9 TV Shows That Should Have Been Canceled

It's that time again! In the leadup to the 2016 Upfronts, the broadcast networks have been cleaning house. Well, in a couple of networks' cases, it was sort of the opposite: a total bloodbath. It's an annual tradition that shouldn't shock the TV-obsessed, but it always kind of does. There are incredible, creative, high-quality shows that get mercilessly axed (coughHappyEndingscough), leaving fans distraught or enraged. And then there are the garbage shows and the once-great series that earn yet another season on the air. This year was no exception, so allow us to bemoan a few of the major network shows that we think should be canceled.

9 TV Shows That Are Past Their Prime

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Do you disagree with our picks? Have a show you think should be yanked? Weigh in below!

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May 20, 2016 1:41AM EDT

Agree with all apart from quantico although it is sometimes badly acted I just want to see how it all plays out in the end.

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TelevisionFanboyContributor
May 18, 2016 6:35PM EDT

This list is great. TJ's last man standing comment is hilarious.

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May 18, 2016 7:01PM EDT

I totally agree that they should have finished The Big Bang Theory by now. The further you get, the more problematic the episodes (and characters) get.

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May 19, 2016 12:48AM EDT

I agree with all of these except The Walking Dead. That show still puts me at the edge of my seat in a good way. I also still like to watch Scandal, but I kind of wish it would've had a mindblowing series finale about a season ago.

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mia1290
May 19, 2016 3:11AM EDT

I'm sorry but The Walking Dead can do no wrong in my eyes and now that Negan is here putting it on the list is blasphemy. Take it back I say, take it back!

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May 19, 2016 9:23AM EDT

First one is It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I'm done with this list.

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May 19, 2016 1:03PM EDT

I love Scandal but it is crazy!

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May 19, 2016 2:11PM EDT

okay I like the list but Quantico should 100% not be on here!!

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May 19, 2016 2:17PM EDT

Definitely not the walking dead ,I love it. Still liking the big bang theory, the rest can go

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May 19, 2016 2:33PM EDT

Here's a thought. If you don't like a show, don't watch it. The fact that you don't like something does not mean that no one is allowed to like it. Get it?

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May 19, 2016 4:57PM EDT

Out of all these shows I only watch The Walking Dead (although there are a couple on my to-be-watched list) and I hate to say it, but I agree with Zaz... I look forward to every episode, but it's getting very same-samey, and just leads to disappointment. And that makes me sad because it was just so freaking awesome when it started.

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zazerhContributor
May 19, 2016 6:00PM EDT

@Dennis Of course, you can always just not watch a show, but it's pretty sad to have to quit a show or slog through its death throes because the networks carry on FAR past when they should have ended it.

I used to LOVE the Walking Dead and it is still fabulously acted and produced, but the Glenn fake-out ridiculousness almost made me drop it right then. The plot has become SO repetitive: Make a home. Fight some baddies. Someone dies. Lose home. Wander. Repeat.

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May 19, 2016 7:39PM EDT

Big Bang Theory still rocks my boat so I wouldn't want to see it cancelled!

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May 19, 2016 8:54PM EDT

Disagree: The Mindy project and TBBT are great. That's why their still around....

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May 19, 2016 9:06PM EDT

The Walking Dead should no way be on that list..

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May 20, 2016 3:20AM EDT

How dare you put "The Walking Dead" & "The Big Bang Theory" on that list. WTF??? Especially TWD!! Btw, Scandal's next season will be it's final. When the word comes out that ABC only ordered 12/13 episodes for season 6, that's confirmation.

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May 20, 2016 8:09AM EDT

I agree with this list except for Mindy. Come on, It's on Hulu, stop bitching and just take it off the TV show list. But I'm shock Scandal is on here. I thought that had a cult like following and everyone loved it.

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May 20, 2016 9:04AM EDT

I only watch The Big Bang Theory and I completely agree that it's past its glory. I would throw in Modern Family as well. It's great that there is character development (that's normal in life as well, one would hope) but some characters have gone from zero to 100 while others are stuck with no development. It's okay to end a show on a high

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May 20, 2016 9:05AM EDT

Ooh can I throw in The Vampire Diaries as well. Man they put their viewers through the wringer over and over and over and over again.

