The TV Fan's Five Stages Of Grief

Categories: TV Ratings Reference,Watching TV

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March 29th, 2012

As part of our Survival Kit For The Renewal & Cancellation Season, here's a reposting of another one of our all time favorites, the TV Fan's Five Stages Of Grief!

Reading the comments on our site, and others, from fans of cancelled or at risk shows seems to follow a pattern similar to that described by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, so with apologies to Dr. Kübler-Ross, I created the:

The TV Fan's Five Stages Of Grief

  1. Denial – "The show's fine, it won't be cancelled"; "They'd never cancel a show with a squinty jillion average viewers that wins its timeslot"; "They'd never cancel a show from JJ Abrams"; "The network executives love this show"
  2. Anger – "Why this show? It's not fair, when reality crap continues to get renewed!"; "How can this happen to my show? "; "The morons who run the network are to blame!"
  3. Bargaining – "If they cancel this show, I'll never watch anything on this network again!"; "If we send them bags of crap/sign internet petitions/barrage them with emails/perform other goofy stunts it will save the show!" "Netflix will save it!"
  4. Depression – "I'm so sad, why should I ever start watching a new TV show again?"; "If every show I ever like gets cancelled... What's the point?"; "Maybe I should just stick to DVDs of old shows"
  5. Acceptance – "It's going to be okay, it's had a good run of seasons"; "At least we got the story wrapped up, unlike lots of other shows".
 
  • KJ Styles

    Wow, I’m surprised that I’m the only person to comment on this. But anyway this is HILARIOUS! I also love that you used House to inspire this topic, I’m a HUGE House fan and sad that it’s ending.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Wow, I’m surprised that I’m the only person to comment on this. But anyway this is HILARIOUS! I also love that you used House to inspire this topic, I’m a HUGE House fan and sad that it’s ending.”

    Sadly, we had a complete comment extinction about 2 weeks ago. You’re the first of the new wave!

  • Stacy

    The TV Fans Five Stage’s of Grief really hits the nail on the head! I’ve gone through all of these myself. It makes perfect sense since we get so involved and attached to TV show characters.

    I’m ok with shows that end, but for love of all that is holy can we please get some kind of ending for TV shows? What sends me over the edge is when a show gets cancelled and no loose ends are tied up at all. Your “affair” with a show may outlive a relationship with a significant other, but with TV we may never get closure. After 1-5 years of watching a show weekly we need closure! I’ll even settle (bargain) with you … I don’t care how crappy the ending is, even if it comes in the form of the show director giving an interview, or posting a cell phone video to YouTube about where he was planning to go with the characters or story lines. See, I’m easy to please. I’ll take anything.

    The greatest TV series finale I ever saw (for a show that got cancelled without much notice and had to tie up story lines immediately) was for a Soap Opera called “Passions” which originally aired on NBC for about 7 years. In the last episode they literally wrapped up every story line and all the “good” people lived happily ever after, and the “bad” people were all exposed and went to jail. It was done very tongue-in-cheek, and the actors/producers made it obvious that they knew how ridiculously crazy the ending was (and they even broke the fourth wall a couple of times). But that just made it all the more fun as they essentially asked you to laugh along with them.

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