TV shows that were cancelled too soon

December 22, 2021 (Last updated: last month)
Max Gruber 0

At some time in our lives, we’ve all stumbled across a TV show and fallen completely head-over-heels in love with it. You’ve devoured every episode as rapidly as you can, grown very attached to the characters, and started concocting your own wild speculations about what will happen next.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, your new favourite TV show gets cancelled — usually right after the mother of all cliffhangers. Here are our top picks of the TV shows that were cancelled too soon.


The show — set 500 years in the future after a universal civil war and created by Joss Whedon, best known for Buffy The Vampire Slayer – is certainly the most frequently referenced series when “cancelled too soon” discussions arise.

For those who haven’t seen it yet, the series follows the crew of the Serenity, a small transport vessel. This ragtag group of misfits, who are more like family than coworkers, are ready to take on any assignment the big scary frontier throws at them. Thankfully, Whedon reunited the Firefly cast for a sequel in the form of a movie, Serenity, so we didn’t have to wait to find out what occurred next. Despite this, fans continue to demand that the series be given another chance, even after all these years.

Our Girl

Following the incredible adventures of female medics in the British Army, Our Girl has consistently been popular with fans. The BBC One drama will not be renewed for a fifth season, according to recent reports.

Michelle Keegan, who played Sgt. Georgie Lane on the military drama, left the show after the fourth season, which aired in April 2020. Tony Grounds, the show’s creator and writer, has recently stated that the BBC and the show’s creative team have decided not to pursue a new lead, however, it may not be all over for fans as there are rumours that the show could return some time in the near future.

Santa Clarita Diet

Santa Clarita Diet, which successfully mixed horror and comedy into one huge delightful zombie milkshake, won Netflix viewer’s hearts.

The first episode of the show, starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as married realtors Sheila and Joel, had their life flipped upside down when Sheila, simply put, had become a flesh-eating undead zombie.

The Netflix series, however, was cancelled after only three seasons, meaning we’ll never know what happened when Sheila sank her teeth into Joel’s neck (spoiler alert!) This is a classic case of a series ending right on an unbearable cliffhanger, and no one will ever find out what happened next.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones was axed by Netflix after a massive 40+ hours of character development, leaving the writer, like many other fans of the superhero series, heartbroken.

Over the course of three 13-episode seasons and a part in The Defenders, the private detective has seen more screen time than any other MCU movie character, including Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, combined.

But more importantly, Jessica is a Marvel character made for and about women, rather than just a Marvel superhero. Abortion, rape, domestic abuse, obsession, and addiction were among the topics addressed by Jessica Jones. But it did it brilliantly, presenting trauma in a fresh light… and, by rendering a superhero defenseless, eloquently reminded us that abuse could strike anybody at any time.


For those who have yet to succumb to its allure, it tells the story of a group of regular individuals who obtain extraordinary skills for no apparent reason. Yes, they use their abilities to avert disasters and save humanity from annihilation. People liked it because of the pulpy comic book feel.

Heroes aired for only four seasons, with 77 episodes and over 30 “minisodes” available online. Heroes Reborn, a 13-episode reboot, follows the first run in 2015. And, if you’re still mourning the loss of the inventive and satisfying superhero series, you’re in luck: the full season is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.


In Sense8, eight strangers from all over the world are drawn together by a violent vision, then by their common capacity to interact with one another’s thoughts and actions, and last by the pressing need to figure out what happened and why. Their interest is piqued, but as they search for answers, they are pursued by a mystery organisation intent on destroying them.

Yes, Sense8 was a gripping thriller, and fans were enthralled by it. Fans of the Netflix comedy were understandably disappointed when it was cancelled after only two seasons by the streaming provider.

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If you do get a chance to watch any of the series we’ve listed above, we’d recommend that you definitely do! Of course, you’ll know that they’ll end prematurely and you would join thousands of fans in wondering why the show was ever cancelled.

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