Some TV shows seem like they've been on forever. CSI survives by endlessly spinning off into city in the US, and The Simpsons will probably still be on air long after humans have gone extinct. But, most aren't lucky enough to survive for anywhere near that long. It's even worse when they're canceled shows with no resolution. As cruel as it is, there are so many shows canceled on major cliffhangers.
Some TV shows canceled before their time manage to tie things up, more or less. There are also rare examples of shows ending deliberately on a cliffhanger, like The Sopranos. Rare because, you know, it kind of sucks for the fans. But there are far more examples of shows that ended without finishing. The most frustrating TV cliffhangers are agonizing for fans because, no matter how many explanatory interviews the showrunners give, they'll never really know what happens next.
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In the supernatural comedy Reaper, Sam gets the worst birthday present of all time when he turns 21. He discovers that his parents sold his soul to Satan – and the show heavily implies his dad is a demon, too.
The show ends after Season 2, which is especially frustrating because the series clearly has more territory to explore. Sam's demonic parentage isn't totally confirmed yet, and he's just gambled away his girlfriend's soul in an effort to win his own back.Do you need to know what happens next?
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Featuring the legendary Ian McShane, HBO's Deadwood runs for three seasons of glorious cowboy cussing and violence before getting the chop. Its last season ends with one character's death covered up and another getting killed by a mysterious stranger.
Though the episode is supposedly intended as the series finale, the cliffhanger ending makes this seem either highly unlikely or like the showrunners wanted to stick a big middle finger up at the fans (the latter would actually be fitting, given the tone of the show). Fans will be pleased to know that HBO has a two-hour TV movie to give Deadwood a proper send-off.Do you need to know what happens next?
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ALF was a show very much of its time – that time being 1986-90. The eponymous ALF was a fuzzy, snouted alien who crash-lands into the lives of human family the Tanners, causing surreal, cheesy comedy to ensue.
Despite a lighthearted and family-friendly feel throughout, the fourth and final season takes a comparatively darker turn. The cuddly space critter is forcibly captured by the Alien Task Force in the final episode. Luckily, this huge cliffhanger was resolved in the TV movie, Project ALF, six years later.Do you need to know what happens next?
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Claire Danes stars in this cult favorite from the '90s. Starring alongside a young Jared Leto, she plays teenager Angela Chase, struggling to navigate through the typically choppy adolescent waters of romance.
The Golden Globe-winning series was cruelly canceled after the first season, despite plans for a second. This left viewers with a parting shot of Angela driving off with Jared Leto's Jordan while her parent's marriage was in peril, with no hope of resolution.Do you need to know what happens next?