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Hit TV Shows That Switched From Network Television To Streaming (& Became Better)

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There are so many hit TV shows that deserved a chance but died an early death. Some of the hit TV shows were lucky enough to be picked up be streaming platforms. they found success elsewhere.

Manifest – NBC To Netflix

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Manifest

The show has a secretly huge, loyal fan base that have kept the show alive and kicking. For 3 seasons, NBC aired the show on its network. There were rumors from season 2 onwards that the network wanted the show to end. The show centered around a group of aircraft passengers who mysteriously return after a supposed plane crash. The show was cancelled on June 2021. After Netflix added the 3 seasons of Manifest into its roster, it topped the viewing charts. Hence Netflix bought the rights to the show and renewed it for another season. The mystery continued, now under the careful supervision of the streaming giant.

The Killing – AMC To Netflix

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The Killing

This is a criminally underrated thriller that deserves all the love it can get. If you are a fan of dark and gritty suspense thrillers, The Killing is your cup of tea. The first three seasons of The Killing aired on AMC. It was a blast but falling ratings forced the network to cancel the show. Netflix does have a way to revive hit TV shows. They did with The Killing what they did with manifest. The show was added to Netflix’s library and then the viewership shot up. This forced the streaming giant to renew the show for another fourth season. the first two seasons of The Killing focuses on a missing girl. Season 4 takes things up a very dark notch, bringing in a tragic murder of a family.

The Mindy Project – Fox To Hulu

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The Mindy Project

Despite getting rave reviews, The Mindy project saw a fall in viewership post season 3. Fax cancelled the show after the season 3 finale. Hulu was still in its nascent stage at the time. they were yet to have good Hulu originals. So they picked up The Mindy Project from Fox with the hopes of turning it around and attracting more subscribers. The massive 26 episode season 4 of The Mindy Project was edgier and had a lot of social messages. It was no longer constrained by the censorship boards of network television. The switch was a good thing for the show. Hit TV shows like Mindy did deserve a second shot for the fans to get closure. Hulu never releases official ratings but going by google trends data, the show did manage to end on a positive note. In the end, that’s what matters.

Community – NBC To Yahoo! Screen

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Community

NBC’s relationship with Community was complicated, to say the least. the network repeatedly clashed with the show runner. Dan Harmon, the show runner, was fired after season 4. NBC then rehired him for season 5. The show was being planned for six seasons and a movie, just like the prophecy. But it got canned after its fifth season. Community is one of the greatest hit TV shows ever made. Yahoo! Screen picked it up and have the fans another season of the show. By the time the sixth season aired, Donald Glover and Chevy Chase had left already. despite the reduction in original cast members, the sixth season of Community is seen as an improvement and celebrated just as widely.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – NBC To Netflix

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The show was originally made for NBC. NBC does have a lot of problems in identifying potential hit TV shows because they let go a lot of them that find success elsewhere. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the greatest Netflix Originals to ever exist. And it would never have been possible without NBC’s lack of foresight. This is one of the most binge-worthy Netflix Original comedy shows. Kimmy, who was once part o a doomsday cult, now escapes to the real world where she experiences everything for the first time.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.