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 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, with the Disney/ABC merger being planned, 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 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.
  • Rescue Heroes itself got screwed. It received no advertising whatsoever, and aired right after The Early Show on the 11:00 AM timeslot. Combine the two together, and you have confused-as-hell kids wondering when the show was going to air, and wondering if the episode was new or not. Needless to say, CBS killed the series among others when their contract with Nelvana expired. While the show was later renewed for a second season prior to cancellation, it would take over a year for The WB to take notice and save it (see their section for more).
  • 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 its 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 though, 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 Grand Finale aired in Europe!

    Cartoon Network 
  • Cave Kids is probably the earliest known example of this trope on Cartoon Network; only 8 episodes was ever produced when Cartoon Network ordered the termination of the show.
  • 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 ultimately the 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 Cartoon Network's short-lived descent into Network Decay (and, later, the demand for more fantastical cartoons, like Adventure Time and Regular Show), action cartoons haven't seen a lot of luck:
    • 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. Shortly after Lucasfilm was acquired by Disney, the show was unceremoniously cancelled (likely due to the fact the show was on a Turner network) at the end of the fifth season, leaving several completed episodes of season 6 unaired (but later released on Netflix), four episodes with incomplete animation (released on Star Wars.com), and many other scripts unproduced (a story arc revolving around Darth Maul has been adapted into a comic).
      • 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 screwed it even worse than Cartoon Network did. It used to air after the Vortexx block before getting bumped to the midnight death zone.
      • The Clone Wars reruns had a nice run on Toonami, though at the request of [adult swim], certain episodes were skipped... but that came to an end on Saturday, October 4.
    • Even the Ben 10 franchise has been screwed over, with new episodes of Ultimate Alien and Omniverse being stuck early Saturday mornings. From October 6, the remaining 30 episodes of Omniverse were burned off every weekday at 6 AM.
    • 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).
      • In another example, the 26-episode season was cut in half by a hiatus, and Cartoon Network tried to hype the last thirteen episodes as the promised "second season."
      • 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 was 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 half 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 half a season. Toonami was given permission to show all 26 episodes of the series (at 3:00am though), but announced on short-notice (after showing 19 episodes) that Cartoon Network was "financially writing-off" the series, forcing them to do a quick last-minute marathon of the final seven episodes before it disappeared forever.
      • 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, they 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.
    • 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 episode 79 look like an Ass Pull to those who watched it (in episode 78, Odd developed the technology that could make the Lyoko Avatars appear in real life). 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).
  • 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. Some people weren't even aware that the show had more than one season.
  • 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.
    • Metalocalypse became another statistic when Adult Swim refused to greenlight the fifth and final season, owing to creative differences and a dispute over the funding with Brendon Small. Small has promised fans that he would deliver the intended finale in some other way, but it remains to be seen what will happen. The "screwed" idea comes in from the fact that Adult Swim had initially given signs there was to be a season 5, and had gotten fans' hopes up for a release date, before Small indicated that there were issues with the network, followed by the network backing out and not funding it.
    • Superjail had some warning signs in its season 4, with Adult Swim inexplicably cutting the season order to six episodes shortly after greenlighting it, and then barely promoting said episodes during the short six-week run. Nearly a year later, it was revealed that the network declined to renew the show for a fifth season, having left both the creative team and fans hanging on an official announcement and answer.
  • 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 premiere 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 .
  • 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 early morning death slot rather quickly. 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 March 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.
    • 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. The show would later air weekends on Boomerang in 2015.
  • 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, and the countries with the largest SSC fanbase of the ASEAN region, 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 EST 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 advertised the main network's Saturday morning programming on Boomerang.
  • Johnny Test was at first Adored by the Network and lasted seven seasons (three on Kids' WB! and four more on CN after it was Un-Cancelled) because it was easy to produce and a Canadian law kept it in production. In May 2014, it was banished to 6:30a - 7:00a EST 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. In September, its spot was replaced with 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, its last spot was paved over with reruns of The Amazing World of Gumball and its last few episodes were burned off with a marathon on Christmas Day before returning to the grave.
  • Sonic Boom appears to have fallen into this. CN decided to be lazy and placed it during Saturday mornings on the 7:00 AM timeslot, when hardly anybody is awake, sandwiched between more Teen Titans Go! reruns. Adding to the misery is that the show's advertising campaign is pretty much nonexistent, with the promo for the first episodes airing after they were aired. It is said that the negative reaction toward the show's tie-in games may have made this example deliberate, although a large chunk of the Sonic fandom loudly disowning the show because of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magicnote  writer Dave Polsky's involvement is another probable reason. On a positive note, though, Cartoon Network has reportedly renewed the series for a second season.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. Where do we start?? It went from airing in a good timeslot, having reruns daily, and having a parade float based on the show (with the real Puffy duo appearing for a finishing touch), to being cancelled in late 2006. Out of the 39 episodes made, only 34 aired on CN in the US, with the 5 missing episodes airing in different countries. Also, any traces of it on CN's website were erased, there were no more reruns, and CN acted as if the show never aired at all. Did we mention that at the time of cancellation, there was a fourth season planned?
    • It's also thought that Sony may have a hand in this. In Japan, Puffy's music label is Sony Music. Sony for some reason do not want to export the duo anymore. This culminated in Ubisoft wanting to license a Puffy Ami Yumi song for international release in the second Raving Rabbids game, but were only issued a Japanese license and was refused an international license. This either meant that the duo's songs are caught in an international rights tangle (Sony Music having the Japanese rights but Warner Music having the Worldwide rights), or Sony wanting to screw over Time-Warner (or vice-versa with Warner Music refusing to relinquish the rights of the duo to Sony Music outside Japan), since both have a record label as part of their conglomeration.
  • Sunday Pants was a series composed of animated shorts, similar to the What a Cartoon! Show. Due to no advertising, no presence on the CN website, and the shorts containing slightly inappropriate content, the show was pulled after one month. As such, hardly anyone is aware of the show's existence, and most of those that are do not recall ever seeing it on the channel.
  • Transformers: Robots in Disguise is showing early warning signs of this, having premiered in an inexplicable time slot (Saturdays at 6:30am Eastern), which is bad enough for viewers in that time zone, but for viewers one time zone over, that's 5:30am—a time when pretty much nobody interested in watching the show would even be awake yet. Like Sonic Boom, this is likely so the network can show MORE reruns of Teen Titans Go! Where does the Titans' hostile takeover of the network END?!
  • Dreamworks' Dragons Managed to subvert this by moving to Netflix after the second season, making it one of the few recent action shows that was on Cartoon Network to have more than two.
  • Interestingly, CN's flagship shows of the 2010's Adventure Time and Regular Show began to get this 2015. Once aired frequently along with The Amazing World of Gumball, the two were sentenced to the Monday-Friday 7:30pm to 8:00pm block on Febuary 2015. CN gave the two one extra timeslot for more reruns in March with the new episodes though, but the fact remains that Adventure Time and Regular Show aren't as common as they used to be.
  • The Secret Saturdays did not get a good treatment from executives. It's timeslot was often shuffled while new episodes were rarely advertised with reruns being non-existent. Needless to say it was cancelled swiftly. At least, it got a Grand Finale.

