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TV Shows That Should Be Canceled 

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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

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: E!

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

Actors: Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 81

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of New York City is an American reality television series that premiered on March 4, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the second installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more
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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 92

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is an American reality television series that premiered on October 7, 2008, on Bravo. Developed as the third installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of New Jersey is an American reality television series that premiered on May 12, 2009 on Bravo. Developed as the fourth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more
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

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 113

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

The Real Housewives of Orange County is an American reality television series that premiered on March 21, 2006 on Bravo. It has aired nine seasons and focuses on the personal and professional ...more
6
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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 17

Network: Bravo

Genres (Tv): Reality television

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is an American reality television series that premiered on October 14, 2010 on Bravo. Developed as the sixth installment of The Real Housewives franchise, ...more
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

Number of Seasons: 21

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dating game show, Game show, Reality television

The Bachelor is an American reality television dating game show debuting in 2002 on ABC. For all seasons, the show is hosted by Chris Harrison. There are three related series: The Bachelorette, ...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

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Reality television

The Bachelorette is a spin-off from the American competitive reality dating game show The Bachelor. In its January 2003 debut on ABC, the first season featured Trista Rehn, the runner-up date ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 20

Number of Episodes: 2735

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Talk show

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

Actors: Johnny Vaughan

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: The History Channel

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

Number of Seasons: 18

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Big Brother 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. The series follows a group of contestants, known as ...more

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

Actors: T.J. Lavin

Number of Seasons: 29

Number of Episodes: 321

Network: MTV

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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13
America's Next Top Model... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2003

Actors: Tyra Banks, Janice Dickinson, Kimora Lee Simmons, Nigel Barker, Twiggy

Number of Seasons: 23

Number of Episodes: 241

Network: UPN, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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14
Dr. Phil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2002

Actors: Phil McGraw

Number of Seasons: 14

Number of Episodes: 1671

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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15
Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 15 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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 66

Network: Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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16
Love & Hip Hop: Atla... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2012

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

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Reality

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17
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

Number of Seasons: 32

Number of Episodes: 532

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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18
Swamp People is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2010

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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: The History Channel

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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19
Hannity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2009

Actors: Sean Hannity, Michelle Malkin, Dana Perino

Network: Fox News Channel

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
20
Fox & Friends is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
1998

Actors: Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Maria Molina

Number of Seasons: 15

Network: Fox News Channel

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
21
So You Think You Can Dan... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2005

Actors: Mark Thompson, Nigel Lythgoe, Cat Deeley

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

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22
Survivor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2000

Actors: Jeff Probst, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham

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23
The Talk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
KoolRebel added 2010

Actors: Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler | See full cast & crew »

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: CBS

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
24
Last Call with Carson Da... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
udontneedtoknowmyname added Last Call with Carson Daly 2002

Actors: Carson Daly, Kip Madsen, Zane Carney

Number of Seasons: 10

Network: NBC

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
25
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

Number of Seasons: 23

Number of Episodes: 292

Network: CTV Television Network, American Broadcasting Company

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

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