Successful TV shows that were rejected before becoming smash hits

Beloved series of today that almost weren't made

Stars Insider

20/10/21 | StarsInsider

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There's a lot that goes into a network's decision of whether they'll greenlight a new TV series or not. From types of characters and themes, to treading the line between provocative and offensive, to wanting to be on-trend while not wanting to repeat a show that's already on-air, there's a lot to think about. Even if a show has a unique concept or reliable talents attached, you can never be sure of what's going to be a hit.

Still though, after watching these incredible shows, it's hard to imagine what was going through the minds of network bosses when they rejected these brilliant series. Some of the shows they rejected went on to become the greatest series of all time, raking in huge critical acclaim and profit, and that level of regret is just unfathomable.

Click through to see which smash hit series were initially rejected by networks before finding their rightful spot.

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