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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Starring Ben McKenzie (of The O.C and Gotham fame) and Michael Cudlitz (of The Walking Dead fame) this gritty and critically-acclaimed cop show set in L.A ran for five seasons between 2008 and 2013.
The final episode ends on one heck of a cliffhanger: it's unclear whether a main character is alive or dead. The final shots show Officer John Cooper bleeding out on the ground after being inadvertently gunned down some fellow cops.
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This short-lived series from 2005 begins as the story of resilient Floridians coping in the aftermath of a devastating hurricane, and evolved into a sci-fi mystery about glowing-eyed, aquatic beasts secretly replacing members of the small town in the wake of the chaos.
After another hurricane hits, main character Russel Varon's ex-wife, Larkin – who is acting really suspiciously – is shot. Her similarly suspicious husband Sheriff Tom puts her body in the water but, as the show got canceled, viewers will never know what was about to happen to her or what the freaky insects were up to.
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Lois & Clark certainly had a great run, spanning four seasons from 1993 to 1997. As the first live-action Superman series since the black-and-white serials from the '50s, this adaptation of the world's most iconic superhero focuses more on his romantic yearning for Daily Planet colleague Lois Lane than his pursuit of truth, justice and the American way.
As is often the case when will-they-won't-they becomes they did, the final season lacks fizz as Lois and Clark embarked on married life. The only thing they're missing is a child – but, just as a Kryptonian baby is magically thrown their way, the show ends.
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This conspiracy-laden drama from NBC gets off to a promising start. It initially seems like a standard crime show, but slowly morphs into full-on sci-fi thriller.
The Season 1 finale reveals that aliens have invaded by showing a newly opened portal that goes to... well, viewers will never know. A second season never materialized.