In the world of television, ratings are king. It doesn’t matter if a TV show is critically acclaimed – if it doesn’t have the ratings, networks won’t hesitate to cancel it. Over the years, some really amazing shows have gotten the axe because they didn’t have a big enough audience while many mediocre shows have kept going simply because more people were tuning in. Here are 10 great shows that, sadly, were cancelled after just one season:
Joss Whedon’s space western drama Firefly was cancelled after only eleven of its fourteen episodes aired back in 2002. In spite of its short life, the show still developed a loyal cult following; however, it didn’t get high enough ratings. One of the reasons that it might not have resonated with viewers when it was on air could be because the episodes were aired out of order and as a result lacked the psychological tension that Buffy the Vampire Slayer had. While the show was cancelled after less than one season, its post-airing success led to the show getting its own movie, Serenity, which was released in 2005.