Series/WKRPInCincinnati WKRP]]'''s Hugh Wilson, this series starring Jon Cryer and Alex Rocco (who won an Emmy for his character Agent Al Floss) was set in a Hollywood talent agency and was thought in some circles to be too 'inside' to appeal to middle America.
* ''Series/TheFlash1990'': Based on [[ComicBook/TheFlash the comic book character of the same name]], this series got canceled after one season due to being constantly shuffled around in varying time slots and facing tough competition from NBC and FOX on Thursday nights. CBS even tried airing it at 8:30 Eastern Time (it's unusual in the U.S. for an hour-long show to begin on the half-hour) to avoid having it on directly against ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which both aired at 8.
%%* ''Series/FranksPlace''
%%* ''Series/GaryUnmarried''
* ''Series/GeorgeAndLeo'': The pairing of old sitcom pros Creator/BobNewhart and Judd Hirsch wasn't enough to save this OddCouple-esque show from an early exit.
* ''Series/GoodMorningWorld'': Long before ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' or ''Series/NewsRadio'', there was this 1967 sitcom from the creators of ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' set at a radio station. Even the presence of a pre-''Series/LaughIn'' Creator/GoldieHawn couldn't prevent its cancellation after one season.
%%* ''Series/TheHandler''
* ''Series/HeAndShe'': This 1967 sitcom starring Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin received critical acclaim and Emmy awards and is believed to be the precursor of the more "realistic" brand of '70s situation comedies (''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow,'' for example). Low ratings doomed it, though, and it only lasted one season.
* ''Series/TheHoneymooners'': incredibly, only ran one season as a stand-alone sitcom, although the characters admittedly were used for many years on Gleason's variety show.
** This one is a bit murky simply because Gleason didn't like the grind of a sitcom, which is the reason why the show ended.
* ''Series/{{Jericho}}'': Was famously resurrected by a SendingStuffToSaveTheShow fan campaign, but the respite would last only a season before the ax fell again.
* ''Series/JoanOfArcadia'': Popular, but in the [[PeripheryDemographic wrong demographic]].
%%* ''Series/ListenUp!''
* ''Series/LoveMonkey''. Also an example of ScrewedByTheNetwork.
* ''Series/{{Mary}}'': Mary Tyler Moore's 1985 return to situation comedy, and a worthy SpiritualSuccessor to her [[Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow her classic '70s show]]. Poorer-than-expected ratings doomed it to cancellation after one season.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/MightyMouse Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures]]'': A massively influential GenreTurningPoint for American television animation which directly influenced (and provided talent) to almost every cartoon show made in its wake. It got canceled due to a contrived [[MoralGuardians moral panic]] involving some crushed flowers which apparently looked a bit too much like cocaine. Most fans of the show claimed that it would've gotten canceled for low ratings anyway.
* ''Series/{{Moonlight}}'': Several reasons for this, including FridayNightDeathSlot. Many fans also feel it was ScrewedByTheNetwork, particularly because the final episode was promoted as the ''season'' finale (rather than the ''series'' finale) and fans were led to believe it would be renewed. Another victim of the 2007 writer's strike.
* ''Series/NowAndAgain'': A well-cast, well-written, well-acted reimagining of the concept of ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan''. First season featured one of the creepiest and most inexplicable villains ever. Got the Friday Night death slot, and its one and only season did not even air in its entirety until many years later on Sci-Fi.
* ''Series/ProjectGeeKeR'': Had incredibly good ratings during the time, but only lasted one 13-episode season due to not meeting the educational programming standards set forth by the channel.
%%* ''Series/{{Smith}}''
* ''Series/ThatsLife'': a "chick show," but with an excellent cast (Heather Paige Kent, Ellen Burstyn, Paul Sorvino, Kevin Dillon, Debi Mazar).
%%* ''Series/{{Threshold}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'': A wonderfully surreal cartoon with a Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer feel. Only lasted 21 episodes due to low ratings (especially after the disastrous season 2 retool) and being a very expensive show to make.
%%* ''Series/TotalRecall2070''
%%* ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow''. Damn you, ExecutiveMeddling!
%%* ''Series/WorstWeek'': The American version.

%%* ''Series/AmericanDreams''
%%* ''Series/AndyBarkerPI''
* ''Series/TheBillCosbyShow'': Not to be confused with his later series ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', which if anything ran a bit longer than it should have.
* ''Series/TheBlackDonnellys'' was doomed from early in its only season after one episode was too violent to even be aired on TV (it was only released on NBC's website) and shortly afterward pulled from its primetime slot and aired as a web series for the rest of its all too brief run.
%%* ''Series/TheBookOfDaniel''
* ''Series/{{Boomtown}}'': showed a crime from multiple points of view (the beat cops, the detectives, the paramedic, the D.A., the reporter, and the criminal.) It aired for one season, winning multiple awards. After its first season it was retooled, the uniqueness drained; and it was canceled six episodes into its second season.
* ''Bret Series/{{Maverick}}'': An '80s attempt to return James Garner to the role he left in a contract dispute in the '50s, this {{revival}} show may have been too good to last, but it wasn't too good to repeat - NBC reran episodes of the '81-82 series twice.
%%* ''Series/BuffaloBill''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainNTheGameMaster'': NBC was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork too hesitant to continue budgeting for their cartoons]] and it was cancelled after three seasons. Of course, this can actually be a subversion though since the show wasn't that well-received by viewers to begin with.
* The U.S. version of ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', though your mileage greatly varies on whether or not it was considered "Too Good To Last," as the reason it was canceled was because it was a watered-down ''Friends'' rip-off in comparison to the UK version.
* ''Series/TheDownerChannel'': Despite being produced by Creator/SteveMartin and having Mary Lynn Rajskub and Wanda Sykes in the cast, NBC canned it after four episodes.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'': Got good enough ratings during the reruns that a Canadian production company produced a sequel/spin-off several years later--which had to star new characters because the original actors for the original characters had aged out of being suitable for the parts.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride''
* ''Series/FreaksAndGeeks'': Possibly the archetypal example; adored by critics and fans alike, but being shuffled around in the lineup didn't help its ratings, and it got canceled halfway through its first season.
* ''WesternAnimation/GodTheDevilAndBob'': Only four out of thirteen episodes aired, despite NBC promising to air all of them. Was one of many primetime network cartoons that didn't get past a season.
* ''Series/{{Grand}}'' was a TV show about life in a corporate town in the early 90s; but the town business is grand piano manufacture.
%%* ''[[IllFlyAway I'll Fly Away]]''
%%* ''ItsAllRelative''
%%* ''Series/ItsYourMove''
%%* ''{{Inconceivable}}''
%%* ''Series/{{Joey}}''
%%* ''Series/TheJohnLarroquetteShow''
%%* ''Series/{{Journeyman}}''
%%* ''Series/KathAndKim'' The U.S. version
* ''Series/{{Kings}}'': An ambitious alternate-history retelling of the Biblical story of Jonathan? Say it with me: [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Dooooomed. ]]

%%* ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury''
%%* ''Series/LawAndOrderLosAngeles''
%%* ''Series/{{Life}}''
%%* ''Series/MisfitsOfScience''
* ''Series/MyOwnWorstEnemy''. They ended it [[CutShort on a cliffhanger]]! [[BigNo AAAAAAARRRRRRRGGGHHH!!!!]]
%%* ''MyWorldAndWelcomeToIt''
%%* ''Series/NightmareCafe''. Ran for only 6 episodes in 1992.
* ''Series/{{Outsourced}}''. Mostly due to the controversial subject matter of the show, it developed a sort of divisive fanbase. Could also be attributed to PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad.
* ''Series/{{Raines}}''. Despite staring Creator/JeffGoldblum, it lasted a mere 7 episodes.
* ''Series/{{Southland}}'' (before being UnCanceled and brought to TNT)
%%* ''Series/TheOthers''
%%* ''Series/TheTonightShow with Creator/ConanOBrien''
%%* ''Series/{{Undercovers}}''
%%* ''Series/UnitedStates''
%%* ''Series/AYearInTheLife''
* ''Series/ThePlayboyClub'' has now been cancelled after 3 episodes, which was better than it sounds, although it was probably doomed from the start.

[[TropeCodifier Widely considered the worst offender of them all]].

