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. Euphemia Rahming says

    Bring it back. It had a very positive message. Some things were corny, but it was still believable. I hate pretty little liars. Switched at birth is good, yet changing for the worst. There are no shows with Afro American families that are doing well. It was good to see them stick together through every storm. If a crap show with crap acting like like secret life of an american teen can go for centuries badly influencing or young people with sexual conversation okaying teen pregnency, then a good show like lincoln heights should certainly have an equal shot. ABC family isn’t for families anymore. It’s for corrupted sexul teenage girls.

  2. Lulu bank says

    I am upset that the show ended it was very good y’all really need to bring the show back I watched all of the season I don’t know how the show got but please bring it back it would make a lot of people happy

  3. klove says

    I really feel as this show should have been put back on it shows familys how to stick together threw hard times n how to become something in life n I slid would like to see what all the sutton kids are up to its been some years now so that means lizzy should be graduating Tay should be a senior n cassy n charles should now b married. I also like when my kids watch this show cause they have dreams as well and the Sutton family shows u the way to go to get there and what happends to Nat n danna I miss the show so please I am a family going threw something like this family my house burn down n my huswatching this show touches me me makes me think on how to b strong for my family so please ask ABC family if thy have a heart please please put the show back.

  4. Neva says

    Please please please please bring this show back…please!!! This show is a real inspiration to young men, young women, brothers, sisters, moms, dads, everyone! There is no other show comparable.

  5. Cynthia says

    I was upset when I heard that the series was cancelled because this was one of my favorite shows and it still is!! I seriously stay up late to watch episodes over and over again. I think ABC Family should give this show another chance and let them make a season 5!! It’s an amazing show honestly. I watched this show every time it came on after I got home from school (Middle School) and it holds some great memories for me. Please bring it back!!!!

  6. maria says

    I love that show so much. I dont understand why they cant bring back season 5 its the best show I ever saw. I dont have nothing else to watch now because I watch it every single say. Please bring back lincoln heights

  7. MONNI M says

    I too have watched EVERY, single episode. It NEVER gets old. It’s sooooo relatable and has an impeccable story line. Every character has such defined roles that never got to live out there FULL potential. I’m about to rewatch the ENTIRE series. I truly wish that Lincoln Heights would get picked up again and propositioned for a 5th season. The writers, directors and especially the actors did a phenomenal job collectively making it a brilliant production

  8. Natasha says

    My mom loves that show it was really good. It has a positive view about a hardworking family strives to stay together in a crime type of neighborhood

  9. stephanie says

    Please bring a season 5 i love this show. I watched all 4 seasons and i can say i dont know how it got weak. Please dont be selfish we want too see a season 5 please please. You have fans everywhere and we all want this show to return. :)

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