7 Resurrected TV Shows (That Maybe Should've Stayed Dead)

Sometimes the dead don’t stay dead. No, I’m not about to retell the story of Pet Sematary, I just want to go over some TV shows that got cancelled, and… CAME BACK! This has happened more than a few times, and oftentimes it’s great — Southland ended up being a very critically well-received show when it made the move to TNT after NBC cancelled it. But sometimes, it’s best if the dead stay dead. EXAMPLES!

Veronica Mars

Returned to life not as an additional season of television, but as a kickstarted movie, the whole Veronica Mars resurrection endeavor ended up seeming very pointless. The movie was essentially just a 90 minute episode of the show, and didn’t end with kind of major revelation or conclusion to the story. They’ve since published novels that continue the story, post-movie, but to have a film be used as a jumping off point for a book series seems like kind of a waste.

Arrested Development

I would’ve been thrilled for another proper season of Arrested Development, but that wasn’t really what we got with Netflix’s resurrected fourth season. With so much of the cast being busy with other projects, we really got individual stories about what certain characters had been up to, with some occasional interactions between the family members. But so much of the appeal of Arrested Development was its cast dynamic, so this resurrected season felt like it was being mocking us by giving us a show that wasn’t what we were looking for.

Leave It To Beaver

Leave It To Beaver ran a few seasons, got cancelled, then ran a few more seasons. I wish it never had come back, and guess why? I hate this show. I wish it had never existed in the first place. Reruns were always on when I was a kid, and even then I was like “This portrayal of the American family is a lie; WHAT ARE YOU HIDING FROM ME?!” Leave It To Beaver is SUCH a wholesome family garbage-thon that I half expect to find out in a few years that it subliminally incited murders.


Cancelled after a low rated first season, a massive fan campaign (there were tons of them around this time, like for Serenity and Chuck) encouraged the network to bring back Jericho. Guess what? Ratings were just as bad as the first season, so the seven episode second season marked the official end. Hope all that letter-writing was worth it!

7th Heaven

After a decade on the air, 7th Heaven‘s producers announced that that season’s finale would be the series finale, so of course TONS of people who had watched the show over the years tuned in. Surprised by the sudden boost in ratings, the network uncancelled the show, apparently thinking that those viewers would continue to watch through another entire season. They did not, and the additional season was 7th Heaven‘s last. It’s hilarious to imagine people who only tuned into this dumb show to see the finale, only to discover later that a whole new season had started. A helluva dupe!

Breaking In

A Christian Slater-helmed comedy about a team of thieves, Breaking In had poor ratings its first season, was cancelled, and was then brought back to life as FOX apparently decided retooling it and sending it back out into the world was the way to go. Surprise! It wasn’t. Still no one cared, and some people at FOX were probably annoyed that they’d wasted their time on it.


The Sci-Fi network loved picking up network castoffs, and Sliders would’ve been a perfect fit. The one problem is that Jerry O’Connell wasn’t available for the last season of the show. If you’re not familiar with who he is, he was only the star of the show. I gotta tell ya, it’s as awkward as you think trying to make a TV show without the person the show is supposed to be about.

Do you feel personally attacked by the return of any not-popular TV shows? Save it for your therapist, bud, or let us know on Twitter @Smosh!

Will Weldon
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