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TV Shows That Should Be Canceled 

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Updated July 6, 2020 490.6k votes 18.2k voters 193.7k views 107 items

List Rules Vote 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 in 2019, 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 in 2019 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 in 2019 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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Keeping Up with the Kard... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2007

Actors: Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!, 2007) is an American reality television series focusing on the personal and professional lives of the Kardashian-Jenner blended family.

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Kris Jenner Is A Genius Who Wanted You To Hate Her All Along #1 of 150 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #188 of 293 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever

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The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2008

Actors: Bethenny 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 second installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and professional ...more

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The Best Real Housewives Of New York #51 of 143 The Best Docusoaps and Dramatic Reality Documentary Series

3
The Real Housewives of A... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2008

Actors: Kandi Burruss, NeNe Leakes, Phaedra Parks

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of Atlanta (Bravo, 2008) is an American reality television series and the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and professional ...more

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The Best Real Housewives of Atlanta #9 of 150 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #75 of 164 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans

4
The Real Housewives of N... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2009

Actors: Joe Giudice, Chris Laurita, Dina Manzo, Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of New Jersey (Bravo, 2009) is an American reality television series and the fourth installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and professional ...more

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5
The Real Housewives of O... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2006

Actors: Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Gretchen Rossi

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

The Real Housewives of Orange County (Bravo, 2006) is an American reality television series. It has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional lives of several women ...more

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The Best Real Housewives of Orange County #5 of 150 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #33 of 67 The Best Reality TV Shows in 2020

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The Real Housewives of B... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2010

Actors: Yolanda Hadid, Kim Richards, Camille Grammer

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives (Bravo, 2010) of Beverly Hills is an American reality television series and the sixth installment of The Real Housewives franchise. It focuses on the personal and ...more

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The Best Real Housewives of Beverly Hills #120 of 293 The Best Reality TV Shows Ever #27 of 47 The Best Reality Dramas

7
The Bachelor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2002

Actors: Chris Harrison, Brad Womack, Sean Lowe

Genres (Tv): Reality, Dating

The Bachelor (ABC, 2002) is an American dating and relationship reality television series created by Mike Fleiss. A single bachelor dates multiple women over several weeks, narrowing them down ...more

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The Bachelorette is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
curtis.gates added 2003

Actors: Chris Harrison

Genres (Tv): Reality, Dating

The Bachelorette (ABC, 2003) is an American reality television dating game show, and a spinoff of The Bachelor. A single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down ...more

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Vote on the Greatest Signature Lines from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette #56 of 150 The Dumbest Reality Shows of All Time #128 of 160 The Best Reality Competition Series

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The View is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
DennisNJ added 1997

Actors: Whoopi 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 since August 11, 1997, as part of its daytime programming block. The show's concept was conceived ...more

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#40 of 60 The Best Daytime TV Shows #161 of 164 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans #60 of 69 The Greatest Talk Shows of All Time

10
Mud Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2011

Actors: Johnny Vaughan

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

Mud Men is a British television series on the History channel. The series follows members of the Mudlarks Society as they hunt for items on the River Thames foreshore that may have changed the ...more
11
Big Brother is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2000

Actors: Julie 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 series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997, taking its name from the character in ...more

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The Challenge is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
1998

Actors: T.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 shows, The Real World and the now cancelled Road Rules. It features alumni from these two shows, in ...more

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Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added 2011

Actors: Abby Lee Miller, Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler, Kalani Hilliker, Kendall Vertes, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Dance Moms (Lifetime, 2011) is an American reality television series. It is set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Abby Lee Dance Company and follows the early careers of children in dance and ...more

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14
Love & Hip Hop: Atla... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2012

Actors: Joseline Hernandez, Erica Dixon, Rasheeda, K. Michelle, Karlie Redd, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality

Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta (VH1, 2012) is an American reality television series, and the second installment of the Love & Hip Hop franchise. Featuring appearances from notable figures ...more
15
America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2003

Actors: Tyra 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 create by Tyra Banks. Several women compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model", ...more

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Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2002

Actors: Phil 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 Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Phil debuted on September 16, 2002. On both shows McGraw offers advice in ...more

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17
The Real World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
mr.mercenary added 1992

Actors: Jamie Chung, Steven Hill, Landon Lueck, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Kevin Powell, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real World (MTV, 1992) is an American reality television program inspired by the 1973 PBS documentary series An American Family. Seven to eight young adults are picked to temporarily live in ...more

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18
Hannity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2009

Actors: Sean 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 Hannity & Colmes. It is hosted by conservative political pundit Sean Hannity. After Fox News' ...more
19
Fox & Friends is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
1998

Actors: Steve 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 a.m. Eastern Time with the latest Fox News Live headlines and news of the morning. It continues ...more
20
Swamp People is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2010

Actors: Troy Landry, Jacob Landry, Bruce Mitchell, William Edwards, Tommy Chauvin, + more

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Swamp People (History, 2010) is an American reality series that follows the day-to-day activities of Louisiana natives living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American ...more

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21
Last Call with Carson Da... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
udontneedtoknowmyname added Last Call with Carson Daly 2002

Actors: Carson 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 and broadcast on NBC. Formerly a traditional talk show, the half-hour program consists of several ...more
22
So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2005

Actors: Mark 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 the United States and is the flagship series of the international So You Think You Can Dance ...more

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23
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2000

Actors: Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

Survivor is a reality game show produced in many countries throughout the world. In the show, contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for cash and other prizes. The show uses a ...more

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The Talk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
KoolRebel added 2010

Actors: Sharon 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 producer. The show premiered on October 18, 2010, and airs on CBS as a part of CBS Daytime. Along with ...more
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Dancing with the Stars ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
mr.mercenary added 2005

Actors: Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Reality television

Dancing with the Stars is an American dance competition show airing since 2005 on ABC in the United States, and CTV/CTV Two in Canada. The show is the American version of the British television ...more

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