TV shows don’t really get canceled anymore. Instead, they fade into obscurity or find a cult following on a streaming platform. In the social media age, the same can be said about a show’s Twitter account: When a TV show dies, it coughs up a few final tweets on its digital tombstone before finding eternal rest, never to tweet again.
Here are 20 cryptic final tweets from canceled TV shows:
1. Marry Me (2014-2015)
Marry Me was an NBC series, starring Casey Wilson and Ken Marino, about a long-term couple on a bumpy road to the altar. The creator of the series, David Caspe (and real-life husband to Wilson), also created the gone-too-soon Happy Endings on ABC.
Sadly, the love from one Twitter follower just wasn’t enough to get to Season Two.
2. Mulaney (2014-2015)
Mulaney had all of the qualities of a hit. Based on a stand-up comic’s (John Mulaney) life? Check. Executive produced by Lorne Michaels? Check. But sadly, the one thing the FOX series lacked was an audience.
This final tweet is sad, but there’s hope. Because even though it doesn’t mention the show being canceled, it gives ironic late-adopters the opportunity to have a cool Mulaney case for their iPhone 5, to commemorate when both the show and technology were relevant.
3. Cristela (2014-2015)
Created by stand-up comedian Cristela Alonzo, this series followed a law school graduate (Alonzo) who works as an unpaid intern while balancing life with her family.
One of the show’s final retweets predicted the fate of the show.
4. Selfie (2014)
You probably remember Selfie on ABC, the modern-day retelling of My Fair Lady in the smartphone age, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho. Only seven episodes aired on ABC in 2014, with the remaining six streaming on Hulu.
This show wasn’t that vain. Poor Selfie didn’t even look at its own reflection in one of its final tweets. It promoted another future canceled show instead.
5. 1600 Penn (2012-2013)
Before Josh Gad became Olaf the Snowman in Frozen, he was the Black Sheep of his White House family on this NBC show, also starring Jenna Elfman and Bill Pullman.
His character had the unfortunate name of Skip, which audiences apparently took a little too seriously when it came to watching the series.
6. Family Tools (2013)
Kyle Bornheimer, J.K. Simmons, and Leah Remini starred in this ABC sitcom about a man who takes over his father’s handyman business. Ironically, a year later, Simmons would play the ultimate tool (and win an Oscar for it) in Whiplash.
In context, this tweet is probably funny. But when it comes to hindsight, clearly viewers took a hard pass on this one.
7. Knock Knock Live (2015)
Everything Ryan Seacrest touches seems to turn to gold. But not this show, where Seacrest and celebrities knocked on people’s doors with prizes. (Think: Publishers Clearing House… with Meghan Trainor!)
This show was canceled after only two episodes and abysmal ratings, so a HUGE surprise would have been that they knocked on the door of someone who was home watching Knock Knock Live.
8. Zero Hour (2013)
This ABC series starred Anthony Edwards as a magazine publisher who gets pulled into a conspiracy involving the Nazis.
Unfortunately, it didn’t get much better. Only three episodes would air on ABC.
9. Rock Center (2011-2013)
This weekly NBC series focused on Brian Williams delivering more hard-hitting news, none of the touchy-feely stuff you might find on other newsmagazine shows. However, due to frequent schedule changes, it was canceled.
Just a couple of years later, Brian Williams would hit his own Rock Bottom when he was fired from NBC Nightly News after incorrectly stating the helicopter he was in came under fire while covering the war in Iraq.
10. The Astronaut Wives Club (2015)
Combine Desperate Housewives with Mad Men, and you’ve got ABC’s The Astronaut Wives Club, based on the novel by Lily Koppel. The period show followed the wives left behind when their husbands went into space.
Unfortunately, there was no going forward for this show, either. It never returned for a second season.
11. Friends with Better Lives (2014)
When it comes to plots, “a group of friends (in this case, James Van Der Beek and Brooklyn Decker) who sit around and talk” has been done to death. But this CBS series updated the premise by incorporating a nifty hashtag in its logo.
Only five episodes aired before it was canceled, and if this tweet is any indication, we could see it coming. It’s practically telling audiences to do something else.
12. Forever (2014-2015)
Ioan Gruffudd starred in this fantasy show about medical examiner who cannot die and uses this power to solve crimes in New York City.
The final episode of the show aired on May 5, 2015 and this tweet, set in a morgue, went up two days later on May 7. Sadly, the show was canceled later that day.
13. The Slap (2015)
This NBC series (based on an Australian show) isn’t pussyfooting with the title. The show revolved around one man slapping a kid at a party.
Viewers decided that they weren’t the kind of people who had the time to watch this show and slapped back.
14. The Following (2013-2015)
This Kevin Williamson series was about an FBI agent (Kevin Bacon) tracking a serial killer/cult leader (James Purefoy) obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe.
This was quite possibly the most perfect, and cliche, way to end a Twitter account on the series.
15. Revenge (2011-2015)
ABC’s Revenge was inspired by the plot of The Count of Monte Cristo, one of the most vengeful tales of all time. Only this series follows a woman (Emily VanCamp) whose father was framed by the Grayson family.
This tweet is all too sweet, a quiet dig at the show’s imminent doom, having been canceled earlier in the year.
16. Animal Practice (2012)
On this NBC sitcom, a veterinarian (Justin Kirk) likes animals more than humans. But humans liked the Olympics more than this series. After a sneak preview interrupted the Olympic Closing Ceremonies in London, Animal Practice was called “the most hated show on television” before it even premiered.
Pet outfits are a bit sad by themselves. But in a tweet? With a whole gallery? This show never stood a chance.
17. Go On (2012-2013)
On this NBC series, Matthew Perry played a sports radio personality who joins a support group after his wife’s death.
This tweet was too sad to, you know.
18. Guys with Kids (2012-2013)
From co-creator Jimmy Fallon, this series followed three friends (Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford,and Zach Cregger) as they raise kids.
The sad thing is that “Remember Ernie’s first word?” was the show’s last.
19. Monday Mornings (2013)
Starring Alfred Molina and Ving Rhames, this series followed a weekly peer-review session at a Portland, Ore., hospital, based on the novel by Sanjay Gupta.
There was no Tuesday for Monday Mornings.
20. Wicked City (2015)
ABC’s anthology series (although is it an anthology if it only had one season?) was the network’s hope to cash in on the American Horror Story craze. Unfortunately, it was canceled after three episodes.
Every show wants to be loved, too.