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.”

Should Lincoln Heights have been cancelled?

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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. says

    i think there should be a Lincoln heights season 5/finale it would be a great it hit now that the Sutton family grew up. this show thought me allot about who i want to be in the future and why you don’t always have to be bad even though bad surrounds you…ect

  2. Lee P. says

    This show gave insight into the struggles and triumphs in our community. African Americans have not seen such a strong family since the Cosby Show and the action added even more! Now since this show is canceled, I guess we’ll have to wait another 15+ years

  3. Gina says

    Lincoln heights was a good show I was hoping there would be a season 5,6,7 and so on I believe that people can learn from this show. Every episode was worth seeing I couldn’t stop watching it cause it was like you wanted to know what’s going to happen next it was a very interesting and had me wanting to watch it more I was upset that they cancelled it….bring it back please!!

  4. Dominique grant says

    I absolutely love Lincoln height all four seasons of it where are the rest of them me and my wife went crazy looking everywhere for them. Please I’m begging please make 6 or 7 more seasons I really love this show

  5. maggie says

    I have re watched these shows over an over an I didn’t even get a season 5 or 6… I want to see this show air again its so inspiring! I stay glued to the t.v. to watch what happens next im begging you to bring it back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Anonymous says

    I can truly say Lincoln Heights is one of my favorite TV shows. The show hits every aspect viewers want to see: love, action, family, etc…Not only was the show intriguing, Lincoln Heights showed how hard work, determination, and self sacrifice go a long way. However, the main aspect I liked about the show was the FAMILY dynamic. This show genuinely demonstrated a kind, loving family that at times had hard times but as time went by grew even stronger. I will truly miss this show.

  7. Robyn Black says

    I think Licoln Heights Was A Great Show and they should bring it back plus why was it canceled ??

  8. patrice80 says

    I love lincoln heights they need 2 bring it back it waz
    nfinshed business in the heights-the historic house aunt minni dana & eddie their past relationship & dana’s kids just soo
    much we need 2 know in detai— they should bring the show back

  9. Anonymous says

    Yes i think that the series could have went out with a bang…if you know what I mean.. It was a great show to watch..I loved it very much. It just hit home for me. It was relative in so many ways. I strongly feel it would do great.

  10. Mia says

    I think that Lincoln heights should be continued because its really good but season four didn’t have any action or Eddie (police from the family) working ….it was more like a love story but it was really good I think they should make another season to show Casey and Charls life and other things with Eddie working and more into his job ….but still put something’s bout love in all that just make them like the other seasons the other seasons weren’t to much of love and to much of work and action and finding things out it was just enough to make it interesting and good

  11. kristina hopkinson says

    Lincoln height should of never been cancled. It was one of the best tv shows on the air. It really hit home for a lot of people. I know it did for me. My husband is a police officer and we did the samething as the sutton family and moved in to one if the badest neighberhoods in our city to make a differnce.

  12. JT says

    Lincoln Heights addresses most of the issues going on and it shows how affective a community can be if one stepped forward… It show that of one stepped forward there could be greatness. It takes one to make a difference.

  13. Faith Rountree says

    Seriously! There is more junk on tv than ever, but you cancel THE BEST SHOW!! I LOVE LINCOLN HEIGHTS!!! BRING IT BACK!!!

  14. says

    I’m ENTIRELY upset that the show was cancelled because Lincoln Heights is one of my favorite shows. I even record it on my VHS Tapes so that I can watch it forever. I would love to see more fresh and new episodes. PLEASE bring my show back, Please, you just have to…..

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