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->'''Peter''': Everyone, I've got bad news: We've been canceled.\\
'''Lois''': Oh no, Peter, how could they do that?\\
'''Peter''': Well unfortunately, Lois, there's just no more room on the schedule. We've just got to accept the fact that Creator/{{Fox}} has to make room for terrific shows like ''Series/DarkAngel'', ''Series/{{Titus}}'', ''Series/{{Undeclared}}'', ''Series/{{Action}}'', ''Series/That80sShow'', ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', ''Series/FastLane'', ''Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse'', ''Series/{{Skin}}'', ''Girls Club'', ''Cracking Up'', ''The Pitts'', ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', ''Get Real'', ''Series/FreakyLinks'', ''Wanda At Large'', ''Costello'', ''Series/TheLoneGunmen'', ''A Minute With Stan Hooper'', ''Normal, Ohio'', ''Pasadena'', ''Series/HarshRealm'', ''Series/KeenEddie'', ''Series/TheStreet'', ''American Embassy'', ''Cedric The Entertainer'', ''Series/{{The Tick|2001}}'', ''Series/{{Louie}}'', and ''Series/GregTheBunny''. ''[glances at Chris]''\\
'''Lois''': Is there no hope?\\
'''Peter''': Well, I suppose if ''all'' those shows go down the tubes, we might have a shot.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (taking this trope the wrong way)

That rarest of all television phenomena. A show that has been condemned to the fiery pits of {{cancellation}} is resurrected by the same [[ExecutiveMeddling executives]] who [[ScrewedByTheNetwork sought to destroy it]]... or [[NetworkToTheRescue different executives who want to right the wrongs of the previous ones]].

Most times, this means a show is [[ChannelHop picked up by a cable channel or other network]] and put back into production. Very rarely, a show will be resurrected by the same network.

The biggest causes are either a campaign by fans (along with a compliant creator), or high sales in other media, such as DVD. If the show is not popular enough to warrant a whole new series but an ending is in demand by fans, then a TV movie, miniseries, or a new season may be ordered to WrapItUp.

More common is creating a {{Revival}} or SeriesFranchise.

If the show got enough of a notice to have a GrandFinale, being Un-Canceled transforms it into a SeriesFauxnale, followed by PostscriptSeason.

If a show is not actually canceled, but comes close before a last-minute renewal or a marginal decision to renew, that goes on OnlyBarelyRenewed.

But if the show only got revived only for the ratings and most of the cast is not in the show, or there's too much change in budget and qualities, the revived show could go to a case of SeasonalRot. If the show revival is made because the creators ''do'' care for the show, it can be better than the show in its pre-revival.



* ''Animation/MagyarNepmesek'' has been renewed several times in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, having 89 episodes spread out over a few decades.
* ''Creator/{{Toonami}}'', Creator/CartoonNetwork's sensational {{anime}} block launched in 1997, hit a speed bump thanks to an aggressive [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]]-imposed ReTool that left it in a more lighthearted territory- and pigeonholed the fanbase. Eventually, incompetent scheduling, poor variety of shows and Naruto filler led to its end late 2008. However, just like with WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy and WesternAnimation/RobotChicken, Creator/AdultSwim struck again! On AprilFoolsDay 2012, they aired a loving joke broadcast of Toonami, suspiciously aimed toward an ulterior motive: test the waters to see if the block was really that cherished. A Twitter feed for viewers was added for viewers to express their interest in a possible return and the fandom proceeded to ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome flood the feed]]'' with pleas to revive the block. Rumors the return was a hoax were dispelled when Creator/SteveBlum, voice of Toonami host TOM himself, and Creator/KyleHebert, a fellow voice actor with equal stature got involved. One month later, licensing deals were struck, and just like what the tagline said, "[[{{Tagline}} Toonami is Back]] [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch Bitches]]."

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Manga/InuYasha'' anime was canceled in 2004 after four years on the air when it was beginning to [[OvertookTheManga overtake the manga]]. Five years after, in 2009, a 26-episode follow-up series titled ''Inuyasha: The Final Act'', was commissioned in order to adapt the remaining chapters now that the manga itself has already concluded.
* ''Anime/PantheonHigh'' was one of Tokyopop's Original English Language (OEL) manga series, and like most of their OEL, it was canceled when the US economy dipped and Tokyopop restructured. After about two years, the third and final volume was released on the Tokyopop website.
* ''Anime/{{Slayers}}'' lasted 3 seasons in its original run, ending in 1997. A fourth season was planned, but the main cast's other commitments, along with various production issues, kept it from happening...for 11 years. Season 4 finally aired in 2008, with a fifth season arriving the following year.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'''s original run in the US was cut short after only 65 episodes in its original syndicated run. After leaving syndication, it re-surfaced on Creator/USANetwork, where it was once again, cancelled after failing to find an audience. However, once the show ended up on Creator/{{Toonami}}, it finally garnered itself an audience, which resulted in the show being continued with more episodes.
* This actually happened to the English dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' back in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]]. After two seasons worth of 67 episodes in its first run, the show was cancelled in 1998 due its failure of gaining a substantial audience. When the episodes started to air on Creator/{{Toonami}}, it got much more popularity, and Funimation started dubbing new episodes in 1999.
** ''Anime/DragonBallKai'' received this treatment as well [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff thanks the U.S. market]]. Despite good ratings, the lack of revenue in the merchandise caused it to be cancelled at the end of Cell Saga, meaning the Boo arc was left unadapted. However, the series proved to be so popular on Nicktoons TV and Toonzai that it led to the Boo Saga commissioned a year and a half later.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was originally canceled in Japan after only 18 episodes due to its time slot being in competition with another, more popular show. It however, continued several months later with a different time slot.
* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' is now airing its second season: ''30 years'' after its first season finale.
* ''Anime/SonicX'' ended its series after 52 episodes. But after the GrandFinale, 26 more episodes were made for the North American audience. Interestingly, all 26 episodes would also have a Japanese Dub.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'''s original 13-episode run ended inconclusively. The series became so popular in America that Creator/AdultSwim helped to produce another 13 episodes three years after the original run. (That run also ended inconclusively, but Adult Swim lost interest.)
* ''Anime/LupinIIIGreenJacket'' had poor ratings and was cancelled, but due to popularity in reruns was later brought back as ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket''.
* The anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' had a fairly satisfying ending, but still had some unresolved plot threads, and only managed to adapt the first three novels of the series. After finishing in 2010, a second season was finally announced in 2014 that would be divided into three parts. The first part aired in January 2015, the second part aired in July 2015, and the third part aired in January 2016.
* Hiramoto Akira’s popularity soared with ''Manga/PrisonSchool'', which was expected of a series rife with intelligent {{Fanservice}} detailed by a great and arousing artstyle, it made publisher Kodansha revaluate Hiramoto’s previous opposite (insightful, realistic and psychological) work’s, ''Manga/MeAndTheDevilBlues'', cancellation/indefinite hiatus.
* ''The Flat Earth/Exchange'' was originally serialized from 1991 to 1994 in ''Patsy'', but the story abruptly halted when the magazine was discontinued. It was resumed in 2001 under Enterbrain.
* Throughout 2002-2006, ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' had three seasons and one OVA, but there was plenty of source material that had not been adapted in animated format. Over nine years later in October 2015, it was announced a new anime season was under production.
