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Screwed By The Network: Western Animation
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    American Broadcasting Company 
  • Of the six episodes of Clerks: The Animated Series that were actually made, only episodes four and two were actually aired, in that order. This despite the number of running gags and ongoing plotlines that the series had, and the fact that the second episode makes sense only if you have seen the first (it's a parody of clip shows, because they only have one episode to mine for clips). All six episodes — with vitriolic commentaries — were later released on DVD.
    • Comedy Central later showed all six episodes in 2002, before also shoving the series aside. [adult swim] picked it up in November 2008, airing one episode every Friday night for about six months straight.
  • Recess was once Adored by the Network. But Walt Disney Television decided to end the series in 2001, not for any issue with ratings (actually, the ratings for the show were higher than any other Saturday Morning Cartoon at the time, and for a while, the highest rated Saturday morning cartoon), but because there was a policy to end a show once it reached 65 episodes. And it doesn't matter how popular it was, it had to end with 65.
  • Sonic Sat AM suffered this badly. Its entire first season was plagued by preempts from college football. Then, when the second season hit, it turned out that it was a major contender against Fox's Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Then, a new head honcho came in, actually declared that he was sweeping out everything connected to the old guy... and did so. Sonic would be driven out in favor of those within "One Saturday Morning" and Power Rangers would begin its 10-year romp on Fox. Its legacy, however, continued in the Archie comic book series, which is still running to this day.
    • It didn't help that it never even aired in some markets, which were already starting to cut Saturday Morning Cartoons altogether in favor of local news and never saw it until it reached USA Network's Cartoon Express.

    CBS 
  • CBS screwed over its own cartoon lineup in 1994 with budget cuts, so it could have a live-action line-up to compete with TNBC (note that CBS was third place —even fourth sometimes— in ratings back then). It was really bad in the case of Garfield and Friends which was still going strong in the ratings after seven seasons, the show's creators were so outraged by the poor treatment that they decided to end the show rather then letting it suffer from budget cutbacks. For unknown reasons the planned live-action block never materialized, with a revamped cartoon block taking over.
  • Later on, in 1998, they had a block of Saturday Morning cartoons, The Early Show for two hours, then another two-hour cartoon block led off by Birdz. That show was the first to go, getting replaced in spring 1999 with a cartoon based on Fisher-Price's Rescue Heroes toys.
  • And when it screwed over Kewlopolis, all DiC cartoons including Strawberry Shortcake got the short stick. While most of the shows have already ended production and fully aired at least once when Kewlopolis got cancelled, Strawberry Shortcake had just finished airing it's third season on Kewlpolis and was about to air Season 4, the final season, when it got the boot. Adding to the complication was the four-way lawsuit between American Greetings, DiC, Cookie Jar, and Moonscoop over the franchise' ownership. Luckily tho, the DVD releases did not stop- and it became the only way Americans could watch the fourth season, which only wrapped up in 2012, 5 years after the series finale aired in Europe!

    Cartoon Network 
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?. In season two, Cartoon Network thought 10:30pm was an appropriate time to air new episodes with the ONLY reruns being Sunday at 4pm. They also changed Robot's voice to sound like a human kid (the long-standing rumor was that Apple was going to sue Cartoon Network for using a Mac text-to-speech program as the "voice" of Robot Jones, but the real story is a classic case of this trope and Executive Meddling: the producers thought the text-to-speech voice was off-putting and wanted show creator Greg Miller to hire a human voice actor and use studio effects to make his voice sound robotic), which was a major turn off for most people. The website no longer even mentions the show's existence.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast had a very messy schedule after the sixth season with literally many months between new episodes to the point where it ended without much fanfare.
  • Ever since the Cartoon Network's Network Decay went into full effect (and despite that it had died down since CN Real failed), action cartoons haven't seen a lot of luck on the network.
    • Robotomy. Although it was slightly justified due to the show being expensive to produce, Cartoon Network constantly kicked it around by cancelling reruns and not showing many promos for it. After the last episode of the first series was screened, CN dropped the show, removed all evidence that they had ever screened it, and never even showed reruns (though one episode did air on a January 11th, 2013 episode of the installment show Cartoon Planet. The episode that aired was "Bling Thing"note .
      • Interestingly, It was added to Netflix on March 30th, 2013 as part of Cartoon Network's deal that finally gets their shows on the streaming service.)
    • Sym-Bionic Titan. First, it was moved off the Friday night action block to Wednesdays at 7pm, which is an incredibly awkward timeslot. Then it was moved to Saturday mornings at 9:30am, with absolutely no advance warning. After that, it was cancelled because it wasn't selling toys, even though there were no toys even made for it (rumor has it that no toy company would produce it due to a female lead in what would otherwise be a "boys'" property being considered unprofitable) and creator Genndy Tartakovsky has left Cartoon Network for Sony Pictures. Though given that another CN property has had toys made for its female leads and villains (Young Justice) that excuse seems odd to say the least.
      • It's been said that the real reason the show was cancelled was because of a dispute between Cartoon Network and Tartakovsky regarding the tone of the show.
      • And now even Young Justice has been totally screwed over, rendering the Merchandise-Driven excuse useless.
    • Generator Rex was pulled off the schedule seven episodes before the season finale, including a planned hour of new episodes towards the end of February. It finished its run on iTunes, which is practically salt in the wound, and finally returned to the channel proper ten months later, which still failed to air all seven episodes (two episodes were skipped).
    • Star Wars: The Clone Wars also got minimal coverage, despite once being a network favorite (though this could be due to Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm and as a result moving networks). During season 5, it aired during the Saturday morning timeslot.
      • Wanted to watch The Clone Wars on The CW? Well, you had to stay up until midnight on Saturday and Sunday to catch it—-the network is screwing it even worse than Cartoon Network has. It used to air after the Vortexx block before getting bumped to the midnight death zone.
      • And now The Clone Wars airs reruns on Toonami, though at the request of [adult swim], certain episodes will be skipped.
    • Even the Ben 10 franchise has been screwed over, with new episodes of Ultimate Alien and Omniverse being stuck early Saturday mornings.
    • In addition, a second season of ThunderCats (2011) is in limbo despite good ratings since CN apparently couldn't find a toyline, despite promises that the show was supposed to get 52 episodes (it got 26).
      • The toyline excuse is probably bull: Namco Bandai signed on as the manufacturer of the toys and promptly set about pumping out action figures.
      • It was officially canned by Cartoon Network in March of 2013. By the way, the series left on a twist that didn't resolve any of the major plot points. Toonami managed to bring the show back for reruns, but due to the loss of airing rights, its second run was cut short and it was replaced by Sword Art Online.
    • The DC Nation shows Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series got hit by this. The first season of Young Justice took over a year to air due to multiple hiatuses, and the second season began airing with little fanfare the week following the season finale. Green Lantern ran its first 13-episode arc without interruption before a break. Young Justice then went seven episodes before getting slapped with another hiatus. After coming back from the summer hiatus, along with the premiere of the next Green Lantern arc, the entire block was pulled a mere two episodes in, scheduled to return in January 2013. The schedule change happened on the very day that new episodes were supposed to air, and not even the showrunners were told. Three weeks after they returned, Cartoon Network sprang on their viewers that both shows have been cancelled, their final outings making the whole block's Humiliation Conga that much more bitter.
