Shows That Have Been Cancelled or Renewed for 2020
When a pandemic has us capitulating to the safety of our respective homes, entertainment then becomes our refuge. Here are 30 popular TV shows that have either been cancelled or renewed for the foreseeable future. Please note some of the cancellations are COVID-19-related while some aren’t.
The Handmaid’s Tale: Renewed
This science fiction masterpiece is probably one of the highest-rated shows on this list, with a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.5/10 on IMDb. The show is based off of a novel written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood; and fans could not be happier it’s getting renewed.
The story is set in a futuristic New England, where the country is ruled by a theocracy. The show examines women’s role in a patriarchal culture and their fight for independence and liberation. So if you’re into sci-fi dystopian TV shows, then you may want to give this one a try.
Modern Family: Cancelled
Going all the way back to 2009, Modern Family has been a staple in many households across the nation. Unfortunately, their decade-long run will be coming to a halt this year. The show saw almost immediate success, too, upon the release of its first season.
For the first four years after its release, the show broke the 10 million viewer mark during this time. But after 2014, the numbers began to steadily decline. Perhaps it was time for this one to be cancelled, as the numbers would indicate the show had been on the downturn.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Renewed
When a show has been going strong for 15 years or more, it’s probably safe to say that it is a force to reckon with. The show follows a bunch of narcissistic friends who get into all sorts of trouble while managing an Irish Pub in Philadelphia.
And with an IMDb rating of 8.8/10, it’s no wonder they were renewed for another season. The show is tied for the most seasons with a live-action sitcom in U.S. television history. So if you haven’t given this one a try, we highly recommend it.
Unfortunately, this psychological thriller was just beginning to get its legs off the ground before it was cancelled entirely. It had a moderately long run, after the pilot first aired in 2011. More specifically, Homeland is a spy-thriller show that’s based off an Israeli TV show called Prisoners of War.
While receiving decent reviews across the board, the show also got some impressive awards, too, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, specifically for its first two seasons. We’re especially sad this one got cancelled.
Stranger Things: Renewed
Science fiction nerds can all rejoice and celebrate that their beloved Stranger Things is getting renewed. The show saw what many thought was unprecedented success after its first season; and has gotten many solid review scores, too, including a whopping 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Netflix series is still quite young on its television journey, with just three total seasons so far. The creators of the show have drawn much inspiration from the notorious M. Night Shylaman, who is known for his spooky science fiction films.
The Big Bang Theory: Cancelled
This is probably one of the biggest disappointments on this list. The Big Bang Theory was regarded by many as one of the best shows on television, and was going strong dating back to 2007. After all, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned quirky show that teaches you scientific facts?
According to Deadline, there was no negative reason as to why the show ended. But when your star actor -Jim Parsons- reveals that he intends to move on with his career, that’s when you know the show is on its last legs. But hey, a 12-season run is still pretty impressive at the end of the day.
Black Mirror: Renewed
The dystopian -and at times, Orwellian- series Black Mirror is getting renewed for its sixth season. One of the nice things about this show is that the plot changes with each episode. So you don’t have to go back and watch all of season one to understand the subsequent episodes.
This is probably a perfect TV show format when everyone is staying indoors to avoid COVID-19. Although we do warn you that it’s not exactly the most relaxing show out there. At the very least, however, it’s probably the most innovative series on television right now.
The cancellation of this show took us all by surprise, as it has been the beneficiary of stellar reviews from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, with 90% and 8.5/10 scores, respectively. And after all, who doesn’t like a legal drama. Those kinds of shows tend to fair very well on the television market.
The show has been nominated for its fair share of awards, too, with Gina Torres getting a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The show follows a college dropout who starts working as a law associate at a firm called Harvey Spectre; the show zeroes in on the cases he closes while he tries to keep his education a secret.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Renewed
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a relatively new show, with its pilot airing in 2017. So the cast and crew were likely overjoyed to learn this TV series was renewed for a fourth season. The show focuses on a Jewish housewife named Miriam “Midge” Maisel, who embarks on a journey to become a comedian.
She makes this decision after her husband -who is a comedian- leaves her for his secretary. The man also copies material from other comics, giving him the mantle of the villain in the series. If you ask us, we’re glad this one is getting renewed.
The Good Place: Cancelled
In keeping with the comedic trend on this list, you can now add The Good Place to the misfit shows that are getting cancelled, too. It first aired in September of 2016, making its run a rather short one. The show certainly got its recognition from the acting community, earning a Peabody Award in 2019.