* Originally, Creator/FUNimation's dub of ''Manga/DGrayMan'' only covered the first 51 episodes of the 2006 series. Between 2010 and 2016, the localization was cancelled due to licensing issues between Funimation and Dentsu (the Japanese licensor). However, in 2016, after getting the license to the 2016 follow-up, ''D.Gray Man Hallow'', Funimation managed to secure the license to the second half of the 2006 series, and plans to release and dub it in the near future.
* ''Otokozaka'' ("A Man's Hill"), a martial arts manga by Creator/MasamiKurumada published from 1984 to 1985, was canceled after only six months in serialization, ending with an infamous cliffhanger of the main character running down a brick road and the kanji ''mikan'' (未完, "Not The End") displayed. It resumed serialization on ''Weekly Playboy'' (no relation to the American ''Magazine/PlayBoy'' magazine) in 2014.
* After several years of complete inactivity, ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has been confirmed to be getting a third season after what most people took to be a definitive conclusion.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'' was originally slated to be canceled after issue #25, but fan demand convinced DC to continue for 5 more issues. After those five, it was canceled again until fan demand convinced DC to give Manhunter another chance. Then it became a backup Feature for ''Batman Streets of Gotham''. The backup feature was cancelled after only a year.
* ''Comicbook/SonicTheComic'' (the UK one) had an uncanceling in the form of a "Head approved" fan revival.
* The comic book ''Comicbook/SpiderGirl'' has been canceled and uncanceled so many times it's easy to lose track, including the latest time at issue 100 to restart again with 1 (which was far from guaranteed at the time).
* ''Comicbook/XMen'', the comic book series, was canceled after seven years of horrible sales and no popularity (it was revived nine months later, but only published reprints of earlier issues). It was basically seen as a poor-man's version of the ComicBook/FantasticFour. Then it was rebooted with all new characters like Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus, along with minor Hulk villain Wolverine. Under the skilled writing of Creator/ChrisClaremont, it became Marvel's flagship title throughout the '80s and '90s.
* Marvel's ''Comicbook/TheTransformers'' was intended to be just a 4-issue mini-series but after it got positive feedback, it was made into a series, which ended with issue #80. Now IDW Publishing is wrapping up the story with a twenty-issue limited series (taking it from issue #81 through #100) titled '"Regeneration One''.
* The original run of ''Comicbook/QuantumAndWoody'' was canceled after 17 issues. Fan fervor prompted Acclaim to resurrect the series a year later, picking up where the previous issue left off with a [[BreakingTheFourthWall fourth-wall-breaking phone call.]]
* Comicbook/OmegaMen was originally given a 12-issue commitment, only to be canceled after 7 due to low initial sales. However, a combination of fan support on social media, critical acclaim, and Tom King's rising profile has convinced DC to restore its 12-issue run, with the door open for additional issues.

[[folder:Game Shows]]
* The Ohio Lottery's ''Series/CashExplosion'' was briefly cancelled in favor of a new show, ''Series/MakeMeFamousMakeMeRich''. It quickly flopped, prompting ''Cash Explosion'' to return the following year.
* ''Series/DoubleDare1986'':
** Nickelodeon tried a spin-off on the FOX network, ''Family Double Dare'', where it ran for 13 episodes. Two years later, ''Family'' was revived as an in-house production on Nick.
** After seven years of reruns, Nickelodeon revived it as ''Double Dare 2000'' where it ran for two half-seasons.
* NBC uncanceled ''Series/FearFactor'' (of all things), years after the network ran it into the ground with constant celebrity editions. The revival aired briefly in the 2011-12 series before being re-canceled.
* ''Series/NickelodeonGuts'' had a short-lived revival as ''My Family's Got Guts'' thirteen years after its cancellation.
* NBC cancelled ''Series/HighRollers'' in 1976, revived it in 1978 and [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed it over]] in 1980.
* NBC cancelled ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}!'' in 1975 only to bring it back and ReTool it almost four years later. It was cancelled again after five months before being uncancelled again in 1984 where it has been running in syndication ever since.
* Creator/{{GSN}} ran ''Series/{{Lingo}}'' for five seasons (2002-07), itself a revival of a short-lived 1980s game show. And it's come back in 2011 with a HotterAndSexier format and Creator/BillEngvall hosting - a revival that was also canceled after one series.
* The original ''Series/MatchGame'' (1962-69) was on NBC's chopping block after 13 weeks, until writer Dick [=DeBartolo=] suggested to Creator/MarkGoodson that they spice up some of the questions. He approved (given they were already cancelled), viewers picked up on it, and NBC spared it.
* After having good results with re-runs in 2012, GSN also revived ''Series/MinuteToWinIt''.
* PAX had a game show called ''On the Cover'' which aired two episodes in May 2004 before getting yanked. It returned in slightly {{Re Tool}}ed format in September but was re-canceled by year's end.
* The short-lived ''Pay Cards!'' was briefly revived as ''Series/SuperPayCards''.
* ''Series/{{Pyramid}}''
** In 1973, CBS canceled the first of the series, ''The $10,000 Pyramid,'' after a season. Six weeks later it was snapped up by ABC, where it ran for six years.
** CBS canceled ''The $25,000 Pyramid'' in December 1987 and replaced it with a game show called ''Series/{{Blackout}}''. When that show tanked, ''$25,000'' came back from April to July 1988 but only as a stop-gap measure until the revival of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' was ready.
* The game show ''Series/ShopTilYouDrop'' aired on Lifetime from 1991-94 before it was canceled. It returned on Family Channel from 1996 to 1998 and got canceled again. ''Then'' it moved to PAX, which aired a new version from 2000-02 and got a retool from 2003-05.
* ''Series/TheSingingBee'' aired for one season on Creator/{{NBC}} before it was canceled. The show was brought back in 2009 on Creator/{{CMT}} with a new host (Melissa Peterman over Joey Fatone) but mostly the same format — albeit skewed toward the network's CountryMusic audiences.
* Reruns of ''Series/SupermarketSweep'' [[ChannelHop moved]] from Lifetime to PAX. After some time, PAX began producing new episodes.
* Amazingly, ''Three's a Crowd'' was given another chance on GSN.
* ''Series/WheelOfFortune''
** Incredibly, this happened in its early days on NBC daytime. NBC president and CEO Fred Silverman made two attempts to cancel the show in 1980. The first was to make room for a failed talk show hosted by Creator/DavidLetterman, but was never followed through; the second was to make room for a spinoff of ''Series/AnotherWorld'' called ''Texas'' and was actually followed through to the point that several staff members (including announcer Charlie O'Donnell) left and a series finale was taped. Thankfully however, Silverman was later ousted due to green lighting one too many programming failures on NBC's prime time lineup (and for almost bankrupting the network after spending a ton of money to produce a whopping 150 hours of coverage for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, only to end up cancelling said programming after President UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter pulled the U.S. team out of the event in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan). [[NetworkToTheRescue His replacement, Grant Tinker, reversed the cancellation decision, cutting Letterman's show to an hour, and the show managed to progress unharmed.]] Amusingly, Tinker previously worked at NBC as a network assistant during the mid-1960's, and, in fact, had convinced Mort Werner, NBC's then senior vice president for programming and talent, to green light ''Wheel'' creator Creator/MervGriffin's other most well known creation, ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' ''Wheel'' would only gain in popularity come the 1980s, especially once Pat Sajak and Vanna White took over and the (still running) nighttime syndicated version began in 1983.
