Is your favorite TV show safe from cancellation this year? For a lot of you, probably not. We're completely excited to see shows like Katy Keene and Nancy Drew take up a spot on our weekly viewings schedule, other shows have to go to make room for them. That only means one thing: TV cancellations. 2018 was a brutal year for canceled TV shows — it felt like everything — including Once Upon A Time, Shadowhunters, The Fosters and Roseanne — got the axe. This year isn't looking any better. Even in the first half of 2019, we've seen over three dozen fan-favorite shows get kicked to the curb by their heartless networks.
Though some have the chance to be saved by another network (like NBC did after last year's Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancellation by FOX), for others, we'll need to say goodbye for good.
Candace Cameron Bure
Soni Nicole Bringas
Dashiell and Fox Messitt
Juan Pablo Di Pace
After four seasons on Netflix, the streaming giant decided that Fuller House deserved a fifth season, but that had to be its last. The show, which was a reboot of the '90s show starring Bob Saget, John Stamos, and the now-scandalous Lori Loughlin, saw most of its OG stars come back for an episode or two. The revival followed the story of the two eldest Tanner daughters. The only person who didn't come back? Michelle Tanner — aka Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The original cast made sure it was known they were not happy about the fashionista sisters snubbing them.
Genre: Sci-fi Thriller
The third season of Legion will be debuting this summer, but that's it for the science fiction/psychological thriller/drama/superhero show. The series' creator always thought of the show as a three-season story and it appears the network agreed. Star Dan Stevens, who you may know from Downton Abbey will be starring in the upcoming spooky flick Blithe Spirit.
Genre: Science Fiction
We know Eric McCormack has been busy with the Will & Grace revival, but Travelers fans were shocked and disappointed to hear that Netflix canceled the show like it has done to so many others. The star posted a video to his Twitter saying, "Let me say a huge thank you for your ravenous response to season three... who knows what the future holds but Travelers program one is complete."
J. R. Ramirez
Everyone had a good idea that the remaining Marvel shows on Netflix would probably get the boot soon as the Disney streaming service starts getting together. Netflix tried to hang onto their hugely popular Jessica Jones for as long as they could but ultimately decided that the streaming service was done with this female-led superhero show. The final season, three, will air later in 2019. Netflix's statement read, ". We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others. We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning."
Amber Rose Revah
Jason R. Moore
Jaime Ray Newman
Deborah Ann Woll
When Jessica Jones got the boot, so did this Marvel Cinematic Universe show (yes, they hold continuity with the movies). The two shows might find themselves on the Disney streaming service, but if they do, it wouldn't be for another year or so. Our fingers are crossed, but everything is so volatile in the media industry so we won't hold our breath. Krysten Ritter herself said her character's journey was finished on Instagram, after all.
Brían F. O'Byrne
After suffering from low ratings, the George R.R. Martin adaptation on Syfy was canceled. Since the author had an exclusive contract with HBO, he could not be very involved on the show which could be part of the reason Nightflyers never reached its full potential.
Genre: Dystopian Thriller
Joel de la Fuente
Callum Keith Rennie
Based on the book by Philip K. Dick, this show was imagining if the Nazis had been victorious in World War II. In 1962, Nazi's have control over the States and Japan has occupied San Francisco. The book and TV show adaptation tell the story of a young woman rebelling. It lasted four seasons on Amazon, the pilot was the streaming service's "most-watched since the original series development program began," but still, it got the boot.
Jae Suh Park
Friends From College season two was its last, as was announced by the co-creator Nicholas Stoller. He wrote on Twitter, "Friends from College will not be returning for a third season. Thanks to everyone who watched it." Later, Netflix confirmed the news right after it announced the cancellation of Jessica Jones and The Punisher.
J. K. Simmons
After Starz canceled Counterpart in February, the show's executives decided they would shop it around to see if they could get it saved from cancellation by another network. Unfortunately, their tries were fruitless and they realized the writing on the wall in April.
Brian Lee Franklin
Norbert Leo Butz
You'd think a show starring Sean Penn would last at least two seasons, but that was not the case. The show wasn't properly marketed and the first season didn't have as many viewers as Hulu would've liked. Guess all their eggs are still in that Handmaid's Tale basket.
