Lincoln Heights: ABC Family TV Series Cancelled, No Season Five

Lincoln HeightsIt looks like the story of the Sutton clan has come to an end. ABC Family has quietly decided to cancel Lincoln Heights after four seasons.

Lincoln Heights tells the story of Officer Eddie Sutton (Russell Hornsby) who moves his family back to his old neighborhood. Other castmembers include Erica Hubbard, Nikki Micheaux, Rhyon Brown, Mishon Ratliff, Robert Adamson, and Michael Reilly Burke.

The TV show debuted on January 8, 2007 and the first season was successful enough to warrant a renewal by March. At that point, it was one of the cable channel’s higher performers in the key demographics.

While announcing that the second season would kick off in September 2007, ABC Family President Paul Lee said, “We really think we have something unique here… The fact that it’s an African American family drama alone separates it from the crowd, but its terrific cast and superb writing also make it truly special and perfect for ABC Family.”

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Following season two, it took several months for ABC Family to decide to bring Lincoln Heights back for a third round. They finally did and that kicked off in September 2008. The audience grew and the show became the cable channel’s top performer among Females 12-34 and Female teens. It didn’t take as long to renew the series for year four.

Season four kicked off in September 2009. It ended up being one of the channel’s weaker programs of 2009, being outperformed by other ABC Family shows, including cancelled Kyle XY.

No specific reason was given for the Lincoln Heights cancellation. However, though it’s been favored by some critics, the series has never been a big hit for the cable channel and has only been given 10 episode renewals each season.

What do you think? Are you upset or surprised that the series has been cancelled? Do you think the last episode of Lincoln Heights is a worthwhile series finale?

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  1. Annette says

    I’m writing this in regards of the series Lincoln Heights, which I saw all the seasons on Netflix. I am one that doesn’t normally watch any tv local or cable. I decided to purchase Netflix and watched Lincoln Heights, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed watching a series like I did this one. Hopefully, it will be renewed in the future. There isn’t in my opinion anything better on tv or cable right now. I would actually purchase cable tv if there were more shows like this one or renewing Lincoln Heights.

  2. Vee says

    I just finished watching all four seasons on Netflix as well,and I must say,Lincoln heights is one of the best shows I have ever seen.I loved every minute of it!It is powerful,real,relateable,,suspenseful,and just awesome!I love the Sutton family and how they’re portrayed in the show.ABC definitely made a huge mistake cancelling his show,it had everything that a great show should have,I hope they consider bringing it back,# teamsuttonfamily.

    • Alfw says

      .I enoyed the show. I am very disappointed that the series has been cancelled. I think ABC should reconsider their decision.

  3. Anonymous says

    So the truth of the matter i really aperciate the writing for this show it has dealt with real issues and i aplaud someone who is unafaid to tell the truth. So without being to radical i think it promoted african ameican me in a positvie light and that threatens the moral fabric of our fear based soiciety that black men pose a thret and are. Not depicted as drug dealers or gan bangers just a thought

  4. bridgett says

    Im very upset to hear that there will be no more episodes because it help teach people that being in a gang is not worth it. Please bring theshow back my whole family loves !!

  5. McKell Banks says

    I just finished watching all 4 seasons and I absolutely LOVED the show. I wish that I had not read about the show being cancelled, it is very unfortunate. I totally agree there should be a season 5! :)

  6. Ivory Munoz says

    Lincoln Heights was and still is the best show. I feel its shows real familes situations through rough or in good times, instead of shows that make life seem to be a fairy tales. I wish you could bring back the show I loved watching it and still do watch the shows

  7. Michelle says

    Personally I saw the show when it first came out but the problem was it came on during the time some of my other favorite shows came on. I finally watched all four season and was upset to find out there was no new season. It is a great show and ahould be put on again at a different time to see if that will make a difference try so trial shows maybe to see the ratings . Thanks again


    Hello ABC..i agree with everyones c0mments. i will wish that you would put season 5 on air. It is a very very goood show it hits all points. And the man that plays Eddie Sutton is wonderful..OMG i love him. PLEASE PLEASE bring the show back i believe that there will be great reviews…

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