* ''Series/{{Action}}'' - Jay Mohr at his best as an amoral studio executive and the first American TV show to try and make the TV-MA rating suitable for free-to-air TV. Like the movie ''Showgirls'' with the NC-17 rating, it was a failure in this endeavor, and the TV-MA rating is now relegated to most basic cable shows and pay-premium cable channels like HBO, Showtime, and porno channels, like The Spice Channel, The Hustler Network, and The Playboy Channel.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': The Friday night block in which it led in ''Series/TheXFiles'' was one of the best one-two punches in TV history.
* ''Series/AlienNation'' was an epic level example of this. Only one season, though it did manage to resurrect itself in the form of 5 made-for-TV movies... and, in TheNewTeens, talk of a remake.
* ''Series/AllAboutTheAndersons''
* ''Series/AlmostHuman'' was cancelled after one season despite strong reviews and good ratings. Yet another example of Fox cancelling a sci-fi show that didn't deserve it.
%%* ''Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse''
%%* ''Series/BreakingIn''
%%* ''Series/{{Brimstone}}''
%%* ''Brothers''
* ''Series/TheChicagoCode'': Yet ''ANOTHER'' victim of Creator/TimMinear, who executive produced this one.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': Why get screwed by one network when you can get screwed ''twice''?
* ''{{Series/Drive}}'': Three episodes over an eight-day period, then gone.
* ''Series/FastLane'' from Fox, '''of course'''. A show that was like ''Series/CharliesAngels'' meets ''Series/MiamiVice.''
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''; see TheFireflyEffect.
%%* ''Series/FreakyLinks''
%%* ''Series/GetALife''
%%* ''Series/GregTheBunny''
%%* ''Series/HappyHour''
* ''Series/HarshRealm'': got harsh treatment -- canceled after four episodes.
* ''Series/InLivingColor'': Although much more well-known and longer lasting than most shows on here (and even winning an Emmy in its first year), the show constantly suffered from both ExecutiveMeddling and being ScrewedByTheNetwork. After show creator Keenan Ivory Wayans left (as well as his family), while still left with many talented actors, it became a shell of its former self and then canceled after a four-year run.
* ''Series/TheInside'': Creator/TimMinear strikes again.
* ''Series/JohnDoe'' -- Guess we'll never be finding out John Doe's true identity.
%%* ''K-Ville''
%%* ''Series/KeenEddie''
%%* ''Series/KeyWest''
%%* ''Series/KitchenConfidential''
%%* ''Series/LifeOnAStick''
* ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'': Its series-ending {{Cliffhanger}} was resolved on ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* ''Lonestar'': Most critically acclaimed pilot of the Fall 2010 series and the first to be canceled. After TWO episodes.
%%* ''Series/TheLoop''
%%* ''Series/MethodAndRed''
%%* ''Series/NedAndStacey''
%%* ''Series/NewAmsterdam''
* ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''. In spite of solid writing and acting and being rather revolutionary at the time (as it starred two people of color as detectives instead of the standard pairing of SaltAndPepper), it received no visible support from the network and [[Creator/DickWolf not a whole lot from its creator]], had the network [[ExecutiveMeddling constantly screw]] [[WhiteMaleLead with its formula]] and then unceremoniously canceled after barely lasting four seasons.
%%* ''Series/PastLife''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePiratesOfDarkWater'' -- Guess we'll never locate those final {{MacGuffin}}s.
%%* ''Series/PointPleasant''
* ''Series/{{Profit}}'' -- Guess we'll never know what this sociopath is really up to.
%%* ''Quintuplets''
* ''Series/{{Reunion}}'': What makes this example especially glaring is that the premise made it easy to end after one season, yet Fox pulled it after ten episodes with the mystery unsolved.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''
* ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp'': Comedy Central ran it for a few episodes after Fox canned it. Unfortunately, it didn't last long.
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverSurfer'': Cancelled within a month and a half and replaced with something completely forgettable.
* ''Series/SonsOfTucson'': Lampshaded on ''WesternAnimation/Ameri'' when Roger discovers that the stress ball he was using as a fake vagina was for this show, and he doesn't remember seeing it.
%%* ''Series/SouthBeach''
%%* ''Series/SouthCentral''
* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'': One article said it was unfortunately too sci-fi for the war show audience, and too much war show for the sci-fi audience.
%%* ''Series/{{Stacked}}''
%%* ''Series/{{Standoff}}''
* ''Series/TheGoodGuys'': A BuddyCopShow parody/tribute that only lasted for a single season. Notably came from the creators of ''Series/BurnNotice''.
%%* ''Series/TrafficLight''
* ''Series/TruCalling'': Outlasted Fox's ''other'' fall 2004 offering about a young woman hearing voices (''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}''), but still got canceled after just over a season and a half.
%%* ''Series/{{Undeclared}}''
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'': The dub anyway. This was FOX's failed attempt to pawn off a fairly mature anime as a kids show (not the first time something like that has happened, but FOX's attempt was the kind of EpicFail that's relatively well-known). It was pulled off the air after about 10 episodes. It made a full run on Creator/{{YTV}} in Canada in large part because they aired it in an age-appropriate timeslot.
%%* ''Series/TheWarAtHome''
%%* ''Series/TheWinner''
* ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'': Creator/TimMinear '''and''' Creator/BryanFuller? Too much awesome for TV: four episodes, then kaput.
** Although some overseas networks did air all 13 episodes, and unlike many of the shows on this list, it got a DVD release.
* ''WesternAnimation/Xyber9NewDawn'': Killed off ten episodes into its 22-episode season, and even then it ended on a cliffhanger.

%%[[folder: FX]]
%%* Series/{{Terriers}}
%%* ''Series/TheRiches''

[[folder:The WB / UPN / The CW]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': it had a long and popular run for 6 years, but some of those years featured very infrequent new releases. The show ended just shy of its 100th episode, unless you count its movie ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish'' as its last episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues'': Creator/AdultSwim used to rerun it, but now the rights have expired.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': Got canceled after five seasons due to Creator/FourKidsEntertainment taking over Creator/KidsWB and replacing it with [[Creator/{{Toonzai}} TheCW4Kids]], much to the dismay of fans.
* ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'': Making an animated show based on a heavy-handed war game for a Saturday/Sunday run back when they ran cartoons on TV was almost certain doom in and of itself.
%%* ''BedfordDiaries''
* ''Containment'': It basically was Outbreak meets Under the Dome. Lasted only one suspenseful season on the CW. Then again a show like this had no business being on The CW.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Detention}}''
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Dilbert}}'': Scott Adams (the creator of the famous comic strip the show was based on) often blamed the fact that [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the UPN screwed the show over]] by putting it in a timeslot after ''Series/ShastaMcNasty'', a show that appealed to a completely different (and, as Adams argued, a less intelligent) audience than ''Dilbert''s audience.
%%* ''Series/DoOver''
%%* ''Drew Carey's Green Screen Show''
* The ''{{WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim}} cartoon'' Sadly only lasted 2 seasons, which was only 23 episodes. Possibly cancelled due to CreatorBacklash.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'': Cancelled after 2 seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'': Reports of ExecutiveMeddling abound.
%%* ''Film/HomeboysInOuterSpace''
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', season one. Thank God for Adult Swim.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/InvasionAmerica''
%%* ''Series/JackAndBobby''
* ''Series/{{Jake 20}}'': The first season was cut short, leaving both fans and international distributors irked.
* ''LazarusMan''. Addictive, well-written, genre-busting Western (and mystery/fantasy/horror/romance, likely a few others). Took a hiatus in its first season and was never seen again. (In fairness to the network, the lead actor, Robert Urich, had contracted cancer and was no longer able to work... although he sued the producers for that decision, and in fact did continue to work, becoming a regular in ''two'' more series - ''Love Boat: The Next Wave'' and ''Emeril'' - before he passed away in 2002, six years after ''The Lazarus Man'' did.) Died with its boots on.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfCalamityJane''
%%* ''LivingWithFran''
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'': It has a loyal fanbase in spite of the huge amount of InternetBackdraft and got pretty solid ratings, so it's cancellation is a bit of a mystery.
* ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'': Was placed on the FridayNightDeathSlot. It did get a cult following thanks to reruns on [[Creator/AdultSwim Adult Swim]].
* ''[[NikkiAndNora Nikki & Nora]]''. A closeted lesbian couple who happen to be partnered-up homicide detectives, solving crimes in New Orleans with [[Series/CriminalMinds Derek Morgan]] as their boss. JustForFun/MadeOfWin. Made it to a pilot. Still completely frikkin' awesome.
* ''Series/NowhereMan'' Not only was it critically praised, it was UPN's highest rated show. They replaced it with ''Homeboys in Outer Space'' and ''Moesha''.
* ''On The Spot'' was a partially improvised sitcom that had only half of a script and was cancelled after 5 episodes, but still has a relatively strong internet following, and the episodes can be found on YouTube. [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/On-the-Spot/109545779071212?ref=ts&sk=info 230,000 people can't be wrong.]]
%%* ''PepperDennis''
* ''WesternAnimation/PhantomInvestigators'': Thirteen episodes were produced, and after the first season, Sony decided to stop funding animated shows. While this made the chance of a second season unlikely, the final nail in the coffin was Kids WB cancelling the show due to scoring higher with female viewers instead of male viewers, making the channel nervous about losing their status as the number-one rated block with young boys, despite the fact that the show was outperforming everything else in it's timeslot.
%%* ''Related''
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'': Was canceled due to low ratings, though popular opinion is that the censors discovered a dirty joke in the last episode during Exile's song about Russian names and shut down production. It could be both reasons, though the joke (which was edited in reruns) was possibly a parting "Up yours!" for how badly the network screwed it over.
%%* ''RunOfTheHouse''
%%* ''Series/SevenDays''
%%* ''SmartGuy''
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': Sadly only lasted 3 seasons. It was cancelled to make way for ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' and because Creator/CharlieAdler quit after being rejected for ''Animaniacs''.
%%* ''Twins''
* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'' got caught up in the cluster of the WB's merger with with UPN.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' (Kids WB/Disney XD). Thank red-tape confusion with the Disney/Marvel deal and Sony giving up Spider-Man's TV rights for this one.
** Especially infuriating as its abrupt and unplanned ending left the show with a ''severe'' case of DownerEnding.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheOblongs''
* ''[[Anime/TekkamanBlade Teknoman]]'', the dub version of ''Anime/TekkamanBlade''. They showed the first 26 episodes, reran them, then canceled it and replaced it with ''The Mouse and the Monster''.

