Television shows are usually canceled because of low ratings; however, sometimes they are canceled for more ridiculous reasons. We have rounded up five instances where a perfectly good show was suddenly canceled – and not because they were lacking in the ratings department.
5. The Rural Purgue
Back in the early ‘70s, television was changing. Because of the success of urban sitcoms like All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS canceled dozens of shows to change its lineup to appeal to urban and suburban audiences. This became known as the “rural purge.” Some of the shows that were canceled included Petticoat Junction, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mayberry R.F.D., Hee Haw, Lassie, and The Jim Nabors Hour.Everett Collection