12 TV Shows From the '90s That Fans Fought to Keep on Air (PHOTOS)

Margeaux Baulch Klein | Jan 19, 2016 TV

When TV actors thank their fans as they stand on an award stage accepting an accolade, it's not just lip service. Fans are responsible for either making or breaking a television series, and sometimes, when a show is on the brink of cancellation, a loyal following can bring it back from the dead.

Click through for 12 times fans campaigned to keep their favorite must-see TV show on the air. Which one did you want to fight for most?

 

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  • 'My So-Called Life'

    1

    With its story lines that tackled social issues, such as teenage alcoholism and homophobia, My So-Called Life was a much more sophisticated teen drama than its peers. Sadly, a short-lived fan campaign was not enough for MTV to renew the series for a second season. Reportedly the show's star, Claire Danes, did not want to return.

  • 'Freaks and Geeks'

    2

    Starring now-famous actors such as Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jason Segel, and Busy Phillips, Freaks and Geeks only aired 12 episodes before NBC canceled it, despite a cult following. Fans lobbied to keep the teen comedy on TV, which resulted in the network airing three more episodes, but that was it.

  • 'Party of Five'

    3

    A small group of loyal fans helped save Party of Five from cancellation after its first season. A show about siblings who lose their parents to a car accident and are forced to raise themselves, the FOX drama went on to receive a Golden Globe for its second season, proving that the fans were right.

  • 'Clueless'

    4

    A spin-off of the popular 1995 movie of the same name, Clueless featured Rachel Blanchard as Cher and many of the film's supporting cast reprising their characters. The half-hour sitcom was canceled by ABC after its first season, but because of the high viewership of the show's reruns, it was picked up by the UPN network for two more seasons.

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  • '7th Heaven'

    5

    As one of the longest-running family dramas on TV, 7th Heaven debuted in 1996 and ran for 10 seasons before being canceled. However, after fans tuned in to watch the finale in large numbers, the CW network decided to renew 7th Heaven for one more season. Sadly, a molestation scandal involving one of the show's main actors likely killed any chances for a reunion.

  • 'Twin Peaks'

    6

    David Lynch's Twin Peaks is now considered by some to be one of the best TV shows of all time, but after two seasons, ABC pulled the plug on the mystery drama in 1991. Fans started a letter-writing campaign and even held a rally to try to save Twin Peaks. As a result, ABC agreed to air the final episodes of the second season, but, ultimately, it wasn't enough to keep the show going. In 2014, a Twin Peaks reboot was announced; it is expected to air sometime in 2017.

  • 'Beavis and Butt-head'

    7

    MTV had a hit on their hands when Beavis and Butt-head, an animated cartoon about two dim-witted teenagers, premiered in 1993. The show, which was aimed at adults, ran for five seasons before being canceled. However, due to its lingering popularity with fans, MTV revived the show and aired new episodes in 2011.

  • 'Roswell'

    8

    A much-beloved soap opera about teen aliens, Roswell was canceled after two seasons by the WB. However, fans of the show started a campaign to send thousands of bottles of hot sauce (a favorite of the Roswell characters) to the network in protest. The campaign worked, and the WB ordered one more season of the show, allowing the show's writers to give fans an ending they deserved.

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  • 'Futurama'

    9

    Created by The Simpsons's Matt Groening, Futurama told the story of a pizza delivery guy from 1999 who is frozen and thawed a thousand years later in the future. The animated show was canceled by FOX after four seasons, but due to fan demand and high DVD sales, the series was relaunched in 2009 by Comedy Central. Alas, it was canceled again in 2013.

  • 'The X-Files'

    10

    If there is one show with a truly loyal fan base, it's The X-Files. After the series was canceled after nine seasons, fans lobbied for a movie and bought the DVDs of the series in droves. Not only did they get two movies, but in 2015, it was announced that the show would return for a 10th season in 2016 on its original network, FOX.

  • 'For Your Love'

    11

    While For Your Love only lasted six episodes on NBC, it was picked up by the WB thanks to the enthusiastic response from fans. It lasted for four more seasons before being canceled in 2002.

  • 'JAG'

    12

    After one season at NBC, JAG fans were relieved when the military law drama moved to CBS. There, it lasted nine more seasons and even spun off another successful series, NCIS.

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