Some TV shows that returned from cancellation include “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “Twin Peaks” and Arrested Development.” A combination of cult appeal, critical acclaim and the whims of show creators led to the unexpected return of these three shows.
MTV’s “Beavis and Butt-Head” cast a sardonic gaze on the culture of the 1990s, and the uncouth duo’s music video couch commentary influenced a generation of pop-culture critics. The show ran for four seasons before being taken off the air, but “Beavis and Butt-Head Returned” returned for new episodes in 2011.
David Lynch’s critically acclaimed “Twin Peaks” was well ahead of its time when it aired in the early 1990s, and the show’s framing device of an extended murder mystery anticipated many later developments in TV serial dramas. Across two perplexing seasons, the show examined the residents of a quirky Pacific Northwest town with Lynch’s trademark wit and offbeat humor. The show’s esoteric style confused many viewers, and “Twin Peaks” was cancelled in 1991, ending on a cliffhanger. In 2014, Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost announced the show would return for a limited run on Showtime.
Cult favorite “Arrested Development” aired for three seasons on Fox in the 2000s, winning rave reviews but limited viewership. The story of the wealthy, highly dysfunctional Bluth family only grew in popularity after its cancellation, however, and in 2013, a new season made its way to Netflix.