** And then it struck daytime again. Pat Sajak left daytime in January 1989 to host a talk show for CBS, and while the out-of-his-element Rolf Benirschke did the last six months of that run, NBC and Griffin simply could not come to a license agreement due to ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' adding viewers while ''Wheel'' remained steady. NBC announced the show's end in mid-May, only for CBS to renew it the next day; Bob Goen was chosen as host on July 7, a week after Rolf's last show. The show's subsequent ratings never approached that of the NBC era, even after hopping back there in January 1991.

* Literature/LiadenUniverse: The first three books of the Liaden series did not sell well enough for the original publisher to want to commission sequels. Disappointed, the authors got day jobs and went on with their lives for the next several years while, unbeknownst to them, a significant Liad fandom was growing on the Internet (to the point where "When will the next Liaden book come out?" was a question in the SF fandom newsgroup's FAQ).\\
When the Internet arrived in Lee & Miller's neck of Maine, they were startled to find that not only were fans clamoring for the next book, but the title of it, ''Plan B'', had already been decided for them. With this fandom behind them, Lee & Miller were able to find a publisher to continue the series, and cranked out seven more books (as well as two collections of the short stories they continue to self-publish in chapbook form every year).\\
Then the series was uncanceled ''again'' when Baen picked it up after that other publisher, Meisha Merlin, went out of business. Four more books were added to the series (though two of them had already been written as fan-funded draft manuscripts), then other sequels and prequels were contracted. To the fans' delight, the series now shows no signs of stopping.
* The original Literature/SherlockHolmes stories were immensely popular, but Creator/ArthurConanDoyle was sick of writing them, so he killed Holmes off. After huge fan outcry, the publishers asked Doyle to write more. In response, Doyle named what he believed to be an impossibly large fee. The publishers paid it, and Doyle wrote more Holmes stories.
* R.L. Stine's ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' wrapped up its original run in 1997, with the ''Goosebumps 2000'' spin-off lasting through 2000. In 2008 Stine brought the series back as ''Goosebumps Horrorland'', recapturing much of the original series' success and lasting until 2012. The franchise has since evolved into ''Goosebumps Most Wanted'', which as of this writing is still going strong.
* The ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheRedKing'' Series originally was to end at volume five after Charlie got his father back, but many fans begged for more three more books came out.
* ''Series/IAmNotASerialKiller'' is not only a rare literature example, but one in which it was "renewed" years after initially ending. Dan repeatedly insisted that he was satisfied with John's story being over after the first trilogy, but eventually realized that there was more to tell and pitched ''[[TrilogyCreep The Devil's Only Friend]]'' to his publisher. In another twist to [[SeasonalRot the usual]], the followup was almost universally positively received by fans.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' was cancelled in 2010 with the expectations that a film adaptation would follow up the few lingering plotlines left. With the movie in development hell and the cancellation of Kiefer Sutherland's show ''Series/{{Touch}}'', it was announced the show would be revived as a mini-series entitled "''24: Live Another Day''".
** The cancellation of Touch also freed its creator, Tim Kring, to work on the revival of ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* When ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' was canceled after 10 seasons, its final episode got such unexpectedly stellar ratings the CW network decided to revive it for one more season, unfortunately it wasn't too well-received by most and the ratings plummeted.
* FOX cancelled ''Series/AmericanIdol'' after 15 seasons. Following a brief hiatus, ABC revived the series in 2018.
* One of the shortest uncancellation cycles on record belongs to ''Series/AmericasMostWanted''. In 1996, Fox canceled the series even though it was still one of the fledgling network's highest-rated shows, as Fox attempted to establish a Saturday night comedy block to take advantage of NBC's dwindling dominance of the evening. After then-FBI director Louis Freeh, police departments across the country, the governors of 37 states and more than 200,000 letter-writers complained about the decision, Fox hastily reinstated the series, and it suffered only a six-week hiatus. It also kind of helped that the new sitcoms bombed badly and that Fox realized ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' and ''Martin'' should have never been moved to Saturday night in the first place. In 2011, the show was reduced to a series of quarterly specials on Fox, as well as regular showings on Lifetime TV, but it chugged along until 2013.
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' was cancelled in 1996, then renewed for one more season in 1999 with an all-new cast.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' was canceled in 2006 after three seasons, ending on a massive cliffhanger. For the next few years a movie was reported to be in development but never came to pass, though Creator/{{Netflix}} picked up the series for a fourth season which debuted in 2013. A fifth season will air in 2018.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' was canceled by PTEN one year short of its 5 year arc. They wrapped it up as best they could by the end of Season 4, but then had to create a whole new story arc when they were picked up for a final season by TNT.
* A few years after the British version of the Creator/ChannelFour comedy show ''Series/BallsOfSteel'' was canned, an Australian version premiered in 2011 for The Comedy Channel. While one could consider it a ForeignRemake (as it does add some localized acts to the mix), a few of the more prominent recurring acts from the British version (particularly Olivia Lee and Neg Dupree) participated as well, meaning that it could considered to be a de facto continuation of the British version.
* ''Series/BattleBots'' was canceled in 2002 after five seasons on Creator/ComedyCentral, but got brought back by CBS College Sports in December of 2009. It then ended up getting uncanceled again, getting a six episode revival series on ABC, beginning on June 1st 2015.
* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' is getting revived in 2017 as an animated series produced by Nine Story Entertainment. Surprisingly, most of the feedback for this revival was positive.
* ''Series/{{Baywatch}}'' was originally an Creator/{{NBC}} TV (or should we say [[JiggleShow T&A]]) series which was canceled. Creator/DavidHasselhoff, the show's star, arranged to buy the rights to the show and have it continue as a syndicated TV show, where it was very successful.
* CBS ended ''Series/BeakmansWorld'' after getting 65 episodes in the can (the standard number of episodes needed before a series could go into syndication back then). An outpouring of fan support convinced them to give it one more season. The comeback was so late it resulted in an [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute assistant change]].
* The Australian version of ''Series/BigBrother'' ran from 2001-2008 before it was suddenly cancelled. Four years later, it was just as suddenly given a {{revival}} [[ChannelHop on a rival network]]. The same thing happened with the British version.
* Apparently the first anyone working on ''Series/BlakesSeven'' knew of the fourth series was when it was announced at the end of the last episode of the third. Creator/TheBBC's Director of Television, Bill Cotton, was enjoying the episode so much he phoned the transmission staff mid-episode and told them to announce that the show was returning.
* ''Series/BreakingIn'' was initially cancelled by FOX in 2011, then it was unexpectedly un-cancelled and re-tooled in 2012, only to end up cancelled once again.
* ''Series/CagneyAndLacey'' was canceled by Creator/{{CBS}} in 1983, after two seasons. A letter-writing campaign persuaded the network to bring the show back; four more full seasons aired, plus four (!) {{Made For TV Movie}}s in the mid-1990s. Thus, unlike many of the shows on this list, its post-uncancelation run was much longer than its pre-cancellation run.
* ''Series/CharlesInCharge'' was brought back in syndication.
* In 1989, as part of its attempt to revive NBC's old [[Series/TheNBCMysteryMovie Mystery Movie lineup]] ABC had new seasons of both ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' and ''Series/{{Kojak}}'' commissioned 11 years after they both ended in 1978. Although ''Kojak'' would only last one season, ''Columbo's'' revival managed to be successful enough to last a few more seasons and even after that continue with a near-yearly series of television movies all the way to 2003.
* ''Series/TheComeback'' was canceled by HBO after its only season in 2005, only to be brought back for a six-episode second season nearly a decade later in 2014.
