20 TV Shows That Were Canceled for Reasons That Still Baffle Us

People get seriously attached to TV shows. They invest time, emotions, and memes into them. And when a show gets canceled, it feels like a piece of their world is crumbling.

Social media explodes with rants, petitions, and hashtags. Fans might even stage elaborate campaigns to bring the show back from the dead- it’s a digital rebellion!

One Redditor asked, “What is a good show that got canceled for no good reason?” Many users commented on this thread, and we have picked the top 20 TV shows for you!

1. Dark Matter

Zoie Palmer in Dark Matter (2015).
Image Credit: SYFY.

“Dark Matter”- oh boy, where do we even start? This show is a sci-fi junkie’s dream come true, a twisted tale of space, identity, and moral gray areas that’ll have your brain doing somersaults.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Dark Matter. It was canceled right as it was becoming interesting.”

Another replied, “It was already interesting. Just had a massive cliffhanger. Now, Stargate Universe I could buy the “just getting interesting” line. I liked the show, but it had a very slow burn getting started.”

2. Better off Ted

Malcolm Barrett and Jonathan Slavin in Better Off Ted (2009).
Image Credit: ABC.

The hidden gem: “Better Off Ted”! This show is like a quirky, satirical look at corporate life that’ll have you laughing, cringing, and nodding your head in agreement all at once.

One said, “”Veridian Dynamics. Doing the right thing. It’s important. What does it mean in business? We have no idea. We know what wrong is. Actually, no, we don’t. Because we’re a successful company, not some boring ethics professor. Veridian Dynamics. Right and Wrong. It means something. We just don’t know what.””

Another added, “I came here looking for this. I think it really got cancelled because network TV watchers were overall too dumb for it.”

3. Rome

Rome (2005),
Image Credit: HBO.

Ah, “Rome” – a show that takes you back in time to the days of ancient glory and political intrigue. Get ready for a history lesson like no other, where togas and power plays are the name of the game.

A Reddit user wrote, “Rome HBO canceled it because they considered it too expensive.”

Someone else added, “It was insanely expensive. The only reason it got made was because it was a BBC joint production. 100 million a season in 2007 dollars. Even for a flagship show, which this wasn’t, that’s a ton of money.”

4. Deadwood

Jeffrey Jones, Powers Boothe, Ian McShane, and William Sanderson in Deadwood (2004).
Image Credit: HBO.

“Deadwood”- prepare yourself for a gritty, raw, and utterly captivating ride through the wild west. This show is like a time capsule that transports you straight into the lawless town of Deadwood, South Dakota, during the late 1800s.

Someone commented, “Deadwood on HBO, years ago.”

Another replied, “The movie they did didn’t do it justice. They really shoulda done a limited series to tie everything up, because the movie felt like a long episode, and they tried to cram everything in there. It just wasn’t worthy of the series.”

Another added, “Deadwood is my favorite television show of all time. Hard to wrap my mind around how something that good could possibly not have pulled in enough numbers to maintain interest.”

5. Dead Like Me

Dead Like Me.
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

“Dead Like Me”- now there’s a show that brings the afterlife to life in the quirkiest and most unexpected way. Imagine if the Grim Reaper had a side gig as a relatable, sarcastic, and slightly dysfunctional character- that’s the heart of this darkly comedic gem.

One said, “I’ve rewatched it at least once a year for about 15 years now. I quote it way too much.”

A user responded, “This show was basically my early teens! It was the only thing I had saved on my computer then, and I watched it endlessly <3”

6. Mindhunter

Anna Torv in Mindhunter
Image Credit: Netlflix.

Get ready to dive deep into the twisted minds of serial killers and the people who make it their mission to understand them. This show is like a chilling journey into the darkness of criminal psychology and the birth of modern behavioral profiling.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “Gotta say Mindhunter. Really seemed like one of the only shows that Netflix actually dragged their feet on canceling, seeming to hope Fincher would return to it.”

Another replied, “It’s been like 3 years, and I still get salty when I think about it. Mindhunter was the best show I had seen in years, and it was stopped so prematurely.”

7. 1899

Alexandre Willaume in ‎1899‎ - Production Still Image
Image Credit: Netflix.

