Canceled TV shows: just another thing to add to the list of why 2020 might not be the banner year you manifested in your head. Truly, there are far more pressing matters to concern ourselves with right now, but there’s something particularly soul-crushing about having a series you invested time and energy in get the boot, and it’s even worse when the cancellation is an unexpected one and you’re left with unresolved plot lines and frustrating cliff-hangers.
If you’re really torn up, take solace in the fact that most canceled TV shows still live on someplace, whether that’s a streaming service or on demand, so at least you can relive past seasons—a highly satisfying activity when you’ve blown through everything in your queue or just want to watch something you know you love.
Below, an ongoing list of all the TV shows that have been canceled or are ending in 2020.
Altered Carbon: two seasons and an anime movie
Unlike The Society and I Am Not Okay With This, Deadline reports that Altered Carbon has been canceled due to “standard viewership vs. cost renewal review process,” as opposed to other COVID-19 related reasons.
The Society: one season
I Am Not Okay With This: one season
“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with second seasons of The Society and I Am Not Okay With This,” Netflix said in a statement to Deadline. “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID, and we are grateful to these creators, including: Jonathan Entwistle, Christy Hall, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen and Josh Barry at 21 Laps Entertainment for I Am Not Okay With This; Chris Keyser, Marc Webb and Pavlina Hatoupis for The Society; and all the writers, casts, and crews who worked tirelessly to make these shows for our members around the world.”
AJ and the Queen: one season
Netflix pulled the plug on this RuPaul dramedy, cocreated by Sex and the City‘s Michael Patrick King, that follows drag queen Ruby Red as she travels across the country in a run-down R.V. with an unlikely sidekick: a tough-talking 10-year-old stowaway.
Anne With an E: three seasons
This Canadian series based on Anne of Green Gables got bumped from the slate after three seasons, despite fans’ heartfelt pleas.
Away: one season
The Hilary Swank show about human space travel to Mars will not return for a second season.
Bojack Horseman: six seasons
Despite its place on various “best animated TV shows ever” rankings, this Emmy-winning satirical cartoon about a washed-up actor (and anthropomorphic horse) planning his return was dropped by Netflix.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: four seasons
It was announced in July that the show will end after its fourth season, which will stream later this year. “Working on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been an incredible honor from day one. The cast, beginning with Kiernan [Shipka] as everyone’s favorite teen witch, has been an absolute joy. I am beyond thankful to the crew, writers, editors, assistants, and everyone for pouring so much love into this dark dream of a show,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. “I’m also grateful to our partners at Netflix, Warner Bros., Berlanti Television and Archie Comics for letting us tell the story we wanted to tell, the way we wanted to tell it. We can’t wait for everyone to see Part Four.”
Dear White People: four seasons
Netflix renewed this beloved college-with-a-conscience series for a fourth season in 2019 but announced it’s the end of the road for the students at the fictional Winchester College.
Fuller House: five seasons
Netflix announced the reboot of the classic ’90s sitcom will not be returning after its fifth and final season. Blame Aunt Becky?
GLOW: four seasons
GLOW will not move forward with its fourth-season plans for COVID-19-related reasons.
Teenage Bounty Hunter: one season
Grace and Frankie: seven seasons
Even its starry cast (Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston, and Martin Sheen) couldn’t keep this comedy going, about two married men who have been having an affair for two decades divorce their wives and marry each other.
Insatiable: two seasons
This series, starring former Disney star Debby Ryan, was controversial from the start: In 2018, people flocked to Twitter after the trailer dropped to criticize its premise, and a Change.org petition surfaced, calling for Netflix to pull the show. Marketed as a satire, it centers on a high schooler bullied for her weight who has her jaw wired shut after a man assaults her. After losing weight, she starts exacting revenge on bullies. See ya.
Lucifer: two seasons on Netflix
After Fox gave this comic book series about the Lord of Hell helping an LAPD officer solve crimes series the boot, Netflix revived it for two seasons before ending it for good.