* ''Series/{{Community}}''. a series that spent its life constantly on the bubble, was finally cancelled by NBC after its fifth season. However, at the eleventh hour, [[http://time.com/2945298/community-gets-a-6th-season-and-the-cast-rejoices-on-twitter/ literally]] on the final day the cast's contracts were due to expire, Yahoo! Screen picked up the show for a sixth season, which premiered online in 2015, fulfilling the series' [=''SixSeasons''=] part of [[Creator/DanHarmon WordOfGod]]'s ''[=SixSeasonsAndAMovie=]'' hashtag.
* ABC cancelled ''Series/CougarTown'' during its 3rd season. Shortly afterwards, TBS picked up the series.
* Creator/{{CNN}} had the show ''Crossfire'', which was a "nuanced debate show" where two pundits would sit apart from a guest and go off on them near-relentlessly. Then [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFQFB5YpDZE was on]] [[Awesome/TheDailyShow and left the show a smoldering ruin, utterly broken down for the vapidness that it was]]. The show would be canceled within weeks. And it was announced it was coming back in late 2013...[[BigNo much to Jon's chagrin]]. Luckily for him however the revival didn't take off, and the show was cancelled again less than a year later.
* After an incredible 10 years, Creator/{{ABC}} greenlighted the return of ''Series/{{Cupid}}''. It was described as a reimagining, suffered the same fate as the original, and quickly faded away.
* F/X canceled ''{{Series/Damages}}'' during its third season. The show's producers took the show over to DirecTV, who picked it up for two more seasons.
* By 1985, British sci-fi institution ''Series/DoctorWho'' had weathered MoralGuardians, inflation, and lackluster scripts... but when a new BBC controller [[ExecutiveMeddling who had never liked the show]] came in, its number was up, with the series being cancelled at the end of its 22nd season in 1985. The resultant outcry made the newspapers and talk shows (and even spawned a "We Are the World"-style charity record that has become an OldShame for all involved), and 18 months later, it returned; unfortunately, the ratings started to slip after it was [[ScrewedByTheNetwork put in a time slot against popular]] SoapOpera ''Series/CoronationStreet'', and in 1989, it was cancelled once again. A failed pilot TV movie in 1996 notwithstanding, it wouldn't return [[{{Revival}} as an ongoing TV series]] until 2005. It has since become one of the most successful works of fiction on British television.
* A&E suspended ''Series/DogTheBountyHunter'' several times due to incidents involving the Chapmans, but always mad it back on the air with new seasons due to fan outcry and closed-door negotiations. It finally ended its run in 2012, though Creator/{{CMT}} then picked up a new version for 2013 in which Dog travels around fixing up failing bail bond agencies in a style similar to ''Series/KitchenNightmares''.
* ''Series/DueSouth'', multiple times. The show was originally cancelled by Creator/{{CBS}} after its first season. It was then renewed, and "Letting Go" was filmed to keep the fans from wondering what happened after the finale. It was cancelled again at the end of Season 2, with the production company going as far as taking down the sets. A group of Canadian production companies banded together to fund the show, and it returned for two more seasons. Callum Keith Rennie also replaced David Marciano as Ray Vecchio (because Marciano had already moved his family after the apparent cancellation and didn't want to move back).
* ''Series/{{Fame}}'' was brought back in syndication.
* The beloved 1950s family sitcom ''Series/FatherKnowsBest'' was cancelled by CBS after its first season. A letter writing campaign got the show picked up by NBC the following fall.
* Creator/{{NBC}} cancelled ''Series/ForYourLove'' after one season, then it was picked up by the WB for another 4 seasons.
* ''Series/TheGame2006'', after two years worth of outcry and a move to BET. It's proven to be one of the most successful examples of this trope. Not only did the show's re-runs on BET get better ratings than the CW's first airings, the season 4 premier got 7.7 million viewers, which was a first for a serialized drama/comedy on cable. All the more impressive, considering what network The Game came from (CW) and where it went (BET).
* Creator/{{NBC}} dropped ''Series/GetSmart'' after four seasons, only to have Creator/{{CBS}} [[ChannelHop pick it up]] for a fifth.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' was revived by Creator/{{Netflix}} for a new season consisting of four 90-minute episodes in 2016, plotted by the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, who had left before its final season on Creator/TheWB.
* FOX cancelled ''Series/GroundedForLife'' after one season, then picked up by the WB for four more seasons.
* Creator/{{MTV}}'s ''Headbanger's Ball'' was finally brought back in 2003 after the original show was cancelled almost a decade earlier.
* ''Series/HeeHaw'' had a ''20'' year syndicated run after a brief 2 year run on CBS.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}''. started life on Creator/{{NBC}} for one season, before being canceled and immediately snapped up by Creator/{{CBS}}, where it ran for ''nine'' more seasons, and eventually [[SpinOff spawned]] the ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' [[Series/NCISLosAngeles franchise]].
* The cancellation of ''Series/{{Jericho}}'' in 2007 lead to a strange campaign where fans sent nuts to the network to persuade it to reverse the decision. The network eventually announced a further seven episodes would be produced and "please stop sending us nuts". The nuts were later given to charity. Or used as part of a contest on ''Series/BigBrother''.
* In late 2012, Creator/{{AMC}} announced that ''Series/TheKilling'' had been cancelled. Thanks to a deal with ''Creator/{{Netflix}}'', they announced its return in 2013.
* ''Series/{{Lassie}}'' was brought back for syndicated seasons.
* Reality show ''Series/LastComicStanding'' seems to only survive in 3 season blocks. It ran its first 3 seasons, then got canceled. Then it came back and ran for 3 more seasons, and then got canceled. Now it's back ''again''. Make up your minds!
* ''Series/MamasFamily'': Canceled by NBC in 1984 after only two seasons, it was brought back in 1986 in first-run syndication, lasting for four more seasons. (Thankfully, as most fans seem to enjoy the syndicated seasons more.)
* ''Series/{{Medium}}'' was canceled by NBC in the 08-09 season, and then picked up by CBS.
* ''Series/MIHigh'' finished the main StoryArc and was cancelled. The BBC decided on a reboot and a sixth series will air in 2013 (albeit with some changes to the formula - St. Hopes is gone and there are now four spies instead of three).
* Series/TheMindyProject was cancelled by Fox, but then picked up by Creator/{{Hulu}} for a 26-episode fourth season.
* ABC's reality show ''Series/TheMole'' became this when it returned to ABC in the summer of 2008 in its original format.
* Comedy Central canceled ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' after a seven-year run, the show was then shopped around. Fans lobbied to other networks to bring the show back, even to the extent of buying a full-page ad in ''Variety'' bemoaning the loss. It was eventually picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel. Three years later, it was canceled again, though it has two {{Spiritual Successor}}s: Cinematic Titanic and Rifftrax. In 2015, a successful Kickstarter campaign raised $5.7 million (far more than the $2 million goal) to bring back the series for an eleventh season, which will stream on Creator/{{Netflix}} in 2017.
* ''Series/{{Nashville}}'' was cancelled by ABC, with the fourth season finale {{Cliffhanger}} advertised as the "series finale," but was rescued by Creator/{{CMT}} for a fifth season.
* ''Series/NewAmsterdam'', about an [[WhoWantsToLiveForever immortal]] detective, was [[CaptainObvious canceled by Fox]] before the first episode even aired. However, they ended up airing it due to the WGA strike and it got a fairly good response. But it ''is'' {{Creator/FOX}}, so they rendered the show gone just the same.
