Another CBS sitcom which failed to endure for more than one season is Happy Together , a show which follows a young couple and the chaos that their lives become after a pop star named Cooper James, played by Felix Mallard, moves into their apartment. The show failed to capture the audience’s attention and received very mixed reviews despite having three talented and beloved actors leading it.
Happy Together lasted for a total of 13 episodes and was immediately scrapped after that. Most fans don’t know this, but the show was actually based on the real life story of the time when Harry Styles, a popular singer and actor, crashed at the house of the show’s executive producer, Ben Winston, and his wife.
Santa Clarita Diet
Meet Santa Clarita Diet . This horror comedy show by Netflix was canceled after its third season, despite fans practically begging for this show starring Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller, Ember Truesdell and Ruben Fleischer to continue. The show features Drew Barrymore as a real estate agent who turns into a zombie, and her family's attempts at supporting her while she eats people. When it was canceled in late April 2019, fans of the show managed to create a viral hashtag "#SaveSantaClaritaDiet" on Twitter, but failed to save the show.
This show was considered Drew Barrymore's passion project, and details of its cancellation are unclear, especially considering that its last season ended on a cliffhanger. Netflix claims that the show ended because of financial reasons, but many believe it was more to do with the show's gruesome nature, as it often featured very explicit gore, even in its marketing.
One Day At a Time
One Day at a Time is a highly acclaimed comedy TV show about a Cuban-American family that lives in the same house, despite having vastly different cultures. The show was extremely well received by fans for its deep and intricate story, excellent acting and relevance to current world topics. It featured a single mother who is an Army veteran with PTSD, her Cuban mother and her children.
The show tackled issues including mental illness, immigration, sexism, racism and more, while highlighting the struggles that Latin people face in the United States. The show was canceled by Netflix on its third season despite receiving numerous awards. In a surprising turn of events, the show was picked up by a traditional TV channel called Pop TV, and is currently slated for a fourth season due in 2020, making it the first show cancelled by Netflix to ever receive a resurrection by a traditional network.
The British historical period drama, Poldark , recently finished its run on the fifth and final season, capping the show at 43 episodes, lasting about an hour each. The show revolves around Captain Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, who returns home after the American Revolutionary War in an attempt to rebuild his life, but discovers that the troubles have just started for him. Poldark is based on a series of novels of the same name, which ran from 1945 up to 2002.
The show received great ratings and currently stands at 8.3 out of 10 in IMDb. Fans haven't been too happy about the show's finale, mostly because of some last minute plot twists and the introduction of a totally new plot device that was completely unrelated to the previous events. Either way, if you're into historical dramas, you might want to give this one a shot.
The Kids Are Alright
The next sitcom on our list that died prematurely at the end of its first season is ABC's The Kids Are Alright , which was centered around the story of an Irish Catholic family raising eight sons in LA during the early '70s. The show features Mary McCormack as Peggy Cleary, Michael Cudlitz as Mike Cleary, and a host of other lesser-known actors and actresses.
It had a relatively long season with 23 episodes, but unfortunately, the show bled viewers on a weekly basis and fell from grace over time, going from a debut of 6.5 million US viewers to less than half by the end of the season. It was quite well approved by various critics and lauded for its smart take on many contemporary themes and events. It was nominated for various awards but failed to win any of them. When ABC was asked why they dropped the show, they exclusively mentioned the low ratings as the main reason.