Top 5 TV Shows That Were Cancelled and Why

Television shows are cancelled for many reasons, from the fact they just suck to they didn’t quite live up to our sophisticated expectations. Below are some of my favorite reasons for some cancelled shows.


5. Highlander: The Series
When the movie came out in the ‘80s, I was hooked on the emotionally tortured immortal that was forced to fight other immortals for the gift of mortality. When the movie was transferred to TV with Adrian Paul, I was a faithful follower for many seasons.

Why did this series get cancelled?
The immortal got old. Pretty soon, Paul was going to have to give up his katana for a cane.


4. Scrubs
Here’s a show that follows a group of doctors as they humorously, or humorlessly depending on your opinion, experienced life and relationships in a metropolitan hospital.

Why was this show cancelled?
Divine Mandate. This show was so past its prime, God came down and told studio heads to drop this dead horse before the Four Horsemen show up to finish it for them. You can only deal with the same rehashed jokes and relationship issues before it becomes psychological torture. The only way I can figure this show lasted as long as it did is Zach Braff is Satan.


3. Law and Order
After 20 seasons, this progenitor of police dramas was put out to pasture. We watched as they tackled cases ripped from the headlines, all the while getting to know the emotional trials and tribulations of the detectives and prosecutors.

Why was this show cancelled?
Its original audience all died of old age. The audience that originally started watching the series in their infancy were now celebrating bowel movements in nursing homes across the country. The series just couldn’t bring in new viewers faster than the old ones dying off.


2. Ghost Whisperer
Jennifer Love Hewitt starred as a small town antique store owner and psychic able to see and hear the dead. She worked to settle their earthly problems so they could move on to the great beyond, all the while defeating the forces of evil. Audiences tuned in to see her cleavage and superior acting talent. Alright, just the cleavage.

Why this show was cancelled?
Gravity. Poor Jennifer. Gravity has taken a toll on her humongous melons and they’re no longer the eye catchers they once were. Pretty soon she’ll be hitting them with her knees when she runs and smothering small children during innocent hugs. Without the draw of her boobs and the fact that anything with Jamie Kennedy will suck, “Ghost Whisperer” must find its own way to cross over or live on in perky syndication.


1. Fear Factor
As proof that people will do anything for money, “Fear Factor” pitted contestants against each other in stunts designed to disgust and scare the hell out of them. They were forced to lay down with snakes and bugs, eat bull penis and squid eyes and rummage around rancid fish guts as viewers watched, unable to turn away from this car crash-like entertainment.

Why was this show cancelled?
A desensitized public. People have been saying for years that violence on television is making us desensitized and the same can be said of eating raw animal testicles. You can only watch people eating various types of penises for so long, before it goes from “eww” to “eh.”
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