Twelve times a fan campaign has prevented a show from being canceled

Just because your favorite TV show got canceled doesn’t mean it’s over.

The public has more power than ever when it comes to the fate of TV shows, and over the past decades many shows have been saved thanks to fans. Executives of networks and streaming services are now listening to what viewers have to say.

Show as Brooklyn nine-nine were able to continue thanks to passionate viewers, and currently fans of the series Manifesto are hoping that another network or streaming service will pick it up after it is canceled by NBC after its third season.

There are plenty of examples of shows that end prematurely to get a last minute renewal, a second chance on another network, or even a movie finale. It’s happened more often than you might think, and here are just twelve examples of where fans avoided having TV shows canceled.

Brooklyn nine-nine

Andy Samberg’s police sitcom Brooklyn nine-nine had five good seasons on Fox before the network announced the show’s cancellation in May 2018.

Fans quickly launched a social media campaign calling for a renewal, and negotiations began behind the scenes to relaunch it on another channel. According to Hollywood Deadline, TBS, NBC, Netflix and Hulu all considered the possibility of repeating the show, but it was NBC that secured the rights to broadcast the sixth season.

Now, after their eight seasons in total, Brooklyn nine-nine is finally scheduled to end on September 16, 2021.

Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero played Jake and Amy for eight seasons on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”.
Jordin Althaus / NBC


Sens8 was a cult classic on Netflix that had a passionate but small fan base, according to streaming service content director Ted Sarandos.

After its cancellation in 2017, fans of the series created an online petition. They called Netflix and started an online movement with the hashtag # RenewSense8.

On June 29, 2017, co-creator Lana Wachowski (The matrix) revealed that they would end the series with a two-hour special that was released on June 8, 2018.

The cast of Sense8 was created by the Wachowski siblings and starred Purab Kohli, Eréndira Ibarra, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Sukku Son, Doona Bae, Toby Onwumere, Tina Desae, Jamie Clayton, Tuppence Middleton, Brian J. Smith, Max Mauff, Max Riemelt (all pictured).
Ségolène Lagny / Netflix


Dan Harmon’s (Rick and morty) The NBC sitcom has had a tumultuous run in its six seasons.

Initially airing for two seasons on NBC, the show was in danger of being canceled, but Community fans staged a flash mob outside Rockefeller Center wearing costumes referencing the show. The show was renewed for a third season, and again for a fourth, but Harmon was replaced as showrunner.

A dismal Season 4 saw actor Chevy Chase quit the show, and NBC renewed it again and rehired Harmon as a showrunner.

Donald Glover left the show during Season 5, and the show was eventually canceled by NBC in 2014. Netflix and Hulu reportedly turned down the option to choose. Community for a sixth season, but Yahoo did so with its short-lived streaming service Yahoo! Filter.

Almost annual fan campaigns saved Community of the cancellation and there is now strong fan support to create a film. #Six seasons and a movie


NBC Time Travel Show Timeless was canceled after its first season but was promptly renewed three days later. Co-creator Eric Kripke thanked fans on Twitter for their social media efforts to bring the series to life.

It got a second season in 2018, followed by a two-hour finale to end the show.


171,000 people signed the #BringBackNashville petition following its unceremonious cancellation by ABC in 2016. Eventually, the show was resumed and the last two seasons aired on CMT. Network chairman Brian Philips said in a statement: “CMT has heard from the fans” and that Nashville belonged to the network.

Development stopped

The expression “there is always money in the banana stand” was taken to heart by Development stopped fans and they urged Fox executives to renew the show after its second season by sending letters and fake bananas to their desks. The critical darling got his third season thanks to the move and the website, but the bad ratings meant it ended there.

Netflix eventually picked up the series for a fourth season in 2013 and a fifth in 2018.

Development stopped
Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Jeffrey Tambor, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale and Will Arnett attend the Netflix “Arrested Development” Season 5 premiere in 2018.
Rich Fury / Getty Images

Friday night lights

Friday night lights was in danger before the time of hard-hitting social media movements. Instead, after NBC decided not to renew the show after its second season, fans sent blisters, mini-footballs, and eye drops to NBC to change their minds.

The show ran for another three seasons.


Jericho was canceled after a single season of CBS television in 2007 due to poor ratings. The season finale was “nuts,” which caused fans to gather in a chat room and send executives 40,000 pounds of nuts. It’s only been one more season, but the story of the post-apocalyptic world continued in the comics.

Véronique Mars

Fans wanted to see Kristin Bell as Véronique Mars again so much that they actually paid for the privilege.

The show was canceled in June 2007 by The CW. In 2013, creator Rob Thomas and Bell started a Kickstarter fundraiser with the goal of making a movie. In ten hours, the goal of $ 2 million had been reached. The film was released by Warner Bros. Pictures in March 2014 and a fourth season was released on Hulu in July 2019.


Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated follow-up to Buffy the Vampire Slayer was Firefly, a space western that got fans hooked. Already worried about the grades, Firefly fans preemptively trained the Firefly Immediate assistance campaign and send postcards to Fox. The campaign was unsuccessful, and efforts to have the show picked up by another network also failed.

In 2005, Universal Pictures produced Serenity which continued the story of the series and served as a closing for the audience.

family guy

It’s easy to forget that family guy hasn’t always been the mainstay of television it is now. In 2000, Fox canceled the series after the Season 2 finale but eventually ordered 13 more episodes in July of that year. It was then canceled again after the third season.

Fox sold the rebroadcast rights to Cartoon Network and it became a cult phenomenon there, while DVD sales also proved to be incredibly popular.

Fox once again renewed family guy after this fan reaction and after airing his fourth season in 2005, he’s been on TV ever since. Season 20 of family guy begins September 26, 2021 on Fox.

family guy
“Family Guy” is preparing to air Season 20 on Fox.


Mandrel, which starred Zachary Levi and Yvonne Strahovski, was another show fans fought for every year to ensure its renewal. Fan site organized several efforts to keep the show on air. The tactics included letters, mentioning the show by name to Subway Sandwiches (featured on the show) and a campaign to donate money to the American Heart Association on behalf of NBC. This latest fan effort was called “Have a Heart, Renew Mandrel. “

It was eventually renewed for two more seasons before ending with its fifth season which ended on January 27, 2012 on NBC.

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