If you have ever been on Tumblr, Reddit or any other form of social media, you will have noticed that loyal fan bases would do anything to defend their favourite TV shows. As fans we are told that we hold the most power when it comes to changing the media industry around us, and this really shows in these three examples of beloved TV shows that were saved from the murky jaws of cancellation:
Ever wanted to watch a show about a Spanish study group at a fictional local community college called Greendale? Well, you should. Community follows the lives of Jeff Winger and his friends as he tries to replace his fake degree with something a bit more legitimate.
Dan Harmon’s Community was cancelled by NBC after its fifth season, but loyal fans would not stand for it. It was no surprise that the phrase #6seasonsandamovie (a line that originated from Season 2, Episode 21) became the fan campaign mantra. Despite many rumours of different networks and streaming sites taking on the series, it was eventually Yahoo who noticed the overwhelming amount of fan support for the show and commissioned a sixth season on their website. Now the only thing that lingers in the air is whether they’ll get a movie…
Mostly people would think a show about a family of Norse Gods living in New Zealand on a quest to reunite Odin with his beloved Frigg sounds a little crazy, but this show is nothing less than crazily addictive.
So addictive, in fact, that when TV3 cancelled the show in 2012, fans in New Zealand and around the rest of world started an online petition, wrote letters of complaints and, the best part of this story, set up the ‘send a twig to TV3’ campaign. Fans overwhelmed the TV3 studios by sending them sticks and twigs, representative of Yggdrasil, the mythical ‘tree of life’ featured in the show. Eventually, TV3 recommissioned the show for a third season and delivered us a both logical and satisfying conclusion.
‘Space cowboys’ is the easiest way to explain the wonder that is Firefly, a series that was axed way before its time. Only fourteen episodes were ever made, with only eleven being aired on the FOX; fans were devastated when it was cancelled.
Even now, fans are still campaigning for Firefly’s return to the screen twelve years after its last episode, despite its venture in full force to the big screen. Serenity was released in 2005 after the Joss Whedon, the shows creator, was introduced to former Universal Studios executive Mary Parent who jumped at the chance to be a part of the project. Parent had seen Firefly and a genuine fan, and it is thanks to her that Whedon was able to finish his story the best he could before retiring it to the comic book world. This truly proves that it is good to have fans in high places!
Did we miss any great fan-saving stories? Are there any cancelled shows that you would start a fan campaign for?
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