      • The worst thing of it all is that what ratings data is available for Cartoon Network indicates that Young Justice is consistently among the network's ten highest rated telecasts on a weekly basis, both before and after the fall 2012 hiatus, with Green Lantern generally not too far behind.
      • Beware the Batman, which was supposed to be a replacement for one of the two above, was screwed even worse. It didn't even manage a complete season before they pulled it from the schedule after airing 11 episodes. The first half of the season actually went to DVD before they finished airing it. Meanwhile, its counterpart, Teen Titans Go!, is Adored by the Network and not only has a primetime slot, but its own slot on DC Nation and stole Beware's slot when that show was pulled. You know it's bad when freaking Batman can't manage more than a season. Fortunately, Toonami will be showing all 26 episodes of the series, but it's still pretty disgraceful when over half the show won't even premiere on Cartoon Network.
      • Even more humiliating is that Beware the Batman finished its run entirely... in England's Amazon UK service, which had the rest of the season up for streaming before it even made it to Toonami.
      • According to Paul Dini, in an interview with Kevin Smith, the reasoning behind these cancellations isn't solely because of merchandise, but because of the industry-wide notion that only boys should watch action cartoons, an idea pushed strongly by toy companies. As such, since the majority of those watching action shows like Young Justice were girls, cancelled them and labeled them as failures due to preemptive worry that toy companies wouldn't license them.
    • Megas XLR, which actually had some fairly decent ratings. It was planned for a third season but quietly cancelled when the network switched CEOs, because the new head cheese didn't "get it." Plus, a DVD box set was later planned, by the same guy, to satiate all the people who got mad, demanding some kind of revival (new season, video release, made for TV movie, etc.) but this, too, was stymied when yet another network-head took over, feeling it was a waste of company resources. All this amounts to: Network heads have too much clout.
      • Motorcity, its spiritual successor, seems to have suffered the same fate on Disney XD.
      • Titmouse and Williams Street both tried to either convince CN to let them air episodes on Adult Swim (due to high demand, no less) or at least purchase the rights to the show. Their response? A letter informing them that all inquiries of the show, at all, will be ignored due to them having written the show off in an effort to save money. Meaning? Cartoon Network no longer has the rights to air Megas XLR on American television, even if they wanted to, and the network themselves isn't even sure who owns those rights.
    • Toonami really was hit bad by this. First it was moved from weekday afternoons to Saturdays only. Then, in 2007, the entire block had an abrupt visual makeover, dropping Sara and the Absolution without explanations (replacing them with two robot sidekicks and a jungle setting), and replacing the popular Tom 3.0 designs with the much less popular Tom 4.0. The ratings tanked (fans assumed it was partly because the redesigns, its flagship Naruto was going through its infamously bad hundred-episode filler arc, and moving the block to air only on Saturdays with nothing but reruns. The Toonami staff, through Toonami's Tumblr state it was mainly because of budget cuts and the network retool and that Naruto had nothing to do with it...though that doesn't stop fans from still claiming that the filler arc still had nearly everything to do with it, much to Toonami head Jason DeMarco's constant displeasure), causing the block's cancellation.
      • Thankfully, [adult swim] has brought Toonami back, and they've even provided another home for certain shows that got Screwed By the Network.
    • Toonami's sister block Miguzi was hit harder. A lot of fans had hated the fact that Miguzi replaced Toonami during weekdays, but most of them started to enjoy the new block thanks to new shows like Code Lyoko and Totally Spies! as well as famous shows like Teen Titans and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003). Miguzi even managed to give us anime such as Yu-Gi-Oh! GX and Zatch Bell! However, Miguzi's budget was cut, so they used new animation and left out flalgirl Erin, leaving only the monsters, which fans disliked. Eventually, Miguzi was screwed over, leaving its shows to be scattered/moved to another channel/canceled, and one and a half years later, Toonami suffered the same fate.
      • On a related note, the show that suffered from this the most was Code Lyoko. Code Lyoko was a action/sci-fi/comedy series about five friends teaming up to fight a evil computer program inside a supercomputer which threatened the world. Fans instantly adored the show. In 2006, it became Cartoon Network's third most watched show and eventually grew more popular as a series as its second and third seasons gained more views. (Its home country France had this show insanely popular there too. However, when Miguzi ended, Code Lyoko was in its fourth season and was forced into summer and action Friday blocks before those two disappeared. Then the network decided to skip episode 78, making those who saw 79 made it look like an Ass Pull. Code Lyoko met its end when CN ended the show with episode 88, despite the fact that they only had 6 episodes left to finish (luckily for us, the show's seven missed episodes were placed on their website). The show was put on at reruns at 6 AM IN THE MORNING until it faded away. Then it was revealed that an executive of Cartoon Network purposely disliked the show in its entirety. Fans were pissed about it.
      • The snub by CN was one of the reasons why Code Lyoko: Evolution was slated to only air on the Moonscoop-owned Kabillion (as of this writing, the English-dubbed series has not been aired in America yet).
  • How about The Iron Giant? Warner had no idea what to do with the movie so they gave it no promotion and no tie-ins. Director Brad Bird said "a mis-marketing campaign of epic proportions at the hands of Warner Bros., they simply didn't realize what they had on their hands." The film was greatly praised by critics and found a home with Cartoon Network broadcasts and home video.
    • Same story with The Powerpuff Girls Movie. CN gave it major promotion on its channel cause of course, it was the first of their shows to get a theatrical run. Even flipping AMC and TNT helped them out with special promotions. But Warner Bros. barely gave any mention of the movie outside the channel and the film couldn't reach a wider audience due to it. The movie sadly tanked (though reportedly did good in Japan as a Direct-to-Video release) and CN, having lost money in the deal, has avoided giving any of their shows a theater movie since (not helped by the boom of CGI animation). All planned movies for other CN shows (such as Codename: Kids Next Door and Ed, Edd n Eddy) were shifted into TV Movie production.
  • All season four episodes of The Garfield Show aired at 10:00AM, when the target audience was in school.
  • The Life and Times of Juniper Lee really got hit with this in its last two seasons. Like a lot of their shows, it was shuffled around the schedule and barely given any mention of new episodes. By the third season, CN didn't even see fit to advertise when a new episode was upcoming yet played it on Fridays anyway. The final insult came when the last two episodes were punted onto their video streaming service before canceling the show altogether.
  • Frisky Dingo. Adult Swim simply refused to sign the contract for a 3rd season, killing the show on very short notice while making the fans think it was a choice between Frisky Dingo or a spinoff featuring the Xtacles. It's still not clear why. The Xtacles spinoff only lasted two episodes before 70/30 Productions went out of business.
    • Adult Swim also pulled the plug on Stroker and Hoop, refusing to renew it for its second season and leaving the show off with No Ending.
    • Loren Bouchard's Lucy, Daughter of the Devil was planned for a second season, but Adult Swim got cold feet about the budget and decided to not allocate the funds for more episodes.