[[folder:Nickelodeon / The N / Nick Jr.]]
%%* ''100 Deeds For Eddie [=McDowd=]''
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': ExecutiveMeddling was the culprit here--the network hired [[Creator/JhonenVasquez a comic artist]] best known for a series called ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids but were unprepared for the series' dark humor]].
** Contrary to popular belief, it was canceled due to low ratings, not that the BlackComedy helped any.
*** The low ratings were likely a result of ExecutiveMeddling. The show didn't have a consistent time slot (much like [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} another sci-fi cartoon]] which coincidentally featured Zim's original voice actor Creator/BillyWest). New episode releases were also inconsistent.
** In addition, ''Invader Zim'' was a very expensive show to make, meaning it would require either a major merchandise push (unlikely, considering the show was run by an underground comic book writer) or stellar ratings to remain profitable.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' was a major subversion of this-at some point in season 2 (not long before ''Locked Up!'' aired), there were people on Twitter who believed the show was going to be completely pulled because of its {{hatedom}}, but it managed to escape that.
** Alas, it was cancelled before it had a chance to do a proper series sendoff.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' Unfortunate case of ExecutiveMeddling with the third season being majorly ScrewedByTheNetwork. The show got good ratings despite its ridiculous mid-afternoon time-slot and little advertising for the last season.
* ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' was canceled on the same day as ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'' Like the broadcast examples above, it only lasted as long (3 seasons) due to its critical acclaim, but poor ratings, executive shuffling, and a show that didn't quite mesh with the little-kid demo helped kill the show far too soon, according to various bits of the DVD commentaries.
* ''Series/InstantStar'' (both The N and CTV were responsible for this one)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/OGrady''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'': The series gained high ratings and good reviews throughout 2008 and early 2009, but around the time season two began ratings began to drop until new episodes stopped airing on the main network. The final episodes began airing on sister network, Nicktoons, from 2010 to 2011.
%%* ''Series/SouthOfNowhere''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTeddyRuxpin'', even though a second season had been planned.
* ''Series/RadioFreeRoscoe'': Originally aired on the Canadian network Family, then was picked up by the American network The N when Family cut the funding. Then The N cut funding as well.
%%* ''Series/TheUpsideDownShow''
* ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'': A great premise and the show as gearing up for a third season. But for some reason Nick declined to continue it.
* ''WesternAnimation/KappaMikey'': More for comical randomness and being able to blend cartoons and anime together. Sadly, it only received 2 seasons.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' was well-received by critics and viewers alike, but getting ScrewedByTheNetwork got it canned after 2 seasons (until a third season was aired on Nicktoons Network a bit later).
* ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks'' was much loved by both critics and viewers and proved to WinBackTheCrowd. However, its ratings weren't high enough to the network's satisfaction and the show got royally ScrewedByTheNetwork as a result.
* ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian'' - Absolutely adored by critics and viewers for its comedy, but only lasted 1 season.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Only lasted three seasons--and [[CanonDiscontinuity its last season]] was [[ExecutiveMeddling drawn by a different house,]] wasting the show's elaborate backstory.
* ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture'' was ended after two seasons, but it had a proper season finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'': Like with Darkwing (see below), ''Teamo'' had some planned storylines that never came to fruition.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' was canned after 52 episodes at ''[[{{Cliffhanger}} the start of the final climax]]''. The creator had an ending planned and everything. The ratings were fine too.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': After only 2 seasons, Disney decided to cancel it, despite the ratings being fine and there being plenty of story lines for '''at least''' one more season.
* ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'': Jumbo pictures got into an argument with Disney shortly after the third season was produced. They then cut off all ties with Disney and production of this, along with various other Disney programming, stopped.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'': Only one season, due to poor reception as the SliceOfLife format was very new and visionary when the show premièred. It has since obtained a cult following.
* As stated on ABC, ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' suffered a similar fate to other Disney animated action/adventure shows, ending after two seasons and with a massive hint at a third season to boot. The reason, according to this [[http://www.tv.com/w.i.t.c.h./show/29931/w.i.t.c.h.-faq/topic/13689-485279/msgs.html FAQ]] from tv.com, is there was "little to no interest both from the investors’ and the producer’s side" to continue the series. Coincidentally, Creator/GregWeisman was brought on board for the second season which was widely regarded as an improvement over the first. Check the man's page to see how [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the network has]] ''[[ScrewedByTheNetwork regularly]]'' [[ScrewedByTheNetwork treated him like a two dollar call girl]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': The original order consisted of two seasons, with a total of 52 episodes. As the show progressed, it became evident that the writers had already started planning a third season. However, Creator/DisneyXD ended up ordering a whole new ''[[Franchise/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' [[WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble cartoon]] instead of more episodes. The fact that ''EMH'' received better ratings among adults than among children made Disney XD think that it didn't appeal to their target demographic.
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising''. Althought Disney never confirmed the cancelation, the last episode of the first season aired in 2013 without news since despite mostly positive reception.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' was continuously praised for its high quality animation, dynamic story, and interesting characters but a bad case of ScrewedByTheNetwork (including shifting the time slot, messing up the order of the episodes, and a lack of advertisements) led to the series being offed before its first season even wrapped up. However, the people behind the show prepared for this and were able to give the story a proper ending.
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'''s cancellation was officially announced not because of low ratings, but because higher-ups decided that 80 episodes over 2 seasons is enough for one series.

[[folder:Cartoon Network / Adult Swim]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Class of 3000}}'': Was one of the most popular series airing on the network at the time; canceled due to the ratings not justifying the high cost of making the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' A well animated parody of mecha anime. Thanks to a tax loophole Cartoon Network made, It's now illegal to air the show.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity''
* ''WesternAnimation/SwatKats'': Painful because it ''was'' a ratings giant. It was the best-rated Saturday morning cartoon of its time, but killed quite explicitly by Ted Turner for being too violent.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhateverHappenedToRobotJones'': Got screwed over when the reruns redubbed Robot Jones's voice with a real child's voice instead of using a computer program.
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' (originally combined with ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' in the ThreeShorts show ''Grim And Evil''; got its own show that was the definition of this trope.)
%%* ''WesternAnimation/CaveKids''
* ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'': Not only did the series [[CutShort end on a cliffhanger]], but...
** ...a spinoff series, ''WesternAnimation/TheXtacles'', was cancelled only a few episodes in.
* ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil'': Seems to have underperformed SO badly that its not even going to get a DVD release.
** There must have been a resurgence of interest in the show, as it is [[http://www.adultswimshop.com/cat/Lucy-The-Daughter-of-the-Devil-Season-One.html now available on DVD]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': Heavily screwed by CN with a bouncing timeslot and neglect of advertising. Ironically as a [[DuelingShows rival]] of American Dragon, both shows wound up suffering the same problems from their respective networks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Surprisingly, it wasn't canceled because someone complained about the rampant HoYay and [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar innuendo that flew past the radar]]. In fact, there isn't a definite story about why it was canceled. One story goes that Dave Wasson (the show creator) had a falling-out with his storyboard crew and the tensions threw production in a loop. Another story is the common "the show got low ratings, its timeslot kept getting shuffled [though, considering [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids its content]], airing it at 10pm before Creator/AdultSwim ''is'' a good idea], and it didn't get the audience that the other Cartoon Cartoon shows got" story, which is the more believable of the two stories.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' : Sadly cancelled after only 3 seasons because it got too dark and depressing (which ''is'' what Adult Swim wanted). The only claymation able to make you cry.
* The Creator/FUNimation dubbed edit of OnePiece, aired after the 4Kids dub ended its run. Though this was due to Toonami going under at the time thanks to new management. The series is now back on the air as of this writing thanks to the revived Toonami block.
* ''Series/UnnaturalHistory'', the first [[LiveActionTV Live Action]] show on Creator/CartoonNetwork that was good. However it was ''because'' it was on a network centered around cartoons was the reason this happened. The fact it was coming on the heels of the ''CN Real'' era didn't help matters.
* ''Series/TowerPrep'': Another Live-action TV show that was too good to last. Same reason as ''Unnatural History''. Good premise, just not the right network for it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}'': Was cancelled due to high production costs, lack of interest from foreign markets, and the simple fact that the show plays out more like an actual Creator/AdultSwim cartoon rather than a Cartoon Network show that airs before Adult Swim.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'': Another {{Cliffhanger}} ender.
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' may sound like it had a good run what with having three seasons of thirteen episodes and a three-episode pilot aired before the series proper began, but then you remember that it ran for less than a year-and-a-half, and Creator/CartoonNetwork [[ScrewedByTheNetwork kept shuffling it around to crappy slots and]] [[InvisibleAdvertising barely advertising it in favor of shows like]] ''Johnny Test'' and ''CN Real'', AND the fact that it had a planned fourth season that sounded AWESOME. This is at least in part due to the CN/Hasbro split that launched Creator/TheHub. Plus, the toyline was cut short by ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' [[http://www.toonzone.net/news/articles/36712/pr-cartoon-network-upfront-programming-announcements#post3802894 appears to be]] [[http://www.toonzone.net/forums/showthread.php?t=279890 going that direction]] [[http://www.cartoonbrew.com/tv/cartoon-network-cancels-sym-bionic-titan.html and it did apparently]]
** ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' ultimately was canceled due to the series being unable to acquire a toy line. Revenue from the toys would've offset the massive production costs ''Sym-Bionic Titan'' had.
* ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'', despite being a ratings juggernaut when it first aired (often beating out new episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Creator/AdultSwim's most popular original show), was unceremoniously canned when creator Creator/SethGreen stated he'd rather focus his time and effort to his CashCowFranchise, ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''. Some fans may tell you that the [[SeasonalRot subpar-at-best fifth season]] of that show (with steadily-slipping ratings to match) may be LaserGuidedKarma at its finest.
* WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011 was canceled [[ScrewedByTheNetwork after having it's time slot shifted mid-season and after two different hiatuses]]. It was never officially announced as canceled, and fans pushed hard for another season, but it never came. The series reaired on Toonami for a while, giving fans some hope, until the rights reverted back to Warner Bros. in the middle of its second run on Toonami.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' has been canceled after two successful seasons. Rumor has it that it's because it attracted the ''wrong'' kind of audience: while it was popular with adults and female viewers, it didn't attract the 6-11 year old male crowd the executives wanted to court (out of a dated belief that they're the only ones that would buy toys). However, the series was revived on the ''Creator/DCUniverse'' streaming service in 2018 after support from the fans and creators and the show's popularity on ''Creator/Netflix''.
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''. See Young Justice, the answer's pretty much the same, especially since the toyline for the live action Green Lantern movie did poorly.
* ''WesternAnimation/KorgothOfBarbaria'' never got beyond the pilot episode, despite being hyped by the network and receiving a positive fan response.
* ''Series/IncredibleCrew'': A last lingering attempt to air live action on CN. But you know what? This one was ''actually funny'' and had gained a small but dedicated fanbase (having the voice of [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Finn]] as one of the cast certainly helped). Alas only one season before getting the chop.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'': Cancelled after 1½ seasons. A shuffled time slot and lack of advertising leading to low ratings and poor toy sales are cited as the primary reasons.

[[folder:MTV / MTV2]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CloneHigh''. Lasted one season despite the promising potential and positive reception by viewers, ending the show on a cliffhanger. The show was cancelled on account of backlash from Indian viewers on its portrayal of Mahatma Gandhi.
* ''Series/TheSiflAndOllyShow'' - 3 seasons produced, two aired (the third had a DVD release)
* ''Series/WonderShowzen'' - Despite two seasons and respectable ratings, MTV denied a third season. Some of the more experimental episodes during the second season might've also had something to do with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Downtown}}'' - It was just too intelligent for some exec.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': The American Version, due to complaints that it was too sexually-charged for a show featuring minors.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Undergrads}}''

* ''WesternAnimation/RickAndSteveTheHappiestGayCoupleInAllTheWorld'': Either stuck in DevelopmentHell or cancelled outright after 2 seasons, ending on a cliffhanger that had been built up from the very first episode. Historically ScrewedByTheNetwork, you're lucky if you see a re-run at all, and nothing official has been announced confirming the show's future.

* ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'': Arguably the best show Creator/{{G4TV}} ever had, and they didn't sink for a third season.
* ''Series/{{Portal}}'': Not canceled due to ratings, as the creator was not shy about letting fans know, but rather due to personal differences between himself and the network head.
* ''Hurl'': Yes the name is pretty much what you think it is, a game show about people trying their darnest to keep from puking while being spun around. It was made on the cheap and it showed, but it was still fun watching.
* ''Arena'', a show about competitive gaming before competitive gaming had much of a presence outside of the internet. The original hosts (one of which being Creator/WilWheaton) quit due to being unhappy with the way the producer ran things, and then the show was cancelled after its third season ended in January 2005.