* ABC originally cancelled ''Series/TheOddCouple'' at the end of its first season. Strong ratings for repeats that aired over the summer of 1970 convinced them to bring the show back, and it lasted for a further four seasons.
* ''{{Series/Overhaulin}}'' originally aired on TLC from 2004 to 2008. Four years after it was cancelled, it returned to the air on TLC's sister channel Velocity.
* ''Series/PartyOfFive'' initially lasted only one season, before being brought back by a small-but-zealous fan campaign. The threat of cancellation still loomed over its' early second season, until viewership spiked after a surprise upset Golden Globe win for best drama in 1995, beating out then-primetime favorites like ''{{Series/ER}}'' and ''Series/NYPDBlue''.
* ''Series/PoliceCameraAction'': Uncanceled in 2002, then 2007, and then 2008, and again in 2010!
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' Contrary to popular belief it only happened once, when Disney officially canceled it after RPM and Saban brought it back under Saban Brands. Though it had several close calls before. [[note]]A few seasons ended with intended GrandFinale episodes that proved so successful that the franchise continued.[[/note]]
* Series/{{Primeval}} was canceled in 2009 only to be revived in 2011.
* Subverted with ''Series/RaumschiffGamestar'': After it officially ended in the fifth season with a KillEmAll, nothing was heard about it for five years. Then in 2009, the producers announced a new season and even released a trailer for it. However, half a year later, it was revealed to be a case of RealTrailerFakeMovie, and the third season of RSGS's SpiritualSuccessor started publishing instead.
* ''Series/ReadingRainbow'' is a triumphant example of this trope, up there with WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} and WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy. Commissions for new episodes of the show stopped in 2006, and in 2009 PBS pulled the funding and broadcast completely, and a day just before the Emmy for which the show won no less. Showrunner Creator/LeVarBurton, however, won't take no for an answer and immediately seeked out to buy the rights to the name and past episodes, and seeing the potential of tablet computers, started a project to put videos and books featured on the show on the iPad. The project was met with critical acclaim when it launched in 2012, and requests started pouring in for the app to be ported to other platforms, resulting in a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project further and hitting an astonishing record of US$6.5 million, the highest funded project at the time, at the end of the campaign. The app has now been ported to Android and it's derivatives, and there is also a version accessible from web browsers, with support for more platforms coming soon. And the additional money is used to fund access to the app for underfunded classrooms in the US. Additionally, new segments are now being shot for the app and for the youtube channel. It's a glorious comeback for the franchise, and for [=LeVar=].
* In 1999, ''Series/RedDwarf'' ended on a cliffhanger. Co-creator and head writer Doug Naylor attempted for some time to get a movie off the ground, but in 2001 approached the BBC about to make a new series and the BBC replied with the comment "we are no longer interested in the audience ''Red Dwarf'' used to provide". The show eventually returned on cable channel Dave in 2009 with a 3-part adventure and was a massive ratings success for the channel, even beating the original channel that ''Red Dwarf'' used to air on in the rating ([=BBC2=]), a bout of hilarious irony on the BBC. A new series was been announced and aired in Autumn 2012.
* ''Series/RipperStreet'' was cancelled after two series, a lot in part because it was so expensive to make. Then Amazon stepped in with extra funding, and its third season debuted on Amazon Prime in the UK in 2014. Amazon then announced in May of 2015 that is going to produce two additional seasons.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' has both cases. It was -apparently- first canceled by the WB on the first season, which promoted the fans to launch a "Tabasco" campaign, in which they managed to send 6,000 bottles of Tabasco to the executives. On the second season, the show was canceled again, even if the fans did send 12,000 Tabasco bottles. UPN picked it up for a third season, after which it was canceled for good.
* The 2007-2008 season of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' was supposed to be the last but, due to the Writer's Strike, the show didn't exactly end in a satisfying fashion. It [[ChannelHop moved]] to Creator/{{ABC}}.
* ''Series/SledgeHammer'' was canceled after the 1st season, only to be renewed for a second season after the last episode got higher than expected ratings, which created something of a dilemma for the writers. Expecting to be cancelled after the first season, the season finale featured Los Angeles as well as the titular character being vaporized by an nuclear bomb. They got around this by claiming at the start of the second season that the first-season finale was five years in the future, giving themselves room to run the series for another five seasons. Naturally, the show was canceled soon thereafter.
* NBC canceled ''Series/{{Southland}}'' to make room for Jay Leno's prime time show, but was saved by TNT.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' is perhaps the most famous example of this trope, even though technically it was not actually cancelled. The story goes that, as the end of the second season approached, the producers caught wind that NBC was considering cancelling the series and reached out to the sci-fi fan community, generating hundreds of thousands (Wikipedia says a million) pieces of mail in support, leading to NBC announcing on-air the show's renewal for one final season.
* Showtime canceled ''Series/StargateSG1'' after the fifth season, and was then picked up by SciFi. And was canceled ''again'' after the tenth season, with the fanbase split between those who wanted it to continue and those who wanted it to happen [[PostScriptSeason two seasons earlier]]. MGM decided to just go direct-to-DVD this time around.
* Creator/{{ABC}} axed ''Series/{{Taxi}}'', but it [[ChannelHop jumped to]] Creator/{{NBC}} and lasted for another season, before dwindling ratings finally took it down.
* Creator/{{NBC}} announced the cancellation of ''Series/{{Timeless}}'' on May 10, 2017, despite massive popularity and positive reviews among the fans. Due to massive fan outrage which resulted in the show even trending on twitter after news of its cancellation broke, as well as some quick negotiating between Sony (the company that owns the series) and NBC, the show was quickly renewed three days later, in what was possibly the quickest turnaround for a cancelled show in recent history.
* After ten years of nothing but repeats and some unaired material, ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway' is coming back. AndThereWasMuchRejoicing.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' was initially canceled after its third season. The show meant to replace it in the CBS lineup didn't last, and the show was brought back for a shorter season of hour-long episodes. Creator/RodSerling had taken a college teaching position by this time, which is why he doesn't appear on the same set as the actors during season four. Ratings were good enough to justify a fifth season, which brought the running time back to half an hour.
* ''Series/{{Unforgettable}}'' is the rare example of a show that did well in the ratings, but not well enough for CBS's ratings standards. It was killed at the end of its first season, but was renewed for a summer run on CBS for its second season because of TNT and Lifetime looking to snap it up. It did well enough as a summer show that it was renewed for a third season. After the third season, it was canceled again, only to be revived by A&E for a fourth season.
* ''Series/YoungDracula'' was canceled, therefore leaving it at a cliffhanger in Season 2. A couple years later (thanks to fan-led petitions and general interest), The third season ended up premiering on the 31st of October 2011, and a fourth season has been advertised on CBBC.

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/RogerWaters took complete control over Music/PinkFloyd in the early 1980s, releasing the album ''Music/TheFinalCut'' as finale. In 1985 he left the group and declared it dissolved. When the remaining members still wanted to continue he took them to court. Finally, in 1987 an agreement was made that allowed Gilmour and Mason to continue using the name: Pink Floyd was uncanceled.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' managed to crank even this trope (like every other trope it involves) UpToEleven: the ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' spinoff game was released, canceled and Un-Canceled ''within the space of a month.'' The game, which fans had been looking forward to for ''decades'', comes out. The entire print run sells out in ''two days''. A few days after that, Creator/GamesWorkshop says it's getting out of roleplaying games because literature is easier to publish for profit. Once the gnashing of teeth ties down, Creator/FantasyFlightGames picks up the license. This had the secondary effect of visiting LaserGuidedKarma upon the profiteers who had, on announcement of the cancellation, bought up every copy they could in the hope of selling them for silly money on [=eBay=]. This also had something of a longer-term effect, where several veteran designers and writers at Games Workshop left the company in the late oughts, only to contribute to Fantasy Flight Games, who currently publish all of the Games Workshop-licensed Tabletop [=RPGs=]. This then happened again in 2017, when Fantasy Flight lost the license, but then the books showed up on Drive Thru's webstore.