  • Time Squad has a mysterious history about what exactly went wrong. What little records of the show's ratings we have state that Time Squad did rather well for itself gaining numbers like 5.0 on their premier nights on the Fridays block. But around early 2002 after getting renewed for its second season, the unexpected news broke out that it was canceled and from then on CN had made it their business to run the show into obscurity. One reason long speculated was that the show had control issues with the producers and director, Dave Wasson, with the storyboard crew and with CN executives. Another is because of the episode "Orphan Substitute," as it dealt with President George W. Bush and the bizarrely cruel sub-plot of abandoning Otto. A third reason could be that Time Squad simply could not grab the attention of toy companies and merchandise rights like the more popular toons at the time. But no one knows for sure, and no one has come forward to say what actually happened. CN eventually started misplacing new episodes and and dragged the show on for an entire year and a half so everyone would forget it and to give the show a final blow sent it to the death slot of the early morning hours by 2004 (though having Time Squad moved to the early-morning hours after [adult swim] can also be interpreted as a censorship measure that didn't involve Bowdlerisation, as Time Squad was so packed with risque content that Cartoon Network couldn't put it on during daytime hoursnote .
  • Though it has many successful shows (with one or two of them being Cash Cow Franchises), it seems that Cartoon Network involuntarily inverts this with its entire line-up by means of being relatively hands-offnote . Specially when it comes to promotion and merchandising, fields where CN is way behind Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, whose top shows' ratings often duplicate those of Regular Show, MAD and The Looney Tunes Show. The fact of Cartoon Network's dis-approaching the troubles both rival networks have had recently with some of their live-action Kid Coms note  to boost its hit shows is enough evidence for discontent fans that CN is being negligent.
  • Transformers Animated is one of the notorious examples of being screwed by the network among Transformers fans. The network barely advertised the show other than its premiere episodes, and the show was shoved to the death slot rather quickly (in particular, the show was moved to Saturday mornings when its third season premiered). Despite plans laid out for a fourth season, CN axed the show amidst a hot mess of a war waged by Walmart against Hasbro over demand for specific TF toylines. Derrick Wyatt hinting that Stuart Snyder may have disliked the series doesn't help matters.
  • It seems that Cartoon Network has a tendency to screw over Fresh TV's animated shows that isn't Total Drama .
    • With 6teen, they aired the episodes massively out of order from one another ("Dude of the Living Dead" was the series premiere in October 2008 while the actual pilot episode didn't air until April of the following year) as well as removing some episodes due to the content involved in them (e.g. references of homosexuality as well as the occasional mentions of tampons). They aired the final season from April through June of 2010 (with one episode being removed due to a character being homosexual) and continued to air reruns of the past episodes up until early 2011 when the show was permanently taken off their schedule.
    • Stoked had it worse. The first episode premiered in mid July of 2009 and continued to air weekly (all but two of them were in the correct order) up until early November when the show was put on a hiatus until late June of 2010 to fill in the spot previously occupied by 6teen before its Grand Finale. Then all of a sudden the show is abruptly taken off in late July and replaced with reruns of the newest episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated that had just aired several hours prior, leaving four episodes of season 1 as well as the entirety of season 2 unaired in America.
      • Thank God for Australian fans of the show who keep Keep Circulating the Tapes on YouTube as well as streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu which both offer every episode of the series.
    • The first half of the first season of Grojband aired over the summer of 2013, then mysteriously stopped for unexplained reasons despite still having several episodes to go. The show returned to Cartoon Network nearly a year later, but rather than airing on TV it was limited to the channel's mobile app, then got pulled off a couple months later, then returned to the mobile app again on June 30, 2014.
  • Does a specific feed of the channel count? The Asian feed treated Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot and Strawberry Shortcake like this, having pried the rights of both franchise out of Disney's hands thanks to Hasbro's meddling. They proceeded to air the show on sister channel Boomerang instead, so they can have more airtime for their Cash Cow Franchise, Ben 10 and its numerous spinoffs and sequels (Ben 10 and related shows were actually airing about 10 times a day on certain CN Asia feeds at that point). The kicker being that Boomerang has absolutely poor coverage in the region to the point where it is unavailable in certain countries even if said country has Cartoon Network, and if the country does have Boomerang, chances are it's a premium channel that costs extra. When finally giving in to pressure from Asian fans of Strawberry Shortcake, they gave the show only one slot a day, at an ungodly hour of 6 in the morning on weekdays. Season 2 onwards did not air on Cartoon Network, only Boomerang. Boomerang is now dead and replaced by Toonami in Asia, and neither Strawberry Shortcake or Care Bears are airing on either channels. And the side effect of all this? Hasbro's toy sales for SSC plummets due to diminishing recognition. Hasbro SEA eventually stopped bringing in newer SSC toys because the first two waves just wasn't moving off shelves. Nice job breaking it, Hasbro!
    • Now it has conspired that Cartoon Network has quietly launched Cartoonito Asia and is airing SSC and AiCAL on that network. The catch? the channel is only available on exactly one Pay TV provider in Thailand (CTH), The Philippines (SkyCable) and Indonesia (FirstMedia cable) each. Ironically, Malaysia and Singapore, which the said three countries border, does not have any providers that carry the channel.
  • Legends Of Chima had a nice spot on Wednesdays during its first 20 episodes, then come the second season it was pushed to 9:30a on Saturdays. After only 6 episodes, the season was over and it was replaced with an hour of Johnny Test. Its Invisible Advertising did not improve during season 3, since for some insane reason Cartoon Network only advertises the main network's Saturday morning programming on Boomerang.
  • Speaking of Johnny Test, it was at first Adored by the Network and lasted six seasons (three on Kids' WB! and three more on CN after it was Un-Cancelled), not because people actually liked it (it's one of the most hated cartoons of its time) but because it was easy to produce and a Canadian law kept it in production. The only new episode released for it in 2014 was on January 8th. In May, it was banished to 6:30a - 7:00a on weekdays and 6:00a - 6:30a on weekends, before it was cancelled entirely in Canada. The fact that around this time David Straiton, who created the concept for the show with Scott Fellows in 1995, was suing him for not compensating him after he sold the series without Straiton's involvement probably had a hand in it.
    • On June 30th of the same year it got screwed harder, then airing from 7:00a - 7:30a on weekdays and not airing on weekends at all, its spot replaced with reruns of (ironically enough) Legends Of Chima and Tenkai Knights. Then in September, its spot was replaced with the much better received Teen Titans Go! and it was pushed to 1:00p - 1:30p, which is when its target demographic is at school or just coming home. Two weeks later, it was replaced with The Amazing World of Gumball, a show with an infinitely larger fanbase and infinitely better critical reception, thereby permanently ending its reign.

    Comedy Central 
  • Comedy Central's broadcast schedule for Drawn Together was erratic, to say the least. When new episodes were not being screened, the show would often be off the schedule for months. Many viewers assumed the show was cancelled long before it actually was. It also had a gap of over a year between the first and second seasons. And one almost as long between the two halves of season 3.