%%* ''Series/AceLightning''
* ''Series/TheTripods'' was epic science fiction with astonishing production values. They filmed the first 2 parts of Creator/JohnChristopher's trilogy, but the last book never made it to the screen. Its demise was blamed on it being ''very'' slowly paced, plus it was scheduled on Saturdays opposite ''Series/TheATeam''...
* ''Series/StarCops'' Intelligent, critically-lauded British sci-fi/cop show crossover about police on the moon, canned after one series (and a lot of in-fighting) despite the first series finale setting up a new season on Mars.
* ''Series/{{Outcasts}}'' ended on such a tantalizing cliffhanger - and was then cancelled by the BBC due to poor ratings. Unless some other sci-fi channel renews it, it's unlikely we'll see another season.
* ''Series/FifteenStoreysHigh''. The BBC really messed about with this series, putting it on a graveyard slot. Then allegedly told Sean Lock he couldn't do a third series.
%%* ''Series/{{Zen}}'', a crime drama set in Italy that was cancelled after three episodes.
* ''Recap/DoctorWhoTVMTheTVMovie'' was intended to launch a revived series of Doctor Who. It got really good audience ratings in the UK, but because it was an American co-production with Fox, and because it bombed in the US, plans to bring back Doctor Who were shelved for years.

%%* ''Series/{{Carnivale}}''
%%* ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'', they originally planned five seasons, chronicling the reigns of a few different Emperors, but had to cut it down to three, then two when funding was cut. A movie may be coming.
%%* ''Series/TheComeback''
%%* ''Series/LuckyLouie''
%%* ''Series/{{Enlightened}}''

%%Pretty common as the show is funded from donations.
%%* ''Series/GhostWriter''
%%* ''Series/{{Wishbone}}''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/TimothyGoesToSchool''

[[folder: Sci-Fi /Syfy]]
* ''Series/TheOdyssey'', a [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]] OntologicalMystery for kids. Not to be confused with ''Series/OdysseyFive'' (below) or Creator/{{Homer}}'s [[Literature/TheOdyssey original epic]].
* ''Mission Genesis'' (known as ''Series/DeepwaterBlack'' in Canada where it originated.) Teen drama plays out with SF themes in the foreground on their way back to earth. Very intelligent, containing a few actors who would go on to fame in other [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine sci fi]] [[Series/{{Andromeda}} series]]. Canceled after 13 episodes.
* ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'' ran for two seasons, then was cancelled "due to cost issues and internal bickering."
* ''Series/{{Caprica}}'': The network's official statement says it all: “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.” To add insult to injury, the cast and crew have been very clear that (a) the first season finale, which was filmed before the cancellation report, contains multiple cliff-hangers and would not make a satisfying end to the series, and (b) the second season has been planned out in more detail than any BSG season was, and it's a really good plan.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' was canceled mid-season, with cast and crew only hearing it from their fans on Twitter. Although the show had divided the Stargate fandom, there's no denying that the show had quality and brilliant acting behind it ([[Creator/RobertCarlyle ROBERT FREAKIN' CARLYLE!!]]) - even the haters had started to agree that season 2 was good. Plus, as the series had been planned out to last five seasons, it'll almost certainly end on a massive cliffhanger leaving almost all the main plot arcs unresolved. [[SarcasmMode Thank you so much SyFy!]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': An extremely clever if dark Sci fi with Franchise/TheMuppets - literally, as it was produced by Jim Henson! Unfortunately, much like ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' the Network had a hard time understanding its brilliance. It was moved around constantly and was eventually ScrewedByTheNetwork after its fourth season -- despite having been promised a fifth -- and ended on a cliffhanger.
** Farscape only received a conclusion due to a massive outpouring of fan support after its cancellation.
* ''Series/TheDresdenFiles'': based on the book series by the same name. Although the TV series was very different from its literary inspiration and not very well received by fans of the novels it was charming and clever and had lots of potential. But before it had much of a change to prove itself it was canceled midway through it first season.
* ''Series/{{Tremors}}'': Got decent ratings despite its lack of advertisement compared to other shows and having its episodes aired badly OutOfOrder, Sci-fi pulled the plug anyways.
* ''Series/{{Alphas}}'': A neat ''Comicbook/XMen'' type series, with some interesting superpowers and character dynamics. Cancelled after one season with what should have been a brilliant CliffHanger, but instead was a DownerEnding.

* ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': Not even quirk-friendly cable was friendly enough, alas.
%%* ''Series/OdysseyFive''
* ''Series/UnitedStatesOfTara'': Even though it lasted for three seasons, it was tragically cut too short.

%%* ''Series/TouchingEvil''

[[folder:ITV / CITV]]
* ''afterlife'', a paranormal thriller show starring Lesley Sharp as a mentally unstable, withdrawn medium. It was released to critical acclaim, but later got the axe because it wasn't drawing in as many viewers as its previous seasons had. It ended on a cliffhanger.
* ''Series/BeatTheCyborgs''. There was nothing wrong with this kid's game show. In fact, it was really good and quite well received, and a second series was promised. It just... never came. There was no explanation as to why, and now, seven years down the line, the programme's fallen off the edge of the earth to the point where there are [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes no online clips at all and it is never repeated]].
** CITV later stopped all commissions of original material (which killed off Series/MyParentsAreAliens), and MarkSpeight, who was the presenter known as the Borgmaster, has '''[[ActorExistenceFailure died]]'''. Definitely no chance of a revival now.
%%* ''Series/PalmettoPointe''
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{TUGS}}''

* ''Series/BloodTies''. This show had either one season or two half-seasons, depending on who you ask. It might have done better on a different network.

%%* ''Series/{{Crusade}}'' (TNT)
%%* ''Series/RaisingTheBar''

* ''Remember WENN'': Ran 3 seasons on AMC before that network changed its format. To add insult to injury, it ended on a CliffHanger.
* ''Series/{{Rubicon}}'': One season, also ending on a cliffhanger. Notable because it's the first of AMC's Original Series to be canceled.

* ''Series/{{Stromberg}}'', a German comedy show extremely similar to ''Series/{{The Office|UK}}'', got recommissioned for several series, even though it was never a success. Still, they've got a large cult-fanbase.

* ''[[Series/DaVincisInquest Da Vinci's City Hall]]'': A SequelSeries to ''Series/DaVincisInquest'' (one of the highest-rated and most critically-acclaimed series to ever air in the network's history), ''City Hall'' moved the title character (and former coroner) Dominic Da Vinci from the medical office to the political field. The show was critically acclaimed (and unusually [[ContinuityLockout continuity-heavy]]) - critics and some viewers loved it, but others tuned out, and the network dumped it after a single season (with many loose ends still remaining).
* ''Series/Intelligence2006'', made by the creator of ''Series/DaVincisInquest'', won a Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series during its debut season, then got unceremoniously canned at the end of its second season. Supposedly, Creator/{{CBC}} killed it for political reasons.
* ''Series/JPod'' (CBC)
%%* ''Series/TheBorder''
* ''Series/ThisIsWonderland'' lasted three seasons, but got no promotion and wildly varying timeslots by the network, and got canned with plot threads LeftHanging.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'' was a brilliant series with lots of action, fun characters, and surprisingly mature content (among other things, episodes alluded to the death of a child and Nazism). It was very well received and even won an award, "Special Mention for the Best Science Fiction Program". Yet it only got one season of thirteen episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet''. Quality animation, a fun blend of action and comedy that parodied the superhero genre, a cast of entertaining characters that showed surprising development, and seriously GrowingTheBeard. It was positively received by critics and nominated for awards, but ultimately lasted one season due to being ScrewedByTheNetwork in both Canada and USA.

[[folder:Comedy Central]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': Ran reruns, with the promise of new episodes. Never happened.
* ''TV Funhouse'' - Only ran one season with eight episodes. The reason behind its cancellation was because Comedy Central was disappointed at how each episode went over budget.
* ''Series/KrodMandoonAndTheFlamingSwordOfFire''. Canceled after one season.
%%* ''Series/StrangersWithCandy''
%%* ''Series/ImportantThingsWithDemetriMartin''
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' was cancelled because of the cost to produce it was too high and that Comedy Central wasn't making much profit. They took a break halfway through season 3, making fans believe that the second half was the fourth season. The show has a very loyal fanbase and a cult following.
* ''Series/TheJeselnikOffensive'' earned some pretty positive reviews and was noted for Anthony Jeselnik's mostly enjoyable usage of [[BlackHumor dark humor]]. However, ratings were low, and despite Jeselnik's assurances that its production costs were low enough to keep it afloat, the show was axed after 2 seasons.

* Not so much a show, but rather a channel itself devoted to cancelled shows. The Dutch channel Veronica pretty much runs on this stuff. The average plot: 1.) Show is announced with a lot of fanfare. The same teaser is shown over and over again. 2.) Show airs, some people get hooked. 3.) Show disappears without a warning. 4.) People check out the series online and learn that it only ran for a couple of episodes before getting cancelled. This goes for most sci-fi/action dramas listed above. There is a clue though, every time they first announced the show with the teasers, the show will be referred to as 'The hit series '. Latest victim: ''FlashForward''.

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%%* ''Series/TheMostExtreme''

While most of GSN's original programming is highly lambasted by fans of the game show genre, it did turn in a couple gems:

* ''Series/LateNightLiars'': A very unusual hybrid of puppet show and PanelGame. The few people that watched it thought it was one of the network's best shows ever.
* ''Series/RussianRoulette'': Made it to two seasons with an interesting gimmick (dropping contestants through trapdoors) and a very enjoyable host (Mark L. Walberg), but a constant source of reruns.

%%[[folder: IFC]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/OutThere''

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* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' was a show featuring a VillainProtagonist who's main shtick was DisproportionateRetribution on all who wronged him. Despite the show's popularity, it ended up in limbo after it's third season.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' starred a WholesomeCrossdresser superhero. Despite high ratings, it never made it past its first season despite plans for a second.

