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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4. Canceled shows: Midnight, Texas

True Blood was the quintessential summer show if you ask me. It was extremely campy, blood, and extra sexy. Based on the novels by Charlaine Harris, the show gave us one of the better vampire shows in recent years.

For some reason, when it was decided to adapt Harris’s other popular book series, Midnight, Texas, it got relegated to NBC. Now I don’t know what went on behind-the-scenes and if HBO was ever on the table, but it seemed tremendously disappointing that a series with a cool background — a strange small town where lots of supernatural creatures live together — got saddled with broadcast television.

It wasn’t even as dark as some of NBC’s other shows! It’s a shame because it could have been a runner-up to True Blood once it went off the air. Instead, it was canceled and forgotten after only two seasons.

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3. Canceled shows: Salem

It has been a long time since Salem was axed and I’m still really bitter about it. It was a WGN show, which already made it hard to find an audience since that network never really took off. They eventually ditched producing new scripted shows altogether.

Salem was canceled after only three seasons and while it had a decent ending, it did leave us with a few major cliffhangers. The crazy thing about Salem is that it was one of the darkest, bloodiest, craziest shows I’ve ever seen on regular TV. WGN America is a cable channel, so the FCC rules were a little laxer than something like ABC or NBC, but still, I can’t help imagining how epic Salem could have been on HBO.

It was one of the only real, dark, horrifying witch shows we’ve ever had. I always wished it could have gone on for many more seasons because it was so deliciously fun to watch and I think it could have found a bigger fandom on a channel like HBO, or maybe Starz — which hosts a lot of female-fronted content.