  • The network abruptly stopped airing Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist in June, 1999. On Christmas Eve of that year, the network ran a marathon of 9 new episodes, which then never aired in the US again. Three final episodes were finally aired two years later in February 2002. For many, these last 12 episodes, which represents 2/3rds of the series' sixth and final season, went unseen until the complete series was eventually released on DVD in 2007.

    Disney Channel/Cinemagic/Junior/XD 
Disney has a rule that screws over any show it likes. It's called the 65-episode rule, 65 being the absolute minimum number of episode produced before it can be officially syndicated. After 65 episodes, the show's very unlikely to be renewed by Disney, although there are exceptions. Many shows have fallen victim to this rule.
  • Blazing Dragons, a British animated show that portrayed the knights of King Arthur's Court as a bunch of incompetent dragons, was aired on Disney for a while, but was dropped in a time slot that was so late at night/early in the morning that it was rarely seen before being quietly scuttled away.
  • Motorcity, a well-animated Flash series about a hot-rod gang defending Motorcity from Detroit Deluxe's dictatorship. The show received the axe before the first season even finished being aired!
  • TRON: Uprising got postponed several months only seven episodes in, got postponed another month three episodes after that, and got shunted to a midnight timeslot on Mondays upon its return. Word has it that it won't get renewed for a second season, but the final three episodes are still scheduled to air.
  • Disney Junior screwed PB&J Otter by airing Jake and the Never Land Pirates reruns in November, then putting it on at 2:30AM on Sundays before it was replaced with Octonauts.
  • Cartoons based on Marvel Comics have, in recent years, been hit with his. For some shows, most notably The Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine and the X-Men, this was due to Disney taking over Marvel and, as such, axing any TV show that requires them to pay another company for. For other shows, such as Iron Man: Armored Adventures and X-Men: Evolution though, they just silently end the series without any announcement. Evolution is notable for the final season, which while resolving the Apocalypse plot arc that had been building up since season two, had a notably shorter episode count (with just nine episodes, compared the previous seasons which had an average of around double that), and was filled with several one shot story episodes that, really, ended with a lot of lose plot threads. Steven Gordon, Evolution's head character designer and occasional director and writer, has stated that, while he believes the show ended well, he does have some hard feelings for Marvel's decision to end it, as he noted they didn't appear to really care for the show at all despite many of the show's aspects and a certain original character later being adopted by Marvel's writers later.
  • Despite having a strong narrative and greatly improving with the second season, the television adaption of W.I.T.C.H. was canceled despite a very obvious Sequel Hook at the end of season two. According to one of the crew that worked on the show, this was because the new higher-ups didn't like the show's premise and wanted to make way for more live-action sitcoms on Disney Channel. The fact that Greg Weisman worked on the show's second season should be no surprise at this point.
  • Phineas and Ferb, Gravity Falls and Wander over Yonder, (The first of which was once Adored by the Network) has been starting to get this treatment as of 2013. New episodes are hardly shown for either show and Disney Channel are delaying their new episodes and switching around with their schedule. For Phineas and Ferb, merchandise for the show (Particularly in Disney Stores) has been for the most part taken out of stores and the theatrical movie that was proposed was shelved.
    • Gravity Falls and Wander have been reassigned to Disney XD, a sister channel with significantly less viewership.
    • Disney XD UK, however, launched Wander in March 2014, preceding it with a short run of new Phineas and Ferb episodes and giving both shows some pretty heavy promotion. As of two weeks later it was still getting heavily and enthusiastically plugged.

    Fox 
  • Futurama has got to be one of the few examples that has also come back with a vengeance (next to Family Guy, which premiered around the same time as Futurama and suffered a similar fate of getting canceled by FOX and revived thanks to the power of cable TV). After four seasons of being pre-empted by sports and inconsistent airing dates, which were often changed due to increasingly poor viewer ratings (but were probably caused by the continually-inconvenient timeslots) and little publicity from the network, FOX just decided to cease production of the show after the episode "The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings" in 2003. Rumor has it that FOX didn't even tell the cast or crew which episode would be their last. The show was then constantly rerun for the next four years on [adult swim], which gave it enough reason for the crew members to create four made-for-DVD movies. Despite Family Guy coming back first and what seemed like an eternity in TV limbo, Futurama is now back on TV, with Comedy Central as its new home — until it was recently announced that Comedy Central was pulling the plug on the series. Matt Groening says he's going to once again find a new home for the show, even though the series is going to end with Fry and Leela finally getting married, and that is always a classic Series Finale device.
  • Family Guy was constantly being moved in its early seasons, and was eventually cancelled — twice. No other show had ever been brought back on the same network after being cancelled twice, as doing so requires too much admission of having made an error or a large fanbase clamoring for it to be brought back. A cult fan following developed through [adult swim]'s reruns and the combination of ratings and phenomenal DVD sales convinced the Fox executives to revive the show. Now it's Adored by the Network as much as The Simpsons and American Idol.
  • Virtually every non-FOX animated sitcom such as Father of the Pride, Dilbert, and The Goode Family. Seriously, try to find one that's lasted more than a season.
    • In the network's defense, Father of the Pride was incredibly expensive, critics mostly saw it as a joke, and it happened to air around the time that Roy Horn (of Siegfried and Roy) was attacked by his white tiger and nearly died. In this case, it was more "The show was taken off because it wasn't doing well in ratings and was cutting into the network's budget."
  • King of the Hill was one of the longest running series second only to The Simpsons, but was hardly promoted during the later years of its run. Advertisements for the "Animation Domination" block it was on would come on, and the other shows on the block (The Simpsons, Family Guy, and others) would have the plots for the upcoming episodes announced, but King of the Hill would barely get a side mention. FOX even did try to cancel it, but fan protest had them hold onto it for a few more years.
    • From season 3 onward King of the Hill was routinely Screwed by the Network. Initially the show occupied an 8:30 timeslot between The Simpsons and The X-Files at the height of those shows' popularity. Not surprisingly it garnered huge ratings. For season three however, it went to Thursday night against NBC's live-action shows. Viewership plummeted. FOX then moved it to Sunday at 7:30, where it was constantly pre-empted by sports. Only in its next-to-last season did the show return to 8:30. That's not mentioning the cancellation merry-go-round of the last three/four seasons.
  • American Dad! got this treatment from FOX for the longest time, and still does, to some extent, to the point where the network chose not to pick up the show for the 2014-15 season (it will Channel Hop to TBS, but with an abbreviated season of fifteen episodes). New episodes of the show don't get much promotion and they tend to get the worst time slot. While The Cleveland Show, which hasn't had as much critical acclaim from critics and fans and didn't usually get very good ratings, got a ton of promotion, new episodes of American Dad! didn't get announced as often and unlike episodes of The Cleveland Show, they wouldn't usually get their plot synopsis' and guest stars announced in the advertisements. There was even a period in early 2011 where American Dad! was demoted to 7:30, usually the fate of shows on their way out, while FOX debuted Bob's Burgers in the post-Simpsons timeslot and sent Cleveland behind Family Guy. American Dad! still managed to hold on, but it clearly wasn't as loved by FOX as much as the other shows in the main block. (the creators of the show even stated that the season 7 opening episode, which ends with Stan and Francine dead, was originally intended as a series finale because at the time, they didn't know if they'd be getting another season).