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May 21, 2016 3:54PM EDT

The Vampire Diaries should defiantly be in this list

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May 23, 2016 12:12AM EDT

I love The Big Bang Theory, and would love to see it going for many more seasons. Even if there is criticism regarding one or more seasons. That does not mean that the show should be over. While I like it the way it is, I see no reason not to make a few adjustments to address those things some people think are ruining the show, instead of cancelling it altogether.
Keeping in mind that the show's ratings are still sky rocketing, so I do not think there is a serious issue with the show's direction.

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Martaja
May 23, 2016 5:30AM EDT

I watch only two of the shows on the list and while I'll agree that TBBT is past its prime, I enjoy Mindy Project more and more every season. The one show that should be on that list in my opinion is Pretty Little Liars. I still watch it, but it should have ended a long time ago. Once upon a time isn't very good lately either...

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May 23, 2016 5:35AM EDT

Cancel TWD & Scandal? Are you kidding me? TWD is amazing, especially now Richonne is canon & Negan has shown up. And I'm 100% here for the Scandal craziness. #TeamMellie forever!

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hijab
May 23, 2016 12:43PM EDT

10 of 10: the looped story ..yah you guessed it, The Vampire Diaries!!
Also, after Laurel, I don't think I'll mind Arrow going down either.

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May 23, 2016 1:43PM EDT

The Big Bang Theory still has some life in it since the ratings are very high, but they need to focus more on the ensemble and stop praising Sheldon's negative behavior. Scandal is such a disappointment and a waste of the great chemistry between Kerry and Tony and the quality actors in the cast. I would add Vampire Diaries to the list.

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May 23, 2016 5:16PM EDT

How come supernatural isn't on this list but Walking Dead is. At one point, supernatural was my fav show on tv. That was about 4 years ago. It has gotten worse over the years. It has somehow been renewed for a season 12. yeah. Good luck with that. I'm through. Through with Vampire diaries too, but I think the spin off, Originals should stay a bit longer.

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May 23, 2016 8:04PM EDT

Quantico and Scandal are the shit. They should stay on air. Hell with the rest

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May 26, 2016 1:32PM EDT

The Walking Dead shouldn't have made it past season 1. It hasn't gotten bad, it's remained bad. Always Sunny hasn't deteriorated at all apart from Frank, who shouldn't have been introduced to begin with. The Big Bang Theory shouldn't have existed. The laugh track era is long past it's time and the reason that great comedies get cancelled every year is because all stupid people want to watch is mind numbing, repetitive garbage that tells them when to laugh since they don't even know what's really funny anymore. Unfortunately people today are all inherently stupid.

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Jun 15, 2016 3:56AM EDT

TWD -no offence- is only fit for teenagers and people who are bored out of their minds. I think 2 broke girls should totally be on the list - if it's not because the slideshow isn't working for me-because watching it is too painful to me and It should be for the actors, too.

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Jun 30, 2016 2:55AM EDT

I'm not sure how The Walking Dead nerds you around. Cliffhanger endings to seasons have been going on for years. However, I am getting tired of the find a place, bad guy or herd comes along and takes it away continuing each and every season. Still, reason enough for it to be canceled? Not at all.

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Jul 16, 2016 5:13PM EDT

You want The Walking Dead and It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia cancelled? Hilarious. You know nothing about what makes a great television show. Do the world a favor and keep your poor taste to yourself.

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Aug 17, 2016 4:28PM EDT

But... Scandal is my life.

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Aug 24, 2016 5:57PM EDT

I'd have to disagree on both Last man standing and Big Bang Theory. I'll be the first to admit the latter needs a rework and the characters need to grow out of some things, but (and this goes for both of these shows, surprisingly) it's a kind of show where I actually understand and sympathize. The comedy may be lacking at times (mostly because after a while the routine gags get boring, not to mention 10/6 seasons), however in the vast sea of mediocre-to-straight-up-bad shows the family values and good old-fashioned role models are things I would welcome to stay "at any cost", even if the 20th season of BBT still has Sheldon acting 15 and Kyle's kids are dumber than Boyd. Without shows like these we'd be stuck on 24h "Wynona Earp" marathons. *shivers*

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