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  • 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, which was spoofed in "The Discount of Monte Cristo", one of the segments aired on the show that season. For unknown reasons the planned live-action block never materialized, with a revamped cartoon block taking over.
  • Project G.e.e.K.e.R. did well in the ratings, but cancellation came because it had the misfortune of airing right before the FCC's new Edutainment Show rules came into effect. CBS tried to pass the show around as an E/I program, but the FCC declined to classify it as such, resulting in CBS not renewing the series for a second season.
  • Timon & Pumbaa got the ax after two seasons on CBS, not because of ratings issues or anything, but because Disney bought ABC by the time the second season started airing. Not helping matters was that the two seasons were split into "mini-seasons" of sorts, with five episodes a day being deferred to Disney's syndicated weekday block The Disney Afternoon, and only one for CBS on Saturdays each week.note  A third season, produced two years after the show left CBS and considerably longer, was only made due to the show's popularity overseas, being dumped to Toon Disney in the US for most of 1999 with virtually no promotion.
  • 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. Creator Larry Jacobs wrote on the IMDb that his show got cancelled because of its terrible time slot. Replacing Birdz was 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.
  • The screwing of the above block as a whole is it's own story: It premiered in 2006 as KOL Secret Slumber Party after America Online's children platform and DiC's in-house girl group The Slumber Party Girls. While SSG breaking up after just one year and a single albumnote is obviously NOT CBS's fault, the network still shot itself in the foot by failing to acknowledge that America Online was at the time a subsidiary of Time Warner-with whom CBS had just formed The CW that same year giving them a stake in Kids' WB! in addition to KOLSSP. Instead of invoking their stock and demanding for DiC and Warner Bros. to jointly program/market their respective blocks as a single brand, they let both companies do their own thing with CBS as a silent partner. The result: A Saturday morning joint venture that was actively fighting with itself, each side refusing to even recognize the other-ultimately resulting in both blocks getting bought out two years later.note . While Warner Bros. must share much of the blame on account of actively refusing to promote the efforts of their own sister company for seemingly little reason besides Girl-Show Ghetto, it was ultimately CBS refusing to pull ranknote  that enabled this self-destructive douchebaggery in the first place.

    Comedy Central 
  • Comedy Central's broadcast schedule for season three of Drawn Together was quite erratic. 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.
  • 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.
  • Freakshow, staring H. Jon Benjamin, David Cross, and Jeanine Garofalo, suffered from this severely.
  • The syndicated version of BoJack Horseman started off with a decent amount of on-air advertising, one premiere a week at 10:30PM (not too bad, since it was following new episodes of South Park) and one rerun late at night. The episodes were Edited for Syndication, which resulted in some dialogue being cut out, as well as the theme song. By the second and third seasons, however (which premiered the following spring), network premieres had been pushed past midnight. This is somewhat justified, given how most viewers had binge-watched the show to that point a couple years prior, but for non-subscribers it made the acquisition practically pointless.

    The CW 

    Discovery Kids/The Hub/Discovery Family 
The problem with shows failing or being screwed on The Hub and Discovery Family 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 was shown sparingly on the network after its finale, Littlest Pet Shop was able to last for four seasons, and even Friendship Is Magic with its robust run couldn't carry it forever, finally calling it a wrap after nine seasons.
  • Dan Vs., despite high ratings, just stopped after 13 episodes in season 3. It was stated there would be a season 4 later in 2013, but Dan's VA, Curtis Armstrong, later confirmed otherwise on Facebook.
    • On October 6, 2014, just a week before The Hub would become Discovery Family, the network stopped airing it entirely, took it off their website, and its single spot on early weekday mornings was replaced with a second episode of The Super Hero Squad Show. Starz Media would later put up every episode of the show on YouTube before taking them down a few months later, and as of 2017 only season 1 is available on DVD (though they are all available on iTunes and Google Play).
  • SheZow got screwed pretty bad by The Hub: it had limited airings during its initial run, then after it was dropped from the schedule entirely in April 2014, it later came back airing only on Sundays as reruns. It later found a place at 9:30 AM 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 a 4:00 AM EDT graveyard slot 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. Like Dan Vs. above, the network dropped the show in October of 2014, and the slot it had left was replaced with reruns of Kaijudo. Though not renewed, it was later brought back in an early morning slot on Sundays in November 2015, where it stayed until a few months into 2016.
  • 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).
  • After the second relaunch, 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 late 2008, but didn't have a show until 2012, and toys only appeared in late 2013, and even then it was only distributed in the US, Europe and the Pacific, despite Hasbro having a worldwide presence). The show was rescued by Netflix however, who commissioned the Sequel Series Care Bears & Cousins, as well as acquiring the repeat rights to the show.
  • After four seasons of successful ratings, the fifth season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is said to have fallen to this territory, though fans have contested this designation. There was a nearly-eleven-month-long break from season four to season five, despite a relatively strong advertising campaign. By that time the network relaunched from The Hub to Discovery Family (which may have played a role in the hiatus). Later episodes were very rarely promoted on the channel, aside from episode clips posted online. Despite this, the season 5 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 (1986), ended up posting the what was then the lowest ratings ever for the seriesnote , 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 . Ratings did start to stabilize after that, but then the season finale beat out the seventh and tenth episodes of season five as the lowest ratings ever for the series, which is incredibly unusual for past season finales in general (though some can also blame the fact that it aired on a Thanksgiving weekend).
    • Adding salt to the fans' wounds, the popular episode streaming website CinemaQuestria was struck with the legal hammer following the release of the seventh episode's ratings, and later on Hasbro began taking down episodes off Dailymotion. Predictably, fans didn't take Hasbro's actions lightly.
    • In July of 2015 it was announced that season 6 would be starting before the end of the year. This turned out to be a mistake: season 5 was being split in two with the second half airing at the end of the year. Reaction from the fanbase has been predictably negative, though it's unclear if this situation is more the fault of Discovery or Hasbro. Fortunately, unlike season 5, Discovery Family began promoting season 6's premiere weeks before it aired. Since then, later seasons of the show go through mid-season hiatuses every summer.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) proved to be a viable counterpart to My Little Pony and initially ran for a solid 3 seasons, but the fourth season ended up being the last because of its toyline not doing well enough. Fortunately, the franchise would be rebooted with Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own not too long after.
  • Reruns of Jem were taken off the schedule, thanks in no small part to its film adaptation tanking; its timeslot was handed over to Transformers Prime. The only silver lining was that its 2015 comic book adaptation did well.
  • Secret Millionaires Club had sporadic airings (as in a bi-monthly basis) despite advertisements saying new episodes every Saturday. The Discovery Family relaunch ultimately killed the series, with The Hub refusing to renew it for a second season and all existence of the series being removed, with the network canceling the series after 22 out of the 26 episodes aired; the final four episodes wouldn't see the light of day until Qubo picked up the series two years later.