Fans had been waiting a while for Into the Badlands' second half of its third season, but when they got airtime, it was with notice that those would be the final eight episodes of the show. 32 episodes is nothing to scoff at, but I'm sure the fans wouldn't be upset with more.
Genre: Horror Anthology
Marina Stephenson Kerr
John Carroll Lynch
The creator of this anthology show announced its cancellation with a lengthy Instagram post. "After 4 seasons, Channel Zero is no more at SYFY." He continued, "I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with [...] People like our writers, our actors, our extraordinary crew, the artists who contributed, our editors and post team, our composer Jeff Russo, our team at Syfy and UCP. And especially the four awesome directors, Craig Macneill, Steven Piet, Arkasha Stevenson, and Evan Katz."
David Wilson Barnes
The Son fans were waiting on season two patiently, but found out that season two was the final season just before those episodes were released. With a 52% on the TomatoMeter on Rotten Tomatoes, it's not a HUGE guess why it got axed so early.
Matthew Gray Gubler
A. J. Cook
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Criminal Minds had a very, very good run. After dealing with actors leaving and telling stories that could literally keep you up at night. CBS decided it was time to end their long-running show. I guess it's out with the old and in with the new now that The Big Bang Theory is leaving CBS, too? Guess that means it's a point to Law & Order: SVU, which is heading strongly into its 21st season.
Technically, we should be saying this show had four series because it's a British show, but you can't hate me for being consistent. The sitcom was nominated for Primetime EMMY Awards and BAFTAs during its four-series run, so Sharon and Rob can feel good about leaving their legacy behind.
Genre: Talk Show
Sarah herself announced her show was canceled, writing on Twitter, "Well, Hulu cancelled I LOVE YOU AMERICA and we’re all pretty damn heartbroken. … So in traditional twitter funeral style, I’ll be RTing the love." It was one of two woman-led talk show canceled this year, proving that we still live in a patriarchy.
Genre: Talk Show
Fine, some men are also feeling the heat form the changing media landscape. Carson Daly used to be a name we used all the time, now it's just a bullet on a looooong list of 2019 TV cancellations. Poor guy. Initially, the show was a traditional talk show, but it morphed to have various segments in order to keep up viewership. Clearly, that did not exactly work.
Genre: Comedy Horror
John C. McGinley
Deborah Baker Jr.
The first episode of every Stan of Evil season premiered right around Halloween, which should tell you a lot about the series itself. But sadly, after three seasons IFC decided to give the show the boot. The ratings weren't really ever anything to write home about, but they were steady. Creator Dana Gould announced the show's cancellation, writing, "Will it show up in some other form on some other network someday? Maybe." That's at least a little bit of hope for passionate fans.
Genre: Legal Drama
Patrick J. Adams
After the departure of Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, and their replacement with Grey's Anatomy star Katherine Heigl Suits fans knew it would never be the same. Clearly USA Network knew, too, because they decided to cancel the show the very next season. The show did, however, get a spin-off called Pearson which will begin airing during Suits' final season this summer. When one door shuts, another one opens.
Genre: Mockumentary Sitcom
NBC decided against bringing Trial & Error back for a third season in early 2019, even though the first two seasons did garner very positive responses from critics and viewers alike. However, the ratings had been swiftly dipping every single episode since its premiere, making the third season a bigger risk than NBC and Warner Bros. were willing to take.
Vikings had a passionate fanbase, which is probably kept a show like this on air for six seasons. Sure, the show has been slammed for certain "historical inaccuracies" but, it's fiction — viewers shouldn't really expect it to get them through a history test. Even so, the show had good reviews from fans and critics alike, and it was calmly announced in early 2019 that the show would not have a seventh season because it had run its course.
Genre: Spy Adventure
Eight seasons is nothing to scoff at. After the show's premiere in 2010 garnered the best ratings Cinemax had received in five years, many knew that the show would be a mainstay on the cable network for a long time. In February, the series was renewed for an eighth season — and Cinemax announced it would be the last. However, since 2015 there have been talked of a Strike Back feature-length film, so season eight might not actually be the end of the story completely.
Genre: Talk Show
You'd think anything Andy Cohen touched would be gold — he's had great success hosting the reunions for the crazy ladies of the Real Housewives franchise — and with the other successful reboots out there, a Love Connection reboot with Andy Cohen seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, it only lasted two seasons before getting the boot from FOX network just under thirty episodes. The premise involved helping hopeful romantics find a parter after going on three blind dates. Andy's a new father, so maybe he's happy that Love Connection got canceled so he's got some extra time with the family.
