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Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

Updated June 5, 2020 52.3k votes 9.5k voters 91.0k views42 items

List RulesVote up the scripted TV series that should be put out of their misery

Non-reality TV shows that should be canceled are those scripted comedy and drama television shows that have simply outlived their welcome. Between the new shows that just are not holding our interest to those which have been on for years and have just lost their touch, each of these shows are among those we could live without.

As much as the comedy shows on this list make us laugh, many are past their prime. Though one of the greatest sitcoms in television history, The Simpsons has been targeted by many as lacking in the quality that made us all fall in love with the show and nominated it for the cancel-before-it-gets-worse list. Two and a Half Men, Bob's BurgersThe Cleveland Show, and 2 Broke Girls are other comedies frequently in the conversation for comedies we could live without as they are just not delivering the half hour jam packed with laughs they'd hope for.

On the drama side of things, there are plenty of procedurals that have outlived their stay too. CSI and CSI: NY many feel should go the way CSI: Miami did, into the canceled pile. SupernaturalLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitGrey's Anatomy, and New Girl all fall into that conversation with many wondering why these series continue to drag on.

Though these may be among the best TV shows of recent memory, for one reason or another these shows could all be canceled and many would be happier as a result. Vote below for those shows you'd like to see on the chopping block, add any not listed or even re-rank this list of non-reality TV shows that should be canceled.

  • 1

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson

    PremieredMarch 27, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Medical

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a Seatle...  more
  • 2


    Evan Smirnow, Ellen David

    PremieredSeptember 26, 1997

    Genres (Tv)Educational, Animated, Children

    Caillou is a Canadian educational children's television series that was first shown on Télétoon and Teletoon, with its first episode airing on the former channel on September 15, 1997; the show later...  more
  • 3


    Hayden Panettiere, Clare Bowen

    PremieredOctober 10, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Nashville (ABC, 2012) is an American musical drama television series created by Callie Khouri. The series centers around country queen Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton), and rising star Juliette Barnes...  more
  • 4

    The Thundermans

    Kira Kosarin, Jack Griffo

    PremieredOctober 14, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Children

    The Thundermans is an American superhero live-action comedy television series that began airing on Nickelodeon, on October 14, 2013. The series is created by Jed Spingarn. Nickelodeon announced that...  more
  • 5

    Great News

    Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin

    PremieredApril 25, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Great News (NBC, 2017) an American sitcom television series created and written by Tracey Wigfield. An up-and-coming news producer (Briga Heelan) finds herself dealing with a new intern: her mother...  more
  • 6

    voting closed at #6

    Empire - Final Ep. 04/21/20

    Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

    PremieredJanuary 7, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard)...  more
  • 7

    Home and Away

    Isla Fisher, Chris Hemsworth


    Genres (Tv)Soap opera

    Home and Away is an Australian television soap opera. It was created by Alan Bateman and has been produced in Sydney, New South Wales since July 1987. It commenced broadcast on the Seven Network from...  more
  • 8

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2009

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Adventure, Mystery

    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los Angeles...  more
  • 9

    Hawaii Five-0

    Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

    PremieredSeptember 20, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, 2010) is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968-1980 television series. The title of the new show uses a zero instead of the...  more
  • 10

    voting closed at #10

    13 Reasons Why - Finale Ep. 06/05/20

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    PremieredMay 14, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Community

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American teen drama mystery series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the...  more
  • 11


    Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt


    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Drama

    EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the...  more
  • 12

    Dora the Explorer

    Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi

    PremieredAugust 14, 2000

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Educational, Animated, Children

    Dora the Explorer is an American educational animated TV series created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh, and Eric Weiner. Dora the Explorer became a regular series in 2000. The show is carried on the...  more
  • 13

    The Walking Dead

    Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride

    PremieredOctober 31, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Science fiction

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard....  more
  • 14

    Famous in Love

    Bella Thorne, Carter Jenkins

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Famous in Love (Freeform, 2017) is an American drama television series based on the book with the same name, written by Rebecca Serle. Paige Townsen (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student, gets...  more
  • 15

    Fear the Walking Dead

    Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey

    PremieredAugust 23, 2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Science fiction

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and prequel series to The Walking Dead, which is based...  more
  • 16

    Chicago Fire

    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney

    PremieredOctober 10, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action

    Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally premiered...  more
  • 17

    American Dad!

    Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal

    PremieredFebruary 6, 2005

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Animated

    American Dad! is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane, Mike Barker, and Matt Weitzman for the "Animation Domination" lineup on Fox. American Dad! is the first television...  more
  • 18

    voting closed at #18

    New Girl - Final Ep. 5/15/18

    Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson

    PremieredSeptember 20, 2011

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    New Girl (Fox, 2011) is an American sitcom television series created by Elizabeth Meriwether. A quirky teacher (Zooey Deschanel) moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men (Jake Johnson, Max...  more
  • 19

    Adventure Time

    Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio

    PremieredApril 5, 2010

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Fantasy, Animated, Children

    Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 2010) is an American animated adventure science-fantasy television series created by Pendleton Ward. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his...  more
  • 20

    Iron Fist

    Finn Jones, David Wenham

    PremieredMarch 17, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Science fiction

    Marvel's Iron Fist (Netflix, 2017) is web television series developed Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial arts...  more
  • 21

    Santa Clarita Diet

    Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant

    PremieredFebruary 3, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Horror

    Santa Clarita Diet (Netfklix, 2017) is an American comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita,...  more
  • 22

    The Big Bang Theory

    Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

    PremieredSeptember 24, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    The Big Bang Theory (CBS, 2007) is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady. A woman (Kaley Cuoco) who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but...  more
  • 23

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers to...  more
  • 24

    Family Guy

    Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein

    PremieredJanuary 31, 1999

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Animated

    Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their...  more
  • 25

    Saturday Night Live

    Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon

    PremieredOctober 11, 1975

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Saturday Night Live (NBC, 1975), also known as SNL, is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Hosted by a...  more