Brace yourself for a mind-bending historical horror series that’s bound to keep you on the edge of your seat. This show is like a chilling voyage across the high seas, where the past collides with the supernatural, and the line between reality and nightmare blurs.

A Reddit user wrote, “1899. 2nd most watched show on Netflix for the month after it was released. Canceled Season 2. What the heck, Netflix?”

Another added, “That was the cancellation that spurred my own. Never understood this whole movement of people jumping ship on streaming services until then. Put up with all the cancellations before, that kind of made sense like Dirk gently. But 1899 100% had the viewers to keep going, and the writers to deliver. Netflix is an out-of-touch mess.”

8. Santa Clarita Diet

Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore in Santa Clarita Diet Season 2
Image Credit: Saeed Adyani/Netflix.

Someone commented, “Santa Clarita diet *you Netflix!”

Someone else added, “I am STILL mad about that one!!!! They left it on a cliffhanger, and I NEED to know how that story ends!!!”

Here’s the catch: “Santa Clarita Diet” was canceled after three seasons. Just when you’re invested in the Hammond family’s crazy antics, the curtain closes.

9. Altered Carbon

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee in Altered Carbon
Image Credit: Katie Yu / Netflix.

One said, “Altered Carbon. I mean, season 2 was a mess, but season 1 was great.”

A user responded, “Pretty sure they changed writers/production team, and the new team just completely messed everything up.”

“Altered Carbon” got the dreaded cancellation after two seasons. While fans were left hungry for more of its mind-bending storytelling, those two seasons are a treasure trove of cyberpunk goodness that you can dive into.

10. Inside Job

Inside Job: Part 2. (L to R) Tisha Campbell as Gigi, John DiMaggio as Glenn, Clark Duke as Brett Hand, and Bobby Lee as André in Inside Job: Part 2
Image Credit: COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

Prepare to peel back the curtain on the secret world of conspiracies, paranormal phenomena, and government cover-ups in this animated comedy series.

One shared, “Inside Job hurts the most because Netflix confirmed a Season 2 then went jk lol. Edit: To clarify, yes there are two seasons listed on Netflix, but both of those were produced as one big 16-episode Season One and released essentially as Season 1a and 1b in 2022, a couple months apart from each other. Then Netflix announced the show would be getting another season, then went back on that and canceled the show.”

Another added, “One of the best-animated series I’ve seen in a long time. Absolute bummer that it got canceled.”

11. I Am Not Okay With This

Sofia Bryant in I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS
Image Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.

Someone on Reddit said, “I’m Not Okay with This was such an amazing show that ended on such a cliffhanger. I didn’t realize it was canceled. D***it!”

Another replied, “Yeah! At least it had a slightly more understandable reason than some of the others; basically, COVID messed up its filming schedules and such to where they couldn’t time it right to film the show and keep the actors/crew under contract for that long, so it was basically a COVID casualty.”

So, if you’re looking for a coming-of-age story that’s equal parts relatable, heartfelt, and delightfully offbeat, “I Am Not Okay With This” should definitely be on your watchlist.

12. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood).
Image Credit: Bettina Strauss/BBCA.

A Reddit user wrote, “My brother, who never would have watched this show on his own in a million years, got paid to watch it for a marketing company. He fell in love with it, so much so that he convinced me to watch it. I feel like people thought it would be hokey and stayed away or never heard about it in the first place.”

Someone else added, “I have so much love in my heart for Dirk Gently, and I’m so sad it ended just when things were getting really, truly bonkers.”

While “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” only had two seasons before it was unfortunately canceled, those two seasons are a rollercoaster of mind-bending storytelling, laugh-out-loud humor, and unexpected twists and turns.

13. SENSE8

Sense8 - Production Still Image.
Image Credit: Netflix.

Now this is a show that reminds us that, no matter our differences, we are all connected by the threads of shared emotions, experiences, and the boundless capacity for love and understanding.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “This. Yesss – I didn’t see your comment & just commented Sense8 myself. Possibly my favorite ever shows to stream (& I watch a TON of Tv!)

Another added, “The news that Sense8 was coming out was what got me to subscribe to Netflix in the first place.”