    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.

    The CW 

    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, unless it has been proven to be a major Cash Cow Franchise for the network. 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. It didn't get renewed for a second season, and the final three episodes did not air.
  • Gravity Falls, despite having a large following, is constantly being screwed up in releasing new episodes. The drought of new episodes started since the second half of the first season. Nowadays, it's a real miracle to get a new episode after six months of nothing for the second season.
  • Disney Junior originally looked like they were unscrewing PB&J Otter by putting it back on air after not wanting to air repeats of the show for years. Then they proceeded to royally screw it over again by preempting it for Jake and the Never Land Pirates reruns in November of 2013, then putting it on at 2:30AM on Sundays before it was replaced with The 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 loose 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.
  • In October of 2014, Henry Hugglemonster was removed from Disney Junior for more airings of Doc McStuffins, just when merchandise had come out for the show. It now only airs during the early morning hours except on weekends, and let's face it: kids sleep late on weekends and when they wake up, chances are the family would go out on a day trip instead of staying home and watching TV.
  • In 2015, despite being two of the most popular programs, Disney Junior will end Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. Though this may be because of the humongous success of Sofia the First, which was a huge hit among people of all ages, despite being on a preschool channel.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes is a classic example of executives being given broadcasting rights, but then forgetting about it. New episodes of the show aired at midnight with reruns being aired at 4 in the morning. Rumours say that the cause of this was because the executives decided that the implications of the show's setting were too kid-unfriendly. Not surprisingly it ended after two seasons, the latter which had heavy Seasonal Rot due to this trope.

