30 Canceled TV Shows That Ended on Cliffhangers
There is nothing worse than getting involved in a TV show only to have it yanked away by heartless studio executives who are only worried about their bottom line. Oh wait, yes there is: to have a TV show end on a cliffhanger before being canceled. Luckily, in this day and age of social media, streaming networks, Kickstarter, and a love of nostalgia, we rarely have these problems anymore, what with reboots / mini-series / movies for shows like Full House, Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, The X-Files, 24, and Prison Break. The new economics of television mean that it is okay to only do six or eight hours of television, a much easier number to fit into actors’ schedules and perhaps meaning less canceled TV shows in the future.
But back in the day, these weren’t options. Every once in a while, there would be a made-for-TV movie to wrap things up (for example, ALF), but these often came after public interest had waned, and production values were often terrible.
We have culled together a list of 30 canceled TV shows which left us with lots of story threads just dangling. One of them even ended with the words “To be continued…,” which is damn near criminal. Which cliffhangers were most painful for you?