It used to be that when a series got pulled off air by a network, it was gone for good. But in recent years, companies like Netflix and Hulu have given viewers new hope that their favorite shows will get another chance, even if they do end up on the chopping block. The two streamers have not only helped extend the life of several recently cancelled comedies and dramas, they’ve also managed to bring some older classics back to the small screen. Here are 8 shows that lived on after cancellation, thanks to these streaming services.
1. Arrested Development
The critically acclaimed, Emmy-award winning sitcom originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2003 to February 2006. After ratings began dropping in the second season, Fox decided to cut the season a little short, halting the production after 18 episodes instead of fulfilling its initial 22-episode order. In the third season, Fox moved the show’s time slot, but ratings continued diving. Eventually, the network cut the third season’s episode order in half before axing it altogether.
After its initial cancellation, rumors of another season and an Arrested Development feature film persisted for several years. In 2011, Netflix announced it had picked up the rights to the series. Stars Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Tony Hale reprised their roles in the show’s 15-episode fourth season, which debuted in May 2013 and earned generally favorable reviews.
A fifth season is now in the works, with the entire cast set to return. It will reportedly hit Netflix in 2018.