    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 currently ends with Fry and Leela finally getting married, and that is always a classic Grand 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. note 
    • 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, the critics hated it, 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 the popularity of both shows. 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 now airs with new episodes on TBS). 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 premiere, "Hot Water," which ends with everyone in the Smith family dying due to a possessed hot tub, was originally written as a series finale, but when the show got renewed, it became a bizarro season premiere where the deaths aren't canon).
    • 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 was cancelled in 2013.
  • 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, 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 dubious content ("Math Lab"). 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 (replacing reruns of MA Dtv after that show ended due to low ratings and budget cuts) and continued to rerun there until Spring when Comedy Central picked up the rights to the show, but Comedy Central aired all but two episodes (the pilot and "High School Confidential"). As of November 2014, Cartoon Network's [adult swim] Sunday night line-up is airing the show...right in the same timeslot that used to belong to King of the Hill (though KOTH now comes on at 8:30pm and 9:00pm).
  • 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 Burgers before the cancellation of Napoleon and they did not have enough room for both shows.
    • Now they're trying to screw over Bob's Burgers in season 5, after it had just won an Emmy over Archer and South Park. Season 4 episodes moved to 7:00 PM, though this was due to Cosmos and it got a fifth season. But now that it's back, it's moved to the 7:30 slot (the same one Futurama occupied) and the release of new episodes has slowed to a trickle. The season technically premiered October 3rd, but fans had to wait a month for the next episode, and then wait an additional three weeks for the third one.
    • Just before the end of 2014, it moved back to its 9:30 slot following the failure of Mulaney. However, that will soon change when FOX's new show The Last Man on Earth debuts in March, which will push the show back to 7:30, but with football season in the books, it will probably be better off as it won't face any danger from preemptions.

    The Hub/Discovery Family 
  • Dan Vs. 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 stated there would be a season 4 later in 2013, then Curtis Armstrong, the voice actor of Dan, confirmed otherwise on his Facebook.
    • On October 6, 2014, just a week before The Hub would become Discovery Family, the network lost the airing rights to the show and its single spot on early weekday mornings was replaced with a second episode of The Super Hero Squad Show. Fortunately, Starz Media put up every episode of the show on YouTube and you can watch them all here.
  • SheZow 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 EST 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 EST 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. Then, like Dan Vs. above, the airing rights to the series were lost in October of 2014, and what graveyard slot it had left was replaced with reruns of Kaijudo.
  • Kaijudo itself, after having been previously swept under the rug, only lasted for that one particular weekend before it was taken off the schedule after the relaunch, a fate it shared with G.I. Joe: Renegades at the same time (the latter would later get an hour-long spot on weekday mornings before being replaced with the original G.I. Joe series). The relaunch also saw the end of reruns of shows such as The Aquabats! Super Show! (which might have got screwed out of its rumored third season thanks to the rebrand) and Animaniacs (its counterpart Tiny Toon Adventures stayed on the air for a bit longer before getting dropped in 2015 and brought back on weekdays in the summer), as well as Fraggle Rock and every single-live action sitcom the network had (the latter to make room for the 12 hours of science and nature docs that now make up the network's schedule).
  • After the rebrand, it was revealed that Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot had been put on the chopping board despite decent ratings, possibly because Hasbro has lost the master license rights to Just Play, most likely for mistreating the license (they obtained the rights to the franchise along with Strawberry Shortcake in 2009, but didn't have a show until 2012, and toys only appeared in late 2013). While Netflix has rescued the show by commissioning a new series overall, the fact that the new show is Netflix excusive itself means that it's now No Export for You to many living outside of the few countries that Netflix allows access to its libraries. Additionally, it is also thought that Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures is now on borrowed time given that Hasbro has also lost the master license rights for the toy to Bridge Direct, though the show has been renewed for a fourth season in 2015.
  • The problem with shows failing/screwed on the Discovery Family/Hub Network is so prevalent it's much easier to list the exceptions. Let's generally say that anything that isn't My Little Pony or even closely related to it is sure to have a pretty short shelf life one way or another on either network. Even Transformers Prime has mysteriously disappeared and is shown sparingly on the network.
  • It appears the fifth season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has fallen to this territory, much to fans' dismay. People had to wait nearly eleven months for season five to begin airing, despite a relatively strong advertising campaign. Later episodes were very rarely promoted on the channel, aside from episode clips posted online. To make matters worse, the S5 premiere promo ran nonstop every time a new episode is broadcast, weeks after the premiere originally aired. The seventh episode, which aired after a week-long hiatus to show My Little Pony: The Movie, ended up posting the lowest ratings ever for the series, then after the eighth episode it took a three week hiatus before the show's 100th episode was shown, after which ratings again took a hitnote . Not to mention the fact that popular streaming site CinemaQuestria was struck with the legal hammer not very long after said seventh episode has raised more than a few eyebrows. Way to upset the kids and fans, Discovery Family!