    • This treatment actually flipped after Cleveland's post-Family Guy run, when it was sent to the 7:30 slot in fall 2011 so the network could try out new shows in the post-Simpsons slot, while American Dad! was moved back behind Family Guy. It also got full plot synopses and guest star promotion reinstated - at the cost of the same for The Cleveland Show. With ratings eroding rapidly for The Cleveland Show and every other Animation Domination show (including Bob's Burgers) already renewed for 2013-14, and a new show looming over the horizon (initially, it was the revival of The Flintstones created by Seth MacFarlane, but nothing has come of that since 2011. Now, there is word that former Family Guy producer Mark Hentamann and MacFarlane are creating a new show called Bordertown, centered on a border patrol officer and a Mexican family living in Texas), The Cleveland Show became no more.
  • Sit Down, Shut Up (The U.S. version). The show received a ton of promotion and had a nice cozy timeslot sandwiched between Fox's hardhitter cartoons, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Despite this, the show received poor ratings, got largely negative reviews about the show being nothing but vulgarity with little to no redeeming qualities, was relocated to Fox's graveyard hour (the very timeslot that killed Futurama) and even had an episode removed from airing on Sunday due to risky content. The show itself was eventually pulled from Sundays and announced canceled. However, the rest of the series was allowed to air on Saturdays at 12:00 AM and continued to rerun there until Spring when Comedy Central picked up the rights to the show.
  • Napoleon Dynamite got cancelled abruptly after only six episodes despite actually pulling in higher ratings then Bob's Burgers. This is actually somewhat justified. The gap between the show and the movie is too large for the show to have been culturally viable. Also, Fox had already renewed Bob's before the cancellation of Napoleon and they did not have enough room for both shows.

    The Hub 
  • Dan Vs. seems to have been screwed by The Hub. Even though it has great ratings and is considered to be a great and flagship show on the network, it just...stopped after 13 episodes in season 3. It was confirmed there would be a season 4 later in 2013, then Curtis Armstrong, the voice actor of Dan, confirmed on his Facebook that the series had been cancelled.
  • She Zow got screwed pretty bad by The Hub with both limited airings during its initial run, then the second season not getting picked up before it was dropped from the schedule entirely in April 2014, then it later came back airing only on Sundays as reruns. It later found a place at 9:30a on weekdays, thankfully around June so the problem of its target audience not being able to watch it was mostly circumvented, with reruns of Teenage Fairytale Dropouts taking its spot on Sundays, then in July it lost that spot too and was pushed to 4:00a on weekends.
    • Made even worse by the fact that a second season was commissioned by The Hub in October of 2013, before they reversed the decision only a month later.

    MTV 
  • The horrific treatment Daria got at the hands of MTV. No consistent time slot, frequently preempted by an episode of The Real World or Road Rules, and finally buried, seemingly never to be released on DVD (save for the releases of the TV movies Is It Fall Yet? and Is It College Yet?). It was rerun on the teen channel The-N, but nearly all the episodes were edited for content or banned. It wouldn't be until many years (and many hours of trying to edit out the music due to copyright/licensing issues that were preventing Daria from getting released in the first place) later that Daria would get the DVD release it deserved.
  • In late 2011, MTV started to redeem themselves with Good Vibes and brand-new episodes of Beavis And Butthead. It didn't last for long though, as of 2012, both of them were taken off the air so MTV could make room for more reality shows, and because Good Vibes was a victim of the Friday Night Death Slot (technically, it was on Thursdays, but it was aired at a time in which most people would be away from home or possibly asleep). Not to mention, all episodes of the latter from the second episode onwards were aired Out of Order rather than in chronological order.
  • Undergrads and Clone High both got poor treatment, being cancelled after only a few episodes. Both series ultimately went on to do about a dozen episodes each and became minor cult hits on other networks like Cartoon Network and Teletoon in Canada.
  • Downtown received rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy in 2000, but its last episode aired in November 1999 after frequent timeslot changes and subsequent iffy ratings. MTV's dicking around annoyed co-creator George Krstic to the point that he stuck a bunch of thinly veiled Take Thats to MTV in a later series he co-created, Megas XLR.

     NBC 
  • Here are linked examples of shows: Yo Yogi!, Captain N: The Game Master, Super Mario World, and other popular animated shows all ended getting spoiled and later axed by NBC because they no longer considered cartoons profitable for them. They cut their budget so drastically that it affected their programs dramatically. First, Yo Yogi! and Super Mario World ended up lasting only thirteen episodes and suffered cheap animation and bad writing (especially Yo Yogi!, which was said to be so bad that it was the reason why NBC stopped airing Saturday morning cartoons). In addition, Captain N's third season had shorter plots and also suffered from bad animation and worse writing, and it had many key elements missing. After all this madness, NBC scrapped the block entirely one year later and drove away from the cartoon industry in favor of their line-up of teen shows.
  • NBC's handling of the UK/New Zealand production Stressed Eric basically consisted of "remove nearly every trace of the show's cultural identity and turn it into a ripoff of The Simpsons". Burned off into the summer of 1998 (and even banned by some NBC affiliates), it was lambasted by critics and died quickly. The second season never aired in the US.
  • NBC has, as of Febuary 2014, screwed over an entire western animation network. Namely, KidsCo, which was a joint-venture between NBC-Universal, Nelvana and Cookie Jar (the original deal was with DiC Entertainment, which Cookie Jar originally maintained when they bought over DiC). Shortly after DHX Media bought over Cookie Jar and made Cookie Jar pull out of the deal (so they could put more focus back in the US on The Hub- the main reason of the purchase was to bolster content for The Hub anyway by filling their portfolio with Cookie Jar's library), NBC pulled out as well, falsely claiming that the Asian market was too saturated with children channels (it wasn't. You can count the amount of children channels airing in the region with two hands) and that they want to put more focus into Sprout back in the US, which they just bought off PBS (also quite amazing that they have the balls to admit to that). This led Nelvana to shutter the operations as they determined that it is infeasible to continue solo, due to financial issues and lack of variety in content. And to rub salt on the wound, they had just moved the operations into a new high-tech broadcasting facility just months prior to the shuttering. Granted though, DHX is also a major culprit here (their action cost the channel two-thirds of its show library, including Sonic Sat AM), but it was NBC's withdraw from the operations which led to the final decision to shutter the channel.

    Nickelodeon 
  • Hey Arnold! was cancelled despite no apparent ratings issues, over a new show that was ultimately never picked up. Craig Bartlett, the show creator (and brother-in-law of Simpsons creator, Matt Groening), defected to Cartoon Network to create a show called Party Wagon about Oregon settlers. This made Nickelodeon executives angry, as Bartlett was supposed to sign an exclusivity contract with the network and create a second movie to Hey Arnold note . Some speculate the first movie was such a failure that it killed any chance of a proper series finale (whether in the form of a sequel movie or a TV series revival) and spend their days weeping over What Could Have Been.
