10 Romantic Comedy TV Series That Ended Too Soon

Who doesn’t love curling up on the couch to watch a light-hearted romantic comedy in 22-minute segments? Well, apparently pretty much every big TV boss.

It’s nothing new for shows to be canceled early, but some of the more egregious cancellations fall into the category of romantic comedies.

I’m taking a walk down memory lane and reminiscing about some of the worst heartbreaks I’ve ever had (yes, between me and TV) with this list of the ten greatest romantic comedy TV shows that ended way too soon.

Anna Friel and Lee Pace in Pushing Daisies

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Growing Daisies (2007-2009)

This first show follows Ned (Lee Pace), a pastry chef who can bring people back from the dead with just his touch. It can also bring fruit back to life, hence the success of the pie trade. There is a caveat though: once he brings someone back to life, he can never touch them again.

Sure, I guess you could call grow daisies a dram-com (drama romantic comedy), thanks to the murder cases that Ned often solves with his “gift”, but the heart of the story is the love between Ned and Chuck (Anna Friel), his childhood friend and crush he brings to life after an unfortunate accident.

It hurts me that we never got to see how this story unfolded. Chuck and Ned’s forbidden romance only had two seasons on ABC, though the series has been nominated for seventeen Emmy Awards during its short duration. The show is whimsical, colorful and dreamy, and definitely worth watching.

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Cristin Milioti and Ben Feldman in A to Z

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A-Z (2014-2015)

This show tells the story of Andrew and Zelda (Get it??? A to Z???) and the timeline of their relationship. However, NBC canceled the show midway through its first season, so we can only see their timeline from roughly A to M.

Whereas From A to Z didn’t necessarily do anything groundbreaking, it was fun to watch and included some great character work from Hypermarket actor Ben Feldman and co-star Cristin Milioti (from how I Met Your Mother celebrity).

John Cho and Karen Gillan in Selfie

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Selfies (2014)

This sitcom starring John Cho and Karen Gillan suffered the same fate when it was canceled mid-season, despite fan support and generally positive reviews.

Selfies is loosely based on my lovely lady, a reference that seems to have passed over the heads of ABC executives. The show was taken off the air and the remaining episodes aired on Hulu.

This one was perhaps ahead of its time. Social media-mad Eliza would make a lot more sense with a 2022 audience, but there’s no denying the chemistry and talent of John Cho and Karen Gillam, both of whom have been hugely successful in the years since. . Selfiescancellation.

Casey Wilson and Eliza Coupe in Happy Ends

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Happy Endings (2011–2013)

Here we go again, ABC. happy endings was canned after just three seasons, despite all the makings of a buddy-rom-com hit like new girl Where Friends – in fact, the show even jokes about its similarities to Friends. The charismatic cast included Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr., Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton and Casey Wilson, representing a group of best friends living in Chicago.

happy endings is the perfect example of a show that was written off before it had a chance to realize its full potential. The series was dragged all over many ABC timeslots before it met its untimely demise in 2013.

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Will Forte in The Last Man on Earth

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The Last Man on Earth (2015-2018)

Will Forte and Kristen Schaal helm this post-apocalyptic romantic comedy about the aftermath of a deadly virus that wiped out most of the human population. Guys, I swear in 2015 it looked like Phone a stretch.

Phil (Will Forte) is of course not the last man on earth, whom he discovers thanks to the help of Carol (Kristen Schaal). The series turns absurd as the survivors attempt to rebuild a makeshift society.

The last man on earth went through four seasons (more than most shows on this list) but was canceled before the show’s creators could realize their full vision.

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Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett in Looking

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Watch (2014-2016)

Depicting the life of a group of gay friends living in San Francisco, Looking at starred Johnathan Groff as Patrick, a 29-year-old man struggling with challenges of love, friendship, family, and self-identity.

Looking at has been called the “gay version of sex and the city“, which is a misleading introduction to the show’s premise and likely played a part in its low viewership. In reality, Looking at looked more like The word I in the sense that it depicts the everyday life of queer people without the gimmicks and stereotypes sex and the city the public would expect.

Looking at was canceled after only two seasons, but Watch the movie was released on HBO in 2016 and served as the story’s finale.

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A scene from Sirens

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Sirens (2014-2015)

Sirens was a match made in heaven: workplace comedy meets romantic comedy. This series followed three paramedics on their daily adventures in Chicago.

Michael Mosley, Kevin Daniels and Kevin Bigley played paramedics Johnny, Hank and Brian respectively, with help from Jessica McNamee as Johnny’s police officer’s ex-girlfriend and Josh Segarra as the new partner.

The show perfectly blended workplace humor, relationships and medical comedy in a way I’ve never seen before – with a name like Sirensyou’d half-expect the show to be a procedural drama about 911 operators. But, Sirens is hilarious and heartfelt, and certainly didn’t deserve to be eliminated by USA after just two seasons.

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Pete Holmes and Jamie Lee in Crashing

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Crack (2017-2019)

Starring Pete Holmes as a fictionalized version of himself, crackle tells the story of an aspiring comedian whose world is turned upside down when his wife (Lauren Lapkus) cheats on him.

While Pete’s progression as a comedian is a very important part of the story, his journey of self-discovery is even more significant. Pete stumbles upon finding himself outside of his conservative Christian upbringing and re-entering the dating pool as a newly single man.

One of the best parts of comedy is Pete’s relationship with fellow comedian Ali (Jamie Lee), though their relationship hits a snag at the end of season two when they fall out after taking part in a roast fight.

crackle was canceled after just three seasons, sadly forcing the show’s writers to rush Pete and Ali’s relationship to a close. The two end up together, but if the show had had a fourth season, we might have seen this progress in a more logical way.

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Judy Greer on Miss Guided

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Miss Guided (2008)

Miss Guided ran for less than a month in 2008 on – you guessed it – ABC. The show followed Becky, a high school guidance counselor working at the same school she graduated from.

Becky (Judy Greer) once again finds herself trapped in high school drama, including crushes, bullies, and teachers from her time as a student. Greer is lovable and endearing in this show as the quirky, goofy Becky.

Miss Guided might have had a different fate if it hadn’t been for the writers’ strike of 2007-2008, but regardless, the series ended after only seven episodes. It really hurts that this hilarious comedy didn’t get a chance to prove itself.

Jake Johnson, Max Greenfield and Lamorne Morris in New Girl

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New Girl (2011-2018)

I know what you’re thinking-new girl had a respectable run, right? I do not agree.

Fox executives made the decision to cancel the series after six seasons, without giving the writers and cast the chance to bring the story to a meaningful conclusion. Thanks to calls from actors and fans, in particular, Jake Johnson’s letter to Fox asking for a final season– the show returned for season 7.

Here’s the thing: since the show was cancelled, new girl has become arguably one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. While this is likely due in part to the binge-watching that has been happening around the world during the pandemic, new girl has been resurrected as a show people can’t get enough of.

While the last season of new girl certainly served as a satisfying conclusion, I think there was even more story to tell here. After seven seasons of Nick and Jess Will They/Won’t They Be, we deserved more time to see how their relationship might develop.

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It can be difficult to commit to TV shows knowing that they could be stolen from you at any time. Find peace knowing that when you rewatch these shows now, you’ll at least know when the abrupt end is near.

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