Rookies learn the ropes. Veterans burn out. Detectives take their work personally. Partners take their addictions too far. Relationships fall apart. Blood spatter patterns provide clues. With fast-moving action filmed on gangland streets and in pricey cul-de-sacs, Southland tells personal stories of men and women on both sides of the badge as they struggle to make a difference or simply survive.
From cult classic “Queer as Folk,” through the iconic, female-fronted “The L Word,” to “Orange Is the New Black” and its stellar and incredibly diverse cast, these are some of the shows that dared to challenge heteronormativity in the mainstream media and paved the way to the LGBTQ+ representation that is thankfully becoming the norm today. With their original portrayal of characters all along the LGBTQ+ spectrum, these shows helped so many people finally feel seen.
Who said you have to accept fate? The shows on this list had an encounter (or more) with the grim reaper—or the cancellation bear, if you will—and survived to tell the tale! Check out our collection of shows that beat the odds and got a new lease on life after previously getting the ax, either on the same network that canceled them or on a different network that swooped in to the rescue. This list is also a testament to the power of good storytelling and the strength of a dedicated fanbase, as many of the shows on this list were saved thanks to fans who campaigned hard to keep their beloved show on the air.