    • To make matters worse, Party Wagon was itself screwed over by Cartoon Network, who aired the pilot as a Made-for-TV Movie in a horrible timeslot with little to no promotion.
  • The Angry Beavers had a Grand Finale called "Bye Bye Beavers" that leaned on the fourth wall by having Norbert and Daggett discover that they're actors on a TV show and that their adventures have been used as episodes. Because it violated a Nickelodeon rule against meta-references in cartoons (and had a lot of burns against the network), the show was canned and the episode in question never aired.
    • The Actors Audio has survived and can be found and listened to on YouTube.
  • The Fairly OddParents: After years of being Adored by the Network, it seems that Nickelodeon is slowly falling out of love with it. In 2010, there were very, very few new episodes shown, at least in the United States. A year-long celebration of the show was announced for 2011, but nothing of the sort happened (with only the Grow Up, Timmy Turner live-action TV movie, the movie-length "Timmy's Secret Wish", and four new episodes that year) and a number of shows from the seventh season aired years after premiering in other countries, then in 2012, no new episodes were aired period (not counting the sequel to the live-action film). It wasn't until 2013 that Season 9 finally began airing, so far things are looking to be improving.
  • Danny Phantom was treated pretty badly during its final season. Not only was one of the main writers fired, but Nick decided to air the mid-season episode "Urban Jungle" several months before any other episodes (most notably after the episode that introduced Frostbite, who in "Urban Jungle" teaches Danny power over ice). Then, when they finally aired the rest of season 3, it was at a random, mid-afternoon slot over the space of about two weeks. As if the network wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible.
  • Invader Zim was cancelled from Nickelodeon quite quickly due to the network executives receiving many complaints that it was too scary for children and it wasn't getting the kid audience it wanted. It did get a sizable teen/college student audience, though. The show was expensive to produce so even a small slip in ratings was enough to justify cancellation. The show could've stood a chance if it was marketed toward an older audience and moved to the timeslot intended for older viewers, but apparently the executives didn't think of that. (or They Just Didn't Care)
    • What makes things doubly frustrating is that the creators of Invader Zim were asked by the network to make a series that would appeal to older viewers. They got exactly what they wanted and cancelled it anyways.
  • Making Fiends was originally a web cartoon. Nickelodeon decided to make it into the show and told the creator, Amy Winfrey, it'd be on Nick. At the last moment they put the show on the sister network, Nicktoons, which injured its audience. Despite the fact Making Fiends was Nicktoons' most successful original show it only garnered six episodes. Word of God is that seven more exist but Nick refuses to release them.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum got a really bad case of this for Nickelodeon's main channel. After nearly 3 years of being Adored by the Network, the show was moved to 6:00AM in the morning. Either they were doing the people who hate the show a favor, or they only care about their other successful shows.
    • Also, not only was it screwed by Nickelodeon, Nicktoons screwed it too; they replaced most its timeslots with stuff like Kappa Mikey, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and even SpongeBob SquarePants. Nowadays it can found somewhat inconsistently between 4:30am and 6:00am along with Random! Cartoons, i.e. a time of day when almost no one would be watching TV.
  • Speaking of SpongeBob, Nicktoons only airs the show on weekdays at midnight for one hour. On weekends, another show like Danny Phantom or Wild Grinders replaces it. It's been like this for while now. Way to upset the kiddies, Nicktoons!
    • As of December 3, 2012, SpongeBob's timeslot was bumped to 9:00PM through 10PM. For its early bump-up, we can thank Fanboy and Chum Chum.
    • Nick is also giving this show fewer timeslots. For example, it used to play ten times a day on an average day, but now either two or four of those episodes (depending on the day of the week) are taken by live action shows. This may be because said shows (along with Breadwinners) are getting higher ratings than SpongeBob.
    • In a similar situation to AFN Family below, Nickelodeon Asia rarely airs the show, and when it does, it's an episode from the older seasons.
  • Rugrats, which was once Adored by the Network, has suffered this a lot, since the early 2000s. Due to the growing popularity of Sponge Bob Square Pants during the early 2000s, Nick began to undermine Rugrats somewhere around 2002, and it only got worse. Eventually, they cancelled it, they hardly aired reruns of the show, aired SpongeBob marathons as soon as SpongeBob was Un-Cancelled, and hardly acknowledge Rugrats at all. Even to the extent of scheduling reruns of the show, and then replacing them with either Victorious repeats, or Jimmy Timmy Power Hour. When it did have reruns, they aired early in the morning, and despite high ratings, Nickelodeon hasn't done much to acknowledge it.
    • Rumour has it that the sole reason Rugrats was Screwed By the Network was to make sure that SpongeBob would overrun it in terms of popularity, meaning that the Nickelodeon execs had this plan sorted out all along, even before SpongeBob was Un-Cancelled. It doesn't help that SpongeBob's longevity has enabled it to overtake Rugrats's crown as the network's longest-running Nicktoon in terms of episodes.
      • This rumour is somewhat justified considering that Klasky-Csupo, who helped put Nickelodeon on the map in the 90s and early 2000s with Rugrats and their other animated shows, has dropped off the radar into obscurity not long after said shows ended in the mid-2000s (which, like Rugrats, have also seen little-to-no reruns on Nick or its sister channels). Nick and it's sister channels didn't greenlight any of the animation pilots the company pitched aft, and the company was dead for six years before being revived on a much smaller (and different) scale. So in a sense, it's possible SpongeBob was responsible for an entire animation studio getting screwed over by Nickelodeon.
  • All Grown Up! received some pretty heinous treatment by Nick regarding it's last two seasons (each of which were 10 episodes long), with one of the most stunning examples of Schedule Slip. The fourth season started off with the first episode in October 2005. The second episode aired in November 2006. The third episode aired in November 2007, and following it was the remainder of the fourth season and the majority of the fifth season, dumped throughout the rest of the month, with a new episode aired almost every day. The last three remaining episodes of the fifth season were left in limbo when November ended...until Nick finally aired them in August 2008. In short, Nick pulled three month-long hiatuses on the show (with year-long gaps between the first three episodes), causing the show to end its original run in the US in 2008...even though it wrapped up production (along with other Klasky-Csupo shows) in 2006. Nick UK, in contrast, made sure to have aired the fourth and fifth seasons by 2006's end-which was how all of the other KC shows ended their original run.
  • The. Brothers. Flub. This show was shown on Sunday afternoons at 4 PM for a season, and never got any reruns. It was cancelled in the blink of an eye, and quickly forgotten. A Wikipedia article wasn't even made until 2008. For a long time, the only remains of it existing were the Sony Wonder VHS releases of the series, until 2012 when the entire series popped up on children's media website Kidobi, one of the last places anyone would think to look.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy is one of the most decent shows to hit the network, and was even the second most popular show for a while, then for some weird reason, Nick suddenly dropped the show like it suddenly came down with a bad case of malaria. New episodes rarely getting aired or promoted, and, if they are, often get preepmted with SpongeBob reruns.
