5 fan-favorite TV shows that were recently canceled then saved by another network — and some that are still waiting



  • Some beloved TV shows have recently returned after being canceled, including “Lucifer” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
  • But other fan-favorite series haven’t been so lucky, including many on Netflix.
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Passionate fans on social media helped saved some beloved TV shows.

When Fox canceled the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” due to poor ratings last year, NBC saved it less than two days later. Fox also canceled “Lucifer,” which Netflix revived and recently debuted the fourth season of.

Netflix’s “Lucifer” revival has been a hit with audiences. It’s been among Parrot Analytics’ list of the most in-demand original streaming shows since it premiered, and topped the list last week. The data is based on “demand expressions,” which are measured by desire, viewership, and social-media engagement.

But not every show with rallying fans is so lucky, and not even social-media campaigns can save some beloved Netflix shows.

The streaming giant has been on a cancellation spree lately, including its Marvel TV shows and “One Day at a Time,” but has a “blackout period” on its content, according to Deadline. That means that another network can’t pick up a canceled Netflix series for a certain period of time, which could be years.

Deadline reported in March that Netflix prefers shorter TV shows because they become to expensive after 30 total episodes, and more difficult for new viewers to binge. 

Below are five canceled TV shows that were recently saved by another network, along with some other shows with passionate fans that haven’t been so lucky:

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“Lucifer” — saved by Netflix after getting canceled by Fox

Return date: Season 4 premiered on Netflix May 8

“Lucifer” was canceled by Fox after three seasons last May. The series follows Lucifer Morningstar (the Devil). He is bored in hell, so he abandons it to go to Los Angeles where he runs a nightclub and becomes a consultant for the LAPD.

Fox said “Lucifer” was canceled due to poor ratings, but its devoted audience made enough noise that both Netflix and Amazon were in talks to bring it back for a fourth season. In the end, Netflix took it.

“The Expanse” — saved by Amazon after getting canceled by SyFy

Return date: Season 4 premieres later this year on Amazon Prime Video

Critics gushed over the third season of “The Expanse,” a sci-fi show set on colonized planets hundreds of years into the future. Last May, SyFy canceled the show.

But critics and fans rallied behind it and campaigned to save it, with over 130,000 fans signing a Change.org petition. The campaign even involved fans flying bannered planes over the Amazon headquarters, and “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin sending an email in support of the show to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, according to Deadline.

Last May, Bezos announced that Amazon picked it up for a fourth season. 

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — saved by NBC after getting canceled by Fox

Return date: Season 6 premiered January 10 on NBC

Devastated “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fans instantly took to social media to express their sadness about Fox’s cancellation last May. Less than two days later, NBC announced that it was bringing the Brooklyn-set cop comedy back for a sixth season during the 2018-2019 season.

“It was the middle of the night, I woke up to my phone glowing and I’m wondering what is going on,” star Terry Crews told Business Insider after finding out the show had been saved. “I got all these texts with everyone saying, ‘We’re picked up!’ I jumped out of bed. I felt like I was one of Madonna’s kids. ‘I get to live in the mansion now, she picked me!'”

“Designated Survivor” — Saved by Netflix after ABC canceled it

Return date: Season 3 premieres on Netflix June 7

ABC canceled “Designated Survivor” last May after two seasons, but it was quickly picked up by Netflix. The third season debuts June 7. Kiefer Sutherland stars as the “designated survivor,” who is sworn in as the president of the United States after an attack.

“Last Man Standing” — revived by Fox last year after ABC canceled it in 2017

Return date: Recently renewed for an eighth season on Fox, which will debut this year

Tim Allen’s “Last Man Standing” was canceled by ABC after six seasons in 2017, but revived by Fox for a seventh season last year. Fox recently renewed the series for an eighth season.


“Gypsy” — canceled by Netflix in 2017

“Gypsy” is a drama about a therapist (played by Naomi Watts) who gets too involved in the lives of her patients that Netflix canceled in 2017. Fans begged the streaming service to bring the show back with organized social-media campaigns, and even a billboard outside of the Netflix LA office. 

“Shadowhunters” — canceled by Freeform in 2018

This show about teenage demon hunters got the ax by Freeform, and returned this month for its final episodes. 

“American Vandal” — Canceled by Netflix in October

Netflix canceled its beloved investigative comedy series “American Vandal” in October. The creators have shopped the series to other networks, but Netflix’s “blackout period” for its canceled shows to be revived elsewhere is making that difficult.

Netflix’s Marvel TV shows — canceled in 2018 and 2019

Netflix canceled its Marvel TV shows “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist,” and “Daredevil” last fall, and then the remaining shows, “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones,” earlier this year. The third and final season of “Jessica Jones” premieres in June.

Fans launched an online campaign called #SaveDaredevil  with no success.

Speculation grew that they got the ax because Disney, which owns Marvel, is launching its own streaming platform in November. But data also showed that the series had lost some of their audiences over time. 

“One Day at a Time” — Canceled by Netflix in March

Netflix canceled its critically acclaimed “One Day at a Time” reboot in March after three seasons, citing a lack of audience. Data provided to Business Insider by analytics company Jumpshot showed that viewership was indeed lower than some other shows Netflix had also canceled.