The series takes place in different dimensions wherein the characters go after they pass away. All of the characters are given a score based on how they lived their lives prior to passing. It’s too bad this one got cancelled, because the concept is pretty novel to say the least.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Renewed
After getting the go-ahead for the pilot in 2013, Brooklyn Nine-Nine quickly became a cherished classic in many American households. The show follows the lives of a handful of detective agents who serve in the 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.
Each detective has a very unique personality, so the entertainment comes when they all clash together in order to solve crimes. This is where the show gets its ‘comedy’ description. Suffice it to say, many people were happy when this one got renewed.
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cancelled
Many would tell you this is a show that deserved to be cancelled. After all, Last Call with Carson Daly isn’t exactly the beneficiary of stellar reviews. With a 2.9/10 rating from IMDb -along with other poor reviews- this show was doomed from the start, or at least you would think.
Surprisingly enough, the series lasted for 18 years and was initially designed to be a late-night talk show comparable to The Tonight Show or Late Night. Finally, the show met its end after Carson Daly himself said he couldn’t continue with his workload on other projects.
Many describe this show as the successor, of sorts, to Breaking Bad. So if the whole drug-heist drama genre is for you, then you will want to check out Ozark. A relatively new show that started in 2017, Ozark is about a financial advisor who is forced to relocate his family to the Ozarks after a band of criminals search for him.
This happens after a money laundering scheme goes awry. And it would be wrong to say this show has gone largely unnoticed. It has received numerous nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series.
Criminal Minds: Cancelled
Now here’s a show many people are sad to see leave our television screens. Criminal Minds delved into the psychological aspect of heinous criminals and gave some reasoning as to why they choose to commit certain crimes. Each episode ended with a lesson for the viewer to ponder.
It started in 2015, to the adulation of critics and audience members everywhere. But now, the show has skid to a halt; and their fans are not happy about it, especially given we have a pandemic on our hands.
Orange is the New Black: Cancelled
Orange is the New Black is probably one of the more unique shows on the list in terms of genre distinction–comedy-drama. The show is based off a memoir of a woman -Piper Kerman- who retells her time in a women’s prison.
After its first season, the show received a dozen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series and many more. We won’t give away any spoilers, but you will definitely want to check out this show at some point.
Another relatively new show on this list, Billions features the one and only Paul Giamatti, who has given many outstanding performances including Big Fat Liar and Cinderella Man. The show is mildly based on Preet Bharara, former U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York.
Specifically, it follows litigation between him and a hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. There are plenty of other cases it follows, too. If you haven’t seen this show already, then we highly suggest you give this one a try.
It’s amazing to think Vikings first began in 2013, and has steadily pressed forward into American households ever since. Based off of the historically notorious Ragnar Lothbrok, the show follows his adventures throughout the Mediterranean and parts of Europe.
There has been some controversy on the part of depicting Viking society, as brought up by critics of the show. But hey, whether you’re into historical fantasy or realism, this show shouldn’t disappoint.
The 100: Renewed
Fans everywhere rejoiced when The 100 was given the nod for its seventh, and reportedly final, season in the series. The settings comes about 100 years after a nuclear holocaust ravages the planet, leaving hardly any sentient beings in its wake.
The presumptive remainder of the survivors live on a space station orbiting Earth which they dubbed as the Ark. After the space station is deemed at being over capacity, the survivors must determine whether Earth is safe and livable.
Making its debut in 2016, Lucifer got off to a rocky start among the critics at large. Fox initially dropped the show; and it was later picked up by Netflix in 2019. But it hasn’t fared well, as it was eventually cancelled due to low ratings and the COVID-19 pandemic, too.
The premise centers around Lucifer Morningstar, who basically got bored during his reign in Hell -this after he betrayed his father, God- and opts to live out his life owning a nightclub in Los Angeles called “Lux.”
Hawaii Five-O: Cancelled
With moderate reviews, Hawaii Five-O first began in 2010 as an action police procedural television series, similar to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. One of the differences being the latter was renewed and the former was cancelled. The series examines what happens when law enforcement is given unfettered authority.
Speaking of authority, the only figure the DPS task force members have to answer to is the governor of the state. So they take on cases ranging from terrorism to robbery and many others. If you are looking for a crime show drama, then this one’s for you.