[[folder:Whole Television Channels]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_Channel Z Channel]], a pioneering cable television channel showing classic movies, basically a precursor to both AMC and Creator/TurnerClassicMovies. It championed many of the same things that cinephiles did (and later the aforementioned Turner Classic Movies): Letterboxing, showing films that otherwise wouldn't appear on other networks, director's cuts of films, and so on. It lasted a decent amount of time, 1974 to 1989, but its last few years are rife with ExecutiveMeddling and NetworkDecay. Xan Cassavetes, daughter of film director Creator/JohnCassavetes, made an acclaimed documentary about the channel's heydey, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z_Channel:_A_Magnificent_Obsession Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession]]'' in 2004.
* Creator/TechTV, before it was acquired by Creator/G4TV.
* Nickelodeon's Nick Gas channel, which broadcast Nick's 90's game shows. It was discontinued and replaced with The N in 2007.
* New Zealand-based public service broadcaster TVNZ 7 will go off the air in mid-2012, after it was announced its funding would not be renewed.
* Worldwide Creator/{{Animax}} channels, being Japan, Asia Pacific, Germany[[note]]Only aired on Germany, Austria and Switzerland.[[/note]] and UK[[note]]As a streaming media like Netflix or Crackle.[[/note]] signals the only ones that still exist until today. After the expansion outside Japan in 2004, Sony Pictures Television Networks started to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork add western content gradually and later replace Animax channels with new ones]] in later years, to finally ending with almost all channels during TheNewTens. The most dramatic cases were Africa and Latin America signals, which apart of being filled with western content, after their death were installed new channels with the same content (Sony MAX and Sony Spin, respectively) which were [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks cancelled few years later by low ratings]].
!!Other Media
[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* This is the general belief of fans from both the OVA and ''Decode'' series of ''Anime/BirdyTheMighty''. The OVA series only had four parts and the ''Decode'' series two seasons and both series still had many loose ends when they ended.
* Gonzo's OVA series ''Anime/BlueSubmarineNo6'' had an interesting story with much potential. Unfortunately, it was only four episodes long, ended on a [[BittersweetEnding somewhat melancholy note]], and left [[LeftHanging a few plot threads unresolved]].
* The ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' OVA series, stopped after episode 8 due to disputes between the companies producing the show.
* ''Anime/CyberCityOedo808'' was intended as a demo to impress potential investors; had the investors been impressed, they would have expanded out the three one-hour episodes into a full-length series... in 1993. Needless to say, the investors were not impressed.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' got poor ratings in its original run and it was canceled, cutting down the number of episodes from 52 to 39 and forcing Tomino had to quickly improvise an ending. However, due to good re-run ratings the show was re-cut (with some new animation) into 3 movies, and ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' was made.
* ''Manga/AoiHana'' was supposed to get a second season, but those plans were canceled when the [=DVD=] sales for the first season turned out to be disappointing.
* ''Manga/{{Barrage}}'', canceled after 2 volumes despite a promising start. It's often used by anime and manga fans as an example of the cutthroat environment of the manga business, particularly its requirement for a series to hit the ground running, that a well-liked series like ''Barrage'' could not find a general enough audience to last. All was not lost for author and illustrator Kouhei Horikoshi though, as his next attempt, ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', became the big hit of 2014 and got an anime adaptation beginning in 2016.
* ''Manga/DoubleArts'' was an engrossing and fun manga that thumbed its nose at loads of the problematic stereotypes of its genre in wonderful ways and was obviously gearing up for an AncientConspiracy plot...and was cut down in its infancy by low ratings, with barely enough time for the artist to sketch out an ending with a little closure. An example of Screwed by the ''Demographic'' -- Double Arts was a more trope-defying Shonen series in a magazine that usually aims for the 12-18 demographic.
** The same can also be said for ''Manga/{{Mx0}}''.
* ''Manga/FutabaKunChange'': Cancelled just as it was setting up some major story arcs, leading to the creator scrambling to wrap everything up for the ending due to time constraints. We can't help wondering if the ending would have made more sense if it'd been given enough time to play out naturally.
* ''Manga/GunBlazeWest'': The series began by Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki just after ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' finished. It only lasted long enough for two or three volumes worth of material.
* ''Hakaima Sadamitsu'', a little-known but ridiculously awesome {{seinen}}. Started as a manga in 1999, got an anime adaptation in 2001 that was cancelled after ''ten episodes''. Wiki/TheOtherWiki says the manga is still going.
* ''Hikari no Densetsu'' is based on a best-selling manga, was produced by a highly talented staff and has had more than its share of positive reviews, yet it was a huge bomb on Japanese TV and was yanked off the air after only 19 episodes. The anime [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff was a success in Europe, though]].
* ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'', which ended having a SequelHook, never got its second season simply due to surprisingly poor DVD sales.
* ''Meister'' was primed to be the hot new sports manga with dynamic characters and stimulating art. Cut from Weekly Shonen Jump two months after it debuted, forced to cobble together a sudden (and not particularly lucid) ending. Only ten chapters. They didn't even get through one goddamn soccer game.
* The original ''Manga/ShamanKing'' manga was canceled RIGHT BEFORE the showdown with the BigBad. It would be {{Uncanceled}} and finished several years later.
%%* ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow''
* "Manga/{{Zombiepowder}}'': WordOfGod says that the creator was going through some severe anxiety and depression during its run which was one of the main reasons for its cancellation.
* Raijin Comics in the U.S. A weekly anthology series made up of ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'', ''Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky'', and attempting to bring in political and horror mangas? Hell yes! Only for it to end monthly within not even two years and then canceled.
* ''Rion 2990'' was an independent [[{{Animesque}} manga-esque]] comic released in the 1980's and published under the Mirage imprint. Unlike other manga-esque titles, Rion looked absolutely authentic in regards to its visuals that it could be mistaken as an actual Japanese manga. In addition to that, it had a high stakes, cold war era plot about a struggle between war and peace with likable characters. It was proposed to be a 4-issue miniseries, but it got cut short and only two of the four issues were released due to Mirage ballooning and crashing.
* The uncut, uncensored English dub and Western DVD releases of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. They were very well-received by older anime fans at the time, but were heavily overshadowed by the success of the standard, kid-oriented CutAndPasteTranslation with preteen audiences, and the dub/release only lasted a few episodes.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Aztek}}'' had a fresh hero, good crossover potential and a promising overarcing plot. Then it ran right into the 1996-97 comic book market crash and got cancelled after 10 issues. Luckily, Aztek had already been set up to join the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, and his story line got resolved in that book.
* ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures (the second volume): a comic written by Ty Templeton and Creator/DanSlott as a sequel to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' that did its best to tie in with the Franchise/{{DCAU}}. It was very sadly killed after only 17 issues to be replaced with a WesternAnimation/TheBatman tie-in comic, leaving all of the plotlines (sadly the creative team planned on to at least 40 issues, some details on the Toonzone boards) except for the ones that they scrambled to cover in the last four issues [[LeftHanging dangling]].
* ''Comicbook/CaptainBritainAndMI13'' was canceled after issue 15, thought it would be hard to see how they could top Dracula and his vampire army's invasion from his castle on the moon.
* ''ComicBook/TheCrew'', a Creator/MarvelComics series with a heavy African-American cast, was cancelled ''before its first issue was released''. Only seven issues were ultimately released and its creator, Creator/ChristopherPriestComics, is still somewhat bitter over it, believing that it was cancelled because Marvel thought it was a "ghetto book".
* The new series of ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' lasted about six issues.
* Creator/ArchieComics released ''ComicBook/SonicBoom'', a book based on [[VideoGame/SonicBoom the games]] and [[WesternAnimation/SonicBoom the cartoon]]. It was even made part of [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehogMegaManWorldsUnite a massive video game crossover]], only for the title to be cancelled just before the crossover began, getting in one last post-crossover issue before it disappeared.
* Creator/JackKirby's 1970s DC work is notorious for this. Pretty much every single thing he wrote was massively innovative and critically acclaimed, from the ''[[ComicBook/NewGods Fourth World]]'' Saga to the proto-cyberpunk ''ComicBook/{{OMAC}}'', and almost none of it lasted. ''Mr. Miracle,'' the longest-lasting Fourth World book, made it eighteen issues, ''[[ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} The Demon]]'' lasted sixteen, his run on ''ComicBook/JimmyOlsen'' got fifteen, ''New Gods'' and ''Forever People'' eleven, and ''OMAC'' just eight. A mix of the DC Implosion and rather poor sales wreaked havoc on his comics, leaving only historians desperately wishing for a proper conclusion to the threads he set up. Ironically, ''ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}'' (among the least well-regarded of Kirby's 70s works) was the only one to make it to a respectable length (thirty-seven issues, with an additional twenty-two by other writers).
** The Comicbook/NewGods infact ''did'' eventually receive a proper finale, in the form of the OGN "The Hunger Dogs", written and drawn by Jack Kirby himself! It's not very well known, however (even amongst many of DC's writers) due to being released shortly before and overshadowed by [[Comicbook/TheDarkKnightReturns a certain other famous comic book...]]
%%* ''ComicBook/{{Nyx}}''
* Creator/DCComics' ''Red Circle'' books, The Shield and The Web, had some great promise, but were both cancelled after just ten issues EACH!
* ''ComicBook/SpiderGwen'' was canceled after a mere five issues. However, this is a strange case. The book came about due to the unprecedented popularity of the character in the ComicBook/SpiderVerse event. But it was just too late to fully incorporate into the already planned Comicbook/SecretWars2015 event. Consequently, the book had to be cancelled, but the character was quickly brought over to the new ongoing Spider-Verse title that came about as a result of the Secret Wars event and will be relaunched as part of the Comicbook/AllNewAllDifferentMarvel.
* 2010's ''Thor: The Mighty Avenger'' sadly only goes half-in on this trope. Although there was a good deal of complaining about its cancellation, it didn't ever manage to break 10k in issue sales which would seem to make its cancellation by Marvel reasonable from a business standpoint.
* Although ''WebComic/{{Voices}}'' had a good run (with exciting action, well-made drama and a unique {{Interactive Comic}}s gimmick that gave the series its name), it only lasted one and a half chapters due to pressure from RealLife on the author, which massively stifled the update rate.
* 2016's ''ComicBook/XMen92'' was an adoring love letter to both the 90s era X-Men and the wildly popular [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated series]] from that time. It used (and used well) characters that were utterly ''[[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wasted]]'' in their original incarnations, promised to [[http://www.heroes-foraday.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/xmen922015001-cvr-color-final-152838.jpg elevate more]], and was met with almost universally positive reviews. So ''of course'' it was only given a 10-issue run, forcing authors Chris Sims and Chad Bower to condense promising plots and kill off characters early for the sake of wrapping everything up by the tenth issue.
* ''ComicBook/{{Nova}}'' had Jeff Loveness and Ramon Perez's run on the series. After ''years'' of BrokenBase due to Sam Alexander helming the title instead of Richard Rider, this run finally had the two meet and acknowledged their similarities and differences, highlighting them through different styles of storytelling and humour -- Richard dealt with his PTSD and feeling disconnected from the superhero community, while Sam dealt with his changing high school life and learned about the wider Cosmic side of Marvel. And the two's interaction was very well-received, with Richard taking on a mentor position and surrogate father for Sam. And Loveness being a comedian, there was some good humour thrown in as well, which not only added levity, but also highlighted the difference characters that Richard and Sam were. It was a series that was loved by critics and readers... those who read it. It didn't sell well, and unfortunately was cancelled after only one arc.