    • Nearly the exact same strategy was used for Winx Club, to the point where America was one of the last countries to air the last episodes of Season 5, despite it being the first to originally air the season. It got to the point where many of the accidental, nostalgia-driven adult audience (caused by it originally being aired on 4kids almost ten years ago) started a frantic letter campaign. It doesn't help that there were three-month hiatus periods.
      • And now, Nickelodeon is repeating the same thing with season six and some fans are starting another campaign. It's gotten to the point a lot of fans are so fed up, they're wishing Nickelodeon had never taken the show to begin with. It really didn't help that when they finally announced the premiere of a few episodes, the "premiere" turned out to be a webisode marathon of those episodes.
  • Planet Sheen has been treated pretty badly, taking no less than three years to air all 26 episodes of the first season. The airing of new episodes was so erratic that many people did not know the show was even still on the air. Being aired out of order didn't help matters.
  • Robot and Monster was the Network Red Headed Stepchild of 2012. It was given little advertising, was denied a second season, and the first season wasn't even fully aired! Nicktoons had to take it over and showed a couple of the remaining episodes, but they couldn't even do them all. If anything, the show is at least getting a full series DVD (with all the unaired episodes) released some time in 2014.
  • Whether it was intentional or not, Nickelodeon dropped the ball with Book 2 of The Legend of Korra. It received less advertising than Book 1 and was also placed firmly in the Friday Night Death Slot. Ratings for the Book 2 premiere were about half of the Book 1 premiere. Then they moved the show to a later time, again with minimal advertising, and the ratings dropped by half again. See the numbers here.
    • It also advertised a "marathon" that would begin a half-hour before its new timeslot at 8:30. The "marathon" was only one hour long and consisted of two new episodes, Beginnings 1 and 2. Immediately after those two episodes aired, the show was changed to yet another timeslot! It then began at 8:00. Amazingly, it worked!
    • You would think that after the horrible mishandling of Book 2, Nickelodeon would have learned its lesson. Nope. After Book 2 there was absolutely no news about the show, almost at all, except a few teases from the creators. Book 3 didn't take nearly as long as Book 2 to be released... but that was probably because Nick's foreign affiliates kept leaking parts of the show, which were then quickly disseminated online. Finally, Nick's Mexican affiliate, MundoNick, leaked four episodes of the show online. The episodes were quickly taken down, but the huge leak resulted in Nickelodeon releasing the first three episodes of Book 3 (the leaked episodes were 3-6) within a week... with almost no advertising, so now the premiere has even worse ratings than much of Book 2. And of course it has the same Friday Night Death Slot as many of Book 2's episodes.
      • Even worse, the decision was originally made to only air the episodes on Nickelodeon and have ZERO digital options during the season. The lack of advertising meant that many fans of the show didn't even know it was back on the air until several episodes had already been broadcast and then had no (legal) options to see the ones they had missed.
    • After the premiere, the schedule for Book 3 became two new episodes a week...which suggests that the network wants to finish the series as fast as possible.
      • And now, it looks as though after episode 8, they're pulling the series off the air and showing the rest of the series online instead. The second episode of the back-to-back episodes is actually a rerun of SpongeBob.
    • Word of God explained at a Comic-Con panel that apparently Nickelodeon had always been planning to move Korra to an online only format, based on the record amount of views their site received when they streamed Book 2, as well as the fact that the show doesn't really fit in with the rest of Nick's programming. However, that still doesn't excuse the fact that Nick didn't tell ANYBODY (including the show staff) about the move until the last minute.
    • And with the latest episodes containing very adult themes such as revolution and anarchism, as well as showing a very graphic on-screen death, there are rumors that Nickelodeon moved the show online to avoid having to air that sort of content on TV.
    • Most incredibly of all, Book 4 will premiere on October 3rd, 2014—less than two months after the conclusion of Book 3. All the advertising problems of Book 3—that is, the lack thereof—are apparently here to say.
  • KaBlam! After the first season, Nickelodeon barely acknowleged the show in favor of its other programs. Its timeslot was inconsistent, it received very little promotion throughout all four seasons it aired (With the exception of Henry and June hosting various blocks of Nickelodeon shows), and after its cancellation from low ratings, Nickelodeon did its best to make viewers forget this show existed. It was reran on Nicktoons from 2002 (when the network was launched) to 2005, but with half of the episodes missing due to unknown reasons (though the episode "I Just Don't Get It" had an Action League Now short that was considered in bad taste following the 9/11 attacks). What's worse: when Teen Nick created their "The '90s Are All That" midnight block (the one hosted by Kenan Thompson), they didn't include this cartoon. To add insult to injury, the show is the only Nicktoon without any official releases on home video or DVD. Contrary to popular belief, it's not due to Nickelodeon having to pay royalties for the individual shorts—one of the creators of one short on a now defunct fansite said that Nickelodeon owns all the rights to the individual shorts (even Angela Anaconda, which got a Spin-Off on a different, non-affiliated network)). There is some good news to this: a website exists called Nick Reboot that airs all the Nickelodeon cartoons that aired from the 1990s and the early 2000s and Kablam is included.
  • ChalkZone got some pretty horrific treatment by Nickelodeon throughout its' run from the beginning. The first episode (as a stand-alone show and not as a short on Oh Yeah! Cartoons) premiered on December 31, 1999 (as part of Nick New Years' 2000), with the rest of the first season planned to air throughout 2000. It was delayed all the way to March 2002 (even though the theme song was included in the 2001 CD The Newest Nicktoons). The "official" premiere in 2002 was one of the highest-rated premieres for Nickelodeon until The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius premiered and Nickelodeon chose to devote its promotion towards that. The first season only had seven episodes and was plagued by constant repeats of them from the end of the first season until May 2003 when the second season (originally scheduled for 2002 if the show wasn't delayed) finally premiered. However, Nick screwed it over even more by moving it's original new episode premiere timeslot from Fridays at 8:30 PM during the first season to 9:30 PM- which was normally the time where the show's target audience would be going to bed- with very little promotion. Around this time, Nick also took away the show's weekend and weekday afternoon timeslots in favor of Jimmy Neutron, SpongeBob, and The Fairly OddParents, leaving the show with only its' Friday night timeslot and weekend morning timeslots on both Saturday (as well as an additional morning timeslot on CBS when Nick had a block on the channel) and Sunday. The show ended in 2005, with only half of the fourth season airing. The remaining episodes wouldn't air until 2008, but Nick screwed it even further by airing the episodes at 6:00 in the morning. Nickelodeon aired repeats in that timeslot until 2009, though Nicktoons continued to air the show until 2013 (the catch was that it was airing even earlier). If The Other Wiki is to be believed, there are even two more episodes left that never got to see the light of day. To add insult to injury, Nick barely paid any attention towards the show in favor of its other Nicktoons at the time (such as the aformentioned Jimmy Neutron, Sponge Bob Squarepants, The Fairly Oddparents, All Grown Up!, etc.); the only exceptions being a soundtrack release of the songs from the first season (entitled In The Zone; copies of this CD were, and still are, extremely rare), a few episodes being put on Nicktoons compilation videos and DVDs, pictures of the characters throughout the Nick Hotel, and a toy promotion at Wendy's in 2003.