    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 Butt-Head. 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 
  • During the final three years of NBC's orignal Saturday morning block, all of its programming outside of Saved by the Bell suffered this. First, NBC canceled The Smurfs, at one time considered NBC's staple animated program, and gave it the rerun treatment for a year while struggling to headline new shows, like Captain N: The Game Master and the Animated Adaptation of The Karate Kid, the latter show of which was promptly axed due to low ratings. Both had to rely on word-of-mouth because NBC was too busy headlining another new program, Saved by the Bell. Then, a year later, another popular animated program, Kissyfurnote , was axed and its time slot replaced by NBA basketball. At the same time, NBC exhausted more advertising revenue toward Saved by the Bell, causing drastic budget cuts that severely affected the quality of the animated programs, yet the network ignored the complaints from animation studios and continued cutting budget. Then, in the block's final year, Captain N was shortened from an hour to half-hour and Alvin and the Chipmunks and the obscure Gravedale High were canceled in favor of new shows like ProStars and Yo Yogi!, the latter of which was ruthlessly savaged by both critics and viewers and permanently soured viewer perception of the quality of NBC's cartoons. As a result of the persistent ratings failures and inability to compete with newcomers such as Fox's children's block Fox Kids, NBC ceased production of all of their animated cartoons indefinitely, save for only Saved by the Bell since it was the most successful show of the block, and continued airing reruns of the programs until August 1st, 1992, when NBC pulled all of their animated programming in favor of a teen-oriented live-action block named TNBC, along with a Saturday morning edition of Today. Saved by the Bell and NBA basketball were the only programs to survive the transition. NBC's decision to drop their Saturday Morning Cartoon block is widely viewed as the beginning of the end for the genre.
  • 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 managed to screw over an entire western animation network. Namely, KidsCo, which was a joint-venture between NBCUniversal (NBC's global arm), Nelvana and Cookie Jarnote . Shortly after DHX Media bought over Cookie Jar and made Cookie Jar pull out of the dealnote , 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 herenote , but it was NBC's withdraw from the operations which led to the final decision to shutter the channel.
  • They somehow managed to screw up a partnership with Hallmark, causing the shuttering of Hallmark Channel Asia. See, back in the early 2000s Hallmark and NBCUniversal had a joint-venture and they carried a whole lot of PBS Kids programming as part of the Hallmark Kids block on the channel, including Caillou. While a lot of the programming managed to find new homes in Asia upon the channel shuttering (notably, most went to Playhouse Disney Asia when that was launched), Caillou couldn't find a new network and thus has not aired in the region since. TL;DR, NBC killed Caillou in the Asian region!
  • God, the Devil and Bob is a decent animated sitcom. Sadly, NBC canceled it after only four episodes due to a combination of lackluster ratings and pressure from Christian conservative groups, who saw it as mocking Christianity. The network arguably used the controversy as a convenient excuse to kill off the series. The remaining nine produced episodes were doled out to [adult swim], eleven years later.

