10+ TV Shows That Were Cancelled For The Dumbest Reasons

Today we're talking canceled TV shows first.

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'Batman'. (1966)


Holy mess up, Batman!

They thought the series had ended, so the showrunners destroyed the sets. Little did they know they were about to be renewed by NBC.

Not wanting to spend money on new sets, they decided to cancel the show instead.

'Freaks And Geeks'.


It was Judd Apatow's decision not to betray the show's premise that killed off this classic.

A producer on the show asked him to give the characters more "winning" moments. Apatow didn't think that this would fit his theme, so the show was kaput after 12 episodes.

'Clone High'.


It was good old fashioned controversy that doomed this MTV animated series.

Something about the character of Gandhi getting beat up as part of a "workout" in a Maxim article... Sounds about right.

'Robin Hood'.


This BBC show was killed off because the main actor was done. So, instead of replacing him with someone new, the producers just decided to kill off the character.

The writers wanted to continue, but no dice.

'Police Squad!'


An underrated classic, this show was canceled because of low ratings. However, one ABC executive had a funny idea about why the show ended.

Because: "the viewer had to watch it to appreciate it." Citing the show's mile a minute jokes.



It was jumping the gun that led to this Buffy The Vampire Slayer spinoff's demise.

Series creator Joss Whedon tried to get WB Ceo Jordan Levin to renew it for a Season 6 too early, so it was cancelled.



While this show was eventually picked up by Netflix, Longmire originally died out because it's audience was too old.

With its regular viewers averaging over the age of 50, TV execs just thought that the audience wouldn't be susceptible to advertising.



Why was this canceled? It was because this awesome HBO series wanted more episodes.

HBO wanted to give them 6 episodes, they wanted 12 and they met in the middle with none.

'Young Justice'.

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One of the best superhero animated shows of all time was killed off because it didn't sell enough toys.

The show's ratings were high, but unfortunately, not enough kids (or adults) bought the action figures.



No, not the talk show we all know and love, but her sitcom. And some say it was because she is gay.

After she came out, her ratings dropped and the studio dropped the show.

'Veronica Mars'.


Originally, the show was pulled because it was in the prime post Gilmore Girls spot.

And what masterpiece was it yanked for? Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.

'Angry Beavers'.


Oh yeah, you remember this show. However, it was pulled because it was too ahead of its time.

Nickelodeon has a strict rule about breaking the fourth wall, but Angry Beavers did exactly that.

'Reading Rainbow'.


Some of you might remember this awesome, educational show. Well, producers didn't think the show was educational in the right way and thus, it lost all its funding.

It's complicated, but essentially execs and the government wanted shows that educated kids in a testable way. It's hard to test reading comprehension.



This show got the ax because it was too shocking for viewers. The pearl-clutching housewives and husbands of the bible belt thought the main character was too morally reprehensible, so after complaints this show was over.

'Hey Arnold!'


Pettiness is what caused the downfall of this great cartoon show. Tom Pettiness.

Long story short, creator Craig Bartlett refused to sign an exclusive deal with Nickelodeon, so they canceled his show.

'Pushing Diaisies'

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With a cast like this, it's surprising to think that 10 years ago this quirky and cutesy murder mystery show about a pie-maker who can revive the dead was cancelled.

The show's director, Barry Sonnenfeld, called the script "too cute," but also acknowledged that it could thrive on video streaming services today.

So, petition to bring back Pushing Daisies on Netflix, please!



The country music drama was first cancelled by ABC in 2016, with everyone from cast and crew and fans finding out from press headlines.

It was then revived and cancelled by CMT after two more seasons. This was a hard one to digest for fans.

Ugh —my poor achy breaky heart.



The adult cartoon show was actually cancelled twice, despite being around for 14 years.

However, the show's first cancellation was the most confusing. Fox execs just simply didn't like the concept of the show, and stopped buying episodes of the show to air it during scheduled time slots.

Comedy Central picked it up in 2005, however and stretched it to seven seasons.

'Family Guy'


Don't you worry — Family Guy is still running. But it hasn't had the easiest life. Like Futurama, Family Guy was also cancelled by powerhouse network Fox in 2002 with just one episode left to be aired in the season.

However, it was first cancelled by Fox in 2000 at the end of its second season. But then the network ordered 13 more episodes to make a third season.

It's a confusing tale, because now Fox has renewed the show for a 19th Season. What a whirlwind.

'Dr. Ken'


Although the ratings for the show were good, ABC cancelled Ken Jeong's show only after two seasons.

It was an unfortunate cancellation, given that it helped create more visibility for Asian Americans on primetime television.

'American Crime'


This cancellation was a shocker to many fans of the critically acclaimed show.

Although the show was nominated multiple times for Emmy's and Golden Globes, the ratings were apparently low enough to give it the axe.

'The Real O'Neals'

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The Real O'Neals was another ABC show cancelled only after two seasons due to low ratings.

Another unfortunate cancellation, due to its focus on LGBTQ+ issues and bringing them to the forefront of primetime television.

'The Mayor'


The ratings for this one weren't great, and its cancellation after just one season is being blamed on the current political climate.

During the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, ABC president Channing Dungey told the press, "I feel like the show arrived on the scene at a time when people were feeling a little bit fatigued about anything that had to do with politics."