Next in Fashion: one season
Queer Eye star (and newly minted American citizen) Tan France teamed up with British style queen Alexa Chung to host a fashion competition show that featured established designers vying for the $250,000 grand prize and the opportunity to sell their collection on luxury retail site Net-a-Porter, but it missed the mark. France confirmed to Variety in June that it won’t be returning to Netflix.
October Faction: one season
Based on the comic series of the same name, this canceled show follows a globe-trotting couple who happen to be…monster hunters.
Soundtrack: one season
This world needs more musical dramas (#JusticeForSmash), but apparently this wasn’t it. The high(ish)-concept show followed the intersecting lives of characters in modern-day Los Angeles and uses lip-synching and dancing to popular music to tell stories.
Spinning Out: one season
A dark drama about a beautiful young figure skater sidelined from her Olympic dreams by an injury sounds good. Even better when she pairs up with a bad-boy skating partner, harbors life-altering secrets, and has January Jones playing a latter-day Mama Rose. Even, even better that it attempts to tackle mental illness in a nuanced way. Ultimately, the series was lauded as scattered and melodramatic and got the boot after one season.
Turn Up Charlie: one season
Even fine-as-hell Idris Elba couldn’t save this remake of a British series about a down-and-out DJ plotting to rebuild his career while working as a nanny for his famous friend’s wild 11-year-old daughter.
V Wars: one season
Netflix cut loose this Ian Somerhalder sci-fi series about an evolving crisis of a deadly outbreak that fractures society (ahem). Things veer into the surreal, as the premise includes a future potential war between humans and vampires.
Bless This Mess: two seasons
You’ve heard it before: City slickers move to rural America. They decide to stay and contend with a community of local eccentrics.
Modern Family: 11 seasons
The final episode of the beloved single-cam comedy ended in April 2020.
Stumptown: one season
Though the Cobie Smulders show was previously picked up for a second season, it was canceled by ABC in September reportedly due to scheduling and production issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. According to The Wrap, it may be shopped around to other networks or streaming platforms.
Live PD: four seasons
Amid protests against police brutality following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, it took less than three weeks for A&E to cancel the police reality show.
Better Call Saul: six seasons
The Breaking Bad spin-off will end with its sixth and final season in 2020.
Broke: one season
This comedy about a single mother and bartender whose world is rocked when her rich sister and brother-in-law move in after his father cuts them off was reportedly canceled due to low ratings.
Carol’s Second Act: one season
CBS axed the Patricia Heaton–led medical comedy after a single season.
Criminal Minds: 15 seasons
After premiering in 2005, this beloved crime procedural that follows the FBI’s Behavior Analysis Unit bit the dust.
Man With a Plan: four seasons
Friends star Matt LeBlanc led this series that had him play a contractor who has to hold down the fort at home when his wife—gasp—returns to work. It got the boot by CBS in May 2020.
Strike Back: eight seasons
Cinemax’s first scripted drama about a covert special ops team fighting criminal and terrorist activity comes to an end in 2020.
Arrow: eight seasons
After eight seasons, we have bid farewell to the long-running superhero show and the buff bodies it made famous.
E! News: almost 30 years
The long-running entertainment news show has been on the air since 1991 with a variety of hosts, from Ryan Seacrest and Catt Sadler to the current duo of Scott Tweedie and Lilliana Vazquez. A rep for the network confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the cancellation was due to financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the Room: one season
Jason Kennedy’s interview show was also canceled.
Pop of the Morning: one season
This E! News spin-off that launched in 2020 will also not return.
Almost Family: one season
Based on an Australian drama, this series—which followed an only child (Brittany Snow) who discovers her fertility doctor father used his own sperm to conceive dozens of children.
Deputy: one season
Low ratings are to blame for this “modern-day Western” starring Stephen Dorff about a fifth-generation police officer who takes over as sheriff for Los Angeles County.
Empire: six seasons
The music drama ended its impressive run in April 2020, with the final season announced following the months-long 2019 controversy involving star Jussie Smollett.
Outmatched: one season
Fox decided not to proceed with this multicam Jason Biggs–led comedy about a blue-collar family living and working in Atlantic City…and three of their four children are certified geniuses.