    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 (Marty Isenberg) 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.
  • Catscratch. Despite getting decent ratings, the show received only one season, which was inexplicably stretched out for two years. As a result, it's one of Nick's more obscure Nicktoons, largely in thanks to its extremely brief original run. It was later re-run on Nicktoons under a similarly-brief timeframe before the network discarded the show completely.
  • 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. Despite this, lately they have recently been airing at an early afternoon slot (though the wee-hours-of-the-morning slots still remain).
  • 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 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 its 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 its 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 as TUFF 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 ended up premiering 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.
      • To top it off, Book 4's budget was cut in the middle of production, forcing the creators to make a Recap Episode in order to prevent a large chunk of their staff from being let go early.
  • 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 its 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. Nick 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, SpongeBob 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.
  • Nickelodeon, after cancelling My Life as a Teenage Robot following the second season, shelved the third season for three years, that season being shunted to the Nicktoons channel when broadcast.
  • Kappa Mikey, an Affectionate Parody of anime and Japanese culture, was a huge hit on the Nicktoons channel (then known as Nicktoons Network) during its run. But when they decided to air it on the regular Nick channel, it got pretty bad treatment. The show got a ludicrously small amount of promotion (as opposed to Nicktoons Network, which aired commercials for it in every commercial break, even during those of the show itself), only aired on Sunday mornings, and started its run with an episode from the middle of the first season, rather than the very first episode. It didn't take long for it to be removed from regular Nick's lineup.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches is an unfortunate case. Despite getting no promotion on Nickelodeon, it did well on the 3:00 PM slot on weekdays, and Nickelodeon hoped the slapstick-based series would be as much of a hit in the U.S. as it was in France. However, that all came to an end with the broadcast of the episode "(Un)Happy Camper," which featured a particular scene containing a brief image of a naked woman with exposed cleavage. Once TMZ caught it creeping through Nick's censors, parents barraged the network with complaints and angry letters, and the episode had to be pulled from circulation (as well as Nick's website). Ratings took a catastrophic downturn following the incident, and the show was eventually canceled without warning, being quickly forgotten in favor of SpongeBob SquarePants reruns. Weeks later, sister network Nicktoons pulled reruns of the series due to low ratings. Perhaps it wasn't a good idea to schedule it 30 minutes earlier than its main channel on a network with comparatively smaller viewership.
    • In Asia, the case was different. See, thanks to meddling from Malaysian satellite provider Astro, Oggy was already airing on Cartoon Network years before. Astro then somehow meddled with Disney to air the show as well, resulting in two different networks carrying the show and Hype Backlash forming among the channels' older demographics, who see the show as lowbrow entertainment for simpletons (for some reason, Astro's meddling not only applied to the Malaysian feed, but Southeast Asia-wide). When it was announced that Nick will become the third network to air the show (alongside CN and Disney to boot), Hype Backlash reached critical mass and shit hit the fan. Many Asian viewers, especially aforementioned fans who don't like Oggy, would rather that Nick not air the show. Nick wisely stopped promoting it and started promoting Alvinnn!!! instead.
  • Nickelodeon is for some weird reason attempting to screw over Peppa Pig on it's Malaysian feed after parents and educators show that they don't care that the characters are pigs after all and demanded loudly that Nickelodeon Malaysia to bring in the show. Nickelodeon proceeded to air the show on weekdays at 9:03 AM, when the target demographic are at preschool and kindergarten. Additionally, there is no repeats, and they do not air it on the dedicated Nick Jr channel at all. Why they'd be treating their Cash Cow Franchise like this is beyond anyone's guess. In Singapore (which has been getting a different Nickelodeon feed since 2012), Peppa airs at 7:03 AM, right when the target audiences are up for breakfast and preparing to go to preschool or kindergarten.

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    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.
  • After getting rescued from CBS, Rescue Heroes ended up getting this treatment from their new home at Kids' WB! By the time it premiered on the block in July 2001, it had the same time slot as originally on CBS (11:00 AM on Saturday morning), but had a nice advertising campaign and variety of other Kids' WB programs to go with it, giving it a much better treatment. Two months later, however, the series moved to Wednesdays at 3:00 PM, this time with little advertising. This was to make up for the batch of new series premieres for the block that were pre-empted by 9/11 (they eventually premiered on September 29th of that year, two weeks after planned airdates). RH returned to Saturdays at 8:00 AM for repeats in May 2002, then was pulled again to conclude the second season of The Zeta Project. It was canceled later that year due to low ratings generated by its Wednesday afternoon slot.