Katie Cassidy Rodgers
Emily Bett Rickards
Arrow started the whole Arrowverse on The CW which now includes The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, so no matter what, the show has been a success. But a dip in ratings and fan responses led lead actor Stephen Amell to decide it was time to leave his DC superhero show. Obviously, there is no Arrow without The Green Arrow vigilante himself, so the show was renewed for one last season and will conclude with a shortened eighth season.
Crashing on HBO was a show that got pretty good reviews during the three seasons it was on air — its premiere season holds a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes! And while there was only one mainstay starring character — creator Pete Holmes, several other big names were guest stars including Seth Meyers, Rachael Ray, and Amy Schumer. There is still a possibility of more Crashing... executives have suggested the option for a full-length film to wrap up the series.
SMILF may have been one of those shows like so many that came before it that failed because of a supremely awful title. (Remember Selfie?) That said, those who watched enjoyed seeing such complex women characters and it was even nominated for two Golden Globe Awards in 2018. Though the second season had ratings that weren't even half of the first season's, the true reason this series got the kibosh were rumors of misconduct on set. Namely, there were allegations that the creator and lead actress Frankie Shaw mishandled sex scenes and may have even separated the show's writers by race.
One Day At A Time was a reboot that fans desperately tried to save. However, Netflix made a statement that the show would not be renewed, writing, "[W]e spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season." The ones who did watch, however, were passionate as the show was acclaimed for representing marginalized groups. The show itself centered on a Latinx family and had representation of a strong lesbian latina with her coming-out arc praised by LGBTQ+ advocates. Netflix continued on Twitter, "[T]o anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories."
Genre: Legal Drama
Jasmin Savoy Brown
Anna Deavere Smith
Charles Michael Davis
It's possible the world has had enough of legal dramas because none seem to be as successful as the OGs — shows like Law & Order and Criminal Minds. For The People had fairly steady ratings during its first and only two seasons, TV networks are constantly looking for their next big show — and its meh reviews proved that this ain't it.
Most of us probably saw this one coming from the second we saw the first trailer for the Jenna Fischer show about a couple splitting up but living together still. Jenna was destined to be Pam on The Office and hasn't really fit any other role just as well. The first season was a short eight episodes, which barely gave viewers time to care. Even though the second season had 26 eps to make up for it, still, no one really cared. ABC killed this show along with several others on May 10.
There were three books that this show was based on, yet it only lasted one season. The show didn't get rave reviews so FOX decided to kill it before it had time to do much damage — plus they'd picked up four other dramas so they needed to make room in the schedule.
Another FOX show getting the 2019 cancellation treatment is The Cool Kids, a kind of Golden Girls-esque comedy about 70something year-olds nervous about having their popularity challenged by a newcomer. After one season, the mixed reviews caused FOX not to take a chance on this show for any longer — which is sad because the premise had a lot of potential.
Created by Jim Doyle and based on his own childhood, this show was basically another The Goldbergs, except we already had The Goldbergs and didn't need another. The show took place in the '70s and followed an Irish Catholic family at the time. Sure, it may've been relatable but it didn't have that *it* factor.
You know there have been four shows called The Fix since the turn of the century? That's probably not a good thing. This The Fix was a mysterious drama that had only eight episodes before ABC decided they were so over it. It only had a 60% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its ratings were dropping steadily every week. It was canceled on the "Black Friday" for TV, where networks cancel countless TV shows on one single day.
Another one-season-wonder, there was at least a decent level of hype for this NBC show when it premiered. It seemed like a timely show about the idea of women who try to "have it all" — work, family, success, etc. With Amy Poehler serving as executive producer, it had a lot of potential. But it never got the following that it needed to, so it's cancellation was ultimately not a massive surprise to anyone.
John Ross Bowie
On Rotten Tomatoes Speechless has a 98% approval rating, so this cancellation was a bit of a surprise — expecially because it not an extra episode ordered last year for a 23-episode second season. it was nominiated at the Television Critics Association Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards in 2017, and in the days following the show's May 10 cancellation, there were several articles about how ABC's decision to axe the show was a huge mistake. In this day and age, though, if ABC decides that's true, they can always bring it back.
