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    Here Are 14 Shows That Came Back From The Dead, In Case You're A "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Fan

    There's hope, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mick fans.

    It's happened to all of us: You're on Twitter minding your own business, and you read that your favorite TV show has been cancelled.


    Most recently, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mick were cancelled by Fox, causing fans to tweet their displeasure at the decision.

    So maybe you grieve, maybe you send angry letters to the network. But there's hope! A bunch of shows have come back from the dead after cancellation.


    1. Family Guy


    It's crazy to think about now, but there was a time when Fox's animated darling had been axed. Family Guy was cancelled due to low ratings after its first three seasons, but DVD sales helped give the show a second chance, and it was renewed a couple of years later, returning to nearly 12 million viewers in its Season 4 premiere. The rest is history, as the show is now in its 16th season, with a 17th on the way.

    2. The Mindy Project

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    Fans of Mindy Kaling's Fox comedy took to social media after its cancellation following Season 3, and their voices were heard: Hulu picked up the show fairly quickly, and it got another three seasons on the streaming service.

    3. Futurama


    Another Fox product (are you seeing a pattern here?), this animated show from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening was cancelled after four seasons due to low ratings, combined with complicated contract negotiations with the series' voice actors. It was picked up by Comedy Central, who had enjoyed good numbers through their syndication deal, and it got another three seasons there, one of which was comprised of four feature-length stories.

    4. Community


    This NBC series seemed like it was always on the bubble, and every season after the second likely existed thanks to vocal fans, who actually staged small demonstrations outside NBC offices to petition for the show's renewal. After five seasons, NBC finally cancelled Community, but it was picked up shortly after by Yahoo! Screen, which aired a sixth season before shutting down.

    5. Arrested Development


    Sometimes it takes years for a show to come back, and Arrested Development is a perfect example. Despite critical success, Fox cancelled the show after three seasons due to low ratings, after which it became something of a cult hit. In 2013, seven years after it was cancelled, Netflix announced that it would be producing new episodes of Arrested Development. A fourth season aired that year, and a fifth will premiere in May 2018.

    6. Scrubs


    NBC's medical comedy starring Zach Braff aired for a healthy seven seasons before the network pulled the plug. Fans were still heavily invested in the series, so ABC picked it up for new episodes the next year. However, that revival included the departure of Braff and a few other original cast members, and the introduction of a new core cast that included Dave Franco and Eliza Coupe. After two seasons, ABC cancelled the show due to dwindling ratings.

    7. Cougar Town


    A beloved ABC comedy, Cougar Town always had a strong fan base but never enjoyed strong ratings on the network. Maybe it was the title, which co-creator Bill Lawrence called "campy" and ended up not fitting the show all that much later on. ABC cancelled the show after three seasons, but it was quickly picked up by TBS, which aired three more seasons starting the very next year.

    8. American Dad!


    Though it's another show from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, American Dad! never quite enjoyed the ratings and popularity of its predecessor. Still, Fox kept the show on the air for 10 seasons (maybe 11, there are discrepancies on the show's episode/season count) before cancelling it. TBS, which had been airing reruns in a syndication deal, picked up the show for four more seasons.

    9. Damages


    This Glenn Close drama was cancelled after it struggled to find footing on FX for three seasons. DirecTV swooped in and produced new episodes via its Audience Network, allowing the show to run through its fifth and final season.

    10. The Killing


    The Killing had such a tough run on AMC that it was actually cancelled twice: once after the second season, and again after the third. Fans had been vocal enough that, following the cancellation announcement after Season 2, AMC decided to give the show another shot. After Season 3, however, AMC gave up on the crime drama, and it found a new home on Netflix for its fourth and final season.

    11. Star Trek


    While Star Trek wasn't officially cancelled until after its third and final season, it was on the bubble from the start, suffering from low ratings. Letters of support from fans convinced NBC to keep it running until 1969, after which of course the franchise branched off into the many films and TV series we know today.

    12. 7th Heaven


    This family drama had a tough time navigating the WB's reorganization into the CW, and the threat of cancellation was high after the 10th season. However, the network reversed course and found a way to cut costs and produce an 11th and final season.

    13. Southland

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    This crime show set in Los Angeles only lasted for a single season on NBC, even though the network had initially announced a second-season order. However, TNT saw value in the show, especially since six unaired episodes had been completed, and picked it up. Southland ran for four more seasons on TNT before ending.

    14. Longmire

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    A&E started this western crime series in 2012, and it became one of the network's most popular original series. However, A&E cancelled Longmire after three seasons, after which point it was shopped around to other networks. Netflix picked it up and aired three more seasons, as well as providing the first three seasons for subscribers to watch.

    Honorable Mentions: All of those reboots and revivals!


    Recently, a number of shows have been resurfacing after years — sometimes even a decade or more — off the air: Will and Grace, Fuller House, Roseanne, and The X-Files are a few examples. And then there were all those shows that got movies, like Sex and the City, Firefly, and Entourage. So take heart if your favorite show gets cancelled. There's always hope!