* Creator/WhiteWolf, having canceled the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' in 2004, began creating new material for it again in 2011 with the 20th anniversary editions.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In a rare video game example see ''VideoGame/GoldenSun''. Originally one game split in two (released in 2001 and 2003, respectively) due to length, it received acclaim and developed quite the following, and even though the second game technically wrapped the story up, many believed there was enough loose threads to make [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn a sequel]]. According to WordOfGod, the first two games were just the prequel games. [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]] starts the series proper.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series infamously returned, but no one realized it had ever been canceled at first, until years later when it was revealed in interviews, which led to the fans giving a collective "oooooooh" as to the changes that had occurred from ''X6''-''X8''.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series. Its last numbered installment was ''VideoGame/MegaMan8'' (which came out in 1996/1997). Not counting ''VideoGame/MegaManAndBass'' (a 2003 UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance port of a 1998 [[NoExportForYou Japan-only]] [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem Super Famicom]] and UsefulNotes/WonderSwan game), ''it took over a decade'' for Keiji Inafune to bring a ninth entry to the series, [[{{Retraux}} which was presented as an homage to the golden days of gaming]]. It was followed two years later in 2010 by ''10''.
* With franchise creator Keiji Inafune at the helm, the fan-favorite ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' series had been revived after ten long years of silence...and then the ''Legends 3'' project got cancelled, which caused Inafune to leave Capcom, and left the series [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption right back at its previous status]].
* For the longest time ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' was considered to be a dead series by Capcom (outside of re-releases and crossovers). Then, after years of clamor from fans, Capcom makes an announcement and hell freezes over for ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''.
* The possibility of a new ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' being made was considered nil because Capcom no longer had the license to make the games. Then in 2009 they got a deal to re-release ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' for download (minus the in-game shop, instead having everything unlocked at the outset, which was CompletelyMissingThePoint) and, about a year later, they announced ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. The Devil's heating bill must be off the charts.
* ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever''. After years and years of basically being {{Vaporware}} (indeed, it was considered the poster child of vaporware; ''Wired'' magazine's "Vaporware Awards" at one point retired it from consideration just so it would be possible for other titles to win), it was then canceled...only to be picked back up by Gearbox a few months later. And then it finally got released. There's a lesson here. And it is this: Always, ''ALWAYS'' bet on Duke.
* ''APB: AllPointsBulletin'' [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/11/16/apb-sold-definitely-going-free-to-play/ appears to have been saved.]] It's even going free-to-play this time, though it's too early to determine how much of an AllegedlyFreeGame with BribingYourWayToVictory it'll end up as/with.
* ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuest Dragon Warrior]]'' went on a very extended hiatus in North America after ''[[VideoGame/DragonQuestIV Dragon Warrior IV]]'' was released in 1992. [[Creator/SquareEnix Enix]] apparently had intentions to localize one of the next two games on the SNES, but these efforts died when they closed their American branch in the mid 1990s. The series was resurrected eight years later when Enix brought over a UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor compilation of the first two ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games, but the release of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' the year after really cemented the uncancellation of the series in America. Then plans for bringing the ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' remake to the U.S. were scrapped when the original development studio shut down. It took seven years and the Square-Enix merger before the U.S. finally saw the [=PS1=] version's bonus content on the DS.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'', ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII III]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]'' didn't get released in the U.S. until after ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII VII]]'' became a smash hit. ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV IV]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI VI]]'' got released as ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII II]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII III]]'' respectively on their original NA NES versions. ''III'' didn't even get localized until decades later with the arrival of the Nintendo DS.
* ''Metal Gear Solid: Rising'' wound up being cancelled in 2010 when development ground to a halt. Thankfully, Creator/PlatinumGames stepped in to help get the game finished, which they succeeded in doing, releasing the game in 2013 as ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''.
* Largely unaware to western audiences, the ''VideoGame/GloryOfHeracles'' series was popular in Japan, with its fourth game last made in 1994. The series then gained a 5th chapter in 2008 (2010 to western markets, and also the only one localized outside of Japan). One advantage of the series is that the games are largely self-contained, with minimal continuity spanning the various games.
* Due to already having their hands full with then-upcoming titles ''VideoGame/DeathSpank'' and ''Swarm'', Hothead Games was forced to cancel the third and final episode of ''VideoGame/PennyArcadeAdventures'', leaving it as a written story on the ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' website. Then, in August 2011, Zeboyd Games (creators of ''VideoGame/BreathOfDeathVII'' and ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'') announced that they have taken up the mantle, and they're even going to make a ''fourth'' episode too, which will show us how the ''Precipice'' universe ties in with the standard ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' universe.
* ''VideoGame/{{Pikmin}}'' was remade on Wii, with the remakes coming out in 2008 in Japan and 2009 in the rest of the world. ''Pikmin 2'' was planned to get the same treatment, and the remake for it came out in Japan, Australia, and Europe in spring of 2009, with the American version never getting a release other than vague hints like "Q2". It was quietly cancelled. In 2012, the American version was surprisingly uncanceled and released that June - just over three years after the Australian re-release hit store shelves (and even then, it was released under the Nintendo Selects label... [[ScrewedByTheNetwork which is usually only used for budget re-releases]]).
* ''VideoGame/LaMulana'' for Wiiware outside of Japan fits this trope.
* Word has it that ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' was originally canned by SEGA. Then on September 13th, 2012, the game was announced to not only be on the Wii U, but to also be published by Nintendo (who were the only company willing to fund the game).
* ''VideoGame/AsheronsCall2'' was revived by Turbine [[http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/21189/asherons-call-2-returns during Holiday 2012]].
* The creator of the original ''VideoGame/NexusWar'' pulled the plug in a GrandFinale, but the series was quickly brought back to life by ''Nexus Clash'', a fan-created SpiritualSuccessor.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRoboMouse'' was originally announced for the Wii U eShop before getting cancelled, but then the creator got motivated by playing in an arcade and decided to un-cancel Super Robo Mouse and release it as a multi-platform game.
* ''MOTHER'' was stated to be released in North America, but due to the NES being at the end of its life cycle, and the SNES taking off in popularity, Nintendo canceled the English release after it was finished. Nearly 30 years later, the game was finally released on the Wii U's Virtual Console as ''VideoGame/EarthBoundBeginnings'' in order to differentiate itself from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', [[SequelFirst which was released first]].
* Nintendo's QOL (Quality of Life) project was originally stated to be "on the back-burner" before it was later stated that it was stated to be continuing to be in development.
* Dr. Kawashima's Devilish Brain Training: Can You Stay Focused? for Nintendo 3DS was originally cancelled in Europe and Australia back in 2013 before they re-announced it for a 2017 release in the April 2017 Nintendo Direct.
* The UsefulNotes/PlaystationVita port of ''VideoGame/ReadOnlyMemories'' was cancelled in October 2017 after developer Midboss trying and failing several times to get the game to work properly on Vita. On December 9 of the same year, it was announced as no longer being cancelled and then was released.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Several days after John Troutman announced that he was pulling the plug on WebComic/LitBrick, a ton of fans came out of the wood work to bemoan the loss, convincing him to do regular updates again. Amusingly, this came after he took the trouble to draw comics detailing what happened to nearly every main character in the series, and finished with an epic goodbye to his readers.

