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10 TV Shows Canceled by Streamers That IMDb Considered Best

There are plenty of topical shows in which TV networks have cancelled.

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As a result of the Warner-Discovery merger, HBO Max has decided to no longer air scripted shows, casting further doubt on the future of online television. Some of the most popular streaming shows are cancelled because they don’t meet the requirements of various licensing agreements or fail to meet the required success metrics.

Since the first streaming-only shows debuted in 2013, many critically acclaimed series have been canceled with no proper conclusion due to misfires, bombs, and controversies. These shows, from Sense8 to The Punisher, were adored by both viewers and critics, but they still left viewers wondering what could have been.

8.1 on Amazon Streaming for Sneaky Pete (2015-2019)

Sneaky Pete is an intense crime drama about a con man who, after being released from prison, takes on the identity of his former cellmate to avoid a vicious gangster. But “Pete” has taken on more than he can handle, as members of his new family have their own share of danger.

Amazon decided to cancel Sneaky Pete after three seasons despite the show’s popularity, positive reviews, and stellar cast (which included Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale, and Bryan Cranston, among others). The official reason for the cancellation of Sneaky Pete has not been revealed, but The Hollywood Reporter has speculated that it may be related to a change in showrunners, a leadership shakeup at Amazon, and the growing trend of streaming services like Amazon to cancel most of their shows too early.

An Average of 8.2 on Netflix for Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (2018-2020)

Hasan Minhaj, a former correspondent for The Daily Show and current star of one of Apple TV+’s best shows, The Morning Show, hosted the weekly political satire show Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, which aired on Netflix and tackled various topics related to the current cultural and political climate.

The Patriot Act was cancelled after six seasons despite widespread critical acclaim, a number of awards, and the praise of notable comedians and commentators. According to Variety, Netflix has had a hard time breaking into the talk show genre because of the high production costs involved. Consequently, none of their previous attempts have lasted more than a few seasons.

Amazon Prime Video Rating: Patriot (2015-2018) 8.2

In Patriot, a political black comedy, we follow intelligence officer John Tavner, a man with complicated relationships who must assume a non-official cover and forgo his usual safety nets in order to complete his new assignment. Unless he succeeds, Iran could develop nuclear weapons.

Critics praised the show’s originality and how well it was directed by Michael Dorman and Kurtwood Smith. For 9 months after the premiere of the second season, the show’s fate was uncertain. According to Deadline, Amazon co-head of TV Albert Cheng confirmed the cancellation of Patriot during a 2019 TCA executive session, though no explanation was given for the show’s abrupt cancellation.

Netflix Rating: 8.2/10 for “The Midnight Gospel” in 2020

The premise of The Midnight Gospel centers on Clancy Gilroy, a’spacecaster,’ who lives on a planet with the ability to simulate multiple universes for its inhabitants. In each episode, Gilroy conducts interviews with participants in the various simulations before being forced to flee an impending disaster.

The Midnight Gospel quickly became one of the most popular and critically acclaimed adult animated series on Netflix, with many viewers praising the show for successfully balancing serious themes with lighthearted humor. However, Adweek reports that Netflix’s poor first-quarter results contributed to the cancellation of the show and several other animated Netflix productions. Creator Duncan Trussell broke the news of the show’s cancellation on Twitter and confirmed that Netflix held the rights to the show, making it unlikely that another studio or company would pick it up (via GameRant).

Devastating 8.2 for the Decade of Catastrophe (2015-2019)

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The sitcom Catastrophe followed Sharon and Rob’s relationship from its initial airing on Channel 4 to its subsequent streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Sharon gets pregnant after a brief fling with Rob in London. What happens to Rob and his new girlfriend after he relocates to London is the focus of the rest of the show.

It was well-received throughout its entire run and became a smash hit in the United Kingdom, drawing in a smaller but dedicated audience stateside. Catastrophe’s cancellation was never confirmed, but the creators did say they had to cut episodes from a longer season model used by American comedies to make them fit the British format (via Indiewire). The series was abruptly cancelled after this episode, and fans are left wondering what happened to their favorite characters.

Netflix’s The Get Down (2016-2017): 8.2/10

In The Get Down, a group of Bronx teenagers in the 1970s witness the rise of hip hop and disco. The show’s protagonists all have dreams of making it big in the music industry, but their chances of doing so vary.

The show was praised for its realism and its ambitious scope, as it intertwined several fictional narratives while inserting itself into the thick of historical events. Production was reportedly delayed, the budget increased to $120 million, and Baz Luhrmann said he couldn’t devote himself fully to a second season. In light of these problems, Netflix decided to end The Get Down after just one season.

Netflix’s Sense8 (2015-2018): 8.2/10

Sense8 is one of the best LGBTQ+ science fiction shows, and it follows a group of eight random people from different parts of the world who form a “cluster” after realizing they have psychic connections with each other. As the “sensates” learn the limits of their combined powers, they become aware of those who would kill to capture or kill them.

The show’s effective and diverse casting, as well as its themes of empathy and inclusion, garnered praise from critics around the world. Ted Sarandos, content strategy director for Netflix, said at a conference shortly after the show was canceled, per The Hollywood Reporter: “The audience was very passionate, but not large enough to support the economics of something that big, even on our platform.”

The ‘passionate’ audience of the show spoke out in large numbers to protest the choice. With viewer demand rising, Netflix approved a two-hour season finale to wrap up the story (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Netflix Rating: 8.4 for 2019’s “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance is a prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, and it follows three Gelflings named Rian, Deet, and Brea as they embark on a mission to rally the Gelfling clans against the Skeksis and save their planet.

The show received high marks during its run because of its successful expansion of the film’s lore without sacrificing the film’s emotional core. The Jim Henson Company and the show’s creators ended their working relationship amicably after the show was cancelled after a single season (via Deadline).

8 out of 10 on the new season of The Punisher (2017-2019).

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The Punisher, based on one of the greatest mercenaries in Marvel Comics, continues from where Season 2 of Daredevil left off with Frank Castle. After killing the people who killed his family, Castle starts to learn the truth about a larger conspiracy.

Audiences, however, adored Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of the violent, genre-bending vigilante, despite mixed reviews from the press. According to Deadline’s reporting, the show was canceled after two successful seasons during the final phase of Netflix and Disney’s unraveling relationship.

Among Netflix’s original series, “Daredevil” (2015-2018) received an 8.6.

Daredevil, the first Marvel TV series on Netflix, follows the exploits of blind attorney Matt Murdock, whose enhanced senses allow him to engage in vigilante work in his spare time. Murdock, while patrolling the streets of New York, begins to piece together the criminal underworld dominated by Wilson Fisk.

Charlie Cox’s portrayal of Murdock in all three seasons revived interest in the character, earning the show high marks from critics. As with Iron Fist and Luke Cage, Daredevil was canceled in 2018. Netflix, however, has promised that Daredevil will continue to appear in future Marvel productions (via Deadline). Indeed, Cox will reprise his role as Daredevil in Disney+’s upcoming 2024 series Daredevil: Born Again.

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