The Crown: Renewed
Consider the renewing of The Crown for the overall betterment of society. This Netflix show centers around the retelling of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh. But the fourth season is the real kicker.
Reportedly, the fourth season will examine the life of Margaret Thatcher while introducing Diana Spencer (Princess of Wales). Other than the fact it has garnered numerous award nominations, we highly recommend this show for you.
Better Call Saul: Renewed
This Breaking Bad spinoff has done impressively well since its debut in 2015, with Bob Odenkirk as the protagonist. For those who aren’t familiar with the series, Odenkirk plays Saul, a scammy lawyer who is constantly trying to repair his life and account for his wrongdoings.
The main aspect of the plot is Jimmy -who later changes his name to Saul Goodman- trying to become a reputable lawyer and leaving his con days behind him. The show has been raved upon by the critics, and you would be doing yourself a disservice by not seeing it!
The Walking Dead: Renewed
The Walking Dead has certainly lived up to its name in that it’s the show that just won’t go away. It started in 2010; and many say it should have ended after the first couple of seasons. Based on the comic book series, the show spotlights Rick Grimes’s journey through the U.S. during a zombie apocalypse.
The show has received mixed reviews throughout its tenure, with complaints about subpar acting and disjointed narrative (at times). However, if you are a zombie love, you may want to give this show a chance.
Ray Donovan: Cancelled
Here is yet another crime drama series -on Showtime– that eventually met its demise. And that is a shame, considering the acting cast for Ray Donovan is mighty impressive, to say the least. Ray’s father, Mickey Donovan is played by Jon Voigt, who has just escaped prison and is about to make his life incredibly difficult.
Ray, who is a crime fixer, has to grapple with his job at a law firm while his father is on the loose. The show was unexpectedly cancelled; and a week after its cancellation, one of the actors (Liev Schieber) made a post on Instagram implying the show will be back at some point.
Almost Family: Cancelled
Unfortunately, there isn’t much to say about Almost Family, because it hardly saw the light of day before its cancellation. It got to one season before it met its conclusion, and there is not much publicly known as to the reason why, but we can probably guess it had something to do with poor ratings.
The plot involves a fertility doctor who uses his reproductive capabilities to conceive more than 100 children. The show follows his life and the lives of those progenitors. So if you’re looking for a short-lived show, then this one’s for you.
Deputy is yet another unfortunate example that was cancelled, in all likelihood, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Distinguished as part of the procedural drama genre, the series featured Stephen Dorff who plays a deputy sergeant after the former one dies of a heart attack.
Whether this one had potential, it is hard to say. Season one amounted to 13 episodes, which is impressive for a season debut, considering many shows hardly make it to 10 due to low ratings and viewership.
God Friended Me: Cancelled
Another comedy-drama series, God Friended Me is ironically about the life of an atheist who runs his own podcast, and receives a friend request on Facebook from an account named “God.” Through this “friend” he is then recommended to “friend” other accounts to help them with their struggles.
The show follows his attempts at finding out who is behind the account while grappling with his existential beliefs. Unfortunately, this one was eventually cancelled as well after just two seasons.
Broad City: Cancelled
Enter another sitcom that was taken from us before it fully realized its potential, Broad City was cancelled after reaching five seasons. It first premiered in 2014 on Comedy Central and saw decent success at first, too. And according to the TV Club, it’s rated as one of the best shows of the 2010s.
The plot is simple enough, which centers on two Jewish American women and their escapades through New York City. The reasoning for this is due to both declining ratings after the premiere season and, of course, the pandemic.
Mr. Robot: Cancelled
We were definitely saddened to hear about the cancellation of Mr. Robot–a drama thriller television series that features Rami Malek (the protagonist of the music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody) who is a cybersecurity hacker grappling with depression and anxiety.
He is then recruited by another hacker from a coalition aimed at undermining a giant company that monitors debt amounts. The show took on a moderate amount of award nominations including Golden Globe for Best Television Drama Series, which it won.
If you’re looking for controversy, then look no further than this Netflix original. Messiah is about a man who gets compared to Jesus and accumulates followers from across the globe after showing up arbitrarily in the Middle East. The CIA then goes to investigate whether he is the real deal.
There is only one season of this on Netflix, but if you are trying to binge-watch a show that you could get through in a matter of days, then this may be the one for you. The show’s critics seem to agree with us.