Reboots, such as "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which was off the air for 31 hours before being resurrected, and cult favorites, such as "Futurama," which also terminated once Fox quit buying episodes, are potential examples. 

All good things must come to an end eventually. This is especially true in the case of television programs. Not every show can be as long-running as "The Simpsons," which airs from what seems to be the dawn of time through, well, after the heat death of the universe. Except for Springfield's never-aging family, most TV shows are canceled at some point. Even now, the best shows start getting the ax, whether it's because of dwindling ratings, a story that becomes too difficult to continue, or off-screen unscripted turmoil.

It's not enough to put a fan-favorite character into The Big City and call it a day. Alternatively, you can try, but you'll wind up like these failed spinoffs:

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