The world of network television can be a notoriously unforgiving landscape in which to tell stories. On the one hand, TV lets writers stretch out a plot and characters over multiple hours and years, allowing room for growth and development that is just not possible in feature films. Unfortunately, if there isn’t a large enough audience tuning in every week, a show risks being cut short before its time no matter how good the writing and characters are. There have been numerous shows that have been cancelled well before their time, whether due to low ratings, poor decisions made by the network, a high budget, or many other reasons. Either way, it’s always sad to see a good show bow out before its time. Here is a list of the 10 Most Disappointing TV Show Cancellations.
10. Undergrads – 1 Season (2001)
Many may not remember this animated show that aired for only 1 season on MTV in the early 2000s. Centring on 4 friends during their 1st year of college, Undergrads was a comedy aimed at adult viewers, and featured many nods to familiar college life experiences and geek culture; one episode featured an extended battle between Star Wars and Star Trek fans, while another revolved around the characters playing the board game Risk. Unfortunately, the show received mixed reviews and didn’t attract a large enough audience to avoid cancellation. It ended up becoming popular in syndicated reruns, making its cancellation all the more unfortunate. Undergrads is definitely a hidden gem among the cancelled TV wasteland and deserves a look for anyone interested in college-age comedy programming.