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The Good Guys: FOX TV Show Cancelled; No Season Two

The Good Guys canceledTo no surprise, FOX’s The Good Guys has been cancelled after one season and 20 episodes. The series stars Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks as an unlikely team of Dallas detectives.

The Good Guys debuted last Spring to a disappointing 1.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.93 million total viewers. Over the summer months, the ratings seemed to drop each week, hitting a low of a 1.0 rating and 3.42 million viewers.

Despite the poor showing, FOX kept the series on the fall schedule. On Friday nights, the numbers continued to slide. Good Guys hit a series low on October 22nd with a 0.6 rating and just 2.31 million viewers. Episodes typically ranked in last place for the demo in the timeslot. Realistically, no one has been expecting a second season renewal.

The series was shot on location in Dallas. Janis Burklund, head of the Dallas Film Commission, says that her high-ranking contact at Fox Television Studios has confirmed the show’s cancellation. The network hasn’t officially cancelled it but the production studio won’t be making any more episodes. The local area hasn’t had much luck this season. FOX’s Lone Star was cancelled after just two episodes and the episode order for NBC’s Chase has been reduced.

TV show supportOf The Good Guys, Burkland said, “We liked the show. And they had a great experience here. But the ratings weren’t good. I asked if there was any shot at cable, and he said there didn’t appear to be any shot at that either, and I think it would have done well on cable. It’s not the kind of show network viewers understand — it’s too quirky. It’s one of those shows where either you get it or you don’t. Where cable viewers are more apt to go sampling and try out different stuff, network viewers are looking for more traditional shows. And it had a horrible time slot.”

The TV show’s sets are still intact at a local Dallas studio but will likely be struck in January. The final episode of Good Guys, titled “Partners,” aired on December 10th.

Update: Hanks confirmed the cancellation via his Twitter account on 12/27/10.

What do you think? Are you sorry that Good Guys has been cancelled and won’t be back for season two?

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Smritilekha C April 14, 2015 at 7:34 am

I can’t believe they din’t continue this show! It was a CLASSIC!


Jason February 10, 2015 at 7:49 pm

Just discovered it on Netflix and it’s pretty fantastic. Should have never been cancelled.


kevin June 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

I really don’t understand how a show like this could be cancelled. That’s right reality shows are so much better. NOT. I am upset with you (fox). Bet you don’t remember back in the day when you came to cable TV. No news ever and married with children ……..TV was TV. Now its junk. For those of you out there who love this show you can find the entire season on Netflix. THE GOOD GUYS


Sarah June 3, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Seriously??? Without trying to cause offence……are Americans stupid(, or just the ones who caught the series)?????
The Good Guys is one of the best shows that I’ve watched in a long time. The humour is laugh-out-loud, and casting is perfect.
I am totally gutted to find that the show was cancelled after only one series. I can only assume that anything using clever, quirky humour, went completely over the head of the majority of viewers………..maybe a new series should be made for overseas viewers???!


Hoff March 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Please bring back the good guys. Netflix, are you up to it? Great concept, great execution.


masoud March 11, 2014 at 7:15 pm

i want watch it now
in this 1 season story finished or without ending it canceled?
if i dont see any ending i dont watch it.
plz someone tell me,thank u


Daniel January 30, 2014 at 12:57 am

One of the gratets show ever seen; they shouldnt had cancelled it. i guess good things just had to end like allways


jake January 16, 2014 at 11:54 pm

i have watched the whole season of The Good Guys 4 times! i loved it, and wish that they would bring it back. it compared to Psych. loved it!


Cowboys fan September 10, 2013 at 8:50 am

They really need to start making new seasons!! I jus finished season 1 on Netflix and I couldn’t get enough!!


EFFIE September 5, 2013 at 5:18 pm

It is a great show, and the characters should have been given the opportunity to develop.
Great laughs, writing and CAST.
What were they thinking? Seinfeld didn’t do well the first year either.


Ryan September 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Of course they cancelled it, it was hilarious.


Anonymous July 24, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I loved that show. I was so disappointed when it ended. I hope it will come out on DVD. I will buy it. The Good Guys made me laugh every time it was on.


jake January 16, 2014 at 11:55 pm

it’s on netflix


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