Genre: Parody Crime
Created by Nancy and Steve Carrell, you'd think this show would be the next The Office. Starring Rashida Jones, it's surprising more people weren't addicted to this show. Like so many other programs on our list, it was chopped on May 10 after 40 episodes, each of which centered on the LAPD solving a different crime-of-the-week.
It isn't easy being a woman talk show host, and very few see several seasons of their show renewed. Busy Tonight got a lot of press and, still, was axed after one single season on E! The news of the cancellation came just days after a video of her on the show talking about getting an abortion as a teen went viral. At least in the short time that she had the show, she was able to make an impact.
Genre: Surreal Comedy
YouTube Red is trying to make a name for itself as a streaming service, but so far, it doesn't look like it's figured out the formula for another hit show. Do You Want To See A Dead Body? pulled out all the stops including countless celebrity guest stars. The concept for the show was inspired by Funny or Die Presents on HBO, but it was clearly a heck of a lot less successful.
Starz renewed show Power for a sixth and final season set to premiere during the summer of '19. While the first season because with a shaky start reviews-wise, they redeemed themselves in the seasons since, winning trophies at the NAACP Image Awards, and gaining accolades elsewhere. After the show's ending was announced, 50 wrote to Instagram, "I have 4 spinoff shows coming so don't trip."
Empire was making headlines for a lot of 2019, but unfortunately, it wasn't for anything happening ON the show. Instead, the news revolved around one of the actors, Jussie Smollett, who allegedly staged an attack on himself to look like a hate crime in order to get publicity. The charges were subsequently dropped, but there have been a lot of questions around his innocence. Therefore, many are thinking it's not a coincidence that FOX announced the show would be ending after its next season. Though the actor hasn't been fired from the show and could come back during the final episodes, FOX claimed there were "no plans" for that. Suspicious? Yes.
Scott Foley has a passionate fanbase from his time on the ABC show Scandal, but he might be going to another network now that ABC canceled Whiskey Cavalier. Deadline reported after the cancellation that Warner Bros. TV would be asking around to see if there was any interest from other networks to pick up Whiskey Cavalier. So far, no luck, but never say never.
Like Whiskey Cavalier, the creators of this three-season teen drama aren't ready to say goodbye yet and are hoping another network or streaming service will save it from cancellation. It was often paired with Empire as the two were music-centric with diversity at the forefront — and existed in the same universe — though Star was for a slightly younger demographic. Unfortunately, because, the network claimed they wanted to give "Empire the send-off it deserves," they canceled Star to focus on it.
Less than a year after Rel premiered in September of 2018, it was axed by FOX during its massive TV show cleanse that included Empire and Star. The overall consensus on the show was that it was nothing special, making the TV cancellation not a gigantic surprise.
Another item of evidence proving that the world has had enough with legal dramas, Proven Innocent lasted one measly season before FOX sent it to the guillotine. Though the topic of wrongful conviction is a new spin on this genre, that is what we are all watching true crime for, is it not? A 25% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is kind of all you need to know.
Santa Clarita Diet was a fun take on the popularity that zombies have seen in the past few years. It takes zombies from the post-apocalyptic world and instead moves their drama to the suburbs. It's funny, it's got Drew Barrymore, and it got three seasons — which is a lot more that Netflix can usually commit to, TBH.
Nina Dobrev fans were really hoping that this would be a hit. The actress was previously known for her work in campy TV dramas like The Vampire Diaries and Degrassi, and clearly wanted to try something new. Maybe she can go back to Mystic Falls for the second TVD spin-off Legacies now?
Technically the 11th season, Murphy Brown was an original-cast revival of the '90s show. Candice Bergen did receive a Golden Globes nomination for her work on the rebooted show, but that wasn't enough for CBS to keep the show around for more than one revival season.
Can't lie — this show probably would have been more successful if they talked about Harry Styles's involvement more, and how it was based on his real story coming into fame. But the reviews were never that could, and in my recollection, the former One Direction guy hardly promoted it at all.
Superhero shows can be hit or miss. Freeform's Cloak & Dagger has picked up a committed audience, whereas ABC's Inhumans was canceled after one season despite being part of the Marvel Cinametic Universe continuity timeline. The creator announced the news on Twitter, writing, "I'm sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV... I'm not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series."