    Fox/Fox Kids/FX Networks 
  • Cassius And Clay was a planned female-led post-apocalyptic series by Adam Reed for FXX that was intended to be a sister show to the seventh season of Archer. After being picked up for a ten-episode order, FXX decided to abruptly cancel the show and Season 7 of Archer ended up airing on FX instead. note 
  • Futurama has got to be one of the few examples that has also come back with a vengeance note . After four seasons of being pre-empted by sports and inconsistent airing dates, which were often changed due to increasingly poor viewer ratings (itself because of 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. After what seemed like an eternity in TV limbo, Futurama returned to TV, with Comedy Central as its new home. After two seasons, Comedy Central pulled the plug on the show, but even after the last episode's ending (in which Fry and Leela get married), Matt Groening says he's going to once again find a new home for the show.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 over. 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 Tuesday nights against ABC's Home Improvement - viewership plummeted. FOX then moved it to Sunday at 7:30, where it was constantly pre-empted by sports. Only in its penultimate season did the show return to 8:30. That's not mentioning the cancellation merry-go-round of the last three and four seasons.
  • American Dad! got this treatment from Fox for the longest time. It still gets this to some extent, to the point where the network chose not to pick up the show for the 2014-15 season (new episodes are now airing 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 got a ton of promotion, despite not having as much acclaim from critics and fans or very good ratings, new episodes of American Dad! didn't get announced as often. Also, 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. note 
    • 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 note , 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, 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 pulling in higher ratings then Bob's Burgers. This was due to its production company, Bento Box, wanted to focus more on the latter show.
  • After it had just won an Emmy over Archer and South Park, Season 4 of Bob's Burgers moved to 7:00 PM. Though this was due to the airing of Cosmos and Bob's still got a fifth season. Later it moved to the 7:30 slot (the same one Futurama occupied) and the release of new episodes had 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. Three months later, it shifted to 7:30 again following the debut of The Last Man on Earth. Bob's Burgers is an interesting and somewhat unique example of this trope, as it's usually preempted during football season, but the problem only lasts until the end of the calendar year. The premiere of Bordertown in Winter 2016 assured that Bob remains at the 7:30 PM slot for the distant future. When Fox announced the 2018-19 schedule, they finally put it back to 8:30, before being put in the 9:00 slot for the 2019-20 season.
  • Bordertown itself got screwed. It aired at 8:30, as a mid-season replacement, but then The Last Man on Earth returned to its timeslot, resulting in its move to 6:00. To top things off, on what would have been its first night in its new timeslot, Fox didn't air the show at all, preempting its timeslot with NASCAR Racing. It was axed after a single season.
  • This is partly how Fox Kids met its unceremonious demise (alongside Fox and Saban's poor management of the Fox Family channel), and it was all during the peak of their success. Thanks to the New World/Fox debacle of 1994, many of the incoming Fox affiliates from New World passed on the block as they wanted stronger lead-ins to their newscasts, resulting in the block being relegated to either outgoing Fox stations or independent stations, many of whom would affiliate with either The WB or UPN. And if that wasn't bad enough, both networks would set up their own children's blocks later on, resulting in Fox Kids programming being dumped to low-rated slots by the stations in favor of their primary affiliates' programming (a practice that intensified once Kids' WB! picked up Pokémon). The ratings decline was so bad that several affiliates dumped the block entirely by 2000, or had given it to other stations, some of which had even lower viewership.
  • This is, of course, to say nothing of how Saban handled Fox Kids after 1996, where they proved no less incompetent compared to the aforementioned Fox Family spin-off channel. Now, where to begin:note 
    • Bobby's World: Initially an inversion of the trope in that the show managed to maintain healthy ratings after moving from Saturday mornings to weekday mornings in 1994.note  Then came the 1997-1998 season, which saw Kids' WB begin programming the 7:00 AM weekday hour and ultimately place reruns of Tiny Toon Adventures against Bobby. Fox Kids refused to move the show out of it's slot reasoning that 1). These were only reruns and 2). Kids' WB would be sharing Babs and Buster with Nickelodeon. This notion was almost instantly disproven as Tiny Toons proceeded to destroy the Generics in the ratings. To be fair, Fox Kids did attempt to save the show by moving premieres to Saturdays at 8:00 AM, hoping for an easy win against Channel Umptee-3. As it turned out, Umptee-3 did not premiere until November leaving Bobby to face off against Animaniacs Needless to say, by Thanksgiving Fox Kids had completely given up on it's longest-running cartoon and Bobby would spend the rest of the season as rerun filler until being dropped the following October and replaced by reruns of The Magic School Bus. If that wasn't enough, the show's reruns on Fox Family were at 1:00 PM when children are invariably at school.
    • Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?: In one of the worst cases of bad timing arguably any show has ever had, Zack and Ivy had the misfortune of getting hit by the regime change as they were preparing to start their weekday run. As the weakest of Fox Kids' four designated edutainment showsnote  they ended up in the death slot of 7:30 AM. Then Fox Kids realized that the three aforementioned shows effectively made Carmen redundant and dropped the show entirely in November (replaced with reruns of Peter Pan & the Pirates) after having aired only two episodes of the current season. The remaining seven episodes were aired in two blocks: three aired from March 30th-April 1st of 1998-a seventeen month gap between premieres-and the final four dumped onto Fox Family in December with the finale airing the weekend of New Year's Day 1999!!.
    • Eek! The Cat: Dropped at the same time as Carmen Sandiego in favor of promoting Spider-Man: The Animated Series to weekdays, with less than half the final season (5 Eek! and 3 Thunderlizards segments) aired. The rest of the episodes (7 Eek!s and 3 Thunderlizards) would be burned off between July-August of 1997. To be fair, the show would return the following summer as part of Cartoon Cabana, followed by a run on Fox Family during the network's first year (aired comfortably within the 3:00 PM hour to boot.)
    • As mentioned in this article, the second season of Batman: The Animated Series took four years to complete its twenty-episode run. As if that wasn't enough, the final year saw the show airing at 3:00 PM weekdays as Saban had no interest beyond contractual obligations to support a show owned by their biggest rivals. This had the unfortunate consequence of Batman airing ahead of the aforementioned Spider-Man which was considerably lighter in terms of violent content and adult themes.
    • C Bear And Jamal: After failing miserably at 8:00 AM Saturdays during the previous season, the show was moved to Fridays at 7:00 AM for 1997-1998-in reruns, no less-and swiftly forgotten. Then again, considering the lackluster competition of Jungle Cubs and re-packaged Daffy Duck cartoons, it was pretty much their own fault.
    • The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: After two seasons of respectable ratings, the friendly ghost was done in by some very unfriendly programmers. For starters, the show was moved in September 1997 to weekdays at 7:30 AM when most kids are preparing for school. Next, the show lost it's Saturday slot in October to an encore showing of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.note . Finally, in February 1998 the show was reduced to 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM, Fridays-only! to make room for a second weekday edition of Bobby's World. Casper lasted only two more months before fading off the network completely with six episodes unaired until Fox Family launched-and then burned off those episodes in a mediocre 2:00 PM weekday slot.
    • Spider-Man: The Animated Series: A very rare example of a show getting screwed because the network loved it too much. After completing it's run in January 1998, Fox Kids promoted it's timeslot the following month from 3:00 to 3:30. Unfortunately, going from running against repackaged Looney Tunes to battling Animaniacs really doesn't do much for a show's ratings and doubly so when you're only airing reruns. However, Fox Kids stubbornly refused to give up on the web-slinger and moved it back to 3:00 for the 1998-1999 season-and learned the hard way the Pinky and the Brain-itself in reruns by this point-is a nigh-impossible opponent. Even worse, Fox Kids still wouldn't quit and added a Saturday slot the following January against The New Batman/Superman Adventures which was airing new episodes and quickly started beating Spidey into the ground. Come summer Fox Kids finally realized the game was up and moved Spidey's weekday slot to 4:00, where the dynamic duo happily finished the job.
