Call it fate or call it a fluke, but if the networks had their way the world would not have grown up in a Boston bar where everyone knew their names: Cheers. With no other shows to take its spot, the show was given a second chance and ran for 11 seasons. Not to mention the subsequent and equally successful long-running Frasier spin-off. That’s 22 years of television – all of which can be binge-watched on Netflix.
With so many formats for entertainment such as YouTube channels (for those short on attention spans), podcasts (for those who wish to live in the radio era) and originals coming out on Amazon, Netflix or Hulu and not to mention DVR with the option to watch later, the networks still have yet to adjust their ratings systems accordingly. They are trying with 30-day and multi-platform ratings, but the accuracy is yet to be proven. Thus, giving potentially great shows the axe before they’ve had a chance to shine.
#10 Cristela (ABC)
Just when the supporting cast was getting into Cristela Alonzo’s groove, ABC pulled the plug on Cristela. You don’t have to be a Latino to relate to her plights, because there was something for everyone. It showcased traditional family dynamics as Cristela’s character lived with her sister’s family and their the pain-in-the-butt mother. It also centered around Cristela’s workplace dynamics as she attempted to climb up the corporate ladder (starting as an unpaid intern). The show had some big-names as guest stars such as Rosanne Barr, Mark Cuban, Tim Allen and the hilarious “Fluffy” comedian Gabriel Iglesias (recurring).
#9 The Millers (CBS)
It is always unfortunate in show business when two totally separate projects are in development totally apart from one another and then boom they are promoted and released around the same time. This is what happened with a movie called We’re the Millers (2013) and a pilot sitcom airing that same year called The Millers. This is often confusing to potential viewers under the impression that one needed to see the movie before tuning into the milti-cam sitcom. It overcame the slow start and the sitcom had a superbly talented ensemble cast with Will Arnet, J.B. Smoove, Beau Bridges, Margo Martindale, Jayma Mays and Nelson Franklin so it wasn’t surprising when it got picked up for a second season. However, the cancellation was a complete surprise to the cast. Perhaps, Will Arnet suffers from arrested development from his stigma from playing G.O.B. on Arrested Development as he hasn’t had much luck in the sitcom world since is epic role (as G.O.B).
#8 The McArthy’s (CBS)
This show executed the perfect sitcom formula with dozens of running gags and a talented ensemble cast. What more do you need (ahem, CBS!)? Laurie Metcalf is a prime time queen (or at least heir to the throne next to her once TV sister, Rosanne). Her role as the matriarch of this family of Boston sports nuts showcased her talent well in her ability to deliver a punchline with a straight face. Also starring Joey McIntyre, Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn and Kalen Coleman this one should have stuck around – it was wicked funny.
#7 Super Fun Night (ABC)
The title is super fun, Rebel Wilson is super fun, so why ruin my super fun night of TV by canceling Super Fun Night? Why? Does the people’s choice mean nothing to you people at ABC? Super Fun Night won a People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New TV Comedy” and yet was canceled after just one season. This right here is proof that the prime time networks are running on an antiquated ratings system.
#6 Weird Loners (FOX)
I had a backpack patch that said “I’m not weird, I’m unique” and that’s what this show was: unique. The concept was awesome and the ensemble was a motley crew of hilarious and sexy. My only complaint was when they introduced the son of the sleezy Stosh in episode 5 – perhaps it was like finding out my love interest had a son after our awesome first four dates. Maybe they missed the mark on that one and could have fed us that bit of information in the pilot. Either way I got over it and in the end the characters all won over my heart and laughbox. The show reminds me of FOX’s own New Girl meets Friends with a side of something weirdly fantastic.
#5 One Big Happy (NBC)
Perhaps too complicated of a plot (as you can see I’m not a fan of that in my commentary on #6) between the newlyweds who barely knew one another and the gay roommate impregnated by the husband half of the newlywed pair, it just sounds like candidates for the Dr. Phil show. But once you figured out what was going on, the characters all had their own distinct personalities, they were all very lovable and they all got the axe after just six episodes. What kind of TV world do we live in when a show executive produced by the ruler of TV herself, Ellen De-frieking-Generes wasn’t even given a chance to reach its full potential and get up and dance.
#4 Don’t Trust the B—–in Apartment 23 (ABC)
I never had a chance to watch this one while it was actually on ABC, but I rang in 2015 binge-watching it on Netflix while some, okay, many may call that sad – and I’m okay with that. Finding a good show to binge-watch is like finding a Cabbage Patch Doll at Christmas 1983. Good luck with that. The show was clever and I did trust the B played by Krysten Ritter. She would be a nightmare of a roommate, but as a spectator I could see her heart wasn’t all black. With James Van der Bleek’s character, James Van der Bleek (he plays what I hope is some version of himself and not really himself), the show was original and critics gave it positive reviews. What gives, ABC? You couldn’t make room for just one more show?
#3 Bad Teacher (CBS)
I’m sure lots of you will disagree and say this one didn’t get taken off the air soon enough. That’s okay, I have four kids, those tiny people are always in disagreement with me. But I get it. Bad Teacher seemed over the top, awkward and not all that entertaining in those first and only three episodes that aired during the regular season. It wasn’t until the remaining episodes aired as a summer filler that I saw this show’s potential. As the episodes progressed, the bad teacher, Meredith Davis played by Ari Graynor, didn’t seem all that bad – she was almost someone you could root for – and thus making the show not that bad – even downright enjoyable. And if you still disagree with me, then forgive me – for all you know I could have been one of Ms. Davis’s students at Richard Nixon Middle School.
#2 Mike & Molly (CBS)
All I want to type here is the sad face emoji over and over and over. How could you, CBS? Just how could you? Yeah, with contracts coming up, things could get expensive with a big name like Melissa McCarthy, but don’t you think she’s worth it. Don’t you think the show is worth it? I do! First you make us wait until January for the season premiere, only to find out this will be the last season. Yes, six seasons is a good run, but call me selfish, I just want more.
#1 The Mindy Project (FOX)
This one you might say should be disqualified from the list. But I say to you that this one gives hope to those prematurely canceled shows. Kudos to Hulu for resurrecting The Mindy Project after FOX made a huge mistake of killing a good thing. There’s no rhyme or reason why Mindy Kaling’s perfect project was canceled by Fox, but I am willing to bet that Hulu will gain quite a few more subscribers who wish to tune into the fourth season of The Mindy Project.