5 recently canceled TV shows Netflix should save

THE PASSAGE: The special two-hour “Stay in the Light / Last Lesson” season finale episode of THE PASSAGE airing Monday, March 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. CR: Erika Doss / FOX.
THE PASSAGE: The special two-hour “Stay in the Light / Last Lesson” season finale episode of THE PASSAGE airing Monday, March 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2019 FOX Broadcasting. CR: Erika Doss / FOX. /
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“Party Girl” – Clem feels her former “fun” life slipping away after attending Shannon’s school’s Open House and joining the PTA, and decides to liven up the low-key bachelorette party she originally asked for, on FAM, Thursday, March 14 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R): Tone Bell as Nick and Nina Dobrev as Clem. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved
“Party Girl” – Clem feels her former “fun” life slipping away after attending Shannon’s school’s Open House and joining the PTA, and decides to liven up the low-key bachelorette party she originally asked for, on FAM, Thursday, March 14 (9:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured (L-R): Tone Bell as Nick and Nina Dobrev as Clem. Photo: Ron P. Jaffe/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /

2. Fam

When it was canceled: May 10, 2019

Number of seasons aired: 1

What it’s about: It all starts with Nina Dobrev’s Clem finding out her half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon) has left their father’s home. Shannon wants to live with Clem, but there’s a slight problem. Clem has told her fiance, Nick, and his family that both her parents are dead — it turns out only her mom is dead and her father is very much alive and an embarrassment.

As everyone deals with that bombshell, Clem and Nick plan their wedding. What could possibly go wrong in a CBS comedy?

Why it should be saved: Sometimes you just need a guilty pleasure comedy, which is exactly what Fam offered. The Nina Dobrev-led comedy benefitted from its star-studded cast but didn’t overplay that focus too much. In the end, it was about two half-sisters who were finding out they had more in common with each other than they thought and they deeply cherished each other.

We also finally got to see some development for Gary Cole’s Freddy. He showed signs of actually wanting a relationship with his daughters, but struggled to push past his New York detective ways. And having that slow burn for his development would work if we had more episodes.

It’s definitely a guilty pleasure comedy but there’s room for that in the world. Sometimes, you need to sit back and just watch without thinking. Netflix comedies have always performed well, and I think there’s a home for this one.