  • Dora the Explorer: After being Adored by the Network for 14 years, Nickelodeon has screwed this show over for PAW Patrol, Wallykazam and its Sequel Series Dora and Friends: Into the City.
  • Sponge Bob Square Pants is slowly getting this treatment due to declining ratings thanks to Wallykazam, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), and Disney Junior shows like Sofia the First and Small Potatoes.

    UPN 

    The WB 
  • Mission Hill had a nasty case of this from The WB. According to the producers, the show staff was told their upfronts "didn't matter", and so they slapped together a poorly edited two minute preview of the show and submitted it. Advertisers panned it, and when The WB failed to prepare an episode for their schedule preview event, critics demolished the show, going off of the terrible two minute clip. Then, like salt in the wound, The WB placed it in the "death slot" for the target audience, 8 PM on Friday evening, directly before the beginning of a black sitcom block of shows, which was a completely different audience then Mission Hill's demographic. Even worse, The WB then put the show on hiatus after only two episodes, sat on it for eight months, then re-premiered it during the summer, aired another three episodes, then totally canceled it.

    Other/Miscellaneous 
  • The little-known French cartoon Wheel Squad. It reaches The Brothers Flub levels of this.
  • Any good animated or kids series airing on Malaysian free-to-air TV is bound to suffer this, while the more mediocre shows get to stay on for longer than they should. Privately-owned NTV7 and the government-owned RTM stations are the worst offenders. Examples:
    • Rugrats: When they moved to NTV7 from MetroVision (now 8TV) after a four year hiatus, this happened. Episodes were randomly censored (you may ask: it's a harmless kids cartoon! What could they possibly censor? Well, the infamous Zoo Story episode has all scenes containing pigs cut off- despite the same episode airing on Nickelodeon Asia, which is available in Malaysia, uncut). The show stopped airing on Terrestrial TV in Malaysia four years before Nickelodeon would end the show once and for all.
    • Arthur: Did not make it past season four (though season five did air on Disney Channel Asia before canning the show entirely). In other countries, the show has made it to season 18 as of late 2013 and new episodes are still being produced.
    • Caillou - Totally screwed by NTV7, with only the original 5-minute shorts were aired. The forty episodes in between were dropped and the show was quickly replaced by Rocky and Bullwinkle.
    • Dragon Tales: Episodes skipped, random pre-empting of slot and did not pause the master tapes when cutting into ads, causing large amount of scenes to go missing. And they did not bother bringing in Season 2 onwards. It was on RTM1.
    • Between the Lions: same treatment as Dragon Tales, and halfway through airing, its slot was pre-empted for a whopping 6 months. It was on RTM2.
    • Charlie and Lola: Stopped halfway through season 1 and never mentioned again. It was on RTM2.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has the dubious honor of not only being the latest show to be screwed by NTV7, but also to be screwed before it could even air: it was replaced with Lily The Witch in the last minute on the day and the slot it was supposed to premiere. The show ID overlay still read My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic even though the airing show was something different. The show finally started airing in July 2012, but with the same problem that US viewers faced with the Hub two years ago taken to extremes: not only it's aired at 8:30 AM on Saturdays, that's its only one time slot in the week. Miss it? God help you, especially with The Pirate Bay and various online file lockers blocked by the MCMC's internet censorship... note 
    • Speaking of My Little Pony, NTV7 was supposed to air My Little Pony Equestria Girls, but at the last minute, replaced it with Keroro Gunsou and Winx Club.
  • Cinémoi seems to be doing this with all three cartoons on their channel, especially The New Adventures of Lucky Luke; they've been showing the same 25/26 episodes (out of a total of 56) since the channel debuted on DTV in the US, the title of "A Better World for the Daltons" note  was inexplicably changed to "Flower Power for the Daltons" note , "The Daltons' Treasure" has sound-syncing problems, "Indian Roulette" and "The Last of the Buffalo" have commercials airing in the middle of the episode (most episodes wait until after the show ends to air the ads), and "For a Fistfull of Daltons" is shown twice whenever the lineup reaches it. Also, the episodes are aired at a completely random order, as opposed to the original series' episode listings, and HALF THE SERIES STILL HASN'T AIRED (including the episode that "For a Fistfull of Daltons" replaces), meaning that, ever since Cinemoi joined DTV's lineup in September 2012, they've aired the exact same episodes at LEAST five times by now.
    • The Magic Roundabout got screwed on Cinémoi when its timeslots were bumped up an hour earlier, in favor of giving Contraptus a full hour instead of three ten-minute shorts before Lucky Luke. Also, both shows have fallen victim to the same eternal rerun cycle as Lucky Luke has. Oh, and these are the only three cartoons on Cinémoi, and they only air in the morning.
      • Contraptus is listed as airing for a full hour or so on Fridays, even though Lucky Luke still has the timeslot....looks like Cinémoi doesn't really know what to do with the poor lonesome cowboy.
  • Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World received solid ratings and favorable reviews for its first 2 seasons and had a third in the works, only to be cancelled as part of LOGO's shift in programming from LGBT material to mainstream content.
  • Any non-educational cartoon aired on AFN Family (excluding Littlest Pet Shop and Scaredy Squirrel) will only air once every few weeks or even once a month. While most networks that air Sponge Bob Square Pants treat it with lots of love, AFN rarely airs this show.note  And if you're a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan in the military, it sucks to be you for this reason. Not only that, their run is four years behind, even though they aired Equestria Girls.
  • Animax Japan used to play Sponge Bob Square Pants for two hours; one hour aired from 7-8AM, and the other hour airing from 3-4PM. Then, they only aired the show twice a day at 8AM (a time when most kids are leaving for school) and 3PM. Then they replaced SpongeBob with Suite Pretty Cure ♪ and Dragon Ball Z reruns and moved it to 6AM on Thurdays, when most kids are asleep, and on Fridays at 7:00AM, competing with TV Tokyo's Oha Suta. Later, it was replaced by its' two favorite shows, GeGeGe no Kitaro and Chibi Maruko-chan.
    • Italian network Boing used to play SpongeBob four times every day. Then a show by the name of Adventure Time came along, and they now only air it once on Saturdays and Sundays at 8:05PM.
  • Stripperella got screwed over by Spike TV...majorly. It aired on a late night block with much more juvenile and widely hated shows such as Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon, and despite being generally liked by those who had seen it the fact that it was airing on Spike and was being hyped up for its nudity turned potential viewers off, despite its intelligent humor and well-done animation. Spike started pushing nudity even more in the second half when the ratings were declining (replacing the pixelation with a soft blur over nude scenes, hoping to attract pervert attention), canceled it after 13 episodes, and then gave it a poorly-mastered "uncensored" (though some copies report the pixelation still being there) DVD.
  • Hungary's RTL Klub kept endlessly shuffling the airtime of the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, at times pushing it back to the early hours or just neglecting to air episodes entirely. Not only that, the media watchdogs also lobbied to get the series banned because they deemed its content unsuitable for a Sunday morning timeslot (and for other, absurd reasons). Although the rest of the series did air on Cartoon Network, there was a severe drop in dubbing quality due to CN's more limited budget.

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