‘One Day At A Time’ And Other Canceled TV Shows Fans Still Want To See Revived
Sometimes, the best TV shows don’t last as long as they should. While other series (*cough cough* The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy) have last for more than a decade, allowed to come to a natural (if long overdue) conclusion, this isn’t the case for most. Over the years, the cancelation of certain shows has caused significant backlash from fans, some even sparking campaigns to get them back on the air (which occasionally works, like in the case of Brooklyn Nine-Nine). Here are just a few of the more recent series that were underappreciated by their networks.
One Day At A Time
This sitcom, a reboot of the 1970s one of the same name, became a sleeper hit practically overnight. After Season 1 dropped in 2017, critics and fans alike were begging for more, praising the series’ ability to address the important issues of today in an old-school multi-cam format. Despite a near-perfect Rotten Tomatoes score and obvious universal appeal, One Day At A Time was canceled by Netflix shortly after its third season dropped, with the streamer citing low viewership (though failing to disclose those numbers).
But the fight is not over. Co-creator Gloria CalderónKellett, who is very engaged with her online audience, helped to pivot the #RenewODAAT campaign to #SaveODAAT. Not only are the cast and crew behind the movement, but Lin-Manuel Miranda, who assisted in saving Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is also on board. Hopefully, there will be an announcement regarding its future any day now.
A series can have all of the right elements and still fail, somehow. Happy Endings, which aired for three seasons on ABC, had them all right — it was Friends, sans laugh track, and with way more outlandish comedy that just always seemed to hit the sweet spot. Happy Endings featured a cast of actors who became so in-demand from their performances that they were all snatched up in the year or two after it was canceled, they were just that good.
The show begins with the wedding of childhood sweethearts Alex Kerkovich (Elisha Cuthbert, The Ranch) and Dave Rose (Zachary Knighton, Magnum P.I.), which doesn’t exactly go as planned. This causes a rift in their tight-knit group of friends, which also includes Alex’s sister, Jane (Eliza Coupe, Future Man), her husband, Brad (Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Together), the always-unemployed Max (Adam Pally, The Mindy Project), and desperate-for-love Penny (Casey Wilson, The Hotwives). Though it was canceled in 2013, it’s still the series many would want most to see revived.
This is an example of an incredible show that was actually just a little bit ahead of its time. When Sweet/Vicious, a dark comedy about two college students who team up to take down sexual assaulters on campus, was canceled after just one season on MTV, it was April 2017. A few months later, the #MeToo movement would blow up when the articles about Harvey Weinstein were published. It’s hard to imagine a series more perfect for today’s climate.
Sadly, the series, which starred Eliza Bennett and Taylor Dearden as the kickass vigilantes, has yet to be revived, despite a deeply passionate fanbase. However, the show’s creator, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, has her star-studded first film, Someone Great, heading to Netflix in April. If it does well, maybe Sweet/Vicious (or something like it) could find its way to the streaming service in the future.
Good Girls Revolt
Another show that only got one season, Good Girls Revolt had the makings of something pretty incredible. The series was set in that late 1960s and is based on a turning point in journalism when the women of Newsweek worked to receive equal treatment in the workplace. Starring Genevieve Angelson (Flack) Anna Camp (the Pitch Perfect franchise), Hunter Parrish (Weeds) and Chris Diamantopoulos (Silicon Valley), there was a lot to love about the historical drama.
However, the then-president of Amazon Studios seemingly sabotaged the series. Roy Price, who was later fired for accusations of sexual harassment, didn’t seem to like or care about the show, even though it brought in high viewership. Though creator Dana Calvo originally had hopes to shop it to other networks, this didn’t work out. Yet another case of a series canceled way too soon.