Party of Five: one season
A timely reboot of the classic 1994 family drama, this version has a similar premise with a Latinx lens: five siblings navigate life after their parents are deported back to Mexico. Freeform canceled the series in April 2020.
Vikings: six seasons
The networks first scripted drama, a historical epic about—yes, Vikings—was canceled after six seasons, but talks of a spin-off of some sort have been happening.
High Fidelity: one season
The critically praised Zoë Kravitz show (adapted from the 1995 Nick Hornby novel and 2000 John Cusack movie) about a record store owner in New York City will not return for a second season, according to Deadline.
Superstore: six seasons
“Superstore has always been a signature NBC series that has never failed to make us laugh while also thoughtfully examining important issues people care deeply about,” said Lisa Katz, president, scripted content in a press release. “This has been an amazing group of writers, producers, actors, and crew to work with and we are incredibly grateful for all their contributions. This show will forever hold its place among the top workplace comedies for which we have a cherished history.”
Will & Grace: three seasons
The reboot of the groundbreaking comedy—which in total ran for 11 seasons—started out with high ratings but steadily declined.
Sunnyside: one season
NBC pulled this Kal Penn show from the lineup just a few weeks after it premiered last year, so its fate was pretty much decided then. But now the network has officially canceled it.
Bluff City Law: one season
TV veteran Jimmy Smits starred as an attorney reunited with his estranged daughter when she rejoins his firm. The courtroom drama will not be back for a second season.
Indebted: one season
Sorry, Fran Drescher and Adam Pally fans. Unfortunately, the comedy never really clicked with fans or found its audience.
Ambitions: one season
Oprah’s network made the decision to remove this legal drama that stars Robin Givens as a ruthless Atlanta attorney from its slate.
If Loving You Is Wrong: five seasons
Tyler Perry’s ensemble drama about the lives of friends and frenemies had a good run, but in early 2020 the network confirmed no new seasons are in the works.
Cops: six seasons on Paramount; 25 seasons on Fox
The long-running docu-style series—it premiered on Fox in 1989—was given the boot by Paramount, its current home for six seasons, amid recent protests over police brutality.
Schitt’s Creek: six seasons
The beloved comedy took some time to find its loyal audience, and thanks to Netflix picking up every season, it became a clever cultural phenomenon that gave us memes, catchphrases, and a song for the ages (see above video).
Homeland: eight seasons
It was time to say goodbye to the iconic CIA series that won awards and critical acclaim for its stars, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, and also for its nuanced approach to portraying bipolar disorder. Fans, shockingly, were pleased with the finale.
Ray Donovan: seven seasons
Liev Schreiber’s whispery turn as a crime “fixer” for a powerful law firm couldn’t save this series, which was reportedly hastily axed, ending on a cliff-hanger.
The Rook: one season
The London-set supernatural spy drama based on a novel by the same name was canceled after only one season.
Sweetbitter: two seasons
The restaurant drama based on Stephanie Danler’s best-selling novel had a strong first season followed by a weaker second one.
Vida: three seasons
The groundbreaking drama—which won a GLAAD Media Award—starts out as a story about Mexican American sisters who return to East L.A. for their mother’s funeral and tackles issues around gentrification, queer identity, and complicated family ties. It was canceled in April 2020, but is considered a stellar piece of art by fans.
The Magicians: five seasons
Based on the 2009 novel, this fantasy series follows a group of students at an elite university that trains students to be magicians. Not the rabbit-in-a-hat kind, but the kind who can cast spells and travel between worlds.
Claws: four seasons
Campy and colorful, this dramedy stars Niecy Nash as the owner of a nail salon in Florida who, along with her staff (including Carrie Preston and Karrueche Tran), gets involved in a life of crime. The show was renewed for a fourth and final season to air in 2020.
Dare Me: one season
Say goodbye to the dark cheerleading drama based on Megan Abbot’s popular novel.
The Purge: two seasons
This series, which revolves around an alternate version of America in which all crime is legal for a 12-hour period, called it quits after two seasons.
Treadstone: one season
The action series exploring the origin story and present-day actions of a CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone—a covert program that uses behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins—was canceled in May 2020, reportedly amid a network strategy shift.