Hannibal and 5 canceled shows that would have been better on Netflix

THE PURGE -- "This Is Not A Test" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Purgers -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)
THE PURGE -- "This Is Not A Test" Episode 201 -- Pictured: Purgers -- (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) /
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THE PURGE — “Hail Mary” Episode 209 — Pictured: Paola Nunez as Esme Carmona — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network) /

Five canceled shows that would have done better on Netflix.

Let’s be honest, the way of television future is on streaming and premium cable. One of the reasons for that is the increasing trend of cord-cutting, but another is simply because broadcast has far more rules regarding what they can show. There are some canceled shows we firmly believe would have lasted longer had they aired on a streaming service like Netflix or a cable channel like HBO,  Showtime, or Starz.

Some shows are held back by the censors, meaning they can’t show blood, sex, have characters saying curse words, or even cover certain controversial topics. That doesn’t mean we think every show needs to have gratuitous material, but certain series that were geared toward the horror genre or fantasy genre needed to have a bigger budget and more freedom in their storylines.

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If they had, they might have reached their full potential, a wider audience, and not wound up being canceled so soon.

5. Canceled shows: The Purge

I’ll never quite understand why a giant horror franchise with every movie focusing on hyper-violence and receiving an R-rating would have its television spin-off relegated to a basic cable network.

The Purge should have been ordered-to-series on a streaming service, especially because its status as a horror anthology was in the height of its popularity when it first started.

While the initial season left a lot to be desired, Season 2 of The Purge started to get much better and explore aspects of the fabled event the films did not necessarily have time to dive into. It’s a shame it got canceled because it was truly a fun, mindless show that likely would have performed better if it could go all-in on the gory violence.