    • Life with Louie: After managing an even battle against Animaniacs for an entire year, Louie was justly rewarded in January 1998 with a move to weekdays at 4:30-only for Network Red-Headed Stepchild to set in as Louie was a slice-of-life cartoon in an otherwise all action afternoon block. Predictably, ratings tanked and the show was banished to 7:30 AM in April. As if that wasn't bad enough, the show was reduced to Mondays and Fridays only in October to make room for Ned's Newt, only to be stripped of even the latter day the following January in favor of burning off Oggy and the Cockroaches. The show disappeared entirely by March, only to make it's return in September 2001-at 2:00 PM and again only on Mondays where it lasted just under four months before being dropped for good.
    • X-Men: After airing it's finale in September 1997, what had been roughly an even battle against The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries quickly transformed into a Curb-Stomp Battle that lasted four whole months before the show was finally put out of it's misery. The series returned in July 2000 in a 4:00 weekday slot, but Pokemon made damn sure that didn't last.
    • The Tick: Burned off the entire third season at 11:30 against a rising Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and then dropped in December. The show was brought back in April-and lasted all of two weeks before being taken off again, this time for keeps.
    • Stickin' Around: Premiered in July of 1997 in the time slot of Fridays at 4:30 PM. In September the series was moved to Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM with little promotion (probably the logic was that it wasn't technically a new series due to premiering two months early), and this doesn't even mention the edits for content discussed in the show's own page. The show was gone by Thanksgiving and ultimately replaced by (ironically) a fellow Nelvana series (see below).
    • Space Goofs: Intended as Fox Kids' answer to Kids' WB comedies such as Animaniacs, the show premiered in September in the prime timeslot of 9:30 AM just before Goosebumps. It stayed there until December, when it was moved to 10:30 AM again sharing an hour with Goosebumps-only to be unceremoniously dropped in April and then return in September 1998 at Mondays at 3:00 PM. As if that wasn't enough, it was moved again in January 1999 to 7:30 AM on Wednesdays as part of an attempt to burn-off several failed series in that timeslot. The show was gone from Fox Kids by March and moved to Fox Family for the spring and summer (now airing on Sunday mornings, no less) before finally being buried on Boyz Channel for that network's infamous ten-month run. The real kicker: This all happened just to get Season 1 out of the way! By comparison, the season only took one year to air on it's native channel of France 3. Season 2 has yet to be released in the United States.
    • The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police: Premiered in October 1997 at 10:30 AM, dropped after a month, returned the following February at 3:30 PM on Fridays, then moved back to Saturdays in April at 11:30 AM. Needless to say, there was no season 2.
    • Ned's Newt: Originally intended to premiere in October 1997, the show was delayed by four months to finally begin airing in February 1998 at 8:30 AM. After just two months on air, the show was moved to 8:00 AM to accommodate Power Rangers in Space. Despite this, the show returned for the Fall of '98-at 7:30 AM Tuesday-Thursday (Monday & Friday went to reruns of Life with Louie), where it aired until January, when it was dropped in favor of the burn-off experiment mentioned above.
    • Toonsylvania: Premiered in February 1998 at 9:30 AM and was sandwiched between two episodes of Goosebumps, then moved in April to 10:30 AM as part the short-lived No Yell Motel sub-block. Not too bad treatment, enough at least to get a second season-which was unceremoniously dumped on Mondays at 3:30 PM. Slightly justified in that they probably didn't want to separate the show from Goosebumps, but that's still no excuse for how little advertising the show got in this slot. The show was dropped in January and moved to Fox Family, where it finished the season in reruns on Sunday mornings.
    • Silver Surfer: Premiered at 11:30 AM in February 1998 with the intention that it would carry over the ratings success of X-Men. When that didn't happen, Fox Kids wasted little time moving to show ahead to 11:00-directly against Animaniacs and proving once and for all just how invincible the Warner Siblings truly were.note . The surfer wiped-out in May and would not ride again until 2009.
    • Despite being well-received by audiences and Godzilla fans alike (especially compared to the heavily panned movie that inspired it), Godzilla: The Series had the misfortune to debut just as Pokémon hit the airwaves. Months after its debut, Fox Kids launched a counterattack by buying the rights to air Digimon starting in August 1999. As a result, the second season of Godzilla: The Series (which started a month later) was plagued with preemptions (mostly by new network darling Digimon), timeslot changes (first 8:30 AM, then 9:30 AM by December, then 10:00 AM in February, and finally 11:30 AM in April), and episodes being aired out of order, with two of them never even airing in the U.S. Needless to say, it became impossible for audiences to find the show, and it was off the air by May 2000, replaced by reruns of Dungeons & Dragons.
    • The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs: Premiered in September 1998 at 10:30 AM, then moved to 11:30 AM at midseason. While the show managed to get a second season, those episodes aired right after Season 1 was finished with Fox Kids making no mention that there were separate seasons.
    • Mad Jack the Pirate: Premiered in September 1998 at 11:00 AM and while at first facing stiff competition from The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries during it's first two months, things quickly improved when that show was given a bonus episode at 10:30, leaving viewers free to watch Mad Jack without missing anything. As if things couldn't get any better for the bumbling pirate, he got a second boost in February when Kids' WB moved the E/I-mandated Histeria! into the 11:00 slot. Good enough for a second season, right? Wrong. Mad Jack's "reward" for six months of successful ratings was to become the designated Sacrificial Lamb for a new Woody Woodpecker series which replaced the show in May-see below for how that turned out.
    • Oggy and the Cockroaches: Originally planned to air as part of a two-in-one series with Space Goofs on weekday afternoons, the show instead premiered on Saturday mornings at 11:30 AM as it's own show. After four months of mediocre ratings the shows was moved to Fridays at 7:30 AM, as part of the same burn-off slot as Space Goofs. The show was relocated to Fox Family in May 1999 as part of flagship afternoon block "The Basement", staying there until being dropped entirely sometime before the end of the year, not even getting the privilege of joining it's sister show on Boyz Channel.
    • The Magician: Burned off all 39 episodes in just seven months between February-September 1999.
    • The New Woody Woodpecker Show: Premiered in May 1999 and ran for just four months on Saturdays before being promoted to the sweet slot of weekday afternoons at 4:30 PM-where it lasted just a single month before getting pulled in favor of Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. Season 2 would not premiere until September 2001, where it aired Tuesday-Thursday afternoons at 2:00 PM-when much of the target audience is still in school. The show was dropped again when Fox Kids abandoned it's entire weekday block four months later and suffered another five-month hiatus before finally beginning Season 3 and returning to Saturdays in June of 2002, and at the early death slot of 8:00 AM to boot.
    • Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: Premiered at 8:00 AM Saturdays, dropped after four weeks in favor of Monster Rancher, returned in December at the same timeslot, then finally moved to Mondays at 3:00 PM in January. The show was dropped in March with nine episodes left unaired until the show entered syndication exactly one year later.
    • Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: Premiered in September 1999 at 11:30 AM, then dropped after only six episodes to make room for The Avengers: United They Stand. The show would not return until January 2001, when all the remaining episodes were burned off on weekdays at 3:30 PM with almost no advertising. The show would return to Saturdays in mid-March, but was placed at 10:00-directly against Pokémon. The show was then moved to 9:00 following a five-week Curb-Stomp Battle, only for Jackie Chan Adventures to deactivate the robotic duo for good.