14. Glow

Rebekka Johnson, Jackie Tohn, Kia Stevens in Glow
Image Credit: Ali Goldstein/Netflix.

One said, “Glow. Made me so mad they had a 4th? Season lined up and then canceled because of covid. As if they couldn’t have returned to filming afterward like they did with other shows.”

A user responded, “It wasn’t just lined up, it was halfway finished filming, and they still canceled it.”

“GLOW” ran for three seasons on Netflix, each offering a mix of laughter, empowerment, and poignant moments. Unfortunately, the show was unexpectedly canceled, leaving fans longing for more.

15. The OA

Brit Marling in The OA
Image Credit: JoJo Whilden/Netflix.

Someone commented, “Yup, they jammed trailers for it down my throat for months. I binge-watch it, then they cancel it.”

One replied, “x100000k. We’ll never know what happens next”

Someone else added, “I’m here for my monthly complaint about the OA being canceled. Easily the most twisted “holy s*** I didn’t see THAT coming” cliffhanger on season 2, and that’s how we got left.”

“The OA” ran for two seasons on Netflix, and its narrative left fans eagerly awaiting answers to the show’s many mysteries. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after its second season, leaving some storylines unresolved and sparking a fan campaign for its continuation.

16. Lockwood and Co.

Lockwood and Co Season 1.
Image Credit: Parisa Taghizadeh/Netflix.

Someone on Reddit said, “Lockwood and Co. great set-up for a season two but NOOOO, TO LITTLE PEOPLE WATCHING IT. I swear they use that answer every time, and it’s annoying us all off, btw watch it; it’s amazing.”

Another replied, “It happens to the best of us, mate, I found out via YT most of the time, but for Lockwood, I looked it up, I wanted season two so badly; they could’ve made it in the Stranger Things break, like tf?”

Now this show broke many hearts when it got canceled!

17. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The Dark Crystal Series
Image Credit: KEVIN BAKER/Netflix.

A Reddit user wrote, “This show revived a lost moviemaking artform and immediately crushed it back to oblivion with its cancellation. I often wonder what happened to all the puppeteers and physical set artists.”

Another added, “I still don’t understand this one. It wasn’t super popular but had decent viewers, and it had great reviews.”

A user responded, “The crazy thing, too, is that a bulk of the cost, the puppets and scenery, were already done. They spent so much time and money on making 110 puppets and then just threw it out after 10 episodes.”

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” was met with critical acclaim for its visuals, storytelling, and its ability to capture the spirit of the original film, and so was unfortunately canceled after its first season.

18. Teenage Bounty Hunters

TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS (L to R) MADDIE PHILLIPS as STERLING WESLEY and ANJELICA BETTE FELLINI as BLAIR WESLEY in episode 102 of TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS
Image Credit: TINA ROWDEN/NETFLIX.

Buckle up for a wild and unexpected ride that combines crime-fighting with high school drama in the most entertaining way possible.

A discerning Reddit user commented, “yesss! I loved this show 🙁 Out of all the Netflix shows that got canceled, this was probably the one that upsets me the most.”

Another responded, “An absolute gem of a show. Super annoyed that one didn’t get renewed, as it left absolutely everything unresolved at the end of Season 1.”

19. Anne With an E

Anne with an E - Production Still Image
Image Credit: Netflix.

One said, “Yeeeeeees!!! My soul literally HURTS still after Anne was canceled. I’m still so annoyed with Netflix.”

Someone else added, “Awww!! I was just patiently waiting. That s**ks! I loved that, Anne. She was great.”

While the show garnered a fanbase and was praised for its compelling storytelling, it faced an unexpected cancellation after its third season.

20. Archive 81

Archive 81. (L to R) Kristen Griffith as Cassandra, Michelle Federer as Evie Crest in episode 104 of Archive 81.
Image Credit: QUANTRELL D. COLBERT/NETFLIX.

Someone commented, “Came here to say this after watching Archive 81. This one hurt. It was such a great thriller with a nice cliffhanger then… netflixed.”

Another replied, “Not only canceled season 2 but canceled it only 2 months after its debut.”

Sadly, we have to bid farewell to the perfect mix of horror and mystery so soon!

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Kim Dickens as Madison Clark - Fear the Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 6.
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Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.
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Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror
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