* Although not a television show, ''TabletopGame/BattlefleetGothic'' had only a few months of publicity and attention before being handed over to Specialist Games (then Fanatic Press), a fate shared with many other spinoff games.
* ''VideoGame/LEGOUniverse'', an MMO where you play as mini-figures and build your own contraptions? This took off pretty well and many enjoyed it, but moderating the servers proved to be far too overwhelming for the crew to take ([[VideoGamePerversityPotential as there were too many trouble-makers who took advantage of the freedom of building to construct phallic LEGO structures or hide certain human body parts in their contraptions to keep things family-friendly]]) so it was eventually discontinued.
* ''VideoGame/{{XIII}}'' was intended to have a sequel, so the game ended in a cliffhanger. Sadly, too few people bought this great game so the sequel was never made.
* Similar to the above, ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' had a great concept and story, and closed with [[AndTheAdventureContinues the apparent start of another adventure]]. Despite garnering a vocal hardcore fanbase later on, it sold poorly.
* Also similar to these, ''VideoGame/{{Beyond Good and Evil}}''. But although this beautiful masterpiece didn't sell that well, it will get a sequel.
* ''VideoGame/AdventRising'', featuring a story written by science fiction god Creator/OrsonScottCard. The game was planned from the get-go to be a trilogy, but like ''Psychonauts'', was pushed out the door too quickly by Majesco (who was facing bankruptcy at the time). The result was an unpolished and glitchy (albeit still playable) game. When given just a month to polish it for the rerelease of the game on PC, the average ratings jumped a considerable amount. The game ended on the definition of a cliffhanger, and the original team (who had long since left Majesco, and were bought by Epic) has expressed interest in finishing the trilogy, but Majesco won't release the rights to them. They're too busy with ''Cooking Mama'' I guess...
** And who could forget the terrible marketing ploy they used to sell copies of their unfinished game? The main selling point of the game was an in-game contest where players had to find a symbol in one of the levels. Whoever found the symbol first and submitted undeniable proof to the developers would win a large sum of money. Cue a crafty player finding the symbol, sending the proof, then having the developers back out.
* Creator/WorkingDesigns. They were mostly known for their excellent localizations of the ''VideoGame/{{Lunar}}'' series.
* ''VideoGame/PanzerDragoon'' started life as a rail shooter on the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn and was successful enough to get a direct sequel, and then a spin-off RPG that was acclaimed but sold poorly. After returning to its rail shooter roots with ''Panzer Dragoon Orta'' on the Xbox the series died due to poor sales, despite receiving lots of acclaim from critics and fans alike.
** The prices of ''Saga'' alone should show you how much people love these games.
* ''VideoGame/EvolutionTheWorldOfSacredDevice'' was a fantastic RPG on the shortlived [[UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast Dreamcast]]. After a mediocre sequel and an amazing reboot on the Gamecube, the series was left out to die. It doesn't help that it was developed by Creator/StingEntertainment.
* ''Videogame/PhantomBrave'' is a truly remarkable game developed by Creator/NipponIchi (the people behind the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series). Even though two remakes have been remade for the game on both Wii and PSP, the game has yet to make a sequel.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''. Despite setting a new standard for thought-provoking plots and dialogue, these successes meant gameplay was traded off and resulted in the series' silent downfall, with the most recent game, 2003's ''Defiance'', selling below expectations and without real resolution, and a potential sequel, ''The Dark Prophecy'', quickly became {{Vaporware}}. Adding the fact that the head writer for the series is now working for Creator/NaughtyDog and the voice of the series' BigBad is dead, and you can tell they're not going to put out another game any time soon.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'': It was going to have a sequel, but after Rare being bought out by Microsoft and some ExecutiveMeddling the game was instead just re-made with better graphics...and censored.
* A console example, the infamous UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast. Same could be said for most of Sega's systems.
* ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' promised an interesting [[JustForFun/XMeetsY premise]], and while not as popular as its sister franchise ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' or its inspiration ''Film/JurassicPark'', it won over enough fans largely by emulating the SurvivalHorror aspects of the one and exploiting [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs the dino appeal]] of the other. ''Dino Crisis 2'' took the series in a new direction, which made it something of a ContestedSequel, but ''Dino Crisis 3'' turned out to be a FranchiseKiller, much to the dismay of fans of the previous titles. No sequels have ever been announced since then.
* ''Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy'': Ends on a "To be Continued." But with the Midway lawsuit, a sequel really looks unlikely.
%%* ''VideoGame/JetMoto''.
* ''VideoGame/ActRaiser''. The sequel removed the simulation gameplay, and needless to say [[FranchiseKiller flopped]].
* The ''VideoGame/OgreBattle'' series was intended to be a seven-episode game series, but only episodes V, VII, and VI (released in that order) were made. Creator/YasumiMatsuno, the series' creator, left Quest during the development of ''Ogre Battle 64'' to work for Squaresoft, where he worked on ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics''. Even after Creator/SquareEnix purchased Quest, he refused to work on any ''Ogre Battle'', choosing to concentrate on the so-called "Ivalice series". Now that Matsuno left Square Enix, it seems unlikely we'll ever see any of the first five ''Ogre Battle'' episodes. It might be on its way to revival, however, with the announcement of a remake of ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'' headed by Yasumi Matsuno himself. Keep your fingers crossed!
* ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', while no official word has stated the sequels won't come, isn't actively in production, which probably means we'll never see it. The developers were much more interested in continuing the lackluster ''VideoGame/TooHuman''. ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' even wrote a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/7/10/ comic]] about it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', while it did get a trilogy completed, the creators were forced to wrap up halfway through their intended story, making the events in the third game, which should have taken place over several in order to properly develop the characters (especially noticable with all 4 Testements, all of whom are deeply linked to a different main character, having their respective stories wrapped up fairly quickly). Even then, the final game ends with a cliffhanger. In addition, this cancellation also meant that [[NoExportforYou the extra games, including those that went into detail about the events between the second and third game, would not leave Japan]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLastExpress'' was adored by critics and many players, but a complete lack of advertising and a limited distribution by the dying Broderbund company made it a huge commercial flop. What made it worse is that the game's story sets things up for a sequel at the end, [[spoiler: with Cath presumably on his way to Jerusalem to get a look at a mysterious manuscript]]. Though Interplay re-released it for a brief period before going bankrupt, and Gametap now has it available, it is highly unlikely anyone will ever make a sequel.
** Not to mention the fact that it was one of the few good games, at the time, to feature multiple endings.
* Creator/HumongousEntertainment constantly received critical acclaim in its day, but with 2D and the AdventureGame markets slowly dying out, the company was eventually forced to shut down. Creator/{{Atari}} now owns the rights, but have failed to make a decent game since.
* The ''VideoGame/SystemShock'' series. Both were commercial failures but were critically acclaimed and ''System Shock 2'' in particular is widely regarded as one of the greatest [[FirstPersonShooter FPSes]] in history.
** System Shock 3 was announced at the end of 2015, but only time will tell if this new game can revive the series.
* ''VideoGame/{{Anachronox}}'' ended with a huge cliffhanger that thanks to producer ION Storm imploding will never get resolved.
* ''VideoGame/FearEffect''. ''Fear Effect Inferno'' was going to be the third game for the series, but Kronos folded. There are clips showing things that were supposed to happen in this game. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pojVYDqE_4k first clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsEuBq1mVdg&feature=related second clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovhzvZZ03sE&feature=related third clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TzYuEZ-oaM&feature=related fourth clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mr3492MYh8&feature=related fifth clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UT6A8Yl7vE&feature=related sixth clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEkCDpPWoPY&feature=related seventh clip]]. This is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRVSA55iTEA&feature=related eighth clip]]. This is the ninth and final [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyKEzNKGZIs clip]].
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' was an unusual RPG series on the Gamecube, featuring a WorldInTheSky populated by {{Winged Humanoid}}s. Neither of the games sold particularly well, but over the years, they've gained a small fanbase. A third game was planned, but cancelled due to poor sales and lack of interest.
** There are rumors that a third game ''might'' be in the works, though...
* The developers of ''VideoGame/SplitSecond'' had clearly intended for there to be a sequel, given the way they decided to close out the single-player season mode. The game had already left its mark as a unique racing game experience but Disney Interactive Studios had other plans and kiboshed the sequel and then ended up closing the studio.
* ''VideoGame/DJHero'' was a unique and fun RhythmGame with an awesome original soundtrack (every song in both games is an original remix of licensed music, with the vast majority splicing two songs together) that ended up [[AcclaimedFlop flopping]] due to coming out at a time when the music game fad was on the way out. Despite getting an EvenBetterSequel, it still wasn't enough, and the series wasn't profitable enough to continue its development.
* ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity'' was Disney's answer to ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' and featured various Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars themed characters to use in special games (called Play Sets) along with a surprisingly well-done LevelEditor called the Toy Box. The series was a resounding success and proved popular with both kids and [[PeripheryDemographic adults and teens]]. Sadly, consistently keeping the series and figures rolling wound up being too expensive of an endeavor for Disney Interactive to take. The series wound up coming to an (arguably premature) end in June 2016, to much disappointment.
* ''VideoGame/{{Startropics}}'': It was a popular, [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda-esque]] platformer that gained a cult following, which was then followed by a ContestedSequel that more or less [[FranchiseKiller killed whatever it was supposed to become]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Rochard}}'', an AcclaimedFlop, had a sequel planned, but the developers were unable to get funding for it, and eventually went under.

* The fabulous teen series ''DRAMA!'' never had more than a minuscule yet devoted fanbase, so Simon & Schuster decided to stop publishing it after just four books. Fortunately, they gave Paul Ruditis the bad news before he started the fourth book, so he was able to speed up some story arcs to give his characters the ending they deserved.

