Viewers are so much more invested in their favorite TV shows nowadays, mainly due to the internet and fan forums coaxing the minutiae out of every scene. When series showrunners end a show with a surprise shocker or a fade to black, the Web will never let them off the hook. We’ve gathered a list of canceled TV show cliffhangers that left fans frustrated for your perusal and scorn.
The show ended with a bunch of stuff unresolved: Ben is wounded and unconscious in Management’s trailer, and even if he survives, he’ll be a changed man. HBO decided to pull the plug on this show at the last minute, depriving it of the chance to finish telling the story of the carnival and the preacher.
My Name Is Earl
We never found out who the father was of Joy’s child. The show ended its fourth season with a “to be continued,” which never actually continued. That’s pretty much it. They could have just tweeted the results to us…
The Sarah Connor Chronicles
And then there’s this hanger. John Connor jumps forward in time to a future that’s never heard of him, where his father and uncle are still alive. And Allison from Palmdale is there too! Forget Terminator: Genesis, the unfinished timelines in this series would have had the machines revolting much sooner.
This is another series that got canceled with a huge cliffhanger, Chuck reveals she’s still alive to her mom and aunt, but there’s going to be a series of comic books to explain what happened. Waiting…
The one thing you cannot do is end a show with someone’s life on the line. The cop drama quit rolling after season five, leaving a huge question unanswered for longtime fans about the uncertain future of the pill-popping Cooper. Did he or didn’t he? It did NOT look good.
Already having trouble in sustaining its audience before it was let go after a single season, its finale was already in the can before the show was canceled. Characters with invested storylines accumulated to bring on one of the worst cliffhanger finales in TV history. Can we get a Rewind?
Chock full of talented actors and future stars, Invasion survived for one season on ABC. Invasion should have gone for a series-ending reveal but gambled on a second season and went instead with a season finale style final episode that left everything up in the air.
In what would turn out to be Alcatraz’s final episode, then main character Rebecca Madsen supposedly dies and it is revealed that the show-premise phenomenon occurring at the prison is happening all over the country. Two big cliffhangers, zero resolution.
Trixie shoots George. George survives, wants to shoot Trixie. Johnny shoots a prostitute, hopes to make it look like Trixie. George leaves town. A stranger shows up and kills another guy. The end. That’s the summary of the finale of “Deadwood”. Though it was said to be written as a series finale, nobody can believe it after only a three-season run with so many loose ends untied.
The series ends with Cooper’s shattered reflection showing Killer Bob, the psycho serial killer, because Cooper has lost his soul and the good Cooper is apparently trapped in the Black Lodge. “How’s Annie?” he asks over and over. Annie wants a true (and hopefully new) ending.