The Killing (Aired On AMC, Saved By Netflix)
Based on the Danish series Forbrydelsen, The Killing premiered on AMC in April 2011, during the height of the station’s golden era. Alas, while it was a critical favorite, the grizzled English-language adaptation never found the same commercial heights as its sister shows, including Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead — though it premiered to strong ratings. Alas, after three seasons, AMC canceled the crime drama.
But that wasn’t the end. Two months after AMC axed the series, Netflix announced that The Killing was, ironically, back from the dead. Specifically, the streamer renewed the once-lost show for a fourth — and ultimately final — season. These six episodes, which favored the TV-MA content that the AMC show originally couldn’t get away with during its televised run, gave the once-dead series a proper conclusion on August 1st, 2014.