* Music/{{Aaliyah}}'s career was just starting to take off when her life was [[AuthorExistenceFailure cut short by a plane crash]] on August 25, 2001, at the age of 22.
* Andromeda (UK); power trio featuring future Atomic Rooster guitarist John Du Cann
%%* At The Drive-In
%%* The Avalanches
%%* Syd Barrett
* Black Star, a hip-hop duo consisting of Mos Def (later known as Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli. They only released one album in the late '90s and didn't work on much together after that.
%%* Music/BigStar
* Blind Faith. [[MeaningfulName Meaningfully named]] by the band members in response to fan hype. They knew it wouldn't last, from the beginning.
* Blodwyn Pig; British blues group featuring ex-Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams. Their first album did real well, but a supposedly lackluster second album, along with the pressures of the music industry, led main songwriter Abrahams to leave, effectively crippling the group.
* Music/DavidBowie's album ''1.Outside'' was supposed to be the first of a trilogy. Unfortunately, Bowie decided to cancel the other two parts.
** If this is unfortunate depends on wether or not you believe that the other two parts could have lived up to the expectations...
* Bronski Beat: Falsetto lead vocalist Jimmy Somerville left after their first album to start his own band (The Communards), and later a solo career; [[TheBandMinusTheFace the remaining members producing one more album with replacement Jon Foster]] before folding a few years afterward.
%%* Catherine Wheel
%%* Chagall Guevara
* Chickenfoot possibly with drummer Chad Smith returning exclusively to The Red Hot Chili Peppers and guitarist Joe Satriani most likely going back to the studio for another solo album.
** A second album was released in the fall of 2011, so it appears that Chickenfoot will be a part-time thing. And Chad and Joe are still in the band.
%%* Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains
* Crucial Three. It tells something when a band that only existed for about six weeks and never recorded a song or at least performed in public in that time still gets a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crucial_Three wikipedia]] and an [[http://www.allmusic.com/artist/crucial-three-p199390 allmusic]] entry.
** They get their own pages mostly because of the important post-punk acts founded in its wake, bassist Julian Cope's Teardrop Explodes, guitarist Pete Wylie's Wah!, and vocalist Ian [=McCulloch=]'s Echo and the Bunnymen.
%%* Dixie Dregs
%%* Music/ENomine
* The Exploding Hearts. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen If only]] [[AuthorExistenceFailure their van hadn't flipped over on the highway]]...
%%* The Flying Burrito Brothers
%%* The Fugees (and Lauryn Hill's solo career)
* Music/BuddyHolly - AuthorExistenceFailure
* Romanian-Israeli-Canadian EDM vocalist Gali only released three singles; "Dancing to Another Love Song", "I'm Alive", and Tomorrow Never Dies" (no relation to [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies the Bond film]]); both her website and YouTube channel have been mysteriously silent since 2014.
%%* Husker Du
%%* [=JJ72=]
* Jellyfish. Two commercially ignored [[http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:k9fwxq95ldke fantastic]] [[http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wvfwxqugldje albums]], two different lineups, end of story. Other members formed groups and solo acts since, but it seems to be the last we'll ever hear of them.
%%* Josef K
* Music/JoyDivision, though they lived on, in a way, as Music/NewOrder.
* Music/{{Kyuss}}
** Luckily there's still Queens of the Stone Age.
%%* The La's
* Life Without Buildings (even though it seemed more like an art project than an actual band).
%%* Richey-era Music/ManicStreetPreachers
%%* mclusky
%%* The Minutemen
* The Monks: A noisy, psychedelic garage rock band who played in Germany at the same time The Beatles did. They recorded one album in 1966 which foreshadowed the rise of noise-rock and punk, then broke up. (They reunited and recorded a live album in the 90s, after one of the original members had died.)
* Morphine, thanks to AuthorExistenceFailure
%%* Mother Love Bone
* Nailbomb. One studio album, one live album then they deliberately made the decision to quit while they were ahead. The live album was even called ''Proud to Commit Commercial Suicide''.
%%* Neutral Milk Hotel
* Music/NewKingdom: Pioneering PsychedelicRock and RapRock band. Dropped off the face of the Earth after their second and ''best'' album, ''Paradise Don't Come Cheap''.
* New York Dolls. Two albums with the classic line-up, then they fizzled out just as the punk movement was finding its legs.
* The New Radicals. After "You Get What You Give" became the band's [[OneHitWonder only hit]], lead singer/writer/producer Gregg Alexander elected to disband the group to concentrate on writing and producing songs for other artists.
%%* Music/{{Nirvana}}
* The Normal are best known for the creepy, ahead-of-its-time, oft-covered and anthologized proto-synth pop song "Warm Leatherette". Unfortunately, if you really like that song, there's only ''one'' other Normal song, "TVOD", which was originally its A-side. There's also The Silicon Teens, who, like The Normal, are [[IAmTheBand an alias for Daniel Miller]], and put out one album consisting of intentionally synthesizer-heavy oldies covers with a few originals mixed in. Beyond that, Miller has primarily stuck with producing, remixing, and occasionally being credited for synthesizer or programming on other people's albums.
%%* Music/{{NWA}}
* Omaha Sheriff. In spite of copious amounts of talent, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAI3jT2QuvU some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ1JOp9aEiA really]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND7jGbAxSI8 quite]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc5vQdfY7K8 excellent]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZdpvZllzD4 songs]], some airplay on American radio and a big boost from famous producer Tony Visconti, they managed to record only two albums in their lifetime, only one of which was ever released. The release of their album ''Come Hell or Waters High'' at the same time as the [[PunkRock punk explosion]] was devastatingly ill-timed. None of their music has been released on CD.
* Ou est le Swimming Pool, a UK synthpop revival band, only completed one album before lead singer Charles Haddon succumbed to AuthorExistenceFailure via FatalMethodActing.
* Bill Nelson's Red Noise, a fun and inventive New Wave group that lasted for one album and a few singles before Nelson went on to lead a successful solo career.
%%* Music/TheRunaways
* Music/SavageGarden; only 2 studio albums and a total of 14 singles released before they broke up in 2001, still considered one of the biggest Australian bands of the late 90s with the two albums going a combined 20x Platinum in Australia and 10x Platinum in the US.
* Music/TheSexPistols, who popularized punk rock, only managed to record a single album (on which the band's best-known member didn't even play a single note) before collapsing under their own self-loathing. Sure, they've toured on and off since 1996, but they've never gotten around to recording any new material in all that time.
* Dance-pop {{girl group}} She Moves, [[OneHitWonder best known for the hit single]] "Breaking All the Rules", only released one album, also titled ''Breaking All The Rules'', then split up after [[ToughActToFollow the follow-up singles failed to chart]].
* Sleep released 2 albums, the second considered a classic of the Stoner Rock genre. their third album was a single hour-long track that the label decided was unmarketable, they were dropped from the label and shortly after decided it was time to call it quits. the member's separate projects since then make you wonder [[WhatCouldHaveBeen what could have been.]] (had they continued together, the album was finally given a proper release 7 years later)
%%* The Smiths
%%* Stone Roses
* The Traveling Wilburys. Roy Orbison's death probably didn't help... not to mention of course they were all superstars to begin with.
* Uncle Tupelo, although their breakup spawned a couple of bands (Wilco, Son Volt) that were pretty damn great in their own right.
%%* The Unicorns
* Urusei Yatsura (UK band), a little-known but critically-acclaimed indie band in the 90s (not to be confused with the anime however) that fizzled out after only three damn good albums.
* Ritchie Valens - AuthorExistenceFailure
* Music/AmyWinehouse - AuthorExistenceFailure
* Young Marble Giants
** Though the Islands are good also.

* In 1995, Creator/{{Capcom}} (yes, the same Capcom that makes ''Franchise/MegaMan'' and ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' games) decided to enter the pinball business. During that time, they produced what pinball fans consider to be some of the greatest pinball machines ever made and never produced anything short of a critical darling. In addition, their usage of non-proprietary parts made repair easier and less costly than the Williams, Bally, and Gottlieb machines of its time. The problems were that Capcom never figured out how to market its pinball quite as well as the other companies, nor could they produce large numbers of any of them. As a result of few people knowing these machines existed and very low production numbers (most were in the single digits) Capcom left the pinball business in 1997. Every machine Capcom made is now highly sought after, and chances to play them are incredibly rare.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* One of the first great successes of pro wrestling, the territorial system, ultimately proved to be such, because even with the vast benefits that came from working together and the governing bodies such as the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance put in place to facilitate cooperation, individual promoters never really did get along or trust one another for the most part.
* A promotion with the financial backing of Ted Turner and many of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Unfortunately, half of Wrestling/{{WCW}}'s wrestlers were a combination of foreigners and cruiserweights whom booking had little interest in. Turner hired many men who knew little about the business and thus squandered the drawing power of Wrestling/RicFlair and fell from what should have been the oldest tricks in the book from the likes of Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan and especially Wrestling/HulkHogan. Then Turner's company was bought out by one full of people who didn't just lack understanding of pro wrestling but hated it.
* A promotion built on strong continuity, drama, comedy and renowned participants of pro wrestling and mixed martial arts. Unfortunately, Wrestling/FightingOperaHUSTLE ran on a budget that could hardly be described as "sustainable" and [[OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight no one really seemed to have a mind for it]] besides Wrestling/NobuhikoTakada.
* A television show built around promising prospects from the independent circuit and established stars from established promotions Wrestling/{{AAA}} and Wrestling/DragonGate. A show ran by executives more interested in stunts and [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] than pro wrestling, who proved too squeamish when those very stunts were taken to [[ManOnFire their logical conclusion]]. Such was the fate of Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX, ScrewedByTheNetwork.

* ''Radio/TheStanFrebergShow'' was canceled by the CBS radio network after running for only 15 episodes, due to failure to attract a sponsor. Creator/StanFreberg took favorite sketch requests a week before the final episode to thank fans for their enthusiasm for the show. Thank goodness all the episodes survive.
* Australian comedian Tony Martin's ''Get This'' was a massively clever and energetic show that mocked a lot of radio conventions. Because of this it was axed despite being not only network Triple M's top rating show, but also the ONLY show rating vaguely well. Note it continued to be the top-rating show in spite of undergoing three timeslot shifts.

* The UsefulNotes/FormulaOne race track in Istanbul, introduced in 2005, was called "the best race track in the world" by Bernie Ecclestone (President and CEO of Formula One Management). It got pushed off the calendar for the 2012 season, meaning it only ever hosted six Grand Prix.
* The Group B era of rallying, a brief period in TheEighties when WRC was more popular than Formula One. It produced some of the fastest, most iconic rally cars of all time, but inadequate crowd management and pure power in these cars led to several fatalities, and FIA cancelled the class in favour of the more strictly regulated Group A.