    • Xyber 9: New Dawn: Dropped after four months with only 10 out of 22 episodes aired. The rest would premiere on Toon Disney's Jetix block in 2007.
    • Spider-Man Unlimited: Premiered in October 1999 and dropped the same month with only three episodes aired and would not return until the following December, initially at 11:00 AM then moved to 8:30 AM by February. By summer 2001 the show was gone for good.
    • Beast Machines: Premieres at 11:00 AM and was expected to easily win it's timeslot-nobody expected the so-called "competition" of Kids' WB's E/I-mandated Detention to pull in Pokemon-level ratings. After seven months, Primal & Co. were sabotaged futher by a move in April 2000 to 10:00 AM-directly against Pokemon, and keeping that slot when Season 2 premiered. No points for guessing what happened come February 2001. To add insult to injury, the show was replaced with second-run episodes of The Zack Files.
    • The Avengers: United They Stand: Premiered in October 1999 at 11:30 AM-against The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, by then Kids' WB's longest-running original series-and also the initial opponent that claimed Silver Surfer in the same timeslot. The show was placed on hiatus in February despite having aired all but one of its 13 episodes. That final episode aired in March, and then the show was instantly removed to make room for Flint the Time Detective.
    • NASCAR Racers: After managing a moderate win against Max Steel, the show won the rare distinction of a Post-1997 Fox Kids show earning a second season. Unfortunately, it also got a new timeslot of 11:00 now facing first Batman Beyond and then Static Shock. After six weeks, the show was moved to 11:30 placing it back against Max Steel. All went well until February, when Kids' WB shuffled it's schedule note  and moved Batman Beyond to 11:30. Even worse, Fox Kids refused to move NASCAR to Steel's new time of 8:00, having decided propping up Power Rangers Time Force was more important.note By April, Team Fastex had run out of ratings fuel and took their final pit stop-as a final insult the show was replaced with reruns of Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends.
    • Action Man (2000): Premiered in August 2000 in the cushy slot of 9:30 AM. Despite facing the critically-mauled Cardcaptor Sakura on Kids' WB, the show still managed to somehow underperform and was later moved to 8:30 AM-once again against Pokemon. Having already been renewed for a second season, Fox Kids chose to rush production of those episodes and moved the show to weekdays in January 2001-first at 4:00 PM and then at 3:00 PM by March. Action Man ultimately did continue into Fall 2001 but was now airing at 2:00 PM, and only on Fridays. (likely as a timefiller owing to Woody Woodpecker not having enough episodes to fill a full weekday slot by itself).
    • Cybersix: Premiered in August 2000 at 8:30 AM, moved to 11:30 AM after only two months, dropped two episodes later.
    • The Ripping Friends: Premiered in September 2001, a month when terrestrial television faced countless pre-emptions owing to coverage of...well, you-know-what. By the time the season officially began in November, the show had already been moved to 10:00 AM-once again against Pokemon. The show was dropped in February to make room for Galidor.
    • Alienators: Evolution Continues: Aired at 11:30 for it's entire run, with Fox Kids apparently content to watch Yu-Gi-Oh! beat the show into a pulp five times over.
  • In an example of an affiliate screwing over another network's children's block, UPN owned-and-operated station WUPA was not kind to FOX children's block 4KidsTV during that block's run on the stationnote . The station aired the block on Sunday mornings instead of Saturdays with barely any promotion, and often, WUPA would air infomercials in between 4KidsTV programs. When UPN decided to merge with The WB to form The CW, WUPA elected to carry the Kids' WB! block upon that network's launch, dropping 4KidsTV entirely. Since WAGA-TV nor any other station in the Atlanta market picked up the block (including WATL, who later affiliated with FOX-owned MyNetworkTV), 4KidsTV was unavailable in the Atlanta market for the final two years of its run, with its only prescene being through cable video on-demand systems. The whole debacle was one of many issues regarding affiliate coverage that played a major factor in the cancellation of 4KidsTV in 2008.
    • At least two other markets where Fox Kids wasn't on their FOX station didn't carry the 4KidsTV block at all. In Birmingham, Alabama, the Fox Kids block was dropped from former WB affiliate WTTO (who was the station's original Fox affiliate, now a CW affiliate) in 2000, and Greensboro, North Carolina ended up losing the Fox Kids block in 2002 when WTWB-TV (who carried the block in lieu of WGHP; it's now CW affiliate WCWG) dropped the block after the weekday block was canceled. As a result, 4KidsTV wasn't picked up in either market as no stations in the markets were interested in it (granted, both markets are barely within the Top 50, so they wouldn't have given 4KidsTV a viewership boost; it was the loss of Atlanta coverage that mattered). Much like Atlanta's case, the block was only available in those markets through video on-demand services.
  • Allen Gregory was doomed from the start thanks to Fox only commissioning seven episodes and reduced the budget for the pilot episode. Not only did the network have no faith in the show, they basically had it as filler in between the bigger shows like Family Guy and The Simpsons. As a result, the show had a very bizarre art style and character design with even stranger plotlines while the show itself got canned after seven episodes.
  • The Critic wasn't treated great by ABC, but Fox was way worse. Despite pulling in respectable ratings and a very positive reception, the show got cancelled by Fox (not officially, in order to ensure that it couldn't be revived by other networks) all because the then-president of Fox hated it (preferring another show that itself got cancelled after a single season).

  • 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 the series 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. Good Vibes 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 were cancelled after only a few of their 13 episodes aired in the U.S., the latter receiving complaints from Muslim groups about the depiction of Gandhi. Both series were minor cult hits in Canada, with a possible movie for Undergrads in the future.
  • 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.
  • Spider-Man: The New Animated Series saw a good chunk of the episodes for its only season burned through by MTV debuting two episodes on the same night for weeks in addition to little promotion by MTV.

  • During the final three years of NBC's orignal Saturday morning block, all of its programming outside of Saved by the Bell suffered constant Executive Meddling. 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 newer shows, like Captain N: The Game Master and the Animated Adaptation of The Karate Kid, the latter of which was promptly axed due to low ratings. Both shows had to rely on word-of-mouth as NBC chose to spend their resources headlining Saved by the Bell. Then, a year later, Kissyfurnote  was axed and its time slot replaced by NBA Inside Stuff, a recap program of NBA basketball gamesnote . At the same time, NBC exhausted more advertising revenue toward Saved by the Bell, causing drastic budget cuts for cartoons airing on the block. Potential viewers would either move to other blocks, such as newcomer Fox Kids, or watch Nickelodeon instead. Then, in the block's final year, Captain N was shortened from an hour to a half-hour, and both 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 critically panned and proved to be the final straw. As a result of the persistent ratings failures and continued pressure within the children's television market, NBC ordered all Saturday morning programs canceled, save for only Saved by the Bell since it was the most successful show of the block. They continued airing reruns of the shows until August 1st, 1992, when a teen-oriented live-action block named TNBC and a Saturday morning edition of Today took its place. Saved by the Bell and NBA Inside Stuff 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 format.
