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TV Shows That Should Be Canceled

Updated November 5, 2020 270.4k votes 18.5k voters 195.2k views108 items

List RulesVote up shows you truly hate, and vote down shows that should remain on the air. Only add shows that are still on the air.

Here are the worst TV shows currently airing, that deserve cancelation after this current season. Though reality TV is often singled out as the trashiest current options on television, numerous shows from a variety of genres have made the cut on this collection of failed entertainment products. Competition to get on the television remains intense, but has lessened over the years, as extensive cable packages and streaming options have exploded the number of new TV series being produced. Of course, this opened up opportunities for stations like AMC and FX to experiment with exciting new programming, but also allows for innumerable bad knock-offs, stupid reality competitions and painfully unfunny comedies. Be sure to also check out the TV shows ending this year we will miss the most.

Featuring popular sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory and New Girl, this list of current shows that need to be canceled include several of today's most watched TV shows. Every year, audiences wonder why so many poorly written and acted shows are produced by networks, but programs like Keeping Up with the Kardashians continue to bring in record-breaking viewership numbers. 

Basic cable channels, particularly MTV and Bravo, seem to be singled out on the list a bit, with entries like The Real World, The Challenge, and the Real Housewives... series taking up a number of the top spots. The list of shows that should be canceled also includes a number of once-beloved shows that are seen as "past their prime" or overdue for cancelation.

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  • 1
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians

    ActorsKris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series focusing... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    The Real Housewives of New Jersey

    ActorsJoe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo, 2009) is an American reality television series and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    The Real Housewives of Atlanta

    ActorsKandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    The Real Housewives of New York City

    ActorsBethenny Frankel, Luann de Lesseps, Alex McCord

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real Housewives of New York City (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    The Real Housewives of Orange County

    ActorsVicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Reality television

    The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 2006) is an American reality television series.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

    ActorsYolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real Housewives (Bravo, 2010) of Beverly Hills is an American reality television series... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    The Bachelor
    7,110
    1,689

    ActorsChris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

    The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    The Bachelorette
    4,592
    1,249

    ActorsChris Harrison

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Dating

    The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    The View
    3,795
    1,257

    ActorsWhoopi Goldberg, Paula Faris, Sara Haines, Jebediah Bila, Sunny Hostin

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

    The View is an American talk show and entertainment/infotainment program that has aired on ABC... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Dance Moms
    4,318
    1,003

    voting closed at #10

    Dance Moms

    2011

    ActorsAbby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler, Kalani Hilliker, Kendall Vertes

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Dance Moms (Lifetime, 2011) is an American reality television series. It is set in Pittsburgh,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta

    ActorsJoseline Hernandez, Erica Dixon, Rasheeda, K. Michelle, Karlie Redd

    Genres (Tv)Reality

    Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1, 2012) is an American reality television series, and the second... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Mud Men
    3,266
    1,109

    voting closed at #12

    Mud Men

    2011

    ActorsJohnny Vaughan

    Genres (Tv)Documentary, Reality television

    Mud Men is a British television series on the History channel. The series follows members of... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Challenge
    3,250
    1,185

    ActorsT.J. Lavin

    Genres (Tv)Game show, Reality television

    The Challenge is a reality game show on MTV that is spun off from the network's two reality... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    The Real World
    2,215
    769

    ActorsJamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Kevin Powell

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    The Real World (MTV, 1992) is an American reality television program inspired by the 1973 PBS... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Big Brother
    5,557
    2,288

    ActorsJulie Chen, Phil Proctor, Clayton Halsey

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Big Brother (CBS, 2000) is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    America's Next Top Model

    ActorsTyra Banks, Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, Nigel Barker, Twiggy

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    America's Next Top Model (UPN, 2003) is an American reality competition television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    The Talk
    1,983
    774

    ActorsSharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler | See full cast & crew »

    Genres (Tv)Talk show

    The Talk is a talk show created by actress Sara Gilbert, who also serves as the executive... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Last Call with Carson Daly
    1,850
    716

    voting closed at #18

    Last Call with Carson Daly

    2002

    ActorsCarson Daly, Kip Madsen, Zane Carney

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Variety show, Late night television

    Last Call with Carson Daly is an American late night television program hosted by Carson Daly... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Samson en Gert
    1,140
    414

    voting closed at #19

    Samson en Gert

    1990

    ActorsGert Verhulst, Danny Verbiest, Walter de Donder

    Genres (Tv)Children's television series

    Samson & Gert is a Flemish children's television series produced by Eline van Noppen, centered... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Dr. Phil
    5,546
    2,506

    ActorsPhil McGraw

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, Comedy

    Dr. Phil is a talk show hosted by Phil McGraw. After McGraw's success with his segments on The... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Fox & Friends
    2,833
    1,240

    ActorsSteve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Maria Molina

    Genres (Tv)Talk show, News

    Fox & Friends is a Conservative American early-morning opinion talk show that begins at 6:00... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Hannity
    2,837
    1,315

    ActorsSean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Dana Perino

    Genres (Tv)Politics

    Hannity is a television show on the Fox News network, a replacement to the long-running show... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Naked and Afraid
    1,836
    792

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Naked and Afraid is an American docudrama series that airs on the Discovery Channel and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Swamp People
    3,272
    1,562

    ActorsTroy Landry, Jacob Landry, Bruce Mitchell, William Edwards, Tommy Chauvin

    Genres (Tv)Reality television

    Swamp People (History, 2010) is an American reality series that follows the day-to-day... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    So You Think You Can Dance

    ActorsMark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

    Genres (Tv)Talent show, Interactive television, Game show, Reality television

    So You Think You Can Dance is an American televised dance competition show that airs on Fox in... more on Wikipedia

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