* Toys/{{Xevoz}} and its tie-in comic. The toyline from Hasbro (with aid from Stikfas) was made up of figures with interchangeable parts and weapons, and a collectible card like game, using the figures themselves and "Battle Helix" dice. It only lasted for four series of figures, but that's two more than it seemed the line would support. After seemingly being cancelled after Series 2, and again after Series 3 (plus some deluxe sets), Xevoz finally disappeared for good (for now).
* Hornby's WereBears were discontinued after 1989 despite them being very well made and original toys. They have become very sought after and collectable toys since then. A few new [[http://www.lsaccounting.com/werebears/ websites]] hint that they may be being made once again and might even have a movie or cartoon series made after them.
%%* Franchise/{{Zoids}} models.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}: The Alternators were Hasbro's finally giving the adult PeripheryDemographic what they had been begging for since the 80s: big, complex, show accurate "collector" toys. Adult fans loved it, but it turns out they didn't make up as much of the audience/buyers as they thought and the Alternators didn't sell well enough to continue. The Alternators continue to rack up impressive sums of money on eBay, though, and they are pretty sweet.
* [[ Stan Winston Creatures]], makers of, amongst other things, the [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom Furry-friendly]] [[http://gofigureactionfigures.com/page167.html Realm of the Claw]] action figures. Thanks to a dispute with Toys 'R Us, the exclusive distributor of the company's toys, they were forced to put a hold on further toy development. After languishing in DevelopmentHell for years, once Stan Winston died...
* [[{{Franchise/Barbie}} My Scene]] dolls, had a small but devoted fandom. Now it's not even didtributed out of South America.

* The Film Crew, a SpiritualSuccessor to ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' helmed by Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy. The four episodes available on Amazon are the only four there were and are likely to ever be. Fortunately, their second attempt at a spiritual revival of [=MST3K=], Podcast/RiffTrax, seems to have been a hit.

%%These are the EXCEPTIONS. The real examples go above.

[[folder:Shows that were rescued (Exceptions)]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': While the show ran long enough and the finale was appropriate enough to make it feel like a show that naturally ended, a sixth season was planned but cancelled. Creator/JossWhedon was broken up about it.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', although this show managed at least 3 seasons, about 2 1/2 more than most of the others on this list, it still stung because of the massive positive critical response and awards won.
** {{Creator/Netflix}} gave it another season, and there are talks of another.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Canceled after season four, forcing the producers to compress stories intended for two seasons into one. ''Then'' they were picked up for a fifth season on TNT.
* ''Series/BetterOffTed'': ABC did its best to keep it on for a second season despite abysmal ratings but decided to let it go once the second season couldn't turn it around.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' (ABC '''and''' Fox; ''both'' networks cancelled it.)
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' ({{Creator/Nickelodeon}}): Creator Creator/ButchHartman expressed interest in continuing the series but Nickelodeon wouldn't have it. At least he still managed to give it a GrandFinale, despite the third season only being about half as long as the other two.
* ''Series/DarkAngel''. Fox show. Only an exception in the sense of having had two seasons, otherwise characterized by everything it says at the top. Third season greenlit and then abruptly cancelled.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': After the end of the series' 5th season, Creator/{{MTV}} gave Glenn Eichler an option: a 6-episode 6th season or another MadeForTVMovie. Eichler, running out of ideas, choose the movie, and the series ended with ''Is It College Yet?''
* Two DCU examples: Both ''ComicBook/BlueBeetle'' and ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'', which had been on the very brink of cancellation for their entire runs, were recently canceled at just under 50 issues, managing to wrap up their storylines in a satisfying way. In that time, ''Manhunter'' was canceled and revived ''twice''. Both returned as back up features (in ''ComicBook/BoosterGold'' and ''Batman: Streets of Gotham'' respectively).
** Also: The two 'Red Circle' books ("The Shield" and "The Web") had their plots wrapped up in the current "Mighty Crusaders" mini-series!
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Miraculously managed to get a second season in spite of low ratings because Fox was aware of the dedicated fanbase, but was cancelled after episode 2.04 aired. On the one hand, that seems premature; on the other hand, it gave the crew time to write and film a series finale instead of just a season finale.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' (Creator/{{CBS}}) had a wobbly history, including getting canceled ''twice'', but it aired four seasons and ended on its own terms.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Exosquad}}'' (USA): Note that they DID finish off a couple story arcs before the cancellation hit, so it could also count as a counter example. Its later cousin, ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'', fared far worse (13 eps, cut off right in the middle when Creator/USANetwork pulled all of their Saturday morning cartoon lineup.)
* ''Series/ForYourLove'' [[note]](perhaps the most unusual example on this page as despite airing for 4 years on a major network not all that long ago, hardly anyone seems to have even heard of this show let alone remember it)[[/note]] was first aired on NBC and cancelled after six episodes, it was then picked up by ''Creator/TheWB'' and managed to last for another four seasons. It was renewed in spite of suffering a 70% drop in ratings during the third season, though it's final years on the network were a bit spotty, as it frequently shifted schedules and came very close to being cancelled after the fourth season, and six episodes of the fifth season (including the series finale and one ChristmasEpisode that was held back from the fourth season) were unaired in the original run, though TVOne later picked up ''For Your Love'' for reruns and the missing episodes were finally aired.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'': One of the best comedy cartoons of the 90's. Unfortunately, it was built on ParentalBonus, even though it was put on Kids' WB. Only got two seasons.
* ''Series/FridayNightLights'': A rather unusual example. After airing on NBC for two seasons, the acclaimed but low-rated show was saved from cancellation by moving to [=DirecTV=]'s "101 Network" channel for three more seasons, with NBC itself re-airing the show each spring after the 101 Network run had ended.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Vindication was had at last in 2007 when the show was UnCanceled.
* ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'': UPN pulled the plug after just five episodes, but Adult Swim picked it up for the rest of the first season and then another three years.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'' (Cartoon Network); shared the same fate as the toyline revival.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'' was first aired on NBC, and then canceled after the first season. CBS then picked it up partially because of its massive popularity in Australia, and ran it for another nine years, during which it became one of the most popular shows on television (and spawned the MorePopularSpinoff, ''Series/{{NCIS}}'').
* ''Series/KyleXY'': One of Creator/ABCFamily's most successful shows, which was canceled after its third season. And right when a dramatic twist regarding Kyle's origin is revealed! The producers soon after revealed what had been planned for later seasons. By no means a ''brilliant'' series, it was still head-and-shoulders above its competition. It had a sci-fi premise, stellar acting, and [[DarkerAndEdgier a great deal of maturity]]. To put it into perspective, ''Series/KyleXY'' died because it wasn't pulling in as much ratings as ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager''.
* ''Series/LaFemmeNikita'' (USA): The cancellation announcement was made suddenly at the end of the fourth season, with lots of CanonFodder just hanging there. This prompted a massive fan campaign and there was a fifth "half season" to answer some of the major questions and give a BittersweetEnding for some closure.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': The show made a nice ending, but the writers were forced to cut plotlines that would have come up in later episodes. They eventually had to compromise with a special that was somewhat of a prequel to the main series.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' (NBC): Lasted a reasonable 4 years, never a ratings giant but had a good number of fans. [[LeftHanging Unexpectedly canceled]] on a {{cliffhanger}}.
* ''Noonbory And The Super Seven'': Easily the best Saturday-morning show that CBS aired after the 2006 break-up with Nickelodeon, Creator/CookieJar yanked it out of CBS' Saturday-morning line-up after one season because it wasn't based on a big enough license. However, Cookie Jar decided to place it on one of their Syndication packages in October 2010. However, it was short-lived, as it was off the air AGAIN after only one season due to Cookie Jar cancelling its Syndication deals!
* ''Series/NorthernExposure'': a quirk-fest that began as a mid-season replacement, not usually a recipe for success on network TV, nevertheless managed to air six seasons and rack up plaudits and fans.
* ''Series/NewsRadio'' was fast paced and witty, but suffered a lot of time slot changes by NBC and it never quite made it to the top of the ratings not to mention the death of an important cast member well into the series, and yet it managed to go on for five seasons.
%%* ''Series/{{Oz}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'': Did well pretty much everywhere it aired, but ABC yanked it after two. It did well in Canada and on Creator/CartoonNetwork for a third season, abruptly canceled upon edging out a fourth season three years later. Always seems to get a good break with talk of being {{uncanceled}} with a series of movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', after an abrupt cancellation with NoEnding, is getting a second wind on Toonami. Time will tell if Jack gets to finish his quest this time.
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': was cancelled after its first season, brought back as a mid-season replacement the following year after fan protesting, and aired two more seasons on Fox. The [[NetworkDecay SYFY]] channel produced a fourth and fifth season before finally cancelling it.
* ''Series/SpaceCases'': Guess what other space series this show shares an actress with. [[TheFireflyEffect Go on, guess.]] She got written out of the show after season 1, though... Too bad for Nickelodeon.
** She was "written out" because she had a prior commitment to another Too Good To Last show, Creator/DisneyChannel's ''Flash Forward'' (which had nothing to do with ABC's ''Flash Forward''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodeFamily'': FridayNightDeathSlot.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': canceled after its second season due to poor ratings, it was revived by one of the first [[SendingStuffToSaveTheShow fan campaigns]].
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', victim of a {{retool}} that turned off its viewer base.
* ''Series/TheTick2001'': Not only did the cult-favorite [[WesternAnimation/TheTick animated series]] last only three seasons, but its live-action counterpart sadly ended with only one season (and two episodes never even aired).
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'': [[Creator/ChristopherTitus The creator]] even said that he preferred it was canceled due to ExecutiveMeddling and risky material then not being popular or funny.

* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' is right on the borderline, with three seasons on Creator/{{UPN}} and Creator/TheCW network.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerryTales''. It did alright on Creator/KidsWB from 2006 to 2008, but was killed by Creator/FourKidsEntertainment when it took over Kids WB.
* ''Wrestling/{{ECW}}'': Partially due to [[ScrewedByTheNetwork TNN's refusal to advertise]] or even ''acknowledge'' the show, using it as a test drive to drop it for ''Wrestling/WWERaw''.
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'' was canceled midway through its second season with 10 episodes left; those are set to air as planned but it will not be getting a third season.
* ''Series/TheWire'' had five full seasons. However, considering the widespread acclaim (some even declared it the best series ever), its ratings were dismal.
* Averted (for now) with the ''Manga/OnePiece'' simulcasts. Before the first simulcast could even be done, real "pirates" stole the episode from Creator/FUNimation's servers and illegally distributed it, resulting in a four month freeze before it finally came back and started for real. In fact, this led to Funimation instituting new security measures.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was a particularly loved series but was killed after its second season after Cartoon Network kept hiatusing the series during that time frame. A three year campaign from fans ultimately brought the two seasons to Netflix and lead to Warner Brothers and DC deciding to revive the series for a third season, with rumors stating that it might be being released on Netflix.