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''WebAnimation/BonusStage'' Lasted 87 episodes, cancelled via CreatorBacklash and financial woes and it would ultimately be passed down to a guy on Website/DeviantArt [[spoiler: five years down the road]].
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was retired in September 2012, after both a final episode and a FullyAbsorbedFinale in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee'', as [[Creator/DougWalker his actor]] thought the character had ran its course. In January 2013, his return was announced with ''[[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/38009-the-review-must-go-on The Review Must Go On]]'', with the catalyst being [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Odd_Life_of_Timothy_Green a somewhat obscure movie]]. Walker also announced [[ReTool a few changes]] (in-character); namely, that the length of time between episodes would increase, and that there was no longer a "cutoff date" for what movies the Critic would review (he previously only reviewed material from the 1980's and 1990's, although he later did a few movies from the early 2000's as well). The show also started having more sketches, with the actors who worked on [[WebVideo/DemoReel the show Walker did in his break from the Critic]].
* YouTube critic and ranter WebAnimation/{{Benthelooney}}, eventually cancelled/ended his rants after the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED1ukOUkCOM third part of his "Nick Rants" series.]] However, his other collections of videos were so successful, and things have angered Ben so much, that he decided to surprise his fans, by reviving/uncancelling his Rants series on February 10th of 2012 with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Jqd3sQ6fQ Ben Rants: Celebrities]]
* CopperCab's videos were almost done for, when his channel got hacked by someone that he had known in real life that got annoyed by his supposed arrogance. However, CopperCab fought for the rights back to his channel and succeeded by only dying his hair and doing a dance/rap video, and uncanceled his videos from that moment on, ever since. There are rumors that this was staged.
* ''Roleplay/TheMassiveMultiFandomRPG'': Season 3 of the roleplay ended abruptly once the [=GMs=] began experiencing burnout, and all seemed to indicate that this was the end of the story, especially since the [=GMs=] began to consider all of the roleplay one huge pile of OldShame. A couple of months later, however, season 3.5 was started again as an attempt to conclude the story, with a different, simpler premise that doesn't demand as much from the players. (And then it fizzled out as well, unfortunately.)
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' Youtuber {{WebVideo/Muselk}} frequently claims each episode of "Extreme Rancho Relaxo" or "Map Tips and Tricks" will be the last. It never sticks.
* In-universe example in the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Bowser's Depression". Bowser's favorite ShowWithinAShow, ''[[ProtagonistAndFriends Charleyyy and Friends]]'' gets cancelled in favor of its spin-off, ''Fishy and Friends'' [[note]]which is entirely depicted of a goldfish swimming in a fishbowl[[/note]], which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin puts Bowser in a deep depression]]. At the end of the episode, ''Fishy'' gets cancelled, and ''Charleyyy'' [[StatusQuoIsGod is put back on the air]].
* {{WebVideo/Googlebrains}} was going to quit YouTube in general, but he changed his mind, instead opting to drop the "uploads every Friday" schedule.
* WebVideo/MatthewSantoro decided in January 2012 to stop making videos, but changed his mind in June 2012, when he started making videos again.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''. The first revival just lasted two seasons, though, and the episodes that aired weren't very good. A second revival was announced some years later, this time with original creator Eric Fogel back on the production team.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' lasted two seasons until 1998, and three years later returned. But [[SeasonalRot the two seasons that followed are often hated]] because they lacked input from series creator Genndy Tartakovsky (who was busy with ''Samurai Jack'' and ''Star Wars: Clone Wars''), had a change in artwork, had different writers, and [[TheOtherDarrin had replacement voice actors]] (especially with Dexter. Christine Cavanaugh retired from voice acting after a custody battle with her husband and Creator/CandiMilo was called in as her replacement).
%%* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether''
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' was originally going to be canceled after the episode ''Take This Ed and Shove It''. It was renewed for three specials and two more seasons, before the creator decided to scrap that final season in lieu of working on TheMovie. As such, "Fistful of Ed" was marketed as the final episode before two episodes of the cancelled sixth season aired the following year. The show finally ended a year later with ''Ed, Edd, and Eddy's Big Picture Show''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' was cancelled and renewed '''four''' times over the course of its ten season run, as a result of it not getting [[AdoredByTheNetwork ratings as high as]] [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants a certain sponge]], yet still performing better than every ''other'' animated show on the network. Creator Butch Hartman joked that the network would reliably take him aside and renew the show for another season or two as soon as he'd leave each wrap party.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' is most likely the TropeCodifier, as uncancellations have become more common since then. Brought back by {{Creator/FOX}} after a long hiatus once DVD sales took off and reruns on Creator/AdultSwim brought in better ratings than what it had on FOX, who realized exactly [[MoneyDearBoy how much money they stood to make]] off the most popular cartoon since ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. What's especially notable here is how in the returning series premiere, Peter recited [[TheLongList an excruciatingly long list]] of FOX shows that ''Family Guy'' was canceled to make room for but were themselves inevitably, if not always abruptly and swiftly, canned (see the page quote for all the shows that tried and failed at replacing ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''). Ironically, since its uncancellation, FOX has absolutely ''refused'' to cancel it again, despite fans saying [[SeasonalRot the show has suffered greatly from lackluster writing and too much reliance conventions such as cut-away gags, cultural references, and throw-away jokes]] in the following years; even Creator/SethMacFarlane himself has said he ''wants Family Guy'' to end already, but FOX won't let him.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' managed to be preemptively uncanceled in its first season. Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone had little idea the show would even draw mediocre ratings (let alone become a massive cultural phenomenon), so they produced the first six episodes with the assumption that it would be cancelled after about five or six months, while putting the bulk of their focus on the movie ''Film/BASEketball''. Once South Park unexpectedly became Comedy Central's highest rated show and a hit among pretty much everybody from high schoolers to big name celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld, Parker and Stone immediately reconsidered their plans. So they quickly created four holiday-themed episodes ("Pink Eye", "Starvin' Marvin", "Damien"[[note]]which was originally supposed to be the show's Christmas episode[[/note]] and "Mr. Hankey, The Christmas Poo") to tide fans over. They then created three more episodes to round out Season 1 and establish South Park as a full-fledged series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** The series not only got four made-for-DVD movies years after its original Fox run was over (which were made possible in part by the impressive ratings the reruns pulled in on Adult Swim), but got renewed in 2009 on Comedy Central -- then it ended in 2013. While the final episode (in which [[spoiler:Fry and Leela finally get married]]) has the feel that the show's over and it's never coming back (save for some cheap mentions on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', which doesn't seem like it will end anytime soon), Matt Groening is trying to shop it around to other networks. It's then played for hilarity in the opener of "Bender's Big Score".
-->'''The Professor:''' Good news, everyone! [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Those asinine morons who cancelled us]] were themselves fired for incompetence!\\
[''The crew cheer loudly'']\\
'''The Professor:''' And not just fired, but beaten up too! And pretty badly.\\
[''The crew cheer much less enthusiastically'']\\
'''The Professor:''' In fact, most of them died from their injuries!\\
[''The crew are visibly uncomfortable, except for Bender, who laughs'']\\
'''The Professor:''' And then they were ground up into a fine pink powder!\\
'''Fry:''' Why?