  • 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 them pull out of the dealnote , NBCU pulled out as well. Instead of KidsCo, NBCU wanted to focus their efforts on Sprout back in the U.S, which they bought off PBS just a few weeks before. 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. 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. 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 channel was launched), Caillou couldn't find a new network and thus has not aired in the region since, although one could stream Caillou on-demand since 2017, when DHX via the WildBrain subsidiary made the streaming app available in the region. The shuttering also had a proactive reaction in the region, as many Hallmark holiday animated specials produced since are not screened in the region simply because there is no outlet to screen them.
  • PBJ, a joint venture network of Classic Media (part of DreamWorks Animation) and broadcaster Luken Communications, was aired on 19 affiliates nationwide, but cable providers found the channel to be worthless and refused to carry it. The network shut down abruptly after five years of operations due to catastrophic ratings, and any talk of the network being resurrected was silenced when NBCUniversal took over DreamWorks, taking Classic Media with them.
  • The two examples above didn't matter by the time NBCUniversal's parent company, Comcast, purchased DreamWorks Animation, which will give them ownership of the children's-oriented DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia. This can go both ways: either it ends up making the screwing over of the above networks even more humiliating, or the DreamWorks Channel gets the dubious honor of joining KidsCo and Hallmark Channel Asia in the long list of channels screwed over by NBCUniversal. Fans of DreamWorks are watching NBCU's moves very closely, but given the PBJ example above, many are not holding their breath. As of 2019, the dust from the Executive Meddling Network Decay has settled and it seems that the channel has shifted to airing more mainstream family programming and animated films. The fixed daylight hours time slot for preschooler programs appears to have been broken up and made completely random and intelligible (with most of the preschool shows scheduled for past midnight, and only small chunks between 9-11 AM and 2-4 PM weekdays), with those daytime slots dedicated to shows that they think will be popular, like Noddy: Toyland Detective (which, by the way, is receiving constant venom from fans of the older Noddy shows- The reimaging went in a direction not liked by the Noddy fandom). Naturally, Slice of Life fans are NOT pleased with this change.
  • God, the Devil and Bob received rather favorable reviews and had quality comparable to FOX's animated sitcoms like The Simpsons and Futurama. 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, who reportedly never liked the series, 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.
  • Make Way For Noddy and Zou both got this treatment on the NBC Kids block. They aired at the very end of the block, and often got pre-empted for sports. Even worse, both shows never aired their full run of episodes.
  • Back when they had a qubo block, VeggieTales was treated this way after two seasons, despite it being the second-highest-rated show on the block after 3-2-1 Penguins! A third season of the show was planned and created, but never aired;note  NBC decided to re-run the first two seasons for the 2008-09 season instead. The show was pulled from the block a year later; coincidentally, all this happened before NBCU ended up owning both shows after snapping up DreamWorks Animation.
  • On NBCUniversal's Sprout network, Yaya and Zouk was first aired with a marathon of episodes on a Saturday afternoon. After those episodes, Sprout moved it to a 6 am timeslot weekday mornings, and the show got removed later.
  • In addition to Network Decay, some already considered the Sprout channel's rebrand as Universal Kids in September of 2017 as this. Sprout remained on the new channel as a preschool programming block that aired from 3am to 6pm, taking up the majority of the channel's airtime, while Universal Kids programs the remaining hours; similar to how Cartoon Network and [adult swim] operate. note  Considering NBCU's horrible tendency to screw over their networks or make changes to their programming that just makes things worse for everyone, and coming off a more extreme instance of this happening with the now defunct NickMom block on Nick Jr., most Sprout viewers had already given up hope.
    • Case in point: the Sprout branding was retired in January 2018, yet preschool programming still dominates Universal Kids' schedule.
  • The new Little People series apparently became the first casualty of Universal Kids, with the show vanishing off the network's schedules, mentions of the show disappearing from the website, and Fisher-Price dumping the episodes in a timed manner onto Youtube. In reality, trouble had been brewing for the show since February 2017, with the show being constantly pre-empted up until its removal immediately after the Universal Kids rebranding.
  • School of Roars had the misfortune of premiering at the exact same time Sprout re-branded. As a result, the show was shoved into an early-morning timeslot to make room for the tween-oriented programming, and was pulled from the schedule by the end of the year.
  • Terrific Trucks, which also premiered around the same time as School of Roars, got poorer treatment than that show. The episodes were burned off in marathon blocks before vanishing off the schedule for repeats of Caillou, Kody Kapow and Noddy, Toyland Detective.

  • Because of most PBS stations scheduling entirely locally, PBS should shoulder no blame for any kind of screwing outside of the odd occasions where Congress gets in the way. Also check out the PBS folder in Live-Action TV to learn about how live action PBS series were screwed over.
  • While WordGirl was a very popular series, PBS decided to can it after season 8, and quietly dumped the last episodes on their website and video app. Although one particular reason as to why the series was cancelled was most likely because the show's production company, Soup2Nuts, was shuttered in 2015.
  • Despite still being popular, Martha Speaks was quietly cancelled after season 6. It wasn't even airing on the 24/7 channel, at least until late November 2018. There are rumors going around about how the author of the book the show was based on sued DHX Media, resulting in the show's cancellation.
  • The stand-alone version of Thomas the Tank Engine was treated terribly by PBS. For starters, a lot of PBS stations (with the exception of Rhode Island PBS, who aired the model episodes as late as 2012) outright refused to show the model episodes once the switch to CGI happened for the series note  and only showed the widely-reviled Sharon Miller CGI episodes (seasons 1-7 were staples on PBS Kids Sprout before they, too, switched to showing nothing but the Miller episodes). They rarely, if ever, advertised new episodes unless a movie was premiering. Some stations, such as WTVI PBS Charlotte, either only aired the show on weekends at awkward time slots, or never even aired it at all. And then there's the Executive Meddling: in order to fit PBS' uptight standards, HiT Entertainment revamped the show from season 8 to season 16 to make it more educational. Even after the show improved with the arrival of Andrew Brenner in season 17, PBS still only showed episodes from the Dork Age. In December 2017, PBS announced that their broadcast rights to Thomas had expired and would not be renewed, resulting in a lot of soccermoms complaining to the network and Mattel on Facebook. The show then moved to Nick Jr., which gave it even worse treatment and then was made a Netflix original series in the United States.
  • PBS loves Invisible Advertising. Shows such as Arthur, Nature Cat, Wild Kratts, Ready Jet Go!, and Peg + Cat all have been subject to this trope occasionally whenever they have a week of new episodes. Nobody ever knows about the episodes unless they check their local PBS station's website or the show's social media promotes the episode.
  • Ready Jet Go! was constantly subject to this trope throughout its run. At first, it was Adored by the Network, being given tons of promotion, several online games, and a second season renewal before it was even a year old. However, it ended up getting screwed in many ways, including long hiatuses, Invisible Advertising, and severe lack of attention on social media. It was cancelled after its second season ended.
  • KUAT had a bad case of this, as several PBS Kids programs took a few years to appear on their block. For example, Caillou didn't air on this affiliate until 2003, while it took until late 2001 for them to get Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Liberty's Kids got dropped by most PBS affiliates a year after its debut.
  • Similar to the WordGirl and Martha Speaks examples above, WordWorld was cancelled after season three despite being fairly popular. What makes it worse is that season 3 only lasted five episodes. The show is now airing on the 24/7 channel, however.
  • After season 8 ended in 2010 and the show was put on a hiatus, Cyberchase got screwed over. While it still gets renewed for new seasons, the show is rarely featured in promos, and most PBS affiliates tend to not air this show on weekdays, and only air the show at awkward timeslots on the weekends. The 24/7 channel only tends to show the episodes from seasons 9-11, which are generally considered to be the show's Dork Age.
  • FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, one of the channel's most popular shows, only airs on the 24/7 channel at 6:00 am EST. However, episodes can be viewed on the website, video app, and on Amazon Prime, and the show did get a short-form reboot in the form of The Ruff Ruffman Show.
  • The 2015 reboot of Bob the Builder initially was adored, getting many uploads on the PBS Kids' YouTube channel. However, half of season 2 has yet to air (in fact, Bob the Builder hasn't been airing new episodes in the US since 2016), as well as the entirety of season 3. Many PBS stations don't even air the show, while some only air the show at awkward time-slots on Sundays. When 2018 came around, the show's sole time-slot on the 24/7 channel was wiped. This may be due to a rights tangle with Mattel, who also owns Thomas & Friends. It was eventually taken off the air completely, as PBS had lost the rights, and it was also removed from the website. Luckily, in 2019, Universal Kids started airing Ready, Steady, Build! from the original show, and Qubo started airing the reboot.
  • Owing to Arthur being a Long Runner, it has become very, very rare to see episodes from the first eight seasons in reruns on PBS affiliates. Beginning in Summer 2014, many PBS stations began airing a double run of Arthur, the second run mostly composing of earlier episodes, Seasons 2-4 in-particular.
    • Some PBS affiliates now air Arthur in an early morning slot to devote time to newer shows. For instance, WNET airs it at 6:30AM, the slot that, a decade prior, was used to burn off the last few seasons of Barney & Friends.
  • Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat was launched in a blaze of publicity with high ratings, only for the 9/11 attacks to happen and cause the show to lose ratings thanks to PBS not being able to compete with bucket-tons of news coverage; the show was seemingly stopped in 2002, marking it's unofficial cancellation (the "official" cancellation happened in 2004). Some PBS stations still showed the series as late as either 2008 or 2011, with PBS Kids Sprout unceremoniously removing it from the schedule in 2009. However, CineGroupe has stated through Word of God via a since-removed edit on their page on The Other Wiki that they're looking into rebooting the series.
  • Make Way For Noddy was promised to be given a weekday slot and air nationwide, but not only did only a handful of stations air the show, they only aired it in an early weekend morning slot.
  • In Louisiana, Dragon Tales was briefly removed from the schedule in 2006 to make room for It's a Big Big World.
  • Esme & Roy was supposed to premiere nationwide on both the PBS Kids block and channel, with both channels having daily reruns. However, it actually wound up only airing on weekends on the digital channel. This is probably being used as a strategy to get viewers to gage interest in HBO Go, which also has this show.
  • Let's Go Luna!: The bomb of episodes from November 4 to November 7, 2019, received no advertising whatsoever, not even on the show's social media.
  • The January 2020 episode bomb of Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum didn't receive any advertisement, and like with many Nature Cat episodes in the latter half of season 2, PBS outright refused to release official descriptions for them. This is because PBS decided to focus on promoting The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur.
  • Despite getting heavy promotion when it was about to launch, the reboot of Clifford the Big Red Dog got this treatment a few weeks after premiering, when reruns were pulled in favor of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood on all days except for Fridays, and then promoting Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum in its' place. This probably has something to do with the show also being an Amazon Studios original series, with PBS utilizing this strategy to try to get more viewers to use the service to see new episodes on a different service before they premiere on PBS.
  • A combination of the controversy surrounding "Sugartime!" and poor ratings led to Postcards from Buster being pulled from most PBS stations in the fall of 2007 and being replaced by FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, leading to only a handful of PBS affiliates airing the final five episodes.

  • UPN started airing Dilbert, an animated adaptation of Scott Adams's mega-hit comic strip. At first they seemed very proud of it, the series premiere was their highest rated of the season and all advertisements for all their network shows ended with "On UPN: Dilbert's network". Then they moved it up and ran it after a show called Shasta McNasty, which, in the words of Scott Adams, drew the kind of audience "likely to die in a bowling ball cleaning accident." Then they bumped it up even further, putting it after both McNasty and a hour-long program on extreme stunts. The show not fitting in with UPN's then-current demographics (12-34 males and minorities) didn't help.
  • Another show affected by the Dilbert screw, by virtue of airing right after it, was Home Movies. Its original run on UPN started in a bad time to start a series, on late-April 1999 and ratings were very low. This would carry on for 4 more weeks until UPN ultimately decided to cancel it with only 5 episodes aired. Later on, when [adult swim] aired new episodes, they originally aired when the block launched at 11:00, but was later pushed to 1:30 a.m., not to mention the long hiatus, and shooting off episodes as quickly and quietly as possible.

    The WB 
  • Invasion America, the second TV work from DreamWorks Animation (the first being Toonsylvania on FOX) before their jump to movies, was given a thirteen-episode order by The WB. Since the show's content was too dark for it to air on the network's Kids' WB! block, they decided to burn off the series for prime time in the summer of 1998. With mediocre reviews and poor ratings, the series was quickly canceled, and after a second run on the Kids' WB! block (albeit with some content edited to fit the block's guidelines) the network forgot that it existed.
  • The WB also wasn't very kind to Channel Umptee-3, which was co-produced by legendary TV producer Norman Lear. After 13 episodes, The WB declined to renew the series for a second season, resulting in its abrupt cancellation. Some speculate that the depiction of network executives as villains may have offended The WB's censors, but no official reasoning for its cancelation has ever been made public.
  • 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 block of black sitcoms, 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 finally 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. But two months later, 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.
  • Phantom Investigators: According to series co-creator Stephen Holman, the show was doing very well in the ratings, but Kids' WB! gave it the axe after running for a month in June 2002. The reason being that they were number one in the ratings with males in the six-to-eleven demographic, but Phantom Investigators was doing better with girls instead of boys. WB, not wanting to lose its number one spot with young boys, cancelled the show after thirteen episodes and it has never aired on television again, nor received any VHS or DVD releases.

  • An entire network was screwed over in Fall 2015, when Teletoon Retro was shut down to make room for the newly launched Disney Channel and its siblings, as well as increase distribution for Cartoon Network and [adult swim]. However, as a result, Teletoon returned to airing classic cartoons and introduced modern versions of classics (like Wabbit: A Looney Tunes Production, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, and ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks). Plus, Teletoon at Night was pushed back to a shorter runtime on Mondays-Thursdays, allowing Teletoon to air more action cartoons, some of which (like Beware the Batman and Green Lantern: The Animated Series) have previously been screwed over. Though they ended up screwing over Teen Titans Go!, Teletoon would bring back the original Teen Titans animated series in reruns, so at least something good came out of it.
    • As part of the Fall 2015 switch, Corus Entertainment (Teletoon's parent company) moved all of Cartoon Network and [adult swim]'s shows over to their recently expanded Canadian counterparts. However, for some reason, reruns for Cartoon Cartoons and other contemporary shows from CN were removed from Cartoon Network Canada's schedule for a whole year. note  Instead, Corus used the channel to burnoff recent Teletoon programming (to fulfill CanCon requirements). Even worse, for months after the switch, the channel never aired one single episode of Adventure Time nor Regular Show.
