14 TV Shows Fans Saved From Cancellation

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14 TV Shows Fans Saved From Cancellation

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14 TV Shows Fans Saved From Cancellation

Thousands of TV shows have been canceled in the history of TV, and usually, they don’t come back. Rarely, however, their deaths aren’t permanent.

Yes, there are a lucky few TV shows fans saved through campaigns, petitions, and even demonstrations.

Netflix just gave Sense8 a chance to finish its story on its own terms, for example, after an outcry of fan support. Now check out other examples of resurrected TV shows in the slideshow here.

14 TV Shows Fans Saved From Cancellation
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1. ‘Star Trek’

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1. ‘Star Trek’

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It’s a billion-dollar franchise now, but the original Star Trek TV series with William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy boldly went where many shows have gone before: cancellation.

Fans sent over 116,000 letters to the NBC offices and even protested outside the studio, and the network gave the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise a third and final season in 1968.

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2. ‘Roswell’

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2. ‘Roswell’

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The WB renewed this teen alien drama starring Shiri Appleby and Katherine Heigl for a second season in 2000 — but only after fans sent the network thousands of bottles of Tabasco hot sauce, the preferred condiment of the show’s extraterrestrials.

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3. ‘Family Guy’

3. ‘Family Guy’

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This animated comedy has lasted 15 seasons so far, but it nearly met an end after Season 3. FOX canceled the show in 2002 then brought it back in 2005 after it gained fans through Adult Swim reruns and DVD sales. (Giggity!)

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4. ‘Firefly’

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4. ‘Firefly’

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Though he created Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wrote and directed The Avengers, not all Joss Whedon touches turns to gold — and FOX canceled this space western in 2002, just 11 episodes into its first season.

But continued fan interest and strong DVD sales convinced Universal Pictures to greenlight a continuation movie, Serenity, which earned close to $40 million at the box office.

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5. ‘Kim Possible’

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5. ‘Kim Possible’

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Disney Channel often cancels its animated series after they reach 65 episodes — i.e. the number of episodes needed to fill three months of weekday reruns.

But fans of this action-adventure comedy didn’t want to see the titular crimefighter call it a day, so they campaigned for a fourth season, and Disney granted their request in 2005.

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6. ‘Jericho’

6. ‘Jericho’

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After CBS canceled this post-nuclear-apocalyptic drama after its first season 2007, fans mailed over 20 tons of nuts to the network’s headquarters — a reference to a season finale scene in which protagonist Jake Green quotes General Anthony McAulliffe’s “Nuts!” declaration in the Battle of the Bulge.

The following month, CBS reversed its decision. “You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard,” it said in a statement.

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7. ‘Friday Night Lights’

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7. ‘Friday Night Lights’

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This critically-acclaimed high school football drama was in danger of being sacked amid the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike — but FOX struck a cost-splitting deal with DirecTV to keep the show on the air after fans’ “Save FNL” campaign raised money and gathered donations for charities and for troops overseas.

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8. ‘Futurama’

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8. ‘Futurama’

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FOX canceled this intergalactic animated comedy in 2003 after four seasons, and after it built its fan base through Adult Swim reruns, Comedy Central picked it up in 2008 and aired three more seasons.

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9. ‘Reaper’

9. ‘Reaper’

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Fans brought this CW comedy — about a man assigned to reap souls for the devil — from the back from the brink of death after its first season in 2008 by mailing The CW thousands of socks in reference to the character Sock.

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10. ‘Chuck’

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10. ‘Chuck’

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After this spy comedy’s Season 2 ratings put it in the danger zone in 2009, fans rallied and targeted Subway, an advertiser on the show.

The sandwich chain helped cover the costs of a third season, and NBC gave it the green light. (Chuck would eventually last five seasons.)

“[The campaign] has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life to witness,” creator Josh Schwartz told TV Guide at the time, “and certainly the most creatively gratifying.”

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11. ‘Veronica Mars’

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11. ‘Veronica Mars’

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The CW axed this teen noir in 2007 after three seasons, but fans opened their wallets when the cast and creator proposed a big-screen continuation in a 2013 Kickstarter campaign, meeting the $2 million goal in just 11 hours and eventually donating a total of $5.7 million.

The film hit theaters a year later!

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12. ‘Arrested Development’

12. ‘Arrested Development’

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The Bluth family’s misadventures aired on FOX until 2006, when the network canceled the comedy after its third season. But fan interest remained high — so high, in fact, that Netflix released a fourth season in 2013 and announced a fifth season for 2018.

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13. ‘Timeless’

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13. ‘Timeless’

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NBC rewound the clock on this time-traveling drama in May, renewing the show for a second season just three days after deciding to cancel it.

Timeless actor Matt Lanter even announced the good news in character in a Facebook Live video: “I think the mission was successful. We went back and I’m pretty sure we changed NBC’s minds.”

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “We heard from fans and the outcry and we woke up the next morning and thought, ‘Let’s figure out how to bring it back.' We went back to the drawing board in every way.”

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14. ‘Sense8’

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14. ‘Sense8’

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Netflix founder Reed Hastings has warned fans that the streaming service would be axing more shows, but its abrupt cancellation of Sense8 — a gender and sexuality-inclusive, action-packed series filmed across 11 countries — still got fans outraged.

A week after the cancellation, amid a #RenewSense8 campaign, Netflix released a statement saying, “We've thought long and hard here at Netflix to try to make it work but unfortunately we can't.”

Three weeks later, though, the company succumbed to the outrage, announcing a two-hour finale episode for 2018.

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Thousands of TV shows have been canceled in the history of TV, and usually, they don’t come back. Rarely, however, their deaths aren’t permanent.

Yes, there are a lucky few TV shows fans saved through campaigns, petitions, and even demonstrations.

Netflix just gave Sense8 a chance to finish its story on its own terms, for example, after an outcry of fan support. Now check out other examples of resurrected TV shows in the slideshow here.