    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 offnote  - 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.
    • After treating Franklin well for 5 seasons (to give an idea on how well the show was treated, Season 5 aired a whopping 2 months before they did on Nick Jr in the US), TV2 abruptly decided to screw it over and ignored Season 6 as well as its spin-off, Franklin and Friends.
    • Like the CBS Kewlopolis example above, TV9 screwed over the 2003 Strawberry Shortcake series right after airing Season 3. This nearly happened on the Playhouse Disney network as well (although they aired four Season 4 episodes before pulling the plug), but a letter writing campaign in Asia organized by upset fans made Disney bring in the rest of the final season of the show, albeit 3 months after it aired in Europe. However, played very straight after the rights of the franchise shifted to Cartoon Network- see Cartoon Network entry above for more info.
    • 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 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, completely ignoring their advertised cartoon programming. 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 apart from season 6 did air on Cartoon Network, there was a severe drop in dubbing quality due to CN's more limited budget. It's not unreasonable to think that the 6th season would have been dubbed as well, had the show stayed on RTL.
  • In Latin America, WordGirl premiered in August 2009 on the preschooler-oriented Discovery Kids channel. Although the channel gave it heavy promotion during the rest of 2009 and most of 2010, by the end of that year they suddenly decided to move the series to a late-night timeslot on weekends. It should be noted that the series received a lot of criticism from Latin American Moral Guardians that felt that it was too "violent" and that encouraged children to lie to their parents (due to the obvious element of Becky having to tell an excuse to her adoptive parents whenever she needs to become WordGirl to save the city), and constantly complained on the channel's now-defunct message boards. This may have been the reason for the channel to move the series to late-nights, until removing it completely in June 2012, with only the first two seasons dubbed and aired.
  • In December 2014, Italian channel RaiGulp started airing Gravity Falls... and they dropped it after a week, replacing it with reruns of Wolverine and the X-Men.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic suffered greatly from this in Germany. Hasbro licensed the show to Viacom Europe who intended to have it aired on Nickelodeon, the premiere being a year after the American one. By the time that Viacom could start working on the German dub, both Studio B and The Hub were fully aware of the bronies and had already started catering to them. Hasbro, however, had no idea what to do with the unprecedented brony phenomenon which was still pretty "underground" in 2011.
    So Hasbro didn't inform Viacom about the bronydom, nor did Studio B or The Hub because it was probably none of their business; in fact, Viacom wasn't even informed that Lauren Faust had changed My Little Pony's target audience from 4-to-7-year-old girls to 5-to-12-year-old girls plus both their parents. Viacom in turn couldn't inform Nickelodeon Germany, the station to air the show, about any of this since they simply had no idea about all this. Nickelodeon ended up with a show they didn't know what to do with, much less that it had become a Cult Classic in North America because they didn't even bother to look up what this new MLP material was all about.
    This led to several unpleasant things:
    • The show was dubbed for the same audience as Dora the Explorer, namely kindergarten-age girls. No wonder that the English dub is still more popular in Germany than the German one. It did improve by season 2, also due to criticism coming in from the bronies, they even got Michael Pan, the German Data, for Discord as Hans-Werner Bussinger, the German voice of Q by whom Discord was greatly inspired to the point of having the same actor, had long since passed away, but the season 1 impression of a little kids' dub stuck.
    • Nick made sure that when My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was on, there would be as little of an audience as possible. Instead of giving it the exposure it deserved by shoving SpongeBob SquarePants out of one of his at least four lucrative late afternoon slots and inserting pony instead, they parked the show in the "Nick Jr." segment for pre-school kids for the first few years before airing it right after the "Nick Jr." block. Either way, it aired Monday to Friday at a varying time between 10 and 11 am or so. And whenever there was school holidays in Germany, they took it off air again just to put it back on air once school started anew.
    • Not only didn't they advertise the show except for trailers on Nick itself, they didn't even properly inform the media at all! Well, most German TV magazines have only a tiny column for Nick anyway that doesn't show any details of the morning schedule. But of the online media that did list up Nick's morning schedule including Nick Jr., some announced a re-run of My Little Pony G3 because they weren't informed about the brand-new series, and almost all the rest announced the same schedule as the week before and no pony at all. Wunschliste.de, the only website announcing My Little Pony without falling back to G3, only did so thanks to quick intervention by a fan because the bronies knew about the premiere before other media did. That said, Wunschliste.de only blankly announced some My Little Pony until they were able to receive further information from more official sources.
    • It wasn't exactly easy to find the show on Nick Jr.'s website and, when it still aired on Nick Jr., impossible to find any traces of it on Nick's website.
    • As for season 4, the show is being aired on Disney Channel. However, it has yet to be seen whether Disney Channel will also re-run the first three seasons.

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