** And even before all 26 episodes had aired, the show was renewed for ''another'' new season. The tagline from the first DVD movie fits the series in more ways than one. The opening Subtitle even lampshades it by saying '''IT JUST WON'T STAY DEAD!''' (As pictured above)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'', two Creator/HannaBarbera shows that ran for one season each in the 1960s, were both revived with new episodes produced for syndication in the 1980s. Boomerang does not show these episodes as often; the consensus is that they are of much lower quality than the original runs.
** Teletoon Retro in Canada ''does'' air the 1980s ''Jetsons'' (as well as the originals), and the difference in quality is very evident.
** H-B did the same with WesternAnimation/YogiBear in 1988, using the background music from the original 1961 shorts and introducing a new character, Ranger Rubideux.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' lasted one season in 1997, and in its uncancellation two years later (minus creator Van Partible) is often considered better, but not by people that liked the first season. Then it was uncanceled again in 2004, with Van Partible back at the helm.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Its network is also its producer and copyright holder, so it had to be them. The fans made a ''lot'' of noise, and for once the suits listened.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' did a sketch where the show was supposedly canceled and then uncanceled after creators Seth Green (yes, him ''again'') and Matt Senreich repented to Cartoon Network's execs; in reality, the show was hugely popular and there was no question that it was green-lit for another season.
** It's since become a running joke that WesternAnimation/RobotChicken gets "canceled" at the end of every season and "renewed" at the beginning of the next. Even if it means they have to get Creator/SethMacFarlane to help them.
--->''"Wow, Seth [=MacFarlane=], you can do anything!"''
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' was going to end with three seasons, wrapping season three up with [[HeartwarmingMoments June giving Henry a kiss, and them becoming an official couple]]. Fans made noise, and a fourth season was created (to the annoyance of some fans, Henry and June's relationship was set back to being "just friends" (for a little while)). A fifth season was on the way, but Nick cancelled it before it began.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pingu}}'' was originally canceled after Season 4 in 1998, due to the declining popularity of the series. Three years after HIT Entertainment bought the rights to the series, it was revived for two additional seasons before being canceled again in 2005.
* After ending in 2007, a new season of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' was announced for release in 2013 under a different title, [[NoExportForYou shown only in France.]]
* Very poor ratings on its series premiere caused UPN to axe ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'' before it was able to even finish its first season. In 2001, one Creator/AdultSwim executive said he liked ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', and Creator/AdultSwim later revived the series, airing the unaired UPN episodes and ordering three more seasons.
* Briefly, the idea of bringing back ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' was thrown around for a while, but initially it didn't stick because there wasn't enough money. So they settled with bringing old episodes of the show back onto [[Creator/{{Nicktoons}} Nicktoons Network]] instead and creating a comic book continuation in 2015. However, in April 2017 a GrandFinale in the form of a 90-minute movie was announced.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'', a show cancelled back in 1997 (after Creator/MikeJudge decided to spend some time on other projects, like ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''), got revived in October 2011. Then, it disappeared again.
* After being cancelled back in 2006, ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' received a reboot, ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinChronicles'', in 2013.
* In general, Nickelodeon (with both live-action and animated shows) and Cartoon Network[[note]]Also includes their (now non-existent) [[NetworkDecay live-action]] shows as well[[/note]] have been notoriously bad about this in recent years. At any time, new episodes can just abruptly stop for no reason whatsoever, with no new episodes airing for weeks, even months at a time. In some cases, there will even be a new show airing in that same timeslot, with no indication of reruns in other timeslots (although airing a show in a "death slot" means that a show has been virtually cancelled, even if it isn't exactly official).[[note]]There have even been cases where international versions of both networks finish a show's run before the American versions do.[[/note]] As a result, cancellations and uncancellations [[ScrewedByTheNetwork are much more likely to happen]] on these networks (compared to others).
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' first came out in 1999, and it was meant to [[GrandFinale end with the movie]], which was released in 2004. However, when Nick saw that the movie did so well in theatres, they tried to talk Stephen Hillenburg into reviving the show, but Stephen refused to, so they hired Paul Tibbitt to make the new episodes and the show was uncanceled, and still airs to this day. As is often the case, many fans have agreed the show had [[SeasonalRot definitely gone downhill]] since then and lost the amount of popularity it once had, at least until Hillenburg returned to supervise it again.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' aired two seasons between 1994-1996 and was canceled by ABC because of the Disney buyout. They even had a sly dig at them in the final episode of the second season by calling the enemy vehicles Armored Binome Carriers (ABC's). "The ABC's, they turned on us!" "Treacherous dogs!" But the show was co-financed by YTV in Canada so they managed a decent UsefulNotes/{{Syndication}} deal and eventually produced a third season in 1998 that wrapped up the major plots and gave a happy ending to the characters (although left hints towards a new story arc). After being picked up by Cartoon Network and doing well in the ratings, they helped finance a fourth season in 2001 that resolved prior issues and ended on a {{Cliffhanger}} which had to be resolved in comic book form. There are continuing rumors of a revival still. The rumors were confirmed in October 2013 when it was announced that a new series was being developed, although this will be more of a [[AccidentalPun reboot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' announced that after the 2013-2014 season (season nine), the show will end so the channel can renovate its Sunday night line-up (which may or may not be the end for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', since that show got a syndication deal to air on cable TV). TBS picked ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' up (just like Cartoon Network and Comedy Central did with ''Futurama'') and Creator/SethMacFarlane is looking to either finish out the show on another channel or continue it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' ended with a GrandFinale in 2008 after five seasons. It was renewed for a sixth season in 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' was going to be cancelled after Season 11. That season's finale, "Lucky's Wedding Suit" was explicitly written as a series finale with cameos by various recurring characters. However, fan outcry led Fox to renew it at the last second, and the show ran for another two seasons.
* After three seasons, Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} abruptly canceled ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' in 1994 due to contractual issues, despite having originally ordered [[SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon sixty-five episodes]]. Creators Jim Jinkins and Joe Aaron were furious at their actions and refused to work with them ever again. Soon after, Jinkins and Aaron were approached by Creator/{{Disney}}, who had then just purchased Creator/{{ABC}}, and that gave the series another chance, running for three seasons before it was canceled again when [[HistoryRepeats said network got into a similar contractual dispute]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MaxAndRuby'' stopped making episodes in 2007 and got cancelled that same year, but the show later returned to making new episodes starting in 2009 and with a few new voice actors. The show later ended in 2013.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' started on ABC, cancelled after a month, brought back for the summer, cancelled again, picked up by FOX for another year, cancelled again, rerun on Creator/ComedyCentral, picked up by UPN (which never actually aired episodes of the show), and finally had 10 flash-based webisodes on atomfilms.com and shockwave.com.
* Fourteen years after its' last broadcast, ''WesternAnimation/MagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' is getting a fourth season done by Zodiac Kids, the same company behind ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies''
* After 11 years off the air, ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', one of Cartoon Network's most famous shows and a staple of Creator/{{Toonami}} during its days on Cartoon Network, was renewed for [[WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack2017 a fifth season]], announced in late 2015 and aired in 2017, this time on the revived Toonami block on Creator/AdultSwim.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' was technically cancelled in 2013 on a cliffhanger, despite a passionate campaign from fans. On November 7th, 2016, it has officially been resurrected and a third season will be coming soon.
->'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Statler:]]''' You know, I don't think this show deserved its second shot on TV.\\
'''Waldorf:''' I don't think it deserved its first!
->'''Both:''' ''Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!''