Editor’s Note: While some series may have ended in 2021 they weren’t officially canceled until 2022 and thus are included on this list.
Too often canceled series are abruptly cast to the winds, unable to wrap up storylines and character arcs. But 2022 felt different. Several prominent shows, including “Atlanta,” “Better Things,” and “The Good Fight,” were told by their respective networks their end had come, so were given the chance to wrap things up. This year’s list of best canceled series tried to focus on shows that weren’t given that kindness.
Series that, for one reason or another, never got an opportunity to get off the ground in spite of having more than one season to tell a story. In some instances, like with “The Flight Attendant,” “Kevin Can F Himself,” or “Gentleman Jack,” they had more than one season—as well as significant delays between their first and second seasons—and were told they would end at the conclusion of this year’s season with no ability to say goodbye.
So while the list here might not be comprised of purely one-season wonders, we still want to say farewell to shows that didn’t get the chance to show us what they were really capable of. Whether they had stellar characters or performances they just weren’t able to rise above the dearth of content that litters the television landscape. We’ll always miss you, but thankfully we can visit your truncated seasons on the respective streaming services you’ll (hopefully) always live at.
Erin Strecker, Ben Travers, Proma Khosla, and Marcus Jones contributed to this list.