What were the worst cliffhanger cancellations?

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  • Daniel Montgomery
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    Some shows manage to scrape together some resolution even when they’re cancelled, like “Pushing Daisies,” “Arrested Development” (pre-Netflix of course). But some shows feel like they’re cut off in mid-sentence.

    Angel” is one. I know they continue the story in a comic book series, but having the show produce its best season and then end on a mid-battle cliffhanger drove me nuts.

    Carnivale” broke my heart. Two great, underappreciated seasons on HBO (Clancy Brown deserved to win an Emmy for season one), and then just as the mythology is heating up, it’s cut down.

    The Hour” was another two-season wonder. I loved that British period drama (like “Mad Men” meets “The Newsroom,” but I actually liked it more than either of those). Also ended on a cliffhanger.

    Southland” — oh, that one stings. Leave your most beloved character bleeding out at the end of its very best season, and we never find out his fate. It do take some solace in the fact that when I interviewed Michael Cudlitz about the last season, he assured me John Cooper isn’t dead. Sure, Cudlitz wasn’t a writer, but still. I’ll take that at least. 🙂

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    Boidiva02
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    The WB series “Popular” literally ended with one of the two main characters getting hit by a car!   We never found out what happened to her because the show was cancelled.     

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    KyleBailey
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    Kyle XY. “I am your brother” is not a great last line for a series ender 

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    Tom_Scavo
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    Even though they somewhat resolved stuff, the Brothers and Sisters cancellation of 2011 still bothers the heck out of me.

    Edit: Oh and the cancellation of FXX’s Legit is the worst. 

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    tennisfreak
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    The WB series “Popular” literally ended with one of the two main characters getting hit by a car!   We never found out what happened to her because the show was cancelled.     

    Plus Mary Cherry had just met her bio dad played by RuPaul! I mean I wanted to see where that went! Screw Brooke. Also I’ve been pissed about the finale of ALF since I was like 9…

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    Sasha
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    I hate that. That’s why I believe networks should be contractually obliged to give shows a proper one or two hour conclusion in case of cancellation. You cancel the show, that’s fine but give its faithful viewers the conclusion they deserve. Even if they have to wait for it six months, they should get one.

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    vinny
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    Las Vegas: I need to know what happened!!! This will forever bug me.

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    FrozenBarbie
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    Rubicon.  This one still aggravates me.

    I never watched Carnivale (to my regret), but fans of the show were super annoyed with that one.
    Same with Deadwood, I think. 

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    Emmys2011
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    TRU CALLING. It was at its most intense moment yet storywise and between characters, and they literally pulled the plug out of nowhere. 

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    Patrick
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    I echo both Tru Calling and Brothers & Sisters. So sad.

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    Deadwood – it wasn’t even cancelled just stopped by David Milch so he could do that terrible John from Cincinnati show.

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