    • Another downside to the switch was that, while Cartoon Network now has wider carriage, it was still a higher-tier network on some providers. This means that if CN wasn't in their current package, subscribers would have to pay extra. Plus, whereas [adult swim] launched their own (now-defunct) SVOD app in Canada to allow Canadian fans to legally watch their original programming, including shows that weren't being aired on the Canadian version or Teletoon at Night note , Cartoon Network programming couldn't be streamed anywhere. Perhaps realizing this, Corus would slowly phase Cartoon Network programming back to Teletoon over the next year.
    • Similar to what happened in the U.S, the seventh season of Archer was originally planned to air on [adult swim]. But, as a result of the above, and because Archer was pretty much the only major show Teletoon at Night had left, it was decided at the last minute the show would remain on Teletoon at Night.
  • My Life Me was probably one of the first original series to get screwed over, in comparison to every other show (which Teletoon milks out in order to fulfill Canadian Content laws). Fans presume this was due to the show having many detractors and being mostly liked only out of being So Bad, It's Good. However, considering Johnny Test is arguably hated even more, and the fact that it was delayed for over a year, and then given only a short run when kids were in school, and in some nondescript Saturday afternoon timeslot, there may have been more bitterness coming from Teletoon.
    • Consider Metajets, the only other original series screwed over worse than My Life Me, given a rare early morning repeat on Teletoon and Cartoon Network Canada, whereas My Life Me didn't return to the schedule until 2017, where it aired in a post-Teletoon at Night timeslot.
  • Pirate Express was only on the air for a single week in April 2015, in which Teletoon dumped the entire series in episode blocks aired in the middle of the day, and they haven't aired it again since, which is heavier than what happened to My Life Me.
    • The same thing happened to the second season of Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion, after its Channel Hop from YTV, and several episodes of Endangered Species; dumping multiple episodes of both shows in the afternoon. While Teletoon kept Endangered Species on the schedule, neither the dumped episodes nor Oh No! have aired again since.
    • Freaktown suffered the same fate. After airing the show on Mondays during the Summer of 2016, Teletoon suddenly aired multiple episodes of the show on the last Saturday of August before going on hiatus. The rest of the season was on dumped onto Saturdays afternoons in October 2016, appropriately enough, with the last episodes being aired on a lone Sunday afternoon.
  • ANY Marvel show from Disney XD that airs on Teletoon may qualify. Those looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy enjoyed being able to watch new episodes on Disney XD Canada day-and-date with the American channel. Meanwhile, season four of Ultimate Spider-Man debuted on Teletoon seven months after its U.S premiere, while season three of Avengers, Assemble! premiered in November. While this is common for international broadcasts, what really makes this jarring is the fact that Corus Entertainment owns both channels.
  • The Fairly OddParents caught a case of this on YTV in Summer 2016. Unlike Nick, which shuffled reruns over to Nicktoons, YTV still aired the show at 5am in the morning.

  • Netflix did not do a very good job of handling Twelve Forever. Though initially ignored by Cartoon Network, which is where the pilot was originally pitched at, Netflix later picked up the series but quickly experienced a Troubled Production involving repeated Schedule Slip note  and little-to-no advertisement note . Making matters worse was the original studio who made the show going under, and due to being unable to find a replacement studio, Netflix ultimately canned the show only after just one season note .
  • Netflix also screwed over Care Bears & Cousins, although this could largely also be due to Executive Meddling from American Greetings (who rebooted the franchise just after the premiere of the second season of the show, and made Unlock the Magic and put it on Boomerang in the US and Cartoonito in the UK instead). Likewise, Netflix let it’s rights for Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot expire and Hulu picked up the rights.
  • Tuca & Bertie was in a similar situation as Twelve Forever. Little advertising from the main Netflix accounts (though still more than Twelve had gotten), and despite high praise from reviewers, it was not renewed. A year later, the show would be rescued by [adult swim] for a second season.
  • Virtually every non-FOX animated sitcom such as Father of the Pride, Dilbert, and The Goode Family gets this. Seriously, try to find the one that lasted over a season. note 
  • The little-known French cartoon Wheel Squad. It reaches The Brothers Flub levels of this.
  • Many animated or kids series airing on Malaysian free-to-air TV are bound to suffer this. Privately-owned NTV7 and the government-owned RTM stations do this very often. Examples:
    • Rugrats: When they moved to NTV7 from MetroVision (now 8TV) after a four-year hiatus, episodes were randomly censored (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 part of season five did air on Disney Channel Asia before canning the show entirely). In other countries, the show has made it to season 20 as of late 2016 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 RTM1 did not pause the master tapes when cutting into ads, causing large amounts of scenes to go missing. And they did not bother bringing in Season 2 onwards.
    • 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.
    • The Malay dub for Timothy Goes to School only aired on Astro'snote  in-house channel in 2001. The rest of the series later got screwed over and hasn't been aired in that country since then.
    • 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 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 various online file lockers blocked by the MCMC's internet censorship. Eventually subverted- the network eventually came to adore the show. After the producers caved in to the bronies and dumped all slice of life content, a move which alienated slice of life lovers in the country who were following the news of the production online.
    • Magic Adventures of Mumfie was supposed to be aired by NTV7 in the early 2000's, but was replaced at the last minute by Chibi Maruko-chan, because one of the main characters was a flying pig. Actually, in this case, it's more towards Banned in China since the show has not been made available through other outlets thus far.
    • Little Princess was screwed over by NTV7 after two seasons and the third season remained unaired in the country.
    • Animaniacs lasted only one season on RTM1, airing around the start of 1995, being aired only once a week at an inconvenient timeslot of Sundays at 5:30PM, and being yanked by the end of the year.
  • Cinémoi seems to be doing this with all of the cartoons on their channel, especially The New Adventures of Lucky Luke: they've been showing the same 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 Fistful of Daltons" is shown twice whenever the lineup reaches it. Also, the episodes are aired in 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 Fistful of Daltons" replaces), meaning that, ever since Cinémoi joined DTV's lineup in September 2012, they've aired the exact same episodes at least ten times.
    • 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. In addition, both shows have fallen victim to the same eternal rerun cycle as Lucky Luke has. Not helping is the fact that these are the only cartoons on Cinémoi, and they only air in the morning.
      • Contraptus is listed as airing for around a full hour on Fridays, even though Lucky Luke still has the timeslot. Looks like Cinémoi doesn't 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 at best once every few weeks; at worst 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. However, Thursday nights usually consist of Marvel cartoons and Pokémon, while Friday nights air multiple Nickelodeon and Disney Channel cartoons, along with My Little Pony.
  • 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 Kitarō and Chibi Maruko-chan.
    • The show then resurfaced in the summer of 2014 on NHK in a plush Saturday night time slot and was pulled three months later as a result of poor ratings.
  • Italian network Boing used to play SpongeBob four times every day. Then Adventure Time came along, and they now don't air it at all.
  • Stripperella got screwed over by Spike majorly. It aired on a late night block with much more juvenile and widely hated shows such as Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon. The show was praised for its intelligent humor and well-done animation and was generally liked by those who had seen it, but the fact that Spike had hyped up the show for its nudity turned potential viewers off. 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), canceled it after 13 episodes, and then gave it a poorly-masterednote  "uncensored" 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 much faster as well, had the show stayed on RTL. Instead, it debuted only in December 2015 on yet another channel (AXN), by which time several of the voice actors were unavailable.
  • 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 then dropped it after a week, replacing it with reruns of Wolverine and the X-Men.
