Entertainment Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled  

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List Rules Vote 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.

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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New Girl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
voting closed at #3 Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield New Girl is an American sitcom television series that premiered on Fox on September 20, 2011. Developed by Elizabeth Meriwether under the working title Chicks & Dicks, the series revolves ...more

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American Dad! is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
WarrenMitchell added Seth MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, Dee Bradley Baker 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 ...more

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan, and Connie ...more

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The Big Bang Theory is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
cfletcher4956 added Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head ...more

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Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green 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; ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
cfletcher4956 added Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa 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 ...more

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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Caillou is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Ethan Ducayet added Evan Smirnow, Ellen David, Jennifer Seguin 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, ...more

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Mom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Blake Garrett Rosenthal Mom is an American sitcom that premiered on September 23, 2013, on CBS. The series stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney and was created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, as well as Gemma Baker. ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
ryanjjjj8 added Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund 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 ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
frankpanderson added Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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The Thundermans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Ethan Ducayet added Jack Griffo 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 ...more

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Modern Family is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Jacob8Lenhoff added Ed O'Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen Modern Family is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009, which follows the lives of Jay Pritchett and his family, all of whom live in suburban Los Angeles. ...more

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Adventure Time is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Airman202 added Jeremy Shada, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny Adventure Time is an American animated television series created by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network. The series follows the adventures of Finn, a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
LanaYoshii added Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and a prequel to The Walking Dead. A dysfunctional, ...more

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Dora the Explorer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Ethan Ducayet added Fatima Ptacek, Regan Mizrahi, Alexandria Suarez 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 ...more

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Lucas Till, George Eads, Tristin Mays MacGyver (CBS, 2016) is an American action-adventure television series developed by Peter M. Lenkov. It is a reboot of the ABC series of the same name created by Lee David Zlotoff, which aired ...more

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EastEnders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Phil Robinson added Steve McFadden, Adam Woodyatt, Pam St. Clement 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

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Bob's Burgers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman Bob's Burgers is an American animated sitcom created by Loren Bouchard for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Belchers—parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, ...more

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The Middle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
voting closed at #16 kelly.diego89 added Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott The Middle is an American sitcom about a working-class family living in Indiana and facing the day-to-day struggles of home life, work, and raising children. The show premiered September 30, ...more

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Great News is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Briga Heelan, Andrea Martin, Adam Campbell Great News (2017, NBC) an American sitcom television series created and written by Tracey Wigfield and co-executive produced with Tina Fey, Robert Carlock, and David Miner. The series, set in ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
brian-james added Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 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 ...more

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Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham 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 ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
2probb added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson More and more it's the pornography of ultraviolence. Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
sk8erhorse added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
MariMoreno added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
sciscano added Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Archer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash Archer (FXX, 2009) is an American adult animated black spy sitcom created by Adam Reed. The adventures and mishaps of secret agent Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) and his colleagues, who are ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
sciscano added Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FXX, 2005) is an American television sitcom created by Rob McElhenney. The series follows "The Gang", a group of five depraved underachievers: twins ...more

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Home and Away is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
catchiari101 added Isla Fisher, Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger 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 ...more

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Famous in Love is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Bella Thorne, Carter Jenkins, Keith Powers 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, ...more

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13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Greg Kootstra added Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Kate Walsh 13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American television 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

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Greg Kootstra added Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers Saturday Night Live is an American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. The show premiered on NBC on October 11, ...more

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Amber Hicks added Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Non-Reality TV Shows That Should Be Canceled
Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more