    • Later, in 2017, they aired The Legend of Korra at 4 AM. Note that while most of the programming in that timeframe is reruns of older shows (such as Code Lyoko or Martin Mystery), this was Korras first airing' outside of pay-TV and DVD releases.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic suffered greatly from this in Germany thanks to a case of Poor Communication Kills. Hasbro licensed the show to Viacom Europe, who intended to have it aired on Nickelodeon about a year after the American one. By the time that Viacom started 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 "underground" in 2011. 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 4-7 year-old girls to 5-12 year-old girls in addition to their parents. Viacom in turn couldn't inform Nickelodeon Germany, the station to air the show, about any of this. Nickelodeon Germany 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.
  • The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin was only shown in timeslots when the target audience wouldn't be able to watch the show. It would usually air anywhere from 4:00AM in the morning to 3:00PM in the afternoon. It was quickly forgotten and cancelled, and was supposed to air in syndication again for the 1998-99 television series, but nobody was willing to pick it up. It was only ever re-run on Teletoon in Canada, where it only aired five episodes before being dropped for Mega Babies.
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie was this on many PBS affiliates. The show was syndicated out to public broadcasters and not an actual part of the network's programs, which gave the networks a chance to decide when to air it. Many chose to air it in early morning timeslots, while others ended it with 6 out of 13 segments aired. The only affiliate that gave it proper treatment was Buffalo, New York's PBS affiliate.
  • Sonic Underground had this treatment in the US on the syndication block, Bohbot Kids Network. Episodes aired on weekdays very early in the morning note  at a time when its target audience were either still asleep or getting ready for school. To make matters worse, the episodes that were originally scheduled to air on Fridays were skipped and replaced with Double Dragon note  instead. As a result, only 32 of the 40 episodes produced aired.
  • When Showcase Cinema brought back the Kidtoon Films children's matinee series in 2016, they changed 7 of the TV shows/movies they were going to show. Their Octonauts screening became a Shimmer and Shine screening, the Dora And Friends: Into The City! screening became a screening of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, the Zack and Quack screening became a Transformers: Rescue Bots screening, a screening of Babar became Blinky Bill: The Movie, the Barbie Starlight Adventure screening became a screening of the 2014 Maya the Bee movie, a screening of the 2014 movie of The Boxcar Children got replaced by both Barbie and Her Sisters in A Puppy Chase and Thomas and Friends: The Great Race, and a screening of The Snowman was cancelled with no replacement film before the program went into a brief hiatus. No reasons have been revealed for why the first four were changed or why the screening of The Snowman was cancelled, but there are reasons for why Barbie Starlight Adventure and The Boxcar Children got changed. Starlight Adventure changing was due to the fact that Fathom Events screened the movie in late July, and the screening of The Boxcar Children got cancelled due to a partnership between Mattel and Kidtoons making one of their films to be replaced with Barbie and Her Sisters in a Puppy Chase.
  • People who live in Portugal and like Jimmy Two-Shoes are very unlucky. It only aired once on SIC in the second half of 2011, around 7:30am.
  • A supposed, very brief-lived attempt to air The Ren & Stimpy Show on the Italian RAI happened from 1996-1997. Nobody knows exactly when the series aired, the voice actors of the characters, or literally anything about the series' Italian version. The only thing known is that some episodes were aired by RAI 2 at 7AM, and then the show, because of either a low audience or Moral Guardians, was swiftly canceled before it could have had a little popularity. There is no trace of an Italian dub on the Internet (save for the Happy Happy Joy Joy's song introduction, which at least demonstrates that it was dubbed), and the little information that can be found about the series in Italy are very vague. The Adult Party Cartoon aired some years later on the Italian version of FOX, but even there it got rapidly cancelled. The original series finally aired on Nickelodeon Italy in June 2016, but with subtitles, which implies that the Italian dub of the series was lost forever.
  • Russian channel REN TV went through a management shuffle and rebranding, and ended up deciding that they didn't want The Simpsons anymore. Unfortunately, they had a contractual obligation to air seasons 17 and 18. They burned them off in early mornings and did the cheapest dub possible in-house. Season 17 was somewhat tolerable, although all of the voice actors were replaced. Season 18 had one of the laziest excuses for a dub on Russian television, with all the voice actors replaced again and the scripts reduced to a horrible translation that was (allegedly) done in one take.
    • Another channel, 2x2 (described below), picked up the rights and treated the series pretty well, up until it was time to air seasons 17-18. Sure enough, they outright refused to redub REN TV's half-assed efforts because it costs money. They did bring back the original crew for season 19 and beyond.
    • At some point, REN TV had their hands on South Park. They jerked around with voice actors and time slots, and it never really gained any ground. MTV Russia later picked up the series, and it became a smash hit for the network.
  • Russian channel 2x2 started out as a 24-hour adult animation channel. In the beginning their main selling point was the premiere of an [adult swim] block, which was treated like a separate block with localized Cyrillic [эдалт свим] bug, and was heavily promoted along with an English block. Some time later all promotion died down, the block was kicked to 1:10am and reduced to a half-hour, the English block was pushed even further and became a backburner for shows they don't care to even dub, and now the block is no more. As a result, several shows sat on the sidelines for years without new episodes. When 2x2 finally came around, they couldn't deliver the same voices and ended up skipping seasons.
    • Aqua Teen Hunger Force received this treatment despite Carl from the series being the channel's mascot. The original order was 4 seasons, then they got a movie and season 5 a few years later (minus the episode "Bible Fruit", due to religious content). Then, a whopping 4 years later, they delivered seasons 7 and 8, losing season 6 along with half of the voice actors, notably Master Shake and Meatwad. Another 4 years later they delivered all of the final seasons except season 9.
    • Metalocalypse got 14 episodes from the first season repeated ad nausea for 4 years. Fortunately, 2x2 woke up and gave people the rest of season 1, season 2 and season 4.
    • The Venture Bros. also wouldn't advance beyond the original 2 season order for a solid 4 years. When they did, they dubbed season 4. That's right, no season 3, no original voices. In this case the fans of the show pretty much hated both dubs anyway, since half of the jokes were lost in translation.
    • Squidbillies dubbing never went past the first two seasons.
    • Space Ghost Coast to Coast, starting from season 7 (the Adult Swim episodes), got a really small you-blink-you-missed run, to the point there are no recordings of any dubbed episodes on the Internet.
    • With the block on decline, 2x2 gave The Boondocks special treatment by bringing two fairly famous Russian rappers on board to dub certain characters. The show was broadcasted on primetime and was a big success. When season 3 became available, said rappers quit halfway through the dubbing, which resulted in the other half being finished without them. 2x2 dumped the season premiere on air without any prior announcements whatsoever (you had to check the schedule on their website to notice), and stopped dubbing past season 3.
    • As of 2019 the only Adult Swim things they care about are Rick and Morty and Robot Chicken. The rest of the schedule is non-stop marathon of The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad! and Futurama with an odd premiere here and there.
  • Danger & Eggs, despite being received with critical acclaim upon its release and winning a Daytime Emmy, only ever received a single season. No announcement was made as to whether the show was cancelled by Amazon or not, but one of the show's creators, Shadi Petosky, spoke out against the company's decision to bring Jeffrey Tambor back onto the cast of another show, Transparent, even after a set of abuse allegations emerged. (Much of the show's crew, including Petosky, would move on to Netflix's Twelve Forever.)

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